26650 – The largest-sized battery used in advanced e-cigarettes and PVs, these are usually used by sub-ohm vapers, or users who use atomizers with resistances less than 1 ohm.

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

2-piece – refers to an electronic cigarette consisting of a battery and a cartomizer/clearomizer.

3-piece – refers to an electronic cigarette consisting of a battery, atomizer and cartridge.

306 (aka LR306) – the 306 is a 510 threaded, low resistance (LR) atomizer. Many PV users of devices with 510 connectors prefer LR306 atomizers as they produce more heat than many other atomizers and may increase vapor production giving a stronger throat hit.

401, 402, and 403 (m401, m402, and m403) – refer to different lengths of electronic cigarettes (cig-a-likes).

510 – The most popular and common style of threading for electronic cigarettes available. Developed by one of the first e-cigarette manufacturers, it was widely adapted by many device manufacturers. 510 threads on the battery, or battery-containing component, are usually male, while the threading on 510 tanks, is usually female.

KR808 or 808 – Another style of e-cigarette threading. This type is used in the Halo Cigs Triton Tank, Halo Clear Tank, Mini Tank as well as Halo G6 cartridges. (read more).

L88B – An early design of atomizer for smaller e-cigarettes, used before cartomizers became popular.

901: atomizer with a female thread. Not compatible with 510.

16340 – The smallest of the batteries used in advanced cigarettes, these are usually used in series or parallel.

18350 – A battery preferred by advanced users for its diminutive size, these are usually used in stealth mods.

18500 – A size larger than 18350s, 18500s offer longer battery life, although they are less popular than 18350s since many users feel that the size increase is not worth the slight bump in mAh.


Alternative Cigarettes – Another name for electronic cigarettes

Acrolein – Acrolein is produced when e-liquid is heated to incredibly high temperatures. Linked to lung cancer in analog cigarette use. Strong irritant to skin, eyes, and nasal passages.

Adapter: Dual threaded device for fitting different threaded consumables together. Eg – Connecting an 901 atomizer on a 510 battery.

Advanced Personal Vaporizer: (AVP) the more advanced version of a personal vaporizer. the APV usually consists of a bigger battery and tech features such as variable voltage or variable wattage.

AFC – Air flow control. This refers to a small dial (sometimes a screw) found in atomizers and clearomizers/tanks to adjust the drag of an e-cig.

Airflow – The amount of air sucked into an atomizer or tank. Looser airflow results in more vapor, while tighter airflow results in less vapor but more intense flavor.

All Day Vape: The e-liquid you most rely on or favor. That e-liquid you constantly vape because it never gets old.

Allen Key or Wrench – A small tool usually used to adjust Allen screws in a rebuildable atomizer or tank.

American Wire Gauge – Also called AWG for short, this is the U.S. standard for wire sizes that determines a coil’s resistance when rebuilding—the thicker the wire, the less resistance.

Analog/Analogue: What vapers call a traditional tobacco (or real) cigarette, where the electronic cigarette is “digital”.

Anodizing – A process used to seal and finish aluminium by means of oxidation

Aqueous Glycerine (AG) – Vegetable Glycerin (VG) that has been thinned with deionized water, making it less viscous (thick) for easier pourability, and more amenable for use in certain tanks.

Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) A more advanced version of a personal vaporizer. It may consist of a larger battery and advanced technical features such as variable voltage or variable wattage.

AWG (American Wire Gauge) – the standard used in the United States to designate the diameter of electric wire that is used to create the coils in e-cig atomizers.

AEMSA – American E-Liquid Manufacturers Standards Association – An all-volunteer trade association dedicated to creating “responsible and sustainable standards for the safe manufacturing of e-liquids.”

Aldehydes – Oxidation products of alcohols that when heated to high temperatures and ingested can be dangerous to your health. Studies have shown that vape mods cranked up to excessive levels (those that produce the unpleasant burnt taste of dry puff conditions) can form aldehydes. Aldehydes are also found in some oils, such as sunflower oil, when heated at a suitable temperature for frying

Amperage (amps) – Amperage is a measurement of the rate of flow of electrical energy flowing through a circuit. In APV’s the lower the amps, the less capable the circuit is in handling high voltages in combination with low resistance atomizers.

Ass Juice: The rating given to e liquid for vaping. Usually developed by mixers who haven’t the skills or informology to know what they are doing, or how they are doing it. In other words, the e juice tastes like crap.

Atomizer (Atty): The heating unit of the electronic cigarette. Metal wire wrapped around a core and is contained in a metal housing that screw into the battery. When electricity from the battery is applied it vaporizes the e-liquid. This generates the vapor.

Atomizer Tank: The atomizer tank is your standard style tank with a dual-coil pre-dotted/slotted atomizer. Other or more out of the ordinary and much more expensive atomizer tanks are those that are rebuildable or serve more than just one purpose.

ASH: Action on Smoking and Health. Along with their allies, the organisation opposes the electronic cigarette. ASH UK cautiously supports the device, but also supported the Tobacco Products Directive, which will put major restrictions on e-cigs.

AVA – American Vaping Association. This non-profit organization advocates for small and medium-sized businesses in the vaping and electronic cigarette industry.

Automatic – a style of electronic cigarette/vaporizer battery that does not have a button to activate the heating element. When the user draws on the mouthpiece, a special sensor within the atomizer is activated by changing air pressure, allowing for instant vapor production.

Automatic Shutoff – a common safety feature found on personal vaporizers that automatically shuts off the device after a preset amount of time passes without any use.


Base Liquid: This is the liquid to which nicotine and flavouring are added create e-juice. The two most common base liquids are known as VG (vegetable glycerine) and PG (propylene glycol).

Battery: (Batt) The battery provides power to the atomizer/cartomizer or preferred topper when the user draws on the mouthpiece. It is in general lithium-ion, ranges in many sizes. Some of the smaller “mini” batts, have an LED on the end to simulate the heat glow from what an analog cigarette creates when a draw or puff is taken.

Bauway – A brand known for its’ selection of atomizers. The quality is less than other atomizers but cost is low compared to most.

Blank: Often referred to as a empty cartridge that a user can fill with their desired e-liquid.

Blend: A fancy term for the ratio of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerin in an e-liquid.

