Terms and meanings of vaping terminology.
510 Thread – One of the most common thread size for tanks.
901 Thread – Tanks with a female thread that cannot be used with 510 without an adaptor.
Absorb – To soak up and retain a liquid.
Adjustable Airflow – Being able to modify the airflow of the tank.
ADV – All Day Vape. A term used when a flavour is so good you can vape it all day every day.
Air Vents – On some tanks that allow you to control airflow by how open the vents are.
Airflow – When air is passed through the tank when inhaling or exhaling through the mouthpiece.
All Day Vape – A term used when a flavour is so good you can vape it all day every day.
AMPs – The flow of energy along a circuit.
Aqueous Glycerine – Diluted Vegetable Glycerine to reduce the viscosity.
Atomizer – Also known as the Tank, it’s the part that houses the coil to heat and produce vapour.
Atty – Slang for Atomiser
AVP – Advanced Personal Vaporizer
Bamboo – Common material used in coils for the wick.
Batt – Slang for Battery.
Battery – Usually refers to devices that have an internal battery. Can also be referred to the external batteries used for other types of devices.
BCC – Bottom Coil Clearomizer.
BDC – Bottom Dual Coil Clearomizer.
Boost – An extra feature in some regulated Box Mods to instantly increase power.
Box Mod – Getting the name for their shape, Box Mods offer customisation and longer battery life.
BVC – Bottom Vertical Coil.
Catomizer – Longer than regular atomizers, cartomizers are disposable and only able to be used on certain devices.
Charger – Devices used to recharge batteries (eg. Nitecore).
Clapton Coil – A type of coil made of wire tightly wrapped with thinner gauge wire.
Clearomizer – A type of tank
Cloud Chaser – A term used to describe vapers that are wanting big clouds.
Clouds – Not the fluffy things in the sky, it is also a term used to describe the exhale of vapour.
Coil – The replaceable part of the tank that assists the production of vapour through heat.
Coil Breaking – A term used to describe priming and sealing a new coil after installation.
Coil Burn Out – When a coil and/or wicking material has completely burnt and needs to be replaced.
Coil Jig – Thin metal tool used for coil rebuilding.
Coil Winder – A tool used for manual coil wrapping.
Concentrate – Flavour that is yet to be mixed with VG/PG/AG.
Cotton – Common material used in coils for the wick.
Cut-off – A safety feature in most devices to prevent overheating.
DCT – Dual Coil Tank
Deck – A part of the atomizer where the positive and negative posts are found.
Dewick – Removing the wicking material from the atomizer.
Diacetyl – Is used in microwave popcorn for its buttery flavour. It has also been used (and some brands still) for certain flavouring such as buttery, vanilla and custard.
Disposable E-Cigs – Devices that cannot be recharged and disposed of when they die out.
DIY – Do It Yourself. Usually in reference to making your own juice flavours from concentrates.
DL – Direct Lung – Inhaling directly into the lungs.
Draw – A term for inhaling vapour.
Drip (Dripping) – Refilling a tank by drops of juice straight onto the coil.
Drip Shield – An external cover used on tanks to catch any leaked juice and return it back into the tank.
Drip Tip – The mouthpiece for atomizers and tanks. Originally called Drip Tips as vape juice was dripped through them onto the coils and wicking material.
Drip Well – The bowl shape at the base of the tank designed to catch excess juice.
Dry Burn – A term for using your vape with no juice left in the tank
Dry Hit – Where an uncomfortable burnt taste instead of juice flavour. Caused by an unprimed coil or part of the coil has dried out.
Dual Coil – Two coil heads instead of one.
E-Juice – The liquid used to vape. Also known as E-Liquid and Juice.
E-Liquid – The liquid used to vape. Also known as E-Juice and Juice.
E-Smoke – A term for exhaled vapour.
Exhale – Blowing vapour out through the mouth.
External Battery – For devices that are powered using one or multiple external rechargeable batteries. They come in different sizes from 18650 (most popular) up to 26650.
FDA – The American version of the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration).
Fire Button – A term used to describe the button that is used to start the device heating the juice to turn into vapour.
Fire Speed – The time it takes from pressing the fire button to heating up the coil. Example: A super-fast fire speed of less than 0.8s
Firing – A term to describe pressing the Fire Button.
Flavour – The distinctive taste of food or drink
Flavour Contamination – When the flavour of the juice is changed without changing the coil and the previous flavour can still be tasted.
Flavour Ghosting – Changing the flavour of your juice without changing the coil and still able to taste a the previous flavour.
Flavour Stain – Some flavours will remain in the wicking material if you are using the same coil and changing to a new flavour.
Flooding – When too much e-liquid is in the coil and isn’t able to be heated into vapour. Can cause leakage and spit back.
Food Grade – A term used to describe something that is safe for human consumption.
French Inhale – To exhale vapour via the mouth while simultaneously inhaling through the nose.
Fused Clapton Coil – A type of coil that has multiple core wires instead of the single Clapton Coil.
High Resistance – A tank with a high ohm rating for high voltage devices.
High Voltage (HV) – Devices that operate above 3.7 volts.
Hit – Can have multiple terms. 1 – An abbreviation for throat hit. 2- Inhaling vapour “to take a hit” 3- A term used to describe when the flavour kicks in “when the flavour hits”
Hot Spots – Where only part or parts of a coil has burnt out. This can result in dry hits.
Jellyfish – A vape trick with exhaled vapour that looks like a jellyfish.
Juice – A term for E-Liquid and E-Juice.
Juice Spit – When juice “Spits Back” into your mouth when vaping. Also known as Vape Spit.
