Vaping 101: Basic Vaping Equipment

If you are new to vaping and have questions about the kind of mod or accessories you should buy, look no further. We have compiled a list of the most common vape mod parts and accessories with explanations of what they are and how they work. We hope that in this list you find the answers to any questions you may have and are able to use the information to make informed decisions on what to purchase. You can find a lot of helpful online resources available at Tools 420.

1. Cartomizers

A cartomizer is a device with a cotton or similar filament in a tank to absorb e-liquid. The e-liquid is fed to the heated coils through and evaporates when heated by the MOD or pen's battery.

2. Clearomizers

A clearomizer, does not have a filament. With cartomizers, the coils utilize attached wicks that absorb e-liquid and feed the liquid to the coils in the atomizer for vaporizing. Clearomizers feature large plastic reservoirs for e-liquid and come in various sizes for holding specific amounts of liquid.

3. Glassomizers

Glassomizers are identical in fucntion to clearomizers. The only difference between the two is that glassomizers are, by virtue of their name, made of Pyrex glass, not plastic, that resists erosion far better than plastic. Glassomizers cost a little more on average but will also outlast any clearomizer.

4. Advanced Personal Vaporizers

Advanced Personal Vaporizers(APVs) are made with electronic components like circuits and wires that send electrical signals to heat the atomizer coil. This occurs in manual vaporizers when the fire button is pressed but will trigger automatically in units made to sense when the user draws on the device to inhale vapor.

5. MODs

MODs, on the other hand, are not electronic. When the user depresses the fire button on a mechanical MOD, it physically creates a connection between the atomizer coil and battery, heating the coil to its default or preset temperature. A mechanical MOD would typically be used with Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers.

6. Coils

Coils are wires connected to a unit's base that, in turn, connects to the battery. When the user activates the battery is deployed, the coils heat to a specific temperature and vaporize the e-liquid. The vaping device's atomizer head contains some sort of filament or wick (as described above) that is used to absorb e-liquid and direct it to the atomizer coil or coils.

7. Single- and Dual-Coil Atomizers

A single-coil atomizer uses a single wire coiled with the filament or wicking material. Dual-coil atomizers have two coiled wires that run to the battery, logically doubling the the amount of vapor released when the user deploys the battery. This is a major benefit to users who enjoy a stronger hit of vapor and flavor at one time.

The only measurable downside to using a dual-coil cartomizer is faster depletion of e-liquid but, for many vape enthusiasts, the ability to make bigger clouds at once is a huge selling point.

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