Boge – Boge is brand known for its’ selection of cartomizers. It has been known to supply very quality efficient products at a low cost for consumers.

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

Bottom Feeders: Refers to a Personal Vaporizer that has a bottle of juice in it that has a tube that goes up to the bottom of an atomizer

BP – slang for “big pharmaceutical” companies.

BCC (Bottom coil clearomizer) – an atomizer coil that is positioned at the bottom of a clearomizer tank.

BDC (Bottom Dual-Coil Clearomizer) – a bottom coil clearomizer with 2 coils.

Bottom Vertical Coil Clearomiser (BVC): A bottom coil clearomiser with a single coil in vertical configuration, allowing improved airflow. Available in clearomisers such as the Aspire Atlantis and Aspire Nautilus Mini.

Brick and Mortar (B&M) – a physical store where you can buy electronic cigarettes or vaping related products.

Box Mod:A square-shaped battery modification for lithium-ion batteries.

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

Bridge: A small U or V shaped covering on top of the heating coil of some atomizers. It is usually a metal covered by an absorbent material designed to wick e-liquid from a cartridge filler to the heating element.

BT: Big tobacco companies.

Burnt: Generally what people refer to when they have taken a drag on an empty cartridge.

Boxies: Vapers who prefer box mods.

Buck: A DC-DC power converter which steps down voltage while stepping up current.

Burner – slang for a traditional cigarette/cigar


Cartomizer: (Carto) The cartomizer combines a heating element and a juice delivery system into a single unit. It is disposable and not considered to be refillable, although many users manage to do so. Cartomizers can come in a single coil, dual coil, or even a triple coil configuration. Single coils use one coil and our standard in cartomizers. Dual coils have two coils and our commonly used in tanks. Having more than one coil has the ability to produce twice as much vapor or the same amount twice as fast from the standard.

Cartomizer Tank: A cartomizer tank is a tube to hold e-liquid. The cartomizer sits in the middle of the tube and will have a hole punched in the bottom so that the e-liquid can feed itself into the cartomizer.

Cartomizer Punch (Carto Punch) – a device used for punching holes in cartomizers, in attempts to affect draw tension and e-juice flow.

Cartomizer: Single Coil – a standard cartomizer that uses 1 coil to produce vapor.

Cartomizer: Dual Coil (DCC) – a cartomizer that uses 2 coils in order to increase vapor production.

Cartridge: (Cart) The cartridge is typically a mouth piece that is made of plastic and houses the filler material with your e-liquid.

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: The Consumer Advocates For Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, Non-Profit organization campaigning on behalf of electronic cigarette users.http://casaa.org/

CE-2: A CE-2 type device generally has the heating element towards the top of the device and wicks that go down into the juice. These wicks are designed to direct the juice from the bottom of the device to the top where the heating element is.

Ceramic coils: A type of coil advertised as having a longer life span and creating more flavour and vaper. Following testing, safety concerns about ceramic coils in cartomisers have been voiced by Dr Farsalinos, who believes that small specks of ceramic could come loose from the coils. While ceramic coils can vary a lot (i.e. because there are safety concerns about some ceramic coils, these may be specific to the coil tested), the jury is still out on these.

Clapton: A type of coil configuration. A clapton coil has a thin wire wrapped around a thicker wire that forms the main coil to offer more surface area to the wick.

Cleaning Cycle: This is an extended activation cycle of the battery (usually 20-40 sec.) designed to clean the excess liquid off the atomizer.

Clearomizer: (Clearo) a clearomizer is the transparent version of a cartomizer. Designed to allow users to see how much e-liquid they have left. Many have ml graduations for the capacity of e-liquid left. Made of very easily breakable plastic in order to remain transparent. A wick or wicks, are generally used for the juice delivery to the coil. There are top coil and bottom coil configurations. Many versions are constantly evolving in order to improve the performance the user desires.

Cloudchaser: A vaping enthusiast who loves making big vapor clouds.

Cloud Chasing – refers to the activity of electronic cigarette / Mod users tweaking their hardware and e-juice selections to produce ever bigger and thicker clouds of vapor, to obtain bragging rights in casual and in competitive situations known as Cloud Competitions.

Clouds: A large plume of vapor produced by heating e-liquids to high temperatures.

Cig-a-like: An e cig designed to look like a tobacco cigarette.

Charger – A battery charger used to recharge an e-cig battery.

Connection Type: Many different connection types are used to connect the atty/carto to the device or battery. The most common are 510, 901, 808, 801. In my humble opinion, the 510 connection is the most popular type.

Coil: A coil is generally a piece of nichrome or kanthal wire that has been wrapped around a kind of wick. Current flows through the coil; the coil gets hot, and vaporizes your e-liquid.

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 – A small metal device used to create a streamlined look on an eGo ecig that is used with a cartridge rather than a cartomizer.

Cone Threads – a threading type used by some companies touted to provide better connection between their atomizer and the battery

Custom Mod – any PV or APV that is (usually) handmade or in limited production, and is not available as a mass production item. Many material types are used including metal, plastic and wood to produce custom Mods, and creators often take great great pride in their works, viewing them as one-off works of art.

Cut / Cutting: The process of diluting e-liquid to achieve the desired nicotine level.

Cut-Off: Cut-Off or stopping point. Automatic shutdown is a feature which happens if you take too long a draw from an e-cigarette. This shutdown feature generally happens after a 5-10 second draw. This feature aids in preventing the atomizer/cartomizer from overheating. Following a cut-off some e-cigarettes will flash the LED indicating a cut-off is in effect from a long draw from the user.


Dabbing – The process of vaping concentrates from a “dab straw”. This is done by pressing a dabber against a heated dab rigs nail and inhaling the vape extracted from the wax or oil concentrate.

Diacetyl: A harmful compound which has been found in some e-juices, athough generally far below levels found in cigarette smoke. If you are worried, ensure you only buy e-liquid from companies which test their e-liquid.

