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Are you new to vaping and stumbled upon the term "cartomiser"? Or are you a seasoned vaper looking to broaden your understanding of vaping terminology? Either way, you are at the right place! We will explore what cartomisers are, their pros and cons, as well as the distinctions between cartomisers, clearomisers, and atomisers. By the end, you'll have a comprehensive grasp of cartomisers and how they fit into the world of vaping. 

What Is a Cartomiser?

A cartomiser is a vape component that combines the functions of an atomiser and a cartridge, hence the name that comes from merging the two words. It is attached to the end of a battery and together they resemble the shape and size of a typical cigarette (the cartomiser being the filter). It is a disposable unit that typically comes pre-filled which provides a seamless vaping experience without the need for intricate maintenance or coil changes.

How Do Cartomisers Work?

Cartomisers work by heating the e-liquid stored within them to produce vapour. As they come pre-filled, the only thing you need to do is screw it onto the battery and press the button while inhaling. The process starts when the vaper activates the battery, which then sends power to the heating coil inside the cartomiser. The coil heats up and vaporises the e-liquid, creating inhalable vapour. This vapour is then inhaled by the user, delivering the desired flavour and nicotine hit. When you start getting less vapour or it tastes a little burnt, it's time to throw it away and buy a new one.

Some cartomisers are refillable, but it's usually not worth the effort. They are typically part of disposable e-cigarettes and have a limited lifespan.

What Are the Pros & Cons of Cartomisers?

They are not the most popular option among vapers, but if you are someone that wants to try and see if vaping is for you, they can offer a good entry-level experience without the need to spend a lot of money.

So let's look at some of the pros and cons of cartomisers.


  • They are a convenient solution as they are pre-filled and disposable, making them easy to use without the need for refilling
  • They have a simple all-in-one design that combines the atomiser and e-liquid storage
  • Cartomisers provide consistent vapour production and flavour until they need to be replaced
  • Inexpensive option
  • They have a similar feel to a traditional cigarette


  • Some vapers find that cartomisers offer fewer flavour choices compared to other vaping devices
  • Cartomisers are designed for single use, leading to more waste compared to reusable options
  • When the vape juice runs low, there is a risk of getting a dry hit, resulting in a burnt taste
  • It is harder to refill them

What Is the Difference between a Cartomiser and Clearomiser?

The main difference between a cartomiser and a clearomiser lies in their design and functionality.


  • A cartomiser combines the atomiser and e-liquid storage in a single disposable unit.
  • It typically has a limited e-liquid capacity and is pre-filled, offering convenience for users who prefer minimal maintenance.
  • They are known for providing a warmer and more flavourful vaping experience due to the compact design and direct heating method.


  • A clearomiser features a clear tank that allows users to see the e-liquid level and refill as needed.
  • It has a larger e-liquid capacity compared to cartomisers, making it more suitable for vapers who prefer fewer refills throughout the day.
  • Clearomisers often come with replaceable coils, allowing users to customise their vaping sessions by choosing different resistance levels.

So, to put it simply, while cartomisers are disposable, compact, and offer simplicity, clearomisers provide much more versatility, visibility of the e-liquid level, and the option for coil replacements according to user preferences.

What Is the Difference between a Cartomiser and an Atomiser?

Now, let's discuss the differences between a cartomiser and an atomiser:


  • It has a coil for heating e-liquid and a material (often polyfill) to hold the e-liquid.
  • Cartomisers are convenient for vapers who prefer an all-in-one solution that is easy to use and discard after use.


  • The atomiser refers to the heating element in a vaping device that turns e-liquid into vapour.
  • They can be found as standalone units or as part of a more complex setup such as a clearomiser or rebuildable atomiser (RDA, RTA, RDTA).
  • Unlike cartomisers, atomisers are not typically pre-filled and are often designed for vapers who enjoy building their coils and customising their vaping experience.

In summary, while cartomisers provide a straightforward and disposable vaping solution, atomisers, as standalone components, offer more flexibility for users who prefer to tailor their vaping setup according to their individual preferences.

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How Do You Refill a Cartomizer?

To refill a cartomiser, remove the mouthpiece and locate the filling port. Carefully add your e-liquid into the cartomiser, but make sure not to overfill it. Once filled, replace the mouthpiece and allow the cartomiser to sit for a few minutes to saturate the coil before vaping.

How Do You Clean a Cartomizer?

Cleaning a cartomizer involves disassembling it from the battery and blowing through the threaded end to remove any excess e-liquid or debris. Avoid using water as it can damage the internal components. Once cleaned, reconnect the cartomizer to the battery and perform a few dry puffs to ensure it is functioning correctly.

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