There are many misconceptions about Vaping and this article is here to help you understand the truth and what Vaping is--however if you still have questions feel free come in to Vape HQ and let us help you get set up!




There are tons of Vapes and E-cigs out there. However, regardless of this form, their main function remains the same. They are all designed to vaporize e-liquid with these three main components:






The device that gives power to the Vape/e-cig is known as the ‘battery’. It can also contain other components and circuitry.

Batteries come in all different shapes & sizes. Many of them have different features and components. Batteries are classifies by their power storage capacity and can range from 650mAh all the way up to 5000mAh for advanced vaporizers.




Standard Batteries or fixed voltage batteries and are the basic battery available and common. The voltage is pre-set and cannot be increased passed 3 or 4 volts and this may diminish as the battery drains. Some are classified as ‘Pass-through’ batteries which allow you to connect your battery to the charger via USB cable and vape while the battery charges.




Variable Wattage/Voltage batteries allow you to change the wattage/voltage power output of the battery as needed or preferred. Elite devices known as ‘Mods’ can also have separate buttons with a digital readout to display its current setting. When you raise the Wattage/Voltage this increases the Amps the battery puts out causing an increase in the flavor and vapor production you receive. This is because e-Liquids have differing levels of flavoring, Propylene Glycol, and Vegetable Glycerine and all atomize differently at different temperatures.




The most critical piece of an E-Cigarette/Vape is hands down the atomizer, which is the heating element that takes power from the battery and uses it to vaporize the liquid. They come in many different forms each using their own names.


The first type available was the cartomizer. These cylindrical tubes house the coil and wick material, polyfill. They, like all atomizers, come in a varying degree of ohm ranges and sizes. They may also come pre-punched with holes in the tube to allow the juice to saturate the wicking material directly.


The next generation of atomizers are contained in a single unit and are replaceable. These are referred to as atomizer heads or replacement coils. They are capable of lasting anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks or more depending on your juice type & vaping habits. When it’s time to change the coil, usually you will notice a decrease in air flow and a flavor decrease. Juice has an effect on the coils based on how sweet it is and the ratio of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine. The sweetner in juice can gunk up coils and leave behind residue which will could degrade the coil faster. Juice with high levels of Vegetable Glycerine is thicker and harder to wick and can gunk up some coils that are not built for thicker juice.




A container and atomizer can be one complete unit such as a Cartomizer or a separate unit such as Clearomizers with replaceable atomizer heads generally referred to as ‘coils’.


Many use advanced units known as RBA (Rebuildable Atomizers) or RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) where you build your own coil, wick the coil, and drip the juice directly. These coils are typically wicked with organic cotton or pharmaceutical grade Rayon.


One last common device is a RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) which works very similar to a Clearomizer tank system that holds the juice, however instead of a replaceable coil it has a ‘build deck’ where you construct your own coils just like you do on an RDA.




Hopefully this article has sufficiently answered your questions or curiosities you may have about vaping! If we can assist you any further with your vaping education or accessories please do not hesitate to come in and ask questions or give us a call!

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