Here I have put together a quick list of “Vape Vocabulary” to help newer vapers.
You will see these terms used on websites, in videos and in vape shops. I think this will help familiarize you with the meanings behind some of them.
510– most common thread pattern most batteries / mods have female 510 connector and most atomizers have male 510 posts . Also used to describe the small “cigarette shaped” e-cigarettes , or “gas station” e-cigarettes. Also used to describe the size and connection on an atomizer where a “drip tip” fits
Analog– slang for traditional tobacco cigarette
Atomizer– (atty) part of an e-cigarette set-up that vaporizes your e-juice, holds e-juice and contains coils, most “set-ups” consist of an atomizer and a battery. There are types of atomizers that hold a lot of e-juice and also dripping styles that only allow for a few drops at a time.
B&M – or Brick & Mortar , refers to a physical Vape Shop as opposed to an online store. Prices at a B&M will almost all of the time be higher than from an online vendor due to cost of doing business, rent, power, employee wages… BUT, these are a VERY valuable and NEEDED tool for new and old vapers alike. Many people benefit greatly from talking face to face with someone with experience when considering “vaping” – SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL VAPE SHOP! ** IF they deserve your business that is**
Battery – the power source in an e-cigarette set-up , it provides power to the atomizer. This can refer to an e-cig battery or a rechargeable if using a “mod” of some sort. Lithium Ion batteries are very common but there are certain safety precautions needed when using / charging any rechargeable battery. Popular: Sony vct4 & vct5 , mnke, imren, efest, AW
Bottom Fire– this refers to the way to “fire” or activate an e-cig “Mod” , just means the button is on the bottom of the device
Box Mod – This refers to a style of device built into a box as opposed to a traditional “tube”
Cartridge – this is a tube filled with absorbent material which holds e-juice. These can be bought pre-filled or refillable. (these are mainly used in gas station type models)
Cartomizer – This is really a combination of an atomizer and a cartridge; cheaper than an atomizer (of same style) but won’t last as long as a stand alone atomizer. Usually holds more e-juice than a cartridge
Charger – or battery charger – these are used to recharge an e-cig battery once it is dead or the charge is depleted. ego / 510 types are made so that you screw your 510 threaded battery into a connector and usuallu runs through a usb connection to a wall adapter o even your computer.
Clearomizer– A very popular style of e-cig atomizer that is clear or has a window, allowing you to see the e-juice and coil assembly inside. Clearomizers come in many different styles, colors, and sizes. Some have replaceable atomizer heads (coils) while others are disposable.
Clone / Clones – A term used to describe a copy of another item, counterfeit products. They can be low quality and have lately lost some appeal with lower priced devices coming to market.
Cloud Chasing / Cloud Chaser- A term given to the type of vaper / activity with the goal being large vapor production. ex. “Blowing Clouds” and competing in “Cloud Competitions”
Coil– This is the actual part (heating element) of an atomizer that heats up , turning e-juice into vapor. Resistance wire is wrapped in a coil design around a wick material and connected at one end to a positive post and the other end is connected to a negative or ground post in some fashion. An atomizer can have dual coils (2 separate coils) and even quad (4) coils ( these are for advanced builders and re-buildable atomizers and not recommended or needed IMO )
Device– Used sometimes as a generic term for a Electronic cigarette device
DNA20 / DNA30 – This is a “chip” made by the comapny Evolve, this chip, when installed in a device, gives you the capability to adjust the wattage up to 20w or 30w – Many are made into “Box Mods”
Dripping– a style of vaping where e-juice is “dripped” directly into an atomizer , a few drops at a time , directly onto a wick / coil and vaped. There are specific types of atomizers for this style.
Drip Tip – the mouthpiece or part of an e-cig that goes in your mouth enabling you to inhale the vapor. Most atomizers use a standard “510” size female connection for drip tips and come in many many diff styles , shapes , colors and sizes and is the easiest way to customize your e-cig set-up. The name “drip tip” comes from a term for a mouthpiece you “drip” e-juice through into the atomizer , directly onto a coil when using the “dripping” method of vaping.
E-juice– e-liquid or juice – The liquid used in e-cigarettes made of mainly of “PG” , “VG” , flavoring and nicotine. Non-nicotine e-juices are readily available as well. E-juice is “vaporized and inhaled when “vaping”
Ekowool – a brand name of braided silica material used as wick material – *see “Wick”
Ego– a generic term used to describe an extremely popular style of e-cigarette battery. This device uses both 510 threading AND Ego cone threading to attach different types of atomizers. these come in a wide variety of colors , sizes and different companies / brands will call them by different names.
Ego Twist– Ego style e-cig battery that has a “dial” at the bottom allowing you to adjust the Voltage up or down depending on your vaping style and or the specific atomizer you are using.
*NOTE – this is the style of e-cig I recommend for new vapers. It is easy to you use, affordable, reliable, and the voltage adjustments give you a device that is perfect for new, intermediate and more experienced vapers alike.
Flavor Chasing / Flavor Chaser– A style of vaping / type of vaper , their goal being best flavor possible from a given “set-up”.
Flooding– an occurrence where too much e-juice is applied to the coil in your atomizer. Not enough air and too much juice will result in sub par atomizer performance and decreased vapor production.
Mah – (mah rating) an abbreviation for Milliamp hours which is a rating given to batteries to relay how long they will last. In layman’s terms. This is a way to understand how long a battery will last. The higher Mah rating, the longer the battery life.
Manual– used to describe an e-cig battery (ego-510) that has to be manually “fired” by pushing a button or engaging a switch for the battery to provide power to the atomizer.
Mech – short for mechanical mod *see MOD definition, This describes a device that uses NO wires or computer chip. Unregulated and , a mechanical , physical firing mechanism
Milligrams– a unit of measurement, in e-cigs, used to relay level of nicotine in an e-juice – common levels are 0 mg – 6 mg -8 mg -12 mg-16 mg-18 mg-24 mg (with 24 being considered pretty high nicotine content and 0 being none nicotine)
MOD– Most often used when talking about an advanced e-cig device with or with out, a removable and rechargeable battery (lithium Ion is most popular) Although some “MODS” HAVE INTERNAL BATTERIES; the two main types of “mod’s” are Variable Voltage/regulated Mods and Mechanical Mods (mech mods / mech’s) these vary greatly in price style and function. Some Mods are rare and very expensive while others are more redily available and affordable.
OHM – the measure of electrical resistance. Atomizers will have a rating something like 1.8 ohm , 2.2 ohm …. the lower the rating , the faster and hotter the coil will fire , but this shortens the life of that coil quite a bit. The higher the rating the longer the coil will last and the higher voltage it can accept from your power source
OHM Meter – A device made specificallyto test the resistance of an atomizer, mostly used by vapers that build their own coils. ALL coils need to be tested prior to vaping.
Resistance – When it comes to vaping, resistance is the way we measure our coils – how quickly and how hot our coils will heat up / also how much power they will demand from our battery. Remember, this is a part of vaping that demands some homework. This site is not made to be the “gospel” and more knowledge of OHM’s law / resistance / voltage / wattage / amperage / battery safety is needed in order to stay safe when puching past the “normal” or “standard” resistances of roughly 1.2 to 2.8ohm
VV / VW – an abbreviation used for Variable Voltage / Variable Wattage
Watts / Wattage – by definition is: An amount of power, especially electric power, expressed in watts or kilowatts. NOW, when it comes to vaping, you may see “VW” , this means variable wattage. When using a device in Variable Wattage mode the device itslef controls the actual “Voltage” that is puts to the atomizer. Higher wattage = more power = higher voltage