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The Anatomy of Vaping

Vape Parts Explained: What You Need To Know

Are you new to vaping and want to learn a bit more about the parts that make up your vape? Are you considering buying a vape but want to understand how each part functions? Are you curious about vaping but want to learn a bit more about how it all works? 

You are in the right place. In this article, we’ll dissect some of the most common parts found in vapes, and by the end, you’ll know everything there is to know about vape parts. 

Vape Parts Explained 

Many parts make up a vape. There is no single anatomy for all vapes since they all come in different sizes, models, and specs. However, some parts will always appear, and you must understand what these parts do. Some of the essential elements of vapes include: 

  • E-liquid
  • Drip Tip
  • Tank
  • Atomizer
  • Battery


While technically not a part of vape, e-liquid is a crucial component. E-liquid, also known as vape juice, or e-juice, the liquid vaporized in vapes. Without it, there would be nothing to inhale, and no vapor clouds would be created. 

Four ingredients make up vape juice: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, natural and artificial flavorings, and nicotine, although you can also find e-liquid with zero nicotine. 

E-liquid is included here as a part because later on, you’ll need to know what e-liquid is and how it interacts with the other elements, but for now, let’s move on to the drip tip.

The Drip Tip

The drip tip, also known as the mouthpiece, is the circular part that goes on top of your device. It is where you put your lips to inhale the vapor that your device creates. Typically the drip tip is removable and replaceable and is made from various materials like glass, plastic, resin, marble, and even wood. 

They also come in a variety of sizes. The most common sizes are 510 and 810. 510 drip tips are narrow and tall, while 810 are short and stubby. This information is vital because the drip tip’s width and shape can affect your e-juice and vape flavor. 

Typically a narrower drip tip will give you sweeter notes since every inhale will be directed to the middle of the tongue where sweet notes are most prominent. In contrast, a wider drip tip will bring out more sour notes to the forefront since the vapor will reach the outer edges of your tongue, where they are detected. 

The Tank

The tank is another critical component of vapes because it houses the atomizer, the e juice, and provides the battery's connection (we'll explain what the battery and atomizer do later on). 

Tanks are cylindrical and composed of a glass section with two metal parts on the top and bottom. On the top of the tank is where your drip tip goes. Your tank's base is where the battery's connection is made via a 510 connector (more on this later on in the blog).

Usually, the atomizer goes in the middle of the tank surrounded by glass. You can fill up this glass housing from the top of the tank with e-liquid depending on the tank's model, and this is the primary function of the tank, to work as a reservoir of vape juice. 

The Atomizer

Perhaps an essential part of the vape is the atomizer. Since vape terminology is continually changing, you will find that the “atomizer” can refer to the whole tank (for example, when people talk about rebuildable dripping atomizers or RDAs), or it can also refer just to the part that evaporates the e-liquid. For now, let’s only refer to the atomizer as the part that vaporizes the e-liquid. 

The atomizer is made up of two parts, a coil, and wicking material. When you pour e-liquid into the tank, the e-liquid is soaked up by the wicking material, heated by the coil, which gets warm by resisting the battery’s electrical current. 

There are three types of atomizers. Atomizers that are disposable like pods and cartridges (also called cartomizers when used on vape pens) feature replaceable coil heads, which are the most common and used on box mods. There are also rebuildable atomizers, which require that the user build the coils and insert the wicking material. 


Finally, there's the battery. The battery is the component responsible for making sure the device has electricity and can turn it on. The battery is the part that creates the electrical current that fires up the coil to heat the wicking material and produce vapor. 

The battery is usually housed on the part the user holds, or the mod, and connects to the atomizer through a 510 connector found at the tank's bottom.

There are many different types of batteries used in vaping, and they vary depending on the device you have. For example, box mods use 18650s batteries, which are rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, while pod systems use smaller internal batteries charged via a USB cable.

Battery safety is paramount if you have a box mod. Remember to research adequate handling, storing, and battery usage if you're a beginner and have just purchased a box mod. 


Remember that this is a simplified account of all the parts found in vapes. In reality, the features found in each vape vary my spec and model. For example, in the three most commonly used vapes: box mods, vape pens, and pod systems, the atomizer and the batteries will differ. 

As new technology arises, new vape parts become available, and new technologies emerge that completely change how vape works, and this is important to keep in mind. However, we hope this small introduction into vaping parts gave you more knowledge to understand how your vape works.

DISCLAIMER: EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.