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7 Different Types of Vape Carts

7 Different Types of Vape Carts

Vape cart is short for vape cartridge. It’s a small canister that holds e-juice. You can load it onto a vape or e-cigarette by screwing it into position or clipping it in place, based on the brand and design of both the vape and the cartridge. Some carts are refillable so when they’re empty, you can top them up with fresh e-liquid. Let’s explore the different types of vape carts on the market.

Different Types of Vape Carts

The kind of vape that uses a cart has three parts – the cart, the battery, and the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is usually attached to the cart and forms the upper part of your e-cig or vape pen. The battery is the lower part. You can buy batteries and carts separately so if either one dies, gets damaged, or depletes, you can replace it. But the cart and battery have to be compatible.

When you link the cartridge to the battery and inhale or press the button, the battery converts electricity to heat. This heat warms the coil or the atomizer built into the cartridge. This in turn heats the e-juice, turning it into aerosols or vapor that you inhale. Some cartridges have to be cleaned before you add new e-liquid. Others are single-use and are tossed when they’re empty.

Type 1: Nicotine Carts

Type 1 Nicotine Carts

A lot of people use vapes to stop smoking. The vape offers a nicotine fix without many of the harmful chemicals in tobacco. Also, because the nicotine in vapes is an aerosol instead of burnt smoke, it does less damage to your lungs and produces fewer toxic by-products e.g. tar. Nicotine in vapes is derived from natural nicotine by processing it with ammonia or selected mild acids.

This concentrates the nicotine to ease absorption and maximize the buzz. You can also find vapes with synthetic nicotine formulated in a lab. Nicotine carts use a base of PG (propylene glycol) to carry the nicotine. The base sometimes has VG as well. It can then be flavored with traditional scents like tobacco or more tailored ones like Black Mint. It can come in 0.3% to 5%.

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Type 2: Flavor Carts

Type 2 Flavor Carts

Some people like blowing pretty clouds from their mouths but don’t necessarily want nicotine stimulation. If that’s you, opt for a flavor cart with 0% nicotine. These vape cartridges typically have a VG base infused with flavor concentrates. The VG facilitates huge puffs of vapor so your e-cig is still fun to use. But since it has no nicotine, you won’t get buzzed or addicted to the vape.

When you buy a 0% nicotine cart, double-check that your supplier is reliable since some nic-free vapes are still contaminated with a little nicotine. Also, keep in mind that nic-free carts can still include PG because it’s a stronger solvent and absorbs flavor more efficiently than VG. Since the vape has no nicotine, it will feel smooth and silky with a gentle throat hit. You can sub-ohm too.

 

Type 3: Threaded Carts

Type 3: Threaded Carts

A 510 thread cart is customized to go with a 510 battery. Think of the cart as the male link that screws into the female battery tip. These carts have mouthpieces on them, so it’s their lower ends that attach to the battery. They can be narrow – the same diameter as the battery – or have a wider circumference. Broad 510 carts resemble globes, bulbs, or the atomizers on vape mods.

510 cartridges are the most common type of cart so you can find them in various brands, styles, and capacities. They can be weed-infused, nicotine-laced, or pure flavor. And they’re the most convenient way to vape because they come prefilled so all you do is clip, plug, or twist them into place. Use a cotton pad dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the threads, removing piled-up gunk.

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Type 4: Pod Carts

Type 4: Pod Carts

Pod cartridges are clipped, pressed, or plugged into the batteries instead of twisting them in like a threaded cart. These pods are less universal than 510 thread carts so it’s not as easy to juggle them among your batteries. Pods are typically branded so they’re designed to only fit the type of battery they come with. Examples are Juul for flavored nicotine or Pax and Stiizy for marijuana.

These pods are sometimes called refills since when you first buy your vape pen, it comes with a pod attached. But for later purchases, you can just buy a half-gram or full-gram pod and clip it to your battery. Remember though, weed oil and nicotine vapes atomize at different temperatures, with weed getting much hotter. So even if they physically fit, don’t put weed carts in vape pens.

 

Type 5: Disposable Carts

Type 5: Disposable Carts

As we said before, some vape carts are single-use while others are multiple-use. So even if you prefer a vape pen or e-cig rather than a disposable vape, you can buy a disposable cartridge to load your vape pen or cigalike. It’s a convenient option if you don’t like the fuss of dealing with coils, wicks, and all that drama. With a disposable cart, you can just load it, vape it, and toss it.

