Vaping Glossary

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Does vaping terminology sometimes leave you confused? Are you feeling unsure about the differences between watts, ohm, and volts? Maybe you are struggling to figure out the difference between an ego and a mod. That’s why we created the Churnmag Vaping Glossary so you can have a quick and easy reference point to figure out what vaping is all about. Bookmark this glossary and keep it handy when you need a little help untangling the world of ecigs.

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510 – The 510 is the most popular ecig battery threading, sometimes called a male thread. It was developed by JoyE and almost overnight became the industry standard.

901 – This is an atomizer with a female thread and it isn’t compatible with the 510 threading.

2-Piece – An electronic cigarette designed with two components: a battery and a cartomizer. This is the most popular design for cig-a-like devices.

3-Piece – An electronic cigarette designed with three components: a battery, an atomizer, and a cartridge.

Adapter – A device with dual threading that allows vapers to use a battery with a different style atomizer, cartomizer, or clearomizer. This allows people to mix and match their components. For instance, some might use an adapter to connect a 901 atomizer to a 510 battery.

APV – This is an Advanced Personal Vaporizer and typically features variable voltage and variable wattage settings with a larger battery than standard ecig devices.

American Wire Gauge (AWG) – This is the measurement used in the United States to denote the diameter and resistance of the electric wires found in atomizer coils.

Amperage – Amperage (or amps) is the flow of electricity along a circuit.

Analog Cigarette – A traditional, tobacco cigarette

Atomizer – Sometimes called an Atty, the atomizer contains the heating coil that connects to the battery and carries the power from the battery to heat up the e-liquid and create vapor.

Automatic – An automatic ecig activates when the user inhales. It does not have a button to activate the battery and instead relies on a built in sensor to activate the atomizer.

Automatic Shutoff – This is a safety feature that will automatically cause a battery to stop firing after a preprogrammed amount of time to prevent over heating. This is a common feature and is typically set to 10 seconds.

Battery – The battery is the electronic component of an ecig. It provides the power to heat up the e-liquid and turn it into vapor.

Blanks – Cartomizers that contain dry filler but no e-liquid. The user adds their own e-liquid prior to vaping.

Box Mod – An advanced personal vaporizer designed in a box shape.

Car Adapter – A device that allows vapers to charge the ecig battery in the car through a USB connection.

Cartridge – The part of an ecig that holds e-liquid and filler material. It screws onto the atomizer.

Cartomizer – A combination of an atomizer and a cartridge designed for two-piece electronic cigarettes. These are designed to be used once and then thrown away rather than refilling after each use.

CASAA – The Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association is a non-profit organization that fights for ecig rights and fair regulation.

Cig-a-like – An electronic cigarette designed to mimic the look of a tobacco cigarette. It is small and lightweight and typically serves as an entry point for most smokers when they want to try vaping.

Charger – The device used to recharge an ecig battery.

Clearomizer – A version of the cartomizer that is transparent so the user can easily see how much e-liquid is inside.

Cloud – The vapor that is exhaled when using an e-cigarette.

Coil – The wire inside of an electronic cigarette that creates an electrical circuit and carries battery power to heat up the e-liquid.

Custom Mods – Advanced personal vaporizers that are handmade from components that were not originally designed for vaping.

Dewick – The act of removing the wick from an ecig atomizer.

Disposable Ecig – An electronic cigarette that comes in one piece and is designed for short-term use. It cannot be recharged or refilled and must be thrown away the vaper uses all the e-liquid or depletes the battery charge.

Doubler – A term used to describe e-liquids with a double portion of flavorings.

Draw – The act of inhaling from an ecig.

Dripping – The act of dripping e-liquid directly into the atomizer instead of using a cartridge of tank.

Drip Kit – A starter kit designed for vapers who want to drip e-liquids rather than using a tank. It typically includes a battery, atomizer chamber, and a drip tip.

Drip Shield – A round tube that covers the atomizer to prevent leaking.

Drip Tip – An ecig mouthpiece designed with an opening where the user can directly drip e-liquid into the atomizer without taking off the tip.

Dry Burn – When you fire an atomizer on a battery without any e-liquid. This causes the coils to heat up and glow and burns off any impurities or build up.


Ecig Accessories – Extra pieces to add to your ecig for more customization such as storage cases, charges, and lanyards.

Ego – An electronic cigarette design with 510 threads and larger batteries. Most ego styles include a tank to hold e-liquid rather than a cartomizer.

E-juice – Another term for e-liquid.

