Such is the way with vaping. I've been told that in the early days of vaping (which were literally only 4 or so years ago) that it seemed that a new device was arriving every time you blinked. Today, we've gone way beyond that. It's not a new device. It's really entire new technologies. From atomizer to cartomizer to carto tanks to top coil tanks with big wicks to bottom coil tanks to dual bottom coil tanks to airflow control tanks. And that's just listing a short progression of atomizer technology.
Sometimes though, the speed of technology can really screw us up. When I started vaping in the middle of last year, my first device was an eGo battery with a CE4 clearomizer on it. I moved from there to Protanks to iClears to Aspire tanks. And it wasn't until relatively late in the game that I was on the road traveling and found myself in need of another tank and all the store sold for less than $10 were plastic carto tanks. I'd never used one before. But the girl assured me once I figured them out, I'd love them. And sure enough. She was right.
For anyone who doesn't know, a cartomizer is a small metal tube with an atomizer in the center surrounded by a sort of poly-fill filler material. You get liquid into the cartomizer by dripping into the top of it and allowing it to absorb into the cartomizer. Cartomizers like the one in the photo up at the left are meant to be used just like that. Small cartomizers often have holes in their sides in order for a tank to wrap around them and supply a constant flow of juice into the filler material.
In doing a little research and reading in the forums, what I've ascertained is that cartomizers used to be pretty crummy early on. They didn't produce a lot of vapor and burned out pretty rapidly. But the experience I had on that first little carto tank was fantastic. Simply the best flavor I had experienced in any tank atomizer technology to date. Apparently, as the whole vaping community moved to Protanks and other products, the companies that were making cartomizers continued to perfect them. To a point, so much so, that today I'd say they are one of the best products on the market for consistent quality vaping. For mere ease of use, I'd still likely consider the Aspire tanks my go-to daily tank of choice to carry around with me. But I sat tonight going back and forth between my Nautilus tank and my little cartomizer and I really, really like the carto.
What I'm using tonight is a Smok mega carto with eGo threading. As such, I've got it on a black eGo vv battery and damn if it doesn't look downright sexy. When I loaded this carto up with my favorite flavor, it took 3 full mL's of liquid before it started dripping out the bottom. THAT is incredible. I mean most of the tanks I own don't hold 3 mL's of juice and this is being held in filler material. Once they are loaded with juice, they don't spill. You can pop the whole thing in your coat pocket and not really have to worry about it. They are lightweight, easy, and the flavor is downright amazing.
In one other interesting side note, when I've put a couple of my flavors into Aspire tanks, some flavors seem to be able to burn out a coil in a mere couple of days. The same juice in a cartomizer lasts me 10 days or more. I can only assume that this is because the whole coil is bigger in size, but I could totally be wrong about that theory. For whatever reason, though, coil-burner juices seem to work great in cartomizers.
I really think that this is a situation where technology has failed us. A ton of new technologies have completely overshadowed the story that cartomizers have and still continue to evolve into an incredibly high quality vaping technology. And I'm incredibly excited that tomorrow I will receive in the vale-mail a brand new carto tank from Cirrus. I am going to vaping in major style this weekend. Until then, hope your week has been fabulous!