Disposable carts are perfect for people who like to play with flavors. Instead of buying a larger bottle of e-juice, you can get a single-use cart to test a new vape variant. You can also toggle weed, flavor, and nicotine disposables when you want to manage your tolerance. It’s a useful tip when you can no longer feel the nic buzz and are seeking increasingly more potent weed strains.

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Type 6: Refillable Carts

Type 6: Refillable Carts

When you’re digging into different types of vape carts, single-use cartridges are often the most affordable. But they come in tiny capacities – sometimes as low as 2ml. This can get expensive in the long run. Also, because they’re so small, they’re easy to lose. Refillable carts are an option to explore. You can use a syringe or a removable mouthpiece to reload them with fresher e-liquid.

Because the cart has a built-in atomizer or coil, you can re-use it several times before the coil is kaput. And some carts can be dismantled to replace the coil as needed. Just like threaded carts, be sure your refillable is compatible with your battery. If not, it may not physically fit. Worse, the power from unsuitable batteries may fry the coil or even clog it if the temperature is too low.

 

Type 7: Cannabis Carts

Weed carts or cannabis carts are loaded with oil that’s infused with marijuana. They’re built to work with weed pens and you can’t vape them in a nicotine pen. This is because cannabis oil needs higher temperatures to turn it into vapor. The weed is typically steeped into carrier oils like coconut, palm, corn, or olive. Occasionally, VG (vegetable glycerin) serves as the weed base.

Cannabis carts can be THC, CBD, CBG, or a combination of the three. THC is the part of weed that gets you high, so some people prefer CBD or CBG carts that offer pain relief and other weed benefits without altering your mental state. Your local budtender can advise you on the best cart for your needs and ensure you have a weed pen or battery that can atomize that particular vape.

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Different Types of Weed Carts

Cannabis comes in multiple forms including budder, badder, shatter, and wax or dab. For the weed oil concentrates you’ll find in vapes, the method of infusion introduces additional types of weed carts. Live resin oils are extracted using fresh flower buds that were flash-frozen. The rest use dried bud. Cannabis oil can be distilled with liquid solvents or absorbed into gases e.g. CO2.

Distillate carts are extremely potent and aromatic while CO2 carts may have a combination of marijuana components e.g. CBD and THC. You can also find curated carts that carry a specific strain such as white widow, diesel, or pineapple express. Weed carts have a distinct smell, but some of the fruity strains add a layer of scent to the vape. But it dissipates faster than smoking.

How to Clean Vape Carts

We’ve established that vape cartridges can either be reusable or disposable. The single-use ones are sometimes called refills. But the reusable or refillable ones need maintenance because their lifespans are longer. When you inhale, your breath (and the aerosols) can clog the airway. The e-juice can also get greasy and sticky on the coil, reducing the temperature of your vape cartridge.

For these reasons, whenever the cartridge is empty, you need to clean it before you top it up. You can do this by soaking it in rubbing alcohol then wiping off the residue with a Q-tips or swabs of cotton. However, if your vape cart has rubber parts or soft plastic, alcohol can dissolve them. In such cases, it’s safer to wipe the cart with a damp cotton pad and avoid submerging it in alcohol.

FAQs About Different Types of Vape Carts

What’s the Best Vape Cart?

510 thread carts are the best vape carts because they’re the most versatile. You can get them in sizes ranging from a few milliliters to full-gram carts. You can screw them into any compatible device, whether it’s a cigalike or box mod – as long as the vape battery has a 510 thread. Also, because they’re so interchangeable, you can find a wider variety of flavors and brand names.

Proprietary cartridges can sometimes offer a better user experience. This is because they come with tailored batteries that often have adjustable air holes and different temperature settings. Examples of these refill carts include Juul pods for nicotine and Stiizy carts for cannabis. But these branded disposables aren’t as widely available and have a smaller variety of flavors too.

What Are Vape Carts Made Of?

Vape carts can be glass, wood, plastic, ceramic, stainless steel, or a combination of these raw materials. The atomizer can have a wick saturated in e-juice or a ceramic coil at the bottom of the tube. This works through conduction to heat and vaporize your e-liquid or weed oil. For disposable vapes, it helps to pile them up and take them back to the vape store for recycling.

The cartridge itself has several parts. The mouthpiece or tip is where your lips go. The coil, oven, or atomizer is what heats the oil. The tank is the tube or sphere that holds the oil. It’s typically see-through to let you monitor the amount of e-liquid or weed oil that’s left. If it’s solid, it may have a viewing window. The threads or connectors at the bottom are for attaching the battery.

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