The Difference Between Cartridges and Cartomizers

E-smoking can be intimidating to newcomers. The team at Johnson Creek Enterprises has created a series of articles and videos to help people learn about vaping. This one is meant to help you understand the difference between cartridges and cartomizers.

There are two basic styles of electronic cigarettes. The older style is a three-piece design that contains a battery, an atomizer, and a cartridge. The newer style is a two-piece design that contains a battery and a cartomizer.

We sell cartridges and cartomizers, but we don’t sell atomizers. Both cartridges and cartomizers are packaged in boxes. We usually ship them in red bags with any other vaping accessories you may have ordered. Cartridges and our blank Vea 2.0 cartomizers are individually wrapped. Our blank Vea 3.0 cartomizers are in a blister pack.

A cartomizer is an atomizer and a flavor cartridge in one unit. At the bottom of a cartomizer, there’s an atomizer that heats e-liquid and creates the vapor. The vapor is inhaled through a center tube.  The center tube is for airflow. If Smoke Juice gets into the center tube, the cartomizer won’t produce a lot of vapor until the errant e-liquid is cleared. That’s why it’s important to add the Smoke Juice directly to the fiber fill that surrounds the center tube. The fiber fill feeds the e-liquid to the wick that leads to the atomizer. Cartomizers screw onto your electronic cigarette battery.

A cartridge does not have a threaded end. The inside of a cartridge is just filling that holds the e-liquid. It feeds the Smoke Juice to the atomizer. The atomizer is a distinct piece that heats the Smoke Juice and creates the vapor that is inhaled through the filling. The atomizer screws into your e-cig battery and the flavor cartridge attaches to the atomizer.

We hope this video will help you understand the differences between these two pieces.

If you have any further questions about this, feel free to contact us via email at Our Customer Relations team is also available to take your call M-F 9:00AM -5:00PM CT.

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