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If you're someone who is curious about vaping terminology, you've landed in the right place. Have you ever wondered what a vape cartridge is and if you need one? Then join us on a journey as we explore all these things and more, from their functionality to the variety of options out there. Lets jump right in!

What Is a Cartridge?

A vape cartridge is a small, pre-filled component used in vape devices that holds the e-liquid or vape oil. It consists of a cartridge typically made of materials like glass or plastic, a mouthpiece, and a heating element (coil) that vaporises the e-liquid when activated by the battery.

They are attached to the battery with a connector and are commonly used with vape pens or other types of vaporisers that are designed to be used with cartridges. That's why they also come in various sizes and designs.

Types of Cartridges

Vape cartridges come in various types to cater to different devices and individual vaping preferences. However, the two most common types are:

  • Pod Cartridges

This type of cartridge is specifically designed for pod vape systems. They are usually pre-filled with e-liquid and can be either disposable or refillable. Cartridge vape pods offer a convenient way to switch between different flavours and nicotine strengths. They often have a compact design that makes them easy to reuse or replace because they are typically held in place magnetically and inserted directly into a connection port of the battery.

  • 510 Thread Vape Cartridges

They are compatible with standard 510 battery threading, which is frequently used in reusable vape pens and box mods, making it easy to screw onto a battery with corresponding thread sizes. These cartridges are versatile and come in various sizes and designs. They are usually refillable and allow vapers to use their preferred e-liquids. 510 vape cartridges offer a customizable vaping experience, which is why they are popular among more experienced vapers.

Difference between a Vape Tank and a Cartridge

Both vape tanks and vape cartridges serve as containers for holding the vape juice or oil in the device. However, there are some differences that are worth mentioning:

Vape Tanks

  • Tanks are typically larger in size and capacity compared to cartridges (around 2 ml).
  • They are refillable and reusable, allowing users to fill them with their chosen e-liquid.
  • Vape tanks are typical compatible with more advanced devices.
  • They often feature adjustable airflow and wattage settings for more customised vaping session.
  • The wick is typically made of cotton.

Vape Cartridges

  • They are smaller and more compact (around 0.5-1.0 ml), designed for specific devices like pod systems.
  • Cartridges can be either disposable or refillable.
  • The disposable cartridges usually already come prefilled with e-liquid.
  • Vape cartridges are commonly used in beginner-friendly devices for simplicity and portability.
  • Usually, cartridges contain wicks made from ceramic rather than cotton because they perform better when used with thicker oils instead of e-liquids.

Common Features:

  • Essential components of a vaping setup, holding the e-liquid that is vaporised.
  • Both can come in various materials such as plastic, glass, or metal.
  • They contribute to the overall experience by delivering flavour and producing vapour.

How Does a Vape Cartridge Work?

The e-liquid or vape oil is stored in the reservoir. At the bottom of the reservoir lies an atomiser coil that serves to vaporise the liquid after heating up. When the user activates the device, the battery sends power to the heating element (coil), which then heats up the e-liquid. The liquid turns into vapour which can be inhaled through the mouthpiece. But how does the e-liquid get from the cartridge to the mouthpiece? The answer lies in the wick which is saturated with the liquid and transports it all the way to the mouthpiece. When you vape, the e-liquid or oil in the wick is vaporised, leaving the wick dry. It absorbs more liquid between puffs, so you can vape again.

What’s the Best Type of Device for Cartridges?

Vape cartridges use threading to connect to a vaping device. The type of threading has to be compatible with the device. As mentioned before, 510 thread is the industry standard thread type, which makes almost every device compatible with it.

However, pod systems are a slight exception because they are typically designed to be compatible with specific types of cartridges using a variety of attachment methods. Some pod systems use 510 threading, but many pod systems utilise magnets for a quick and easy attachment process. These magnetic connections allow seamless swapping of cartridges without the risk of leakage or damage to the device.

Another thing to consider is the power level of the device. In general, it's recommended to choose a device with less power because oil-based liquids are thicker than e-liquids. If you vape at a high power level, you risk getting a drier hit as the oil in the wick vaporises quickly, and it takes longer to absorb it back.

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Do All Vapes Need Cartridges?

Not all vapes require cartridges. Some vaping devices, such as tanks or rebuildable atomisers, are designed to be used with e-liquids directly without the need for pre-filled cartridges. It ultimately depends on the type of device and the user's vaping preferences.

How to Choose a Vape Cartridge?

To choose the right vape cartridge, consider factors such as compatibility with your device, the type of liquid you prefer, and whether you want a disposable or refillable option. It's important to select a cartridge that meets your needs and enhances your experience.

Do All Cartridges Fit on Vapes?

No, not all cartridges are universally compatible with all vapes. Cartridges come in different sizes, designs, and threading types, so it's essential to ensure that you choose one that is designed to work with your device.

What Are the Benefits of Vaping Cartridges?

Some of the benefits include convenience, portability, ease of use, and a wide range of flavour options. Cartridges allow vapers to enjoy their favourite e-liquids on the go and can be easily swapped out for different flavours or nicotine strengths.

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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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