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Vaping Glossary

Introduction:

At Coil Spill, we always try to be as open and transparent with our customers as possible. In addition to offering great products, we also want to make sure that you have all the information you need to make informed choices about vaping.

To that end, we’ve compiled this comprehensive vaping glossary to help you understand all the jargon associated with vaping. Whether you’re a new vaper or an experienced smoker looking to switch to vaping, this glossary will give you all the information you need to know about vaping terminology.

 

A-Z Vaping Glossary:

 

All Day Vape:

An all day vape is a flavor of e-liquid that you can enjoy for an entire day without getting sick of it. Usually, all day vapes are relatively simple flavors that aren’t too overwhelming.

It’s usually called ADV for short. This is the abbreviation that’s mostly used across different vaping forums, groups, and blogs.

 

Typically, these vape flavors do have:

A perfect balance of Throat Hit, Nicotine Strength, and Flavor. They don’t need to be too sweet or too harsh, they just have to be flavorful enough to satisfy your cravings without being overbearing.

Smooth, but not too smooth where it lacks flavor. All day vape flavors are subjective, so what one person may consider to be an all day vape, another person may not. It’s important to find a flavor that you personally enjoy and can see yourself vaping on a daily basis.

There’s an all day vape for everyone – you just need to try out a few different flavors to find the one that’s perfect for you.

 

Aroma:

The aroma of vape juice is the scent that it gives off when you open the bottle. A lot of people choose their e-liquids based on aroma alone – so it’s definitely an important aspect of the vaping experience.

Some vape juices have very strong aromas, while others are much more subtle. It all depends on the type of flavorings that are used in the e-liquid.

 

Amps:

The amps of an electronic cigarette battery determine how much current the battery can provide. In general, the higher the amps, the more powerful the battery.

Most vaping devices require batteries with at least 30 amps in order to work properly. Some high-wattage devices may even require batteries with 40 or 50 amps.

 

Airflow:

Airflow is the amount of air that is able to flow through the atomizer of your electronic cigarette. The more airflow, the cooler the vapor will be.

There are a few different ways to adjust the airflow on your vaping device. Some devices have an adjustable airflow ring at the base of the atomizer, while others have an airflow valve that you can open or close.

Some atomizers have fixed airflow, which means that you can’t adjust the amount of airflow. It’s important to experiment with different airflow settings to find the one that’s perfect for you.

 

Atomizer:

The atomizer is the part of the electronic cigarette that heats the e-liquid and turns it into vapor. It consists of a coil of wire (usually made of Kanthal or Stainless Steel) that is wrapped around a wicking material.

The coil is heated by an electrical current, which vaporizes the e-liquid that is soaked into the wicking material. The vapor is then drawn up through the air holes and into the mouthpiece, where it can be inhaled by the user.

 

Battery:

The battery is one of the most important parts of a vaping device. It’s what provides power to the atomizer so that it can heat up the e-liquid and turn it into vapor.

There are two main types of batteries used in vaping devices: disposable and rechargeable. Disposable batteries are only good for a few sessions before they need to be replaced, while rechargeable batteries can be used over and over again.

Most vaping devices use lithium-ion batteries, which are the same type of batteries used in cell phones and other electronic devices. These batteries are very powerful and long-lasting, but they can be dangerous if not used properly.

 

Base:

The base of an e-liquid is the main ingredient that makes up the majority of the liquid. The base is usually made up of either propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG).

Some e-liquids are made with a 50/50 blend of PG and VG, while others are made with a higher VG content. The type of base that is used in an e-liquid can have an effect on the flavor, throat hit, and vapor production.

 

Bottles:

E-liquid comes in bottles of all different shapes and sizes. The most common size is 10ml, but you can also find bottles that are 30ml, 50ml, and even 100ml.

The type of bottle you use is mostly a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer glass bottles because they look nicer, while others prefer plastic bottles because they’re lighter and less breakable.

 

Burnt Coil:

A burnt coil is a coil that has been used for too long and needs to be replaced. The signs of a burnt coil are a harshness in the vapor, a change in flavor, and/or less vapor production.

