A conventional ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) was used to study atmospheric pressure evaporation of seven pure imidazolium and pyrrolidinium ionic liquids (ILs) with [Tf(2)N], [PF(6)], [BF(4)] and [fap] anions. The positive drift time spectra of the as-received samples measured at 220 degrees C exhibited close similarity; the peak at reduced mobility K(0) = 1.99 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) was a dominant spectral pattern of imidazolium-based ILs. With an assumption that ILs vapor consists mainly of neutral ion pairs, which generate the parent canons in the reactant section of the detector, and using the reference data on the electrical mobility of ILs cations and clusters, this peak was attributed to the parent cation [emim]. Despite visible change in color of the majority of ILs after the heating at 220 degrees C for 5 h, essential distinctions between spectra of the as-received and heated samples were not observed. In negative mode, pronounced peaks were registered only for ILs with [fap] anion.