The Beginner’s Guide to Vaping Terminology

The Beginner’s Guide to Vaping Terminology

June 8, 2017

In part one of this beginner’s guide, we explored the history of vaping and the rapid evolution of electronic cigarettes. As you’ll recall, e cigarettes heat up flavored liquids to produce vapor, which the user inhales and exhales in a way that resembles smoking. Vaping is very different from smoking, however, e cigs require a bit of technology to produce the similar effect. But, before delving further into the details of how e cigs work, it’s time for a quick vaping vocabulary lesson.

Understanding Vape Terms

The Internet is full of factual and helpful information about e-cigarettes. However, if you’re unfamiliar with vaping vernacular, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the jargon that veteran vapers throw around. Below is a glossary to help you get up to speed. Even if you think you’re an e cig expert, you still might learn a new term or two.

A-Z Vaping Terminology

Analog: A traditional tobacco cigarette that involves combustion to produce smoke, as opposed to an electronic cigarette that produces vapor.

Related: Vaping vs. Smoking

Atomizer: The standard heating element in an e-cig. As it warms up, the atoms that make up the e-juice move faster, which transforms the liquid into vapor.

Battery: The heating element’s power source. E cig batteries vary between lithium polymer and lithium-ion and can be replaceable or integrated into the device.

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

Related: What’s in E-Liquid?

Box Mod: A type of mod supported by a big, box-shaped battery.

Cartomizer: A cartridge with a built-in atomizer. They can be disposable or refillable.

Cartridge: A removable container that holds e-liquid ready for use. They often include an absorbent filler material.

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

Clearomizer: A clear cartomizer with visible e liquid.

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

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

Coil: The metal conductor for the heating element.

Drip Tip: A removable e cig mouthpiece.

Dripping: Putting e liquid directly onto the heating element as opposed to using a cartridge or cartomizer.

Dry Burn: A technique for cleaning atomizers by burning the coil in short durations with no e-juice present.

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

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

E liquid/e juice: Synonymous terms for the flavored liquids e cigs use to produce vapor.

Lung Hit: Inhaling vapor directly into the lungs.

Mechanical Mod: A mod that lacks safety features commonly found in pre-manufactured devices.

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.

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

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

Related: What is Nicotine?

Ohm: The scientific measure of electrical resistance. Lower resistance results in faster heating.

PG: Propylene glycol, a common base for e-liquids.

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

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

Tank: The reservoir for e liquid to be used with an e cig.

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

Throat Hit: A draw that you can feel tingling the back of your throat – usually associated with higher nicotine levels.

Unregulated Mod: Another term for mechanical mod.

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.

VG: Vegetable glycerin, another common e-liquid base.

VV: Variable voltage, or the ability to control an e cig’s voltage.

VW: Variable wattage, or the ability to control an e cig’s wattage.

Wick: An absorbent material that draws e-liquid onto the heating element.

How Do E-Cigs Work?

Now that you’re fluent in vaping terminology, you’re ready to read more about how e cigs work in part 3 of our beginner’s guide to vaping.