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Vaping Glossary

Adapter – Used to allow a specific style of atomizer or cartomizer to fit onto a different style of battery. Many users prefer the vapor production of one style of atty but prefer the battery life of another style of battery. This allows them to have access to both simultaneously.

Analog or Analogue – Slang term for a traditional cigarette.

Atomizer (aka Atty) - The part of an e-cigarette that heats the juice to the point of vaporization.

Automatic – A style of electronic cigarette battery that does not have a button to activate the heating element. The atomizer is activated when the user draws on the mouthpiece. This style of battery is most similar in looks to a traditional cigarette.


Battery (Abbreviated as Batt) – The battery piece of an electronic cigarette provides power to the heating element. This allows the heating element to heat the juice and produce vapor.

Bridge – A small U-shaped covering inside the atomizer. This is used to absorb liquid and help it towards the heating element.


Cartridge (Abbreviated as Cart) – A plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds the juice.

Cartomizer (aka Carto) – A combination of cartridge and atomizer. These generally do not last as long as an atomizer but are less expensive because they hold more juice than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination. (Also see Dual and Triple-Coil Cartomizers.)

Charger – A battery charger. This is used to recharge your e-cig battery once it has been depleted. You may find yourself using several types. USB, wall, and car chargers are commonly used with 510 batteries; 3.7v Li-Ion 18650 batteries use a different charger from 3v LiFePO batteries.


Dual Coil Cartomizer – A newer type of cartomizer that employs two coils providing about 1.5ohms of resistance. These produce strong vapor, come in several sizes, and may hold anywhere from 1.5ml to 3.5ml of juice. Generally recommended for 6v vaping.

Drip Tip – An accessory that can be used in conjunction with an atomizer or cartomizer. It is an open mouthpiece that allows you to drip juice directly onto the atomizer. Some atomizers, such as the LR306, require the use of a drip tip. Drip tips are commonly made of aluminum, plastic, or Delrin.

Dripping – A method of adding juice to the atomizer. A user will drip a few drop directly onto the bridge before vaping. Many users feel this method produces the best vapor production and taste since there is no filler material involved in the process. Used in conjunction with a drip tip.


E-Juice – Also referred to as e-liquid, juice, or sometimes smoke juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

E-Liquid – Also referred to as e-juice, juice, or sometimes smoke juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

eGo - A style of electronic cigarette that utilizes 510 threads and allows you to use 510 components but with a much larger battery. Many people feel this is one of the better models of e-cigs available. HotVapes' Torpedo is very similar to an eGo.

Electronic Cigarette (Abbreviated as E-Cig) – A device that heats up a liquid solution consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavorings to the point where it becomes vapor.


Filler Material (Abbreviated as Filler) – Absorbent material placed inside a cartridge. It is used to help keep the juice inside the cartridge and deliver it to the atomizer at an optimal pace (so as to not flood the device). Most cartridges use PolyFill as the filler material, but there are many other fillers available that may help enhance your e-cig experience, such as the blue aquarium filler material known as Fluval.

Flavors – See Ejuice/E-Liquid.

Flooding – Something that can occur when too much juice is applied to the atomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize liquid, adding too much juice will cause a decrease in vapor production and flavor.

Food and Drug Administration (Abbreviated as FDA) – An administrative branch of the United States government that oversees the rules and regulations pertaining to the safety of food and drug products sold in the USA.

Forums – There are a growing number of forums dedicated to vaping, from small to large. Perhaps the oldest and largest is the ECF or Electronic Cigarette Forum.





Juice – Also referred to as e-liquid, e-juice, or sometimes smoke juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.



Leaking – This can happen when too much juice is added to an atomizer or cartomizer. Juice can leak out of the bottom of the heating element and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device (as is the case with automatic batteries).

Light Emitting Diode (Abbreviated as LED) – A diode that converts applied voltage to light. These are commonly used in electronic cigarette devices to indicate that the devices are actively being used.

