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    Vaping Terms, Vaporizing Terminology & Glossary

    New to vaping? A veteran looking for some new (or old) terminology?
    Look no further, because you’ve found Vape Craft Inc’s Visual Vaping Dictionary!
    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…)
    Know a term and don’t see it on the list? Leave a comment and we’ll add it (unless it's gross or vulgar, then we’ll just appreciate it from afar)

    A
    A-mod
    A Mod
    A personal vaporizer
    The on/off button on a mechmod
    Actuator
    actuator
    Adapters
    Adapter
    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
    ADV-All-Day-Vape
    APV
    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
    AEMSA
    AEMSA
    aerosol
    Aerosol
    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
    AFC
    Allen-Wrench
    Allen Key/Wrench
    A tool used to open mods or tighten screws in atomizers
    The term for cigarettes used by vapers
    Analog
    analog
    Anhydrous-Glycerin
    Anhydrous Glycerin
    Glycerine with no measurable water content.
    Glycerine with significant water content
    Aqueous Glycerin
    Aqueous-Glycerine
    ass-juice
    Ass Juice
    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.
    Atomizer
    atomizer
    automatic
    Automatic
    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.
    Automatic Shutoff
    Automatic-Shutoff
    B
    battery
    Battery
    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.
    Battery Cutoff
    battery-cutoff
    Batting
    Batting
    A term used for the wadding or filler in the cartridges used in the old 3-piece mini ecig systems
    Bottom Coil Clearomiser
    BCC
    BCC
    BDC
    BDC
    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
    Bonuts
    Bonut
    Brick-and-mortar
    Brick and Mortar (B&M)
    A physical store where you can buy vaping related products.
    Definition
    Box Mods
    box mods
    Boxies
    Boxies
    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.
    Breathing
    breathing
    Bridge
    Bridge
    The wire mesh arch that is positioned above the heater coil in a regular atomiser
    Slang for big tobacco companies.
    BT
    BT
    Burner
    Burner
    Slang for a traditional cigarette/cigar
    Short for Bottom Vertical Coils
    BVC
    BVC
    C
    Carcinogen
    Carcinogen
    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.
    Carto Condom
    Carto-Condom
    cartomizer
    Cartomizer (Clearo)
    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.
    Cartridge
    Cartridge
    CASAA
    CASAA
    Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
    Battery charger that replenishes a discharged ecig battery
    Charger
    Charger
    Crown llOriginal Uwell Crown 2 Sub-ohm Tank Atomizer Clearomizer Crown llOriginal Uwell Crown 2 Sub-ohm Tank Atomizer Clearomizer
    Chimney
    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
    Chufftop/Chufftip
    Chuff-top-Chuff-tip
    cigalike cig-alike
    Cigalike, Cig-Alike
    Resembles a tobacco cigarette
    A device that provides benefits without drawbacks
    Clean Nicotine Delivery System
    Clean-Nicotine-Delivery-System
    Clearomizer
    Clearomizer, Clearo
    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
    Cloud-Chasers
    Cloud-Chasers
    Clouds
    Clouds
    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.
    Coil
    coil
    coil-jig
    Coil Jig
    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.
    Coil Types
    coil types
    Coil Winder
    Coil Winder
    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.
    Cone Threads
    Cone-Threads
    connection
    Connection
    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
    Core
    Core
    Cracking
    Cracking
    Tanks that use plastic window material are subject to cracking and leakage due to attack from citric acid and other components in e-liquid.
    D
    DCC
    DCC
    Dual Coil Cartomizer
    Removing the bridge (and wick) from an atomizer
    De-Bridge/De-Wick
    De-Bridge-De-Wick
    Diacetyl
    Diacetyl
    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-to-Lung inhale
    Direct Inhale
    direct-to-lung
    Direct-Connect-Mechmod
    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
    Disposable
    Disposable
    DIY
    DIY
    Term used when you make your own e-juice
    When double the amount of flavoring is used
    Doubler
    Doubler
    Drip-On-Demand
    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
    Drip Tip
    drip-tip
    dripping
    Dripping
    Vaping by adding a few drops of e liquid directly into the atomizer
    Returns leaking/excess e-juice back into the atomizer
    Dripshield
    dripshield
    Dry-Burn-Hit
    Dry Burn/Hit
    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
    E
    e-cigar
    E-Cigar
    An EV/PV that looks like a cigar
    An EV/PV that looks like a cigarette
    E-Cigarette
    cigalike cig-alike
    E-liquid-E-Juice
    E-Liquid/E-Juice
    Also known as "refill liquid", this is the liquid you vape
    An EV/PV that looks like a pipe
    E-pipe
    E-pipe
    E-Smoking
    E-Smoking
    An old term to describe vaping
    Electronic Cigarette Forum the most popular vaping based forum
    ECF
    ECF
    eGo
    eGo
    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)
    ECA
    EV
    EV
    Electronic (electric) Vaporizer
    F
    Filler-filler-material
    Filler / Filler Material
    Absorbent material used to regulate e-juice flow to the atomizer
    When too much e-juice has been added
    Flooded Cartomizer/Atomizer
    Flooded-Cartomizer-Atomizer
    FDA
    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
    Forums
    forums
    G
    generation
    Generation
    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)
    GRAS
    gurgling
    Gurgling
    What happens when too much juice has been added
    H
    Han-Lik
    Han Lik
    The inventor of the modern e-cigarette
    Placing e-juice in a warm place to increase the steeping time
    Heat steeping
    Heat-steeping
    Heatsink
    Heatsink
    Designed to dissipate heat by allowing more airflow over more surface area
    The higher the Ohm rating, the higher the resistance
    High Resistance (HR)
    High-Resistance
    Hot-Spot
    Hot Spot
    Spots on the atomizer coil that cause more heat than others
    A topper and battery holder designed to fit together as a single unit
    Hybrid
    Hybrid
    I
    ICR-IMR
    ICR / IMR
    Lithium Ion Cobalt/Lithium Ion Manganese rechargable batteries
    Mouth-to-Lung inhaling
    Indirect Inhale
    Indirect-Inhale
    J
    joules
    Joules
    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.
