These two unusual devices in the picture above are for smoking - Yes, smoking, but not of tobacco nor any other combustible weed. They're e-smokes, part of a new wave of high tech toys that allow us to enjoy smoking in more places and without the health cautions of tobacco. In the background is my Janty eGo, a sort of electronic cigarette/cigar that's simple, extremely convenient, and very reliable. In the foreground is my DSE601 epipe, a more familiar but less likable device. Both work just like pipes - You put them to the mouth, puff, and enjoy flavorful smoke, but that's where the similarity ends. Here's a look at their insides:
The bowl of the pipe contains a rechargeable battery. In the base of the shank is a tiny atomizer, which heats up when called to by a flow switch in the bowl that detects puffing. Cartridges filled with mesh insert into the shank, much like a 9mm filter, and seat down onto the atomizer. One buys blended flavors in liquid form from a variety of micro-blenders, just like in the pipe tobacco world, and drips droplets of these liquids into the cartridge mesh until it's soaked. Then, the atomizer does its magic and the liquid becomes flavored vapor - Not smoke - that is enjoyed by the smoker. The Janty is similar. The long black part on the left is the battery section, then on the right we have the small brass atomizer and the mouthpiece components.