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Explore the Vape Glossary: Your Ultimate Guide to Vaping Terminology

Explore the Vape Glossary: Your Ultimate Guide to Vaping Terminology

Nurin Fadzil |

This guide explains everything from basics like atomizers and e-liquids to advanced topics like rebuildables and disposable pods. Whether you're new or experienced, this guide will improve your vaping know-how. Let's get started!



AIO (All-In-One)

A device where the tank is integrated into the battery. Commonly known as pens or sticks, they are compact, portable, and generate a modest amount of vapor.


A component that allows the connection of parts not originally designed for the e-cigarette, such as a different battery than the standard model.

ADV (All Day Vape)

Refers to an e-Liquid that a user is comfortable vaping continuously over an extended period.

Airflow Control

A feature that allows users to adjust the airflow to control the draw and vapor production.


A crucial component of an e-cigarette that converts e-Liquid into vapor.

Atomizer Wick

A small mesh structure that aids in moving e-Liquid to the atomizer.

Auto Draw

A type of device activates when you inhale, without needing a button press. It's common in pod systems and disposables for ease of use.

Auto Shut-Off

A safety feature that automatically turns off the device after a certain period of inactivity.



Base Liquid

The foundational mixture to which other ingredients are added to create a complete e-liquid. It typically comprises VG (vegetable glycerine) and PG (propylene glycol).

Base Mix

The base liquid with added Nicotine. Users can then customize with their preferred flavorings.


The power source for electronic cigarettes that activates the attached atomizer, heating the coil and producing vapor.

BDC (Bottom Dual Coil)

Clearomizers ensuring precise liquid amounts for optimal coil heating, providing a clean vaping experience.


The ratio of VG (Vegetable Glycerin) to PG (Propylene Glycol) in e-liquid.

Battery Safety

Crucial safety measures for vaping products. 

Bottom Coil

A clearomizer with the heating coil located at the bottom.

BVC (Bottom Vertical Coil Clearomiser)

A clearomizer with a vertically positioned heating coil, enhancing airflow and vapor production. Commonly used by companies like Aspire and Smok.

Box Mod

An advanced vape with a box-shaped battery section.

Brick & Mortar (B&M)

Physical e-cig stores on the high street where you can personally select and try vaping products before purchasing.


A device activated by pressing a designated button, also known as the 'fire button'.



Cart (Cartridge)

A slang term for the cartridge.


The part of the e-cigarette that holds the e-Liquid.

Carto (Cartomizer)

A slang term for a cartomizer.


A combination of an atomizer and cartridge in one unit.


The charger is the device used to recharge an e-cigarette device, typically employing a USB connection to connect to a laptop/desktop computer or an authorized wall adapter, maintaining a safe and steady power supply to the battery.


An e-cigarette that closely resembles a traditional cigarette.

Cloud Chaser

A term for vapers who aim to create large vapor clouds.

Cloud Chasing

A practice where vapers aim to use a vaping device that produces large, voluminous clouds of vapor.

Cloud Juice

Refers to e-liquids with a high VG content, known for producing dense vapor clouds. It's favored by vapers focused on vapor production over flavor.


Refers to the visible vapor produced by an e-cigarette.


A replicated version of a branded e-cigarette. Due to the prevalence of counterfeit products, many brands now incorporate authenticity stickers.


Found within the atomizer, it heats the e-Liquid.

Contact Pin

The metal pin atop the battery that links it with the coil, facilitating the transfer of power to heat the liquid and produce vapor.


The material encircling the coil, absorbing e-liquid from the tank for heating and vaporization.

Cut Off

This safety feature in vapes prevents prolonged firing, reducing the risk of coil damage or accidents due to accidental button presses.

Custom Mod

A personally handcrafted or modified electronic cigarette.



Deep Lung

A vaping style where vapor is inhaled directly into the lungs with one prolonged draw.


