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The Vape Store Online: Vaping Glossary

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510 – Considered the standard threading for electronic cigarettes. 510 is the most common style of threading available for electronic cigarettes. Male threaded.

808/KR808 – A style of threading available for electronic cigarettes.

901 – A female style of threading available.

18350/18650/22650 – Used to classify sizes of Li-Ion batteries

A

Adapter – A base with two different types of threading used to convert to the threading needed. Example: You have a 510 threaded e-cigarette and a 901 threaded tank. You would use a 901 to 510 adapter.

APV – Stands for Advanced Personal Vaporizer. Used as a more accurate name for modern day devices used for the vaporization of e-liquid.

Automatic – A style of vaporizer/battery that does not have a fire button. A special sensor inside the battery detects the change in air flow when a user inhales. When triggered it activates the device automatically.

Automatic Shutoff – This is a common safety feature found in many personal vaporizers that automatically terminates power after a set period of time. This is usually 10 seconds however a smaller amount of time can be found in smaller electronic cigarette batteries and disposables.

B

Battery – The most important part of an electronic cigarette! There are a few different types of batteries. 18350/18650/22650 batteries are separate batteries that go into enclosures (tubes, boxes, etc.) that provide power to the device that contains the heating element. Other types of batteries directly power the heating element and cannot be changed.

BCC – Stands for Bottom Coil Clearomizer. The coil atomizer sits at the base of the clearomizer tank.

BDC – Stands for Bottom Dual Coil. This is similar to BCC however the heating element is two coils instead of one.

Blanks – Cartridges and cartomizers with a dry wicking material that is then filled with e-liquid.

Box Mod – A personal vaporizer that comes in a square or rectangular box shape.

B&M – Abbreviation for Brick & Mortar. A physical store where you can view and buy products.

Bridge – Designed to wick the e-liquid from the cartridge this is a U-shaped covering on the inside of an atomizer coated in steel mesh.

C

Car Adapter – A device that you connect to the 12V socket in your car that has a USB connector that you use to charge your personal vaporizer.

Cartridge – A plastic or covered metal mouthpiece that is filled with an absorbent material to hold e-liquid.

Cartomizer (Carto) – Combination of a disposable cartridge and atomizer. These do not last as long as a standard atomizer but are less expensive. Generally used in a tank form these devices can come pre-punched or un-punched requiring you to punch your own holes to allow juice to come into contact with the wicking material found on the inside of the cartomizer. Cartomizers are available in single and dual coil forms.

Cartomizer Punch (Carto Punch) – A device used for punching holes into cartomizers.

CASAA – Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. A non-profit organization that campaigns for the rights of e-cigarette users.

Cig-A-Like – Any personal vaporizer that has a similar appearance of a traditional cigarette

Charger – A battery charger used to recharge the battery in your personal vaporizer.

Clearomizer – Similar to a cartomizer tank a Clearomizer tank is transparent and generally made of plastic or pyrex glass. They utilize replaceable coils instead of cartomizers and can be bottom coil (coil is located at the base of the tank) or top coil (wicks from the top down)

Clouds – Exhaled vapor is commonly referred to as a ‘cloud’ because of the highly dense water content in vapor.

Coil – When talking about a clearomizer’s coil it is the replaceable unit that screws into the clearomizer that has wick or a wicking hole that is used to absorb the e-liquid. ‘Coil’ refers to the wrapped wire found inside the unit. It is also used in rebuildable atomizers and is generally made of either Nichrome or Kanthal wire. In the United States it is measured in AWG and measured in the metric system elsewhere. The coil is the main heating element in most personal vaporizers that vaporizes the liquid.

Cone Threads – A new threading implemented used by some to better secure atomizers to batteries.

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

Cut-Off – A safety feature found in many e-cigarettes that will automatically power down the device after a set time. This time is generally 10 seconds but can be lower depending on the device. This is to prevent overheating of the battery. Usually when this happens the LED on the battery will flash.

D

DCT – Stands for Dual Coil Tank. Usually a large tank with a replaceable dual coil cartomizer.

Debridge – To remove the bridge/wick from an atomizer.

Deck – The flat base that the positive and negative posts sit on in a rebuildable atomizer that houses the juice.

Dewick – Removing the wick from an atomizer.

Digital Cigarette – Another name for an Electronic Cigarette

Disposable E-Cig – Electronic Cigarettes designed to be used once and thrown away.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) – Generally used when describing the process of making your own e-liquid.

DNA – brand of variable wattage boards built for modders.

Draw – To inhale vapor.

Drip – To drip e-liquid onto an atomizer.

Dripping – Vaping by dripping your e-liquid directly onto the coils of the atomizer. This method provides the best flavor and vapor production.

Drip Tip – A mouthpiece accessory that comes in varying shapes and sizes with an opening that allows e-liquid to be dripped directly onto the cartomizer/atomizer without removing the tip.

Dry Burn/Dry Hit – Done purposefully this is used to clean coils. If your wick is not saturated however it can be done accidentally and produces a harsh hit and very bad taste.

E

ECF – E-Cigarette-Forum.com is one of the largest forums on the internet for electronic cigarettes.

eGo/eGo Style – A style of electronic cigarette that utilizes 510 threads and allows you to use 510 components with a much larger battery.

E-Juice/E-Liquid – The solution used in e-cigarettes that carries the flavor and nicotine. It is generally composed of PG (Propylene Glycol) Vegetable Glycerin (VG) Flavoring and Nicotine.

F

Filler Material (Filler) – Material placed inside of a Cartridge that is absorbent. It is used to keep the liquid inside of the cartridge and regulate flow to the atomizer so no flooding occurs.

