Clearomisers and Glassomisers

Posted 29th September 2014 by Dave Cross

Will I continue using a beginner’s device?

The trend shown by research is that vapers use these as a stepping stone before moving to Gen 3 tank systems but many still keep some in the vape kit because they are a good size while out or travelling and very handy for a stealth vape.
Not forgetting, they are quite cheap and advances in design has improved the vape quality no end – especially in models that use a twin coil system.

Will it be useful to me if I want to progress to other devices?

Although replacement heads are readily available at all good vendors, with nothing more than some wick, a pin and some wire you can begin to practise coil building.

But if I don’t want to coil my own heads?

Loads of vapers never rebuild a head, the replacement ones are easily fitted by unscrewing the old one and screwing the new one in.

So, how does a clearomiser/glassomiser work?

Juice in the tank is fed to the coil by silica wick. Some new designs use an organic cotton wick.
Because it can be a slow process for the wick to get soaked it is best to allow the atomiser to stand for a few minutes after filling it.
Air is drawn in, as you inhale, from the bottom of the clearomiser and meets the coil.
The coil heats the e-Liquid causing it to vaporise. The more airflow to the coil the greater the volume of vape produced.
More air also reduces the flavour experienced, on adjustable airflow clearomisers/glassomisers it is a case of finding your own "sweet spot".

You say ‘Silica’? Do I want that in my lungs?

Many new users worry about silica threads, you aren’t alone. Good quality silica will be expelled naturally from the lungs without causing any damage or danger.
If you decide to begin experimenting with making your own coils make sure you source the best not the cheapest silica. Some things are cheap for a reason.

I’m having a problem with a burnt taste.

The burnt taste is probably down to the wick being too dry but if it is an old head try replacing it.
Juice fails to get to the coil fast enough if it is thick and moves more slowly or you are vaping the blazes out of your atomiser. They can be corrected by taking fewer, shorter vapes with a higher nicotine strength juice or moving to a higher PG/lower VG juice.

PG/VG what now?

E-juice comes in different ratios of the two main parts, the higher the concentration of vegetable glycerin (VG) in your juice the more viscous (sticky) it will be (it’s thicker and wicks more slowly).
Some people are allergic to the PG part of eLiquid and it suits them to have a high ratio of VG.

Nope, tried that and it still tastes burnt.

Maybe the wick is packed too tightly – you can try to remove some strands with tweezers. Do it a bit by bit, you won’t be able to put back what you’ve removed.

Could it have something to do with my battery mod?

Yes, absolutely.
It could be that you have set the voltage/wattage too high. The juice is vaporising faster than the wick can carry replacement juice to the coil. Try starting at the lowest setting and gradually increase the voltage/wattage.

I have a leak/flood – help!

If you have juice flooding out of the mouthpiece then too much liquid is getting to the coil. This is caused either through using an old head or a damaged wick. Replace the head.
If the flooding is coming out of the base then check the head is fully screwed in.
Other leaks can be caused by age and require a new head/atomiser or the plastic being attacked by certain types of juice. Cheap atomisers and heads are built down to a price and will not last as long or be as reliable as quality made parts. Compared to smoking they cost very little, it’s a false economy to go budget.

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