Basically, an e-cig is a handheld battery powered vaporizer. The main parts that make up an e-cig are a mouthpiece, atomizer tank, coil, wick, atomizer deck and a battery. The user inhales the aerosol, commonly called vapor, rather than cigarette smoke. The vape then provides you with a flavor and feel similar to smoking tobacco but minus the expense, health-related issues, and stench.
Ok, let’s break it down.
The mouthpiece often referred to as the “drip tank” is the part that comes in direct contact with the mouth. They come in lots of different shapes and sizes making it super customizable. Shop mouthpieces here
The Atomizer Tank, this is where the e-liquid is stored and essentially where all the magic happens. The atomizer comprises a small heating coil that vaporizes the liquid and a wick that draws liquid onto the coil. Shop atomizers here
The Coil and Wick, located inside the tank where the liquid is stored, they work to heat the e-liquid to a temperature of roughly 100-250 °C to create an aerosolized vapor. Shop coils here
Atomizer deck, this is threaded into the battery to hold coil and wick in place
Battery, when the user hits the power button, this is when the battery kicks in! When the user pushes the button, or (in some variations) activates a pressure sensor by inhaling, the coil and wick then atomizes the e-liquid. Most batteries are rechargeable by threaded or plug in USB connections. Shop batteries here