How Electronic Cigarettes Work

The e-cigarette is an electric device that simulates the act of smoking. It works by producing a mist that is inhaled which bears the physical appearance, sensation, flavor, and nicotine contents resembling that of tobacco smoke. It omits no odor and subsequently does away with the many health risks.

The e-cigarette body consists of three main parts, the nicotine cartridge, atomizing chamber and the smart chip which houses the lithium battery. Many have an operation indicator at the tip which lights up when using the e-cigarette, and will blink rapidly when the battery is low. The electronic cigarette makes use of ultrasonic or heat in order to vaporize a glycerin-base fluid solution in the form of an aerosol mist. Similar to the way a humidifier vaporizes solutions intended for inhalation.

components of e-cigarettes

Here’s a basic explanation of the 3 step process that occurs when using an e-cig:

Step #1: A flow sensor detects when air is traveling through the e-cigarette from inhalation. The air flow is actually taking place at the connection point of the atomizer and battery.

Step #2: The nicotine liquid is heated up via the power sourced from the batteries, depending on the model, will be automatic, or a manual switch. The atomizer plays the role of dissipating the vapor when smoking.

Step #3: The Heating Vapor Coil “atomizes” the e-liquid, creating vapor very similar to smoke. Most of the traditional looking e-cigarettes have an indicator light that glows while being used, simulating the burning end of a cigarette. This indicator will blink rapidly when the battery is depleted.

There you have it…a basic overview of how electronic cigarettes operate.

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