The ABC’s of Vaping
Whether you’re fully immersed in the vaping culture or you’re still trying to figure out how to open your childproof e-juice bottle – there’s a huge set of vape related terms, slang and abbreviations that can be confusing and seem overwhelming to even the most experienced vaper. Don’t stress! Jvapes has you covered! We’ve compiled an extensive list of terms, lingo and definitions to put your mind at ease.
Adapter – Allows a certain atomizer or cartomizer to fit a different battery than the standard.
Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) – electronic devices with wires, circuits, and other electronic components. APVs are generally variable voltage and variable wattage, and have a host of features. When the fire button of an APV is pressed, it sends an electronic signal, making the battery function and heat up the atomizer coil.
AEMSA – American E-Liquid Manufacturing Standards Association. An association that holds its members to a high standard of production to ensure consumer confidence when buying from them.
All Day Vape (ADV) – An e-juice that a vaper never gets sick of and can vape all day. Your go-to juice.
Analog – Another term for a regular old cigarette. The smoke from these generally does not smell as pleasant as the vapor from E-Cigs.
Atomizer or Atty – The component in an electronic cigarette or vaporizer that is responsible for heating the e-liquid to the point of vaporization.
Automatic E-cig – A type of E-cig that automatically activates during inhale. As opposed to manual, which has a button that activates the device.
Battery or Batt – Supplies the power to the atomizer, which, in turn, vaporizes the liquid. Can be a one time use or, more likely, rechargeable.
Bridge – Sits inside of an atomizer and secures the cartridge above the coil. It also helps the liquid flow through the wick to the coil.
Cartridge or Cart – A plastic tube that is generally stuffed with some type of absorbent filler material that holds the liquid.
Cartomizer or Carto – A cartridge and atomizer in one. They generally are disposable, fairly inexpensive and pre-filled with juice.
CASAA – Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. A non-profit organization campaigning on the behalf of e-cigarette users.
Charger – A battery charger. Used to recharge your e-cig battery.
Cig-a-Like – An e-cig which very closely resembles a traditional cigarette in size and function.
Clearomizer – A clear tank storage and atomizer in one. They are refillable and supply liquid to the coil via a wick system. They hold anywhere from 1ml to 6ml of liquid.
Clone – A knock-off of an ecig. Generally, clones only exist only for the more expensive ecigs.
Coil – The part of an atomizer that heats the liquid.
Cloud Chasers – Vapers who are all about getting the biggest clouds possible.
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) – Term for people who make their own e liquid.
Drip Tip – A mouthpiece accessory with an opening that allows drops of e liquid to be dripped directly to the atomizer/cartomizer without the removal of the tip.
Dripping – A method of adding juice to the atomizer. A user drips a few drops directly onto a wick and coil before vaping. Many users feel this method produces the best vapor production and taste.
Dry Hit – Nickname for the terrible burnt flavor when an e-cig is too empty to produce vapor, or its wick is burned and needs replacement. Do your best to avoid this… never fun.
ECF – Abbreviation for E-Cigarette Forum
ECR – Abbreviation for Electronic Cigarette Reddit
E-Juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
E-Liquid – Also referred to as E-Juice, Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
FDA – Abbreviation for the (United States) Food and Drug Administration.
Filler Material or Filler – The absorbent material that is placed inside of a cartridge. It is used to help deliver the juice to the atomizer without flooding it. Most cartridges come with PolyFill as the filler material, some people also use cotton.
Flooding – Occurs when too much juice is applied to the atomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize liquid, adding too much juice to an atomizer will cause a decrease in vapor production and flavor.
Glassomizer – A clearomizer that uses glass rather than plastic for the tank.
High Resistance (HR) – An atomizer or cartomizer with a higher Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This allows you to apply higher voltage to the coil.
Hot Spot – Areas of excess heat on the atomizer coil. Hot Spots are a known cause of Dry Hits.
ICR – Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery
IMR – Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery
Inhale – The act of breathing the vapor into your lungs.
Joules – A way to measure the power used in temperature controlled mods.
Juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
Kanthal – A wire that is the trademark for a family of iron-chromium-aluminium (FeCrAl) alloys used in a wide range of resistance and high-temperature applications. Kanthal A1 Wire is a specific grade of Kanthal wire, most commonly used with coils.
Leaking – This can happen when too much liquid is added to an atomizer or cartomizer. Liquid can leak out of the bottom of the heating element and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device.
LED – Light emitting diode. The light found at the end of the e-cigarette that lights up when the user inhales. The LED may be used to tell the user when the batteries are dead or charged.
Liquid – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, Smoke Juice, or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
Low Resistance or LR – An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapor more quickly. In many cases it produces more vapor than an atty or carto that has a standard resistance rating.
Manual – A type of electronic cigarette that activates the heating element when a button is pressed. Generally found on eGo’s and other APV’s.
Manual Shut-off– A safety feature found on most manual devices that allows the user to turn off their battery with 5 clicks of the button in rapid succession in order to make it safe to transport.
Mechanical Mod (MOD) – Do not contain any circuitry or electronic component whatsoever. When the fire button of a mechanical MOD is pressed, it physically makes a connection between the battery and the atomizer coil, causing it to heat up. Mechanical MODs are generally used with Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs), not with clearomizers.
