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Vaping Glossary & Resources

26650 – These are batteries that have typically been known for good sub-ohming. This is typically seen as true because the 26650 batteries more likely have a larger cathode/anode surface area,  so they will be a bit less susceptible to thermal runaway. However, this is not always a indicator for a great sub-ohm battery.

510 – The most popular and common style of threading for electronic cigarettes available. Originally developed by the company JoyE, it quickly became the standard within the industry. It also has whats known as a male thread.

18350 – A battery that is 18mm x 35mm, used in smaller mods and generally have a low amp rating.

18650– A classification given to a specific size of Li-Ion battery popularly used in APVs, mechanical mods, and tube mods.

2-piece– A two-part electronic cigarette consisting of a battery and a cartomizer

3-piece– A three-part electronic cigarette consisting of a battery, atomizer and cartridge.



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Adapter – Dual threaded device used to allow a specific style or atomizer, cartomizer, or clearomizer onto a different style battery. This allows vapers to have the vapor production of one style of atomizer, while using the battery life of another style battery. (example: connecting a 901 atomizer threading onto a 510 battery)

Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) – An APV usually consists of a bigger battery, and features things such as variable voltage or variable wattage. Also referred to as a modified e-cig (MOD).

AEMSA – This is the Association of American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards. It is an all-volunteer organization dedicated for creating safe and sustainable standards within the production process of e-liquids. You can visit their website here: http://www.aemsa.org/

AFC – Air flow control

Airflow (adjustable airflow) – This is a part on most vaping tanks; clearomizers, atomizers, etc; that allows more air to be received in the process of vaping, allowing for more vapor, as well as cooler vaper. 

All Day Vape – The e liquid that you personally enjoy over any other and can vape on all day long without it getting old.

Allen key/wrench – A tool used to open mods or tighten screws in atomizers

Alternative Cigarettes – Another name for electronic cigarettes

American Wire Gauge (AWG) –  This is the standard used in the United States to determine the resistance and diameter of the electric wire used to create the coils in atomizers.

Amperage (amps) –  Amperage is the flow of energy along a circuit. In APV’s the lower the amps, the less capable you are of using high voltages on low resistance atomizers. This is prevalent in high voltage upon low resistance atomizers in  dual coil cartomizers or clearomizers.

Analog– It is a slang term used by the vaping community describing “traditional” cigarettes

Aqueous Glycerine (AG) – The process in which VG liquid is thinned with deionized water, making it less viscous.

Ass Juice – This is a common term used for rating an e liquid that tastes horrible. The main cause of this rating is by vapers experimenting with different e liquids and coming up with horrid results.

Atomizer (aka Atty) – The atomizer is contained in a metal housing that is screwed into the battery; and contains the heating coil, wick and mesh bridge. It is the component in an electronic cigarette or vaporizer that is responsible for heating the e liquid to the point of vaporization.

Automatic – A style of electronic cigarette/ vaporizer battery that does not have a button to activate the heating element. They are unsealed which allows airflow. When the user draws on the mouthpiece, a special sensor within the atomizer is activated by changing air pressure.

Automatic Shutoff –  A common safety feature found on personal vaporizers that only allows the discharge of a battery for a set period of time. The average shutoff time is 10 seconds, however it is usually a smaller amount of time in ecigs and disposables.


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Battery (batt) – Commonly known as the most important part of an electronic cigarette, it provides powers the heating element that turns the e liquid into vapor. It comes in two different types: automatic and manual. Manual switched batteries have a button to activate rather than being activated upon inhalation. They range in sizes and most have an LED light at the end that lights up when it is activated.

Boost – The circuitry of a regulated mod that allows it to fire above the applied voltage.

Box Mod – A box mod is any PV or APV that comes in a box shape, and comes in several different wattage selections. Some popular wattage classes for box mods are: 10-30 watts; 50-80 watts; 100+ watts.

BP -Shorthand for big pharmaceutical companies.

Breathing – the process of leaving an e-liquid open to the air so that any alcohol can evaporate off. Can mellow some flavors.

Brick and Mortar  (B&M) – A physical store that you can buy electronic cigarette or vaping related products.

Bridge – A small metal wire U-shaped covering on the inside of an atomizer that is designed to wick the e liquid from the cartridge. It is coated in steel mesh.

BT – Slang for big tobacco companies.

Buck – The circuitry of a regulated mod that allows it to fire below the applied voltage.

Burner – slang for a  traditional cigarette/cigar


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Car Adapter – Device that you can connect to a USB charger and charge your e-cig battery in the car.

