Electronic cigarettes are similar to traditional cigarettes in many ways, but their differences are the cause for their popularity with smokers. If you have ever been curious about switching to electronic cigarettes, you may find yourself wondering how exactly these devices function.

The Components of an Electronic Cigarette

Electronic cigarettes contain quite a few components, and all must work together as soon as you take that first inhale. They may sound complex, but electronic cigarettes are actually very simple!

The Battery

In many electronic cigarettes, the lithium battery is the largest part. It usually takes up most of the cigarette’s length. It is rechargeable via a USB charger that comes with the device. The charger itself is similar to the kind of charger that would be used for a cell phone battery.

The Cartridge

The cartridge contains the electronic cigarette’s flavoured liquid, nicotine, and vaporising chamber. The tip of the cartridge is the cigarette’s mouthpiece, and it is where you will inhale from—just as you would with a traditional cigarette. The cartridge can be unscrewed and switched with other cartridges if you wish to do so.

The Vaporisation Chamber

The vaporisation chamber is found within the cartridge. It is a tube that contains various electrical components, such as the atomiser. The vaporisation chamber must make contact with the charged lithium battery in order for the cigarette to function.

The Atomiser

The atomiser plays an important role. It is the component that is responsible for converting the liquid into vapour.

The LED Indicator

The LED indicator is, of course, just for show. It is designed to mimic the glow at the end of a traditional cigarette when it is inhaled. Many users enjoy the familiar glow, which can come in different colours. It depends on the cigarette.

The Liquid

Electronic cigarette fluid, known commonly as e-liquid, tends to be propylene glycol. It is an additive that has been approved by the Food and Drug Association for use in food. The fluid can come in a variety of flavours and nicotine strengths. Some flavours are more exotic, such as coffee, chocolate, or banana. Others are more traditional, as many users prefer menthol or tobacco flavours. These liquids are sold online through electronic cigarette manufacturers such as Nucig.

How Do I Inhale?

An electronic cigarette is inhaled the same way a traditional cigarette would be inhaled. Many users claim that electronic cigarettes are harder to inhale and offer less flavour, but it ultimately depends on the cigarette and the nicotine strength within its cartridge.

What Happens When I Inhale?

When you inhale into an electronic cigarette’s mouthpiece, you activate the cigarette’s atomiser, which is located in the vaporisation chamber. When the atomiser is activated, it heats the liquid in the cartridge. As a result, the liquid is converted into nicotine vapour (or simply flavoured vapour, if you opted for a nicotine-free cigarette). The nicotine vapour can then make its way into the lungs. This vapour is the electronic cigarette’s alternative to traditional tobacco smoke, except it is considered to be a great deal less toxic.