    K
    Kanthal
    Kanthal
    Iron-Chromium-Aluminium alloy
    Iron-Chromium-Aluminium alloy wire used for vaping
    Kanthal Wire
    kanthal-wire
    koh-gen-do-japanese-organic-cotton
    Koh-gen-do
    Organic Japanese cotton
    L
    Lithium is a chemical element with symbol Li and atomic number 3. It is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal.">
    Lithium
    lithium
    lizard-juice
    Lizard Juice
    American e-juice company based in Florida.
    M
    mA
    mA
    Milliamps (1/1000 of an Amp) *Also see mAh
    Large coil in size
    Macro Coil
    macro-coil
    mAh
    mAh
    Milliamp Hours
    Usually refers to the strength on nicotine in an e-juice
    mg Strength
    MG-Strength
    One dekagram of table salt contains about 1 milligram of iodine.. 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
    Milliliters (mL)
    milliliters
    Indirect-Inhale
    Mouth to lung hit
    Inhale vapor into your mouth before breathing it into your lungs
    N
    Nichrome-Wire
    Nichrome Wire
    Wire made of nickel, chromium, and (often) iron. Used in vaping, but considered low quality
    Low resistance pure nickle wire
    Nickel/Ni200
    nickel-ni200
    Nicotine
    Nicotine (Nic)
    An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plants of the nightshade family (eggplant).
    Nickel metal hydride, a type of battery
    NiMH
    nimh
    nicotine-replacement-therapy
    NRT
    Nicotine Replacement Therapy
    O
    Ohm-(Ω)
    Ohm (Ω)
    Measurement of electrical resistance
    P
    parallel
    Parallel
    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
    Pass-Through, PT
    passthrough
    Propylene-glycol
    PG
    Propylene glycol, a main ingredient of e-juice
    Pure Grain Alcohol
    PGA
    PGA
    puff-drag-hit
    Puff / Drag / Hit
    Inhaling vapor
    Q
    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.
    Questionable Ejuice
    questionable-ejuice
    R
    RBA
    RBA
    Rebuildable atomizer
    Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
    RDA
    RDA
    rdta
    RDTA
    Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer
    Another name for a PV
    Rig
    Rig
    rta
    RTA
    Rebuildable tank atomizer
    S
    SFATA
    SFATA
    Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association
    Wick building material with a high melting point
    Silica
    silica
    stainless-steel
    Stainless Steel
    Material used for wire building
    The basic unit of resistance is the ohm (Ω)
    Standard Resistance
    Standard-Resistance
    starter-kit
    Starter Kit
    Usually everything you need to start vaping
    "Ageing" e-juice so that the flavors blend and taste better
    Steeping
    steeping
    stopping-point
    Stopping Point / Cutoff Point / Cutoff
    A point at which a PV will stop firing
    T
    Thermal-Runaway
    Thermal Runaway
    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.
    Throat Hit
    Untitled-2
    titanium
    Titanium
    Titanium is a chemical element (Metal) with symbol Ti and an atomic number of 22
    Protects the ends or "tops" of your lithium batteries
    Topper
    topper
    Toppin'-Off
    Toppin’ Off
    Filling your tank or dripper to the top, like topping off a drink
    U
    unregulated
    Unregulated
    A mod that supplies raw power to an atomizer from the battery with no circuitry, power adjustments or safety features
    V
    vape-vomit
    Vape Vomit
    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.
    Vapegasm
    Vapegasm
    Vapehole
    Vapehole
    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
    Vaper
    vaper
    vapor
    Vapor
    What you exhale when you vape
    When you vape one flavor for too long and your taste buds get used to it
    Vaper’s Tongue
    vapors-tongue
    Variable-Power-(VP)-(VV)-(VW)
    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...
    Vegetable Glycerin
    VG
    vg
    vooping
    Vooping
    Vaping while you poop
    W
    Wick
    Wick
    A strip of porous material that absorbs and funnels ejuice, silica being the most popular
    Installing a wick into an atomizer
    Wicking
    wicking
    X
    Y
    Yocan-Evolve
    Yocan
    Creator of the Yocan Evolve Plus, their focus is on lifestyle vape pens, atomizers, ect...
    Z
    An ejuice subscription box
    ZampleBox
    zamplebox
    Zero-nic
    Zero/No Nic
    Ejuice with no nicotine added
    #
    18350
    18350
    18mm x 35mm Lithium Battery
    Most Popular Li-Ion Battery For PV's
    18650
    18650
    26650
    26650
    Cell size used in large-format APVs
    2-piece model has a battery and cartomizer
    2-Piece
    2-piece
    3-piece
    3-Piece
    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.
    306/LR306
    306-LR306
    401-402-403
    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
    510
    510
    801
    801
    An atomizer that resembles a larger version of the 510
    Another style of electronic cigarette
    808/KR808
    808-kr808
    901AT
    901
    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.