Clearomizer, Cartomizer And Atomizer – Electronic Cigarette Differences? Part 2 of 3 23rd July 2015 – Posted in: News – Tags: , , , ,

Welcome back to part 2 of our 3 part series on the difference between a clearomizer, a cartomizer and an atomizer! In our last post we talked about what each of these things are, and what they all do within an electronic cigarette. In this post we will explain the advantages of dripping with atomizers, the types of clearomizer available on the market today, and how each configuration of cartomizer works. The electronic cigarette differences!

Dripping With Atomizers

Used traditionally, the liquid from the nicotine cartridge would drip straight onto the atomizer wick to be regulated, heated and turned into vapour for inhalation. This system means that not too much vapour is being produced at once, and is what leads to a satisfying vaping session for the user that can last as long as you want it to. This process is known as dripping, and is by far the most efficient and effective way of getting the most from your e-cigarette.

By not adding any fancy compartments or extras to your e-cigarette, you are ensuring the most potent and clean flavour from your e-liquid. The common problem with add ons to the e-cigarette base unit is that the liquid must pass through another obstacle to reach the atomizer and become vapour. This often dilutes the flavour of the liquid by the time it reaches the vapour stage, and the result is weak and unsatisfactory. Because dripping is direct, you are ensuring a powerful flavour from your e-liquid ever time.

The downside of dripping is that it is much messier. All e-cigarettes require regular maintenance and cleaning to keep them running smoothly, but if you are dripping you might find you need to clean your pen more often to ensure the sticky residue of the liquid doesn’t build up, affecting your e-cigarettes use and the flavour of your new e-liquids. You can also flood your pen with liquid or cause a burnt flavour from trying to vape with no liquid left. However these pitfalls are easily avoided with a little know how!

Types Of Clearomizer

While a clearomizer might seem like a basic thing, there are actually 3 different kinds, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. We will go through each of them with you here, so you can be sure you are buying the right one for you.

Top Coil

A top coil clearomizer has its coils located as close to the atomizer head as possible, leading to a warm and comforting vapour. They are also great for beginners, as you fill them from the top in a convenient location. However it is tricky to keep the wicks saturated in liquid as you are vaping. Often you will need to keep wetting the wick every few vapes, or else your flavour will suffer as the wick dries out and you will get that dry, burnt taste.

Bottom Coil

The bottom coil clearomizer is a great all rounder. With the coils situated away from the atomizer it produces a cool vapour that won’t burn your throat, and the wick keeps itself wet and absorbing more liquid until you run out. Their only real downside to a bottom coil clearomizer is their tendency to sometimes spring leaks or make very odd noises. This is easy to counteract, just check it over every time you take it out and replace it as soon as you see any critical damage.


If the top and bottom coil clearomizers are screwdrivers, then the multi-coil is a power drill. With multiple coils, you are ensuring more vapour with more intense flavour in every hit, at a nice even temperature due to the spread out coils. But even with a lower heat output in the vapour, running multiple coils will take it’s toll on your battery. E-cigarettes operating mutli-coil clearomizers often have diminished battery life and need to charge more often than regular ones.

What’s The Difference Between The Cartomizers?

You can get cartomizers in two basic configurations, vertical or horizontal coils. Each configuration has the atomizer head already included, and attaches straight to the battery for increased efficiency.

The vertical coils run the length of the cartridge surrounded by poly-fill, with no wick to drip the liquid onto. Instead, the liquid drips directly onto the atomizer coil, which makes the initial hits very flavourful, and cuts down on fiddling to keep the wick wet. The downside is that there is a higher risk of getting that burnt smell and taste once you run out of liquid, as the atomizer starts burning the poly-fill.

A horizontal coil however doesn’t use poly-fill, and instead relies on the e-liquid to drip directly onto the wick. This was designed because some users find the wicks too thick or hard, and this can make them difficult to keep wet constantly. However, this method can be troublesome, and users often find it difficult to direct the liquids and keep a steady flow dripping onto the wick.

And that brings part 2 of our 3 part series to a close. Keep an eye out next month for part 3, where we look at the advantages of each method of vaping, and which works better. If you have any questions or would like to chat about any of the issues we have raised, please just get in touch today!