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What Is An Electronic Cigarette

the-electronic-cigaretteThe Electronic Cigarette is a device that is battery-powered to produce inhaled doses of nicotine by way of a vaporized solution. It makes use of a rechargeable battery that powers a heating element (coil). The E-Liquid (also known as Vape Juice) comes in contact with the coil and is then vaporized.

Essentially, the battery provides power to a switch, which when activated will heat a wired coil.  In this wired coil is a wicking material. When e-liquid is placed onto this wicking material and reaches the coil, the e-liquid is then heated to the right temperature in order to turn the e-liquid into vapor.  As you pull from the electronic cigarette, vapor travels directly from the coil and into your mouth, where it is then to be inhaled and exhaled by the user.

Beginner Tip: When someone uses a tobacco cigarette, they are smoking since the cigarette produces smoke. When someone uses an electronic cigarette, they are vaping since the e-cigarette produces vapor.
Electronic Cigarette Parts

An Electronic Cigarette is quite simple is design, but there are multiple parts that can make up or be used with the electronic cigarette. Below is the basic parts that make up a complete electronic cigarette. Some can be replaced with other style parts.  Keep in mind, this version of electronic cigarette is an older style and since the vaping market has progressed, they’ve become less commonly used.  Box mods (devices they retain the shape of a box) are now more commonly manufactured and used.


  • Tube (or Box)The tube is the housing to the electronic cigarette. Some tubes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate certain battery sizes and internal electronics. The tube part of the device is typically the bottom part of the electronic cigarette.
  • Battery: The battery comes in many shapes, but the typical battery is similar to an AA battery styling and varies in specific sizes. (See Battery Breakdown)
  • Power Button (Manual or Automatic)The power button is what activates the battery, which then delivers power to the heating element (atomizer or cartomizer). Some buttons have multiple use functions. The button is considered as a ‘manual’ e-cig. An ‘automatic’ e-cig has no button and is activated by a sensor that detects when you’re pulling vapor from the device. Many e-cigarette users (or vapers) tend to like a manual e-cig more because an automatic e-cig can be triggered to activate at times when not in use, which will deplete the battery life.
  • Connector: The connector is a part that sits at the top of the electronic cigarette and is used to accept the atomizer (or cartomizer). The connector has female (or male) threading. The connector will range in various styles such as 510 (the most common), 801 and 901 just to name a few.
  • Atomizer (or Cartomizer)The atomizer is a small metal tubed casing that has a male (or female) threading at the bottom to be attached to an electronic cigarette. The top of the atomizer is an opening to allow the use of e-liquid. To fill an atomizer, the user will typically drip 2 to 3 drops onto of the coil (which sits inside and on the bottom of the metal atomizer tubing). The cartomizer is much like the atomizer, except that the metal tubing is a bit longer. Inside the metal tubing of a cartomizer is a filler material. This filler material acts as a wicking system. To fill a cartomizer with e-liquid, the user will pour e-liquid onto the filler material until it has a full or soggy look. A cartomizer is also used inside of tank systems.
  • Tank System (or Clearomizer): The tank system is more commonly used today, and is also designed to hold more e-liquid than the outdated atomizers that were once leading the market. The tank is a tube that is usually made from either a plastic or a Pyrex glass material.  The top of the tank system has a drip tip (mouthpiece), the middle is where the e-liquid is held, and the bottom is a base where the replaceable coil head will sit.
  • Drip Tip: A drip tip is the mouth piece that will sit on top of the atomizer or clearomizer. The casing on an atomizer or clearomizer can sometimes become hot to the touch, so a drip tip is used so that your lip does not come in contact with that heat. A drip tip was also designed so that you could easily drip e-liquid into your atomizer without taking off the mouth piece. This is done by pouring your drops of e-liquid into the center hole of the drip tip.

