As some of you might know, ceramic isn’t a new material to the vape world. It is coming back in a big way, with new innovations. We’ve seen the Vapin’ Donuts that never really caught on. We’ve also seen it used as a wicking material with the original Atlantis coil in a powdery, pressed form. Today, we’re going to look at two new products from some unusual suspects looking to bring ceramic back into the limelight.
Atus Tank Atomizer, GUO Vape
First up is the Altus Tank by GUO. Claiming to be the first coil-free device, this tank is gathering a lot of hype on forums due to their unique design. They have created what they call a CVU chip. It is essentially a small, flat ceramic plate with tungsten inside that functions like a coil. You wick it by wrapping the cotton around it. This is supposed to provide better heat distribution and less thermal energy-loss than traditional coils. It boasts a non-metallic, non-toxic composition that supposedly provides the cleanest flavor available. Also, GUO claims it will last for years, so no more buying coils every other week. Details on the device are somewhat scarce, but a few people have gotten their hands on them and posted reviews. The general consensus is that they take a bit to heat up so your first draw feels lackluster compared to subsequent draws. The chip works in temperature control mode, which people seemed to prefer over wattage mode (since it ramps up faster without overheating). Some reviewers noted a muted flavor, but in the history of new devices this can be chalked up to wicking methods and juice selection. Time will tell, but keep an eye out for this tank and the imminent horde of imitators using the concept. With a current $120 price point, this one could take a bit to catch on. It would need near-universal praise for the average consumer to consider a purchase.
cCELL Coil, Vaporesso
Next, we have the cCELL Coil from Vaporesso. This one has a much better chance of catching on due to their wise decision to make the coil fit the Atlantis and Triton (two tanks doing VERY well on the market), in addition to their own Target Tank . As opposed to the high price point of the Altus, the relatively low cost of coils (about $18 for a 5 pack) means that the average consumer will have no problem giving these a whirl. It is a microporous ceramic cup that has wire running through its inside. When you fire your device, the coil heats up, heating the cup. Again, boasting a much longer life, cleaner flavor, and no spitback. It also claims no dry-hits, but as Pbusardo revealed in a video, it is still possible to get one, and does not taste very good. The coil can be better for beginners in some ways: you can’t dry burn your cotton on accident, a problem lots of newcomers have because they don’t let their wick prime enough. This causes an irreversible burnt taste that the user is stuck with for the life of the coil. With the cCELL, you will still not get a great hit if you don’t prime it, but the coil can spring back to life once it does get some juice to it because cotton wasn’t burned in the process.
With these new ceramic vaping innovations, I think one of the main concerns is safety. Given how little research there is on vaping in general, it could be while before we have some concrete evidence to back it up. Both manufacturers claim they are made to withstand very high temperatures and without emitting chemicals. For me, the concern is physical: degradation of the ceramic and possibly inhaling small pieces that flake off. As long as people are diligent about maintaining their device and not using the coils past the recommended time or temperature limits, it shouldn’t be an issue. Ceramic vaping has also been popular in devices for “alternative substances” for quite some time, with few issues arising. Ultimately, it’s always exciting to see new innovation in the industry if only because it spurs the development of other innovations. These two types will likely not be the only ones we end up talking about by the end of the year as a bandwagon of manufacturers are bound to take note and add their ideas to the mix. I’m excited to see what else 2016 has in store for us, and I’ll be here to talk about it when it happens. Until next time, vape on!
Something to think about:
Do you think ceramic vaping will catch on? Why, or why not?