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Vaping Terminology – 2016

Vaping Terminology – Updated 2016

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First Rule… It’s not smoking! It’s Vaping!

Vaping Terminology – So you’ve recently taken up vaping and left the nasty old world of smoking behind. You’re caught up in this ‘thing’ that has at long last freed you from the poison that was surely killing you. You’ve added years to your life, you’ve added health back to your life…why wouldn’t you be caught up in the excitement of vaping? It’s only natural.

Visiting websites to learn more and more about vaping can be a lot of fun, not to mention all the tips and tricks you can pick up. You learn which brands are right for you and which ones to avoid. You even get the opportunity to read what others say about certain electronic cigarettes and e liquid so you waste a minimal amount of money blindly choosing products based on pure marketing language. You’re spending more and more time reading than you ever have, and participating in forums as well. But, as with any new endeavor there is a learning curve. Learning curves suck.

One of the things every Vaper must pick up pretty quickly is the accepted terminology, or Lingo, that’s used in reviews, commentaries, and forum posts. That takes time, and until you learn them you’re only getting a portion of the information you need. Wouldn’t it be great to have a all the common vaping terms in one place, with an easy to understand explanation as to what these terms mean?

Easy to understand is what Spinfuel eMagazine is all about. We try to take the mystery out of this fun hobby so that you don’t have to become an engineer or professor to enjoy learning about vaping. So, seeing as how you’re here, and we’re here, let’s go over some of the most common terms we use, and others use, so you’re no longer in the dark.

Below is our list of words or abbreviations, or acronyms that you’ll find invaluable as you move through the stages of being a Vaper. Oh, and by the way, Vaper, with a capital V, is a noun that refers to a person who vapes. There, that was easy. See?

Here we present both an abbreviated version, and below that the complete glossary of vaping terminology.


 Analog – Refers to a Tobacco Cigarette, which are deadly, smelly, and poisonous. So horrendous we can’t say cigarette anymore without retching.

Atomizer or Atty – (ˈætəˌmaɪzə) or atomiser n

1. (Tools) a device for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, such as the nozzle used to feed oil into a furnace or an enclosed bottle with a fine outlet used to spray perfumes or medicines
2. (General Engineering) a device for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, such as the nozzle used to feed oil into a furnace or an enclosed bottle with a fine outlet used to spray perfumes or medicines… Used today in our community to represent the act of vaporizing eliquid into inhalable vapor.

Electronic Cigarette, also e cigarette, or e-cigarette, or eCigarette, or eCig, and even e-cig. – These words all refer to the devices that we now use instead of ‘analogs’. They can range from everything from the ‘smaller than an analog’ device like an NJOY, or as big as Doctor Who’s ‘Sonic Screwdriver’, the iTaste 134.

ELiquid or eJuice, or e Liquid, or e Juice, or E-Liquid, and E-Juice – The liquid part of the whole vaping thing. ELiquid comes in an infinite number of flavors and PG/VG ratios, it can contain nicotine or not, and it ranges from “junk juice” to “Spinfuel Choice Award Greatness”. Before buying eLiquid see if Spinfuel has written a review for it.

Mod – This is a casual term, used in a variety of ways, to describe a ‘homemade device’ otheriwise known as the stupid way to vape, or a modified Person Vaporizer, also stupid, to an electronic cigarette that is completely mechanical, no electronic involved, and even as a way to describe ANY eCigarette. Every time you hear the Mod just think eCigarette and you’ll do fine.

Mechanical Mod – A mechanical mod, or mech-mod, is an electronic cigarette that lacks electronics, it’s basically a flashlight with an 510 or 801, or eGo (see eGo), or even a 901 thread connector. They can be a very afford sub-$50 device all the way to the absurd amount of $3000+. They output 3.7v or 4.2v, depending on the brand and the model.

  • Pull, or Drag, or Puff – This refers to the act of sucking on the mouthpiece (drip tip) to ‘pull’ the vapor into your mouth. If you have ever smoked this one should be easy, it’s the same thing as puffing or dragging on the end of… what is it? Analog, that’s right!
  • TH or Throat Hit – That tingling, thump sensation in the back of your throat that a long drag on an analog would produce. The throat hit, believe it or not, is part of the overall satisfaction of the vaping experience. It’s not mandatory, but most Vapers want some kind of a Throat Hit. It is created by the presence of PG (Propylene Glycol) and/or the amount of nicotine in the eLiquid.
  • Vapor – the “smoke” emitted from an e-cigarette
  • Vape, Vaping – The use of an e-cigarette (similar to the term “smoking” when referring to an analog)
  • Topping off – Adding drops of e-liquid to your current cartomizer.
  • Dripping – Vaping by adding a few drops of e-liquid directly on the atomizer instead of using a cartomizer.