As the vaping market has progressed, new electronic cigarette products have emerged.  Even though they’ve taken on a new shape and more advanced parts, the electronic cigarette continues to work the same.  There are several variations of e-cigarettes these days, most receiving a different name from what they were once called to differentiate each type of product.  Standard e-cigs that take on the cylindrical shape, being similar to the size of a traditional cigarette or the size of a cigar are called Vape Pens.  We recently wrote a very detailed article that explains what a Vape Pen is and we also tell you the top 5 best vape pen starter kits that are available.  Below is an image to help you understand what the parts are on a modern electronic cigarette — also referred to as a Vape Mod.

mod diagram

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  • Vary informative and well explained. Good job, thanks.
    My search regards risk of losing the tiny (undetectable) grommet inside the reservoir that can easily be lost while cleaning out the tank. The comparison between a new tank taught me why this “noob” could’nt get my unit to work properly. Thanks for the site.

    • I’m glad you found some use from this guide! I doubt those little grommets are sold anywhere. If I were you, and since tanks are so cheap, just order a new one. I suggest getting an Aspire CE5 BDC. They are super cheap and work flawlessly.

      • Actually, I have found that the grommets are about the same size as the rubber bands used for braces. While they may not be easy to get a hold of if you don’t have kids, they work just as well, if not better.

    • From what I can tell, just go to E-Liquid in the main navigation, choose what you want and click “Add to cart” – If you need further help you can contact PB from the site.

  • Great guide! I just quit smoking yesterday and bought myself a vape starter kit the k101 from a local vape shop. Just wondering is there a guide on how clean and maintain your vape?

  • I have directions that came with mine got from friend what does it mean when green light keeps flashing when I push the button

  • You didn’t write anything about voltage, wattage, resistance, buildings coils, wicks, and such. I read this guide looking for answers mainly about resistance, voltage and wattage but this was no help.

    • It’s been a while since this guide has been updated. I’ll look to add that information at a later date. However, that information is available in the other categories, such as the rebuildable atomizer section, intermediate and advanced section.

  • I second that Rikki, was actually hoping to read a section about coils. I guess this guide has not been updated. Will watch out for it though.

  • Hi, I just got a Bumble Bee disposable vape containing the oil to vaporize. I’ve unpacked it and now don’t know how to work it. I tried sucking from it and some vapor did come out. Is that all there is? How long do I draw vapor from it?



    • Bob, don’t expect much vapor from a disposable e-cig. They’re great if you just want to try out what vapor feels like, but definitely not a number one choice when it comes to vapor production or flavor production. I would go to a local vapor shop and purchase something like a “Evod”, or if you don’t mind the size, an iStick.

  • wrong thos little grommets your reffering too are just O-rings you can find them at essentially any hardware store and specifically one that sells faucets. There are always repair kits around for paintball guns as well that have all of the above needed items. once you find out exactly what size you need you can even lok them up online and order them in 10 25 or even 50 packs . extremely easy to find just have to look outside the realm of your vape shop.

    • You’ll need to purchase a Clearomizer and a bottle of e-liquid. I recommend something like the SubTank Mini. You can even try something like the iSub from Innokin.

  • i purchased the haus system from a local retailer it starts off well but when I use the fruit liquids it starts to leak. I like the frutit liquids and want to get some with no nicotine. What is a good tank that will not melt or leak?

  • Rebuildable atomizer? Does that means that the other atomizer is disposable and should be changed? If so, how often should it be changed?
    More power, JM

    • When using a rebuildable atomizer, the coil must be rebuild/replaced when no longer receiving the required satisfaction. In other words, if the coil you’ve built yourself isn’t performing well, rebuild another, then rewick it. When using a Clearomizer or Sub-Ohm Tank (same thing being that clearomizer is merely the term for all such tanks), you will want to change the replacement coil head when you are no longer receiving results that you are satisfied with – which is typically between 1 week to 3 weeks.

  • Probably a really stupid question BUT I just bought a Kronos R2-50W today my first vape ever and the vape shop I bought it from the lady didn’t speak English very well anyways, what does adjusting the watts do? My goes from 7.0 to 50.0 can you give of to me in simple terms please. Thank you in advance!

