Electronic Cigarette 101 – Glossary
Analog – A term used by the vaping community to describing “traditional” tobacco cigarettes.
Atomizer – The atomizer is the component in an electronic cigarette or vaporizer that is responsible for heating the e-liquid to the point of vaporization. The atomizer contains the heating coil, wick and mesh bridge. Some people call an Atomizer an Atty for short.
Automatic – A type of vaporizer battery that does not have a button to activate the heating element.
Battery – The most important part of an electronic cigarette. It provides powers the heating element that turns the e-Liquid into vapor. It comes in two different types: automatic and manual. They range in different sizes and most have an LED light at the end that lights up when it is activated. Also known as a Batt.
Blanks – Cartridges or cartomizers with dry filler material that is filled with e-Liquid to produce vapor.
Cartridge – A plastic or metal covered mouthpiece that serves as the housing for the e-Liquid, absorbent filler material and atomizer in a first generation e-cigarette. Also known as the filter.
Cartomizer – Contains the e-cigarette’s heating element (an atomizer with a coil) and a center tube for airflow. The cartomizer tank is designed to hold the e-liquid. Cartomizers can be made of plastic, metal or a combination of both. Also known as a carto.
Cartomizer – Single Coil – A standard cartomizer that uses only 1 coil.
Cartomizer – Dual Coil – A standard cartomizer that uses 2 coils. The dual coil design is meant to produce twice as much vapor as a single coil cartomizer.
Clouds – Another name for the vapor that is produced by an e-Cig. The dense water content creates a white water vapor resembling a cloud.
Coil – The part of the atomizer used to heat or vaporizes e-Liquid.
Draw – A term to describe the act of inhaling vapor from the mouthpiece.
Drip (Dripping) – To refill an atomizer via drops of e-Liquid straight onto the coil of an atomizer. This is commonly used for rebuildable mechanical MODS.
eGo – One of the most popular models of e-Cigs, these are larger than traditional e-Cig pens, with either an eGo threading, 510 threading or both with an adaptor.
E-Juice (E-Liquid) – The solution that’s vaporized to create vapor. e-Juice comes in a variety of nicotine strengths and flavors. It is made from propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), flavoring, and nicotine. There are also non-nicotine options.
E-Cigarette – The name to describe a device that gives smokers an alternative means to satisfy their nicotine cravings. At its most basic, it’s comprised of a battery and atomizer, with e-juice added, from which vapor is created. Also known as an e-Cig.
Juice – A shorthand term for e-Liquid.
Leaking – When e-Juice leaks out of an atomizer – tank – cartomizer and such. This can cause damage to the battery if the e-Juice starts to leak into it.
LED – Stands for “light emitting diode.” This is the light at the end of the e-Cig that lights up when inhaling. Applied to indicate that the vape is in use (one flash) or battery is low (double flash).
Liquid – Another shorthand term for e-liquid.
mAh – An abbreviation of milliampere-hour, this is the term used to describe a battery’s capacity to store energy. The higher the mAh, the longer its battery life will be before needing to be recharged.
Manual – A style of e-Cig in which a button needs to be pressed before vapor is produced.
Mechanical Mod – Also referred to as mech mods, these are e-cigarette models that don’t have any wires or regulating chips. Usually made of a metal tube with a manual switch that is pressed to complete the circuit.
mg – Stands for milligram strength per milliliter. This is used to determine the nicotine strength of e-Liquid. For example, “12mg” means 12mg of nicotine per ml.
Mod – Short for “modifications,” e-Cig MODS usually employ larger batteries to give users longer battery life and stronger vapor production at the cost of size and portability. Mods are available in mechanical or variable versions.
Ohm – The unit of measurement used for electrical resistance. A lower ohm reading for coils means hotter and thicker vapor, while a higher ohm reading means cooler vapes.
Primer – This is a VG-based solution applied to the coil and wick of atomizers to prevent drying out during shipping and storage.
Rebuildables – This is referred to either tanks or atomizers that let users rebuild their own coils and wicks. Used mostly by advanced users to adjust resistance, change out different wicks, and experiment with various setups to achieve their preferred vapes.
Starter Kit – A package that usually has everything one needs to start vaping, including: one or two e-cigarettes, one or two atomizers/clearomizers, a charger, and/or a pack of pre-filled cartridges.
Tank – Clearomizers with bigger capacity enclosures made of glass or plastic, which are able to hold larger amounts of e-Liquid. They can either be fitted with punched cartomizers, pre-built coils or rebuildable decks.
Throat Hit – The sensation after vapor hits the throat. Many vapers look to simulate the harsh throat hit of cigarettes, while some prefer a smoother throat hit. These are commonly found in PG heavy e-Liquids.
Vaper – A term used to describe anyone who uses e-cigarettes.
VV or Variable Voltage – Any type of e-Cig or PV that allows users to adjust its voltage output according to taste.
VW or Variable Wattage – Variable Wattage devices allow users to adjust the wattage output of their PV. The PV adjusts power according to the set wattage, and is the main difference between VW and VV.
Wick – Usually made from silica, other materials used for wicks include stainless steel mesh, organic cotton and ceramic. The main purpose of the wick is to hold and deliver e-liquid to the heating element of an e-cig in a controlled manner.
Wire – This is material used in an atomizer’s coil.