 

Coil:

The coil is the part of the atomizer that heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid.

When choosing coils, it’s important to pay attention to the resistance (measured in ohms) and the wattage rating. The resistance of a coil determines how much power it will require to heat up, while the wattage rating determines how hot it can get.

If you’re using a sub-ohm device, you’ll need to use coils with low resistance in order to get the most vapor production. If you’re using a standard vaping device, you can use coils with higher resistance.

 

Cloud Chaser:

A cloud chaser is a vaper who likes to produce large clouds of vapor. Cloud chasers typically use high-wattage devices and low-resistance atomizers.

 

Cotton:

Cotton is a type of wicking material that is commonly used in vaping. It’s very absorbent, so it can soak up a lot of e-liquid.

Some people prefer to use cotton because it doesn’t alter the flavor of the e-liquid as much as other materials. However, it can be a bit more difficult to work with than other materials.

 

CBD:

CBD is a type of cannabinoid that is found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t get you high.

CBD is often used for its medicinal properties, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in the world of vaping. CBD e-liquids are available in a variety of flavors, and they can be used to help with a variety of conditions.

CBD is often used to help with anxiety, pain, and inflammation.

 

Clearomizer:

A clearomizer is a type of atomizer that has a clear tank, so you can see how much e-liquid you have left. Clearomizers are convenient because you don’t have to keep opening them up to check the level of e-liquid.

 

Cartomizer:

A cartomizer is a type of atomizer that uses a cartridge filled with e-liquid. Cartomizers are convenient because you don’t have to refill them as often, but they can be more expensive than other types of atomizers.

 

Closed Pod System:

A closed pod system is a type of vaping device that uses pre-filled pods. These pods are filled with e-liquid and can be swapped out as needed.

Closed pod systems are convenient because you don’t have to worry about refilling the tanks, but they can be more expensive than other types of vaping devices.

 

Disposable:

A disposable vaping device is a device that can be used for a few sessions before it needs to be thrown away. Disposable devices are convenient because you don’t have to worry about charging them or refilling them, but they can be more expensive in the long run.

 

DIY:

DIY stands for “do it yourself.” In the vaping world, DIY refers to making your own e-liquid.

Making your own e-liquid can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s not for everyone. It’s important to do your research before you start, and be sure to use high-quality ingredients.

When doing DIY, you’ll need to purchase a few supplies, including bottles, syringes, and concentrates.

 

Drip Tip:

A drip tip is a type of mouthpiece that is used on some vaping devices. Drip tips come in a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and glass.

Drip tips are convenient because they allow you to vape without having to remove the cap from your device, but they can be more expensive than other types of mouthpieces.

 

Dry Hit:

A dry hit is when you take a puff of your vape and it tastes burnt. This happens when the wicking material isn’t saturated with e-liquid, so the coil starts to burn the wicking material.

To avoid dry hits, make sure you keep your atomizer filled with e-liquid and prime the coil before you start vaping.

 

Dry Burn:

A dry burn is when you fire your atomizer without any e-liquid in it. This can damage the coil, so it’s important to avoid doing this.

To avoid a dry burn, make sure you always keep your atomizer filled with e-liquid.

 

Direct-Lung Inhale:

A direct-lung inhale is a type of inhalation where the vapor is taken directly into the lungs. This method is different from the mouth-to-lung inhale, which is the way most people smoke cigarettes.

People prefer direct-lung inhales because it allows them to take in more vapor. However, it can be harsh on the throat if you’re not used to it.

 

E-Liquid:

E-liquid is the liquid that is used in electronic cigarettes. It typically contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine, and flavorings.

 

E-cigarette:

An e-cigarette is a type of vaping device that looks and feels like a traditional cigarette. E-cigarettes typically use disposable cartridges filled with nicotine, propylene glycol, and flavorings.

E-cigarettes are sometimes called “cigalikes” because of their resemblance to traditional cigarettes.

 

FDA:

The FDA is the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA regulates tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The FDA has not yet finalized its regulations for e-cigarettes, but it is expected to do so in the near future.

