In this section we’ve tried to take in consideration as many key points and relevant info as possible to get you started in the vaping world with little to no effort once you have some basic knowledge and understanding of an e-cigs operation.
We understand that for many users all these terms and components can be a little hard to digest when your new to vaping so we’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible. But in some cases you might find that you get stuck with some of the terminology, so we suggest that you navigate to the “Vaping Dictionary” tab to read the pertinent key point to get you back on track with the guide where you left off.
We’ve tried to cover as much as possible in this guide so you don’t have to go searching all around the internet for any info you may need. If after reading through the Vaping Guide, the Vaping Dictionary and the FAQ you still don’t understand something or we´ve missed some relevant points. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by dropping us an email, a comment through our webpage or just by giving us a call. Where always glad to help out anyone seeking advice.
Hope this helps beginners, intermediate and advanced users alike.
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- Battery - The battery is in charge of heating up the coil when you press the firing button and has to be charged with its specific charger as any other battery would.
- Tank - It’s the piece that contains the coil head/resistance and houses the e-liquid that you’re going to use (vape) throughout the day.
- Coil Head - It’s the component in charge to heat up when you press the firing button on the battery to then vaporize the e-liquid.
- E-Liquid - It’s the nicotine solution available at different percentages that is vaporized by the coil head to then be inhaled by the user.
Let’s get more into details with these 4 key points:
- mAh - The milliamps. In simple terms, it is what indicates how long your battery life lasts between charges. The more "mAh" you have the longer your battery will last before needing to recharge it.
- Voltage - Is the power delivered to the battery. Standard eGo batteries (non-variable voltage) typically work between 3.8 and 4.2 volts.
- Variable Voltage – A variable voltage device is one where you can regulate how much power is delivered to your atomizers from your battery. The more voltage is delivered the more power is given to the coil of your atomizer and therefore it will heat the coil up faster, which will then result in a faster delivery and increased vapor production.
- EGo thread – It’s the "external" universally compatible thread at the top of your eGo battery.
- 510 Thread – It’s the "internal" universally compatible thread you can see on the other inner side of the eGo thread.
- Passthrough – A system to "charge while you use". To avoid having to wait for your battery to charge if you want to vape.
Coils / Atomizer Heads
- Propylene glycol (PG) - Used as a solvent in food and cosmetic industry (among other applications) since 1959 and is considered safe for human use. It’s also the one in charge of delivering part of the throat hit and creating the vapor you see when exhaling.
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG) - It’s the one in charge of creating the dense white cloud of vapor you see when exhaling the vapor. It’s also a solvent in food and cosmetic industry, same as with PG, thanks to its inert properties. It more viscous than PG and with a bit of a sweet tooth to it. If you use higher VG concentrations in your DIY mix it’s generally a good practice to add a bit more concentrated flavoring as it has the tendency of dulling down the aroma.
- Hydrosoluble food flavoring - They can be either natural or synthetic food flavorings but they must mix homogeneously when diluted into water. As the name suggests, it’s the ingredient in charge of giving a nice taste to your e-liquid. There’s as many flavorings as different foods there is on the planet. On a side note: All our juices are made only with natural ingredients and extracts.
- Nicotine - This ingredient is the one in charge of quenching your nicotine addiction as if it where tobacco. But without all the nasties found in smoke. It’s synthetic nicotine as its produced in a laboratory in opposed to extracted from tobacco leaves. Recent studies class nicotine similarly to caffeine, and is not all that bad as we were told to believe years ago. It’s even been proven to kill certain cancer cells.
Sub-Ohm tanks and Wicks (coils)
Introduction to Advanced Vaping
- APV: Advanced Personal Vaporizer.
- Adapter: Beauty ring for atomizers to screw on flush with most type of battery sizes whilst hiding the thread.
- Ampere - Amp (A): Unit of measure to describe the discharge rate of the battery. The higher the amp rating the safer it will be to use for sub-ohm vaping.
- Atty: Short for ‘atomizer’.
- Atomizer: General term used to describe all tanks, clearomizers or heating elements
- Battery: Used to power up your electronic cigarette.
- BDC: Bottom Dual Coil. Two coils built in a vertical position and that sit at the base of the atomizer. Generally seen in Aspire, Kanger coil heads.
- BF: Bottom Feeder.
- Bottom Feeder (squonker): A type of MOD with an integrated juice bottle that feeds through the bottom pin of the atomizer to juice up the coil rather than dripping manually. AKA “squonker”.
- Box Mod: APV with the shape of a box. Generally, either mechanical or electronical high powered MOD’s.
- BVC: Bottom Vertical Coil. One coil built in vertical sitting at the bottom of the tank with the wicking material on the outside of the coils. Generally seen in Aspire and Kanger coil heads.
- Cartomizer: A older atomizing system. Typically seen as a small barrel with a resistance inside and filler material to retain the e-liquid to be vaped.
- Carto: Short for “cartomizer”.
- Clearomizer: A tank that holds your e-liquid to be vaped. Clearomizers have a built-in atomizer, which can sometimes be replaced with a new coil head, avoiding having to buy a full clearomizer, once the initial coils lifetime is over.
