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Anatomy of a Vape Pen

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Aimee O & # 39; Driscoll May 21, 2020

Vape pens have revolutionized the way many people use cannabis, as well as other materials, including nicotine and flavored oils. They are discreet and practical, allowing you to take advantage of cannabis products without rolling a joint or using a bulky device.

To activate cannabinoids – like CBD and THC – in cannabis, it must be heated to 315-465 ° F. Vape pens do this very quickly and in many cases heat the product to the desired temperature almost immediately. And there is no excitement. All you have to do is press a button – or in some cases simply inhale – to activate the pen.

Although there are different types of vape pens, e.g. For example, especially for dry herbs or waxes, we focus on the anatomy of a standard vape pen filled with cannabis oil with 510 threads.

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A vape pen consists of the following main components:

  • mouthpiece
  • tank or cartridge
  • atomizer
  • Mains switch and sensor
  • battery

1st mouthpiece

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As expected, the mouthpiece is the part through which you actually inhale. These are sometimes referred to as "drip tips" and are often removable and interchangeable. They are usually made of glass, silicone or plastic and are available in many different shapes, sizes and colors.

2. Tank or cartridge

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This is the chamber in which the cannabis oil is kept. Although the terms "tank" and "cartridge" are often used interchangeably, a cartridge usually refers to a pre-filled container, while a tank is a chamber that you can fill with your own oil.

If you are using a refillable tank, you should see a fill line that shows how much product needs to be added.

3rd atomizer

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The magic happens in the atomizer because the oil is heated here. This component has a heating element that is nested in a steel or ceramic housing. The element warms the cannabis oil and forms tiny drops of vapor to inhale.

There are different types of atomizers to choose from, the usual types being cotton wick, quartz and ceramic.

In a cotton wick atomizer, a wire spool is wrapped around a small cotton wick. The wick is saturated with the oil, which is then heated by the element. The disadvantage of this type of atomizer is that the wick can be burned easily, especially if more viscous oils or higher voltages are used. The burning leads to an unpleasant taste and requires the exchange of the coil.

Ceramic coils are becoming increasingly popular in cannabis oil vape pens and have a wire that is wrapped around a small ceramic cylinder. These can be used at higher voltages than cotton wick and offer good heat storage. Quartz coils, which are also popular in modern vape pens, heat up very quickly. However, they do not store as much heat as ceramic coils.

4. Power switch and sensor

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Some vape pens have an on / off switch that you press when you want to inhale. This triggers a sensor that sets the atomizer in action. Others are activated by dragging and turn on when you inhale.

Those with power switches often work with a five-click method. You must press the button five times in quick succession to turn it on, and another five times to turn it off. This is to help prevent accidental activation of the atomizer as this could damage the vape pen and the waste product.

Most vape pens allow you to drive through different temperatures with the push of a button.

5th battery

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The battery must supply a large amount of energy so that the heater can quickly reach a high temperature. Vape pens typically use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. These are similar to the batteries used in cell phones and electric cars. Some batteries have multiple voltage levels that allow you to control the temperature of the heating coil.

A standard 510 vape pen comes with a threaded charger that is screwed to the battery end of the pen. The charger usually has a USB port that can be connected to the wall using a charging block or to a computer or other device.

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Aimee is a freelance writer and editor based outside of Toronto. She holds a degree in medical chemistry and was a chemist for a multinational cosmetics company for almost ten years. Aimee has a passion for educating readers by breaking down complex scientific and technological issues.

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