Atomizer vs. Cartomizer vs. Clearomizer

Overview of Atomizer vs. Cartomizer vs. Clearomizer

Atomizer, Cartomizer, and Clearomizer are device that you screw on a battery or power supply to deliver e-juice (e-liquid) in a vapor form. These are three major type of devices on the market today. All three type of devices work on the same principle of heating e-juice to a temperature of vaporization. It is important to note that there is no clear winner between Atomizer, Cartomizer, and Clearomizer. Some people prefer one over the other, and each has its own pros and cons which we will discuss in more details below.

Overview of an Atomizer

Atomizers are one of the original devices. They have a fairly small capacity and are best for people who prefer dripping. There are different design but majority of atomizers have a heating coil on the bottom with metal mesh on top of the coil. Some atomizers utilize silica wick instead of metal mesh.


Break-Down of an Atomizer

1. Assembled Atomizer
2. Assembled Atomizer in transparent view
3. Atomizer tank
4. Metal Mesh
5. Heating Coil
6. Atomizer base with battery thread

Pros of an Atomizer

• Perfect for dripping, which means that you can switch between different flavors of juices pretty fast
• Simple design
• Low cost
• Easy refill

Cons of an Atomizer

• If you vape a lot, you need to continuously refill an atomizer
• Some models of atomizers are rebuildable but require considerable skill
• Hard to track amount of e-juice left inside

Overview of a Cartomizer

Cartomizers are similar in design to the atomizer. The big difference is that cartomizers have polyfill wrapped around a heating coil. A polyfill soaks e-juice and allows for longer vape time over atomizer. There are some designs of cartomizers that are housed inside a larger cylindrical tank that holds larger capacity of e-juice.


Break-Down of a Cartomizer

1. Assembled Cartomizer
2. Assembled Cartomizer in transparent view
3. Cartomizer tank
4. Polyfill material
5. Heating coil
6. Cartomizer base with battery thread

Pros of a Cartomizer

• Hold more e-juice over an atomizer
• Low cost
• Easy to refill
• Fairly easy to rebuild

Cons of a Cartomizer

• Might not be suitable for heavy vaping
• Some people claim that polyfill material dulls the e-juice flavor
• May retain flavor from previous e-juice

Overview of a Clearomizer

Clearmizers are one of the newest and most popular devices on the market. These type of devices are usually cylindrical and feature a clear polycarbonate plastic or pyrex glass tank. A clear tank allows you to see the level of e-juice inside of a clearomizer. E-juice is delivered to the heating coil by ways of a silica wick. Some designs feature top heating coil with longer wicks, others have bottom placed heating coil with short wicks which allows for easier wick saturation. 


Break-Down of a Clearomizer

1. Assembled Clearomizer
2. Drip tip
3. Clearomizer tank
4. Wick
5. Clearomizer base with battery thread
6. Heating Coil

Pros of a Clearomizer

• Large capacity for e-juice, typically around 1.6-3ml
• Clear tank allows you to see exact amount of e-juice left inside of a clearomizer
• Some models are rebuildable, and come with replaceable coils
• Longer life-cycle
• Some people claim that clearmizers with wick system offer superior flavor delivery

Cons of an Clearomizer

• Usually more expensive than atomizers or cartomziers
• May retain flavor from previous e-juice
• May leak depending on manufacturer and model
• Top coil design may require you to tip clearomizer to absorb left over e-juice

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