DCA / 306DCA – abbreviation for a 306 Drip Cup Adapter

DCT: Dual Coil Tank. A tank with a dual coil cartomizer inserted in the middle with pre-slots punched into the bottom to so that e-liquid can feed itself into the cartomizer. Simply a long carto tank. Not all carto tanks are DCT. A large 3 to 6ml tank with a replaceable cartomizer. The DCT as “a clear container that holds vaping liquid and surrounds a cartomizer, auto-feeding the liquid through a small hole punched in the cartomizer.”

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.

De-wick: Removing the wick from an atomizer.

Debridge: Removing the bridge (and wick) from an atomizer-common practice for people who direct drip.

Dipping: The act of dipping an atomizer into e-liquid.

Digital Cigarette – another name for Electronic Cigarette

Disposable e-Cigs – electronic cigarettes that are designed to be used and then thrown away once the unit discontinues to produce vapor.

Direct Dripping: The act of dropping E-Liquid directly on the atomizer coil.

DIY: Do It Yourself: Anything that involves doing it yourself. Often involved in mixing e-liquid with its components.

DNA: The DNA is a small variable wattage board built for modders. The board can produce up to 12 watts and can be running in parallel to produce 24 watts.

DNA Chipset: A brand of chipset that provides control and delivery of power to e-cigarettes.

DNA Mod: A mod that uses the DNA chipset.

Doubler: A 0% Nicotine, double-strength flavour, intended to be used in 50/50 mixes with nicotine liquid.

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

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.

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

Drip On-Demand: (DOD) The drip on demand is a an accessory that is used to feed e-liquid into your atomizer by pressing the bottle. Your bottle of e-liquid is placed at the top of the feeder and a spout or tube is branched off for you to insert your drip tip. It’s dripping made easier.

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. As your atomizer runs out of liquid stored, the liquid in the drip shield will be sucked back into the atomizer to then be vaporized.

Drip Tip: A drip tip is essentially a mouth piece to be used on an atomizer for dripping. The tip has an enlarged opening allowing you to drip e-liquid directly into it. Drip tips are also used on cartomizers, replacing the existing rubber mouth piece that comes with them to provide a more comfortable experience. Drip tips come in many different colors, styles, and materials.

Drip Well: The drip well is typically a bowl shape on a mod where the atomizer female connector sits. The drip well is designed to catch any excess e-liquid that may have leaked from the atomizer.

Dripping: Dripping is the act of allowing e-liquid to manually getting to the heating element by “dripping” e-liquid onto the heating element directly. Some consider “dripping” to provide the best vapor, throat hit and flavor. No e-liquid delivery system is involved from a typical electronic cigarette system.

Dry Burn: Drawing on the the atomizer when there is no cartridge and it is completely dry. This can damage your atomizer so it should be avoided.

Dry Hit: A harsh tasting hit resulting from an insufficient supply of e-juice.

Dry Smoking: The process of vaping without a cartridge (see “dry vaping”).

Dry Vaping: Vaping without a cartridge; generally practised when the atomizer is saturated with e-liquid.

Dry Scratchy Hits: This can occur when not enough e-liquid is supplied to an atomizer or cartomizer, resulting in poor vapor and flavor.

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

Dripping Atomizers – These are atomizers that stand alone without a cartomizer or Clearomizer. They are used for dripping small amounts of e-liquid into the atomizer as a way to test out new flavors without filling a fresh cartomizer. They simply attach to a battery. The user drips a few drops of liquid into the center of the atomizer and uses a drip tip to inhale the vapor.

Duel Threaded – Having threads on both ends of the device. Usually used when referring to the threads on an e-cigarette adapter.

Dual Coil Cartomizer: A dual coil cartomizer uses 2 coils and is commonly used in tanks. When working as said, a dual coil cartomizer has the ability to produce twice as much vapor or the same amount twice as fast from the standard.


E cig/E-cig: Short for electronic cigarette.

E Cig Accessories– Additional pieces to enhance your experience using e-cigarettes. They include chargers, extra batteries, and things like cases and lanyards.

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

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

E-Liquid: (Ejuice) The liquid that is used to vaporize. E-liquid is vaporized by the heating element and this vapor is inhaled to create the sensation of smoking. Typically contains Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Nicotine and Flavoring. Nicotine is optional.

ECA: ECigAdvanced website. Previously there was an Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA): An industry group formed in early 2009. It is made up of suppliers and manufacturers who combined resources to help keep the e-cigarette as a legal option for smokers in the USA, and is now TVECA.

ECC-UK: Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association UK.http://www.eccauk.org/

ECD/ECASSOC: Two acronyms for the Electronic Cigarette Association; a U.S.-based trade Association which maintains industry standards and lobbies on behalf of members. Now TVECA, The tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

ECF(E-Cigarette-Forum.com) – one of the largest e-cigarette and vaping related forums and information portals on the internet.

ECITA: An acronym for the UK-based Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association.

ECR: abbreviation to the reddit e-cig subreddit.

ECTA: Electronic Cigarette Trade Association of Canada.http://www.ectaofcanada.com/

Ekowool – a brand of braided silica filament that may be used to as wicking material for rebuildable atomizers.

Electronic Cigar – comprised of the same components of an ecig, an e-cigar larger, and shaped to resemble a traditional tobacco cigar.

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit – an Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit is an entry-level grouping of components often including 2 batteries, 1 or 2 cartomizers/atomizers/clearomizers and a mouthpiece or drip tip.

eGo Style: A style of electronic cigarette which utilizes the 510 threads and allows one to use 510 components but with a much larger battery and charge capacity. Slightly larger in diameter than a mini cig with outer cone threads that are compatible with ego threads.

eGo Threading – Standard threading based on the Ego battery where the battery has male threading and the base of the cartomizer has female threading.

Electronic Cigarette: (E-Cig/E-Cigarette) – (Personal Vaporizer) (PV) The electronic cigarette is a revolutionary new device that acts much the same way an ordinary tobacco cigarette would, however rather than producing smoke from combustion, it produces vapor from vaporization of the e-liquid. Some e-cigarette systems our 2 piece or 3 piece design. Battery plus attached cartomizer, or battery, an atomizer and a cartridge. Many vapers refer to their electronic cigarettes as “Personal Vaporizers” (PV)

E-NIC – (Electronic Nicotine Inhaler) – Another name for an electronic cigarette.

ENDs: Electronic Nicotine Devices, another term for electronic cigarettes. Frequently used in scientific papers on e-cigarettes. Some vapers like the term as it suggests the END of smoking.