Mesh – Often stainless steel and used to create a wick for bringing e-liquid to the coils of an atomizer.
Milligrams (mg) – The measurement used to show the amount of nicotine in ejuice. Usually levels are 0mg, 3mg, 8mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg. Typically, newer vapers will start at a higher nicotine milligram and eventually work their way down to a lower one.
Milliliters (ml) – The measurement for the amount of juice in any container, typically found in 15ml, 30ml, 60ml, and even 120ml.
Modder – A vaper who likes to build devices themselves.
Mouthpiece– The end of the e-cigarette the user puffs on, and places to their mouth. Some mouthpieces come as a drip tip or cartridge.
Nicotine – An alkaloid found in tobacco and one of the components of ejuice.
Nicotine Level – The amount of nicotine, measured in milligrams or milliliters, found in any given container of juice, such as a cartridge or bottle.
Noob – Short for newbie. Meaning a person who is new to vaping. If you don’t already know 80% of these terms, you fit this definition… this is not a bad thing.
Ohm (Ω) – The standard unit of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and faster heating.
Organic Cotton – A type of cotton that is used for wicking in atomizers and tanks. This type of cotton burns quicker than silica but offers a cleaner, pure, and more intense flavor.
Passthrough – A device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life.
Pen Style – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. Slightly resembles a ballpoint pen in appearance.
Priming/Prime – Preparing a wick or coil to vape, usually done by adding a few drops and soaking the wick in e-juice or taking a few pulls without heating the coil. This is not relevant for drippers/drip-style atomizers.
Propylene Glycol or PG – An ingredient found in most brands of E-Juice that produces a vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, PG produces less vapor than it’s VG counterpart but provides more flavor and throat hit. This substance has been used as a primary ingredient in medical inhalers for years.
RBA – Re-Buildable Atomizer
RDA – Re-buildable Dripping Atomizer
RY4 (short for Ruyan #4) – A popular e-liquid that incorporates three basic component flavors: a tobacco base (usually mild and understated, but occasionally stronger and more up front), caramel, and vanilla. The caramels and vanillas are as varied as the tobacco bases. Some vendors include other flavors, but those three are essential. Without one of them, a juice is not really an RY4.
Smokeless Cigarette – A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette. This term is used commonly due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled while using an e-cig.
Starter Kit – A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment. Typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with atomizers, batteries, a charger and 5 cartridges pre-filled with Juice.
Stealth Vaping – A technique used by vapers who want to hide their vapor clouds.
Steeping– Allowing your e-liquid to sit either open to the air, or in a sealed container, in order to improve the flavor. Similar to letting a good wine age. (Generally not necessary in e-liquid that has a high ratio of PG to VG. It is more often necessary in high VG ratio juices.)
Sub-ohming – A practice used by experienced vapers to produce massive clouds of vapor by building coils with ohm readings below 1.0 ohm.
Sweet Spot– The balance of several variables needed to achieve a satisfying vape. These variables are most commonly; voltage, wattage, resistance, and the flashpoint of the juice. You’re definitely gonna want to find your sweet spot.
Tank – A special type of cartridge that holds considerably more liquid than cartridges with filler. Usually used with a cartomizer and sometimes an atomizer.
Throat Hit or TH – The tingling feeling one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing juice that contains nicotine. Typically, since nicotine is a large contributing factor in throat hit, when a juice that contains zero nicotine is vaporized, there is no throat hit.
Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) – Policy or practice of providing less harmful nicotine-containing products.
Unicorn Bottle – E-liquid bottles that hold 15 ml or 30ml with an easy to use tip for dripping. Great for carrying liquid when traveling or going out on the town as an alternative to the shorter, fatter bottles.
Vape or Vaping – The action of “smoking” an electronic cigarette. Since e-cigs actually produce vapor (rather than smoke) people refer to this as “Vaping”.
Vaper(s) – A person or group of people who vape.
Vaper’s Tongue – A term used when a user constantly vapes one e-liquid, resulting in their taste buds to become desensitized to the flavor.
Vapemail – After numerous days of online tracking and mailbox check, this is the delivered parcel or envelope containing vaping hardware and or e-liquid. Vapemail day feels a lot like Christmas morning.
Vapor – The product that is made and inhaled when the atomizer heats the liquid.
Vapor Production – Typically associated with Juices. Indicates how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.
Variable Voltage – A feature on a regulated mod that allow user control over the voltage output of their device. When adjusting the voltage, there are acceptable ranges for the resistance measured in ohms.
Variable Wattage – A feature on a regulated mod that allow user control over the wattage output of their device.
Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin or VG – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice. This is one of the ingredients used that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. Usually, VG produces more vapor than PG, but provides less flavor and throat hit. Most users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol will use 100% VG liquid.
Vooping – Vaping while going #2. Some people take this very seriously… see image below.
Watt – A unit of power measured as one Joule per second.
Wick – A narrow piece of poly string that is inside many styles of atomizers that allows easier delivery of juice to the heating element.
Wire – Refers to resistance wire used to build coils.
Wrapping – Refers to the process of “wrapping” wire around a tool (usually a screw driver) to build a coil.
Wraps – Refers to the amount of revolutions used when wrapping a coil. The more wraps the coil has, the higher the resistance.