Top 5 e-Cigarette Cartomizer Trends

Cartomizers have evolved considerably in the past year.  There are more cartomizer variations than anyone can keep track of. I’ve been reporting on e-cigarette news, writing various articles about the subject and of course, doing a lot of e-cigarette reviews since I launched this site back in June of this year.  As I watch the market, I’ve been starting to pick up on certain trends and patterns.

I thought it might be interesting to stop every once in a while and point out some of the things I’ve been noticing.  Perhaps one of the areas of the e-cigarette industry thats had a lot of activity in recent months has been the cartomizer.  It wasn’t too long ago that there weren’t many cartomizer choices at all, now it seems like there’s an absolutely confusing array of different ideas out there.

Let’s try and cut through the confusion and dissect the top 5 e-cigarette cartomizer trends in the market.  At least how I see them.  And if I’ve missed your favorite cartomizer technology, by all means, feel free to let me know in the comments.

5. Variations of the Clear Cartomizer
The CE2 clearomizer itself is a fairly new entrant in the e-cigarette industry.  These cartomizers featured a clear tube and an innovative design that placed the coil near the mouthpiece fed by silicone wick.  Initially, the only variation on this design was a longer version that held more e-liquid.

Assorted CE2 Style Cartomizers

In just the last couple months, there are countless approaches to the concept ranging from other manufacturers releasing the same basic design like the Bauway clearomizers to more radical cartos that use the same basic engine, but in a different configuration like the eGo-W, Sapphire, and Vision cartomizers.

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Many of the new riffs on the CE2 focus on higher capacity, but usually also bring a little more to the table such as tips that prevent e-liquid from flowing out through the drip tip.  Other clear cartomizers get away from the CE2 engine completely.

Even traditional cartomizers with filler material have gotten in on the action, from dual coil cartomizers, to the SmokTech Resurrector cartomizers.  Personally, putting a clear tube on a cartomizer that uses filler seems sort of silly, but who am I to judge?  Of course there are some radical new clearomizer designs that have hit the market…

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4. Horizontal Coil Cartomizers
Perhaps one of the newest trends in cartomizers, horizontal, bottom coil cartomizers also generally use a clear (or smoked transparent tube).  These designs depart quite radically from the CE2 style cartomizers that dominated the genre. In fact, one of the most talked about example of this style is the heir apparent to the CE2, the CE3 Smokymizer.

CE3 Smokymizer

These types of cartomizers use a coil situated at the bottom of the tube with the coil encased in some type of housing that allows liquid to reach the coils via a wick protruding through the housing.  The first of these on the market was the G4 followed shortly by the Vortex from GotVapes.

Initial reviews of these devices were mixed along with consumer reception of the devices.  Much like the original CE2, improvements over time will likely settle out this style of cartomizer.  There are currently some second and third generation products on the market with updates such as the latest G4 variant, the updated Vortex and the new 808 ClearoCarto.

Beyond clear cartomizer designs, there are also traditional style cartomizers that are moving to the bottom coil.  A new entrant into the market is the horizontal coil cartomizer made by Kanger.  This is the cartomizer that is in the current generation of V2 Cigs e-cigarette lineup.

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3. Large Cartomizers

Got Vapes Vision (ver 1)

Somebody in the e-cigarette manufacturing industry just took the old adage “bigger is better” and ran with it.  Original cartomizers came out with around a .5-1.0ml capacity.  XL cartos housing around 1.5ml came out and the market stayed there for a while.

Now it seems like every day I see a vendor announcing even bigger cartomizers.  First came the 2-2.5ml capacity in the CE2 Giantomizer.  Next was 3ml quickly followed by 5ml. The trend seems to be across the board as well.  There are giant versions of CE2s (the eGo W and Vision), large and gigantic dual coil cartomizers and just about every thing else you can think of.

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2. Cartomizer Tanks

Big Daddy Tank

Sort of a variation on the bigger is better theme, the cartomizer tank gives users the ability to tote around large amounts of liquid without stopping for refills.  The tank started out life in the modders community with modifications like the 3ml syringe mod.

The 3ml (and 5ml) mods were based on the CE2 engine, as were some of the original tanks sold at retail, like the Storm Tank. More variations of the CE2 tank hit the market ranging in capacity from identical to an XL CE2 to the massive 9ml Juice Jar.

