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What is an Atomiser?

Not sure what an atomiser is? check out our short article now and get up to speed

The electronic cigarette has been taking the smoking world by storm ever since it was introduced to the market several years ago. It is a smokeless alternative to tobacco which allows smokers continue their habit in a safer and cleaner way without negative effects to those around them. But how exactly does this device works if there's no tobacco being burned? The principle is rather simple, even though the devices themselves are sensitive electronic instruments.

The electronic cigarette, also known as the e-cig, is made up of three parts: an electrical source, an atomiser, and a nicotine liquid cartridge. It is the atomiser that converts the liquid into the "e-smoke" vapour that these devices emit. The vapour is completely harmless consisting of nothing more than water and several natural substances that we use every day in things like food and cosmetics. They pose no danger of second hand smoke or the carcinogens and toxins found in burning tobacco.

The Atomiser

The atomiser is the key component of the electronic cigarette's system. Simply put, an atomiser turns a liquid substance into a vapour either by forcing it through a very small hole, applying heat or electric current, or a combination of both. Your household vaporiser is a good example; it's nothing more than a large atomiser that vaporises water into mist so it can be inhaled. Atomiser's are also used in aerosol cans, spray bottles, and so forth.

For the purposes of the e-cig, the atomiser uses both electric current and the pressure of a small hole to vaporise the liquid. By utilizing both processes electronic cigarette is able to vaporise the liquid for inhalation while also producing that smoky mist that tobacco users are used to. There are many different types of atomisers on the market today, but they can basically be broken down into three different categories: the 510, 801, and 901 atomisers.

510 Atomiser

The 510 could be considered the standard size atomiser with a round tip. Downward threads are used to screw the atomiser to the cartridge body, and there is an air hole on the battery contacts threads. The selling point of the 510 is that it makes an impressive vapour cloud. In fact, some say the 510 provides the best cloud of them all. Battery life for the 501 is decent but, depending on the liquid you use, it may consume more than 801s and 901s.

On the downside, the 510 is notorious for having less flavour. You might be able to compensate for this if you make your own e-liquid, by simply adding more flavouring. Just remember, if you don't create your mixture correctly you could damage your atomiser or significantly shorten its lifespan. The other downside to the 510 involves those who prefer to drip rather than use a cartridge. If you drip too much the excess liquid can seep down through the whole and interrupt the proper functioning of the battery.

801 Atomiser

The 801 is the large atomiser, also known as the "big boy." It takes the largest of all the cartridges and generally takes quite a while to break in by comparison. 801s are often used in the largest of e-cigarettes and e-cigars, because of their size. They also take bigger batteries as well. In terms of flavour and a vapour, 801s do a decent job. One of their strongest selling points is the belief that the 801 gives a better throat-hit than the other two.

Because of its size the 801 tends to be heavier than the 510 and 901. When you're holding it in your hand you probably won't notice the difference. But holding the e-cig in your mouth for more than a few seconds, and it becomes evident how much heavier it is. The 801 also has a reputation of overheating if you draw too long and too frequently.

901 Atomiser

The 901 seems to be the most popular of the three, though there doesn't seem to be any specific reason why. It is similar in size to the 501, with a whistle tip and threads inside the atomiser. The air hole, rather than being on top of the battery contacts threads, is in the side. The 901 produces a much better flavour than the 510, but a less impressive list cloud. It is possible to buy 510/901 adapters if you'd like to try both types of atomisers with your e-cig.

601 Atomiser

We didn't include the 601 in our original list because this atomiser is used exclusively for e-pipes. It is embedded in the bowl and stem of the electronic pipe, and the cartridge forced down into it when mouthpiece is pushed onto the pipe. The first-generation 601s had a reputation for being inconsistent in both flavour and vapour, but the second-generation versions have largely solved those problems. Even so, because e-pipes are used in the vaping world as frequently as tobacco pipes are used in the smoking world, we don't generally hear a whole lot about the 601 atomiser.

What is an Atomiser?

Date Added: 09/09/2013 00:00:00 by E Cigs Online

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