Vape Terms – Here’s A List to Help!
Vaping terms come and go. It is easy to feel confused or a bit intimidated when first venturing into the new and exciting world of vaping. Here are some basic yet important terms that most vapers need to familiarize themselves with.
Automatic – This is a mode that you'll find in most starter e-cigarettes and closed system pod systems. The battery will automatically heat up the atomize to produce vapour when you draw air through it without any buttons.
Automatic Shutoff – This is a safety feature that is present in most of the popular e-cigarettes we use these days; it helps prevent the batteries from overheating or your coil getting damaged. Most larger devices shut off after 10 seconds.
Amps – This is the short-form for “amperage”, in which the flow of energy for vaporizers is measured. The higher the amps, the more power you'll have when it comes to using your vaporizer.
AWG – This is known as the “American Wire Gauge”, it's the U.S. Standard for wire sizes. The thickness of a wire will determine how much resistance it has; the thicker it is, the less resistance present.
Aqueous Glycerine (AG) – This is a liquid of the VG variety, mixed together with deionized water to create a thinner fluid for improved wicking.
Analogs – This is what some vape users will refer to regular cigarettes, seeing as it's the “old way” of doing things
Battery – This term serves dual uses in the vaping lexicon. In the pure sense it is the individual battery cell(s) used to power your APV/Mod. However, it's also frequently used as a term to describe a MOD, APV, or pen-style device.
Blanks – These are cartridges that don't have any e-liquid in them, and for the most part, they are designed for refill purposes.
Box Mod – Box mods are APV types that are shaped like a box, and they tend to be much larger than your traditional vaporizer option. Some of these mods can play home to about 3 or 4 18650 batteries, giving it the most power that you'll come across (in most instances).
BT – This is slang/lingo for the Big Tobacco companies that used to run our lives; now it's all about vaporizers!
Buck / Boost – This term describes the effect of the circuitry used in a VV/VW Mod. Bucking is the process by which the voltage sent to the atomizer is below the actual voltage of the battery. Boosting is when the voltage sent to the atomizer is higher than the actual battery voltage.
CA – Car Adapters are items that you will use to keep your vaporizer charged on the go, which is much more important than you might think!
Charger – This item will allow you to keep your vaporizer charged and ready to go, so long as you treat it right. The batteries are rechargeable in most reliable APV's.
Cig-a-Like – This is a unique vaporizer that allows you to smoke liquids and such, but still gives off the look of a traditional cigarette.
Carcinogen – This isn't slang or lingo at all, as carcinogens are simply the bad cancer-causing chemicals that you find in cigarettes.
Coil - Integral part of your e-cigarette kit, it’s the unit responsible for heating up the e-liquid and vaporizing it.
Draw – This is the act of taking a puff or a “hit” of vape. When you hear some vape enthusiasts talking about their draws they are typically describing how tight or loose the draw is.
Drip Shield – The Drip shield is utilized in some tanks to prevent "spitting" of juice from the coil.
Diacetyl – This is a flavouring agent that is used in some e-liquid production, as it's known to have a very buttery flavour. It is important to avoid flavours which use Diacetyl as it's the culprit behind "Popcorn Lung".
E-Juice – E-juice (also known as “e-liquid”) is the product you actually vape which is made up of a base (typically a blend of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin), flavouring, and most times nicotine.
Electronic Cigar – While the name may seem quite obvious, this is a product that looks like a cigar. It's perfect for those that prefer a traditional cigar feel, as opposed to a massive box mod vaporizer.
E-Hookah – Yet another product that can be hooked up onto a real hookah, allowing the evaporation of e-liquids.
ENDS - This is the acronym the FDA uses to define vaping products. Specifically, it stands for Electronic Nicotine Delivery System.
Flooding – Flooding describes what occurs when too much juice gets pulled into the coil/atomizer. You will notice reduced vapours as well as a gurgling noise when this occurs. This typically occurs if your tank isn't sealed properly are you're drawing on the tank too hard and creating too much vacuum.
Forums – These are online discussion boards where people come together to talk about their vaping habits. Vape terms are going to be in abundance over here, so be prepared.
Flavours – There are plenty of different flavours to choose from (in regards to e-liquids), so it's merely a matter of finding one that you really do enjoy.
HV – HV stands for “High Voltage:, which means that a certain device calls for more than the traditional 3.7 volts of power.
ICR/IMR – This stands for Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery and Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery (respectively)
Inhale – The act of breathing in vapours, inhaling them into your system. Lung inhaling has the vapour going right to your lungs, whereas the “mouth-to-lung” inhale has it traveling from the mouth to the lungs.
Juice – This is simply a slang term for e-liquid.
Leaking – Leaking can occur when you fill a vaporizer too much, and it can damage your product if it isn't handled accordingly.
Liquid – Another slang term for the e-juice.
Li-Po – Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery
Noob – Slang for someone who has just begun their journey down the vaporizer rabbit hole.
NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Smart Chip – This is a special chip located within your vaporizer that offers up customizable settings and many other useful options.
Starter Kit – This is a special package that many vaporizer vendors offer, particularly to those that are beginning their vaporizer journey. You'll get just about everything you need, all the way from an actual vaporizer (with charger and such), an e-cigarette, one or two atomizers/clearomizers, and even a pack of pre-filled e-juice cartridges. Starter Kits are a surefire way to guarantee your success in the vaporizer realm.
Throat Hit – When the vapour hits your throat, you'll get a sensation. This slang term is the perfect one to explain that sensation. Some people prefer a smooth one, while others want a harsher hit.
Toot – Also known as a hit or a draw, toot is simply a slang term for taking a puff.
USB Charger – Having the ability to charge your vaporizer through a USB port is an amazing one, and you'll only understand that through personal experience.
Unprotected Battery – This is a battery that doesn't have any built in over-current protection and is the most commonly used battery type for MODs. This is why it's VERY important to always use a device that offers those protections.
Vaping – The actual process of vaping and inhaling the evaporated e-liquids.
Vaper – This is a term that people use to describe those who vape. If you're a vaper, you should brush up on your vape terms!
Vaper's Tongue – This describes the loss of tasting sensitivity due to vaping too much.
Wick – The material that is wrapped around or pulled through the coil that soaks up the e-liquid when it is converted to vapour when the coil heats up. Wicks can be made of either cotton or silica.
Wattage – This is the amount of power being consumed by the atomizer coil; the higher your wattage, the higher the amount of vapour being produced will be.