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    18350 - A battery that is 18mm x 35mm, used in smaller mods and generally have a low amp rating.

    18650 - A classification given to a specific size of Li-Ion battery popularly used in APVs, mechanical mods, and tube mods.

    26650 - These are batteries that have typically been known for good sub-ohming. This is typically seen as true because the 26650 batteries more likely have a larger cathode/anode surface area, so they will be a bit less susceptible to thermal runaway. However, this is not always an indicator for a great sub-ohm battery.

    2-piece - A two-part electronic cigarette consisting of a battery and a cartomizer.

    3-piece - A three-part electronic cigarette consisting of a battery, atomizer and cartridge.

    306 (aka LR306) - Just one of many styles of atomizers available. It is a 510 threaded atomizer with low resistance. Many 510 users use LR306 atomizers on their batteries because it gives more vapor production and better throat hit.

    401, 402, and 403 - Refers to the different length of this specific electronic cigarette. They are known as m401, m402, and m403.

    510 - The most popular and common style of threading for eCigs available. Originally developed by the company JoyE, it quickly became the standard within the industry. It also has what is known as a male thread.

    808 or KR808 - One of many styles of eCigs available.

    901- An atomizer with a female thread and is not compatible with 510 threading.


    Adapter - Dual threaded device used to allow a specific style or atomizer, cartomizer, or clearomizer onto a different style battery. This allows vapers to have the vapor production of one style of atomizer, while using the battery life of another style battery. (Example: connecting a 901 atomizer threading onto a 510 battery)

    Analog - It is a slang term used by the vaping community describing “traditional” cigarettes. Also see Burner.

    APV or PV - Stand for “Advanced Personal Vaporizer” or “Personal Vaporizer”. This is the term recognized in the eCig market as a more accurate name for the modern day devices used for the vaporization of eLiquid. An APV or PV usually consists of a bigger battery, and features things such as variable voltage or variable wattage. Also referred to as a modified eCig or Mod.

    AEMSA - This is the American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards Association. It is an all-volunteer organization dedicated for creating safe and sustainable standards within the production process of e-liquids. You can visit their website here: http://www.aemsa.org/

    Atomizer (Atty) - The atomizer is contained in a metal housing that is screwed into the battery and contains the heating coil, wick and mesh bridge. It is the component in an eCig or vaporizer that is responsible for heating the eLiquid to the point of vaporization.

    Automatic eCig - A type of eCig that automatically activates during inhale, such as BLU or other generic cig-a-likes. As opposed to manual, which has a button that activates the device. They are unsealed which allows airflow. When the user draws on the mouthpiece, a special sensor within the atomizer is activated by changing air pressure.

    ADV (All Day Vape) - An eLiquid that is a favorite to that specific vaper. A flavor that can be used all day without getting sick of it.

    Allen key/wrench - A tool used to open mods or tighten screws in atomizers

    Alternative Cigarettes - Another name for eCigs.

    American Wire Gauge (AWG) - This is the standard used in the United States to determine the resistance and diameter of the electric wire used to create the coils in atomizers.

    Airflow (adjustable airflow) - This is a part on most vaping tanks; clearomizers, atomizers, etc; that allows more air to be received in the process of vaping, allowing for more vapor, as well as cooler vaper.

    Amperage (Amps) - Amperage or Amps is the flow of energy along a circuit. In APV’s the lower the amps, the less capable you are of using high voltages on low resistance atomizers. This is prevalent in high voltage upon low resistance atomizers in dual coil cartomizers or clearomizers.

    AG (Aqueous Glycerin) - The process in which VG liquid is thinned with deionized water, making it less viscous.

    Ass Juice - This is a common term used for rating an eLiquid that tastes horrible. The main cause of this rating is by vapers experimenting with different eLiquids and coming up with horrid results.

    Automatic Shutoff - A common safety feature found on personal vaporizers that only allows the discharge of a battery for a set period of time. The average shutoff time is 10 seconds, however it is usually a smaller amount of time in eCigs and disposables.


    Battery - Supplies the power to the atomizer which in turn vaporizes the liquid. Can be a one-time use or more likely, rechargeable. Batteries come in various sizes and shapes. Also referred to as Cells and come in various chemical configurations. See section I: ICR, IMR, IFR, INR.

