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Vaping Glossary

Vaping Glossary: The Most Important Vaping Terms

The world of vaping can be overwhelming at first, especially if you are not familiar with vape lingo. This is why we decided to create this extensive vape glossary that covers the most used vape terms and vape terminology. From vegetable glycerin to FDA, you’ll find what every single word in the vape universe stands for. 

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18650s: The most common type of batteries used with box mods and mech mods. The number stands for the battery’s size, 18mm in diameter and 65mm tall. 

20700s: The newest type of battery slightly more significant and more potent than the 18650s. Like the 18650s, the number also stands for its size 20 in diameter and 70mm tall.


ADV: An acronym that stands for “All Day Vape” a vape juice so good, you can enjoy it all day. 

Analog: What vapers call normal combustible cigarettes.

Atomizer: The part that houses the coil and the wick, and where the vape juice gets turned into vapor.

Auto-draw: It refers to a vape that works automatically, without the need for buttons. You inhale, and it starts working. 


Box Mod: A type of vape that is perhaps one of the most powerful. Usually powered by two 18650s batteries, it comes with an LED screen as well as temperature control.


Carcinogen: A chemical compound that can cause cancer or other diseases when inhaled, commonly found in cigarettes.

Cartridge: a cartridge prefilled with e-liquid used with a variety of vape devices but mostly used with cig-a-likes and early vape devices. 

Cartomizer: And atomizer and cartridge combined into one. It attaches to the end of a battery and, most of the time, comes prefilled and is replaceable. However, some people have figured out how to refill it to use it multiple times.

CASAA: An acronym that stands for Consumer Advocacy for Smoker-Free Alternative Association. A non-profit organization that advocates for the right of vapers.

Chipset: a computer chip that regulates several factors in box mods. For example regulates temperature, voltage, and wattage.

Cig-a-like: The earliest and the first type of vape. It resembles a real cigarette hence the name. 

Coil: The vape part that heats up and warms the wick, which evaporates the e-liquid.

Coil Head: A coil head is a replaceable and disposable coil that comes with the wick already inside; it is used in specific vape devices.

Clearomizer: A transparent cartomizer, usually made out of glass or plastic. This allows you to see the e-liquid inside. 

Cloudchaser: A person who participates in contests where the person who blows the most significant clouds wins


Deck: The atomizer part where the coil, the wick, the negative, and positive posts go. Mostly found in rebuildable atomizers, it also describes where the coils are built.

Digital Cigarette: Vape lingo for electronic cigarette or vape.

Disposables: A type of vape that comes prefilled, and there is no need to charge. As their name states, it is disposable, and once it runs out of vape juice, you have to throw it away. 

Draw: The act of inhaling an e-cigarette, the equivalent of taking a drag of a cigarette.

Dripping: The act of pouring vape juice or e-liquid directly into a rebuildable dripping atomizer. This is a method of refilling the atomizer with vape juice or e-liquid. 

Drip Tip: An accessory that replaces mouthpieces and allows for dripping in rebuildable dripping atomizers. 

Dry Cough: A cough that might occur if too much nicotine is absorbed.

Dry Hit: This occurs when a user inhales from their vape device, but there is no e-liquid, which results in a very harsh, uncomfortable hit. 

Dual Coil: Atomizers that have two coils instead of one. 


E-cigarette: short for electronic cigarette or vape. Is also known as e-cigs, e-cig, e-cigarette. 

E-juice: Also known as a vape juice, e-liquid, vape liquid, e-cig juice is the fluid used in vaping to create vapor and the liquid that carries the nicotine.


FDA: The United States Food and Drug Administration. The government branch in charge of all food and drug products’ rules and regulations, including vaping products. 

Flooding: Flooding can occur if too much e-liquid is poured and the atomizer is overfilled, creating reduced vapor production.

French Hit: Blowing vaping out and then inhaling the vapor back through your nose


GRAS: An abbreviation that stands for “generally recognized as safe.” The FDA uses it to deem products okay for human consumption. 


High Resistance: A coil with a higher resistance means that it runs cooler and uses less battery power.

Hot Spot: This occurs when the coil is not wrapped correctly, creating “hot spots” that glow and give the user a burned taste.

Hybrid: Hybrid mods are all in one device that comes with the battery holder, and the atomizer joined together as a single unit. 