Carcinogen – Any chemical, compound, or substance thought to cause cancer. E-liquid, when heated to very high temperatures can product some carcinogens (by way of incomplete combustion).

CASAA– Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. It is a non profit organization that campaigns for the rights of e-cig users.

Cig-A-Like– Any PV that has the similar appearance of a traditional cigarette.

Charger – A battery charger used to recharge your e-cig battery once it dies.

Clapton Coil – A coil made with a large gauge of wire wrapped tightly by a smaller gauge of wire, like a guitar string.

Clouds– Due to the highly dense water content in vapor, The vapor that is exhaled when smoking electronic cigarettes is referred to as clouds.

Coil– The wire that is used to vaporize the e liquid by creating an electrical circuit. The coil is usually made up of Nichrome or Kanthal wire. In the United States, the wire being used to make it is measured in AWG, while the rest of the world measures in the metric system.

Coil Jig – A device that makes rebuilding your own coils so much simpler.

Coil Winder – A tool used to wrap perfect coils every time.

Cone Threads– A new threading being implemented by some companies to better secure their atomizers to the batteries.

Connection– This is the threaded piece that allows you to screw into an atomizer/cartomizer/clearomizer.

Custom Mod– Any PV or APV that was handmade from parts not designed for vaping. This can even include wooden Mods.

Cut-Off– A safety feature that automatically stops you from taking a drag on your e cig if you take a drag for too long. It prevents the atomizer from overheating. There are flashing LED lights that usually let you know the feature is being used.


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DCT– Dual Coil Tank / large 3 to 6ml Tank with a replaceable carto.

Debridge– Removing the bridge (and wick) from an atomizer.

Deck– The flat base area where the positive and negative posts sit on an RBA/RDA, which is designed to keep e liquid off of the battery connection.

Dewick– Removing the wick from an atomizer.

Diacetyl – Diacetyl is a flavoring used in some e-liquid production for it’s buttery flavor. Can cause Bronchiolitis obliterans (otherwise known as Popcorn Lung) if inhaled in large concentrations. Many e-liquid vendors have stopped using it.

Digital Cigarette– Another name for Electronic Cigarette

Disposable E-Cigs– Electronic cigarettes that are designed to be used and then thrown away.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself)– Term used to people that make their own e liquid

DNA– The DNA is a small variable wattage board built for vapers by Evolv.

Doubler– A double-strength flavour, intended to be used in 50/50 mixes.

Dragon Coil – Can be either macro or micro coils, they are wrapped as normal but the wick is wrapped outside of the coil so that air can flow through the inner diameter. Can increase vapor production with enough air flow.

Draw–  Vapers inhale from their mouth on the electronic cigarette mouthpiece.

Drip– To drip drops of e-liquid into an atomizer.

Drip Kit– A battery, atomizer chamber, and drip tip, designed specifically for dripping.

Drip On-Demand (DOD)– An add-on that is used to feed e liquid into your atomizer by squeezing the bottle. It makes dripping easier.

Dripping (DD; direct dripping)– Vaping by adding a few drops of e liquid directly into the atomizer chamber instead of using a cartridge. This is the method that gives the best vapor quantity and flavor quality.

Drip Shield– The drip shield is a round metal or plastic tube that slips over your atomizer. If leaking occurs on your atomizer, the liquid will leak into the drip shield instead of leaking onto your PV. It then returns the excess e liquid to the atomizer to be used.

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.

Drip Well– A bowl shape on a mod where the female connector is located on the atomizer; that is designed to catch any e liquid that might leak out.

Dry Burn/Hit– Purposefly firing an atomizer on a battery without e liquid to saturate it, which results in the heating up, and glowing of the coil. This allows the cleaning of the coil by burning off impurities.


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E Juice– The solution that is vaporized within the atomizer tank, comprised of Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, and/or Nicotine and Flavoring. Also referred to as E-liquid, Juice, or Smoke Juice.

Ekowool– A specific brand of braided silica used to make wicks for rebuildables.

Electronic Cigarette (e-cig)– An emerging alternative to traditional cigarettes that allows users to enjoy smoking without many of the harmful side effects. It contains e liquid that is vaporized upon inhalation and usually consists of flavors and nicotine.

E-Hookah – Another term for E-Cigs, it was coined to attract hookah users to vaping due to their similarities.

E Liquid– Another popular name for e-juice.

E-NIC (Electronic Nicotine Inhaler) – another name for the electronic cigarette.

E Smoke – Another short/slong for Electronic Cigarette.


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