All about vape atomizers

Published Apr 28, 2019 09:00 a.m. ET
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If you have been looking at getting yourself set up with a brand new vaporizer but have been slightly thrown off by the jargon used than you are not alone. Vaping is a relatively new industry that is still rife with misinformation which can make it difficult to tell the difference between fact or fiction. One of the essential steps to becoming a vapor is learning about the most basic parts that are found in vape pens, including what they do, and how they might be fixed which can help to diagnose any issues you have in the future while using one. Today, we will focus on vaporizer atomizers explaining what they do, and why they serve such a vital role in vape pens, customizable apes, and bulkier tabletop versions.

What is a vape atomizer?

The atomizer is just a formal term that is used about the coils that are located on a vape tank. This piece is in charge of vaporizing the contents of a vape, but the word seems to have evolved over the years into something that is also used about the whole vape tank. Sometimes atomizers also go by other names like clearomizers, rebuildables, or cartomizers, but they all perform essentially the same task in a vape pen.

Why is an atomizer necessary?

The atomizer is the casing and piece that contains the coils for your vape or vape pen. The coils are charged with an electrical current and responsible for heating the contents of the vape cartridge to an adequate temperature to vaporize. Without this essential part, there would be no heating element and therefore no ability to vape.

The average cost of a vape atomizer

The average price of a vape atomizer will depend on a few different factors including size, contents, brand, region, and other outside influences. For instance, the average vape pen atomizer can likely be replaced for anywhere from $1-$20 and will be cheaper if you learn how to replace the coils yourself and invest in a model that allows for repair rather than total replacement. If you are vaping with a desktop or higher end model than the atomizer could easily be closer to $50-$100 if you don’t know how to fix them yourself.


Different types of vaping atomizers

As mentioned, there are a few different types of atomizers, and each one is slightly different than the others. Below you will find a description of the two most commonly found versions of vaporizer atomizers.


Cartomizers are a bit less common as they tend to be used in vape pens that offer disposable vape cartridges that come pre-filled for easy install and go action. They are usually not replaceable as they are meant to dispose of frequently. This design is most often utilized in e-cigarettes for smokers who are trying to quit since it imitates a similar draw and feels very much the same as a cigarette.


These atomizers are the most commonly bought and sold across all vaping devices. A clearomizer has a see-through window into the vape cartridge that comes equipped with a coil that is replaceable by mounting a new one on the base with a screw. They also contain a mouthpiece which is removable from the vape cartridge for cleaning. These ones are typically used for those who want a more massive cloud of vapor and are favored for performing vape tricks and stunts.



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