- Clone: Un-original models of e-cigarettes or replicas, They’re generally the same as original models but sometimes with slight measurement or material variations which can sometimes result in a bad or unintended user experience. Clones are generally un-expensive replicas made by other manufacturers and don’t normally have the high quality standards the originals do. Use at your own risk. For peace of mind, all the product at Evape are made by its original manufacturers.
- Charger: Used to charge you batteries. There’s many models depending on device. The most common being USB chargers and multi-slot ports to charge your IMR batteries. Always use the designated charger one with the same specs preferably supplied by us.
- Clapton Coil: A special type of coil made by wrapping a smaller diameter kanthal over a strand of thicker kanthal.
- Coil: A strand of heating wire (usually kanthal) that is wrapped around to form a spiral and then (normally) “wicked” through the center with organic cotton or other wicking material to allow for e-liquid to be absorbed towards the coil from the base of the atty.
- Cut-off: A safety feature which turns off the device after firing it for more than 10 seconds. Some devices also cut-off automatically to save battery.
- Delrin: Acetal homopolymer resin. Is an engineering thermoplastic that industry leaders specify for high load mechanical applications and is commonly used in drip tips and other parts of electronic cigarettes and atomizers, as it is robust, it withstands high temperatures without deforming and is also a great heat dissipator.
- Direct Lung Vaping (DL): The type of vaping where you pull a draw out of your atomizer and it goes directly into your lungs rather than first stopping in your mouth before inhaling which is defined as Mouth-To-Lung vaping (MTL).
- DL: Direct lung vaping
- Dragon Coil: Handmade coil with the wicking material on the outside of the resistance rather than though the coil.
- Drip Tip: Mouth piece used to draw out vapor from your atomizer. They come in all sorts of materials, shapes and sizes. The most commonly used ones are called “510 drip tips” – Meaning they are cross compatible between most common atty’s, because of their universal standardized size.
- Dry Burn: A method used to clean your coil from residual e-liquid by fired up the coils without any wicking material till they glow red- thus eliminating any residual e-liquid buildup.
- Dry Hit: When your coil’s go dry and you accidentally fire it without any e-liquid you will most likely burn the wicking material and thus burn it up resulting in a bad burnt taste in your mouth named “Dry Hit”.
- Dripper: Advanced atomizers system usually called RDA’s. To use these types of devices you have to “drip” your e-liquid directly onto the coils and wicking material - hence the name “dripper”.
- E-Cig: Electronic Cigarette.
- E-Liquid: E-liquid is the solution used to transport nicotine to your lungs in the form of vapor. It normally contains PG, VG, food flavorings and nicotine if desired.
- Ego: The most standardized e-cig battery on the market.Any battery with this classic shape is normally called eGo battery because eGo where the first to market these types of batteries and they were the starting point of most vapers and e-cig manufacturers way back when vaping first started.
- Ego Threading: One of two universal threading systems that allows compatibility between battery and atomizer models across the globe. The outside thread on a standard eGo battery is what we call eGo threading. The 510 threading is on the inside wall of the eGo threading allowing for 510 connections atomizers to also be compatible.
- Flooding: This can happen for a bunch of different reasons, the main one being overfilling your tank and second one being you might have not closed properly your atomizer or that your drawing out the vapor too strong and thus forcing e-liquid past the seal from your tank into the air conduit. To solve this, you just have to close up your tank and hold a paper towel at the base of the atty where the air holes are and then blow through the mouthpiece with the atomizers in an upright position to get rid of any excess e-liquid inside the air conduit.
- Genesis: A retro styled type of atomizer consisting of a tank and a heating element on the top which is wicked directly from the tank. These types of atomizers are probably the hardest to master correctly without getting any hot spots on your coil and can be wicked with different types of materials like wire mesh, but require a little patience. Some say it’s the system that works the best for e-liquid tobacco flavors.
- Gurgling: Noise that is produced when there’s excess e-liquid in the air conduit. To eliminate you have to blow through the mouthpiece with a paper towel in your hand with the atomizer in an upright position detached from your battery.
- High Resistance: High resistance coils are those higher than one OHM and generally need a higher powered APV to fire them.
- Hybrid: A hybrid is an e-cigarette with an integrated atomizer into the unit. Or with the atomizer directly touching the battery rather than the positive pin of the MOD.
- IMR Battery: Most commonly used lithium Ion batteries. IMR is the name of the type of battery cells it uses and the safest available on the market. Always make sure your using the correct amp rating for your specific device and coils.
- Juice: E-Liquid
- Kanthal: One of many types of wire used to make coils, and the most commonly used.
- Kick: A little microchip that allows you to turn some telescoping mechanical MOD’s into a regulated device (electronic cigarette) by sitting on top of the battery inside the tube and acting as a regulation device which can then be set to a specific voltage rather than being a fully mechanical device that just runs at your batteries maximum voltage.
- Leaking: This can happen due to various reasons, the main ones being overfilling your atomizer, drawing out vapor to hard forcing e-liquid past the seal and into the air conduit or not wicking your RTA correctly (i.e: not enough cotton).
