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Getting to Know Vaping Terms and Tools

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Vapor Widgets

Let’s get everyone familiarized with vaping! With such a rapidly growing community, one of the best ways to get started is by getting to know the terms and items associated with vaping. We've compiled a list of the most relevant terms and tools that are used throughout the vape world. 

510: a popular connection thread that connects the battery and tank on electronic cigarettes and MODs.

808 (KR808): a connection thread between battery and tank, most commonly found on cigalikes.

AC Adapter: an adapter that connects to wall plugs and transforms the AC current from the wall plug to the DC current that battery chargers utilize. 

All Day Vape: this is a term used to describe an e-liquid and e-device combo that some vape enthusiasts use all day! As an alternative, some vapers prefer to have other vapes to use throughout the day.

Amp (Ampere): an Ampere is a unit of measurement for electric current. Currents found within vaping products are measured in milliamps.

APV (Advanced Personal Vaporizer): the third generation of electronic cigarettes that include mechanical MODs and Box Mods. They are advanced vaping systems with high battery capacity and multiple features to vary voltage, wattage, or even monitor the amount of puffs taken.

Atomizer: the component part of vaping devices that heats and vaporizes e-liquids. They contain one or more coils of resistance wire.

Automatic: a feature on some vaping devices that allows users to generator vapor automatically by puffing, as opposed to pressing a button.

Automatic Shutoff: a safety feature that shuts off the battery component of electronic cigarettes when vaping over a certain amount of time, preventing the coil from overheating. The LED light on the push-button for vape pens will flash and automatically shutoff the battery.

AWG (American Wire Gauge): a standardized wire gauge system used to measure the diameter of electrically conducting wire, an important factor in determining its current-carrying capacity and ultimately the resistance of the coils it is used to build.

Battery: refers to the body of the whole power unit found in electronic cigarettes. They are typically removable by unscrewing and can be recharged.

Bottom Coil: a tank design that contains coils situated on the bottom, battery-end of the tank. They are contained in a protective unit that should be replaced regularly.

Bottom Dual-Coil: a tank design with bottom twin-coils for greater performance.

Box Mod: an advanced personal vaporizer that is shaped in the form of a box. Box Mods are electronic MODs that vaporize e-liquid with additional functions, such as monitoring battery level, volts and watts, temperature, and other features that detail your vaping history.

Cartomizer: a cartridge atomizer, typically used in cigalike electronic cigarettes that already contain e-liquid or can be manually filled. Typically disposable.

Cigalike: e-cigarettes that resemble traditional cigarettes.

Clearomizer: the tanking system typically used with second generation e-cigarettes, such as vape pens, that contain transparent viewports allowing users to view the amount of e-liquid remaining in the tank.

Charger: chargers come in a variety of forms depending on the device. Some MODs feature classic battery chargers that recharge an individual battery, while some e-cig devices have specific screw-on chargers for the battery power unit.

Coil: typically of Kanthal or Nichrome wire and heats when current is applied, producing vapor when exposed to an e-liquid. Coils are configured in many ways, with vape enthusiasts offering a wide range of "builds".

Drip: a technique for vaping in contrast to the typical e-liquid-filled tank. Dripping allows advanced vapers to drop small amounts of e-liquid directly onto the atomizer using a dropper.

Drip Tip: a mouthpiece that enables users to drip e-liquid through it onto the atomizer.

Disposable: refers to e-cigarettes that are discarded after being spent.

Dry Puff: this occurs when there is insufficient e-liquid present in the tank or wicking material, causing the remaining liquid to overheat and produce little to no vapor. Can be avoided by refilling tanks or keeping wicks moist!

E-Cigarette: an umbrella term that encompasses electronic smoking devices that resemble e-cigarettes to slightly more advanced “pen” versions.

E-Liquid: the liquid that is aerosolized by vaping devices. Typically composed of 4 ingredients: nicotine, propylene Glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and flavoring. Also commonly referred to as e-juice!

Ekowool: wicking material used by many vapers, particularly in rebuildable atomizers. Preferred for its excellent wicking, heat-resistance, and non-toxic properties.

Flooding: occurs when an atomizer receives too much e-liquid and not enough air.

Glassomizer: a tank system with a glass (pyrex) sheath as opposed to plastic.

