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The Anatomy Of A Vape Pen

Vape pens have become one of the most popular options when it comes to the consumption of cannabis. These reusable pens are an excellent alternative to rolling joints or consuming cannabis through other methods. However, vape pens can be difficult to understand if you’ve never used one before. Many of them come in kits with a number of components that must be put together and may need to be replaced at certain points. The following will explain the various parts and the roles they play in your vaping experience.


The mouthpiece is the part of the vape pen through which you inhale the vapors, as the name suggests. These pieces are typically made from glass, plastic or silicone and are often replaceable. You can find mouthpieces in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes so you can find the one that’s most comfortable for you and gives your vape pen that touch of flare and personality.

Cartridge or Tank

The cannabis oil is placed into the cartridge or tank part of the vape pen. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, they are two different types for this part of the pen. A cartridge is generally pre-filled with cannabis oil to help eliminate the need for messy refills, while tanks are usually refillable and require you to purchase cannabis oil separately. If you do use tanks, take note of the fill line on the tank and take care not to overfill it.


The atomizer is typically a part located inside the cartridge or tank. This component is responsible for generating the heat needed to turn the cannabis oil into its vapor form so you can inhale it. It’s typically housed in a ceramic or steel housing in order to protect it. There are several materials from which the atomizer can be made so you will need to do your research and try them out to find out which one works best for yo. Atomizers can be made from ceramic, quartz or cotton wick. The cotton wick atomizer is wrapped in a metal coil. Cannabis oil is absorbed into the cotton and heated by the wire coil. While these atomizers are typically cheaper than other types, they can burn a bit, leaving a burnt taste when you inhale the vapors. Wire-wrapped ceramic atomizers have grown in popularity because they have good heat retention, but they do use higher voltages. Quartz atomizers heat up quickly but don’t retain their heat as well as ceramic ones.

Power Button and Sensor

Some vape pens require you to push and hold a power button while you inhale, triggering the sensor that tells the atomizer to heat up to release vapors. Others are activated by drawing on the mouthpiece. If you choose a vape pen that features a power button, it typically needs to be pressed five times to turn it on and another five times to turn it off in order to prevent accidental activation if your vape pen is in your pocket or another location where it may be pressed unintentionally. Some pens also allow you to choose a temperature.


The final component of most vape pens is a battery that provides the power the atomizer needs to heat up. Most include a lithium ion battery that can be recharged via USB cable or other power cable. Some vape pens include power options so you can select how much power the vape pen gets, impacting the potency of the cannabis you inhale.

The Anatomy Of A Vape Pen Vape pens have become one of the most popular options when it comes to the consumption of cannabis. These reusable pens are an excellent alternative to rolling joints or

What are the Parts of a Vape Pen?

Everything you need to know about vape pens and how they work.

Vape pens have burst into the cannabis market in a big way, as more and more consumers turn to vaping as a healthier, more discreet way to enjoy their dry flower, extract, and oil.

Here we look at the parts that come together to make up your vape pen, how these parts work, and the variety of options that make different vape pens unique.

The Battery

The battery is the power source for your vape pen. The vape pen will use the stored electric power in the battery and convert it into the heat necessary to vaporize your dry flower, oil, or extracts.

Vape pen batteries come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from slim ink pen styles to large, powerful units, and every size in between. Some consumers prefer the functionality of customizable units, while others prize vapes that are discreet and easy to carry.

Most vape pens use rechargeable lithium ion batteries due to their high energy density, allowing them to reach the high temps vape pens need to reach. Vape pen batteries typically use some form of USB charger, either plugging in to the battery or screwing on to the battery’s threaded connection.

Any buttons, sensors, and other electronics for the vape are mostly stored in the battery. These sensors and electronics control variables like temperature, duration of heating, and more, adding the functionality and customization consumers want in their vape pen.

The Atomizer or Heating Element

The atomizer is the part of the vape pen that converts the battery’s power to heat. It is in the atomizer that your vape material is turned into flavorful vapor.

In a wax or oil vape pen, the atomizer is most often a set of coils, sometimes wrapped around a ceramic or cotton wick. Power is fed through the coil, turning it red hot and vaporizing your wax or oil. Some vapes are turning to a coil-less atomizer that heats vapeable material indirectly without creating a red hot heating point.

Dry flower vape pens function in a similar way, using the vape’s battery to generate heat to bring ground flower to the cannabinoids vaporization point. Vaporizers that are designed to vape dry flower take advantage of the pen’s heating element to pass heat evenly over your ground dry material without burning it.

The Chamber or Tank

This is the part of the vape that holds your vape material. In an oil (liquid) vape, this is usually called a tank if refillable or a cartridge if disposable and comes as a single unit with the atomizer. In a wax or dry herb vape pen, this is usually called the chamber. Regardless of what you call it, this part of your vape pen is where you load your vape material.

Some smaller wax vapes don’t have a chamber or tank, so you load your vape material directly onto the atomizer. Because they only hold a small amount of extract, these types of vapes need to be reloaded after each use or so.

The Mouthpiece

The vape pen’s mouthpiece is its tip, the place where the vapor is funneled to the user to be inhaled. Mouthpieces vary in shape, but are usually designed to fit comfortably in the lips for a smooth hit.

Picking the Right Vape for You

Knowing the parts of your vape pen is helpful for understanding how to load, clean, and otherwise care for your vape. Now that you know how each part of the vape functions, you are ready to start shopping for your perfect vape with our Vaporizer Buyers Guide or visit our online vape store here .

You can also learn more about topics like this on our Cannabis 101 page.

The vape products and vaping advice featured in Medical Marijuana, Inc. posts are specifically for people looking to support their health with legal natural botanicals and are not created with nicotine or tobacco users in mind.

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What are the Parts of a Vape Pen? Everything you need to know about vape pens and how they work. Vape pens have burst into the cannabis market in a big way, as more and more consumers turn