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How to choose an atomizer Which is better?

An atomizer is the part of an electronic cigarette (or vape) that is responsible for producing vapor. An atomizer is a part of an electronic cigarette that usually combines a tank. In sub-systems, the atomizer is a cartridge together with a vaporizer.

In this article, we will talk about models that allow you to change the atomizer to another one, this does not apply to Pod systems.

Serviced or not serviced?

Atomizer has many varieties. The main varieties are serviced and non-serviced models.

Many beginners unknowingly assume that maintenance-free models are disposable. But that's not the case at all.

A maintenance-free atomizer is an atomizer whose heating element is removable and must be replaced periodically. A serviced atomizer implies the independent creation of such an element (winding) based on spirals and cotton wool.

The main difference will be in use. The maintenance-free model allows you to simply buy a vaporizer for vaping and not to select materials and install coils and cotton.

A serviceable atomizer requires knowledge and understanding of the process, but allows you to customize the operation of the device to personal preferences.

Winding (maintenance) as a whole is not a complicated process and saves money. But if this is your first device, we do not recommend starting your vape experience with a serviced model.

In general, if you want to achieve maximum ease of use, maintenance-free models (evaporator models) are suitable for you, but if you want to join the world of winding, then a serviceable model will be an excellent choice.

Advantages of a maintenance-free atomizer (on vaporizers):

1.Easy to use

2. Work depends little on your skills

3.Does not require maintenance time

4.Higher work stability

5. Availability of evaporators

Advantages of a serviced atomizer:

1.Customization for individual needs

2. Independence from manufacturers for the choice of evaporators

3. Cheaper to use (if winding by yourself)

4. Independence from the presence of evaporators

What is cheaper to buy evaporators or maintain?

Comparison of the use of maintained and unattended models should be carried out only if the models are comparable. That is, a vape for hookah craving should be compared only with hookah craving models, pods with pods. For example, service certainly wins for cigarette craving models. Spirals in such models are small in size, therefore, they are inexpensive. The benefits will be tangible. For hookah models, the benefits vary depending on the coils you choose, as well as whether you service the model yourself or go to a vape shop for this.

For example, winding a serviced tank in a vape shop, along with coils and work, will cost an average of 4 £. For about the same money, you can buy 1 or even 2 evaporators.

But the situation will change dramatically if you change the cotton wool yourself, and if you also change the spirals, then the benefit can reach 2-3 £ per month. Small money, but regular.

The choice of a maintenance-free atomizer.

Maintenance-free tanks (tanks on vaporizers) are the most popular devices among vapers. Almost 90% of those who purchase an electronic cigarette begin to use them.

And despite the fact that more experienced users do not agree with their existence, in 2020 they are able to compete in taste and other parameters with serviced models.

Steam quantity

How much vapor an atomizer produces is one of the most important factors when choosing. After all, this seriously affects whether the model will be for cigarette cravings or will be for hookah.

To determine the amount of steam before buying, you should focus on the operating power of the evaporators.

If the operating power of the vaporizer is from 10 to 20 W, then this is a cigarette craving with a small amount of vapor.

If the recommended power is between 30 and 50 watts, this is considered an average hookah draw.


For most vapers, taste is one of the most important factors. If we were talking about 2017, then we would say that there are tasty and tasteless tanks.

But with the advent of devices on the grid and their ubiquity, all tanks that use the technology of evaporators on the grid have become tasty.

Top or bottom air intake

Previously, it was believed that models with a lower air intake are capable of delivering at least some taste. This is only partly true.

Top-mounted air intake models have gotten a bad rap in the past. But in 2020, there are many good models that are able to give out good taste with air intake from above. Models with air intake from above are much less prone to leaks. This feature is a great advantage and can cover all the disadvantages.


The range of vaporizers plays a significant role when choosing a maintenance-free atomizer.

It is from the evaporators that the quality and quantity of the vapor of the atomizer will depend.

There are only 3 types of evaporators:

1.On spirals

2.On the grid



Spirals are classic and have been used for many years. They can be both hookah type and cigarette type. They come with a vertical and also a horizontal spiral (which is tastier). The only downside to coiled evaporators is that they don't taste perfect.

Mesh evaporators appeared in 2018 and immediately became very popular. The main advantage of mesh evaporators is good flavor transfer.

Ceramic evaporators are built to last longer. Models on ceramics usually last 30-50% longer on average. But the disadvantage of their use is a rather slow warm-up, especially at low power. That is, when tightening, the device does not immediately give out a lot of steam, but does it gradually.

Tank volume

The reservoir is not the determining factor when choosing an atomizer. But still, for some vapers, this is an important factor.

The standard in 2020 are atomizers with a tank volume of 4-5 ml if the tank is for hookah draft and 2-3 ml if the tank is for cigarette draft.

If you are chasing more than 5 ml, you will most likely end up with a bulky and awkward tank, along with which you will still carry a bottle of vape liquid with you.

Choice of serviced atomizer.

To maintain the atomizer, you will need to periodically change consumables, coils and cotton wool.

The spiral needs to be changed on average once a month, and cotton wool is changed on average once every 2 weeks.

To select a serviceable atomizer, one should take into account the design features that affect the choice.

Number of spirals

2 types of serviceable bases are widespread: for 1 coil and for 2. Single coil bases are well suited for box mods for 1 battery. And double-coil, respectively, for box mods with 2 batteries.

This compatibility is related to the autonomy and overall power of the device. In other parameters, double-coil and single-coil atomizers practically do not differ.


Previously, racks were one of the main parameters that relied on when choosing a device. There were comfortable and uncomfortable racks.

But in 2020, manufacturers no longer produce “uncomfortable racks”. Therefore, most beginners will be able to cope with any racks. Racks have become far from the main parameter.


A deck is called the entire diameter of the serviced base with racks. That is, this is exactly the space in which you can place the spirals.

The size of the deck affects the ability to accommodate coils of a certain size. A small deco will not allow you to place large spirals, even with a strong desire.

In turn, the size of the deck largely depends on the diameter of the atomizer.


Airflow is one of the most important parameters that affect taste. It is the way the spiral is blown with air that affects its cooling and efficient evaporation.

In the best case, the spiral is usually blown with a direct air flow of 80%. In this case, the air flows coming to the spiral should be multidirectional.

That is, ideally, the spiral should be blown from 3 sides, and the air flows should be separated as much as possible.

To do this, in good atomizers, the air flow is separated by many small holes, which firstly reduce noise, and secondly improve the taste of e-liquid.

What to choose anyway?

The choice should be based on needs. You must answer for yourself what is the ideal atomizer for you personally. And on the basis of this, it is already worth taking the choice seriously.

Atomizers on vaporizers today are suitable for 80% of users, they are simple, durable and quite tasty.

If you like to fully control the process and delve into all its subtleties and at the same time save to the maximum, then a serviced atomizer can be your choice.

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Dennis Forman


Dennis is an experienced vaper with a mission to help smokers quit tobacco smoking due to his informative and helpful articles. Every word he puts down about fighting against cigarette addiction comes from his big life experience and is learned from the school of hard knocks. He is not a professional writer; he is a person who is willing to share his comprehensive knowledge of vaping.
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