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This section has an A-Z explanation of commonly used 'vape' jargon for those new and unfamiliar with the terms.

18650 - refers to a specific size of rechargeable, Li-Ion battery popularly used in vapes.

510 - The universal thread connection type for a tank to screw onto the mod.

AFC (Air flow control) - This refers to a small dial found in atomizers and clearomizers/tanks to adjust the drag of an e-cig.

Atomiser/Atomizer/Atty or Tank - This is the part of an e-cig/vape that houses the coil and wick that is heated to produce vapor from e-liquid.

Amps – Short for amperage, this is the flow of energy along a circuit. Batteries with higher amps can better handle atomizers with lower resistances without overheating.

Battery (batt) –  this rechargeable component provides power to the atomizer when the user inhales on the mouthpiece. Most electronic cigarettes employ a lithium ion battery which ranges in size.

Cartridge: Typically used on pod systems, it sits within the mouthpiece and contains absorbent material (the wick). This is where flavored liquid containing nicotine is stored. When the liquid is depleted it can either be refilled or replaced with a new pre-filled cartridge.

Drip/Dripping: A method of dripping e-liquid directly onto the atomizer or fill material to refill an electronic cigarette.

Drip tip - the tip of the tank/atomiser that touches your mouth when vaping. You can interchange drip tips on most vapes.

Coil - the heating element that, when electricity passes through it, is used to vaporize the e-liquid in an vaping device. 

Dry Hit - occurs when a coil is electrified and heats up, while the wick is not saturated. It produces a dry, burnt taste that is not pleasant at all.

DTL (Direct to Lung) - process of inhalation of vapour directly to the lungs (as opposed to MTL mouth to lung). Requires the use of a sub ohm tank.

E-Liquid/E-juice - aka: e-liquid, smoke juice, nic juice, eJuice, eLiquid, smoke oil - it is the liquid component, often containing nicotine, that is vaporized in electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, to be inhaled by the user. 

Mod - the box that houses the battery

Mechanical Mod  - A device which has a battery and a switch with no adjustment or protection. These are unregulated devices for advanced users as they carry potential risks

MTL (Mouth to Lung) - the process of inhaling vapour first to the mouth, and then drawn into the lungs. Common for pen style vapes and it is the most similar to having a cigarette.

Ohm - the standard unit of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating of a coil, as a result of higher wattage.

Pen Style – one of the many choices of electronic cigarettes available, which resembles in size and shape a pen.

Propylene Glycol (PG) – One of two base substances used in e-liquid. PG is an over-the-counter substance used in many foodstuffs.

Priming – Before using a new atomizer, a few drops of liquid are added then made to sit for a few minutes to let the e-juice saturate the wick fully.

Rebuildables – This can refer to either tanks or atomisers that let users rebuild their own coils and wicks. Used mostly by advanced users, rebuildables allow vapers to adjust resistance, change out different wicks, and experiment with various setups to achieve their preferred vapes.

RTA  (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) - They are different from RDAs because RTAs have a glass tank section like sub-ohm tanks. RDAs use juice wells, or users drip their e-juice onto the exposed coils. RTAs feature many interchangeable parts that vapers can customize. They can replace drip tips, use tank extenders for more e-juice capacity, and build their own coils.

RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) - The dripping refers to when vapers remove the top cap from an RDA to drip e-juice onto the exposed coils. RDAs are unique because they do not have a regular glass tank section. They consist of a build deck and build posts where users can wrap and mount their coils.

Resistance - a measurement of a the degree to which a conductor opposes electrical current through that conductor; measured in ohms. In e-cigs, coils and atomizers are often available in two main classifications: low and standard resistance.

Starter Kit - These kits will give you the battery (mod) and tank (atomiser) together so you don't need to purchase them separately. Ideal for beginner purchases.

Squonking - Refers to the action of the squeezing a bottle of e-liquid which is directly attached to the coil in your mod. 

Sub-Ohm - using atomizers rated below 1 ohm, and increasing the amperage capacity of their devices, using specialized batteries (using the principles of Ohms Law), to increase wattage, in attempts to produce ever larger clouds. Direct to Lung devices use sub ohm tanks.

TC (Temperature Control) - When you set the temperature you want your atomiser to to run at rather than the voltage or wattage.

Vaper - refers to a user of an electronic cigarette, The term vaper stems from an e-cig’s production of vapor, rather than smoke; thus users vape, not smoke.

Vapour - the steam-like fog produced by the atomization of e-liquid in an electronic cigarette. Vapour is the visible factor which simulates smoke.

Vaporiser / Vape - a vaporiser/vape is a device which converts a liquid into a gas or vapor.

Vaping - the act of using an electronic cigarette, named so because of vaping’s production of vapor, rather than the smoke produced by cigarettes and other more traditional, burned tobacco products.

Vaper’s Tongue: Refers to a loss of taste, from suddenly going off a flavour to losing all taste for flavours.

Vaporwave -  is a microgenre of electronic music. The style is defined by its appropriation of 1980s and 1990s mood music styles such as smooth jazz, elevator music, R&B, and lounge music, typically sampling or manipulating tracks via chopped and screwed techniques and other effects. Its surrounding subculture is sometimes associated with an ambiguous or satirical take on consumer capitalism and pop culture, and tends to be characterized by a nostalgic or surrealist engagement with the popular entertainment, technology and advertising of previous decades. It also incorporates early Internet imagery, late 1990s web design, glitch art, anime, 3D-rendered objects, and cyberpunk tropes in its cover artwork and music videos. (From Wikipedia)

Vaperwave - My vape shop that sells vapes while playing vaporwave.

VG (Vegetable Glycerin) - a colorless, viscous (thick) organic compound that acts as a diluent, or filler, and is a common ingredient found in e-liquid, as well as many food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Glycerin has a light, sweet taste, low toxicity, and is thicker than Propylene Glycol. Glycerin is used at higher ratios in juices when thicker, richer vapor production is desired or where a PG sensitivity of the user is present.

Voltage - refers to the electrical potential of a power source.

VV (Variable Voltage) - a vape feature that allows the user direct control over the voltage output of their device, allowing the user to vary the temperature that the atomizer heats to, and thus affecting flavor and vapor production.

VW (Variable Wattage) - a vape feature that allows the user direct control over the wattage, or power used by their device, allowing the user to vary the temperature that the atomizer heats to, and thus affecting flavor and vapor production. VW is considered superior to VV, as it provides a more consistent temperature of atomization over time, and when swapping atomizers of different ohm ratings, without having to make adjustments to account for greater, or lower resistance vaporizing components.

Watt (wattage) - The amount of power consumed at the atomizer coil used to vaporize an e-liquid.

Wick - a wick is any material that conveys e-juice through itself or from a reservoir via capillary action, and delivers it to the coil in an electronic cigarette. Many atomizers use wicks made from silica, however, wicks can be made from steel mesh, fiberglass, cotton, and even ceramic materials.

Wire - a type of electrical wire that is used in atomizer coils, which, when electricity is applied, heats up an acts to vaporize the e-juice. Resistance wire is most commonly either Nichrome or Kanthal.