Electronic Cigar – An ecig designed to mimic the size, shape, and overall experience of a traditional cigar.

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit – A prepackaged kit that includes all the components needed to begin vaping. These kits usually include a battery, cartomizers or clearomizers, and a charger.

E-liquid – The solution used in ecigs to produce vapor. It is made from a base of either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, with added nicotine and flavorings.

Filler – The absorbant material inside of an ecig cartridge.

Flooding – A term used to describe the event when you put too much eliquid into an atomizer and it gurgles or overflows.

Glassomizer – A clearomizer made from glass instead of plastic.

Hit – The experience of inhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette.

HV – A term for devices that operate a voltage higher than 3.7.

Juice – Another term used to describe e-liquid.

Knuckle Head – A drip tip that is adjustable so the vaper can set it at the desired angle for more comfortable use.

LED – The type of light found on the tip of most cig-a-like models that lights up when the user inhales. It gives the impression that the vaper is actually using a cigarette and it sometimes changes colors or blinks to signify a need to recharge the battery.

Low Resistance – A type of atomizer with a lower Ohm rating than typical ecigs. Lower ohms typically result in the ecig heating up faster and producing vapor quickly.

mAh – Milliampere-hour, the standard unit of measurement for a battery.

Manual – An ecig that has a button, which the user must press to activate the heating element inside.

Manual Shut Off – An ecig that requires the user to press a button in order to turn the battery off.

Mechanical Mod – An ecig with no electronics or wiring. It only has a metal tube with a mechanical switch that holds a battery and a connector to the top.

Microprocessor – A component in the ecig battery that controls the temperature and the LED light indicator.

MG – Milligrams; a unit of measurement to describe the nicotine strength in an e-liquid.

Micro Coil – A wire coil that is wrapped tightly so the loops are all touching.

Mod – A term for a vaping device that has been modified in some way. It is commonly used to refer to an advanced electronic cigarette.

Mouthpiece – The tip of the ecig where a vaper puts their mouth in order to inhale.

Nicotine – The chemical substance found in e-liquids that is also used in traditional tobacco cigarettes. It comes in varied strengths and has a similar effect on the body as caffeine.

Ohm – The standard measurement of electrical resistance.

Passthrough – An ecig that plugs directly into an USB port to charge while it is in use.

PG – Propylene Glycol, often called PG, is a common ingredient in e-liquid. It is also found in many foods and cosmetics.

Pen Style – An electronic cigarette design that looks similar to a ball point pen.

Personal Charging Case – A case that allows ecig batteries to charge in storage.

Personal Vaporizer – Another term to describe the ecig, but typically used to described more advanced electronic cigarettes.

Resistance – The measurement of ohms that helps a vaper determine the appropriate amount of voltage needed. Typically ecigs come in low or standard resistance options.

Sensor – The component inside of an automatic ecig that detects when the user inhales and activates the device.

Smokeless Cigarette – Another name for the e-cig, commonly used to point out that ecigs actually do not product smoke at all, but only emit an odorless vapor that quickly disappears.

Starter Kit – A prepackaged kit with all the components needed for an electronic cigarette. The kit typically includes a battery, cartomizers, and a charger.

Steeping – The act of letting e-liquid sit out exposed to room air in order to strengthen the flavor.

Sub-Ohming – The practice of increasing amp capacity on a battery and reducing the ohms of the coil to produce larger amounts of vapor.

Tank – A cartridge designed to hold e-liquid. It often has a clear window on the side so the user can see the level of e-liquid inside.

Throat Hit – The feeling in your throat when you inhale ecig vapor.

Topper – A small piece that fits on top of the ecig.

Topping Off – Adding a small amount of e-liquid to the tank or cartomizer.

USB Charger – A device that charges the ecig battery by connecting it to a USB port on the computer.

Vape – The act of using an electronic cigarette

Vaper – A person that uses ecigs.

Vapor – The fog that ecig users exhale that looks similar to smoke.

Vegetable Glycerin – A common ingredient used in many e-liquids and the preferred option for people who have an allergy or sensitivity to Propylene Glycol.

Voltage – The amount of potential energy that pairs with resistance to create wattage.

Variable Voltage – An advanced personal vaporizer that allows the user to control the level of power from the ecig to manipulate vapor output.

VV Mod – Another term used to describe variable voltage vaping devices.

Watt – The measurement of heat used to vaporize e-liquid in the atomizer.

Wick – Made from silica, mesh, fiberglass, cotton, or ceramic, the wick delivers e-liquid to the coil in the atomizer.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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