    • I’m new here too and would like the same info. I just purchased the sigelei mini book 40w because I don’t know what adjusting the watts does either. I bought my husband an ipv5 200w but I figured I’d play it safe with lower wattage/less options. Haha

      • Sarah, I’ll create a post in the beginner section on this site and add it to the vaping guide page. (real quick though, adjusting the wattage increases or decreases the power delivered to the atomizer that you have on top of your device. The higher the number, the more power is applied.)

  • I’m going to give a try on vaping so i’m looking for a starter kit or a cheap tank but after checking some of your guides i’m still doubting what to choose. I only know that i want above ohm vaping because i already tried sub and didn’t like it.
    I was between these 2 but i’m almost sure they’re sub ohm vaping so i will accept opinions: eGo AIO Starter Kit / Cuboid Mini Full Kit — BR, Alan.

    • I recommend plenty of devices on this blog, and that’s because there’s just so many different products available that work great. For a full kit and for someone looking to start vaping, there are plenty of nice cheap options like the eGo AIO, but eventually you’ll probably move on and want something better, something with better battery life, something with more power, and something that truly performs above the “beginner” level. I’ll always resort to the Subox Mini Starter Kit: — In my opinion, it just makes sense to go ahead and buy something that will work great for you now and in the future as you progress in vaping. If you do by chance purchase this starter kit, go ahead and pick up the extra 1.2 ohm or 1.5 ohm coils too.

  • Hi, I used to leave in Malaysia and I bought a sigelei 150W, but I moved so I started making my own coil, I do it with kanthal wire of A-25 and I have a problem, Im not sure how many watts should I use and if the wire I´m using is the right one, when I vape I dont feel a nice taste, sometimes it burns but I have it in 25 watts that it isn´t too much , Im not sure which is the problem, I hope you could help me please,

    Thank you,


  • I am a beginner who found this guide too late! I’ve spent a good deal of $ that i could’ve used towards the right equipment! Oh well, i do enjoy vaping. I smoked for 22 years. I started vaping 2 weeks ago. I had 1 analog cig today….and hated it! My kids are proudvof me! That is an AMAZING feeling. This guide is super detailed and extremely helpful!!

  • Omgoodness this was so helpful and very informative! Thank you sooooo very much!I from a very small town that only has two small shops and neither of them seem to have employees that are willing to explain or even have the knowledge to explain. Your article answered all the questions I’ve had!Thanks again! 😊

  • I have a gpriv 220w with t6 coil and it taste like there’s no flavor or anything tried different watts I have 80 20 juice 9 nic my local vape shop said I have to much nic and it clogs the coil just want to make sure that’s the problem help please

  • Very informative guide! For many who are just starting out vaping, these devices can seem intimidating with all of their functional parts and accessory options, but once you get past the learning curve, it becomes second nature. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Folks! I just purchased an Aspire Speeder – WOW! It’s pretty amazing. Or was pretty amazing.. I began playing with some of the settings (watts – currently at 90, V 4.25, temp C 255) and I’m using the 5 coil head. I can’t recall what the original settings are. I’m hoping to get back to big clouds and huge taste. Any advice?

  • I set me kangertech watt only at 20 cause if I go higher than that it already tastes burnt. what should I adjust like the temp what should it be set at?

  • Im having a issues with the gx 350 i charged the 18650 batteries all night long into into the next morning and it said check battery everytime

  • Great article. A lot of new vapers need these questions answered, and a lot of them end up buying the wrong juice and/or equipment. Information like this is what people need in order to successfully make the switch from smoking to vaping. On behalf of all of us here at vistavapors, thanks for spreading the word of vaping to new ears who need to hear it. Vape on!

  • Wow..!!! This article is the best… I’ve been searching for something like this for a while now… I started vaping very recently and had a lot of doubts regarding the same. This article is really the answer to most of it. What you have on page 5 is something a beginner should know about. I bought my first pack e juice two weeks before. They are really great and taste really great. And I agree on the disposable e-cigs, they are not really as they sounds. One of friends bought one and it didn’t even last for even half a day… Its really a waste of money…
    Thank you so much for this article… This is really great…



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