Vape Parts Explained – Beginner’s Guide to Vaping


It is frustrating when you want to give up on an addictive habit and switch to something less harmful like vaping, only to find out that you don’t know the first thing about it. There are a lot of different vapes out there like pod systems, vape mods, squonkers, AIOs (all-in-one), etc, which can be overwhelming sometimes. But they are simple to understand. Smokers who want to switch to vaping often face this frustrating situation, necessitating a discussion where we review vapes anatomically. 

There are two types of vapes that you need to know first of all. Vape pods/pod system and vape mods/box mod. Both have some similarities and differences but they are generally the same idea.

This article will focus on how vapes work and aim to explain the roles and functions of different vape parts. Knowing these components of vapes can help a beginner to understand the idea better and help adjust to vaping quickly. 



Coils are one of the most important parts of vaping. A vaping device will heat the coils in the tank and produce vapor. Different coils can give you different flavor hits.


Cartomizer, pod, or tank. All these terms are used for the component that stores the e-juice. A vaping device converts this e-juice into vapor by heating the coils in the tank. Most vaping kits include tanks in the box but you can purchase tanks separately. You might think that since it is a storage tank, it must feature in every vaping device. 

Contrary to that, some devices come without any tanks. Such devices are designed for dripping juices; keep reading these lines to learn more about this later. But for now, let us discuss the components relevant to the tank a little more in detail.


You might come across the term drip tip, a synonym for the mouthpiece. Generally, there are 2 types of drip tips; 510-drip tip and 810 drip tip.

The idea behind installing a drip tip is to improve your experience when it comes to vaping your device.  For those who fancy stealth vaping and prefer low voltage/heat, you can use a 510-drip tip as it has smaller airflow holes that give you less vapor but more flavor.   

810 drip tip is better suited for those who love to create lots of vapor and clouds since it has no to less restricted airflow.


An adjustable airflow can impact the quality of your vaping experience significantly. Airflow control gives you a different vaping experience. Drip tips can also improve airflow control. 

Airflow control can usually be located on atomizers or even on the machine itself for vape pods. Top airflow is a top pick among the popular airflow styles since it provides a perfect solution to the leaking problem. At other times, you will find the airflow on the side of the atomizer, which is also a popular style.


Now, let us talk about atomizers, which are primarily responsible for vapor creation. Atomizers are sold with tanks, so you don’t have to spend too much time searching for them. Now, let us tell you a bit about the different types of atomizers below:

Sub-ohm Tank

Sub-ohm tanks are atomizers designed for big clouds. These atomizers require a mod to operate. Sub-ohm tanks provide a ton of airflow. This tank is great for beginners as they only need pre-built coils.

Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)

RTA refers to tanks on which the built coil can be installed, a tank atomizer that works particularly well for the fans of customization. The liquid can be stored in the RTA tank, and the Mouth-to-Lung tribe of vapers usually opt for RTA.

Rebuildable Drip Atomizer (RDA)

RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer) or RDTA (Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer) is a dripper system. RDA is the term used to describe atomizers that require you to drip your liquid onto the coil

In the case of a rebuildable drip atomizer, it is perfectly easy to apply the juice directly to the wick. This is an ideal pick for the people who prefer chain vaping since they have control over the amount of e-juice directed towards the wick. Choosing RDA also means no dry hits, which is a big plus for many.


No battery, no power, amigo. Some vape pods come with a removable battery; some have changeable batteries. The plus with the removable batteries is that you can charge one while using another.

Finding a compatible battery for your vaping device is an actual act since your device needs decent power to work optimally. Beginner vapers often try the internal batteries, while the more experienced vapers opt for external batteries that offer external charging and longer life.

External Batteries

A bit more about the external batteries; these are labeled by diameter and length. You will come across external batteries labeled as 20700, which means 20 is the diameter while 700 is the length. It is highly recommended to check your vape pods’ specific dimensions before purchasing an external battery.

Internal Batteries

The thing with the internal batteries is that you can not remove them unless you open the vaping kit. You are also going to need a charging cable, but all in all, these batteries are a perfect option for novice vapers.

Display Screen

Display screens are useful for beginners since they allow them to know all the specifics. Here, we are talking about wattage, voltage, ampere, and coil resistance, to name a few. It is pertinent to mention here that different devices come with different modes.


Multiple mods in a vape mod add a touch of customizability to your vaping experience. Power and temperature models are critical subjects in this discussion, but as we mentioned, different devices have different modes.

Temperature Setting

Vape devices come with temperature controls to ensure you don’t burn your device or coils. Novices can end up overheating the coil or battery, which is highly undesirable. So, what happens when your device reaches the threshold temperature? It will stop producing the vapors altogether. Well, that’s only till it cools down; there is no need to look so worried!

Voltage Setting

Another option available for customization is via voltage/wattage adjustment. The resistance of your coil is not the only thing that affects vapor, flavor and throat hit. It also depends on the amount of power flowing through your coil.

Puff Counter

A function that tells you how many puffs you have taken, the puff counter is an excellent innovation for those who want to keep things in balance.

USB Charging Port

Like you charge your phone using a micro-USB or USB-C cable, your vaping device can be charged using the same cables. As a good measure, it is always better to have a spare cable in your arsenal.

Fire Button

It would help if you pressed the fire button when you wanted to puff. Conversely, some vaping devices have an automatic draw button when inhaling. An extra function of the fire button is that pressing it can switch on or switch off your device. But you will have to press the fire button several times for that to happen.

Final Remarks

It is wrap-up time for now, but we hope this brief helped you understand how different parts work together and give a vaping device the functionality it is famous for.

In case there is something that you don’t understand, the best course of action is to read the instruction manual and glean any useful information that can help you understand things better. Remember, it might take some time to get used to initially, but it will be worth it in the long run!