High Resistance Atomizer: atomizers that run at higher resistance for a cooler vape that also drains less battery.

Hot Spot: occurs when the atomizer coil is not in full contact with the wicking material, causing a ‘hot spot’ where a portion of the coil burns without vaporizing the e-liquid, producing a foul, burned taste. When rebuilding coils, avoid this!

IMR Battery or High Discharged Battery: lithium-ion batteries manufactured for use with mechanical and box MODs. 

Juice: another term used to describe e-liquids.

Leaking: a malfunction that results in the release of e-liquid through the tank system. Leaking can occur when either improperly refilled or in the process of refilling the tank, a tank that has not been screwed-on properly, or when the coil has not been securely tightened.

Low Resistance Atomizer: used to generate a warmer vapor given that they run much hotter than a standard/high resistance atomizer. Ohm rating is typically between 1 - 1.8 Ohms.

Manual: as opposed to automatic, refers to electronic cigarettes that generate vapor when a button is manually pressed.

Mechanical Mod: a device in which there is no microelectronic circuitry. Battery voltage and coil resistance are controlled to create the desired heat.

mg Strength: refers to the nicotine level contained within e-liquids measured in milligrams of nicotine found in a milliliter of liquid. The levels are typically 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg.

Mini: a descriptive term used to identify smaller electronic cigarettes.

mAh (MilliAmp Hours): rating of energy density in a battery used to calculate the approximate amount of time a battery can be expected to provide a current.

Mouthpiece: part of the tank where vapers put their lips on to vape.

Ohm: the unit of measurement used to describe the electrical resistance of a wire. Lower ohms indicate less resistance, allowing the coils to heat more rapidly to vaporize the e-liquid.

Personal Vaporizer (PV): the second generation of electronic cigarettes. Commonly referred to as "vape pens."

Propylene Glycol: a viscous, colorless liquid found in varying proportions, along with vegetable glycerin (VG), within e-liquids to generate the desired effect. An e-liquid with a greater proportion of PG to VG will produce a stronger throat hit and, given its thinner consistency, is less prone to clogging your device. Propylene glycol is a non-toxic organic compound found in commercially available food products and as an ingredient in medical inhalers.

Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA): the component part of advanced personal vaporizers that contain a base with a positive and a negative post. Advanced vapers typically build and rebuild coils of resistance wire along the posts that heat the moist wicking material to produce vapor.

Rebuildable Drip Atomizer (RDA): much like RBAs, with the exception of a dripping well that holds a small amount of e-liquid. The wick is kept moist by the liquid within the well, allowing advanced vapers to drip less often.

Starter Kit: a bundled package that includes everything needed to start your vaping experience. Starter Kits typically include 1 or more tanks, 1 or more batteries, an AC adapter with charger, and replacement wicks.

Tank: the component part of an electronic cigarette that contains the e-liquid ready to be vaporized (see Clearomizer and Cartomizer).

Throat Hit: the sensation felt at the back of the throat by inhaling nicotine-charged vapor that resembles the sensation felt when smoking traditional cigarettes. E-liquids with 0mg of nicotine have little to no throat hit given that the nicotine is the main contributor to the sensation.

Vape: the action of vaping by using an electronic cigarette or a MOD. Electronic cigarettes do not burn or combust, but rather heat and thusly produce vapor. 

Vaper: a person who partakes in the act of vaping.

Vaping: a colloquial term for the act of using an electronic cigarette or MOD.

Vegetable Glycerin: a substantially thicker liquid that when used in greater proportion to PG, produces more and denser vapor than a PG counterpart. Vegetable glycerin is also a non-toxic organic compound and is often used as a food additive.

Variable Voltage / Wattage: a feature in some electronic mods and advanced e-cigarettes that allow users to alter the voltage or wattage to adjust the flavor, vapor, and throat hit to their liking.

Wick: a piece of poly string, typically PolyFill, used in atomizers to hold and deliver e-liquid/e-juice to the heating element.

Now that you have a head start on all-things vaping, making the switch is made that much easier! Making yourself familiar with aspects related to vaping gives you a sense of comfort and understanding with a task that would otherwise be a difficult challenge. If you're a seasoned vaper, these are terms you're already familiar with. But for the newcomer or those looking to start vaping, keep this list in hand and in mind!

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