    Base or Base Liquid - DIY eJuice mixers who combine VG, PG and possibly Nicotine in various quantities that can later be used to mix with flavoring to create their own eJuice are creating their Base Liquid.

    Bridge - Sits inside of an atomizer and secures the cartridge above the coil. It also helps the eLiquid flow through the wick to the coil.

    Breathing - The process of leaving an eLiquid open to the air. This is usually done during the steeping process.

    Brick and Mortar (B&M) - A physical store that you can buy vaping related products.

    Box Mod - A box mod is any PV or APV that comes in a box shape, and comes in several different wattage selections. Some popular wattage classes for box mods are: 10-30 watts; 50-80 watts; 100+ watts; 200 watts.

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

    BDC - Another term for “Bottom Dual Coil Clearomizer“

    BP - Shorthand for big pharmaceutical companies.

    Bridge - A small metal wire U-shaped covering on the inside of an atomizer that is designed to wick the e liquid from the cartridge. It is coated in steel mesh.

    BT or BP - Slang for big tobacco companies or big pharmaceutical companies.

    BVC - Abbreviation for Bottom Vertical Coils. A very popular design for atomizer coils.

    Burner - Slang for a traditional cigarette/cigar. Also see Analog.


    Cartridge - A plastic tube that is generally stuffed with some type of absorbent filler material that holds the liquid.

    Cartomizer (Carto) – A cartomizer or carto is a combination of disposable cartridges and atomizers. They do not last as long as an atomizer but they are also not as expensive; and they hold more eLiquid than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination. The cartomizer tank is placed in the middle of the tube and is designed to hold eLiquid. It is typically made of poly-fill surrounding a type of gauze material that is wrapped around an atomizer coil and a plastic center tube for airflow.

    Cartomizer - Single Coil - A cartomizer that uses only 1 coil. This is usually the standard.

    Cartomizer - Dual Coil - A dual coil cartomizer that uses 2 coils. Because of its’ dual coil design, it is able to produce twice as much vapor.

    Cell – Refers to individual cells in a battery or the battery itself. Depends on usage.

    Charger - A battery charger used to recharge your eCig battery.

    Cig-a-Like - An eCig which very closely resembles a traditional cigarette in size and function, they often have a light at the end of the device that illuminates when you puff on it. They are most often automatic batteries, meaning no button is pressed in order to use them, just simply puff on them. These are the ones you can usually buy at the gas stations, grocery stores. Generally viewed as the entry level item for vaping.

    Clearomizer - A clear tank storage and atomizer in one. They are refillable and supply liquid to the coil via a wick system. They hold anywhere from 1ml to 3ml of liquid.

    Clone - A knock-off of an eCig. Generally clones only exist for the more expensive eCigs.

    Cloud Chasing - Vapers who try to achieve the largest clouds of vapor.

    CASAA– Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. It is a non-profit organization that campaigns for the rights of e-cig users.

    Clapton Coil – A coil made with a large gauge of wire wrapped tightly by a smaller gauge of wire, like a guitar string.

    Clouds - Due to the highly dense vapor, the vapor that is exhaled when vaping is referred to as clouds.

    Coil - The wire that is used to vaporize the eLiquid by creating an electrical circuit. The coil is usually made up of Nichrome or Kanthal wire. In the United States, the wire being used to make it is measured in AWG.

    Coil Jig - A device that makes rebuilding your own coils so much simpler.

    Custom Mod - Any PV or APV that was handmade from parts not designed for vaping. This can even include wooden Mods.

    Cut-Off - A safety feature that automatically stops you from taking a drag on your eCig if you take a drag for too long. It prevents the atomizer from overheating. There are flashing LED lights that usually let you know the feature is being used.


    DIY (Do-It-Yourself) - Term used to people that make their own eLiquid, coils or vaping equipment.

    Drip Tip - The very top piece attached to an atomizer which you put your mouth on. A plastic or metal atomizer attachment that allows for direct dripping into an atomizer without removal and replacement of a cartridge.

    Dripping - A method of adding juice to the atomizer (such as an RDA). A user drips a few drops directly onto a wick and coil before vaping. Dripping drops of juice directly into an atomizer vs. using cartomizers or tanks. Known for superior flavor and vapor production.

