Vaping Terminology

During your research of electronic cigarettes, you might have stumbled upon a variety of terms (vaping terminology) being used that left you stumped. Well, given below are the most common ones being used especially in Pakistan.

510 – Refers to a specific connection or threading on the tank and the battery.

Adapter – An adapter allows a certain atomizer to fit a different battery than the standard.

Analog – A cigarette aka cancer stick aka smoke.

APV – Advanced personal vaporizer. Generally requires separate batteries, tanks, and atomizers. Can be mechanical or electrical.

Atomizer or Atty – One of the central components of an ecig. It heats up the liquid and vaporizes it.

Automatic Ecig – A type of ecig that automatically activates during inhale. As opposed to manual, which has a button that activates the device. Most commonly found in the E-lite cigalikes.

American Wire Gauge (AWG) or Gauge – The standard used in America to calculate the resistance and diameter of the any wire used to create coils.

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.

Burnt hit – The very nasty hit you get when the wick is dry and you try to vape.

Cartomizer or Carto – A cartridge and atomizer in one. They generally are disposable, fairly inexpensive and pre-filled with juice.

Charger – A battery charger. Used to recharge your ecig battery.

China Flavors – Flavors that are made in China or from Chinese ingredients. Not recommended for vaping due to lax Chinese standards for ingredient manufacturing.

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. These are also called tanks and RTAs.

Clone – A knock-off of an ecig and/or tanks. Generally clones only exist for the more expensive ecigs and/or tanks.

Coil – The part of an atomizer that heats the liquid. Can be bought prebuilt or you can make your own using wire.

Cloud Chasing – Vapers who try to blow the largest clouds of vapor.

Drip Tip – The very top piece attached to a tank which you put your mouth on and inhale.

Dripping – A method of adding flavor 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.

E-liquid – Also referred to as Flavor, E-Juice, or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

E-juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, Flavor, or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

eGo– A style of electronic cigarette that utilizes the 510 threads, 510 components and has a larger battery. Many people feel this is one of the best and easiest models of e-cigs that are available.

Electronic Cigarette or E-Cig – A device that heats a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavoring which produces an inhale-able vapor.

FDA– Abbreviation for the (United States) Food and Drug Administration.

Flavour – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Flooding – Something that can occur when too much flavor is supplied to the atomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize liquid, adding too much flavor to an atomizer will cause a decrease in vapor production and flavor.

Sub Ohming or High Powered Vaping – An advanced vaping technique which produces hotter vapor and requires less draw to produce the same amount of vapor.

Juice – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, or Flavor. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

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.

Liquid – Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, Smoke Juice, orJuice. 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.

Mech Mod or Mechanical Mod – There are no electrical components like a circuit board in these advanced personal vaporizers. Some purists say there should be no soldered connections in a mechanical mod.

Mesh – Often stainless steel and used to create a wick for bringing e-liquid to the coils of an atomizer.

Mod – Dual usage – Can be used to describe modifications to a device or accessory (such as getting more vapor production out of your cartridges) or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette. In the latter context, mods typically use larger rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries and allow the user longer battery life and increased vapor production. Many mods will also allow the user to increase or decrease the wattage of their device to achieve optimal performance.

Ohm – A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and faster heating. The time the coil takes to heat up is also dependent on the watts being supplied and the thickness or AWG of the wire used to make the coil.

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. Most new devices are passthrough.

Pen Style – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. Slightly resembles a ball point pen in appearance.

Propylene Glycol or PG – An ingredient found in many 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.

RBARe-Buildable Atomizer. This term is mostly used to denote whether a particular tank can be rebuilt or not.

RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. This is an atomizer which can be built by yourself doing away with the need to buy coil heads for it. You can easily customize them for better flavor, more vapor and heavier throat hits. There is no tank attached to this and to vape on it you need to take off the top cap and drip the flavor directly on the coils before you can take a hit. The disadvantage to these is that you need to constantly drip to vape and you use up more flavor that way. The advantage is much better flavor and amazing vapor production. These are mostly used by experienced vapers.

RTA – Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. Unlike the RDA this attomizer has a tank to hold the flavor hence doing away with the need to constantly drip on the coils to vape. Has the best flavor and vapor production after the RDA.

Starter Kit – A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment. Typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with a tank, battery, a charger and 2 coil heads.

Stealth Vaping – A technique used by vapors who want to hide their vapor clouds.

Tanks – A plastic or glass storage chamber that holds the liquid. This term is commonly used in Pakistan for RDAs, RTAs and clearomizers.

Throat Hit or TH – The hit one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing flavors 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. TH is also attributable to the PG level in a flavor and how you build your RDA/RTA.

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”.

Vapor Production – Typically associated with flavors. The term is used to indicate how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.

Vaper(s) – A play on the term Smoker and refers to a person or group of people who vape.

Variable Voltage or VV – The VV setting was more common in the early days of vaping and is now almost obsolete in favor of the new VW setting.

Variable Wattage or VW – Most new devices have VW which means you can set a particular wattage for your tank and the device will then automatically adjust the voltage for the resistance.

Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin or VG – This is one of the ingredients used in making flavors that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. VG produces more vapor than PG but provides less flavor and throat hit. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol use 100% VG flavors.

Watt – A unit of power measured as one Joule per second.

Wick – The material that is stuffed inside coils allowing the flavor to travel to the coil to be heated and vaporized. Most common ones in Pakistan are Rayon and Japanese Cotton.

Wire – This is what coils are made from. Usually Kanthal is used but many other varieties are used such as Nichrome, Titanium, Nickel, Stainless Steel, etc. Wires are also available in different thickness or gauges (AWG) which determines the resistance level of the coil depending on the number of wraps.