E-Rig Attachment – This is basically an electronic bong, powered by the vaporizer’s battery.

E-Smoke – another slang for an electronic cigarette.

E-Vapor – Another name for an e-cigarette. Some Ecig companies prefer the name as it disassociates the product from cigarettes.


Favour Cigarette: One of the first smokeless cigarettes. See Norman Jacobson below for more information.

Fins: Raised metal ridges, commonly placed on the drip tip of a tank, designed to dissipate heat. The Aspire Triton is an example of a tank design using fins.

First Generation E-Cigarette – The name given to an electronic cigarette that has a cartridge style filter and a slim battery. First gen e-cigs are designed to look like a traditional tobacco cigarette. They are also called cigalikes or stick-style e-cigarettes.

FDA: Food and Drug Administration- An administrative branch of the United States government that oversees rules and regulations pertaining to the safety of food and drug products sold in the USA. There is currently a very controversial lawsuit involving the FDA and the importation and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

Feeder: (Juice Fed Device) – A personal vaporizer that contains a filled bottle of e-liquid. These devices feed juice directly into the atomizer or cartomizer by squeezing the bottle, where the liquid is then fed through a tube, into your atty/ carto and ultimately vaped. This was invented to replace dripping without compromising on flavour.

Filler/Filler Material: This is the filling inside a blank cartridge or cartomizer. It is designed to soak in the e-liquid and direct it to the heating element.

Flavors – This refers to the particular flavor of your e liquid.

Flavor Cartridge – another term for a cartridge containing e-liquid.

Flavour Chaser: A person who priorities flavour from his e-cig (often used in comparison with cloud chasing.)

Flooding: This occurs when too much e-liquid has flooded an atomizer (atty) or cartomizer (carto) and results in poor vapor and can cause “gurgling”. When this happens it is possible that the e-liquid has entered the battery connection. This can cause damage if not cleaned.

Free-Base Nicotine – Nicotine occurs naturally in tobacco plants as either an acid or a base. The acidic form is more stable, and therefore more concentrated. The basic form, known as “free-base” nicotine, is volatile, especially when smoked because it is absorbed very quickly into the lungs when a person smokes. Some tobacco companies use ammonia to “freebase” the nicotine in smoke.

Fluval: A common filler material used in aquariums; some vapers use it to replace the standard filler found in factory cartridges.

Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde can be produced much like acrolein; when e-liquid is heated to incredibly high temperatures. Also a known human carcinogen.

Fuse – a specially designed electrical component for use in mechanical Mods to help safeguard against some types of Li-Ion battery failure.

Fused Clapton – A Clapton coil that has two or more wires in the core of it as opposed to one in a regular clapton coil.

Forums – Internet community boards from which most vapers glean information, news and announcements.


Genesis (Genny): A type of rebuild-able tank atomizer for advanced vapers. It uses oxidised stainless steel as a wick instead of the more common glass-fibre wick seen in mass produced atomizers.

GG (Golden Greek) – a brand of quality mechanical Mods produced in Greece.

Glassomizer– a clearomizer using glass, rather than plastic, for the tank. Examples include the Kanger Protank, and the Nautilus by Aspire.

Glycerine: A sweet-tasting liquid commonly used in food production; it is often used as a base liquid for cartridges.

Glycerine BP: A british term for Glycerine British Pharmacopoeia a type of base liquid used for e-cigarette cartridges; flavouring and nicotine can be added.

Glycerin USP: USP stands for “U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention”

Goose Neck: The goose neck is a flexible extension for your PV. Goose necks come in assorted colors and sizes.

Gurgling: Usually occurs when too much e-liquid is supplied to a given device resulting in flooding. Another cause is condensation built up in the air passage.

GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) – an acronym coined by the FDA to denote that a product or substance is considered safe to be used under the conditions of its intended use.

Grub Screw – A type of screw used in atomizer posts. The tip is pointed to better secure wires.


Han Li (commonly known in the west as Hon Lik): Inventor of the modern e-cigarette.

Herbert Gilbert: Considered by many to be the true inventor of the e-cig, he designed, patented and built a battery powered inhalation device in the 1960’s.

Hookah pen: Also known as shisha pens. Popular at one time, these were a style of e-cigarette, generally long and thin, and often available with flavours similar to those provided in hookah pens

Head: slang term used to encompass all attys, cartos, clearos, etc.

Heatsink – Fins or layers protruding from an atomizer, drip tip, or e-cigarette, heatsinks are designed to dissipate heat more quickly.

Heating Coil: The thing that gets hot! Generally a piece of nichrome or kanthal that has been wrapped around some kind of wick. Current flows through the coil, the coil gets hot, and vaporizes your e-liquid. You then vape happily.

High Resistance (HR): An atomizer or cartomizer with a higher Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This will allow the user to apply higher voltage to the coil.

Hit – refers to a single draw and inhalation of vapor.

Hot Spot – area of excess heat on an atomizer coil. Hot spots are a known cause of dry hits (see Dry Hits).

HV (High Voltage) – denotes a device that operates above the standard 3.7 volts.

HV Atty: An atty designed for higher voltage vaping, not for use with standard batterys due to low power.

HV Mod: A dual battery or boosted supply mod (modification) to allow higher power vaping.

Hybrid: there are hybrid APV’s which are a single PV which has an atomizer as part of the unit and no way to separate the PV and atomizer. I’m pretty sure every hybrid PV is based on a genesis atomizer. There’s also a hybrid atomizer

HNB Devices – Heat-Not-Burn non-combustable vaporizers and similar products.


IBVTA: Independent British Vaping Trade Association. A new trade association set up to support the independent vape industry.

ICR: Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery.

IMR: Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery.

Inception Coil – A nano coil inside a macro coil made from one continuous piece of wire.

Inhale – the act of taking vapor into the lungs.


Joules: A measure of energy. Can be described as the work required to produce one watt of power for one second.

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


Kick: The name used to describe the feeling at the back of the throat when an inhalation of vapour reaches that spot/ The name of a clever add-on device produced by Evolv Vapor which is used to regulate the heat produced by certain mechanical mods.

