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Glossary of Terms

This section has an A-Z explanation of commonly used 'vape' jargon for those new and unfamiliar with the terms.

18650 / 20700 / 21700 Battery - refers to a specific sizes of rechargeable lithium batteries popularly used in vapes. Always purchased separately from the vape.

510 - The universal thread connection type for a tank to screw onto the mod. Being universal means that you can upgrade your mod or tank separately without having to worry about brand compatibility.

AFC / Air Flow Control - This refers to a small dial found on tanks that covers or uncovers air holes to adjust the tightness of the drag of a vape.

Atomiser or Tank - This is the part of an e-cig/vape that houses the coil and wick that is heated to produce vapor from e-liquid.

Amps – Short for amperage, this is the flow of energy along a circuit. Batteries with higher amps can better handle atomizers with lower resistances without overheating.

Cartridge: Typically used on pod systems, it sits within the mouthpiece and contains coil. The tank and coil and mouthpiece are essentially one piece that needs to be replaced together.

Coil - the heating element that, when electricity passes through it, is used to vaporise the e-liquid.

Cloud Chaser - a vaper chasing the biggest clouds he can produce with a vape.

Chain-vaping - vaping like a choo-choo train.

Drip/Dripping: A method of dripping e-liquid directly onto the atomiser/RDA.

Drip tip - the tip of the tank/atomiser that touches your mouth when vaping. They come in two sizes which is 510 and 810.

Dry Hit - occurs when a coil is electrified and heats up, while the wick is not saturated. It produces a dry, burnt taste that is not pleasant at all.

DTL (Direct to Lung) - process of inhalation of vapour directly to the lungs (as opposed to MTL mouth to lung). Requires the use of a sub ohm tank.

E-Liquid / E-juice -  the liquid component that is vaporized in electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, to be inhaled by the user. Can be mixed with freebase nicotine or nicotine salts.

Mod - the box that houses the battery and chip. They are regulated because it has a chip to control power from the battery and safety features to prevent battery damage.

Mechanical Mod - They are unregulated mods meaning they don't have the electronic and circuitry that regulated mods do. Has no adjustment or protection. Usually reserved for pros who have a good understanding of ohms law as they carry potential risks.

MTL (Mouth to Lung) - the process of inhaling vapour first to the mouth, and then drawn into the lungs. Common for pen style vapes and it is the most similar to having a cigarette.

Ohm - the standard unit of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating of a coil, as a result of higher wattage.

Pen Style – one of the many choices of electronic cigarettes available, which resembles in size and shape a pen.

Propylene Glycol (PG) – One of two base substances used in e-liquid. PG is an over-the-counter substance used in many foodstuffs. Gives a good throat hit.

Priming – Before using a new atomiser, a few drops of liquid are added to the wick and then made to sit for a few minutes to let the e-juice saturate fully. This prevents dry hits and premature coil burn out.

Rebuildables – This can refer to either tanks or atomisers that let users rebuild their own coils and wicks. Used mostly by advanced users, rebuildables allow vapers to adjust resistance, change out different wicks, and experiment with various setups to achieve their desired result.

RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) - A type of rebuildable tank often paired with a squonker. RDAs are unique because they do not have a regular glass tank section. They consist of a build deck and build posts where users can wrap and mount their coils.

RTA  (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) - Another type of rebuildable tank. They are different from RDAs because RTAs have a glass tank section like sub-ohm tanks that can store eliquid, so you don't have to 'drip' or use a squonker.

Resistance - a measurement of a the degree to which a conductor opposes electrical current through that conductor; measured in ohms.

Starter Kit - These kits will give you the battery (mod) and tank (atomiser) together so you don't need to purchase them separately. Ideal for beginner purchases.

Squonking - Refers to the action of the squeezing a bottle of e-liquid which is directly attached to the coil in your mod. 

Sub-Ohm Tanks - These tanks use coils rated below 1 ohm for a direct to lung vaping experience that produces big clouds and immense flavour.

TC (Temperature Control) - When you set the temperature you want your atomiser to to run at rather than the voltage or wattage.

Vaper - refers to a user of an electronic cigarette, The term vaper stems from an e-cig’s production of vapor, rather than smoke; thus users vape, not smoke.

Vapour - the steam-like fog produced by the atomisation of e-liquid in an electronic cigarette. Vapour is the visible factor which simulates smoke.

Vape - A device which converts a liquid into vapour.

Vaping - the act of using an electronic cigarette, named so because of vaping’s production of vapor, rather than the smoke produced by cigarettes and other more traditional, burned tobacco products.

Vaper’s Tongue: Refers to a loss of taste, from suddenly going off a flavour to losing all taste for flavours. Can  be caused by excessive vaping or taste testing flavours.

Vaporwave -  is a microgenre of electronic music. The style is defined by its appropriation of 1980s and 1990s mood music styles such as smooth jazz, elevator music, R&B, and lounge music, typically sampling or manipulating tracks via chopped and screwed techniques and other effects. 

Vaperwave - My vape shop that sells vapes in the theme of 'Vaporwave'.

VG (Vegetable Glycerin) - a colorless, viscous (thick) organic compound that acts as a diluent, or filler, and is a common ingredient found in e-liquid, as well as many food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Glycerin has a light, sweet taste, low toxicity, and is thicker than Propylene Glycol. Glycerin is used at higher ratios in juices when thicker, richer vapor production is desired.

Voltage - refers to the electrical potential of a power source.

VV (Variable Voltage) - a vape feature that allows the user direct control over the voltage output of their device, allowing the user to vary the temperature that the atomizer heats to, and thus affecting flavor and vapor production.

VW (Variable Wattage) - a vape feature that allows the user direct control over the wattage, or power used by their device, allowing the user to vary the temperature that the atomizer heats to, and thus affecting flavor and vapor production. VW is considered superior to VV, as it provides a more consistent temperature of atomisation over time, and when swapping atomisers of different ohm ratings, without having to make adjustments to account for greater, or lower resistance vaporising components.

Watt (wattage) - The amount of power consumed at the atomizer coil used to vaporize an e-liquid.

Wick - a wick is any material that conveys e-juice through itself or from a reservoir via capillary action, and delivers it to the coil in an electronic cigarette. Many atomizers use wicks made from silica, however, wicks can be made from steel mesh, fiberglass, cotton, and even ceramic materials.

Wire - a type of electrical wire that is used in atomizer coils, which, when electricity is applied, heats up an acts to vaporise the e-juice. Resistance wire is most commonly either Nichrome or Kanthal.

Last Updated 20/2/2020