The vaping industry can be technical and is filled with niche words that link to e-cigarettes, e-liquid and all even the style of vaping. With that, we’ve decided to piece together a glossary of all the vaping terms to help you to understand vaping and exactly what your fellow vapers are talking about!
TermMeaning
AtomiserAn electrical component that turns e-liquid into a vapour. This is commonly referred to as a coil.
ADVADV or All Day Vape is a e-liquid flavour that vapers are happy to vape throughout the day rather than changing flavours midday.
AirflowAirflow is the amount of air that is sucked in with each drag. Looser airflows usually result in more vapour while tighter airflows produce less but leave a more intense flavour. The amount of airflow can change your overall experience of vaping.
APVStands for Advanced Personal Vaporiser but is typically referred to as a mod. Such e-cigs have larger units with replaceable batteries, variable voltages or wattage depending on the make.
Automatic ShutoffThis is a safety feature most regulated e-cigarettes have, to prevent overheating of the battery.
AutomaticIs a term used to describe an e-cigarette that doesn’t have a button. The device recognises when the user sucks on the device.
BatteryThe battery is the main part of an e-cigarette. This term typically refers to e-cigs that don’t have a replaceable battery as they charge up manually or cannot be used once the power has run out.
BlendA term that refers to the ratio of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerine in e-liquid.
Box ModA type of mod that is supported by a box-shaped battery.
BridgeA Bridge is a disposable atomiser where the e-liquid is held.
Cig-a-likeIs a type of e-cig that resembles a tobacco cigarette.
ClearomiserIs a combined cartridge and atomiser, this is usually transparent and allows vapers to measure the e-liquid level.
Cloud ChasingThis term refers to vapers seeking an e-cigarette that blows massive clouds.
CloudsClouds describe how much vapour a person issues with each puff.
Coil JigA Coil Jig is a metal tool meant for rebuilding the coil in an e-cig.
CoilA coil is an essential component in the atomiser that heats or vaporises the e-liquid.
Custom ModThis is usually referred to vapers who have made their mod rather than purchase a factory built one.
DIYIn this sense, DIY usually refers to those who make their own e-liquid.
Drip TipA removable mouthpiece for an e-cigarette.
DrippingThe process of putting liquid onto the coil instead of in a cartridge.
Dry BurnThis is an after effect from an e-cigarette when there is insufficient or no liquid in the device.
Dry HitA term used to describe the drag of an e-cig when the coil has burnt out.
E-liquidA liquid solution that usually contains nicotine, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. However, you can get liquids that don’t contain nicotine.
HybridA hybrid is a device were the atomiser directly connects with the battery with no 510 connections.
LEDThe light on the e-cigarette that glows when it’s in use. Such lights also indicate battery life, most flash rapidly when the battery is running low.
Low Resistance (LR)LR causes an e-cig to produce more vapour but it is known for reducing the battery life.
Mechanical ModA Mechanical Mod is a device that has a battery and a switch. These often lack in common safety features and should be handled with care.
MG StrengthMG indicates the amount of nicotine in one millilitre of e-liquid.
ModMods are a type of e-cigarette that is made up of separate components.
Multi-VoltageIs a type of mod that comes with various voltage settings which can be adjusted to the vapers desires.
No-NicIs a term that refers to e-liquid that doesn’t contain any nicotine.
OhmOhm refers to the resistance of a coil used in an atomiser, loosely it is the how much current can pass through the coil. The most common ohms range between 1.5 & 3 Ohms. A lower ohm typically gives a harder throat hit and a warmer vape, but it can reduce battery life. A high ohm will have the opposite effect.
PGPG stands for propylene glycol which is one of the two base substances used in e-liquids. PG adds flavour to the e-liquid and gives a heartier throat hit.
RebuildablesRebuildables are tanks or atomisers which vapers can rebuild their own coils and wicks. Such devices are mainly used by veteran vapers.
Regulated ModA regulated mod is a device that has safety features to prevent the mod from overheating.
Starter KitA starter kit is the basic, overall package with all the essentials needed to start vaping.
TanksTanks refer to bigger clearomisers that can hold larger amounts of e-liquid.
Throat HitThis is the term used to describe the feeling when the vapour hits your throat.
Vaper’s TongueRefers to the dulling of taste, mainly due to intense vaping or smoking the same e-liquid for a long period of time.
VGVG stands for vegetable glycerine which is the second base substance used in e-liquids. VG gives a smoother hit and produces larger clouds.
VVVV is an abbreviation for variable voltage which refers to the ability to control the voltage on an e-cig.
VWVW is an abbreviation for variable wattage which refers to the ability to control the wattage on an e-cig.
WickA wick is a piece of cotton or fabric in the cartridge that absorbs the e-liquid ready for vaping.