What Does No Atomizer Mean on a Vape?

Discover what no atomizer in a vape means in this article. Explore what an atomizer is and its primary function.

What Does “No Atomizer” Mean on a Vape?

The term ‘no atomizer' typically indicates a vape mod does not correctly recognise the atomizer, a crucial component that is responsible for vapour production.

Here are some reasons why a “no atomizer” vape error may occur

- The coil is not connected properly with the tank.
- There is an electrical short or fault.
- The device’s connector does not recognise the atomizer.

What Is the Atomizer in a Vape? 

Sometimes referred to as clearomizers and cartomizers, there are different types of atomizers and, notably, there are differences in how atomizer types work. The clearest explanation is that in some heated tobacco devices, the atomizer typically heats the vape liquid inside the tank to produce vapour. Generally, the atomizer connects to the device’s tank - the part of a vape that holds the e-liquid. When a vape turns on, the fabric within known as the wick soaks up the e-liquid. This is drawn to the coil – a part of the atomizer - where it heats to become vapour.

Why Is There a ‘No Atomizer’ Warning on My Vape Mod?

The atomizer works hard inside a vape, so it is not surprising that from time to time, this component may encounter an occasional problem. Typically, faults in vape mods that prompt automatic ‘check atomizer’ or, ‘no atomizer’ readings relate to errors that prevent the device from working. Those adult vapers with mod devices displaying ‘no atomizer’ should examine the device to find out what is going wrong. Some issues may be fixed with a simple device check to uncover the related issue.
Of course, as not all devices are the same, it is always important to refer to manufacturer guidance, or follow the device information provided by the manufacturer included with the product.

Here are some of the most common causes for an atomizer to stop working in a vape mod.

- A poor connection. If the mod device thinks the tank (specifically the coil or the atomizer head itself) is not properly attached, it cannot detect the connection point and will not be able to deliver power. In this instance, a ‘no atomizer’ warning message may appear. The tank should be checked to make sure it is attached. If it is secure, then something else could be preventing the atomizer from making a connection.
- Dirt interference. Over time, the connection may collect dust and e-liquid which clogs up the area. Carefully remove the tank and use a piece of paper towel to gently wipe away the top of the connection plate. Reattach the tank firmly, but do not overtighten it.
- Faulty coil. If the coil is not working correctly then neither can the atomizer. A careful clean of the coil could eliminate any unwanted residue, but this might not resolve the issue. Coils typically deteriorate quicker than most parts of a vape and as such, will likely need to be replaced. For more information on when to change the coil, read our guide, How to Change a Vape Coil [Internal link to How to Change Vape Coils | A Comprehensive Guide | IQOS ZA].

Still Getting the ‘No Atomizer’ Message on a Vape 

If the ‘no atomizer’ message still appears on the vape mod, a final check of the battery may help to identify whether the problem is due to an old or undercharged battery. This is usually an easy fix - just charge the battery properly - or change it out for a new one.
If, after troubleshooting a vape, the same error message appears, try turning off the device and removing the battery. This should allow the vape time to cool down sufficiently before trying it again. 

Alternative Smoke-Free Products

As an adult smoker considering alternatives to cigarettes, it is worth considering IQOS as a provider of a variety of products that include heated tobacco devices.
In the case of heated tobacco, IQOS is the #1 tobacco heating system.* Unlike cigarettes, IQOS does not burn tobacco and IQOS therefore produces no ash and does not produce smoke. IQOS provides real tobacco taste and satisfaction. . [Internal link to Find an IQOS Kiosk or Stockist Near You | IQOS South Africa].

Important information: IQOS ILUMA is not risk-free and provides nicotine, which is addictive.

* PMI global estimate of total In-Market Sales of Heated Tobacco Units as of June 2023.

The TEREA tobacco sticks accompany IQOS ILUMA devices and come in a variety of flavours, intensities and aromas – there is an option for every adult smoker. Discover the range of TEREA sticks [Internal link https://za.iqos.com/parts/terea-flavours ].

If convenience in a device is the most relevant factor for you, then it might be useful to learn that the IQOS ILUMA requires no cleaning. Furthermore, IQOS ILUMA provides cigarette-like satisfaction.**

** Based on clinical studies, aerosol chemistry and declaration of satisfaction level from 600 adult consumers in Japan, 2022.
The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. IQOS products are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.
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