 

Flavor Concentrate:

A flavor concentrate is a concentrated form of flavoring that is used to make e-liquid. Flavor concentrates are typically mixed with propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin before being added to e-liquid.

Flavor concentrates come in a wide variety of flavors, and they can be mixed together to create custom flavors.

 

Flooding:

Flooding is when too much e-liquid gets into the atomizer. This can happen if the tank is overfilled, or if the wicking material is not able to absorb all of the e-liquid.

Flooding can cause issues with vaping, such as a gurgling sound, reduced vapor production, and a burnt taste.

 

Freebase Nicotine:

Freebase nicotine is the most common type of nicotine used in e-liquid. It is a pure form of nicotine that is not combined with any other chemicals.

Freebase nicotine is absorbed more quickly by the body than other types of nicotine, which can provide a more immediate effect.

 

Gauge:

The gauge is the measurement of the diameter of a wire. In vaping, the gauge is typically used to refer to the diameter of the coil wire.

The higher the number, the thinner the wire. For example, a 24 gauge wire is thinner than a 22 gauge wire.

 

Glycerin:

Glycerin is a type of liquid that is often used in food and pharmaceuticals. In vaping, glycerin is often used as a base for e-liquid.

Glycerin is a thick liquid that can provide more vapor than propylene glycol. It can also be used to sweeten e-liquid.

 

Hybrid Nicotine:

Hybrid nicotine is a type of nicotine that is a blend of freebase nicotine and salt nicotine. Hybrid nicotine can provide a smooth throat hit while still delivering a strong nicotine buzz.

Hybrid nicotine is often used in high nicotine e-liquids.

 

Heat Not Burn:

Heat not burn is a type of vaping technology that uses heat to vaporize tobacco instead of burning it. Heat not burn devices are often touted as being healthier than traditional cigarettes because they do not produce tar and other harmful chemicals.

 

Inhale:

Inhaling is the act of taking vapor into your lungs. Inhaling is the primary way that you get nicotine from vaping.

There are two ways to inhale vapor: the mouth-to-lung inhale and the direct-lung inhale.

 

Mouth-To-Lung Inhale:

The mouth-to-lung inhale is the way that most people smoke cigarettes. To do a mouth-to-lung inhale, you take the vapor into your mouth first, and then inhale it into your lungs.

This method of inhalation can provide a more Mild throat hit than a direct-lung inhale.

 

Direct-lung inhale:

The direct-lung inhale is when the vapor is taken directly into the lungs. This method is different from the mouth-to-lung inhale, which is the way most people smoke cigarettes.

 

ICR Battery:

ICR batteries are lithium-ion batteries that are used in some vaping devices. ICR batteries typically have a higher capacity than other types of batteries, but they can be more dangerous if they are mishandled.

 

IMR Battery:

IMR batteries are lithium-ion batteries that are used in some vaping devices. IMR batteries typically have a higher capacity than other types of batteries, but they can be more dangerous if they are mishandled.

 

Juice:

Juice is another term for e-liquid. It typically contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine.

E-liquid is available in a wide variety of flavors, and you can choose the nicotine strength that is right for you.

 

Koolada:

Koolada is a type of cooling agent that is often used in menthol e-liquids. Koolada can provide a refreshing and cold sensation when vaporized.

 

Lung Hit:

A lung hit is a type of inhalation where the vapor is taken directly into the lungs. Lung hits provide a strong nicotine buzz because the nicotine is absorbed more quickly by the body.

 

Low Resistance:

A low resistance coil is a type of coil that has a lower resistance than standard coils. Low resistance coils can provide more vapor and flavor, but they also put more stress on batteries.

 

MAH:

MAH is an abbreviation for milliampere hours. MAH is a unit of measurement for battery capacity. The higher the MAH rating, the longer the battery will last.

 

Mg:

Mg is an abbreviation for milligrams. Mg is a unit of measurement for nicotine strength. In vaping, nicotine is typically available in 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg strengths.