Knuckle Head: This is an adjustable drip tip. It can be adjusted to any angle desired.

Kanthal Wire – brand of iron-chromium-aluminium (FeCrAl) alloy wire used in high temperature applications, including coils used in many rebuildable atomizers.

Kanthal: One of two types of resistance wire used for a heating coil in either an atomizer or cartomizer. The other is Nichrome.


Lung Hit: Inhaling vapor directly into the lungs.

Leaking: This can happen when too much Juice is added to an atomizer or cartomizer. Juice can leak out of the bottom of the heating element and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device (as is the case with Automatic Batteries).

LED: Light Emitting Diode– A diode that converts applied voltage to light. These are commonly used in electronic cigarette devices to indicate that the device is actively being used.

Li-Po – Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery.

Lithium Ion Batteries (Li-Ion) – considered the strongest and most powerful batteries in the electronic cigarette market. Li-Ions are available in many different sizes and shapes and in various mAh ratings.

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

LR: Low Resistance – An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. It generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapor more quickly. Lower resistance produces more vapor than an atty or carto that has a standard resistance rating.


mA – 1/1000th of an amp. This number is most often used in reference to the output of chargers.

Macro Coil-The opposite of micro coils in size, macro coils are much larger wraps touching each other. The increase in surface area can increase vapor production when combined with the right setup.

mAh: The term “mAh” references to Milliamp per Hour.

Manual: A style of electronic cigarette that has a button (mounted usually on the top side of the battery) that when pushed, activates the heating element. The button must be pushed in order to produce vapor from the atomizer/cartomizer. It is considered by some to be less like a traditional cigarette than the automatic electronic cigarette. Many prefer this style due to it being sealed and cannot be adversely affected by e-liquid.

Manual Shut-Off – a safety feature found on most manual vaporizer devices that allows the user to turn off the battery with a combination of clicks of the button, in order to make it ready for transport.

Mechanical (Mod): it’s a PV with no wires. All the current flows through parts of the device, usually the outer casing, allowing for a very high current flow. In theory they should be able to handle any current demands put on them as opposed to unregulated mods which often have wires or switches that can possibly melt when too much current is applied.

Memory Effect: A process by which NiCad batteries begin performing in properly due to misreported energy levels; the memory effect causes the device to believe that batteries are dead when they are really not. You can reduce the likelihood of the memory effect by regularly discharging fully, and then overcharging, batteries. Li-Ion has no memory. Some people use Ni-mh which has no memory, but no one used Ni-Cad batteries anymore, and if they do, they probably won’t be reading this.

Menthol: A substance derived from peppermint which is used in a variety of applications including cigarettes, food of flavoring, and even in medicines. It can be used to flavor e-liquid.

Mesh: The cover of the atomizer bridge; typically made of a metal mesh material, stainless steel mesh for example.

mg Strength: A measurement denoting the strength of the nicotine level in an e-liquid; 18mg means that for every 1ml of liquid, 1.8% of it is nicotine. 18-mg is a shorthand for 18 mg/mL or 18g/L or 18 parts per thousand (ppt) or 1.8%

MG/ml: A ratio to describe, in milligrams, the amount of nicotine per millilitre of liquid.

Microcomputer/Microprocessor – a smart microchip that signals the battery to send a charge of power to the atomizer, effectively “firing” the e-cigarette, and allows other features such as LEDs and “puff” counts.

Micro: A designation for a small-sized e-cigarette; usually 50mm – 99mm long.

Micro coil – a type of wire coil where the coil is wrapped tightly and with a short radius, so that the loops of the coil are all touching. Micro-coils usually require more wraps than a traditional coil to provide similar resistance (Ohm).

Mini: A smaller than average sized e-cigarette or mod.

ML: Milliliters –The amount or portions measured in a given container of eliquid. There is usually 1ml of liquid in a standard cartridge.

MG: Milligrams –The amount or level of nicotine found in e-liquid. Typical levels are 0mg, 6mg, 8mg,1 2mg, 16mg, 24mg, 30mg, 36mg and 48mg.

Mod: A type of e cig made up of separable components. The term originally applied to personal vaporizers that had been either modified from a pre-manufactured e cig or built from scratch to meet the specific desires of the user; however, the term is now commonly used to describe any e cig that isn’t a cig-a-like.

Modder: A person, who is a modder, modifies an electronic cigarette to their preference. Often to improve the mod device to be more powerful than a typical e-cig.

Mouth Hit: Drawing vapor from an e-cig into the mouth before either inhaling it into the lungs or blowing it back out.

Mouthpiece: A mouth piece sits on and is inserted into an atomizer or cartomizer. A drip tip is often referred to as the mouth piece. This is the part where you lips are placed on an electronic cigarette.

Multi-Voltage (MV) Device: A device that has pre-determined voltage settings. Most of these have at least three settings. For example, a low setting could be 3.7V, a medium setting could be 4.5V, a high setting could be 6V. You cannot adjust outside of these settings. This is not a commonly used term in the vaping community, but it needs to be. Examples: The SVR, The EVO, The Ovale F-50.


Nic/No-Nic: E liquids with or without nicotine.

Nic Base: A nicotine base designed for mixing with flavours. Typically comes in a pg/vg mix but with no flavours.

Nic-Juice: A slang term to denote an e-liquid with nicotine; it would NOT be used for e-liquid with zero nicotine.

Nichrome Wire – a type of resistance wire used in some atomizer coils. Patented in 1905, it is made from nickel, chromium, and (often) iron. A common ratio is 80% nickel to 20% chromium. Nichrome is generally considered the inferior to Kanthal, of the two commonly used atomizer coil materials in cartomizers/clearomizers/atomizers.

NiMH: Ni-MH stands for Nickel-Metal Hydride. Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries have no Cadmium added. Cadmium is hazardous to the environment. When using Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries, charging should be monitored to avoid overcharging. Nickel Metal Hydride has no memory effect and can be charged or topped off at any time without affecting battery life.

Ni200/Nickel Wire – Wire that is pure nickel, it has very low resistance and is used with temperature controlled mods. Never use Ni200 with regular VW.

Nicotine: An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plants of the nightshade family.

