Cartomizer Guide


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One day you decide that you want to give vaping a try. Maybe you want to make a change from smoking, or simply want to understand what all the hype is about. In any case, you might be overwhelmed by the market offering. One of the most important choices you need to make when choosing an e-cig is the one between an atomizer, a cartomizer, and a clearomizer.

The pick should depend on your taste and vaping style, but what to do if you are yet to learn about those? We’re going to help you make a choice with this post by telling you everything you need to know about cartomizers.

What Is a Cartomizer?

A cartomizer is one of the essential constituents of an electronic cigarette. It is a combination of a cartridge and an atomizer. It is found in two-piece and three-piece e-cig systems. A two-piece system consists of a battery and a cartomizer as a rule, whereas a three-piece system includes a battery, an atomizer, and a tank or a cartridge.

Such three-piece devices are called mod (modified) vaporizers, or advanced personal vaporizers. Being a combination of a cartridge and an atomizer, the cartomizer tank helps to simplify the structure of the e-cig and allows the manufacturers to make the battery and the e-juice reservoir larger.

e-cig with cartomizer imageHow Does a Cartomizer Work?

Very often, cartomizers are described simply as extended versions of atomizers. Still, they are quite different from simple atomizers. There are silica wicks in atomizers, whereas cartomizers use a cotton-like fiber (Poly-fil) that holds the e-liquid. Most modern e-cig cartomizers are dual-coil. You can still find a device with one coil if you try, but two coils provide lower resistance and more vapor. It should come as no surprise that they drain your battery faster than one-coil cartomizers.

A cartomizer can hold up to ten drops of e cigarette liquid on average, which makes them great for extended vaping sessions. Unlike atomizers, they won’t make you refill your e-juice every ten hits.

Even though you will need to refill your cartomizer more seldom compared to an atomizer, the process can be unhandy: to fill your cartomizer, you need to tip it at a particular angle so that the air hole is not filled. In case you dry burn the Poly-fil, it will get ruined, and you will need to replace it. Not to waste a good cartomizer, you can easily modify it into a dripping atomizer.

Halo cartomizers imageTo do so, you need to carefully remove the filler with the help of tweezers. When you do it, you can use your modified cartomizer like an ordinary atomizer. The only thing you need to remember now is that the e-juice will burn through faster. Experienced vapers tend to keep such cartomizers as backups for the case of emergency.

Currently, refillable cartomizers are not as popular as they have been before. The e-cigarette technology is developing so rapidly that the new atomizers sometimes can hold much more e-liquid than cartomizers. In this case, a cartomizer doesn’t look like a convenient option, due to the uncomfortable refilling and chances of ruining the Poly-fill. However, cartomizers often come pre-filled, which means that you will not have to deal with constant refilling.

Smok dual coil cartomizer imageAre Cartomizers the Dinosaurs of the Vaping World?

As the technology is developing rapidly in every sphere of our life, vaping technology doesn’t stand still either. Some time ago cartomizer was an innovative combination of an atomizer and a cartridge, but now it has gotten far beyond that. The design and functionality of cartomizers changed in response to the market needs, and there are many users out there who believe that tank style cartomizers are the best choice for vaping.

510 cartomizers are most popular among experienced vapers now. However, there are also users who believe the tank of a 510 disposable cartomizer could be more stylish and the refilling process could be easier. There is always room for improvement in any product, after all.

Final Thoughts

It was all you needed to know about cartomizers and how they work. As you can see, an e-cig cartomizer has both upsides and downsides. To choose the type of device that meets your needs perfectly, read about atomizers and clearomizers as well.


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David Brown

Smoker for 20 years, switched to vaping 5 years ago. Never felt better since then. The best decision in my life. Proficient in DIY e-juices and custom coil builds. Vape collection - Wismec Noisy Cricket, SMOK Majesty Luxe, Augvape Druga, Dr. Dabber Aurora, Vaporesso Revenger Favorite e-juices - American Patriots by Naked 100, Tobacconist by Element Absinthe , Cosmic Fog Chill'd Tobacco, Starry Night by Quiet Owl

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