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Comprehensive Guide To Atomisers VS Cartomisers VS Clearomisers

If you are a first-time user, getting started with e-cigarettes and vaping can seem like an impossible task. Not only is there a whole load of lingo for you to get to grips with, but there are thousands of different vaping products, tools, add-ons, accessories, juices, and more.

One of the biggest (and most difficult) choices for first-time vapers, however, is deciding between atomisers, cartomisers, and clearomisers.

While all three of these do the same thing---they turn e-liquid into puff-able vapour---there are a few reasons why a person may elect to use one over the other.

First things first: an overview of these three devices

Atomisers, cartomisers, and clearomisers are parts that you secure to an e-cig battery to produce vapour from vape juice.

This is achieved by heating the vapour juice to a temperature point where it changes from a liquid to clouds of vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled.

So, is one better than the other, then?

Well, not necessarily "better" per se; it all depends on your individual circumstances and what you want to do with your e-cig. All three of these devices do, pretty much the same thing and all e-cigs need one of them to function.

How do they work?

All three devices have a "positive" and "negative" side and a coil wrapped around a wick is attached to each side.

When vape juice is introduced to the device, the wick absorbs it and holds the fluid in contact with the coil. As the coil's temperature increases, it heats the vape juice to the point where it turns from liquid to vapour and can be inhaled.

Acting as an intermediary, the wick prevents the coil from being "flooded" by the juice and ensures optimal vapour production.

The Atomiser

The atomiser is the earliest (and simplest) vape device that was adapted from use in other products and applications, e.g. perfume bottles and vapour sprays. As mentioned above the atomiser transforms vape juice into vapour for inhalation.

Used either as a standalone device or built into cartomisers, the atomiser uses a heating element to vapourise e-liquid.

Typically, an atomiser will be part of a two-piece e-cig. In this case, you won't need to worry yourself with it; it is the three-piece e-cig, where the atomiser is a standalone and interchangeable device, where you will need to think more about it.

Vapers love atomisers because:

  • They are cost-effective;
  • They are easy to use and refill;
  • They are designed simply; and
  • They can be used with dripping---where different vape juices are dropped on to the atomiser directly bypassing a cartridge or tank. This lets you try lots of different juices.

Some of the downsides include:

  • The mess created from dripping; and
  • The fact you can't just whip out your vape and start vaping---each time you use it, you need to drop more vape juice on to the atomiser.

The Cartomiser

These are sometimes referred to as "extended atomisers". In short, the cartomiser is longer than an atomiser and instead of using wicks, they use a cotton-like fibre known as "poly fill" that is able to hold more vape juice.

Most cartomisers are dual-coiled though there are single-coiled ones available, too. As you may expect, dual-coil cartomisers use far more battery power than their single-coil counterparts, something to keep in mind if you like your vape's battery to last all day.

Since they can hold more vape juice, cartomisers give rise to much longer vaping sessions without the constant need to refill.

Vapers love cartomisers because:

  • They often come pre-loaded with vape juice;
  • They are very easy to refill; and
  • They hold more vape juice when compared to an atomiser.

Some of the downsides include:

  • High battery power consumption;
  • The poly fill can impact the flavour of some juices; and
  • The poly fill can burn if a vape is pushed to its limits.

It is often argued that cartomisers are somewhat outdated. As with any other technology, e-cigs and their accessories are always evolving; there are some alternatives to older cartomisers now widely available.

The Clearomiser

Clearomisers, also called "tanks", come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Regardless of a tank's form, however, they all do the same thing and can hold substantially more vape juice than both atomisers and cartomisers.

Some clearomisers can hold as much as 5ml of vape juice. That may not sound like a lot, however, as any veteran vaper will tell you, 5ml goes a very, very long way. This high capacity makes clearomisers perfect for somebody who doesn't want to carry bottles of vape juice about their person all day, or for people who want the convenience of not having to refill all the time.

If you are somebody with, or who is likely to have, a firm favourite vape juice that you stick to religiously, the clearomiser is your best bet.

Clearomiser devices are the most commonly used type of vape device. They  are the bigger, bulkier cousin of the slender e-cigarette. Their components include a mouthpiece, a clear tank made of clear glass, and a base that houses the atomiser.

Vapers love clearomisers because:

  • They can hold much more vape juice than an atomiser or cartomiser;
  • Their transparent tanks make it easy to see how much juice is left;
  • There is no need for carrying vape juice bottles or constant refilling; and
  • The device has more longevity than atomisers and cartomisers.

Some of the downsides include:

  • The glass tank can be shattered if you are not careful;
  • You have to use a full tank of vape juice before replacing it; and
  • They are much bulkier.

Have you made your decision?

We hope that you found this information useful.

If you have now decided between these three similar, yet very different, vaping devices, why not head on over to the Vaper Empire online store? We have plenty of these devices, and other accessories and vape juices, available for delivery in less than a week.

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