An unhealthy component that was once present in certain e-liquids, albeit in levels lower than those found in traditional tobacco cigarettes.


An e-cigarette featuring a DNA circuit board that regulates wattage and voltage, typically produced by Evolv Vapor.

Disposable vs. Non-Refillable

Disposable vapes are designed for single-use and cannot be refilled. Non-refillable vapes might have options for replacing pods or tanks.

Disposable vs. Rechargeable

Unlike rechargeable vapes, disposable vapes have a built-in battery that can't be recharged. They're discarded once the battery is depleted.

Disposable vs. Prefilled

All disposable vapes are prefilled with e-liquid. However, not all prefilled vapes are disposable (some can be refilled).

Disposable vs. Pod System

While some disposable vapes use a pod system, not all pod systems are disposable. Many pod systems allow for replacement pods.

Dispo (Disposable Vape/Pod)

A term referring to disposable vaping devices, which are single-use e-cigarettes pre-filled with e-liquid and designed to be discarded after use.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

In the vaping community, it refers to activities like crafting your own coils or blending your own vape juices.


A method of adding e-Liquid directly onto the atomizer by dripping a few drops onto the coil.

Drip Tip

Also known as the mouthpiece, is the part you place your lips around when inhaling from your vape.


The act of inhaling air through an e-cigarette, equivalent to "drag" in traditional cigarettes.


A type of disposable vape that is activated by inhaling (drawing) on the mouthpiece, without the need for a button.

Dry Burn

The process of drawing on an e-cigarette when there's no e-Liquid in the cartridge.

Dry Hit

Occurs when an e-cigarette lacks sufficient or no liquid in the device, resulting in an unpleasant taste caused by the wicking material being heated instead of e-liquid.


Indicates that the device can be activated either by drawing on it or by pressing a button.

Dual Coil

Evenly distributes heat between two coils, effectively doubling vapor production and enhancing flavor intensity.

Direct Lung (DTL/DL)

Inhaling vapor directly into the lungs without holding it in the mouth first.



E-Cig (Electronic Cigarette)

The term for the device used to vaporize e-Liquid for inhalation.

Eco Mode

A feature designed to conserve battery life. It engages when the battery level drops to 40%, automatically adjusting the wattage lower and then back to normal each time you vape.


The liquid vaporized in an electronic cigarette.

E-Liquid Capacity

The amount of e-liquid a disposable vape can hold. This determines how long the device will last before it needs to be disposed of.


A general term encompassing the use of electronic cigarettes.



Filling Port

A small opening on a tank or pod where vape juice is inserted to fill it with e-liquid. Simply insert the nozzle of your e-liquid bottle into the filling port to fill.


Absorbent material within a cartridge that helps deliver e-Liquid to the atomizer without flooding.

Flavor Options

The range of different e-liquid flavors available for disposable vapes. This can include fruit, dessert, menthol, and tobacco flavors.


Additional ingredients in e-Liquids to impart specific tastes, often mimicking familiar foods or drinks.


Found in refillable vape pods where the coil is integrated and cannot be removed. When the coil wears out, simply replace the entire pod. This eliminates the need for messy coil changes - just swap out the pod.

Fixed Wattage/Fixed Power

Refers to vape kits that provide a consistent power output at a set level. The wattage cannot be adjusted. These devices are user-friendly and require minimal setup, making them perfect for hassle-free vaping.


When too much liquid reaches the atomizer.


Pure, tobacco-derived nicotine used in e-liquids. It provides a smoother experience compared to other forms.

French Inhale

A vaping style where vapor is drawn into the mouth before being inhaled through the nose.




A thick, odorless, colorless liquid used as a base in e-liquids. It's prized for creating dense vapor clouds when heated, making it a vital component alongside Propylene Glycol (PG) in the vaping experience.



High Resistance (HR)

An atomizer with a high OHM reading used for high voltage vaping.


