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Electronic Cigarette

An electronic cigarette consist of 3 main parts: cartridge (1), atomizer (2) and battery (3).

The Electronic Cigarette is a powerful microchip-driven atomizer device which effectively simulates the smoking experience. Using a rechargeable battery as a power source, the atomizer unit vaporizes liquid contained in a flavor/nicotine cartridge, delivering a cool mist which mimics the smoke of a traditional cigarette.

The Electronic Cigarette is a powerful microchip-driven atomizer device which effectively simulates the smoking experience. Using a rechargeable battery as a power source, the atomizer unit vaporizes liquid contained in a flavor/nicotine cartridge, delivering a cool mist which mimics the smoke of a traditional cigarette.

The Atomizer is the heart of the Electronic Cigarette. It generates vapor in much the same way as the working of a household humidifier, vaporizing the flavor/nicotine liquid in the cartridge into a cool mist which then is inhaled by the user in a manner similar to smoking a tobacco cigarette.

The Microchip is the brain of the Electronic Cigarette. It monitors the battery condition and atomizer performance, and communicates with the user via a light at the end of the rechargeable battery. The light glows each time the user draws on the mouthpiece, simulating the "cherry" of a cigarette. The light flashes five times to warn of possible overheating, ten times when the battery needs to be changed, and twenty times when the microchip initiates the auto-cleaning routine. The cleaning phase occurs automatically, and insures the Electronic Cigarette is always performing optimally.


Mouthpiece cartridge

The mouthpiece is usually a small disposable plastic piece, which can either house a removable smaller plastic container (a "cartridge") holding an absorbent material saturated with a flavored liquid nicotine solution, or be the "cartridge" itself.

The mouthpiece is usually a small disposable plastic piece, which can either house a removable smaller plastic container (a "cartridge") holding an absorbent material saturated with a flavored liquid nicotine solution, or be the "cartridge" itself. The amount of nicotine depends on the solution selected. The mouthpiece is constructed so that the vapor created in the heating element can flow past the solution container and reach the user's mouth. When the liquid in the cartridge has been depleted, it can either be refilled by the user or replaced with another pre-filled cartridge. There are also replaceable mouthpieces which are nicotine cartridge and heating element in one. Such units, usually called "cartomizers", can come empty or factory-filled, and can hold much more solution than regular cartridges. They also cut the e-cigarette's number of replaceable parts down to two.

As an alternative to the traditional plastic mouthpiece, some manufacturers have created dedicated mouthpieces just for dripping, such as Super-T manufacturing's stainless steel T-Tip drip tip.

Another alternative to using cartridges is the direct dripping method using 'drip tips'. By removing the absorbent material, one is able to simply remove the plastic mouthpiece and drip several drops of e-liquid directly onto the atomizer bridge. To further ease dripping, some manufacturers have created special mouthpieces made of stainless steel or plastic that are intended only for dripping and do not require removal at each refilling


Heating element „Atomizer”

The heating element serves to vaporize the solution so it can be inhaled. This component is referred to in the industry as an "atomizer". Atomizers contain filaments that tend to "burn out" after varying periods of time, requiring periodic replacement, creating one of the primary recurring expenses associated with electronic cigarettes.

The heating element serves to vaporize the solution so it can be inhaled. This component is referred to in the industry as an "atomizer". Atomizers contain filaments that tend to "burn out" after varying periods of time, requiring periodic replacement, creating one of the primary recurring expenses associated with electronic cigarettes.

 

Battery and electronics

The housing for the battery and logic board is usually the largest component of an electronic cigarette. It is generally referred to simply as the "battery". This unit may contain an electronic airflow sensor for automated operation, or a button for manual operation. The housing for the battery and logic board is usually the largest component of an electronic cigarette. It is generally referred to simply as the "battery". This unit may contain an electronic airflow sensor for automated operation, or a button for manual operation. A timed cutoff switch (to prevent overheating) and/or a colored LED may also be included here.

Most electronic cigarettes use a lithium-ion rechargeable battery to power the heating element. Battery life varies depending on the battery type and size, frequency of use, and operating environment.

To recharge their batteries, many different types of battery chargers – such as AC outlet, car, and USB – are available. Some manufacturers also offer a "Personal Charging Case," or "PCC",which contains a large rechargeable battery that is then used to charge a smaller battery within the individual e-cigarettes.


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