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How a Vape Pen and Cartridge Works

Rechargeable Battery

Vape pens need power. And, a fair amount in order to heat up your medicine to 400 °F degrees (or 205 °C degrees) — just shy of combustion. The rechargeable battery is what powers your device. Using a lithium ion battery (like you’ll find in your iPhone), provides it with enough high energy density to flawlessly heat up your gear. Typically, the small battery attaches to the tank or atomizer (by being screwed on). When activated, it powers the heating coil system. Voila! Vaporization magically happens.

USB Charger

Obviously, despite the fact lithium ion batteries are powerful and can last a long time, they need to periodically recharge. That’s where the USB Charger comes in. Generally, you unscrew the battery from the tank or atomizer and screw it onto the charger. Plug it into the USB slot on your MacBook Pro. And, a few hours later, you’re all charged up and ready to resume the festivities.

Sensors and Software

Depending on your pen, you may need to just inhale and the pen turns on. Other vapes require you to push a button (one time or several times) to turn on to initiate heating. Either way, a sensor is required so that your pen knows when you’re actually trying to depress the button or inhale. And, believe it or not, there’s a little computer in their that manages the parts. Well, maybe not a computer — but, embedded software no less!

Note: Our vape pens allow you to control the temperature of your vape based on how many times you press the button, often with three levels. Why  would you need different temperatures? Temperature can influence what kind of hit you experience, because specific oils activate at different temperatures.

But, generally the ideal temperature range is between 180 – 210 °C. 

The Atomizer

Ah, the atomizer! That little heater in your vape pen; that’s your atomizer. If you’ve got a super fancy vape pen, they may call it a clearomizer or cartomizer. Don’t be fooled. It’s basically the same thing! Basically. If you keep the atomizer saturated with oil from another tank — presumably with polyfill material — you’ve got a cartomizer. Use a silica wick to drop oil from another tank to the atomizer. Now, you’ve got clearomizer. 

Bottom line: This tiny little apparatus is what’s responsible for converting the concentrate-infused oil into inhalable vapor.

The Tank (or Cartridge)

The tank (often called a “chamber”) or cartridge is what holds the Preworkout Oil. Tanks can be made out of stainless steel, glass, or more commonly, polycarbonate plastic.

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