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A Complete Guide to Vaporizer Tanks

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It’s easy enough to take your vape, or vaping device, for granted. They are, after all, quite magical, and even a bit mysterious. But, of course, as with any device that makes our days better, your vape deserves respect, attention, and care. And so on your quest for an optimum vaping experience, it’s time to pay a bit of attention to the vape tank, that integral piece of kit that hold your e-liquid until it’s ready to be vaporized.


Knowing how your tank operates, its different components, and best care practices will help ensure you get the most out of your device. Not only that, with a bit of knowledge you can start customizing your device so it does exactly what you want it to.

What Is A Vape Tank?

As mentioned above, your vape tank is, well, a tank that holds your e-liquid. Think of it as a little fuel tank. Tanks are the components of your device which include a reservoir to hold e-liquid, and the coil to fire and create the vapor. Coils are attached to and held within the tank, which wicks e-liquid from the tank and heats it up to produce vapor.


There are a few dominant types of tank, including clearomizers, cartomizers, and stand-alone atomizers, all of which are devices (usually made from glass or pyrex and a metal like stainless steel and anodized aluminum) that combine atomizers and e-liquid reservoirs.

What is an Atomizer? 

It’s important to note that all e-cigarettes need an atomizer to operate. Cartomizers and clearomizers in all forms have atomizers that vaporize e-liquids. And, all of these devices hold e-liquid, contain atomizer coils, and screw onto a battery. The main difference between them is the delivery method each use to turn e-liquid to vapor, and choosing one over the other boils down to preference and how you intend to use your vaping device.


Simply, the atomizer consists of a heating coil and a wicking material that soaks up e-liquid and funnels it into a coil. The coil is a piece of wire that is coiled around the wick or wicking material. The atomizer is then connected to the negative and positive poles of the battery in your device, which the coil uses to create vapor when the liquid from the wick reaches it. 


In summary, the atomizer draws power from the battery which it uses to turn the e-liquid into vapor. 

What is a Cartomizer?

A cartomizer is a device that contains a cotton or cotton-like filament within the tank, and usually comes in a long case. The filament absorbs the e-liquid, which is then fed to the coils through this material and evaporates (turns into vapor) when heated by the battery. Essentially, the main components of a cartomizer consists of a single metal wire inside a metal tube that is surrounded by an artificial filler known as polyfill, which ensures that the coil is continually surrounded by e-liquid.


So what are the advantages of a cartomizer? Well, they are able to hold a greater amount of e-liquid, so cartomizer users can go on extended vaping sessions without refilling. They are also quite simple to use and low maintenance. 

Different Types of Cartomizer

There are a few major cartomizer types to consider, and the biggest difference comes down to coil placement. Some cartomizers house a horizontal coil which runs across a central air path in the middle of the device. The coil is wrapped around a wick which carries e-liquid from the filler material so the coil doesn’t have to touch the filler material in the tank directly like it does inside a vertical coil cartomizer. 


Vertical coil cartomizers, then, have a vertical coil placement. This means that the airflow is.

drawn through the middle of the coil, instead along the outside of the coil as it does with horizontal coil placement. 


Both types of cartomizer have advantages and potential drawbacks. Some think that there is better vape flavor with horizontal coil cartomizers, but it has been said that  horizontal coils do not work as well as vertical coil cartomizers when using higher voltages because of their thinner wick.

What is a Clearomizer?

A clearomizer does not possess the polyfill of the cartomizer. Rather, the coils used with clearomizers have wicks attached to them so they don’t require any additional filler material to absorb your e-liquid. The wick system feeds the right amount of liquid to the atomizer.


Clearomizers get their name from the transparent plastic or glass body that makes up the bulk of their appearance. This lets you monitor the amount of e-liquid in your device at all times and makes it easy to know when to refill your liquid.

Different Types of Clearomizer

The difference between the types of clearomizer very broadly comes down to disposability, reusability, and voltage capacity. The very basic variety are entirely disposable and last for about 1 or 2 months. However, you can also find clearomizers in which certain aspects of the device can be replaced or rebuilt, like the wick or atomizer.


Of course, the advantage of a totally disposable clearomizer is that you can replace everything at once, which means you can be guaranteed the quality of the changed device will be excellent. However, replaceable or rebuildable clearomizers are usually high quality to begin with, so you are getting a high quality product where you can simply replace the disposable aspects, or customize at your convenience.

ndly as any other model of pen vaporizer, you don’t have to worry about its tank.

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