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April 3, 2015

Your Vaping Glossary: Beginner and Advanced Terms

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Written by: vapeadmin
Vaping Glossary

Reading about vaping online might make your head spin because of how much terminology is used. Fear not – here’s all of the terminology with easy-to-understand definitions.

Browse through, or, press CTRL + F on your keyboard to search for the particular term in the glossary that you’re curious about. For a more comprehensive list as well as images check out the best vaping glossary online from Vape Craft, Inc. The Visual Vaping Glossary: Vape Jargon and Terminology 

Beginner terms

Analog – online, vape users refer to cigarettes as “analogs”. Some think that they don’t deserve a name of their own (because of how unhealthy they are), whereas others do it to avoid possible triggers for an actual cigarette (many people use e-cigs to help wean themselves off regular cigs)

Cartridge – this is the term used to describe the disposable cartridges of nicotine vapor that you use with simple battery/cartridge setup.

DIY – “do it yourself”, referring to custom rigs assembled by the user

E-cig, e-cigarette, ecig, vaporizer, personal vaporizer (or any variation) – refers to the complete unit that you use to vape

E-juice, juice, e-liquid – the mix that contains the nicotine, flavoring, vegetable glycerin, and propylene glycol

A Mod – a custom piece on a vaper’s setup

Nicotine – most e-cig users buy juice with nicotine – you get a throat hit and other desirable effects. However, many non-smokers and people trying to quit will use 0mg nicotine – you still get the act of vaping and the flavor, just not the sensation on your throat.

mg Levels – the amount of nicotine present in the bottle of juice. Common levels are 12mg, 18mg, and 24mg. Heavy analog smokers switching to e-cigs should start on the highest level to satisfy cravings – many vape users pride themselves on gradually decreasing the amount of nicotine until they hit 0mg. At 0mg, you get all of the vaping sans the throat hit.

Puff / Drag / Hit – the act of taking a single inhale from your e-cig

Rig – a common term for someone’s complete vape setup

Steeping – letting your juice “age” for a week or more in order to ensure that all of the contents are mixed together fully

Throat hit – the sensation that you get from nicotine in the back of your throat when you take a drag. More nicotine means a bigger throat hit.

Vapor – the water vapor that you exhale from your e-cig


Advanced Terms

Atty (Atomizer) – the heating element. The key in producing the vapor that you inhale. It’s a core with metal wire wrapped around it – when the battery is activated, the atomizer vaporizes the juice that’s on the wick.

Cartomizer / Clearomizer / Cartomizer Tank – the opaque or transparent (cartomizer or clearomizer, respectively) that you screw onto the battery end of a disposable e-cig. The cartomizer tank is the actual space where the juice is held – many people have figured out ways to refill the tanks and make the disposable cartridges usable again.

Coil – the coil goes hand in hand with the wick. It wraps around the wick to take the juice on the wick, vaporize it, and produce vapor for you to inhale.

Dripping, the drip tip and the drip well – when you drip, you “apply” juice directly onto the drip tip on top of the heating element. This removes all of the loss from the other components and gives you massive, full hits. It’s a lot more work and doesn’t really resemble smoking in its traditional form… but the vapor quality is exceptional.

A drip well is the part that catches any excess juice that falls off of the atomizer. (100% is never going to be absorbed, and cleaning it after every drag would be a pain.)

eGo – one of (if not the) most popular e-cig brands. Not an actual vaping term.

Electronic Cigarette Association – contingent of people, companies, and other organizations fighting to keep e-cigs healthy, safe and legal.

E-pipe – you guessed it… a variant of an e-cig made to look like a tobacco pipe. E-cigars also exist.

Filler / Filler Material – what you see inside of a cartridge or blank cartomizer/clearomizer. Most e-cigs don’t work by dumping juice on the heating element – instead, the filler material soaks it up and evenly distributes it to your heating source in a steady stream.

Flooded cartomizer / atomizer – when this happens, there’s an excess amount of juice in your cartomizer or atomizer (both can get flooded). If you don’t clean when this happens, you’ll get uneven hits, burnt hits, etc.

High Resistance (HR) / Low Resistance (LR) – Referring to an atomizer or cartomizer with a lower or higher than normal Ohm rating. More resistance will lead to you being able to apply more voltage to the coil. Low resistance is the opposite – LR will produce more vapor and heat up your e-cig at a faster rate.

New e-cig users should stick with standard resistance atomizers and cartomizers. Only delve into messing with HR and LR ones when you have a firm understanding of how vaping works. There is a bit of a learning curve. If you jump right in, you risk having a less-than-great vaping experience right off the bat.

ICR / IMR – Almost all e-cig batteries are one of these two types of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. ICR refers to manganese batteries, whereas ICR refers to cobalt batteries.

mAh – Milliamp Hour.

NiMH – Nickel-Metal Hydride. Doesn’t contain Cadmium – better for the environment. Be careful to not overcharge.

RBA – Rebuildable Atomizer. Able to be fixed instead of thrown away. Saves on costs.

Standard Resistance – (SR) A standard resistance atomizer is 2.5 ohms – as we mentioned in the HR / LR definition, beginners should start here.

Stopping Point / Cutoff Point / Cutoff – most e-cigs have a time between 5 and 10 seconds where the battery will shut off automatically, even if you continue holding the button. This is done to prevent overheating and possible formaldehyde formation.

Toppin’ off – sort of like topping off your drink, except with drips from a bottle of juice

Variable Voltage – control voltage output between 3.0volts – 6.0volts, usually adjustable by .1 or .2 increments

Variable Wattage (VW) / Variable Power (VP) – same as variable voltage, user is able to adjust watt output

Wick – material in an atomizer that absorbs the juice and allows it to be vaporized

To get a full understanding…

To completely understand vaping, read this entire vaping glossary from head to toe. By the end, you’ll be a pro and be able to understand anything that’s written online.


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