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Vape Parts 101: Learn What's Inside Your Devices to Get the Most Out of Your Puffs

April 18, 2022

It can be easy to take your vape pen (and all of its vape parts) for granted, especially when it works the way it should without any fuss or drama. 

However, there are ways to get the best performance from each of the components that make up your vape. When you do all these, you’ll have the best experience possible with your device, making your experience consistent and at the standard you deserve. 

Want to know just what to do? Keep reading!

A vape pen lies beside two of its pods.

Vape pods hold the coil and the juice that you use.

The pod

This is the part of your vape pen that you can actually remove and swap out for another, similar one. It stores the e-juice that is vapourised in each puff, as well as the wick and the coil. The former is almost always cotton, while the latter is commonly made of some metal alloy, although newer versions can come in ceramic, which offer even heating and no hot spots.  

Together, these components form the equivalent of a tank atomiser for vapes that aren’t in a pen configuration.  

If you have a closed-system unit, you won’t find a seal that can be opened for you to add e-juice. Only open-system vapes, which let you pick the e-juice and swap out the wick and coil as needed, have this part.  

For new coils, the first few puffs can make or break how it performs afterwards. That’s why, for open systems, you should allow the juice to fully saturate the wick first, by leaving it alone for at least 5 minutes after filling it with e-juice. Then, space out your puffs to allow the juice to flow naturally.  

If you don’t take it slow at the start, you’ll probably end up singeing the wick before it can evenly saturate. This will cause a burned taste when you vape, until you replace the coil. 

If you have a closed-system pod, this won’t be an issue (lucky you!).

A metal atomizer lies disassembled.

The terminals do a lot for your vape experience so don’t neglect them. 

The terminals

The terminals are the tiny gold-coloured parts that connect the pod to the vape body. With a proper connection, power is transmitted from the battery to the coil, which then heats up and vaporizes the e-juice.  

There are also terminals that allow the vape’s battery to charge. These are usually found in a recessed port at the end or side of the device.  

Since the terminals have such a big role, it’s important to keep them (on the body and the pod) clean and free from any obstruction. E-juice droplets or dried residue, bits of tissue and other foreign objects can get in the way of the connection.  

If you’re noticing performance issues with your vape, always have a peek at the terminals to see if there’s something causing the problem. In particular, look for and remove dried e-juice, which is easy to miss and can cause malfunctions.

Four vapes lie on a blue background.

The body is the single largest component of your vape.

The body

Of all your vape’s components, this is the biggest and most geng one. It contains other essential parts inside it.  

The body (sometimes called the housing) of a vape pen is usually made from heat- and liquid-resistant plastic. Certain upscale models have a body that is made out of metal for added durability and better looks.  

Some vape pens, especially those from an open system, tend to be on the chunky side. Closed-system units are usually thinner and fit better in a pocket.  

If you’re a fan of customisation, you may be tempted to apply a skin or a case to the body of the vape to make it uniquely yours. Before doing that, remember that such accessories could end up restricting the airflow around the body, trapping instead of dissipating the heat that is produced through vapourisation.

A closeup of a vape screen.

You should read the manual to fully understand the information from the vapes display.

The display

This is how you know the current status of your vape pen. How much you learn depends on the type of display, of which there are two common ones. 

The first is an LED light or series of LEDs which blink, pulse or shine according to different situations. The second type is a screen, which usually shows the battery percentage and wattage or temperature. Some may also have a puff counter feature that helps you track your usage. 

A malfunctioning LED/s or screen could mean that there’s something wrong with your device, but it may instead just be an indication that the battery is low. Figuring out what is being communicated is almost impossible if you’re just guessing, so reading and understanding the manual that your vape came with is vital.  

Who knows, you even may learn that your unit has some features that you didn’t know about. That’ll be something to brag to your friends about while you’re getting tapau.

A vape pen charges from a power bank.

Maintain your vape battery’s health by charging often but not for very long. 

The battery

This last major component is your vape’s power storage. In a vape pen, the battery isn’t normally user-accessible, so you won’t have to worry about it too much. That is, aside from keeping it full of energy for your puffs.  

There isn’t any standard battery capacity across different models, because it really depends on what will fit into the body. If you want to make sure that you’ll never run out of power mid-puff, consider getting a charging case that works with your device.  

Most vapes have lithium-ion batteries, which perform best and maintain their health longer when charged in short sessions rather than for long periods. That’s why you shouldn’t wait until the low-battery warning is triggered before charging your unit.

A RELX vape stands against a colorful background.

When all the parts are working well, youll have the vape experience youre after. 

All together now

These vape parts are made to work together to give you a good vaping experience. Maintain them properly, and your vape will continue to work the way it should.  

If you want an excellent combination of great vape parts that unite in one high-quality vape pen, consider picking from the RELX Infinity line 

From the aluminium unibody housing to the ergonomic mouthpiece of the pod and even the Leak-Resistant Maze (not to mention the innovative Air Boost and Active-Steam Pro technologies), you can be confident that it will last a long time while giving you an excellent vaping experience, time and time again.  

Now that’s a Super Smooth experience that’s right for any vaper, and anyone switching to vape.