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Welcome to our comprehensive guide about the integral part of vaping - the atomiser. Let's explore what exactly an atomiser is, how it works, discover its key components, look at the different types of atomisers, and let us show you the steps of maintaining and cleaning it properly. Read on to enrich your vaping knowledge and elevate your vaping experience with Rhythm N Vape.

What Is an Atomiser?

Atomiser is one of the most important parts of an electronic cigarette. It is a small yet mighty component, tucked away in your vape device, quietly orchestrating the symphony of flavours that dance on your taste buds.

The complexity of the atomisers varies, from simple designs to more high-tech versions, enabling different vaping experiences to match your personal preferences.

What Are the Key Components of an Atomiser?

  • Coil - This is the heating element, typically made of  Kanthal, Nickel, Titanium, or Stainless Steel, responsible for turning the vape juice into vapour after it heats up.
  • Tank - It is a place designed to hold and feed vape juice (e-liquid) to the wick, allowing you to vape without the constant need for refilling your device.
  • Wick - Typically made from cotton, it absorbs the e-liquid from the tank and delivers it to the coil. It is an important component as it has the power to control the juice flow to the coil.
  • Drip Tip - It is essentially the mouthpiece where you draw the vapour from. It comes in various shapes and materials that are designed for different styles of vaping.

How Does an Atomiser Work?

As mentioned before, an atomiser is the powerhouse of the vape that turns the e-liquid into vapour. The process starts by powering it with a battery that warms up the coil located in the atomiser.

At the same time, the e-liquid in the tank soaks into the wick that runs through the coil. As the coil gets hot and the e-liquid soaked wick comes in contact with it, the heat transforms the liquid into vapour. 

This vapour is then drawn up into the drip tip, ready for you to inhale. The entire process happens almost instantaneously, ensuring a seamless vaping experience. 

Depending on the atomiser you have, you can adjust the intensity of flavours, nicotine doses and the amount of vapour. Whether you’re after a satisfying throat hit similar to traditional smoking, or prefer cloud chasing with enormous vapours, the atomiser is the component that makes it all possible. 

Types of Vape Atomisers

There is a plethora of vape atomisers available on the market. Each of them is designed to cater the unique needs and preferences of each vaper. By understanding the differences between them, you can find the right device for you. So let's look at some of the most popular types:

  • Disposable Vape Atomisers are ideal for vaping beginners. These are easy to use and require very little to no maintenance. Once the coil burns out, you can simply throw it away and replace it with a new one.
  • Replaceable Coil Head Atomisers are the standard for most tanks and offer a perfect balance between simplicity and performance. After the coil burns out, you need to replace the coil head and you are good to go!
  • Rebuildable Drip Atomisers (RDAs) are often favoured by vaping veterans that like to build their own coils and personalise their vaping experience. These atomisers don't have a tank which means that you have to drip e-liquid directly onto the wick every few puffs.
  • Rebuildable Tank Atomisers (RTAs) work similarly to RDAs, meaning that RTAs also allow you to build your own coils but the difference is that they come with a tank to hold e-liquid. This little difference makes them much more convenient for on-the-go vapers that don't want to walk around with a bottle of vape juice.
  • Rebuildable Drip Tank Atomisers (RDTAs) combine the benefits of RDAs and RTAs, with a tank that can store e-liquid but also offer the option to drip e-juice onto the wick manually.

How to Clean Your Atomiser?

Maintaining and cleaning your atomiser helps to ensure longevity and performance of your vape device. If you want your vape to deliver optimal flavour, plenty of vapour, avoid burnt taste, and prevent residue build-up, you need to take good care of it. Here is a simple way to do that:

Quick Rinse

(suited for regular maintenance or when swapping out flavours)

  1. Separate the atomiser from the battery.
  2. Disassemble the atomiser and place the components in warm water. 
  3. Gently shake the parts in the water to loosen any build-up residue.
  4. Rinse them under warm, running water.
  5. Dry with a paper towel and let them air-dry completely before reassembling it back together.

Deep Clean with Alcohol 

(recommended for a thorough cleaning)

  1. Disassemble the atomiser.
  2. Soak the components in a bowl with high-proof, unflavoured alcohol for about 2-3 hours.
  3. Remove the components and rinse thoroughly under warm water.
  4. Use a paper towel to dry each part and allow them to air dry completely.


Ask the Expert! Sam – Your Trusted Vape Connoisseur

Introducing our resident professional vape expert, Sam – a seasoned connoisseur and owner of Rhythm N Vape with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for all things vaping. Sam is here to be your go-to guide, answering your questions, offering tailored advice, and sharing insider tips to elevate your vaping experience.

What Is the Primary Function of an Atomiser in a Vape Device?

The primary function of an atomiser in a vape device is to store and heat up the e-liquid. It transforms the liquid into the delightful clouds of vapour, making it inhalable for the user.

Can You Explain the Role of the Coil in the Atomiser?

The coil's primary purpose is to convert electrical energy from the battery into heat, creating the ideal conditions for vaporisation. It acts as the engine, turning e-liquid into the vapour that you inhale.

What Is the Difference between RDAs and RTAs?

The main difference between RDAs (Rebuildable Drip Atomisers) and RTAs (Rebuildable Tank Atomisers) lies in the supply method of an e-liquid. RDAs require manual dripping of e-liquid onto the wick, while RTAs include a tank that stores and feeds e-liquid to the wick.

What Are Some Essential Tips for Maintaining Your Atomiser Vape?

Regular cleaning is key to optimal performance. Disassemble the components and clean them gently in warm water. Additionally, regular coil changes are essential to prevent flavour deterioration and ensure a satisfying vaping experience.

How Often Should I Change the Coil in My Atomiser?

It's recommended to change the coil regularly to prevent flavour degradation. The frequency may vary, but a good rule of thumb is every 1-2 weeks, depending on usage.

How Can I Reach Out to Sam for Personalised Vaping Advice?

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I hope that helps and if you have any more questions I would be happy to answer them! Get in touch today! Sam. 

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