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February 23, 2018

Electronic Cigarette Terminology

There is a lot of vape terminology and jargon and it might seem a bit confusing; however, we at Ejuiceologist are here to help.
Below are the more common electronic cigarette terms:

Name Definition
510 Most widely used Personal Vaporizer connection between battery and tank/cartomizer (510 threaded).
650mah Battery A 6 to 8 hour battery (depending on use and voltage).
901 Female threaded Atomizer (not compatible with 510 threading).
1000mah Battery A 10 to 12 hour battery (depending on use and voltage).
All Day Vape (ADV) E-juice using on a daily basis.
American Wire Gauge (AWG) United States standard used to determine resistance and diameter of electric wire used to create atomizers coils.
Amperage (amps) Flow of energy along a circuit. The lower the amps, the less use of high voltages on low resistance atomizers. Prevalent in high voltage upon low resistance atomizers in dual coil cartomizers/clearomizers.
Atomizer (atty) Contains the heating element to produce vapor. Attached to the battery and usually considered a throw-away part; they are made to go out. Always keep at least two to three extra atomizers as back ups.
Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) an accurate name for the advanced devices used for e-juice vaporization.
Burner/Flints/Elements What you are referring to are wicks, coils and heads. Vaporizers do not use burners, flints, or elements.
Cigarette-like (cigalike) Entry level and a horrible choice. Mirrors the look of a cigarette, with an annoying light at the end to resemble a lit cigarette once its puffed on. Mostly automatic batteries (no button press) and puffing on them triggers the vaping. Usually found at gas stations and grocery stores. We view them as the entry level to vaping. Disposable.
Cartridge (cart) Plastic or covered metal mouthpiece. Third part of a 3-piece set, usually filled with absorbent filler material for e-juice.
Cartomizer (carto) Cartridge and atomizer combination. Slim metal tube, filled with a polyfill cotton material. A vertical atomizer running up through the center of the tube to be saturated with e-juice.
Cartomizer Punch (carto punch) Device to punch holes into cartomizers.Usually vaped straight out of or with an attached drip tip.
Digital Mod Variable voltage and variable wattage, allowing to adjust the heat in the coil. Offers digital displays of battery life, ohm meters, and overload protection.
Dripping Method of using a drip tip, dripping e-juice directly onto the atomizer. Usually, three drops is good for 5 to 10 puffs (not taking into account voltage or size of pulls). None the less, there is no tank and one must continue to drip. This method is known to provide excellent flavor and throat hit.
Drip Tips (tips) PV mouthpiece directly connected to the atomizer, needed for dripping. Tips are often inaccurately referred to as a tank (which the tip is attached too).
Dry Hit A draw of vapor without any vapor being produced.
Dry Burn Method of cleaning atomizers by engaging the battery (without e-juice) to heat (cook) the residues built up on the coils.
Dual-Coil Cartomizers A cartomizer with two coils, instead of one, providing the resistance.
E-juice Consumable liquid, referred to as “juice”, containing nicotine, vegetable glycerin and/or propylene glycol, and flavoring. Available in an endless amount of flavors and strengths.
eGo Slightly larger than a cig-alike style, this is the most commonly used Personal Vaporizer. Available in a number of different sizes, colors, and battery configurations. Manually operated with a small button located at the top of the device.
Flavor Almost all e-juice flavors are produced from food grade flavorings, originally intended for baking and candy making. Likewise, adhere to standards set down in the USP, NF or FCC (U.S.Pharmacopoeia, National Formulary, and Food Chemical Codex).
Flooding The act of too much e-juice inside the atomizer that produces a gurgling sound and a degraded atomizer performance.
Head/Coil Atomizer heads; replaceable parts of an atomizer used in repairable tank systems.  Normally available in three resistances 1.8, 2.4 and 2.8ohms.
Leaking E-juice leaking onto the battery from the clearomizer/atomizer/cartomizer.
Mechanical Mod Steadily becoming a genre of art, these are custom build devices containing no electronics.
Milliamps per hour (mAh) Describes the battery’s total charge capacity. Example – an 1000mAh battery can deliver one amp of power for one hour before it drains.
Mod Refers to big battery Personal Vaporizers (think flashlights). Originally, modified electronic cigarette were modified for larger batteries. They are available in a number of shapes and sizes, from boxes to big tubes. In short, anything not an eGo style or cig alike is considered a mod, or more accurately an Advanced Personal Vaporizer.
Mouthpiece End of the electronic cigarette, used to inhale vapor. Most often come as a drip tip or cartridge.
Ohm (Ω) Electrical resistance standard unit. Lower the number, lower the resistance (faster  heating).
Pass-through Personal Vaporizer with the ability to be vaped while charging through the charging cord.
Personal Charger Case (PCC) A holder for Personal Vaporizer and accessories. Some offer recharging.
Personal Vaporizer (PV) An accurate name for the devices used for e-juice vaporization.
Propylene glycol (PG) Propylene glycol, or propane-1, 2-diol, from an organic compound (C3H8O2). Makes up 20% of all e-juice and is generally composed of 100% PG or VG/PG mix and in ratios of 100% PG, 50/50 PG/VG, and 80/20 PG/VG.
Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) Advanced Personal Vaporizer systems intended for the most experienced vapers. The atomizer is rebuilt from raw materials; where the one vaping utilizes their own wicks and coils. There are no premade wicks.
Resistance (Complicated!) Just remember that the lower the atomizer resistance the lower the voltage needed to get a good vape. The higher the atomizer resistance, the higher the voltage. (Example: a 1.8ohm atomizer wouldn’t need any more than 4.2 to 4.3 volts for a good vape; where as a 2.8ohm atomizer has the ability to allow for 4.8 to 5 volts.
Resistance Wire High resistance wire made for that purpose.
Resistance Wire Coil The middle of the resistance wire, wrapped to resemble a tight spring. Electricity to pass from one end to the other (without regards to positive or negative) and heats the e-juice.
Silica Building wicks material with a very high melting point.
Starter Kit Starting point for many. Usually contains everything one would need to begin vaping; minus the e-juice.
Steeping Allowing e-juice to sit either open or sealed in a container.
Tank The e-juice delivery system. Utilizes a number of different methods to get e-juice to the atomizer. One common tank style is the cartotank; utilizing a cartomizer with one or more holes punched in the side and place in tank itself. Once filled with e-juice, the e-juice feeds into the cartomizer to saturate the cotton with e-juice to be warmed. Another tank variation are ones that utilize several wicks attached to the atomizer and hang down to be saturate with e-juice.
Throat Hit That feel good feeling in one’s throat (much like traditional cigarettes).
Vaping The art of using a personal vaporizer (poorly referred to as an electronic cigarette.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) Glycerin, or glycerol, from organic compounds of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen (C3H8O3). Makes up 80% of all e-juice and is generally composed of 100% VG or VG/PG mix in ratios of 100% VG, 50/50 VG/PG, and 80/20 PG/VG.
Voltage (volt) A unit of electrical potential or motive force, potential is required to send one ampere of current through one ohm of resistance.
Wattage (watt) Amount of raw heat an atomizer coil uses to vaporize e-juice.
Wick Polyfill cotton material or silica placed within the resistance wire coil to be saturated with e-juice and heated to produce vape.
Wicking Process of osmosis, where more concentrated fluid moves to an area of lesser concentration in an effort to find equilibrium. …waiting for e-juice to get into your Atomizer prior to starting to vape.