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Anatomy of e-cigarette

Anatomy of An E-Cigarette

The Basic Parts of an E-Cig

The anatomy of a cigarette is pretty simple to understand – you just have a tube of tobacco encased in paper and a filter – but for e-cigarettes, things are more complicated. If you’re just getting started with vaping or you’re a smoker wondering if e-cigarettes will be too complicated to be worth making the switch to, finding out about the basic anatomy of an e-cigarette can help to put your mind at ease. It’s true that e-cigs aren’t as simple as traditional cigarettes, but they really aren’t as complicated as you might think – all they really are is a battery, a coil and a reservoir for e-juice. Plus, learning about the core e-cigarette parts gives you a clear understanding of how e-cigarettes work, no matter what type they are.

The Battery

The “electronic” part of electronic cigarettes tell you that they need a power source, and in practice this just means they contain lithium batteries – just like your laptop, cell phone, tablet or pretty much any portable electronic device you own.

The battery connects to the other components of the e-cigarette, and when it’s activated (which is accomplished in different ways, depending on the type of e-cig) it delivers power to the coil, which in turn, produces vapor from the e-liquid in your device.

The Coil – Wick and Wire

The coil is what vaporizes your tobacco vape juice. E-cigarette coils are small pieces of resistance wire, which means that they oppose the flow of electricity and turn some of the energy they receive into heat. The two ends of the coil are connected to the positive and negative points of your battery to allow the current to flow through the circuit – really, though, they connect to your atomizer, and then your atomizer connects to your battery.

If it was only a coil connected to your battery, it would get hotter and hotter and glow red as the current flowed through it, but the wick and e-liquid change that. The wick is a piece of material – usually cotton, but sometimes silica or other materials – that soaks up e-juice, and is either inserted through the center of the coil or wrapped around it. Because of this, the energy the coil puts out goes right to the liquid, which is then turned into the vapor you inhale.

Tanks, Cartridges and Other Juice Reservoirs

The final core component of an e-cigarette is the tank, cartridge or other reservoir for your e-liquid. The tank’s job is simply to replenish the liquid soaked up into the wick once it’s been vaporized. Generally, it will store anywhere from 1 to 5 ml (or even more) of e-liquid, and will surround the coil so that some of the liquid is always in contact with the wick. This can work differently depending on the type of atomizer you’re using, but the basic principle is always the same.

Types of E-Cigarette

The three components above are the essential elements of an e-cigarette, providing the power and using it to vaporize e-liquid, but the exact components in your device will vary depending on the type of e-cigarette you have. There are three main types of e-cigarette – cigalikes, eGo-style and mods – and taking a brief look at them will help you see how the basic components fit into specific devices.

Cigalikes – Cigarette-Like E-Cigarettes

The cigalike is basically an e-cigarette modeled after a traditional cigarette. The majority of the device (where the tobacco cylinder would be in a cigarette) is the battery. This is often automatically operated, meaning that it contains a sensor that activates the battery when you inhale through the tip.

The battery’s threading is designed to connect up to the cartridge, which contains a coil, with wicking material surrounding it and inserted through the center of it. The e-liquid in cigalike devices is all contained within the (usually disposable) cartridge, and these use more wicking material than other devices so around 1 ml of e-liquid can be held inside. The cartridge also serves as a mouthpiece, with a hole in the center of the tip for the vapor to come up through.

eGo-Style E-Cigarettes

These devices are larger than cigalike e-cigs, but have a very similar layout. The main difference in the battery (aside from it being larger) is that eGo-style devices always have a button to activate them, rather than relying on inhalation. You hold the button down as you inhale and release it when you’re done.

eGo-style batteries have threading designed to fit with clearomizers. These are small tanks containing an “atomizer head” – with a coil and wick assembly inside – which is screwed onto a central tube. The atomizer heads either screw onto the top of the tube or connect to it from the bottom (with a bottom-coil layout being more common in modern devices). The coil and wick are enclosed in a small metallic cylinder, with the just ends of the wick poking out of slots on either side.

The tank surrounds this, so the liquid freely soaks into the wick but can’t get inside the central tube any other way. The central tube leads directly up to the mouthpiece – which is usually removable – and the vapor produced by the coil flows up it and into the vaper’s mouth.


Mods come in various shapes and sizes, but are all built around the same basic components. The batteries are generally larger than on any other devices, and are either contained in a tube or a box-shaped body. The batteries on mods may be in-built, or may be removable, but in any case the basic layout is the same as other devices. Mod batteries are always manually operated.

There are two basic types of mod: regulated and unregulated (or mechanical) devices. Regulated mods include chips which allow precise control over the power you send to your atomizer, and usually come with a screen to display the settings and buttons to adjust the power output to your tastes. Mechanical mods are bare-bones options, where the battery connects directly to the atomizer without any chips, and are activated with a button that’s usually located on the bottom of the device. It’s “mechanical” because the button physically moves to complete the circuit. Mechanical mods work on the battery’s “raw” voltage, so they get less powerful as they lose charge.

Many different types of atomizer can be used with mods, because they usually have “510” threading, which is standardized across most e-cigarettes. This means you can use tanks (which are basically like large clearomizers) or dripping atomizers.

Dripping atomizers are particularly useful for showing how atomizers work. They allow you to wrap and attach your own coil, with two (or more) posts (one for the positive connection and one or more for the negative connection) for the ends to connect up to. You then insert the wick through the center of the coil, and directly apply e-liquid to the wick and coil before vaping (although this setup is covered by a “top cap” and mouthpiece when in use). Whether it’s enclosed in a cartridge or an atomizer head, this is basically how all e-cigarettes work.

Conclusion – Simple Core Components, in Myriad Forms

So the anatomy of an e-cigarette is largely the same across all different types of device – a battery powers a coil which heats your e-liquid – but variations on this same theme produces the huge range of apparently complicated devices. Really, they’re all very simple, but how the battery works, where the coil is located and how e-liquid is resupplied to it all vary between specific devices.

The main thing you should take away from this is that no matter how complicated some e-cigarettes look, when you get right down to it, they’re really just simple combinations of a battery and a piece of resistance wire.

Michael Grey
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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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