Clearomizer, Cartomizer And Atomizer – Electronic Cigarette Difference? Part 1 of 3 23rd July 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: atomizer, cartomizer, clearomizer, electronic cigarette
While electronic cigarettes may have been growing in popularity over the past year, there is still a lot of confusion around the basics of their construction, all the different components and above all, how they work. This could be partly attributed to their relatively new presence on the scene, but also to the distinct lack of information freely available about them. This is particularly true for atomizers, Clearomizers and cartomizers. So to help you navigate the marshes and guide you to a clearer understanding of your electronic cigarettes, we will be bringing you a 3 part series about the differences between these 3 key components, the benefits of each and an overall look at their performance. This week we will start with some basic definitions and functions.
What Is An Atomizer?
To put it simply – every electronic cigarette is made up of at least 2 primary components – a battery tank and an atomizer. Other accessories can be added to this to complete the cigarette, like the mouthpiece and flavour cartridges, but each cigarette will always contain these 2 things. The atomizer is an essential component for the cigarette, as it turns the nicotine liquid into the vapour, which is then smoked. In a lot of electronic cigarettes, there is often a third component that is placed between the liquid and the atomizer, and this can be either a clearomizer or a cartomizer.
Basically, both clearomizers and cartomizers use an atomizer. In fact, every variation of an electronic cigarette on the market uses an atomizer.
But How Does An Atomizer Work?
The mechanism behind an atomizer is actually incredibly straightforward. Within the atomizer unit is a coil, powered by the battery. When the e-cigarette is on, the coil heats up and warms the e-liquid to the right temperature to turn it into vapour, which is then inhaled.
When the atomizer is in use without any extras like a clearomizer or cartomizer in place, the liquid from the cartridge drips directly onto the coil. At the end of the atomizer coil there is a soft wick, and this absorbs the e-liquid and regulates the amount of liquid near the coil at any one time. This is done so that not too much liquid is turned into vapour at once, and was designed to create more even vaping for the user.
There are many different ways to use an atomizer, like the dripping technique, but we will cover these in another post.
What Is A Clearomizer?
A clearomizer is a section attached to the e-cigarette between the atomizer and the liquid tank, and it is designed to help the user see how much liquid they have left. One of the downsides of electronic cigarettes without clearomizers is that users usually need to count the number of draws they take from it. If they don’t, they run the risk of running out of liquid and continuing to draw, which can cause a bitter, burning smell and a damaged atomizer wick. A clearomizer eliminates that problem by allowing you to keep track of your remaining liquid visually and control the amount you are using. Because the atomizer wick is fed into the clearomizer, you can decide how much wick is used (and therefore how much liquid) by just moving it back and forth.
There are many different types of clearomizer, allowing you to fully customise your experience. Some of the most popular are the extra large tanks, which let you get more out of your sessions, or adding more coils to produce more vapour, or even use different wicks for different results. There are a few different types of clearomizer, but we will cover that in our next post.
What Is A Cartomizer?
Cartomizers tend to be found on older types of electronic cigarettes, which have not been improved for quality in the same way as newer models. However, there are still many benefits to using one.
A cartomizer works very similarly to a clearomizer, but the delivery mechanism from liquid tank to atomizer is a little different. While both have tanks and coils, a cartomizer can be packed with a material known as poly-fill, in order to purify and filter the liquid. This does, however often make the cartomizer a single use product, because while they can be cleaned and re-packed, it is often a time consuming and expensive endeavour.
That’s it for part 1! In our next instalment we will be talking about different ways to use the atomizer, the different types of clearomizer available and the complexities of the 2 configurations of cartomizer. If you have any questions or want more information, just get in touch!