The Complete Vape Glossary!

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  • Ω – The ohm (symbol: Ω) is the SI derived unit of electrical resistance. In vaping the Ohm symbol will refer to the resistance of your coil or atomizer.
  • 26650 – One of the biggest removable batteries commonly used in mods and vaporizers.
  • 510 – This is the most common threading on atomizers, tanks, and clearomizers.
  • 18650 – This is the most popular sized removable battery in vape mods and e-cigarettes.


  • Airflow – With more advanced tanks you’ll be able to adjust your airflow to control the amount of air you inhale. Loose airflow means more vapor; tight airflow equals less vapor but better flavor.
  • All Day Vape – Your favorite e-juice or e-liquid that you vape all day.
  • Amps – Short for amperage. Batteries with higher amps are better for lower resistant coils.
  • Analog – Slang for traditional cigarettes.
  • Automatic – These are a variety of e-cigarette that doesn't have a fire button. When you inhale the device fires automatically.
  • Automatic Shutoff – This is a safety feature of most e-cigarettes and vaporizers. It prevents over-firing and is normally set at 10 seconds.


  • Battery – This is what powers your vaporizer or e-cig. It will either have an internal removable battery or an internal battery that is non-removable.
  • Battery Wrap – This is the plastic coating around your battery and prevents dangerous shorts. Never use a battery with a damaged battery wrap.
  • Bottles – This is what your e-liquid or e-juice is purchased in. They will either be plastic squeeze bottles or glass drip style bottles.
  • Box Mod – A powerful vaporizer product that features removable batteries. They range from 50W – 300W in power.


  • Clouds – This is your vapor! Look out for some massive clouds!
  • Coil – This is the heating element inside your tank or atomizer. They are available in different resistances, and it’s advised to stick to the brand of your tank.
  • Connection – This is how the tank and mod connect. It will be a 510-thread connection in almost all vaporizers.
  • Cutoff – This is a safety feature of most e-cigarettes and vaporizers. It prevents over-firing and is normally set at 10 seconds.


  • Deck or Build Deck – This is part of your atomizer where the positive and negative posts are located. The bigger the deck, the easier it will be to rebuild or build coils on.
  • Draw – The act of inhaling or drawing on your vaporizer or e-cigarette.
  • Drip (Dripping) – This is when you drip e-liquid directly onto a coil in a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer or RDA.
  • Drip Tip – This is the small mouthpiece on your tank. You can use custom drip tips to create your own unique look.
  • Drip Well – The bowl shape near your e-cigarettes connector. Helps to catch leaking e-liquid.
  • Dry Burn – Burning off any dried e-liquid on your coil by firing without adding e-liquid.
  • Dry Hit – When you inhale on your vaporizer without enough e-liquid.


  • eGo – One of the most popular ranges of beginner e-cigarette kits.
  • E-Juice or E-Liquid – This is the liquid you use in your vaporizer or e-cigarette. It contains nicotine, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, and flavoring.
  • E-Cigarette or E-Cig – This is the basic electronic cigarette. More advanced e-cigarettes are called Vaporizers or Mods.


  • Flavors – This is what your e-juice is flavored. There are thousands of different flavors to choose from. Some of the popular flavors are desserts, candy, fruits, drinks, and tobacco.
  • Flooding – When you draw too much e-liquid into your coil.
  • FDA – The administrative branch of the United States that controls food and drug safety.


  • Gunk – The residue which accumulates inside your tank, atomizer, and coil. Too much gunk can reduce the effectiveness of your coil to heat e-liquid.


  • High Resistance – A coil or atomizer with a high Ohm reading. Good for high voltage vaping.
  • High VG – An e-liquid with a high VG or Vegetable Glycerin ratio. Great for vapor production and high-end or powerful vaporizers.


  • Inhale – When you draw back and inhale vapor from your e-cigarette.


  • Juice – Another name for e-liquid or e-juice.


  • Kanthal – The most popular wire for building coils.
  • Kick – The term used to describe the throat hit from inhaling the vapor.


  • Leaking or Leaks – When e-liquid leaks out of your atomizer or tank. Usually caused by faulty coils, incorrect coils, or damaged seals.
  • LED – Stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs are used in warning lights on e-cigarettes.
  • Liquid – Another name for e-liquid or e-juice.
  • LR or Low Resistance – Coils with lower resistance, usually 1.5 Ohms or lower.


