What are the different parts of a vape?
Understanding a vape mod, vape pen, or vaping kit when you’re new
Unlike e-cigarettes, small self-contained units that you use to get a hit of nicotine, a vape is bigger, made up of separate components, and can be confusing at first glance. Depending on the vaper’s need, a vape can be modified with different tank sizes, coils, and other components; and we’re going to go through each of those today.
Generally, when someone talks about a vape or a vape mod, they’re referring to the whole vaping device, the following components put together into a single object. The benefit of the modular design of a vape is that if you would like to change the vaping experience, or if something breaks, you can easily replace a single component.
The main components of a vape device:
- The mod or device — Mostly, when we’re looking to build a vape from the ground up, we’d start with a mod or device. These are self-contained units and may come with built-in atomisers or tanks.
- The atomiser — Arguably, the most important component of the whole device is the atomiser. Being heat-resistant, the atomiser uses coils to heat up the e-liquid to produce vapour to inhale. Sub-Ohm devices use atomisers that operate coils below 0.5 Ohms, hence the name. These sub-Ohm devices produce a lot of cloudy vapour, and are popular with cloud chasers and tricksters.
- The tank — The part of the vape where the e-liquid is stored, ready for vapourisation. In disposable devices, the tank is often called the cartridge. Often, vapers will change their tank as their first modification, because tanks with different features, such as changes in air flow, can change your experience dramatically.
- The battery — The battery powers our vape devices and allows us to vapourise the e-liquid. Lithium ion batteries are generally the best choice here— they recharge, they are replaceable— but there are other options available. Your goal with batteries is to provide all the power you need for the day without weighing down your device too much. Note: Remember that tampering with batteries is dangerous, and you should always adhere to safe battery practices.
- The coil — the coil is technically part of the atomiser and can sometimes be called “atomiser heads”. When you press the vape button, the coil will heat up the e-liquid and begin to vaporise it. Even if you’re not using a high-tech, high-powered vape, you will occasionally need to replace your coils.
The wick — this is sometimes called “wicking material”, but this component is what draws e-liquid from the tank to the coil and allows it to be heated. They can be made from a variety of materials, but the common ones are cotton, ceramic, mesh, or wool.
What to look for when new to vaping
There are plenty of vape pens that require very little input from the user in terms of which components you require to start vaping. Beginner vape kits tend to be disposable or less complex vape devices that are easy to get started with.
We highly recommend starting out with something simple because, at the end of the day, switching to vaping instead of smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Why make it harder than it needs to be?Vaping can seem impenetrable for newcomers, but we’re here to help and make it as simple as possible, which is why we have produced a number of guides and support articles for people new to vaping.
Intermediate and Advanced Vapers
Once you’ve been vaping for a while, there is a good chance that you might be looking to expand your options and be able to choose something that’s perfect for you and the way you enjoy vaping. That’s the beauty of vaping and all these components; you get to choose.
Intermediate vapers are likely to want to start experimenting with different e-liquids, perhaps with a different style of vaping — direct to lung instead of mouth to lung, or vice versa — and there are intermediate kits ready for that.
As you learn more about vaping and what each of the components does for your vape experience, you can try a different style tank or different types of e-liquids to get the best results for you.
Advanced vapers are folks who understand what changing their equipment will do, and they may go so far as to make their own e-liquids.So, whether you’re looking for new vape tanks, coils, or a new box mod, there’s lots of choices out there for you.