    Dry Burn - A method of cleaning or enhancing the performance of an atomizer where the user activates their device until the coil is glowing red hot.

    Dry Hit - Taking a draw of an eCig without any vapor being produced. Usually accompanied with a burnt taste.

    Deck - The flat base area where the positive and negative posts sit on an RBA/RDA, which is designed to keep e liquid off of the battery connection.

    Diacetyl - Diacetyl is a flavoring used in some eLiquid production for its buttery flavor. Can cause Bronchiolitis obliterans (otherwise known as Popcorn Lung) if inhaled in large concentrations. Many eLiquid vendors have stopped using it.

    Digital Cigarette - Another name for Electronic Cigarette

    Disposable eCigs - Electronic cigarettes that are designed to be used and then thrown away.

    DNA - The DNA is a small variable wattage board built for vapers by Evolv.

    Dragon Coil – Can be either macro or micro coils, they are wrapped as normal but the wick is wrapped outside of the coil so that air can flow through the inner diameter. Can increase vapor production with enough air flow.

    Draw - Vapers inhale from their mouth on the electronic cigarette mouthpiece.


    eJuice - Also referred to as eLiquid or Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an eCig. A consumable liquid that consist of a combination of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring and possibly nicotine. eJuice is available in different flavors and nicotine strengths.

    eLiquid - Also referred to as eJuice, Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

    eGo - Slightly thicker and usually longer than a cig-a-like style eCig. They come in different sizes and colors and usually are manually operated devices via a small button located at the top of the device, right above the sealed battery tube. They come in different battery configurations and are often times just referred to as a battery.

    eCig (Electronic Cigarette) - A device that heats a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavoring which produces vapor you can inhale.

    Electronic Cigar - Made up of the same components of an eCig, but is shaped to resemble a traditional tobacco cigar.


    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - An administrative branch of the United States government that oversees rules and regulations pertaining to the safety of food and drug products sold in the USA.

    Filler Material or Filler - The absorbent material that is placed inside of a cartridge. It is used to help deliver the juice to the atomizer without flooding it. Most cartridges come with poly-fill as the filler material, some people also use cotton.

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

    Flavors – This refers to the particular flavor of your eLiquid.

    Flooding - This occurs when too much eLiquid is put into the atomizer. The indicator of flooding is a gurgling sound and the performance of the atomizer is sometimes negatively affected.

    Fuse - A specially designed fuse for use in mechanical mods to prevent some types of battery failure.

    Fused Clapton - A Clapton coil that has two or more wires in the core of it as opposed to one in a regular Clapton coil.


    Glassomizer - A clearomizer that uses glass rather than plastic for the tank. Examples would be the most tanks and sub-ohm tanks made today.

    GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) - This acronym was created by the FDA to ensure people that the product that they are using is considered safe.

    Grub Screw - A type of screw used in atomizer posts. The tip is pointed to better secure wires.


    Heatsink - Heatsinks are fins or protrusions on a mod, atomizer, or drip tip designed to dissipate heat by allowing more airflow over more surface area.

    Heat steeping - Heat steeping is the process of speeding up steeping by placing one’s eLiquid container in a hot water container or in a hot environment for any length of time.

    High Resistance (HR) - An atomizer or cartomizer with a higher Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This allows you to apply higher voltage to the coil.

    Hot Spot - Areas of excess heat on the atomizer coil. Hot Spots are a known cause of Dry Hits.

    HV - High Voltage /device that operates above the standard 3.7 volts.

    HV Atty - An atty designed for higher voltage vaping, not for use with standard batteries due to low power.

    HV Mod - A dual battery or boosted supply mod (modification) to allow higher power vaping.

    Hybrid, Hybrid PV, Hybrid Mod - A combined topper and battery holder designed to fit together as one seamless unit.

    High Voltage Vaping or High Powered Vaping - An advanced vaping technique which produces a hotter vapor and requires less draw to produce the same amount of vapor.


    ICR - Lithium ion cobalt oxide (cobalt oxide cathode) cylindrical cell.

    IMR - Lithium ion manganese oxide (manganese oxide cathode) cylindrical cell.