Liquid – Also referred to as e-liquid, e-juice, smoke juice, or juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Low Resistance (Abbreviated as LR) – An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower ohm rating than standard equipment. This generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produce vapor more quickly. LRs are designed to produce more vapor than an atty or carto with a standard resistance rating. The LR306 is a popular low resistance atty.


Manual – A style of electronic cigarette battery that has a button (usually on the top or side of the battery) that activates the heating element. When the user wishes to use the device, the button must first be depressed in order to produce vapor from the atomizer. This style of e-cig is less like a traditional cigarette than the automatic, but is preferred by many because it is sealed and cannot be adversely affected by leaking. Additionally, many vapers prefer to activate it just before putting it to their lips, giving them greater control of their vape, which is not possible with an automatic battery.

Milligrams (Abbreviated as mg) – The amount of nicotine found in a juice. Typical levels include 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg and 24mg. A medium level of nicotine is usually around 12mg. Those who use juice with a higher nicotine content than that are generally people who were heavy smokers or who have been vaping for quite some time.

Milliliters (Abbreviated as ml) – The amount of juice in a given container.

Mini – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. These are generally about the same size as a traditional cigarette and have the shortest battery life of any style.

Mod – Can be used to describe modifications to a device or accessory (such as getting more vapor production out of your cartridges) or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette. In the latter context, mods typically use larger rechargeable lithium ion batteries with longer battery life and increased vapor production but the device does not look like a traditional cigarette. Some mods will also allow the user to increase or decrease the voltage of their device to achieve optimal performance. This can also be simulated by using attys and cartos with different ohm ratings.



Ohm - A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.


Passthrough – A device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life. Some users report better vapor production and/or flavor while using a passthrough compared to their regular batteries.

PCC - Abbreviation for Personal Charging Case.

Pen Style – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. It slightly resembles a ball point pen in appearance.

Personal Charging Case – A case that can be taken with a user on the go to charge electronic cigarette batteries while away from a power outlet. They are particularly useful when using the smaller cigarette-style batteries.

Personal Vaporizor (Abbreviated as PV) – Another name for an electronic cigarette. It is generally used in reference to the more nontraditional styles of e-cigs (also known as mods).

Propylene Glycol (Abbreviated as PG) – An ingredient found in many brands of e-juice. When heated, it produces vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, PG produces less vapor than its VG counterpart but provides more throat hit. Some users have reported an allergic reaction to it and must therefore use 100% VG juice instead. Propylene Glycol has been used medically for many years in asthma inhalers.


Quartermaster Baboo – A fictional character who stocks the shelves at HotVapes.



Smoke Juice – Also referred to as e-liquid, liquid, juice, or e-juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Smokeless Cigarette – A term commonly used to refer to an electronic cigarette because no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled while using an e-cig.

Starter Kit – A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment and typically includes everything needed to begin vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger, and 4 or 5 pre-filled cartridges.


Throat Hit – The sensation one feels in the back of the throat when vaping juice that contains nicotine. Because nicotine is a large contributing factor to throat hit, a juice that contains zero nicotine has little throat hit.

Triple Coil CartomizerA newer type of cartomizer that employs three coils providing about 1.6ohms of resistance. These vape slightly stronger than dual coil cartomizers, come in several sizes, and may hold anywhere from 1.5ml to 3.5ml of juice. They are generally recommended for 6v vaping.



Vape – The action of “smoking” an electronic cigarette. Since e-cigs actually produce vapor (rather than smoke) people refer to this as “Vaping”.

Vapor Production – Typically associated with juices and mods. It indicates how much vapor is produced on an average inhale.

Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin (Abbreviated as VG) – An ingredient found in most brands of e-juice. When heated, it produces vapor that can be inhaled. Typically, VG produces more vapor than it’s PG counterpart but provides less throat hit. Some users who are allergic to Propylene Glycol must use 100% VG juices.


Wick – A narrow piece of string inside of many styles of attys that allows easier delivery of juice to the heating element.