Kanthal – A wire alloy that contains iron, chrome and aluminium.
Kick – A term used to describe a throat hit.
Kit – A device, tank and accessories all in one.
Leaking – An annoying thing that happens when your juice leaks from your tank.
LED – Light Emitting Diode
Low Resistance (LR) – Low resistance produces more vapour but reduces battery life.
MAH – A battery power rating.
Married Batteries – For devices that use dual or multiple batteries, it is important to use the same two batteries together (“married”).
Max Power Output – The maximum power rating the device will heat to.
Menthol – A flavour derived from peppermint.
Micro Coil – A type of wire coil where the loops of the coil are wrapped tightly so they touch. These coils usually need more wraps than a traditional coil so they provide similar resistance to a traditional coil.
Mini Mod – A small device.
Mouth To Lung (MTL) – Inhaling into the mouth then into the lungs.
Multi Voltage – Regulated devices that allow you to set your voltage preference.
Nic – Short for Nicotine.
Nic Salts – A chemical formulation of nicotine that decreases its harshness.
Nickel – A silvery white metal element that is resistant to corrosion.
Noob – A person new to vaping.
Ohm – The unit of measurement used for electrical resistance. Lower ohm reading means hotter, thicker vapour and higher ohm readings mean cooler vaping.
Organic Cotton – A type of wicking material used in coils. It burns quicker than normal coil but produces better/more intense cleaner flavour.
O-Ring – Replaceable silicone ring that prevents the Pyrex Glass to come in direct contact with metal on the tank.
Pen Style – The style of device that is cylinder in shape, like a pen.
Plug and Play – A term used to describe the easy method of removing and replacing.
PnP – Plug and Play – a term used for types of coils that are easily removed and replaced.
Pocket Vape – Like a pocket call, when your device is in your pocket and the fire button is accidentally pressed.
Pod Coils – Coils specifically designed for pod cartridges.
Pod Mod – The newest generation of vaping device. Pod Mods use refillable cartridge that is housed inside the device rather than a tank that sits on top.
Popcorn Lung – Another name for Bronchiolitis Obliterans. A serious and irreversible lung disease that can occur from vaping Diacetyl.
Priming – A step to do when installing a new coil or cotton to ensure it is completely saturated with juice before use.
Propylene Glycol (PG) – Also known as PG is a common ingredient used for a smoother throat hit (feel).
Puff – A term used to describe a single vaping inhalation from a device.
Puff Counter – Most advanced Mods have this as a feature to count all vape puffs until it has been manually erased.
PV – Personal Vapourizer
Pyrex Glass – A type of strong glass that is heat treated so they can withstand high temperature without shattering.
RBA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Atomizer
RDA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
Rebuildable – Coils that can be rebuilt by the user.
Resistance – Measured in ohm, depending on the thickness, circumference, number and how thick the coils are wound.
RTA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer
Shot – Slang term used for inhaling vapour on a device.
Silica – One of the most common materials used for wicks due to the high melting points that can be burned to remove any dried residue from juice.
Silicone Case – Protective casing made of silicone for external batteries when not in use and some devices have this as an additional option.
Smart Chip – A chipset in advanced devices for different function setting and customization settings.
Smoke Juice – A term for E-Liquid, E-Juice, Juice.
Squonk – A type of device that uses a squeeze like bottle instead of Pyrex tank to hold the juice.
Squonkers – A term used to describe vapers that use Squonk devices.
Stacking – Essentially stacking batteries end to end for increased power compared to single battery. This can be dangerous and is NOT recommended
Stainless Steel – Steels containing at least 10.5% chromium and less than 1.2% carbon and other alloy elements. Stainless Steel is corrosion resistant.
Starter Kit – A complete set-up of everything needed (ex external batteries if required) in one box. Including the Mod, Tank, Coils and other accessories. Also known as a Kit.
Stealth Vaping – Vaping discreetly to not draw attention to yourself and the exhaled vapour.
Steeping – Allowing freshly mixed juice to rest for a period of time to enhance the flavour(s).
Sweet Spot – The achievement of the perfect settings and the perfect juice flavour.
Tank – Holds the juice and the coil.
Temperature Control – Devices that give you the ability to change the temperature settings.
TGA – Therapeutic Good Association
Throat Hit – The sensation felt when the vapour hits the throat.
Titanium Coils – Alternative material used instead of Nickel.
Top Fill – A term used for tanks that can be refilled from the top.
Vape Mail – Purchasing vape products online and receiving them through the post.
Vape Mouth – Loss of flavour from juice when vaped. Also known as Vapers Tongue.
Vape Spit – When juice “Spits Back” into your mouth when vaping. Also known as Juice Spit.
Vape Tongue – Loss of flavour from juice when vaped. Also known as Vape Mouth.
Vape Trick – Doing tricks with the exhaled vapour.
Vapour – The result of e-liquid being heated and turns into vapour. It is inhaled and exhaled as the same term.
Vegetable Glycerine (VG) – One of the two main ingredients used in juice as a base. Also known as Vegetable Glycerol.
Venting (Battery) –
Viscosity – The state of being thick, sticky and semi-fluid in consistence due to internal friction.
Voltage – Electrical pressure measurement, Volts.
Wattage – An amount of electrical power expressed in watts.
Wick – The absorbent material used to soak up juice in small amounts at a time to be heated and turned into vapour.
Wire – A tool used for manual coil wrapping.
Zero-Nic – Nicotine free juice.
Zinc – A silvery white metal element used for coating iron and steel to protect against corrosion.