How do E-Liquid Vaporizers work?

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Wondering how an e-liquid vaporizer works?

You are not alone. There are quite a few types of e-cigs and e-liquid vapes out there, and each of them works in different ways. E-cigs are relatively basic, and most have a 2-piece design while vape pens and mods have a more complicated design with more capabilities to customize.

To see for yourself how some e-cigs, vape pens, and vape mods look, check out my best e-cigs and best vape mods pages.

Previously in our education series, we discussed what e-liquid is. If you missed it, check out our what is e-liquid page.

If you are looking for a vaping device that uses e-liquids, there are many choices. There are e-cigs, vape pens, and mods.

There is no “right” one to choose, and it would depend on the user’s preferences. However, if you would like some direction on which ones to look at that, then think of it this way.

Let’s take a look at the different kinds of vapes that use e-liquids or vape juice.

To better understand how e-liquid vapes work, let’s discuss the different kinds there are and the components that make them up.


If you are a tobacco cigarette smoker looking to switch to vaping, I would suggest taking a look at mini electronic cigarettes or “cig-a-likes.” The great thing about these e-cigs is that they have the look and feel of a traditional conventional cigarette. It provides a similar experience to a cigarette without the harmful effects. They are easy to use, compact, lightweight and you don’t have to worry about smelling like smoke afterward.
E-cigs have four major components – the battery, the atomizer (vaporizes the liquid), the cartridge (where the mouthpiece and tank are), and of course the e-liquid of your choice to vape on.

Do keep in mind that some brands of electronic cigarettes, especially ones sold alongside tobacco cigarettes, are usually of cheaper quality so if you want an e-cig that is going to be worth the money, it’s better to invest in some of the better brands found online or in vape shops.

One upside to using e-cigs is that they come in rechargeable and disposable styles. You can buy these electronic cigarettes at your local convenience store, at vape shops, or at an online retailer.

A great brand to try out would be the JUUL e-cig.

  • ideal transition for traditional tobacco cigarette smokers
  • compact and lightweight
  • the best choice for first-time vapers
  • the best choice for light to moderate tobacco cigarette smokers

  • They look like tobacco cigarettes.
  • shorter battery life
  • Minis might not satisfy heavy smokers.
  • more expensive in the long-term

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Vape pens are a popular choice among moderate vapers and those looking for something they can customize and offers them more options. Vaporizer pens are larger than their cig-a-like counterparts and provide features such as longer battery life and better vapor production.

There is actually a selection of THC vaporizers that support e-liquids as well. A great one to try is the V2 Pro Series 7.

The main difference between e-cigs and regular vapes is the refillable aspect and the size. Vape pens have detachable tanks and batteries, both of varying sizes.

  • relatively portable like minis
  • double the performance and better features
  • reasonably priced for consumers with small budgets
  • can be used with e-liquids that have nicotine; great for former smokers
  • do not have to use cartridges; more options with vape juice

  • larger than minis
  • requires manual operation
  • limited customization on features and performance
  • requires more cleaning than minis

If you are looking for something to give you the ultimate vaping experience, then you should check out advanced personal vaporizers (APVs) or mods. There are two different types of mods which are tube mods and box mods. Tube mods look like flashlights while box mods resemble more a pack of cigarettes.

Unlike minis and mid-sized vape pens, APVs come with bigger, stronger battery packs that packed with enhanced functions like larger tanks, digital readout, and variable voltage/wattage settings. These devices allow you to have full control over all functions included.

These mods are geared more towards advanced users. Beginners might find the advanced features too complicated as well as the larger size. If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you start with an e-cig or a mid-sized vape pen. Vape mods are the battery component of a vape, but are typically larger more complex units with adjustable temperature wattage and more settings.

  • best performance and vapor production
  • best battery life
  • durable build quality
  • advanced features and room for much customization
  • best vaping experience one can expect

  • can be expensive
  • sophisticated batteries require more care
  • bulky; not discreet

All e-liquid vaporizers work in different ways (for the most part).

E-cigs are not complicated to use. They have a simple design and changing out cartridges are a breeze. Most models look like tobacco cigarettes and can be disposed of as such.

Vape pens are slightly larger than e-cigs. They are far more powerful and have more features than e-cigs. Their design requires more parts, but they are perfect for vapers who have some experience vaping.

Vape Mods are made for advanced users and are better than e-cigs and vape pens. They are packed with features like bigger batteries, advanced temperature controls, and can be customized down to the atomizer.

Now that you know how each of these vaporizers works, you can make a more informed decision when you decide what vape is right for you.

Next up in our education series is vaping vs smoking nicotine where we will bring the two head-to-head and weigh in on which one is better.

See you there! 🙂

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