ICR: Stands for Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery

IMR: Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery


Juice: Slang for vape juice


Kanthal: A type of wire used to build atomizer coils. This wire is an iron-chromium-aluminum alloy wire used in high wattage devices. 


Leaking: When e-liquid leaks out of vape devices or during refilling. 

LED Display: A flat panel regularly used in vapes to display temperature, wattage, battery power, and voltage in vape devices. 

Li-ion: Short for Lithium-ion batteries 

Low Resistance: Low resistance coils run very hot and take up more power from the batteries. They create more vapor and are usually coils that are 0.9ohms or lower.


mAh: An abbreviation that stands for milliamp-hour, a unit that measures electric power over time. 

Mech Mod: Or Mechanical mod is a type of vape with no wiring or chipsets for protection. Made out of a metal tube that connects the atomizer with a battery, you press a button, and it starts working.

Mod: Vape devices using 18650s or larger batteries. There are various types of vape mods, but they usually have room for powerful batteries. 

Modders: DIYers who created box mods by modifying flashlights. 


Nichrome Wire: A type of wire used to build atomizer coils.

Nicotine: Also referred to as "Nic" by vapers, is the substance in cigarettes and e-liquid that create the head rush. 

Nicotine Level: The amount of nicotine found in e-liquids measured in mg/ml. 

NRT: An acronym for Nicotine Replacement Therapy.


Ohm: The unit measuring electrical resistance. Higher resistance means cooler temperatures. Lower resistance means hotter temperatures.

Organic Cotton: The material most commonly used for wicking. 


Propylene Glycol: One of the ingredients of e-liquid. It is an organic compound and petroleum by-product used in food products. It's used to carry the flavor and create the throat hit in vape juice. 

Pull: Vape slang that means to "inhale" or "draw."

Priming: Priming refers to the act of adding a few drops of e-liquid into the coil and atomizer before vaping to prepare the coil for use. Usually, after waiting for ten minutes, the coil will be primed. 


Rebuildables: Atomizers and tanks that allow users to build their coils.  

RBA: Abbreviation for rebuildable atomizers. 

RDA: An abbreviation for rebuildable dripping atomizers. 

Resistance: Measured in ohms. It depends on the coil's thickness, how many wraps are included in the coil, and several other factors. 

RTA: An abbreviation for a rebuildable tank atomizer


Starter Kit: A package deal that comes with everything new vapers need to start vaping. This might include e-liquids, a vape device, spare parts, or more. 

Steeping: The act of letting the vape juice sit still to achieve peak flavor profile. 

Sub-ohming: A vaping that uses coils with low resistance, usually lower than 1.0 ohms. 


Tank: A Clearomizers with a large capacity, usually made out of glass or plastic. Most commonly used in box mods.

Thermal Runaway: This is a phenomenon that occurs when a battery overheats. This can happen when the battery overcharges or short circuits.

Throat hit: A harsh feeling that occurs in the back of the throat when inhaling the vapor. Some vapers look for vape juice with more of a throat hit to replicate tobacco more closely. 

THR: Stands for Tobacco Harm Reduction, which are actions that lessened the effects of tobacco. Vaping is a tobacco harm reduction tactic. 

Titanium Wire: A type of wire used to make coils. It is a resistance wire that is harder to work with compared to Kanthal wire. 


Vaper: A person who vapes and uses e-cigarettes. 

Vape Juice: The liquid used in vaping. It comprises four ingredients- vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavorings, and optional nicotine.

Vaping: The act of inhaling and exhaling an electronic cigarette.

Vegetable Glycerine: Another ingredient that goes into e-liquid. Vegetable glycerin or VG is what creates dense clouds and smoother inhale. It is used in both food and beauty products. 


Watt: The amount of power consumed by the atomizer coil. Higher wattage means more vapor production.

Wick: Made from several materials, the wick's primary purpose is to hold and deliver e-liquid to the heating element or coil. Some of the wick's materials include silica, stainless steel mesh, ceramic, and organic cotton.


With this glossary, you’ll be able to take part in any vaping conversation, and in case you forget a term, you can always come back and revisit this page to learn more. As the vaping technology progresses, we’ll include new vape terms and maintain this page as fresh as possible.


DISCLAIMER: EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.


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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.