What’s Best: Atomizer or Cartomizer?

People swear by their cartomizers.  People also swear by their atomizers.  So which is better, an atomizer or a cartomizer?

I have outlined the differences in other posts but for a quick rundown…

An atomizer is meant to be a semi-permanent device for your ecig (which creates the vapor).  It is meant to last for quite a while.  I have gotten up to 6 months on a normal 901 atomizer and then there have been some that only lasted less than a month.  Most however, last a couple of months or so. 

A cartomizer was designed originally to be a throw-away item.  Once you use the juice up, you toss it.  But being the creative folks we are, we have figured out how to refill them and reuse them over and over again.  Cartomizers were not really designed for this originally.  Most older cartomizers were the atomizer, filler and juice all in one package.  Now, some come as just the atomizer/filler and you put a drip tip on it.  These are how the tank cartos are designed.

Tank cartos have a hole in the side and a tank sits around the outside of the carto itself.  When you draw on the tip, the vacuum sucks in juice through the hole and replenishes the filler material in the carto.  The carto inside however, is still designed the same as all other cartos were previously (with the exception of the dual coil cartos which just has two coils instead of one).

The difference between the atomizer and the carto is simply this… Atomizers are built to last as long as they can.  Cartomizers are only meant to last a couple of weeks or less before they get plugged up.  Plugging up is not usually a huge problem since the replacement cartos are really cheap.  Atomizers are not in most cases.

What I find that I am enjoying is using tank cartomizers since I only have to refill them once or twice a day.  No dripping or toping off.  After a couple of weeks, I replace the carto and I’m good as new again.  The cartos I buy are only about $2.00 a piece so they are really cheap.  They do plug up and become very hard to draw on so when that happens, just replace it.  I’m also using the dual coil version which seems to give out more vapor but also is the reason they only last a couple of weeks on the average.  I’ve gotten longer times out of them but 2 weeks is the average.

I used to use a regular 901 atomizer with a pump bottle to replenish the juice in the filler material of my atomizer but with the tank carto, you never need to pump.  Less work, more vape time and never a dry burnt taste signaling you need to pump juice into the atty with a tank.

So what is better?  Atomizers last longer but require more work (dripping,refilling,etc).  Cartos need to be replaced sooner but require less work.  Regular cartos (non tank) also can hold quite a bit of juice but will still only last so long.  I’m finding that tank cartos are the right for me.

Ego’s have kind of crossed the boundary with their atomizer that has a small tank that holds about 1.6 ml of juice but I still don’t like the plastic taste I get from the Ego I own.  It works well but you have to still refill it a lot more than my tank.

For me, the tank cartos win in the end even though I still love my 901 atty.

Your mileage may vary.

7 thoughts on “What’s Best: Atomizer or Cartomizer?

  1. i just wanted to say thank you for you web site the puckyou have helped me a gret deal (also i noice a lot of nampa signs in the adds i live in Nampa was wondering if you do? thanks

    • Thanks :) I hope the site was helpful in some way for you.

      I’m in south central Ohio actually. The ads you saw may have been google ads which tend to tailor themselves to the person who is viewing the website. They sometimes will see where your computer’s network address is and can serve ads for that area.

  2. After about a year using egot and egoc atomizers….i finally tried a “ce-4 +”. Clearomizer. At that time I only had ego 650 batts..but the ce4 vapor tasted soooo much beter. The only problem was the ce4 I got was not built to last…after only a few cleaning and dry burns…the plastic tank cracked and leaked where it attaches to base. They vaped so well that i came up with temp fix involving thin food wrap plastic.. (another story)
    The Chinese apparently do not Worry much about labeling products. I have seen 5 different ce4s and 3 different so called ce5s. One relativley new “ce5” is made to be rebuildable. You can buy new wick/coil assembly for around $1.50 or so. Im trying those now…and so far so good. Building a puck and cant wait to see how that works..


  3. I have taken apart cartomizers and rebuilt coils gets easy after you tear up a couple. I was trying to find the paper that wraps around the coil. Looks like paper towel , tried cotton guaze does pretty good but lets too much juice through leaks to battery, more cotton plugs up cartomizer

  4. I’ve tried a lot of different atomizers, cartomizers, etd The best I’ve found so far is the Aspire BDC. Doesn’t leak. Easy fill. Good vap. Good smoke and throat hit. No hassels. I’ve been using them with a Vision 1100 battery which will last entire day. They also last forever. I’ve turned a few of my friends on to them and they too are happy.

    • Sounds like it is a good tank. I would say I would try it myself but I am into the world of rebuildables and plan on staying there for a while. I buy one spool of wire for 10 bucks and I can rebuild the coil as many times and as many ways as I like. Along with a bag of cotton balls, I’m set on coils and wicks for years.

      It does take a bit of skill to build your own coil quickly but I have it down to less than a minute. The best part is you don’t have to make a new coil everytime. You just replace the cotton. The coils themselves seem to last forever. Just remove the old cotton, burn off the gunk and replace with new cotton. All in 5 minutes time. You only need to do a new coil if you happen to break it changing the cotton or want to try a new ohm value.

      Replaceable coils are sure hard to beat for simplicity and I do recommend them, but for the money (saving money) and freedom, rebuildables can’t be beat.

      Thanks for the info and I’m sure everyone will now try an Aspire BDC. There are a lot of people looking for a good tank and it seems you have found one that works well.

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