Let's face facts, many vapers are interested in saving money.
Agree? Well, it's likely that the vast majority of people on this planet are thrifty in some form.
Now, maybe you're a connoisseur of fine vape wares and there's nothing wrong with that. However, we all want to know how to be responsible with your gear and get the most out of our gear. So regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, let's break down the factors that will get you the most out of your atomizer.
In the Realm of The Vapor Wares
Okay, the realm of the vapor wares sounds a bit dramatic. I know my experience in the local vape shop seems like I'm stepping into the shop in Legends of Zelda, or maybe into the keep of some wizard, working hard to keep me informed and equip for the journey ahead.
So with all parts and pieces involved in your vape build, it's important to get the most out of them. If you're finding that the lifespan of your gear isn't amounting to much then here's what you can do.
Atomizers seem to be among the most replaced parts. But addressing your E-liquid could be the first part in remedying your problems.
Buying the cheapest e-Liquid could end up costing you more money in the end. It's a sad truth for the thrifty.
If you're willing to invest in higher quality juice for a little more, you're less likely to spend more money to replace entire parts of your kit. One aspect to look out for when shopping for juice is if the e-Liquid you’re using is high in vegetable glycerin. This can have a negative effect on your kit as it can clog the atomizer and make it less effective. Look for alternatives like juices that have more propylene glycol or is nicotine salt based e-liquid which won't have such a strain on the device.
The lesson is, buy quality e-liquid.
The buildup of debris is the last thing you're going to want to have in your device. By simply soaking your atomizer in warm water, one can overcome many of the plights of vape users.
Simply Remove old eLiquid and set the atomizer, disconnected from batin hots, in hot water and then gently swish the water about. Then let sit for about twenty minutes. If you've got some significant buildup that's not coming off then it's time to bring out the big guns.
- Try adding white distilled vinegar: this is a great cleaning compound that won't impart hazardous chemicals. Remember that food-grade cleaners are always preferable.
- Vodka: Suprised? Vodka is basically like a food-grade alcohol for cleaning. It's going to help remove oxidization that can occur on machined parts and pieces of your vape.
Once the device is properly cleaned be sure to remove any excess water that could be caught in the crevices. It's a best practice to let dry overnight and not use for the rest of the day. So having a backup atomizer might be preferable.
Again, these are great investments to make to be sure you're devices are being maintained properly.
Drain the Atomizer
Proper Storage should be lesson number one for the novice vaper. However, we get busy during the day and don't always think about the troubles of storing our vape in pockets or haphazardly on our desk or workbench.
If you're not in the know, one should take the atomizer out and set it out to drain with the brass side up. This allows the liquid to slowly be removed from inside the cylinder of the atomizer. It's likely that you don't have a storage case but again, great investment.
Since the atomizer will be dry after being stored like this, it’s important to use caution when using it so you don’t take a dry hit.
Lower The Operating Voltage
If you're finding that you're experiencing headaches and constant maintenance problems then it's advised to lower the voltage of your device.
Consistently staying at a voltage level that is around or under 3.7 volts will help to preserve your atomizer. You can adjust your voltage for certain situations if needed.
Atomizers and Cartomizers Vs. Clearomizer
Many users question if the atomizer has more problems then these other two components. Well, that's a tricky question to answer.
First off, let's reflect on how the atomizer works.
All atomizers, including cartomizers and clearomizers, contain at least two posts, one positive and one negative, and a wick.
While the wick absorbs e-juice the coil heats up and this creates the vapor we all know and love.
The wick, soaked in the delicious juice of your choosing, is there to provide a steady stream to be converted to vapor with even application. Without the wick, the coil would become flooded and that would be bad news. Ever heard gargling noises in your device? We hope not, but that's a direct sign of flooding.
In that case, it's best to disconnect the battery and then flush the system out. If you've got access to an air compressor, then spray some air throughout the chamber and start fresh.
What's a Cartomizer?
Cartomizers are disposable cartridges that essentially have atomizers built into them. The main benefit of this style is that there is a brand new atomizer in each cartomizer giving you the freshest and densest vapor production.
Though technology is constantly evolving and the world vaping is growing significantly, you shouldn't write off the cartomizer style as a whole.
If you've seen vape enthusiasts with a particularly long vape device this is likely to be the culprit. One of the most significant differences is in the wicking system. Instead of silica, cartomizers use a cotton-like fiber, called a filler, to hold the e-liquid.
Though single coil cartomizers are on the market most contain dual coils. These cartomizers will typically use battery power like it's going out of style, but this means two coils are used to give a lower resistance and provide more vapor.
About 10 drops or so of e-liquid is able to be stored. Many find that the cartomizer can be perfect for an extended trip, for instance, a nice hike or overnight camping with a few of these.
A very interesting trick to give a shot is that one can convert their cartomizer into a dripping atomizer by removing the filler carefully, it's recommended to get a small emergency kit, that features tweezers, needle, or ultra-fine stitching graspers. Once the filler is completely removed, you can reuse your cartomizer just like any normal atomizer.
Once converted the absence of a wick will mean that e-liquid is used much quicker, but it's a great backup unit to have in the long run.
The upside of cartomizers is that they usually come pre-filled with e-juice. This is great for those who need an atomizer and e-juice in a pinch, and don’t want to bother themselves with constant refilling.
What's a Clearomizer?
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Clearomizer.
Clearomizers seem to be hands down favorite among users of all experience levels. The reasoning for this is well....rather clear!
Convenience makes the first point and the high level of customization for this vape style adds to the fun. New users can enjoy swapping out coil heads to experiment with varying resistances, while advanced users can experiment with rebuilding various coil configurations to achieve maximum flavor and vapor production.
Clearomizer might be a foreign word to you, even as an experienced vaper.
That's because they are often just called tanks. Tanks or clearomizers come in various shapes, sizes, and configurations. But regardless of the type, clearomizers can hold more e-juice than both atomizers and cartomizers. Like the name implies, a tank holds a pretty good amount of juice and makes it easy to go through the day without constantly refilling. Some users don't find that one flavor is going to keep them satisfied, thus they decide to use a device that can be refilled more often, cleaned and with another flavor of e-liquid.
Regardless of what style of device you'd like to use, it's likely that you'll find something that works great in our shop. And as always consult us or the blog for further info!