What is vaping? How does the vape work?
Vaping is the act of inhaling smoke-like vapor from an electronic cigarette or vape device. E-cigarettes mimic smoking, but with less harm.
A flavored nicotine liquid called vapejuice is an ingredient in e-cigarettes, but not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Consumers decide the flavor and amount (if any) of nicotine they wish to use.
Vapes are adult hand-held electronic devices that produce an inhalable mist of vapor, often containing nicotine and a variety of flavors.
The first retail vape was an electronic cigarette designed to look like a tobacco cigarette. E-cigarettes were invented by HonLik and launched by the Chinese company Ruyan in the early 2000s. Then around 2007, I went to Europe and America. Today, different types of e-cigarettes vary in design, power, and vapor-making capabilities. Their basic function and usage are the same as the first one.
How do e-cigarettes work?
The same premise applies to all e-cigarettes: battery power (vapemod) powers a heating element (coil) that vaporizes e-liquid in a small chamber (atomizer). The user then inhales the vapor through a small mouthpiece.
The vape works as a complete system. None of the components are a vape, when all the components are put together it is what you have. Many experienced consumers buy mix-and-match vape accessories, but beginners are advised to stick to pre-packaged kits that contain everything to guarantee proper compatibility.
Pods are battery devices, generally using lithium-ion batteries. Such devices can come in many shapes and sizes. They are named accordingly, such as pods, vape pens, vape tubes, and smaller designs called pods and vapes. The word “mod” is a nod to early vaping consumers who modified their flashlights for more power.
Today, vapemods have a wide range in terms of electronic features and power limitations. Some are more advanced and can adjust power (variable power modules) or even control temperature (temperature control modules); others have no adjustability and require no technical knowledge from the user.
The power level of the vapemods usually determines the ease of use, as well as the experience required to operate them safely.
Low power: podvapes, vapepens, electronic cigarettes, AIO (all-in-one)
no experience required
Small rechargeable batteries (unless it’s a disposable e-cigarette)
Usually not adjustable power
Medium power: AIO (all-in-one), tube modules, box modules
must have some experience
Recommended battery safety knowledge
Medium rechargeable battery built-in or replaceable
Usually power adjustable (up to 100 watts)
Portable (though rarely hidden)
High Power: Cassette Modules, Mechanical Modules
experience is essential
Multiple replaceable batteries (rarely built in)
Knowledge of battery safety is required Yes
fits in your pocket (but bulky)
Typically with adjustable power (up to 200+ watts)
The most commonly used replaceable batteries in electronic cigarettes are 18650, 20700, and 21700 in three sizes. These batteries are more powerful than normal remote control batteries – a solid knowledge of battery safety is required.
It is still recommended that new customers purchase devices with built-in non-removable batteries, which can be charged directly in the device through the USB interface.
What is a vaping steam source
The vapor is produced in what is called a vape atomizer, sometimes called a vape tank. It is a separate chamber that is electrically connected to the vapemod. It houses a resistive heating element — usually a metal coil — and an absorbent wick soaked in e-liquid (which has a similar base ingredient to theater “smoke”). When the user blows on air, the coil heats the liquid in the wick, instantly creating a smoky vapor.
All atomizers hold e-juice (mL), but some have more capacity than others. Many are designed for simplicity, while others are far more complex and suitable for hobbyists.
For ease of use, the four main categories are:
Pre-Filled: Single Use; Non-Replaceable Coil; Disposable
Capsules, Cartridges, Atomization
Refillable: multi-purpose; non-replaceable coil; disposable
Pods, Cartridges, Atomizers Replaceable Coils Refillable
: Reusable Proprietary Replacement Coil
clearomizers are reusable indefinitely (“DIY”)
Any atomizer written with an acronym starting with an “R” such as RDA, RTA, RDTA, etc.
Just like vapemods, there are many types of atomizers. The key thing to remember is that they need to be vapemod compatible. Not all are suitable for all vapemods, and some are not, due to their coil resistance and the power they may require to function properly.
Coils in atomizers come in various resistance ranges (ohms/Ω). Some coils produce dense clouds (low resistance; less than 1.0 ohms), while others produce more subtle vapors (high resistance; near or above 1.0 ohms). Regardless of resistance or atomizer type, all coils are discarded after time. They won’t go out like the filament in a light bulb, but the flavor and vapor will drop after prolonged use. This can vary from a few days to a week or more.