- Low resistance: A lower resistance on your atomizer/clearomizer means that there is less regulation of current and so the heating element will get hotter faster and produce a lot of vapor. The lower the resistance of your coil the faster ramp up time it will have, translating to a quicker vapor production.
- Maceration: Process in which the e-liquid is stored for no less than two weeks to allow all the aromas to break down into the e-liquid for the best flavor results.
- mAh: Milliamp/hour. Used to measure battery life. The higher the rating the longer the battery will last.
- Mechanical Mod: Unregulated Electronic cigarettes with no electronics or safety features. They have to be used by experienced vapers only as they can be dangerous to operate without any battery safety and OHM’s law knowledge.
- Mesh: A thin wire mesh used as wicking material in genesis atomizers.
- Misfire: The result of an electronic cigarette not activating when pressing the power button.
- Mg: Milligrams
- ML: Milliliter
- Mod: Advanced high powered electronic cigarettes.
- Mouth-to-Lung (MTL): The type of vaping where you pull a draw out of your atomizer and its stops first in your mouth before inhaling, rather than taking a “Direct Lung” hit (DL). You can experience this in atomizers with a tight draw.
- MTL: Mouth to lung vaping.
- OHM: The electrical resistance between two points of a conductor. Used as unit of measure for coils resistance.
- O-ring: Little rubber seals that are usually seen in atomizers.
- Passthrough: System used in some electronic cigarettes that allows you to vape whilst charging your device through its charging USB port.
- Propylene Glycol (PG): Propylene Glycol. One of the two main ingredients used in e-liquid. Used as a solvent in food industry since 1959 and its considered safe for human use. PG normally delivers a bit of a throat hit and is not as viscous as VG.
- PG: Propylene Glycol.
- Protected Battery: A battery with a built in fuse that short out as a safety measure if the battery accidentally overheats beyond breaking point or is shorted out by accident.
- Rebuildable Atomizer: Used to describe all atomizers that can be “rebuilt”, meaning that the users can replace the coils manually with handmade/premade wicks rather than readymade coil heads.
- RBA: Rebuildable atomizer.
- RTA: Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. RTA’s are atomizers with a tank sitting on top that allows for constant juice flow to the wicks and coils.
- · RDA: Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. RDA’s are “open” atomizers in which you directly drip your e-liquid into to be evaporated and then repeat process once the wicking material is drying out.
- Resistance: Measured in Ohms. The lower the resistance, the lower the voltage needed to heat the coils. Note you will need safer batteries or regulated devices that will withstand the faster discharge rate.
- Silica: Wicking material made to withstand high temperatures without burning.
- Short Circuit: Typically seen on an electronic cigarettes display when your atomizers or coil is shorting out. i.e: the coil is touching the side wall of the atomizer or there’s some type of faulty connection resulting in a “misfire”.
- Steeping: It’s the process you give e-liquid after mixing up the ingredients to speed up the oxidation of the aromas resulting in a faster aging so that the aromas break down fully into the e-liquid for best flavor results. It consists of opening up the e-liquid bottle and letting fresh air in, and/or leaving the open bottle in a cool dark place overnight to allow for faster oxidation and the aromas breaking down faster.
- Sub-Ohm: Vaping with a coil that measures less than one OHM.
- Sub-Ohm Tank: Tanks that use resistances lower than 1 OHM, resulting in a better vapor and flavor production.
- Throat Hit: The little kick you receive in your throat when vaping with nicotine, mimicking the sensation of real tobacco smoking.
- Vape: Short for electronic cigarette and also the term used to describe the act of using/inhaling vapor from you’re vape/electronic cigarette.
- Vaper: Electronic cigarette user.
- Vaping: The act of using an e-cig.
- Variable Voltage/Wattage: An advanced E-cigarette device which allows users to adjust the voltage settings for improved performance. An APV the lets you regulate the intensity of the voltage or wattage to the user’s specific needs.
- Vertical Coil: Coil built in a vertical position. Some RDA’s are specifically designed to house vertical coils for better flavor.
- VV: Variable Voltage
- VW: Variable Wattage
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG): One of the two main ingredients used in e-liquid. Used as a solvent in food industry since 1959 and its considered safe for human use. VG normally delivers more vapor than PG and has less of a throat hit and is the more viscous than VG.
- VG: Vegetable Glycerin.
- Wick: Material used to absorb e-liquid towards the heating element to be vaporized (i.e: silica, organic cotton, etc.)
- 1:1: Used to name perfect clones. Exact replicas of the original version.
- 18350: E-cigarette battery. Used mainly for small mechanical mods and small APV’s. The name reflects the battery size (Width: 1.80cm Width: 3.50cm)
- 18650: E-cigarette battery. Most commonly used battery in APV’s. The name reflects the battery size (Width: 1.80cm Width: 6.50cm)
- 18500 or 18490: E-cigarette battery. Used mainly for small mechanical mods and small APV’s. The name reflects the battery size (Width: 1.80cm Width: 5.00cm) & (Width: 1.80cm Width: 4.90cm)
- 510 Threading: One of the two universal threading systems used to make most atomizers compatible with most battery models across the globe. The eGo threading is on the outside wall of the 510 threading.