 

Mouthpiece:

The mouthpiece is the part of the vaping device that you put your mouth on when you inhale. Mouthpieces can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, and glass.

 

Nic Shot:

A nic shot is a type of e-liquid that contains nicotine. Nic shots are often used to add nicotine to shortfills

 

Max VG:

Max VG is a type of e-liquid that contains a higher ratio of vegetable glycerin to propylene glycol. Max VG e-liquids are typically thicker and provide more vapor than standard e-liquids.

 

Mouth to Lung:

Mouth to lung is a type of inhalation where the vapor is first taken into the mouth before being inhaled into the lungs. Mouth to lung hits can provide more flavor than direct lung hits.

 

Menthol:

Menthol is a type of flavor that is often used in e-liquid. Menthol has a cooling and refreshing taste that is similar to mint.

 

Nic Juice:

Nic juice is a term for e-liquid that contains nicotine. Nic juice is available in a variety of nicotine strengths, so you can choose the amount of nicotine that is right for you.

 

Nic Salt:

Nic salt is a type of nicotine that is derived from nicotine salt. Nic salt is often used in higher nicotine e-liquids because it can provide a smoother throat hit than freebase nicotine.

 

Nic Shot:

A nic shot is a small bottle of nicotine that can be added to shortfill e-liquid. Nic shots typically come in two strengths, 3mg and 6mg.

 

Ohm:

Ohm is a unit of measurement for electrical resistance. The lower the resistance of a coil, the higher the wattage that is required to power it.

 

Organic Cotton:

Organic cotton is a type of cotton that is grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. Organic cotton is often used as wicking material in vaping devices because it provides excellent absorbency and flavor.

 

Propylene Glycol:

Propylene glycol is a type of glycol that is often used as a carrier fluid in e-liquid. Propylene glycol can provide a throat hit and is often used in menthol and tobacco flavors.

It is a thinning agent that is often used in e-liquid. It provides less vapor than VG, but it also carries flavor better.

 

Pod:

Pods are small, disposable cartridges that contain e-liquid and a coil. Pods are often used with pod-style vaping devices and can be swapped out when they are empty.

 

Pod Mod:

A pod mod is a type of vaping device that uses pods instead of tanks. Pod mods typically have a built-in battery and can be used with nicotine salt e-liquid.

 

Priming:

Priming is the process of saturating a coil with e-liquid before use. Priming helps to prevent dry hits and extends the life of a coil.

 

Puffs:

Puffs are a unit of measurement for the amount of vapor that is produced by a vaping device. Puffs are typically measured in seconds, and the average puff is about 2 seconds long.

 

Quit:

Quit is a term that is used to describe the act of stopping smoking. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it is worth it for your health.

 

Ratio:

The ratio is the measurement of the amount of vegetable glycerin to propylene glycol in an e-liquid. The most common ratios are 50/50, 70/30, and 80/20.

 

RBA:

RBA stands for rebuildable atomizer. An RBA is a type of atomizer that allows you to build your own coils. RBAs can provide more vapor and flavor than standard atomizers.

 

RDA:

RDA stands for rebuildable dripping atomizer. An RDA is a type of atomizer that allows you to build your own coils and drip e-liquid directly onto them. RDAs can provide more vapor and flavor than standard atomizers.

 

Resistance:

Resistance is a measure of the electrical resistance of a coil. The lower the resistance of a coil, the higher the wattage that is required to power it.

 

Rewicking:

Rewicking is the process of replacing the wicking material in a coil. Rewicking helps to extend the life of a coil and can improve flavor.

 

Smoking Alternative:

A smoking alternative is a product that can be used to replace cigarettes. Smoking alternatives can include e-cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.

 

Steeping:

Steeping is the process of aging e-liquid to allow the flavors to develop. Steeping can improve the flavor of an e-liquid, but it is not necessary.

 

Shortfill:

A shortfill is a type of e-liquid that does not contain enough nicotine to be used on its own. Shortfills are typically filled to the top of the bottle, leaving room for a nic shot.