An e-cigarette with the atomizer and battery holder integrated for a sleek appearance.




Drawing in vapor from a vape device. Techniques include MTL (Mouth to Lung) and DTL (Direct to Lung) vaping.

Inhalation Activation

Auto-draw technology in certain vape devices instantly produces vapor when inhaling through the mouthpiece. No need for buttons or settings, making it convenient for new and experienced vapers.



Juice (E-Liquid)

A slang term for e-Liquid.



Kanthal Wire

The predominant type of resistance wire, with Nichrome as the alternative. Kanthal is favored for its quicker "bedding in" process and enhanced flavor production compared to Nichrome.


A term sometimes used to describe the throat hit experienced while vaping.



LED (Light Emitting Diode)

It's the light at the end of an e-cigarette that illuminates to mimic a traditional cigarette.

LED Indicator

A light on the disposable vape that indicates battery life or usage status. For example, it may blink to show low battery.


When too much liquid is added, it seeps into the battery compartment, potentially causing damage.


Short for lithium-ion batteries.


Term used to describe e-Liquid.

Low Resistance

The coil in the atomizer heats up to vaporize e-liquid. Thicker wire has higher resistance, measured in ohms. Coils range from 0.15ohms to 1.8ohms. Lower resistance means faster e-liquid use, hotter vape, and denser vapor.




Stands for milliampere-hour, indicating a battery's energy storage capacity.


An e-cigarette type activated by pressing a button.

Mechanical Mod

Also known as 'Mech Mod,' these lack electrical components.

Mesh Coil

Utilizes a mesh-like metal sheet for even e-liquid heating and improved flavor.


Extracted from peppermint, used in traditional and e-cigarettes for a fresh, enduring taste.


Represents milligram strength per milliliter, specifying e-Liquid nicotine content. 


Denotes smaller e-cigarette models.


Short for modification, refers to user-customized electronic cigarettes.


Also known as the drip tip, is the section of your vape device that you put to your lips for inhalation.

MTL (Mouth-to-Lung)

A vaping style where vapor is first drawn into the mouth, then inhaled.




A slang term referring to Nicotine.

Nic Juice

A slang term used to describe e-Liquid containing Nicotine.

Nic Salt/Nicotine Salt

A naturally occurring nicotine form in tobacco leaves, enhanced with acids for easier absorption and smoother inhale, even at higher concentrations. Popular for low-powered devices like pod kits and disposables due to fast-acting effects. Some disposable vapes use nicotine salts, which provide a smoother throat hit and are absorbed more quickly than freebase nicotine.


Contain in natural tobacco and added to e-Liquids to replicate the nicotine hit in traditional cigarettes.

Nicotine Free

E-liquid with no nicotine content (0mg). Chosen by those reducing nicotine intake during smoking cessation.

Nicotine Strength

The concentration of nicotine in the e-liquid of a disposable vape. This is usually measured in milligrams per milliliter (mg/mL).

NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy)

Approved method for nicotine addiction treatment, providing controlled nicotine without harmful tobacco substances. Available as gum, tablets, patches, sprays, inhalers, and lozenges.




A unit of measurement for electrical resistance.




A device that can be directly connected to a USB port, allowing vaping without concern for battery life.


An abbreviation for Polyethylene Glycol, a common ingredient in many e-Liquids.

Pen Style

One of several types of e-cigarettes, characterized by its resemblance to a pen and its small, slim design.

Puff Count

The number of puffs a disposable vape is designed to deliver before it's depleted. Manufacturers usually specify the estimated puff count.


E-liquid, or vape juice, can have different mixtures of two main ingredients: PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerol).

  • PG gives a strong throat feeling and good flavor but doesn't make big clouds.
  • VG gives a smooth throat feeling, good flavor, and makes big clouds.

PG/VG Ratio

Some disposable vapes may have a specific ratio of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) in the e-liquid.


