Vaping Glossary And Definitions


If you're new to the vaping or just have spent a few weeks with the device, there are terms associated you're not familiar with. Love Lites brings a vaping glossary for you that defines and illustrates popular 'vaping' terms in brief.


Advanced Personal Vaporizer

They are also called mods and sometimes referred as modified e-cigs. APVs are larger e-cig units with replaceable batteries, and can either be mechanical, variable voltage, or variable wattage.

Airflow Control

This refers to a small dial (sometimes a screw) found in atomizers and clearomizers/tanks to adjust the drag of an e-cig.


The Airflow is the amount of air inhaled into an atomizer or tank. Looser airflow produces more vapor, while tighter airflow produces less vapor but improved and intense flavor.

All Day Vape

A term used by vapers to refer to the type of e-juice they prefer over others brands. This is how they say: “this grape tobacco flavor is great, it can be my all day vape”.

Allen Key or Wrench

A small tool, used to adjust Allen screws in a rebuildable atomizer or tank.

American Wire Gauge (AWG)

The U.S. standard for wire sizes that determines a coil’s resistance.


The slang name for regular cigarettes


Atomizers are also “atty” in short. This is an integral part of an e-cig that houses the coil and wick that is heated to produce vapor from e-liquid.

Automatic Shutoff

A safety feature available in e-cigarettes that prevents overheating of the battery. If the e-cig detects battery overheating, it shuts off battery automatically.



Battery is the main part of a vaping device. Batteries are of two type- Manual and automatic. Automatic batteries starts itself when user starts inhaling, while manual batteries require the user to press a button found on the side. For PVs and mods users, batteries refer to Li-ion batteries used to power their devices.

Box Mod:

Box Mod is a type of APV in box shape. It comes in either mechanical or variable configurations. Some box mods can accommodate up to four 18650 batteries. Box mods are more powerful than their tube counterparts, with power outputs ranging from 20 watts to 200 watts.

Bridge :

Bridge is the part of disposable atomizers. It stores e-liquid and is usually coated in steel mesh.


Cartridge :

This is a small mouthpiece filled with Poly-Fil to hold e-liquid. The component is attached to an atomizer and usually comes pre-filled.


Cartomizers combine together an atomizer and cartridge in one. They are disposable, longer than regular atomizers and hold more e-liquid. These are also available as punched (for use in tanks), and with dual coils.


This is a term that indicates vapor production. Eg: My current vape setup is capable of producing massive clouds!.


The part of the atomizer used to heat or vaporize e-liquid.


Type of threading e-cigarette uses for atomizers.

Cutoff :

This is an integrated safety feature in in e-cigarettes. Cutoff refers to the amount of time one can take a drag from an e-cig before it cuts off power to prevent overheating. Cutoff times in e-cigs range from 10 to 15 seconds.



Stands for Dual Coil Tank. This is a type of tank or clearomizer that uses punched cartomizers with an e-liquid. The capacity of e-liquid ranges from 3ml to 6ml.

Deck :

The part of the atomizer with positive and negative posts. Deck is usually used to describe rebuildable atomizers, with larger decks being easier to rebuild on.


Do-it-yourself. The term refers to homemade e-juice.


'Draw' describes the act of inhaling vapor from the mouthpiece to your mouth.

Drip (Dripping):

Dripping is the process of refilling an atomizer via drops of e-liquid straight onto the coil of an atomizer.

Drip Shield:

Drip shield is an external cover used to slip onto atomizers to catch leaked e-juice and return it to the atomizer. Useful for preventing e-liquid from spilling onto e-cigarette.

Drip Tip:

An accessory used to replace the stock mouthpieces of atomizers with a large hole to allow dripping without their removal.

Drip Well:

It is a bowl shape near an e-cigarette’s connector. This is designed to catch leaking e-juice to prevent spillage.

Dry Burn:

Dry Burn refers to the firing of an atomizer without any e-juice. Dry Burn goes until until the coil glows red to burn off dried e-juice residue.

Dry Hit :

The condition when you taking a drag off your e-cigarette that’s run out of e-juice.

Dual Coil:

Atomizers, cartomizers or clearomizers with two coils instead of one. Dual coil atomizers gives off more vapor but go hard on battery life.


