LifestyleMedicinalRecreationalAnatomy of a Vape Pen


Vape pens or harsh oil pens are designed as a vaporizer for cannabis and oils. These handheld devices use battery power to turn liquid and oil into a vapor that is inhaled into the lungs. Vape pens are not all created equally and there are many varieties on the market designed for many different products. They are called pens because their small compact design looks similar to a writing pen. Today, we’re breaking down the anatomy of a standard vape pen meant to fill with cannabis oil. There are usually five components which include:


Mouthpiece: This is the part of the vape pen that you use to put in your mouth and inhale. Sometimes called “drip tips,” they are usually designed using plastic, glass, and silicone and are available in different sizes, colors, and designs. They can also be removed and cleaned by dipping it in water or rubbing alcohol using a soft cloth or cotton swab to remove bacteria, sticky residue, and grime.


Vape Tank: Sometimes called the cartridge, mod, or rig this is the spot where the cannabis oil is stored and it also contains the coil that creates the vapor. When the vape pen is activated the coil heats up and then the tank refills the wick. Some cartridges or tanks are purchased pre-filled and others are designed for you to fill yourself. If filling yourself, there is a fill line to help with the right amount. Which now brings us to the atomizer.


Atomizer: The atomizer, usually made of wick, cotton, ceramic, or quartz, is a heating element that forms tiny vaporized droplets that are inhaled. Generally, it is any device that turns liquid into mist however in vaping, it is the part of the pen that heats up the cannabis oil to create inhalable vapor. Atomizers usually last approximately two weeks to two months based on how long they are used. Atomizers are powered by batteries. Depending on whether the atomizer is cotton, ceramic or quartz will depend on how fast the coil heats up and heat retention.


Rechargeable Batteries: Batteries are used to power every function of a properly working vape pen. Lithium-ion batteries that are rechargeable batteries are commonly used and can be charged using a USB port like a mobile phone. Some vape pens have batteries that call for multiple voltages so the temperature of the oil can be controlled. The battery case for a standard 510 vape pen is located at the end of the pen for convenience.


Power Button: Some vape pens have a power button that is pressed before you inhale. Others called draw-activated, automatically turn on when you inhale into the mouthpiece. Most power buttons are designed to prevent accidental activation that could damage the vape pen and cannabis products inside. For example, some pens must be clicked five times to turn on and then five times to turn it off.


Now that you know and understand the basic anatomy of a vape pen and how it works, experiment with different products to find the best one for your vaping enjoyment.

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