    INR - Lithium ion iron phosphate (nickel/manganese oxide cathode) cylindrical cell.

    IFR - Lithium ion iron phosphate (iron phosphate cathode) cylindrical cell.


    Juice - Also referred to as eLiquid or eJuice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

    Joules - A unit of power used in temperature controlled mods. It is equal to the energy transferred (or work done) when applying a force of one newton through a distance of one meter (1 newton meter or N. m), or in passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second.


    Knuckle Head - An adjustable drip tip that can be set to any angle desired.

    Kanthal Wire - Trademark for a family of iron-chromium-aluminum (FeCrAl) alloys used in high temperature applications. Kanthal A1 is a specific grade of Kanthal resistance wire which is widely known to be the best wire for coil use.


    Leaking - This can happen when too much liquid is added to an atomizer or cartomizer. Liquid can leak out of the bottom of the heating element and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device.

    Low Resistance or LR - An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapor more quickly. In many cases it produces more vapor than an atty or carto that has a standard resistance rating.

    LED - The end of most eCigs contains a light for a realistic effect and to alert the user when the battery needs recharging.

    Liquid – Also referred to as eLiquid, eJuice, liquid 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 eCig market, coming in many different sizes and shapes.

    Lung Hit - Alternative to mouth to lung hits, lung hits are inhales of vapor straight to the lungs. Usually requires massive airflow.


    mAh - Abbreviation for Milliamp-hour, which is used to describe the capacity or energy charge that a battery will hold before it needs to be recharged.

    Manual - A type of electronic cigarette that activates the heating element when a button is pressed. Generally found on eGo’s and other APV's.

    Manual Shut-off– A safety feature found on most manual devices that allows the user to turn off their battery with 5 clicks of the button in rapid succession in order to make it safe to transport.

    Mechanical Mod (Mech Mod, Mech PV, Mech) – An eCig that does not have any electronics or wiring, it’s just a metal tube or box with a mechanical switch that holds a battery and a connector for a topper of some sort.

    Mesh - Often stainless steel and used to create a wick for bringing e-liquid to the coils of an atomizer.

    Mod - Can be used to describe modifications to a device or accessory (such as getting more vapor production out of your cartridges) or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette. In the latter context, mods typically use larger rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries and allow the user longer battery life and increased vapor production but at the cost of the device looking like a traditional cigarette. Many mods will also allow the user to increase or decrease the voltage of their device to achieve optimal performance. Also - Mod – (1) An atty that attaches via 510/eGo connection to the mod box or pen. (2) A device or attachment that has been made into a personal vaporizer; generally one that was not intended to be a personal vaporizer in the first place. (3) Any specialty PV, generally a higher end device that has removable batteries vs. proprietary batteries. (4) There are several different shapes and sizes of “mods” from boxes, to big tubes so basically anything that is not an eGo style or a cig-a-like is considered a mod, or more accurately an APV.

    Modder - A vaper who likes to build devices themselves.

    Macro Coil - The opposite of micro coils in size, macro coils are much larger wraps that are touching each other. The increase in surface area can increase vapor production when combined with the right setup.

    Microcomputer - The smart chip that signals the battery to send a charge of power to the atomizer, effectively starting the eCig.

    Microprocessor - The part of the e-cigarette battery that is responsible for controlling the heater and the indicator LED light.

    mg strength - Milligram strength per milliliter (ml) - This relates to the percentage of nicotine contained within the eLiquid. For example, 8mg is 8mg of nicotine per ml = 0.8% nicotine

    Micro coil - A type of wire coil where the coil is wrapped so that the loops of the coil are all touching, requiring more wraps than a traditional coil.

    Milligrams (Abbreviated as mg) - The unit of measure for how much nicotine is in a cartridge. Typical levels include 0mg, 6mg, 8mg, 12mg, 16mg, 18mg, 24mg, 30mg, 36mg and 48mg.

    Milliliters (mL) - The amount of liquid in a given container.

    Mouthpiece - The end of the e-cigarette the user puffs on, and places to their mouth. Some mouthpieces come as a drip tip or cartridge.

    Mouth to lung hit - Vapor is pulled into the mouth first and then inhaled into the lungs. Can provide more flavor in the mouth.

