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Guide to E-Cig Cartridges

By January 4, 2017E Cig
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Electronic cigarettes come in an array of systems, though all will include a battery, a cartridge to hold the e-juice and an atomizer to create the vapour. In some systems these are combined. When you evaluate e-cig systems, take a look at how these pieces are configured. It will impact your flexibility and convenience in the future.

Cartridge

The cartridge is both the mouthpiece and the holding tank for the e-juice fluid. Some manufacturers have this as a simple tank for liquid, while others will contain a sponge-like material used to absorb and hold the e-juice. The material will help the atomizer vapourize the e-juice more evenly. If you’re not careful, however, you could run out of juice and start burning the material inside. You’ll taste it if you do, though in the small amounts you would take in, this should be fairly harmless.

Atomizer

The atomizer is the heating unit that actually produces the vapour. If there’s one part of the system that can and will break down, it is right here. The durability of an atomizer depends on both the reliability of the manufacturer and your handling of the unit. If you order from a reliable company, be sure to take care of the atomizer according to their recommendations. You can also check out electronic cigarette user forums to find information about the best brands of atomizer and how to deal with common issues.

Cartomizer

This is exactly as it sounds. The cartridge, or area carrying your e-juice, has a built in atomizer. This all-in-one unit tends to serve both as a holding tank and mouthpiece. The nice thing with cartomizers is that they come in both disposable single use and re-usable varieties. Disposables or single use cartomizers will come pre-filled with your choice of e-juice. You will not need to worry about refilling them properly, and if you order them from a reliable company, there won’t be any leaking on yourself or the battery. They are just as convenient as buying a package of traditional cigarettes. Simply switch out the cartomizer when it’s done and you’re ready to go.

Most re-usable varieties can be used for maybe 4-5 uses before there is some noticeable loss of flavour and vapour. It is possible to use them beyond this point, though you’ll definitely notice that your experience is not the same. This option is more cost-effective compared to disposables, though you will need to refill them according to the instructions for your particular manufacturer. If you do it right, then you’ll enjoy them just as much as a single-use disposable. If not, you may have some leaking, and this is especially bad for the battery. It could damage the battery so that it either does not work at all, or will not power off. Both are bad.

Ultimately, you’ll either see yourself as more or less DIY, and more or less willing to be locked into a manufacturer’s system. Whether you chose a system with a separate cartridge and atomizer or a system that combines both together, you’ll enjoy the experience if you think about what trade-offs you are willing to make.

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