ADV – Acronym for ‘All-day vape’ - an e-liquid that you don't tire of using on a daily basis.
APV – Acronym for ‘Advanced personalised vapourizer’, a term recognized in the electronic cigarette industry as a more accurate name for modern day devices used for vaporizing e-liquid.
Atomizer - The atomizer is the heating element that produces vapour. These generally need a cartridge to hold the e-liquid, but there are different types of these, including dripping atomizers and rebuild-able atomizers.
BCC - Bottom Coil Clearomizer (such as Kanger Protank, Mini Protank, EVOD, T3D, etc.). The atomizer coil sits at the bottom of the clearomizer tank near to the battery connection.
Battery – A battery is the component that supplies the current (power) to heat the atomiser which in turn will vapourize the e-liquid. They contain a sealed rechargeable battery cell that are charged generally through the threading part of the battery.
Clearomizer / Cartomizer – A clearomizer has an atomizer and a tank that holds the e-liquid. These can also be referred to as ‘tanks’.
Direct Lung Inhale (DLI) – A direct lung inhale involves drawing the vapour straight down into the lungs. This menthod of vaping is more commonly used when sub-ohming.
E-Cig – Shortened terminology for ‘e-cigarette’.
510/eGo Connection - This refers to the type of threading a battery has, where the clearomizer /atomizer connects. A 510 fitting is the industry standard fitting and will fit a clearomizer with a protruding 510 post via the inner threading of the battery. The eGo fitting is the outer threading of the battery that allows clearomizers with a skirting (a hidden post) to screw onto the outside of the battery connection.
Genesis style Rebuildable Atomizer – Is an atomizer that consists of a tank to hold the liquid and a top section with the air holes, fill holes and posts. This is where the wick/mesh and conductive coil are built by the user. Wicks such as silica, steel mesh amongst other material are often used.
Hybrid - Hybrids are a mechanical mod and Rebuild-able atomizers in one unit and are designed to be used in only one way. Most mods have a certain connection that allows us to plug in anything with that size connection. A hybrid cannot use anything else but what was made with it.
Juice – Juice, or e-juice, are names some people generally refer to for e-liquid. It consists of a Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavourings and nicotine.
Ohms/Resistance - ohms is a measure of electrical resistance or how freely electricity is able to travel through something. The lower the number (0.5 ohms) the hotter the clearomizer will burn. The higher the number (1.8 ohms) the cooler the vape will be.
mAh - Means Milliamps per hour and refers to the battery capacity. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last between charges.
Mechanical Mods - Mechanical mods (Mech's) means that the mod has no circuit boards to start the battery power, just a battery making contact directly to the atomizer or coil with a push button of some variety. Most people use Mech's for the simplicity and or to sub ohm vaping on a dripper.
Mouth To Lung (MTL) – This is when you take the vapour into your mouth first, before inhaling it in to the lungs. It’s similar to sucking on a straw, you take a long draw and let your mouth fill with vapour first.
Pass-through - An alternate way of powering a battery or mod. They are connected directly to a power source via a USB lead. They can usually be used whilst charging. Some pass-through batteries do not have internal battery cells so will need a direct power source to work, others have a battery cell that will hold a charge so you can take the device out and about.
PG - Propylene Glycol (PG) is a base used in e-liquid. It carries flavourings well and gives the user a greater throat hit.
Rebuildable Atomizers (RBA’s) - These are atomizers that are designed to have the coils and wicks built by the customer before use. With a RBA you only have the cost of wick and wire which works out cheaper than buying replaceable atomizer heads. A rebuild-able is designed for ease of use and ease of rebuilding.
Sub-ohming - This is just a way to get more power using 3.7v by making a coil of less than 1 Ohm resistance for your device. As above, as you lower resistance you increase current (the fabled Ohm's law) so you need to be sure that your batteries can handle the extra drain. This gives you faster and more intense vapour production. There are dangers of draining the battery too much and cause it to vent. If you do decide you want to sub-ohm, then the safety aspect to do this would be to use a multi-meter so you don’t destroy your items.
Throat Hit – This is a term commonly referred to as the feeling you get in the back of your throat when you inhale, replicating the feeling you get when smoking conventional cigarettes.
Variable Voltage Power - Some batteries have a Variable Voltage (VV) option. You can set the voltage of the battery and control the amount of power coming from it. This allows you to use different resistance atomizers or cartomizers and still get the desired throat hit and vapour production by adjusting the power.
Variable Wattage Power - Variable Wattage (VW) allows you to control how many watts your device will produce. Variable wattage will allow you to set the wattage, no matter what resistance atomizer or cartomizer you use with the device. If you set it to a desired wattage, it will always give you the same desired outcome no matter what resistance atomizer you use.
VG - Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a base used in e-liquid. It is a sweeter base and gives the user more vapour. It is usually an option for people sensitive to Propylene Glycol (PG).
Wick - Parts that holds e-liquid will have at least one wick – some have more. The wicks can be silica, cotton, stainless steel mesh and other materials that soak up the e-liquid. These are wrapped inside a coil where it is heated and the e-liquid turned into vapour.