Nicotine Salts – A nicotine formula patented by PAX Labs and used in their JUUL Vapor e-cigarettes. Unlike “free-base” nicotine formulas used by tobacco companies, JUUL’s formula uses the same type of nicotine found in tobacco leaves, giving you a “cigarette-like nicotine delivery” without the highly volatile dangers of free-base nicotine.

Nicotine Level: The nicotine level is the amount of nicotine present in a cartridge or bottle of e-liquid. It is usually measured in mg/ml.

NNA: New Nicotine Alliance: An independent, non-commercial registered charity promoting an understanding of e-cigarettes and seeking an appropriate regulatory environment.

No-Resistance Wire: The heating coils in some Rebuildable Atomizer(RBA) installs require no-resistance wire leads to be attached. They allow for current to get to the heating coil through them, but the portion that is no-resistance will not get hot. The two types that are generally used are silver and nickel.

Norman L Jacobson: Pioneered the use of the term vaping.

Noob or Noobie – Someone very new to vaping. Most new vapers are considered noobs until they learn how to use an e-cigarette.

NRT – acronym for Nicotine Replacement Therapy


OCC Organic cotton coil

Organic Cotton – a material used by many RDA/RBA users as the wicking material which draws e-liquid into the coil to be vaporized.

Ohm: A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore creates faster heating. Usually pertains to atomizer.

Ohm Resistance Level – All coils generate heat that is driven by the e-cigarette battery. The heat turns e-liquid into a vapor, but some coils create more heat than others. Atomizer coils with Low Electrical Resistance (or Lower ohm numbers) create more heat and a warmer vapor. Those with High Resistance (or Higher ohm numbers) produce a cooler vapor.


Parallel – When mods that can use two batteries are wired as parallel, this gives increased battery life, effectively doubling the mAh. Voltage and voltage drop remain the same.

PT: Pass-through –A Pass-through can be either a device itself or part of an electronic cigarette or mod. It is the device itself, you can connect your atty or carto to it and then plug it into the USB port of a computer or USB wall adapter. It receives power through either.Pass-through is built into many electronic cigarettes and mods allowing you to use them while they are charging.

PCC: Personal Charging Case –A device that is charged first and then is used to charge you’re electronic cigarette while on the go and away from an electrical outlet. Many PCC provide extra storage room for an additional battery and cartomizer or carts. Most PCC’s look like a pack of cigarettes for easy carrying. Personal Charging Case: A portable charger that can be taken with a user on the go to charge electronic cigarette batteries when away from a power outlet. Particularly useful when using an e-cig that has less than a 2 hour battery life per charge.

PEG: An acronym for Polyethylene Glycol; it is infrequently used as one of the ingredients in the e-liquid.

PEG400: An acronym for Polyethylene Glycol 400; an ingredient sometimes found in e-liquid.

Pen Style: A style of electronic cigarette, known for its resemblance to a ball point pen.

PV: Personal Vaporizor –Another term for electronic cigarette and more commonly used in the vaping community. It uses an atomizer / cartomizer to vaporize the e-liquid needed to create a vapor for inhalation and exhalation.

PG: Propylene Glycol is used as a base carrier for the nicotine and flavoring. Propylene Glycol has been deemed generally safe to be used in medical products as well as in food products for general consumption. Some people have reported having an allergic reaction to PG.

PGA:  Pure Grain Alcohol is recommended to be the highest proof vodka you can get your hands on legally. 151 proof is the minimum needed for use in thinning of VG in 100% VG e liquid. It can also be used as a base in a tincture in order to create your own flavorings for DIY applications.

Primer: Many companies use a VG based primer for preservation and shipping. The primer is used inside the atomizer and on the coils. Many vapers prefer to blow out the primer out of the atty, as the taste is less than desirable. However this primer will burn off eventually allowing the true taste of the eliquid to come through.

Primer Puff: The practice of taking a quick, short draw just to engage the atomizer.

Priming – Before using a new atomizer, a few drops of liquid are added then made to sit for a few minutes to let the e-juice saturate the wick fully. The same holds true for newly filled tanks, cartomizers, and clearomizers.

Propanediol – An alternative to PG discovered by Five Pawns and produced by Dupont. Dupont will not sell to anyone using it for e-liquid.

Pipe Style – a style of electronic cigarette resembling a traditional tobacco pipe. Also referred to as an e-Pipe.

Poly-fill – a type of filler material used in come cartridges and cartomizers/clearomizers made from polyester resin fibers.

Protected (batteries): A battery which has a computer chip at the base, which protects the battery and breaks the circuit in the battery from completing if the voltage goes too high or too low, the current goes too high or the cell temperature rises too high

PTB: abbreviation for Pyramid Tea Bags.

Puff – a short drawing action on the mouthpiece of an e-cig, pulling vapor into the user’s mouth.

Pull: The draw you take from your electronic cigarette.

PVS – Personal Vaping Systems.


Rayon-An alternative to cotton, stainless steel, ceramic and other types of wicks. Used for (subjectively) cleaner flavor than cotton.

RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) – an RBA that is designed for dripping. Often, RBA and RDA are used interchangeably.

RDTA – Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer

RTA – Rebuildable tank atomizer

RBA: Rebuildable Atomizers vary in design. Some have a fabric wick, while some stay more pure from burning elements and use SS mesh and kanthal wire. Rebuildable atomizers are meant to save on cost and be readily fix-able. Some incorporate a tank for holding e-liquid.

Regulated Mod: A mod with safety features to prevent overheating.

Resistance: The rate at which electricity travels through the heating element.

Resistance Wire: What the heating coil is made of. Two types are generally used, Kanthal and Nichrome.

Ribbon Kanthal, Ribbon Wire, Ribbon a type of resistance wire used for building coils which has a flat cross-section, rather than round, providing more surface area to conduct heat to the e-liquid. Users of ribbon wire claim that it provides better vapor and flavor production than traditional, round resistance wire.

RSST – Rebuildable Stainless Steel Tank

Ruyyan Cigarette: The first modern e-cigarette, by inventor Hon Lik.


SB: Silver Bullet -PV sold by Smokeless Image.

Series – For mech mods with dual battery configurations that are wired in series, this effectively doubles the voltage output at the expense of battery life.