  • mAh – An abbreviation of milliampere-hour, this is the term used to describe a battery’s capacity to store energy. The higher the mAh, the longer its life the battery has before needing to be recharged.
  • Manual – An e-cigarette or vaporizer with a manual fire button.
  • Mechanical Mod or Mech Mod – These mods don’t have any wires or chips. These are recommended for experienced vapers only as they contain no safety features.
  • MG – Milligram strength per Milliliter. This is how much nicotine is in your e-liquid.
  • Mini – A small or stealthy e-cigarette.
  • ML – Stands for Milliliter. The amount of e-liquid in your bottle or how much capacity your tank or atomizer has.
  • Mouthpiece – This is where you inhale the vapor from your e-cigarette or vaporizer.
  • Mouth-to-Lung Hit – Inhaling directly into your lungs. Less vapor, but better flavor.


  • Nicotine – This is the substance found in some e-liquids and traditional cigarettes. Nicotine can be poisonous, use caution when handling.
  • Nichrome – A wire used to build coils. It heats up faster than Kanthal.
  • Nickel – This wire is used in coil construction and is the fastest to heat up. It is vulnerable to melting if overheated.


  • Ohm – Symbol: Ω. The unit of measurement used for electrical resistance.
  • Organic Cotton – A type of wicking made from Organic Cotton. Popular in rebuildable atomizers. Burns faster than silica wicking, but offers better vapor production and flavor.


  • Parallel – When mods that can use two batteries are wired in parallel, this gives increased battery life, effectively doubling the mAh.
  • Pass-Through When you can charge your e-cigarette or vaporizer and vape at the same time.
  • Pen Style – A tube or pen-shaped vaporizer or e-cigarette.
  • Personal Vaporize or PV – Another name for e-cigarettes.
  • Propylene Glycol or PG – One of the main ingredients in e-juice or e-liquid.
  • Priming – Allowing time for e-liquid to soak into the wicking on the coil before firing.


  • Rebuildable – These are tanks or atomizers that allow users to rebuild their own coils and wick. Better suited to advanced vapers.
  • RDA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer.
  • RBA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Atomizer.
  • RTA – The abbreviation for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer.


  • Series – This is mods that have dual battery setups. The batteries are wired in a series.
  • Stainless Steel – A type of wire used in coils. Good for Wattage Mode or Temperature Control Modes.
  • Starter Kits – A vaporizer or e-cigarette perfect for beginner vapers.
  • Steeping – The process which allows your e-juice flavors to settle. Mostly for DIY e-liquids, some purchased e-liquids will require steeping, some will not.
  • Sub-Ohming – This is for experienced vapers. This is when you vape with coils below 1.0 Ohms.


  • Tank – This is the part of your e-cigarette which holds your e-liquid, atomizer, or coils.
  • Temperature Control or Temp Control – This is a setting on advanced vaporizers. It uses coils with Nickle, Titanium, or Stainless-Steel wire. The device recognizes the coil and sets itself accordingly.
  • Throat Hit – This is the sensation after you inhale the vapor. The higher the PG, the bigger the throat hit will be.
  • Titanium – A wire used in coil construction. It heats up and cools down quickly. Great for Temperature Control mods.


  • USB Charger – Some mods allow vapers to charge the batteries via USB without having to remove the batteries and charge separately. USB charging is slower than removing the battery and charging in a battery charger.


  • Vape or Vaping – The act of using an electronic cigarette or e-cig.
  • Vape Juice – Another name for e-liquid or e-juice.
  • Vaper’s Tongue – The loss of taste. Often due to illness or vaping with one flavor profile too much.
  • Vegetable Glycerin or VG – An ingredient in e-liquid. It has a sweet taste and is thicker than PG. VG is responsible for the vapor production. Higher VG e-juices produce more vapor clouds.
  • VV or Variable Voltage – Any type of e-cig that allows users to adjust its voltage output according to taste, it is considered superior to regular devices that have static voltage outputs.
  • VW or Variable Wattage – Devices which use VW allow users to adjust the wattage output of their device.


  • Wick – The cotton inside your atomizer or coil that allows the e-liquid or e-juice to soak into.
  • Wire – This is the term for the material used to build the heating element inside your coil.
  • Wrap – This refers to the number of revolutions used in the wrapping of a coil.

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