At some point, someone figured out that by cutting slots or poking holes into a traditional cartomizer, it could absorb e-liquid while submerged in a tank. This led to a new line of tanks based around fillered cartomizers like the Big Daddy tank.  Now, even the manufacturers are getting in on the action, Vapor Alley carries an inexpensive tank made by SmokTech.

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1. Dual Coil Cartomizers
Most of the cartomizer tanks use dual coil cartomizers due to the technology’s popularity.  Dual coil cartomizers was one of those innovations that seemed on the surface to be a fad that would quickly die out. However, dual coils cartomizers are one of the most popular e-cigarette technologies on the market.

SmokeZilla Cartos

The cartomizers, which feature two heating coils run in parallel to provide a larger heating surface, can be found at a wide variety of vendors.  Fans of the devices rave about their ability to produce large amounts of warm vapor.  The cartomizers are also available in just about every form factor imaginable.

Despite having higher amperage demands, there are even dual coil cartomizers specifically designed for lower voltage devices like the eGo and Epower.  There have been other variations on the theme as well, such as the triple coil cartomizer, however that device hasn’t had the same warm reception.

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The cartomizer market has been an interesting thing to watch these past few months.  We’ll likely see improvement in some of the designs, and others may fall to the wayside over the coming months.  Of course we’ll probably see some totally off the wall concepts come out as well.

But now it’s your turn.  What do you think the most interesting cartomizer trend is?

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  • This experiment by dogtownvapster… pretty well describes the hoops one has to jump through at present with available atties as I see it at this point. But there are a lot of modders with far greater imagination than I that will likely come up with something comparable to the carto.

    One thing that worked for me with my first carto tank was being able to move the tank up the tube to cover the feed hole when it started to flood. Unfortunately I don't know of any atty tubes that are long enough to do that even with my mini tank.

    Been doing a little brainstorming as I am writing this. I'm going to work on adding a leak free extension tube on one of my Boge atties to where I can move the tank up or down to cover the feed hole to varying degrees. I may be able to get it to work at least as well as my pump carts with far less filling. Off to the workshop. :)



    • I suppose if you wanted to block the holes a little but didn't need to adjust it on the fly, you could cut a sleeve out of carto condom and then slide it on the carto to the desired position before putting the end caps back on.

  • Got the extension connected and drilled one hole half the size of the one in the tank carto I bought but even that is too big and had the atty flooded before I realized what was happening. Being able to block the hole is a must for now. Have 3/4 of the hole blocked and it's a lot better but still room for improvement. It's very sensitive to hole size with no batting to slow the juice flow. Will have to do more experimenting before I drill my DC atty for it. At least adding the tube extension went well, in fact better than expected.


    • have you looked at using a saddle valve to punch your holes? There's some threads on ECF about it and Extol did a video on it as well: I use that and it does a pretty good job. I picked mine up at Home Depot for about 7 bucks with tax.

  • Thanks for the thought Steve. I built a wood saddle that I can clamp together and adjust the drill depth to just barely pierce the skin. Using the end plug to cover the hole I didn't want a dimple in the tube. It has worked out at least as well as my pump carts though I can only fill it to the point where the hole remains exposed when laying it on it's side as even with the 1/16" hole about 90% blocked it still seeps if I leave the hole exposed to liquid other than when I want a fresh charge, even using all VG.

    My next go around I'll be using your suggestion of a condom to cover part of the hole and use the end plug to adjust the balance of the opening to see if I can get it down to only seeping when I draw on it. All in all it's worked out pretty well from a brainstorming moment to this point and the 1.8ohm Cisco unit I've had laying around for months is working well.


  • The tanks appear to be quite appealing to a large segment of the vaping community. I've bought two of them, one for the longer cartos and one for the short ones, they are simple and durable. MadVapes has a 5ml unit in stock for $12 that appears to be identical construction as the one from SmokTech and the ones I have purchased.

    One modder is working on a 306 atty tank that might work into something interesting for atty lovers.


    • I'm in love with my tank.  I have the same tank that MadVapes has on order, but the place I got it from has it back ordered.  I'm hoping I will have it next week to do a review in the near future.  I'm sure commercially available atomizer tanks will be next.  I'm quite interested in seeing how those play out, since it seems like you wouldn't need the holding capacity of a cartomizer since you have a tank full of juice anyway.

  • Are any of these clear tank-cartomizers, without the refill material, just pure tank, pure liquid fed into a cartomizer element available in the US – or are they only so far available overseas, thus requiring ordering from overseas and dealing with long ship times, customs and imports inspector meddling and currency conversion credit card fees?

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