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What is a Vape Atomizer?

One of the most used words in the vaping vocabulary is "atomizer". Understanding what an atomizer is and how it works is an important part of creating a great vaping experience. The wrong atomizer can severely restrict the flavor, density and overall performance of your vaporizer. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of atomizer anatomy so you can see how an atomizer works, and choose the best vape atomizer for your needs.

What is a Vape Atomizer?

The atomizer is the word used to describe the part of your vaporizer device that actually does the hard work of turning liquid vape juice into vapor. Atomizers are made up of several parts including a heating element (coil), a wick, and a small cavity used for holding e-liquid. Your atomizer typically screws onto your battery post, which provides it with power.

When you first begin shopping for atomizers, you will find that there are many different devices that are billed as "atomizers". In reality, atomizers come in several shapes and sizes, and they go by different names. For instance, there are rebuildabletank atomizers and rebuildable drip atomizers. The word rebuildable simplymeans that you can take the atomizer completely apart and change out the coils and wick it yourself, and then put it back together and keep using it. A drip atomizer means that there is no space built in for you to fill up with liquid. Instead, you must drip your liquid into the coils a little at a time. Aside from the popular rebuildable options, you will also find a whole range of pre-built and disposable atomizers that are meant for ease of use. Oftentimes, these atomizers are a self-contained unit with a pre-made coil and wick combination, which you simply screw into whatever tank you are already using.

All of these options can be overwhelming at first because they look very different. However, they all basically work the same way.

How an Atomizer Works

An atomizer begins working at the moment that you apply power to the coil by hitting the firing button. The coil receives power and heats up in a fraction of a second, giving you a nearly instant burst of vapor.

Atomizers are rated according to the resistance of the coil inside. This measurement is in Ohms. A higher Ohm rating means that the coil has more resistance and will heat up slower. A lower Ohm rating means that the coil has less resistance and will get hot faster. The resistance of a coil can be changed either by changing the number of wraps in the coil or by changing the material that the coil is made of. As you shop for atomizers you will notice that Kanthal wire is the most common type of coil in use, but Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel also have their place.Since it is the coil's job to turn liquid into vapor, it is easy to see that the resistance of the coil can affect how much vapor is produced and how strong that vapor is. It is also important to understand that different ingredients within your e-liquid are vaporized at different temperatures, so the flavor profile of a certain juice can change depending on the type of coil you are using and the resistance rating.

The wick is a soft mesh material that is used to transport e-liquid from the tank to the coil to be vaporized. There are many different kinds of wick materials, but cotton fibers tend to be the most popular. The ends of the wick protrude into your tank and slowly soak up liquid, which then makes its way to the center of the coil where it can be heated and turned into vapor.

If you are using a vape atomizer tank, all you have to do is fill it up and prime your coil to start vaping. However, if you're using an atomizer that doesn't have a tank, you will have to add a few drops of liquid after every couple of puffs. Each of these methods has its perks, so you should experiment with both types of atomizers if you have the chance.

Choosing the Best Vape Atomizer

The best vape atomizer for you is largely dependent on your style of vaping. For new vapers, many manufacturers have made it simple by offering pre-packaged atomizers in multiple resistance ratings to choose from. This gives you a range of experiences without having to dive straight into building your own coils. However, as you become more familiar with the technology, you may find that using rebuildable atomizers is the best way to personalize your vaping experience.

You can see VaporFi's full selection of coils and atomizers online and begin exploring the vast array of options available to you within this vaping family.