Second Generation E-Cigarette – Any Personal Vaporizer, APV that is not a cigalike.

SFATA – Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association. SFATA is the largest trade association in the e-cigarette/vaping industry providing support to manufacturers, online retailers, vape stores, distributors, importers and wholesalers.

Sensor – an electronic component used in advanced e-cigarette batteries which can detects when the user is taking a puff, and can automatically provide power to the atomizer, this eliminating the need to press a button.

Silica – a braided cord material used for building wicks. It has a very high melting point, and often preferred over cotton or polyester because it can be cleaned with an open flame like a butane torch without degrading the material.

Smart Chip – a computer chip located within a personal vaporizer battery giving it advanced functionality over a simple circuit design.

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

SmokTech– A chinese company most known for its cartomizers, cartomizer tanks and PV’s.

Standard Resistance: A standard resistance atomizer is 2.5 ohms, cartomizer 3.0 ohm.

Smokeless Cigarette: This term is used to refer to an electronic cigarette. It is used commonly due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled while using an e-cig.

Smokeymizer – An atomizer and cartridge combined, disposable but refillable a few times.

Stacked Battery MOD – These advanced e-cigarettes are often shaped like tubes and use two 3-volt batteries stacked in series to achieve a 6-volt operation. They cost less than variable-voltage e-cigarettes, but they are less flexible and have been known to have safety issues.

Stacking: Stacking is the act of using two batteries in series instead of one battery. You should always use matched battery pairs, and devices that have vent holes, and batteries that have protection built in.

Starter Kit: A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment. Typically includes everything needed to begin vaping.

Stealth vaping: Deliberately vaping in a way that is designed to minimise attention. Typically stealth vapers used certain techniques to minimise the amount of visible vaper exhaled and may use smaller, more discreet devices.

Steel Mesh: Used for building wicks.

Steeping: The act of letting your e-liquid sit for a length of time. The purpose is to allow the components of the e-liquid to merry or intermingle and mature. Some users will try an e-liquid immediately after receiving it and find it not favorable. By letting it sif for an allotted amount of time and retrying it later can improve the flavor. Sometimes a couple of days or as much as a week or two of letting the juice steep will make a e-liquid taste great. Opening the cap and letting the air into the bottle is sometimes also a preferred method of steeping, along with shaking the bottles to mix the components.

Stick Style: Another term used to describe electronic cigarettes that are of or close to the size of a tobacco cigarette.

Subbing: See sub-ohm. Coil or coils with an ohm reading below one are used to create more vapor by offering higher coil temperatures.

Syrupy – Some e-liquid are very sweet. Syrupy is often used to describe them.

Sub-Ohming – a practice employed by experienced modders, using atomizers rated below 1 ohm, and increasing the amperage capacity of their devices, using specialized batteries (using the principles of Ohms Law), to increase wattage, in attempts to produce ever larger clouds.

Snus: Snus is the Swedish version of snuff. Since Snus was taken up in Sweden, lung cancer rates in the country have dropped to the lowest in Europe. The EU has banned Snus in almost all member countries, and attempted to do the same with e-cigarettes.

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

Stovetop coil – Stovetop coils are coils built to resemble the heating elements on electric stoves. Massive surface area is possible, some claim they can produce insane amounts of vapor.

Stuffing: this is considered the material in a standard cartridge or cartomizer used by many top rated electronic cigarette companies. This is like a sponge to absorb the eliquid. Some people call this cotton or poly fill.

Sweet Spot: Your very own Vaping Nirvana. The feeling you get when you find the right combination of MadMix, atomizer and Battery that delivers your perfect vape. Can take a lot of trial and error to find your sweet spot.


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

Tail-Piping: Specific to atomizers, this is when a user takes a vape directly off of an atomizer without a drip tip or a cartridge.

Tank: A special type of cartridge that holds considerably more liquid than cartridges with filler. Usually used with a cartomizer and sometimes an atomizer. You just fill them up with liquid and vape.

Thirdhand Vapor – A controversial concept that substances (nicotine in particular) remain on the surfaces in areas where people have vaped contributing to thirdhand exposure.

Threading: The type of connection used to attach the e liquid container to the device.

Thermal Runaway – a rare but extremely serious and dangerous occurrence when a chain reaction in a lithium based battery results in overheating, bursting and possibly even ignition. The causes of thermal runaway include overcharging, short circuiting, stacking batteries, physical damage to the battery, faulty wiring among other electronic malfunctions.

TH: Throat Hit –is the sensation that is felt in the back of the throat when inhalation is taken from the mouth down the throat. Some factors to the throat hit felt are, the nicotine level used, and or the quality of the e-liquid. Higher levels of nicotine generally give a greater throat hit. Personal vaping habits or techniques are also factors for throat hit.

TOB: An abbreviation referring to tobacco flavouring in e-liquid.

THRTobacco Harm Reduction –is an important public health strategy used to encourage tobacco smokers to switch to low-risk alternatives. These alternatives include, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Topper – refers to a device that comprises the top of an electronic cigarette and attaches to the battery/battery holder.

Topping Off: Adding a few drops of e-liquid onto a cartridge or cartomizer or tank is called topping off.

Toot: Another term used to describe the pull or to draw from your electronic cigarette.

Triple-Coil Cartomizer: A newer type of cartomizer that employs three coils providing about 1.6ohms of resistance. These babies vape strong, slightly more so than dual-coils, and come in several sizes and may hold anywhere from 1.5ml to 3.5ml of juice. Generally recommended for 6v vaping.

Tiger Coil – A coil wrapped with a strand of regular kanthal twisted with ribbon wire.

Titanium coils: Alternative to nickel coils. Titanium is stiffer, offers higher resistance and is easier to work with. However, there is some controversy over titanium, with some vapers questioning the safety.

TVECA: The Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. http://www.tveca.com/

Two Hole / Four Hole atomizer: A designation referring to the number of air intake holes built into an atomizer; some people prefer one over the other in terms of its simulation of smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Tube Mod – any PV or APV designed in a tube shape, and a size similar to that of a small flashlight.

TPD: Tobacco Products Directive –Article 21 of the TPD puts into places major restrictions on e-cigs.


Unflavored E-Liquid: An E-liquid combining a base liquid and nicotine, but no flavoring.

