How Does a Disposable Vape Work?

How Does a Disposable Vape Work?

Disposable vapes eliminate the need to invest in more technical vaporizer devices. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn more about the anatomy of your vape so you can understand the benefits, discover potential challenges you may encounter, and learn more about whether it’s going to be the best type of vape for you moving forward. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how disposable vapes work to provide you with all the information you need about the device you’re using. 

How does a disposable vape pen work?

How Does a Disposable Vape Work?

Disposable vapes work by using electricity to heat the e-liquid inside of your pod or cartridge, which then becomes a vapor that you can then inhale from your vape. To better illustrate how this works, the body of your disposable vape (whether it uses a pod or cartridge system) is where the battery is located. When you press the button on the body or inhale, which automatically causes the battery to activate in some models, it then sends an electric current inside the pod or the cartridge to heat the coil and the e-liquid around it. 

It’s important to note that some disposable vapes may be composed of a single unit that’s all thrown away once the e-liquid runs out or a cartridge or pod system where the individual pods and carts can be thrown out and replaced when they run out of juice. 

What Does Inside of a Disposable Vape Consist Of?

With the above in mind, a disposable vape is composed of much more than what we just mentioned. Here’s a comprehensive overview of all the different parts that you’ll find on your disposable vape. 

components of a disposable vape


The battery takes up the bulk of the body of the disposable vape. In pod systems, it’s the slim body located underneath the pod, and, in cartridge systems, it’s the slim pen body that the cartridge is attached to. Some batteries are rechargeable (in the case of disposables where you get rid of the container holding the e-liquid) while others are only designed to last as long as it takes to vaporize all the e-liquid in your pods and cartridges. 


E-liquid is a term that refers to the substance inside of your vape pods or cartridges. The type of e-liquid that you might have in your disposable vape will depend on your reason for vaping. Some e-liquids only contain ingredients like propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and flavorings so people can enjoy vaping without any ingredients. Others may contain nicotine concentrations of anywhere from 0% to 6% or even hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD and THC. 

Make sure you know why you’re looking to use disposable vapes and find an e-liquid that offers you the benefits you’re seeking.

inside of an opened disposable vape


The coil is a small heating element contained within the cart or pod that is wrapped with cotton. When the battery is activated and electricity is sent to the coil, the coil then heats up to a sufficient enough degree to start vaporizing the e-liquid it’s surrounded by. The best thing about coils in disposable vapes is that you don’t have to start worrying about replacing the coil.

premium mesh coils on a disposable vape


The mouthpiece is located at the top of your disposable vape, and it’s the place where you put your lips to draw out the vapor. While you won’t be using the mouthpiece long enough to worry about it as you would with a non-disposable device, you should take care to keep it clean and to make sure that it’s not coming into contact with anything that could clog it up. In the case of vape carts, be aware that storing them upside down could cause the e-liquid to leak out from the tip of the mouthpiece. Always store them upright to keep everything inside and avoid potential issues with your vape later on. 

Charging Port 

While disposable vaporizers that are meant to be used once and then thrown away are made to use up all the e-liquid, this doesn’t always happen. With rechargeable vapes where the only disposable part is the pod or cart, these models have a charging port. These charging ports may be located at the bottom of the device or may screw into disposable cartridge vapes via the thread at the top of the battery. 

Airflow Adjustment 

Some disposable vapes come with airflow adjustment capabilities, which may be located at the bottom of the device as well. Airflow adjustment can be a valuable benefit to have if you find that your current settings result in harsher hits. Greater airflow results in a smoother hit so that you’re able to use your vape with greater ease. Just keep in mind that more airflow may impact the flavor and intensity of your hits, so there are some trade-offs should you decide to get a disposable vape. 

airflow adjustment in disposable vapes

What are Disposable Vapes Made Of? 

We’ve covered each of the foundational elements that make up disposable vapes, but what are disposable vapes made up of themselves? Disposable vapes, like most products, are generally made using materials like plastic, metal, rubber, and whatever is made to need the individual components (like lithium for the batteries or cotton for the coil). While they’re fairly sturdy, it’s still important that you care for them so they last as long as they’re supposed to. Here are a few tips to get you going when you get your first disposable vape. 

  • Take care to keep your vapes in a safe place where they aren’t going to be exposed to high heat, moisture, or pressure that could cause the device to break. 
  • Make sure to clean your mouthpiece if anything gets inside of it. 
  • Try to avoid long pulls. These may overheat your vape or cause them to run out of juice faster, which can be a problem if they’re not rechargeable.

Knowing more about the product you’re using is never a bad thing. If you have your eye on disposable vapes, the guide above will help you better understand how these devices work and what you need to know about them before you purchase one.

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