Vaping Terms, Vaporizing Terminology & Glossary
New to vaping? A veteran looking for some new (or old) terminology?
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Here we have 150+ terms that should help you familiarize yourself with the terms and lingo that are used every day in the world of vaping.
We’ve also added visual aids to help you better understand the term (or confuse you, we don’t know yet, this is kind of new…)
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A personal vaporizer
The on/off button on a mechmod
A connector that allows a head with a given thread connector system to fit on to a body (battery holder) with a different connector
You guessed it, an e-juice so good you can vape it all day long.
ADV, all-day vape
Advanced Personal Vaporizer
Also referred to as mods (or modified e-cigs), these units are larger, have replaceable batteries, and can either be mechanical, variable voltage, or variable wattage.
Association of American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards
E-juice vapor is best described as an aerosol, because it's made up of micro droplets
Adjusts your air-to-ejuice ratio
AFC-Air Flow Control
A tool used to open mods or tighten screws in atomizers
The term for cigarettes used by vapers
Glycerine with no measurable water content.
Glycerine with significant water content
The opposite of an ADV (All Day Vape), garbage e-juice
(Atty) - The key in producing the vapor that you inhale. It’s a core with metal wire wrapped around it and when the battery is activated, the atomizer vaporizes the juice that’s on the wick, producing vapor.
A special style of electronic cigarette(ecig)/vaporizer battery that when the user draws (inhales) on the mouthpiece, a sensor within the atomizer is activated by changing air pressure.
A common safety feature found on personal vaporizers that only allows the discharge of a battery for a set period of time.
It provides power to the heating element that turns the e juice into vapor
Auto batteries normally have a time limit on their operation cycle, to prevent pocket operation (Thermal Runaway) and burnout.
A term used for the wadding or filler in the cartridges used in the old 3-piece mini ecig systems
Bottom Coil Clearomiser
Bottom Dual Coil Clearomiser
A bonut is a stainless pipe screen, rolled it into a thin tube about 2mm thick, then bent, forming it into a ring (more of a horseshoe shape really). A pipescreen is an 18mm diameter circular piece of stainless steel woven threaded mesh
Brick and Mortar (B&M)
A physical store where you can buy vaping related products.
A group of vapers that prefer boxmods
The process of leaving an e-liquid open to the air so that any alcohol can evaporate off. Can mellow some flavors.
The wire mesh arch that is positioned above the heater coil in a regular atomiser
Slang for big tobacco companies.
Slang for a traditional cigarette/cigar
Short for Bottom Vertical Coils
Any chemical, compound, or substance thought to cause cancer.
The silicone plastic endcap placed over the ends of a new carto before sale to stop leakage and keep the product fresh.
A combined atomizer and cartridge that contains both the heating element and the liquid reservoir
A plastic or covered metal mouthpiece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds e-juice.
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
Battery charger that replenishes a discharged ecig battery
Crown llOriginal Uwell Crown 2 Sub-ohm Tank Atomizer Clearomizer
The central air channel up through a clearo or tank
A wide-bore driptip used for high-volume deep inhales of vapor for cloud-chasing
Resembles a tobacco cigarette
A device that provides benefits without drawbacks
Clean Nicotine Delivery System
A transparent version of a cartomizer, designed to let users know how much e liquid they have left.
Vapers who try to blow the largest vape clouds possible
The vapor that is exhaled when using electronic cigarettes is referred to as clouds.
It wraps around the wick/cotton to take the juice on the wick, vaporize it, and produce vapor for you to inhale.
A device that makes rebuilding your own coils much easier
Very many, ranging from the size, how many, the material, and the way it's braided.
A tool used to wrap perfect coils every time
A new threading being implemented by some companies to better secure their atomizers to the batteries.
This is the threaded piece that allows you to screw into an atomizer/cartomizer/clearomizer.
The replaceable cartridge in a tank system that contains the atomizer and wick
Tanks that use plastic window material are subject to cracking and leakage due to attack from citric acid and other components in e-liquid.
Dual Coil Cartomizer
Removing the bridge (and wick) from an atomizer
Diacetyl is a flavoring that can cause Bronchiolitis obliterans (otherwise known as Popcorn Lung) if inhaled in large concentrations. Most ejuice manufacturerers don't use it anymore
Direct-Connect Mechmod, D/C Mod
A mechmod type that has no 510 connector at the top. The male 510 connector is screwed down into the device until it contacts the battery.
E-cigs meant to be used then disposed of
Term used when you make your own e-juice
When double the amount of flavoring is used
Drip On-Demand (DOD)
An add on that lets you "drip" e-juice directly on your coils/cotton
A removable mouthpiece used to block spit back of juice or adjust/add airflow
Vaping by adding a few drops of e liquid directly into the atomizer
Returns leaking/excess e-juice back into the atomizer
Firing your mod with no cotton/e-juice on your coils. used to make sure your burn is even and/or to clean your coils
An EV/PV that looks like a cigar
An EV/PV that looks like a cigarette
Also known as "refill liquid", this is the liquid you vape
An EV/PV that looks like a pipe
An old term to describe vaping
Electronic Cigarette Forum the most popular vaping based forum
The first mid-size e-cig, invented by Janty & originally made by Joyetech
A group formed in early 2009 made up of suppliers and manufacturers who combined resources to keep e-cigs a legal option in the USA.
Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA)
Electronic (electric) Vaporizer
Filler / Filler Material
Absorbent material used to regulate e-juice flow to the atomizer
When too much e-juice has been added
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA recently changed their stance on vaping, and pushed back the deeming regulation deadlines to 2022!
A community with lots of information on whatever topic the forum is about
As the technical aspects of vaping grew, every large influx resulted in a new "generation" of vape products
FDA acronym used to ensure people that the product that they are using is safe.
GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe)
What happens when too much juice has been added
The inventor of the modern e-cigarette
Placing e-juice in a warm place to increase the steeping time
Designed to dissipate heat by allowing more airflow over more surface area
The higher the Ohm rating, the higher the resistance
High Resistance (HR)
Spots on the atomizer coil that cause more heat than others
A topper and battery holder designed to fit together as a single unit
ICR / IMR
Lithium Ion Cobalt/Lithium Ion Manganese rechargable batteries
A unit of measurement in the SI system. It is equal to the energy of passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second.
Iron-Chromium-Aluminium alloy wire used for vaping
Organic Japanese cotton
Lithium is a chemical element with symbol Li and atomic number 3. It is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal.">
American e-juice company based in Florida.
Milliamps (1/1000 of an Amp) *Also see mAh
Large coil in size
Usually refers to the strength on nicotine in an e-juice
One dekagram of table salt contains about 1 milligram of iodine..
Milligrams (Abbreviated as mg)
1/1000th of a gram
The amount of liquid in a container
Mouth to lung hit
Inhale vapor into your mouth before breathing it into your lungs
Wire made of nickel, chromium, and (often) iron. Used in vaping, but considered low quality
Low resistance pure nickle wire
An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plants of the nightshade family (eggplant).
Nickel metal hydride, a type of battery
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Measurement of electrical resistance
Batteries linked in parallel increase their overall mAh, increasing battery life, but not voltage
When a device can plug directly into a port for power and vape without worrying about battery life
Propylene glycol, a main ingredient of e-juice
Pure Grain Alcohol
Puff / Drag / Hit
E juice you've had for a questionable amount of time, e-juice is good for usually about a year. Also could mean e juice that you probably shouldn't vape for moral or ethical reasons.
Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer
Another name for a PV
Rebuildable tank atomizer
Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association
Wick building material with a high melting point
Material used for wire building
The basic unit of resistance is the ohm (Ω)
Usually everything you need to start vaping
"Ageing" e-juice so that the flavors blend and taste better
Stopping Point / Cutoff Point / Cutoff
A point at which a PV will stop firing
When heat leads to a failure that causes more heat... a destructive cycle
The sensation caused by nicotine as it's inhaled against the throat.
Titanium is a chemical element (Metal) with symbol Ti and an atomic number of 22
Protects the ends or "tops" of your lithium batteries
Filling your tank or dripper to the top, like topping off a drink
A mod that supplies raw power to an atomizer from the battery with no circuitry, power adjustments or safety features
Exhaling vapor with a pained look on your face, sometimes just for fun, sometimes because you got ahold of some ass juice.
When you take the first hit off of new cotton, in a new tank, on your favorite mod, the juice is good, and everything just aligns perfectly.
Blake Vapes, or any obnoxious vaper. You know the type, chucking clouds while in line, blowing vapor in kids faces, vaping in no-smoking sections... yeah, you get it.
Someone who vapes
What you exhale when you vape
When you vape one flavor for too long and your taste buds get used to it
Variable Power (VP), Variable Voltage/VV, Variable Wattage (VW)
Any mod/PV that lets you change the power settings in some way, be it voltage, wattage, amperage, ect...
Vaping while you poop
A strip of porous material that absorbs and funnels ejuice, silica being the most popular
Installing a wick into an atomizer
Creator of the Yocan Evolve Plus, their focus is on lifestyle vape pens, atomizers, ect...
An ejuice subscription box
Ejuice with no nicotine added
18mm x 35mm Lithium Battery
Most Popular Li-Ion Battery For PV's
Cell size used in large-format APVs
2-piece model has a battery and cartomizer
The 3-piece model was the original type of mini (cigalike), and consisted of a battery, atomizer and cartridge
A 510 threaded atomizer with low resistance.
401, 402, and 403
Also known as m401, m402, and m403. Specific lengths for a specific atomizer
Most popular and common style of threading for electronic cigarettes available
An atomizer that resembles a larger version of the 510
Another style of electronic cigarette
Female Threaded Atomizer, Not Compatible With 510
So… there you have it, we hope this glossary of vape terms helped you in some way, shape, or form. And remember, if you think there’s a term we missed, let us know, and we’ll slap it up there with vooping, vape-vomit, vapehole, ass-juice… you know, all those other great, important terms… We hope you've enjoyed Vape Craft Inc's Visual Vaping Dictionary.