E-Juice (E-Liquid) :

A solution that’s vaporized to create vapor. E-juice comes in a variety of nicotine strengths and flavors. E-liquid is made from propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG), flavoring, and nicotine. Some are also available without nicotine.


E-Cigarettes are a device that gives smokers an alternative means to satisfy their nicotine cravings. The device is comprised of a battery and an atomizer. The Atomizer has e-juice added into it which creates vapor.


Filler Material :

This is the absorbent material, also called “filler” or “Poly-Fil”. This is used inside cartridges and cartomizers to hold e-juice, which is then delivered to the atomizer to be heated.


A condition when an atomizer is overfilled. A flooded atty is characterized by reduced vapor production accompanied by gurgling noises.


State owned administrative branch of the US government that lay down rules and regulations involving the safety of all food and drug products sold in the country.

Vaping Forums:

Internet community boards where information, news and announcements


Genesis Atomizer:

A kind of atomizer or tank that uses steel melsh instead of silica or cotton. The coil found on the top of the tank, with juice delivered by osmosis.



Fins or layers protruding from an atomizer, drip tip, or e-cigarette, heatsinks are designed to dissipate heat more quickly.

High Resistance :

An atomizer with a high ohm reading, this is used for high voltage vaping.

Hot Spot :

Coils with glowing spots are called Hot spots. They indicate uneven wrapping of the coil. Hot spots often results in dry hits.

Hybrid :

Also called hybrids or hybrid mods. They are are a type of e-cigarettes with a battery holder and atomizer designed as one unit. They are slim and seamless in look.



Inhale is the act of breathing vapor. Inhale is of two type: lung inhale and mouth-to-lung inhale. Lung inhaling is when vapor goes straight to your lungs. This type of inhaling is often used by cloud chasers and high wattage users. Mouth-to-lung inhale is when vapor is inhaled to the mouth and then to the lungs. This is the the most common type of inhaling.


Juice :

Juice is term used for e-liquids that is used for vaping. They come in many flavors.


Kick :

A term used to describe throat hit while vaping.



A condition when e-liquid leaks out of an atomizer/tank/cartomizer, etc. This can cause damage to e-cigarettes.


A light on the end that simulates the glow of traditional cigarettes. It also doubles as a warning light when the battery need to be recharged.


Another shorthand term for e-liquid.

LR (Low Resistance) :

An atomizer/cartomizer/clearomizer with a low ohm rating.



An abbreviation of milliampere-hour. A term used to describe a battery’s capacity to store energy.


A style of e-cig in which a button needs to be pressed before vapor is produced.

Mechanical Mod:

Also referred to as mech mods, mech PVs, or mechs. These are e-cigarette models that don’t have any wires or regulating chips.


Stands for milligram strength per milliliter. Unit to measure the nicotine strength of e-liquid.


A term to indicate smaller versions of standard e-cigarette models.


Short for “modifications. E-cig mods have larger batteries to give users longer battery life and stronger vapor production. Mods are built to give users optimal performance of their equipment. They are available in mechanical or variable versions.


The end of the e-cig device from which users inhale vapor. This can either be built-in or customizable using drip tips.

Mouth-to-Lung Hit:

This is also called French inhale. This is the traditional way of inhaling cigarette smoke. For vapers, vapor is inhaled into the mouth, then inhaled to the lungs.



Nicotine is the substance found in cigarettes. E-liquids have varying amounts of nicotine, ranging from 0% to 5.2%.


A term used to describe beginner vapers. It is short for newbie.



Ohm is the unit for electrical resistance measurement. Lower ohm reading for coils means hotter and thicker vapor, while a higher ohm reading means cooler vapes.

Organic Cotton:

A type of wick used in rebuildable atomizers and tanks. Organic cotton burns quicker than silica. They are popular as they offer cleaner, more intense flavor.


Parallel :

When mods that can use two batteries are wired as parallel. This leads to increased battery life.


An e-cig model is called pass-through capable if the unit can be used while it is charging, connected to a cable. Pass-through models do not have , but are instead powered by plugging the USB cable into an adaptor, computer or power bank.

Pen Style:

A pen shaped e-cig found in starter kits.

Personal Vaporizer :

Also called PV for short. This is another name for e-cigs.

Propylene Glycol (PG):

One of two base substances used in e-liquid. PG is an over-the-counter substance used in many foodstuffs.


