Anatomy of a cartomizer
A cartomizer consists of an atomizer surrounded by a liquid-soaked poly-foam that acts as an e-liquid holder. It is usually disposed of once the e-liquid acquires a burnt taste, which is usually due to an activation when the coil is dry or when the cartomizer gets consistently flooded (gurgling) because of sedimentation of the wick. Most cartomizers are refillable even if not advertised as such.
Cartomizers can be used on their own or in conjunction with a tank that allows more e-liquid capacity. When used in a tank, the cartomizer is inserted in a plastic, glass or metal tube and holes or slots have to be punched on the sides of the cartomizer to allow liquid to reach the coil.
Advantages of a Cartromizer
- Small design.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to refill.
- Easy to maintain.
- Allows for more puffs than an atomizer.
- Relatively inexpensive.
Disadvantages of a Cartomizer
- Poly-foam may dull the flavor of the e-Liquid.
- Poly-foam may hold some flavor over previously used e-Liquids.
- Difficult to monitor the amount of e-Liquid/puffs remaining.