Flavor Cartridge – Another term for a cartridge, containing nicotine and flavors.

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

Flooding – When too much liquid is put into the atomizer. Indicated by a gurgling sound or a tight draw.

G

Genesis Atomizer – A rebuildable atomizer that uses stainless steel mesh as a wick instead of cotton/silica that sits on top of a tank with holes in the deck leading to the tank.

GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) – An acronym created by the FDA to ensure that the product is considered safe.

H

Hot Spot – Areas of excess heat on an atomizer coil. Known cause of dry hits.

Hybrid – A battery and rebuildable atomizer combined into one unit. Can also be used to describe a direct connection between a standalone rebuildable atomizer and the battery via the rebuildable atomizer’s contact pin.

I

ICR – Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery

IMR – Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery

J

Juice – Another name for e-liquid

K

Knuckle Head – A rotatable drip tip that can be adjusted to any angle desired.

Kanthal Wire – Trademark for a family of iron-chromium-aluminium (FeCrAl) alloys used in high temperature applications.

Kanthal (A1) – A Specific brand of resistance wire that is used in building coils for electronic cigarettes. A1 is a specific grade of Kanthal which is widely considered the best wire for coil use.

L

Leaking – E liquid can leak out of the bottom of the clearomizer/atomizer/cartomizer and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device and causing a shortage.

Liquid – Also referred to as e liquid, e juice, smoke juice, or just juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Li-Po – The Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery; made of different material than the Li-Ion batteries.

Lithium Ion Batteries (Li-Ion) – Considered the strongest and most powerful batteries in the electronic cigarette market, coming in many different sizes and shapes.

Low Resistance (LR) – An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. Causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapor more quickly.

M

mAh – Stands for Milliampere-hour and is used to describe the capacity and energy charge that a battery will hold.

Manual Shut-Off – A safety feature that allows the user to manually turn their battery off and on with rapid successive clicks. It is generally 5 rapid presses to turn on or off.

Mechanical/Mech Mod – An electronic cigarette that has no electronics or wiring. Simply a battery enclosure and a conductive metal connection (usually copper) that connects the battery to either the 510 connection or in the case of Hybrid mechanicals, no conductive metal is used and the battery is directly connected to the contact pin of the atomizer when fired.

Mg – Milligrams. Generally used when describing nicotine content in e-liquid. For example 6mg is 6mg of nicotine per ml and is 0.6% nicotine.

Micro Coil – One of many different types of coils. This type is commonly used. A micro coil is a coil that is wrapped so that all of the loops in the coil are touching.

Milligrams(mg) – A unit of measure. 1/1000th of a gram.

Milliliter (mL) – A unit of measure. 1/1000th of a liter.

N

Nichrome Wire – A type of resistance wire used in atomizer coils. Made from nickel, chromium, and often iron. Generally considered inferior to Kanthal.

Nicotine – A substance found as a common ingredient in e-liquid. An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plants of the nightshade family. It is used in e-liquid at many different strength levels and can also be completely absent from e-liquid.

O

Ohm (Ω) – The standard unit of electrical resistance. The lower the number, the lower the resistance. Lower resistance coils heat faster.

P

Passthrough – A device that has a micro USB outlet usually located on the side or the base that can be used to charge the unit while it is in use.

Propylene Glycol – A GRAS substance found in many products such as coffee, ice cream, and asthma inhalers. It is also often a primary ingredient in e-liquid.

R

Rebuildable Atomizer – Varying greatly in design, rebuildable atomizers are meant to save on cost and be easily repaired and rebuilt. Some have fabric wicks like cotton, some use mesh.

RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer

Resistance – The measurement of ohms that allows you to calculate the right amount of voltage to apply to get the best wattage necessary. It comes in two common different variations; low and standard.

S

Sensor – The part of the e-cigarette battery that detects when the user has taken a drag.

Silica – Material used for building wicks. This is generally used to refer to braided silica cord. Silica has a very high melting point, so it can be cleaned with an open flame like a butane torch.

Stacking – The practice of taking two batteries and stacking them atop one another usually in a mechanical tube mod. One should always practice proper battery safety when stacking batteries and make sure you use fresh batteries and alternate their placement every charge. 1-2 2-1 1-2 etc.

Standard Resistance – A standard resistance cartomizer is typically 3.0ohm. A standard resistance atomizer is 2.5ohm.

Starter Kit – A kit that typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger and pre-filled cartridges or e-juice.

Steeping – Allowing your e-juice to sit in a cool dark place to allow the flavors to settle and blend together. Generally done for weeks at a time though the optimal time does vary from juice to juice.

T

Throat Hit – The feeling of vapor hitting your throat on inhale. Many desire it to feel like a cigarette with a full yet smooth hit. The Propylene Glycol content in e-juice is what provides most of the throat hit.

V

Vaper – The name given to the user of an electronic cigarette.

Vapor – The atomization of e-liquid which results in vaporization and produces the vapor that you inhale and is exhaled as (primarily) water vapor.

Vented Battery Cap/Vent Holes – A hole or series of holes that allow a battery to vent harmful gas in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) – A colorless, odorless, viscous liquid widely used in pharmaceutical formulations and found in e-juice. This is the primary component in e-juice that produces the most vapor.

Voltage – The amount of kinetic energy which when paired with resistance creates wattage.

VV (Variable Voltage) – An e-cigarette that allows the user control over the voltage output of their device.

W

Watt (wattage) – The amount of raw heat that the atomizer coil uses to vaporize your e liquid.

Wick– Wicks are used to deliver e liquid to the coil in electronic cigarettes.

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