Another name for the filler found in cartridges and cartomizers.


This is also called primer liquid. A VG-based solution applied to the coil and wick of atomizers to prevent drying out during shipping and storage.

Protected Batteries:

Batteries with built-in chip for safety by breaking the circuit once voltage becomes too high or too low.


Priming is the process of adding a few drops of liquid to sit for a few minutes before using a new atomizer to let the e-juice saturate the wick fully. The same holds true for newly filled tanks, cartomizers, and clearomizers.



Rebuildables are referred to tanks or atomizers that let users rebuild their own coils and wicks. They are used mostly by advanced users. Rebuildables allow vapers to adjust resistance, change out different wicks to achieve their preferred vapes.


The short form for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer


Measured in ohms. The resistance depends on various factors including the thickness of wire used in a coil, the number of coils, the circumference of the coils, and how thick the coils are wound.


Abbreviation for Rebuildable Atomizer


Abbreviation for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer



Referred to mech mods with dual battery configurations that are wired in series. This effectively doubles the voltage output at the expense of battery life.


Silica is the most common material used for wicks.

Smoke Juice:

This is another term used to denote e-liquid.

Smokeless Cigarette:

A term used to describe e-cigarettes that produce less smoke

Starter Kit:

A complete package for vaping starters. The package includes one or two e-cigarettes, one or two atomizers/clearomizers, a charger, and/or a pack of pre-filled cartridges.


A term used by DIY e-juice makers to describe the act of letting newly mixed e-juice sit open to the air for at least six hours to let the ingredients settle.


Producing massive clouds of vapor by building coils with ohm readings below 1.0 ohm.

Sweet Spot:

Sweet spot comes when a smoker achieves the from getting the right resistance, the right e-juice and the right nicotine level using the right PV or e-cig for the purpose.



Direct dripping and inhaling without a drip tip.


Clearomizers with bigger capacity enclosures made of glass or plastic. Tanks are able to hold larger amounts of e-liquid. Tanks can either be fitted with punched cartomizers, pre-built coils or rebuildable decks.

Throat Hit :

The sensation an e-cig smoker achieved after vapor hits the throat. Many vapers like to simulate the harsh throat hit of cigarettes, while some prefer a smoother throat hit.

Triple Coil:

Seen in cartomizers and in rebuildables, triple coils produce massive amounts of vapor, though battery life is reduced because of the added draw on power.

Tube Mod:

A term used to describe e-cigs or PVs that come in a tube shape.


Unprotected Battery:

A type of battery without protection. Some are made of safe chemistry materials that don’t react violently, while others may leak if not used or charged correctly.

USB Charger:

A charger that is plugged into a USB port from which it draws power. It can either refer to a cable that is plugged directly into an e-cig, or a separate unit that’s used to recharge batteries.


Vaper’s Tongue:

A sensation felt when a user uses too much of one flavor. Also referred as the tickling sensation on the tongue after a long vape session.


The result of atomizing e-liquid, this is also referred to as clouds. Vapors simulate smoke to give smokers a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

Vapor Production:

A term used to describe the amount of vapor an e-cig or e-liquid produces.

Vegetable Glycerol or Glycerin (VG):

One of two base ingredients used in the production of e-liquid. Vegetable Glycerol (VG) typically produces more vapor than Propylene Glycol (PG). Users who are allergic to PG often use 90% or 100% VG solutions.

Voltage Drop :

Voltage drop refers to the drop in power. Fresh batteries have an output of 4.2v. Voltage drops directly affect the power and vapor production of the e-cig.

VV or Variable Voltage:

A feature of e-cig or PV that allows to adjust its voltage output according to taste. It is considered superior to regular PVs that have static voltage outputs.

VW or Variable Wattage:

Variable Wattage devices allow users to adjust the wattage output of their PV. The PV adjusts power according to the set wattage, and is the main difference between VW and VV.



Wicks are made from silica. Other materials used for making wicks include stainless steel mesh, organic cotton and ceramic. Wick is responsible to hold and deliver e-liquid to the heating element of an e-cig in a controlled manner.


This is the term that refers to the material used in an atomizer’s coil.


This refers to the number of revolutions used in the wrapping of a coil. The more wraps a coil has, the higher the resistance.