How do vapes work?

Updated: Aug 13, 2019

Vaporizers otherwise known as vape pens or vapes mods are an accepted alternative to help smokers of traditional cigarettes consume their nicotine utilizing modern technology and design.  You may have noticed more people using vaporizers in public and less people smoking cigarettes, well this is because millions have already made the switch and everyday more people are joining the vape revolution.  Vaporizers or electronic cigarettes allow former traditional smokers the option to eliminate the terrible smell, the bad breath, thousands of toxins and the look of disgust in public, while still being able to enjoy or even eliminate their nicotine consumption in intervals overtime through amazing tasting premium e-liquid flavors.

Components of a vaporizer

There are 3 main components that make up a traditional vaporizer set up.


  • The tank portion of the vaporizer contains the e-liquid and how many milliliters it can hold varies between varies by tank.  This also typically houses the atomizer and most tanks also come with adjustable airflow to control the amount of air that is drawn through the tank. 


  • The battery is the component of the vaporizer that sends power to the atomizer to vaporizer the e-liquid

Atomizer/ Coil:

  • The atomizer is the portion of the vaporizer that heats up the e-liquid to the point of vaporization.  This is typically done when a bed of cotton is wrapped by a metal coil (Kanthal, Nickel, Stainless Steel).  The e-liquid absorbs into the cotton and when the coil heat evenly around cotton the e-liquid vaporizes.  New juice is absorbed into the cotton, replacing what has been previously vaped.

The liquid, otherwise known as e-liquid or e-juice is the substance that fills your cartridge or tank, when heated it starts to vaporize for the user to inhale.  E-liquid comes in a flavor to suit every taste profile, from fruits to desserts and tobacco to mint, whatever you are looking for there is sure to be that flavor.  Users have the option to choose any nicotine level they want or no nicotine at all, most vape juice is available in a range of nicotine levels giving users the ability to drop or eliminate their nicotine consumption overtime.  The ingredients in most e-liquid includes vegetable glycerin, variety of flavoring (depending on brand and flavor) and can contain nicotine depending on preferences.  To learn more about the e-liquid we offer at Make It Vapor click here.

Types of vaporizers


Cigalikes are first generation vaporizers that are designed to look and feel like traditional cigarettes.  They are light, small, thin and most have an LED ash style tip to mimic a cigarette.  Theses devices typically have an auto-draw feature, meaning that it only produces vapor when inhaled.  Most cigalikes are disposable, however some are refillable and rechargeable.  With all the options available on the market today, most new vapors will bypass cigalikes for better more tailored devices to suit their needs and have the option for nicotine reduction.

Portable System (POD)

The product of design, simplicity and ease of use, portable vape systems or better known as POD systems are devices that use a cartridge/ pod that attach into the device.  These devices are low key and discreet for ease of carrying around.  Cartridges/ pod act as your tank and atomizer all in one.  There are two forms of POD systems, the first one is prefilled pods that are typically filled with a predetermined amount of nicotine salt e-liquid, these are disposable after the pod is empty.  The second form are devices that use refillable pods, unlike the prefilled pods you can reuse these pods for multiple uses and tends to be more cost effective.  This is a good option for beginners or advance vapors.


  • Sleek and low profile

  • Low Maintenance

  • Cost efficient for refillable systems

Vape Pens

Vape pens ​are perfect as first devices for new vapers, they offer users a bigger and longer lasting battery along with a separate tank that screws on to it.  This allows user to fill the tank with any e-liquid flavor in any nicotine strength they choose and vape all day long with out the worries of their battery running out during the day.  Tanks on vape pens use atomizers otherwise known as coils that can be replaced roughly every 2 weeks depending on usage by just screwing on a new one.  Vape pens make vaping easy for beginners, all you do is simply hit the fire button and inhale.  There is no complicated settings or sophisticated maintenance involved.  If you are looking to make the switch, vape pens are the perfect way to get started.


  • Sleek and low profile

  • Longer battery life

  • Minimal maintenance

  • Changeable coil

Vape Device

Vape mods or vape mod kits are more sophisticated and have more functionality than that of a vape pen.  This allows users to fine tune how they vape by allowing them to control wattage and certain temperature control modes.  Most vape mods come with a screen so you can monitor all settings and view adjustments that are made.  With advanced mods you have the ability to use larger tanks for more juice capacity and hit on higher wattage to give you a stronger hit.  In order to pack all of the features into these devices, vape mods tend to be bulkier and much bigger than other forms of devices.  Vape mods are designed for advanced users and can be complicating and much more difficult to understand as well as maintain.


  • External battery

  • Customizable functions

  • Temperature control (on most devices)

  • Longer battery life

  • Control screen (most devices)




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