If you’re new to vaping, or if you’re thinking of making the big switch from cigarettes to what we consider to be a better choice, there’s some terminology you’re going to need to know. Here are some catch phrases to boost your vaping vernacular now.

ADV All Day Vape

Analog Cig-a-like, first generation e-cigarette

Atomizer / Atty  This is the working part of a vaping device that converts e-liquid or juice to the vapour you inhale

B&M  Brick & Mortar – References a Vape Shop with a physical location you can visit (for example V-Revolution in Covent Garden, London)

Battery The power source for the atomizer in an electronic cigarette. May be replaceable, or integrated into the product 

Blend The Propylene Glycol to Vegetable Glycerin ratio in a bottle of e-liquid 

Box Mod A box shaped e-cigarette. May or may not have a replaceable battery 

Cartomizer (Carto) Cartridges with atomizers built into them, can be disposable or refillable 

Cartridge A plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort absorbent filler material that holds the juice 

Cigalike E-cig designed to look like a traditional cigarette 

Clearomizer (Clearo) Clear casings with atomizers built in that utilize a wick to transfer juice to the atomizer 

Cloudchaser Vapers who enjoy creating large clouds of vapor 

Clouds Exhaled Vapor 

Coil The heating element within the atomizer 

Condom Sanitary cover for the mouthpiece of an e-cigarette 

DIY Do it Yourself – References juice mixed by vaper not pre-mixed by distributor, and home made e-cigarettes 

Drip Tip Mouthpiece of the e-cigarette. Generally replaceable 

Dripping The act of manually putting e-liquid onto the wick and heating element – no tank 

Dry Burn A method of cleaning atomizers to extend their life by burning the coil in short intervals without juice 

Dry Hit A puff from an e-cigarette when there is no juice being heated into vapor, resulting in an unpleasant burnt taste and harsh throat hit 

E-Cig Electronic Cigarette 

eLiquid/Juice A liquid solution containing a mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavoring and sometimes nicotine that is heated in the e-cigarette to create vapor

 eGo An e-cigarette battery style that offers two different threading types. Usually a pen appearance style e-cigarette. May also refer to the common “eGo” style threading 

Flavor Ghosting When you taste the previous flavor you were vaping after switching e-juice 

Flooding When too much juice is applied to the atomizer resulting in decreased vapor production, gurgling noises, and possible juice leaking into the drip tip 

Ghosting / Stealth Vaping The act of using an electronic cigarette in such a way that it produces very little vapor. Usually by holding a hit until the exhale is not visible 

Lung Hit/Lung Rip Inhaling vapor directly from the atomizer into your lungs, as one would take a normal breath

 Mechanical Mod (Mech Mod) Modified e-cigarettes that have no regulatory electronic chip or safety features. Generally used by advanced users to accomplish “Cloud Chasing” 

Mod Used to describe modifications to a device or accessory, or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette 

Mouth Hit/Mouth Rip/Mouth-to-Lung Drawing vapor into the mouth before inhalation, similar to puffing a cigar. May or may not be followed by inhalation 

Nic Nicotine 

No-Nic 0mg Nicotine (No added Nicotine) 

Ohm A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance resulting in faster heating 

Passthrough E-cigarette battery style that allows use while charging 

PCC Personal or Portable Charging Case allows you to charge your e-cigarette without an outlet 

PG Propylene Glycol – A solution used as a base for e-juice 

PV Personal Vaporizer – Another term for e-cigarette 

Regulated Mod Modified e-cigarettes that still contain a regulating electronic chip and safety features 

Resistance Refers to the ability to electricity to travel through the heating element in the e-cigarette 

Steeping An oxidation process that occurs between the flavoring, nicotine, and base (PG/VG) giving your juice time to become more flavorful 

Tank E-liquid reservoir 

Threading The radius and style of the attachment connector on an e-cigarette battery and the device being used to house your juice (atty, carto, clearo, etc) 

Throat Hit The feeling you get in the back of your throat and in your lungs when you inhale vapor 

Unregulated/Non Regulated Mod Refers to a Mod that does not have a regulating chip. May refer to mechanical or semi-mechanical mods 

Vape/Vaping The act of using an e-cigarette 

Vaper An electronic cigarette user 

Vaper’s Tongue Also known as Vaper’s Fatigue refers to temporary olfactory fatigue resulting in a diminished or inability to taste the flavor of your juice 

VG Vegetable Glycerin – Used as a base in e-juice 

VV Variable Voltage – Allows you to change voltage of your e-cigarette 

VW Variable Wattage – Allows you to change the wattage of your e-cigarette 

Wick Absorbant material used to draw the e-liquid into the heating element