A vape pod is like a little tank that holds the liquid for your e-cigarette. When your e-cigarette uses a pod, it's called a "pod kit." The pod sticks to the battery with magnets.

Pod Kit

A pod kit is a popular type of e-cigarette. Instead of a big tank, it uses a smaller pod. A pod kit has two main parts: a battery and a pod. It's easy to use and great for both new and experienced vapers who want a small, hassle-free device.

Polyethylene Glycol (PG)

One of the two primary base substances used in e-Liquids.

The standard filler material used by many manufacturers in their cartridges.



RBA (Re-Buildable Atomiser)

An atomizer that allows users to create their own coils.

RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser)

An atomizer that enables users to build their own coils, but does not have a reservoir for e-liquid. Instead, users drip e-liquid directly onto the coil.

Refillable Pods (Open System Pods)

These pods can be filled with your preferred vape juice multiple times, offering a cost-effective alternative to disposable or pre-filled pods.

Replacement Coil

The component in the atomizer/clearomizer that needs to be changed out when it wears out. This screw-in/screw-out system reduces waste and is more economical than disposable tanks.


The electrical resistance offered by an atomizer.


These are tanks or atomizers used by experienced vapers that allow for the replacement of coils and wicks.




The most commonly used material for wicks.

Smoke Juice

Term used to describe e-Liquid.

Smokeless Cigarette

A term applied to e-cigarettes, denoting their lack of smoke.


When hot e-liquid droplets pop out of the drip tip.

Starter Kits

Bundled packages offered by many e-cigarette companies that include everything needed to begin vaping.


The process of aging an e-Liquid, allowing the ingredients to settle through exposure to air.


A technique used by experienced vapers to create very large vapor clouds.




A chamber, typically made of glass or plastic, that holds the e-Liquid.

Throat Hit

The sensation experienced at the back of the throat when the vapor reaches it. Many users seek to replicate the throat hit of traditional cigarettes.


A plant predominantly cultivated in the U.S.A, South America, and parts of Europe. In vaping, nicotine is often derived from the tobacco plant, but it's less harmful as it's not burned, avoiding the production of harmful toxins. This has facilitated many former smokers in successfully transitioning to vaping.

Tobacco Harm Reduction

Efforts aimed at minimizing the harm caused by tobacco smoking, which includes assisting individuals in quitting smoking and transitioning to less harmful alternatives.


An abbreviation for the Tobacco Products Directive.


An upgraded version of the USB charging cable known for its rapid charging abilities and symmetrical connection, making it more popular than its predecessor.



USB Charger

A commonly used charger for various devices, including vape kits. Its popularity has slightly diminished with the rise of the USB-C charger.

USB Passthrough

A device that can be directly plugged into a USB port to provide power or recharge the e-cigarette.



Vape Butter

The residue that can accumulate on atomizers due to overfilling.

Vape Juice

Another term for e-liquid, often referred to simply as "juice."

Vape Liquid

A term used to describe e-liquid.

Vape Store

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The term used to describe an individual who uses an electronic cigarette.

Vaper's Tongue

This happens when you lose your ability to taste flavors after vaping the same liquid for too long. Switching to a different flavor can help refresh your taste buds and bring back the full taste experience.


The act of using an electronic cigarette.

Variable Voltage (VV)

Allows a user to adjust the voltage output on their device.

Variable Wattage (VW)

Allows a user to adjust the wattage output on their device.


The cloud of particles produced by an electronic cigarette.

Vapour Production

It's the amount of vapor generated when using your vape device. A lower-powered setup like a pod kit will produce less vapor compared to a high-powered cloud tank, which can run at much higher settings.

Vegetable Glycerol or Glycerine (VG)

One of the two primary base substances used in creating e-Liquids.




A unit of power. 1 Watt is equal to 1 Joule per second.


The material that soaks up e-liquid and delivers it to the heating coil of the atomizer.




An e-Liquid with no Nicotine content.