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A lot of terms are used to describe parts of e-cigarettes, not everyone agrees which parts have which name. The atomizer is a component that generates quite a bit of confusion with starting dampers. On this page we briefly explain how an atomizer is constructed and which parts are present in it.

How is an atomizer structured?

Within the standard definition, an atomizer consists of the following parts:

  • A mouthpiece that you put your lips on, this part is also called the drip tip.

  • The reservoir where the e-liquid is located, this part is also called the tank.

  • The atomizer, this is a sleeve where the resistor coil and the wick are located.

  • The atomizer base with a standard 510 connection on which the battery is placed.

Put simply, the atomizer is anything but the battery.


The way in which an atomizer is constructed can differ. This is particularly important for hobbyists who make or combine parts themselves.

  • RBA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer

  • RTA stands for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer

Clearomizers and Cartomizers

If you don't feel like building, there are the clearomizers and cartomizers. These are disposable atomizers that are suitable for use in more simple cig-a-likes and eGo models. You don't have to replace small parts yourself, you only have to top up the e-liquid. These products are particularly suitable for switching smokers who do not need complex flavors or large steam clouds.

Atomizers differ per brand

Brands usually use different parts and configurations. That can make the choice of a starting damper quite complicated. Then pay attention to the brand and type, and look for the right parts. If you can't figure out whether you have found the right parts and accessories, you can of course first contact the service department for more information about atomizers.