    MV (Multi-Voltage) - These are rarer PVs that offer several different voltage settings predetermined by the manufacturer.


    Nic (Nicotine) - The addictive substance in tobacco and can be purchased already mixed into eJuice or as a separate addictive for DIY mixers. Usually referred to a #mg/ml; i.e. 0mg or 0mg/ml refers to no nicotine. The substance found within traditional and eCigs that creates a pleasant sensation. An alkaloid found in tobacco and other plans of the nightshade family. It is available in various strengths, but also optional as some eLiquids have the option of no nicotine.

    Nichrome Wire - The resistance wire used in atomizer coils. Patented in 1905, it is made from nickel, chromium, and (often) iron. A common ratio is 80% nickel to 20% chromium. Generally considered the inferior of the two commonly used atomizer coil materials in cartomizers/clearomizers/atomizers.

    Nic Juice - Nicotine liquid; and it’s also short for nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco

    Ni200/Nickel Wire - Wire that is pure nickel, it has very low resistance and is used with temperature controlled mods. Never use Ni200 with regular VW.

    Nicotine Level - The designated amount of nicotine per cartridge. The nicotine level is the amount of nicotine present in a cartridge or bottle of eLiquid. It is usually measured in mg/ml.

    Nicotine Liquid - The nicotine solution that is vaporized in the eCig. The liquid is contained in the cartridge.

    NiMH - Ni-MH stands for Nickel-Metal Hydride. Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries have no Cadmium added and no memory effect so it can be charged or topped-off at any time without affecting battery life.

    Noob or Newb - A new vaper, due to a quick learning curve required to even start vaping, people are usually a real noob for only 1 week.

    No Resistance Wire - Conductive wire that is used in RBAs to complete a circuit to the atomizer coil. This wire does NOT heat up.

    NRT - Common acronym for Nicotine Replacement Therapy


    Ohm (Ω) - The standard unit of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.

    Organic Cotton Coils - A new coil setup made by Kangertech. It features a larger heating section, with the addition of the Japanese organic cotton that lasts longer than the majority of other, cheaper cotton coils.


    Pass-through - A device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life.

    Pen Style - One of many styles of eCigs available. Slightly resembles a ball point pen in appearance.

    PG (Propylene Glycol) - An ingredient found in many brands of eJuice that produces a vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, PG produces less vapor than its’ VG counterpart but provides more flavor and throat hit. Propylene glycol is used in many applications, including medicines and food.

    PV (Personal Vaporizer) - Any device that has been built specifically for the purpose of vaping.

    PCC (Personal Charger Case) - usually styled similarly to a cigarette packet, the PCC acts as a holder for eCig batteries and cartridges as well as containing a larger battery for recharging eCigs; i.e. Blu’s cig-a-like package/holder.

    Protected (batteries) - The battery has a computer chip that protects the battery and breaks the circuit in the battery from completing if the voltage goes too high or too low, the current goes too high or the cell temperature rises too high.

    Priming/Prime - The act of preparing a wick to vape, usually done by adding a few drops and soaking the wick in eJuice or taking a few pulls without heating the coil. This is not relevant for drippers/drip-style atomizers.

    Pull - Also known as the draw, drag, puff or hit. What the vaper does to get the vapor hit from the eCig.



    Rayon - An alternative to cotton, stainless steel, ceramic and other types of wicks. Used for (subjectively) cleaner flavor than cotton.

    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.

    Resistance Wire - The wire that is used in an atomizer coil and heats up when an electrical current is applied. It is typically made from Nichrome or Kanthal.

    Ribbon Kanthal, Ribbon Wire, Ribbon - A type of resistance “wire” used for building coils. Ribbon wire has a flat cross section rather than round, as with traditional wire.

    RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer) - These are your more advanced systems that are not intended for the novice vaper. The atomizer section is rebuilt by you taking the raw materials making your own wicks and coils, you cannot just buy new burners for these. RBA is a generic term as RDA and RDTA are more specific, usually the term as used as; RBA/RDA or RBA/RDTA or RBA by itself as an all-encompassing term that applies to all types of rebuildable atomizers.

    RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer

    RDTA – Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer

    RTA – Rebuildable tank atomizer


    Smokeless Cigarette - A term used to refer to an eCig. This term is used commonly due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled while using an eCig or cig-a-like.