 

Smoking Sensation:

The smoking sensation is the feeling that you get when you inhale tobacco smoke. The smoking sensation can be replicated with an e-cigarette, but it is not identical.

 

Sub-ohm:

Sub-ohm vaping is a type of vaping that uses coils with a resistance of less than one ohm. Sub-ohm vaping can produce more vapor than standard vaping, but it is also more difficult and can be dangerous if not done properly.

 

Starter Kit:

A starter kit is a type of vaping device that is designed for beginners. Starter kits typically include everything that you need to start vaping, including a battery, charger, and atomizer.

 

Tank:

A tank is a type of vaping device that holds e-liquid in a reservoir. Tanks can be filled with any type of e-liquid and are typically used with mods.

 

Throat Hit:

Throat hit is the sensation that you feel when vapor hits the back of your throat. Throat hit can be affected by the nicotine level, flavor, and propylene glycol content of an e-liquid.

 

TPD:

TPD stands for the Tobacco Products Directive. The TPD is a set of regulations that govern the sale and marketing of tobacco products in the European Union.

 

Tobacco Harm Reduction:

Tobacco harm reduction is the goal of reducing the harmful effects of tobacco use. Tobacco harm reduction can be achieved by using less harmful products, such as e-cigarettes.

 

Tank:

A tank is a type of vaping device that holds e-liquid in a reservoir. Tanks can be filled with any type of e-liquid and are typically used with mods.

 

Unregulated:

Unregulated devices are devices that do not have a regulated power output. Unregulated devices can be more powerful than regulated devices, but they are also more difficult to use and can be dangerous if not used properly.

Unregulated mods usually have a mechanical switch, and the user must be familiar with Ohm’s law to use them safely.

 

Vapor:

Vapor is the aerosolized form of e-liquid that is produced by a vaping device. Vapor can contain nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals.

 

Vaper:

A vaper is a person who uses an e-cigarette. Vapers can be any age, but most are adults who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes.

 

Variable Wattage:

Variable wattage is a type of vaping device that allows you to adjust the wattage output. Variable wattage devices can be more powerful than standard vaping devices, but they are also more difficult to use and can be dangerous if not used properly.

 

Variable Voltage:

Variable voltage is a type of vaping device that allows you to adjust the voltage output. Variable voltage devices can be more powerful than standard vaping devices, but they are also more difficult to use and can be dangerous if not used properly.

 

Vaporound:

Vaporound is a type of vaping device that uses ultrasonic vibrations to create vapor. Vaporound devices are typically more expensive than standard vaping devices, but they can produce higher quality vapor.

 

Vaper’s tongue:

Vaper’s tongue is a condition that can cause a loss of taste when vaping. Vaper’s tongue is typically temporary and can be caused by a variety of factors, including dehydration.

 

Wattage:

Wattage is a measure of power that is used to determine the vapor production of a vaping device. The higher the wattage, the more vapor that will be produced.

 

Wire:

Wire is the material that is used to make coils for vaping devices. Wire can be made from different materials, including Kanthal, nickel, and stainless steel.

 

X2O:

X2O is a type of vaping device that uses two batteries to power the device. X2O devices are typically more expensive than standard vaping devices, but they can be more powerful and produce more vapor.

 

Youth:

Youth is a term used to describe young people who are not yet adults. In the context of vaping, youth typically refers to people under the age of 18.

Vape products are restricted to people of legal smoking age in their jurisdiction. As for marketing, Vape products can only be marketed to people of legal smoking age.

 

Zinc Alloy:

Zinc alloy is a type of metal that is often used to make vaping devices. Zinc alloy can be used to make mods and atomizers.

 

Zero Nicotine:

Zero nicotine is a type of e-liquid that contains no nicotine. Zero nicotine e-liquids are typically used by people who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes.

 

Conclusion:

These are the common terms that you will encounter when reading about vaping. It is important to familiarize yourself with these terms so that you can understand the content of vaping articles and discussions across different groups and forums.

 

Over to you – what other vaping terms would you add to this list?

 

Let us know in the comments below!

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