Unicorn bottle – E-liquid bottles that hold 15 ml or 30ml with an easy to use tip for dripping. Great for carrying liquid when traveling or out on the town as an alternative to the shorter, fatter bottles.

Unregulated Mod: Another term for mechanical mod.

Unprotected vs. Protected Batteries & Devices: Protected batteries and devices will contain protection circuits. This circuit is designed to stop the battery from charging or discharging or the device from working in certain circumstances. These circumstances can include over-charging, over-discharging, short-circuit, and overheating.

USB Charger– An e-cigarette battery charger that lets you charge by connecting the battery to a computer’s USB port.

USB Passthrough – See Passthrough.


Vape: The electronic version of “to smoke”. Refers to as such because of water vapor produced when e-liquid is heated by the atomizer.

Vape Butter: The sticky residue that builds up on an atomizer; caused by continually overfilling cartridges or improperly mixing your own e-liquid.

Vapers In Power: A political party representing vapers in the UK and standing in elections to raise awareness of vaping issues.

Vape Porn: Traditionally refers to pictures of e-cigs and e-juice. The proliferation of scantily clad young women in the vape industry may be leading to an evolution of this term.

Vapegasm: That experience you get when you put on a new atomizer or cartomizer. That first taste you get from your favorite e-liquid. That point when you find your perfect juice, perfect voltage, and discover your sweet spot.

Vapemail: After numerous days of online tracking and mailbox check, this is the delivered parcel or envelope containing vaping hardware and or e-liquid.

Vapemeister: Someone who possesses a lot of knowledge in the area of vaping.

Vapeology: A slang term used to note the specific vocabulary and terminology of vaping.

Vaper: A person who vapes. A smoker smokes. A Vaper vapes.

Vapeaversary: When you celebrate the day you switched from smoking to vaping.

Vaper’s tongue: A temporary dulling of the sense of taste that sometimes follows intense vaping sessions or vaping the same flavor for long periods of time.

Vaping: The act of using an electronic cigarette. Power is supplied to the heating element which vaporizes the e-liquid and vapor is then taken into the lungs and provides the sensation of smoking along with nicotine if it is present in the e-liquid.

Vapoholic: A term to denote someone who vapes incessantly, the point of compulsion.

Vapor: The water vapor that is produced when the liquid is heated by the atomizer or coil.

Vapor Cigarette: A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette. This term is used commonly due to the water vapor that is exhaled when using an e-cig.

Vapor Production: Typically associated with Juices. Indicates how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.

Vaporama: The practice of getting together with other vapers to sample one another’s VJs.

Vapor, Throat Hit, Flavor: represent the vaping experience given by a device or an e-liquid.

Vapehole – A vaper that shows little regard for anyone around them and vapes as obnoxiously as possible.

Vaporer: you are consider a vaporer if you use electronic cigarettes.

Vaporizer: The Vaporizer turns a liquid into a gas or vapor. Another term used for electronic cigarette, e-cig, PV, etc.

Vape Safe (Fuse) – The Vape Safe Fuse is a penny-sized, disc shaped fuse for use with a Mods. The fuse is an added layer of safety, in addition to a good quality battery, against catastrophic battery failure.

VV: Variable Voltage –allows you to control how many volts your device will produce. With a variable voltage e-cig, you have the ability to dial in the voltage by a click of a button or sequence. A typical voltage range for variable voltage is 3.0volts – 6.0volts and VV device’s can change these volt settings in .01 increments.

VW: Variable Wattage –allows you to control how many watts your device will produce. Variable wattage will allow you to set the wattage, no matter what resistance atomizer or cartomizer you use with the device. Variable Power (VP) is also used to describe variable wattage.

VV Mod – A variable voltage mod. Usually has a removable battery and boosted supply. You can change the voltage to find your vaping sweet spot.

VHR/VHV: abbreviation for Very high resistance / very high voltage

VG: Vegetable Glycerol/Vegetable Glycerin – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice. This is one of the ingredients used that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, VG produces more vapor than it’s PG counterpart but provides less flavor and Throat Hit. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol must use 100% VG Juices.

Vented Battery Cap – see Vent Holes

Vent Holes: Vent holes appear on the bottom of electronic cigarettes and mods. These holes allow battery gases to vent in the event of a battery failure.

Venting: When gases are released via the vent holes from an e-cig battery.

Venting a Battery – The process where a battery is taken beyond its specifications and gas is released from the battery.

Vertical coil – Instead of leaving coils horizontal, they are rotated 90 degrees. Often allow for better airflow in rebuildable dripping atomizers.

Voltage: Volts are supplied to the atty/carto from the battery. Most devices, such as the EGO supply approximately 3.7V. High voltage devices can supply between 5-6 volts. Variable Voltage devices allow you to adjust the output voltage. This varies between devices, but usually somewhere between 3V up to 6V. Multi-voltage devices provide pre-determined voltage setting. For example, a low setting could be 3.7V, a medium setting could be 4.5V, a high setting could be 6V.VTF: Abbreviation for Vapor, Throat Hit, Flavor

Voltage Drop – The amount of voltage lost when the electricity travels from your battery through your device and to your coils.

The Vaping Militia – An organization committed to protecting the rights and health of vapors by advocating for safe public use of personal vaporizers.


Wadding: Another term to describe the filler material inside a cartridge which holds the juice.

Watt(s): Watts is a measurement of power which is the function of the voltage of your electronic cigarette or mod and the resistance of your atomizer or cartomizer. Watts = Voltage (squared) of your device divided by the resistance of your atomizer or cartomizer.

Wrap – This refers to the number of revolutions used in the wrapping of a coil. The more wraps a coil has, the higher the resistance.

Wick: A wick is an absorbent material that is used in many different styles of atomizers. A type of poly or silica string or number of strings is often used for the wicking. (Wicking) also refers to the act of directing the e-liquid from the container to the heating element.

Wicking: The process by which e-liquid is drawn from the cartridge into the atomizer coil.

Wire – see Resistance Wire

Woody (Wood Mod) – Any PV or APV that is handmade and fitted inside a wooden tube or box.


Zero Nic: A term to designate e-liquid with absolutely no nicotine added.

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