    Starter Kit - A kit that includes basic eCig equipment. Typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger and 5 cartridges pre-filled with eJuice.

    Standard Resistance - This is the standard Ohm rating of stock atomizers and cartomizers. Generally, these are the ones provided in starter kits as they are easiest for most vapers to use.

    Stealth Vaping - A technique used by vapors who want to hide their vapor clouds.

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

    Series - Batteries are wired into a mod in series, increasing voltage at the cost of battery life.

    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.

    Smart Chip - A computer chip located within the e-cigarette battery that allows it to function.

    Smokeless Cigarette - A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette. This term is used due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled while using an e-cig.

    Squonk - Squonk box mods are mods that have a modified 510 connection where a bottle of juice is in the mod and can be squeezed (squonked) to push liquid into the cartomizer, RDA, or tank from below.

    Stacking - A risky practice of stacking batteries to create more power than one battery alone can achieve.

    Steeping - Allowing your eLiquid to sit either open to the air, or in a sealed container. This is generally not necessary in eLiquid that has a high ratio of PG to VG. It is more often necessary in high VG ratio juices.

    Stovetop coil - Stovetop coils are coils built to resemble the heating elements on electric stoves. Massive surface area is possible, some claim they can produce insane amounts of vapor.

    Subbing (sub-ohm) - Coil or coils with an ohm reading below one are used to create more vapor by offering higher coil temperatures.

    Sub-Ohm - The practice by experienced vapers to increasing the current from your specific battery and by (using the principles of Ohms Law), reduce the ohms of the coils below one to achieve massive vaping clouds.

    Syrupy - Some eLiquid are very sweet. Syrupy is often used to describe them.

    Sweet Spot - The balance of several variables needed to achieve a satisfying vape. These variables are most commonly; voltage, wattage, resistance, and the flashpoint of the juice.


    Thermal Runaway - A very rare but serious occurrence. A chain reaction that results in the fire and bursting of a rechargeable lithium based battery. This happens from a couple different possibilities: overcharging, short circuiting, stacking batteries, physical damage and other PV malfunctions.

    Tiger Coil - A coil wrapped with a strand of regular kanthal twisted with ribbon wire.

    Titanium wire - Alternative to nichrome, nickel, and kanthal wires. Can provide a cleaner flavor but tends to be harder to work with than kanthal. Often bursts into flames during dry burns. Is excellent for use with temperature controlled devices.

    Topper - A device that goes on top of an electronic cigarette battery/battery holder

    Topping Off - Adding a few drops of e-liquid into a cartridge, cartomizer or tank.

    Triple-Coil Cartomizer - A newer type of cartomizer that employs three coils providing about 1.6ohms of resistance. They vape strong, slightly more so than dual-coils, and come in several sizes.

    Tube Mod - Any PV or APV that comes in a tube shape about the size of a small flashlight.

    Tanks - A plastic or glass storage chamber that holds the liquid. A cylindrical container that encases a carto, intended to automatically fill the device through slotted or punched feeding holes. Generally a more advanced eCig user attachment. An eLiquid reservoir and eJuice delivery system that uses a variety of different methods to get juice to an atomizer to be warmed then vaped. A common tank style would be a carto tank that uses a cartomizer with a hole(s) punched in the side then place in a tube (tank) and filled with juice, the juice from the tank feeds the cartomizer and keeps the cotton inside the carto saturated with eLiquid. Another common tank would be the ce4 style tank or the Vivi Nova style tanks that use several wicks that are attached to the atomizer (coil) and hang down into the tank of juice.

    Throat Hit (TH) - The tingling feeling one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing eJuice that contains nicotine creating a sensation at the back of the throat when inhaling eCig vapors, similar to that of tobacco. Typically, since nicotine is a large contributing factor in throat hit, when eJuice that contains zero nicotine is vaporized, there is no throat hit.

    THR - Tobacco Harm Reduction

    Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) - The TVECA is an electronic cigarette trade group which has been established to provide the media, legislative bodies and those that are currently using the electronic cigarette (eCig) a single industry resource to simply provide the scientific facts behind a new technology that has garnered disinformation..


