What is a vape pen?

Cigarettes are out, vape pens are in. Ten years in this industry and vape pen makers have already taken a huge chunk of the smokers’ market and emerging new ones. Even Marlboro got into action and bought a stake at JUUL, a leading e-cigarette maker. 

If you’re new to this, you must be wondering why are people so drawn to vape pens? 

As the name suggests, a vape pen or vaporizer pen is a pocket-sized type of e-cigarettes that are shaped like a pen. It’s known to be a good replacement for cigarettes, allowing you to inhale nicotine vapour without burning tobacco, while also producing no tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging factors in smoking tobacco. So it’s a more health-conscious alternative too. 

Vape pens contain propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin-based liquid that contains nicotine or other types of vape juice like CBD (cannabis oil) and THC. 

Almost everyone who got into vape pens used it to quit smoking; it’s because they’re shaped just like regular cigarettes and work just the same. It has a small mouthpiece, where the opening of the cartridge is located. 

Same smoking dynamics: inhale and blow. 

It is very effective because it feels natural to hold, and since it still has nicotine, it satisfies you in the same way as a cigarette. 

If you want to try vape pens for the first time, this handy guide will help you understand the following: 

  1. Parts of A Vape Pen
  2. Types of Vape Pens 
  3. Fixing Simple Vape Pen Problems
  4. Finding The Right Vape Pen For You

Parts of A Vape Pen

Parts of an electronic cigarette

It’s important to understand the parts of a vape pen because you will have to replace parts or mix and match with other brands or products to try new flavors later. 

Vape pens vary from brand to brand, but typically, a vape pen contains 4 vital parts: 

  1. Cartridge or Tank

The cartridge or tank is what holds the vape juice. Tanks are designed to be refillable while cartridges are replaceable, but some brands use a combination of both. 

JUUL devices use replaceable cartridges, also known as ‘pods’. These replaceable cartridges offer a mess-free and hassle-free experience since you only need to insert the cartridge and wouldn’t need to transfer e-liquid. 

If you’re replacing the cartridge, make sure that the replacement is compatible with the vape pen you’re using. 

  1. Internal battery 

The internal battery is what powers the pen’s atomizer and it has a light indicator, usually in green, yellow, and red that changes depending on how much battery time you have left. These are often lithium-ion batteries. They can be removable, disposable, or chargeable. Some brands have batteries that are located within the product and are unremovable, while others allow you to  replace it with a spare battery. 

On the other hand, disposable vape pens have non-chargeable and non-removable batteries. You will see a flashing indicator light that tells you whether the product is fully charged. 

  1. USB Charge port

The USB charging port is usually located on the external housing of the tank. It is also where you see the power button. If you’re using a disposable vape pen, just like the cute Mini MYLE, you will not see a USB charger port since they’re meant to be used only once. 

If you do get a chargeable vape pen, they’re as easy to charge as they are to use. You can charge them just like a phone, either from  a power outlet on the wall, on a computer, or in the car. 

  1. Atomizer

This part of the vape is what heats the e-liquid to the point of vaporization. The atomizer is the coil that connects the battery and the cartridge/tank. When you turn on your vape, the heating coils are triggered, causing the rise in temperature. 

There are different types of atomizers, but if you’re still starting out, it’s better to begin  with a disposable vape atomizer. And then building from your experience, you can try more sophisticated systems later on.

Types of Vape Pens

Vape Pen in different colour and flavors

There are 2 different types of vape pens: rechargeable and disposable. Rechargeable vape pens, as the name suggests, have rechargeable batteries, while disposable vapes are easily replaced. 

Disposable vape pens are often smaller and they are perfect for people who are always on the go. 

ape pens also have 2 different types of mechanisms: draw-activated and push-button. 

Push-button vape pens have a designated power button, and they need to be pushed in order for the vape to work. Typically, you have to press the button 5 consecutive times in order for them to turn on. Other functionalities are also activated by pressing the power buttons a number of times, these vary so please check the packaging. 

On the other hand, disposable vapes are mostly draw-activated since they don’t have a power button. 

They work as the name suggests, and they work when the user inhales at the mouthpiece. While offering fewer settings, these  are considered the easiest to use and the most cost-effective.

Ready to choose a vape pen for the first time?

Man using e cigarette

Finding the right vape pen for you can be a bit daunting at first, but if you’re starting out, we strongly suggest that you start with disposable vape pens. They are the most convenient, easiest-to-use, and most affordable vapes in the market. 

There is still a lot of variety and when it comes to flavors, and there are so many to choose from. If you want to find a simple solution to regulate or ultimately kick your cigarette-smoking habit, disposable vape pens are really the best way to start. 

There is no technical information  to understand, nor are there buttons to push, and they work just as well  as rechargeable vape pens . 

They’re also small enough to fit into your purse or pocket, and more importantly, it’s just as satisfying as smoking a regular cigarette, maybe more so, as a health-conscious, affordable alternative. Try a disposable vape pen for yourself today.