How E-Cigarettes Work

The new trend in smoking provided by e-cigarettes has drawn a massive amount of attention and the main interest other than what e-cigarettes are, is how e-cigarettes work. Electronic cigarettes which are electric devices designed to mimic smoking without the odor, tar, carbon monoxide and other carcinogens, use a liquid called e-liquid or e-juice to create the vapor which is actually a water, vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol liquid mixed with flavor and various levels of nicotine from zero to extra high, to deliver the full pleasure sensation of smoking, and with various e-cigarette styles out there to choose from, selecting your best match won’t pose the smallest challenge.

E-cigarettes are mainly composed from three parts, cartridge, atomizer and battery, and every piece plays a very important and distinct role in providing the full smoking sensation.

The cartridge

..comes in two types, refillable or replaceable, and is the part that holds the e-liquid soaked into an absorbent fabric, e-juice which is delivered to the atomizer to be vaporized and then inhaled. With every use, the e-liquid levels diminish until it completely dries out, letting you know that it’s time for a refill or a cartridge change.

The atomizer

..is a two part device which helps vaporize the e-liquid or e-juice with every puff or at the push of a button. A metal wick draws the liquid from the cartridge with every inhalation and guides it towards the second part of the atomizer which is a simple filament, a small coil of high resistance wire which is heated up by the battery and which vaporizes the e-liquid. Because the atomizer’s filament loses efficiency in time due to the buildup of sediment, manufacturers have developed the cartomizer which is a fused cartridge and the atomizer that provides an easier replacement when the parts degrade.

The battery

..is typically a lithium ion rechargeable battery which provides the power for the heating elements of the e-cigarette and any LED lights that the chosen model might feature. The wired power units available can be recharged through a special USB cable.

Replaceable cartridges can be bought separately and replaced whenever necessary while refillable ones can be reused and refilled whenever the LED light at the end of the e-cigarette flashes or when the vapor starts to diminish significantly. A 30 ml bottle of e-juice lasts for about100 cartridge refills, making the process cheaper compared to using individual pre-filled disposable cartridges or smoking regular tobacco cigarettes.