There seems to be a hot debate in the Vaping Community regarding glassomizers versus clearomizers. The vote seems to be split between those who love clearomizers, and those who swear by glassomizers. As with most similar debates, there are pros and cons to both products.
Clearomizers and glassomizers essentially function in identical ways. They’re both tanks that attach to atomizers and hold e-liquid or e-juice. They then attach to the battery of choice, together forming your electronic cigarette or vaporizer. The only real difference between clearomizers and glassomizers is the material used for the tank itself. Clearomizers are made of polycarbonate plastic, while glassomizers are made of Pyrex glass.
So, what’s the big debate all about then? Well, although seemingly a minor difference, the material of the tank actually does present the user with various pros and cons.
Pros of Clearomizers:
The primary benefit of clearomizers is their durability. Clearomizers can be dropped and not break, making them a lot tougher. This is especially important for heavy vapers who are constantly on the go. Their devices are put in their pockets, cars, desks, etc., and are very prone to breaking.
Another benefit of clearomizers is their relatively inexpensive price. Because plastics are a lot less expensive as a raw material, and also much easier to work with, clearomizers tend to be less expensive, and therefore more affordable than glassomizers. On average, a glassomizer is about two to three times the price of a clearomizer.
Cons of Clearomizers:
The major downfall of clearomizers is that they are prone to erosion. Over time, the acids in some less reputable liquids, particularly the fruit and menthol liquids, will erode the polycarbonate plastic of clearomizers. This is not only aesthetically unappealing, but it can also be potentially harmful if the carcinogens of the plastics are ingested. The plastic erosion, some argue, may also potentially alter the flavor of the liquid being used.
Pros of Glassomizers:
Due to the fact that glassomizers are made of Pyrex glass, they are completely resistant to erosion. Regardless of the acidity level of the liquid being used, the glass tank in a glassomizer will never erode. This makes it potentially much longer lasting than clearomizers. The lack of erosion also allows for a much more flavorful vape. Users of glassomizers are adamant about the difference in taste of their liquids when compared to glassomizers. Although the difference may seem minor to some, those with an experienced pallet can certainly tell the difference.
Cons of Glassomizers:
The major drawback of glassomizers is their propensity to break when dropped. Although generally made of durable Pyrex glass, a drop from a standing position could very well break the glass tank. Moreover, glassomizers have been known to break in pockets when bending down, adding pressure to the tank. Some companies such as Kanger, however, have designed their glassomizers to provide for replaceable glass tanks, which is substantially less expensive than having to replace the entire glassomizer.
The other con with respect to glassomizers is their higher price range. Most glassomizers, especially high-quality ones, are well above £10. Some are sold as high as £50. This is substantially higher in price than clearomizers, which are generally around £5 - £10 for high-quality pieces. Advocates of glassomizers contend that “you get what you pay for,” and argue that it is well worth the higher price to have a higher quality product.