    Unicorn bottle - eLiquid bottles that hold 15 ml or 30ml with an easy to use tip for dripping. Great for carrying liquid when traveling or out on the town as an alternative to the shorter, fatter bottles.

    Unprotected Battery - Any lithium based battery that has no protection for the overcharging or other situations that can cause thermal runaway.

    USB Charger– An eCig battery charger that lets you charge by connecting the battery to your computer’s USB port.

    USB pass-through - Also see pass-through.


    Vape - The use of, the action of, or the reference to the vaporization and inhalation from an eCig.

    Vaping - The act or action of using a PV. A person who is using a personal vaporizer is vaping.

    Vapor - The Americanization of the word ‘Vapor’. Cigarettes produce smoke while eCigs produce a vapor that is not subject to combustion.

    Vaper - A person whom is themselves an eCig user. A person who vaporizes with a personal vaporizer.

    Vapemail - After numerous days of online tracking and mailbox check, this is the delivered parcel or envelope containing vaping hardware and or e-liquid.

    Vapecation - A vaper’s well deserved vacation where he/she will nervously take too much e-liquid and batteries on their travels without incident.

    Vapegasm - The experience you get when you put on a new atomizer or cartomizer or insert fresh batteries. That first taste you get from your favorite eLiquid.

    Vapehole - A vaper who shows little regard for anyone around them and vapes as obnoxiously as possible.

    Vape Whore - (1) Someone who is constantly vaping every breath of their day; (2) Someone that only ever sign up for a site or community to try to win stuff. They never contribute, only hang out to soak up free things.

    Vapor Production - Typically associated with Juices. Indicates how much vapor is produced using an average inhale of an e-cigarette.

    Vaper(s) - A person or group of people who vape.

    VV (Variable Voltage) - A dial on a battery that allows you to change the variable heat at the atomizer coil. When changing the voltage, there are acceptable ranges for the resistance measured in Ohms. You have to manually adjust your clearo, carto, and/or atomizer to get the right resistance.

    VW (Variable Wattage) - A dial on a battery that allows you to change the wattage or power. The PV will then automatically adjust the voltage for the resistance.

    VG (Vegetable Glycerin) - An ingredient found in many brands of eJuice. This is one of the ingredients used that when heated will produce vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, VG produces more vapor than its’ PG counterpart but provides less flavor and throat hit. Sweet tasting and of low toxicity, it is thicker than Propylene Glycol and is usually used where thicker liquid or vapor is desired or where a PG sensitivity is present. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol use 100% VG juices.

    Vaper’s Tongue - This is a common problem among many vapers when they vape too much of one flavor, and their taste buds become desensitized to the flavor.

    Vape Safe (Fuse) - The Vape Safe Fuse is a tiny disc shaped fuse for use with eCig mods/PVs. The fuse is an added layer of safety in addition to a good quality battery.

    Vented Battery Cap - A simple hole or series of holes that allow for the battery to vent harmful gases in the case that your battery goes into thermal runaway.

    Vent holes - Special holes made in the casing of high-end PVs or mods, to vent battery gases away from the face in case of battery explosion.

    Venting a Battery - The process where a battery is taken beyond its specifications and gas is released from the battery.

    Vertical coil - Instead of leaving coils horizontal, they are rotated 90 degrees. Often allow for better airflow in rebuildable dripping atomizers.

    Voltage - The amount of kinetic energy which, for our purposes, when paired with resistance creates wattage.

    VOOP - The action in which one vapes while defecating.


    Watt (wattage) - A unit of power measured as one Joule per second.

    Wick - A piece of material that is inside many styles of atomizers that allows easier delivery of juice to the heating element. The component material of a cartridge, tank or RDA that soaks up eLiquid; i.e. Organic Cotton.

    Wire - Generally refers to resistance wire used in building coils for atomizers. See also American Wire Gauge (AWG).

    Woody (Wood Mod) - Any PV or APV that is handmade and fitted inside a wooden tube or box.

    Wrap - (1) One revolution of a wire during the process of building coils. Wrap refers to the process of “wrapping” a wire around a tool, usually a drill bit or screwdriver. (2) A plastic sleeve used to rewrap batteries. This generally applies to non-authentic batteries “rewraps”




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