E-cig or E-cigarette – Electronic Cigarette

PV – Personal Vaporizer (think e-cigarette that has been beefed up)

APV – Advanced Personal Vaporizer

Atty – Atomizer

Cart – Cartridge

Carto – Cartomizer

Bat – Battery

Filler – The fiber found inside your cartomizer that holds your e-liquid

Tank – Sub-ohm or otherwise – usually made with glass and stainless steel)

  • PCC – Personal Charging Case
  • PT – Passthrough or passthrough battery
  • 2-piece/Disposable – 2 part e-cigarette. The Battery and a “cartomizer”.
  • Cartomizer – An atomizer built into the cartridge, marketed as disposable (you throw it away when the e-liquid is used up).
  • Cutoff – Refers to how long the battery will activate the atomizer before shutting down (safety measure to protect the atomizer).


  • E-juice, e-liquid, juice – the liquid that you fill your cartomizers/clearomizers/tanks with.
  • DIY – Do it yourself (homemade e-liquid mixture)
  • PG – Propylene Glycol
  • VG – Vegetable Glycerin(Glycerine = glycerin = vegetable glycerin(e) = glycerol)
  • PEG – Polylethylene Glycol
  • Noob – Beginner
  • FDA – Food and Drug Administration
ECA – Electronic Cigarette Association
NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch, gum, e-cig)
PH – Public Health
BP – Big Pharmaceutical Companies
BT – Big Tobacco Companies
ALF – American Legacy Foundation
‘Anti’s – Anti-smoking people who do not acknowledge that vaping is a viable alternative to smoking analogs.
RYO – Roll your own (tobacco)

The Complete Glossary of Vaping Terminology




American Wire Gauge (AWG) –  The standard used in the United States to determine the resistance and diameter of the electric wire used to create the coils in atomizers.

Analog: What Vapers call a traditional tobacco (or real) cigarette where the electronic cigarette is “digital”.

Anodizing–  A coat (a metal, especially aluminum) with a protective oxide layer by an electrolytic process in which the metal forms the anode.

Aqueous Glycerine (AG) – Another term for glycerol. The process in which a VG e-liquid is thinned with deionized water, making it less viscous, or thinner and easier to use in an atomizer.

APV: Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV) a more advanced version of a personal vaporizer. It may consist of a larger battery and advanced technical features such as variable voltage or variable wattage.

Adapter: Adapters allow a specific style of cartomizer or atomizer to fit onto a different style battery. Some users may prefer the vapor production of one style of atty but prefer the battery life of another style battery. It all has to do with thread compatibility and mating them together.

All Day Vape: The e-liquid you most rely on or favor. That e- liquid you constantly vape because it never gets old, it doesn’t cause “Vapers Tongue”, and an eliquid in which the inherent flavor doesn’t cloud over after extended vaping.

Atomizer: (Atty): The heating unit of the electronic cigarette. Metal wire wrapped around a core and is contained in a metal housing that screw into the battery. When electricity from the battery is applied it vaporizes the e-liquid. This generates the vapor.

Automatic: (Auto) A battery that when taking a draw activates the heating element. No button is used to activate the heating element. An internal sensor activates automatically when air is allowed to follow through the battery.

Automatic Shutoff –  A ubiquitous safety feature found on practically every personal vaporizer that only allows the discharge of a battery for a set period of time. The average shutoff time today is 10 seconds, however it is usually a smaller amount of time in cig-alikes and disposables.


Battery: (Batt) The battery provides power to the atomizer/cartomizer or preferred topper when the user draws on the mouthpiece. It is in general lithium-ion, ranges in many sizes. Some of the smaller “mini” batts have an LED on the end to simulate the heat glow from what an analog cigarette creates when a draw or puff is taken.

BCC– stands for bottom coil clearomizer. The atomizer coil sits at the bottom of the clearomizer or tank.

BDC– Another term sometimes used for “Bottom dual coil clearomizer

Blanks – Cartridges and cartomizers with dry poly-fill or cotton material that is used to absorb e-liquid.

Boost – The circuitry of a regulated mod that will allow it to fire above the applied voltage.

Box Mod – A box mod is any Personal Vaporizer or Advanced Personal Vaporizer that is designed and constructed in the shape of a myriad number of box. A Box Mod comes in several different maximum wattage output . Modern wattage ratings for box mods are: 30-60 watts; 80-100, watts; 100-300 watts.

Bridge: A U or V shaped covering on top of the heating coil of some atomizers. An absorbent material designed to wick e- liquid from cartridge filler to the heating element usually covers it.

Blank (Cartomizer): Often referred to as an empty cartridge. Comes in various threads, 510, 808, and 901.

Brick and Mortar  (B&M) – A physical store where electronic cigarettes or other vaping related products are sold.

Buck – The circuitry for a regulated mod that allows it to fire below the voltage applied by the user.

BVC – Abbreviation for Bottom Vertical Coils.

Burner – Slang for a  traditional cigarette/cigar or other combustable tobacco product.


Carcinogen – Any chemical, compound, or other substances believed to cause cancer. E-liquid, despite being  heated to extremely high temperatures may produce some carcinogens, though the amount has never reached unsafe levels according to most respectable scientists and medical professionals. Controversial topic that leans toward the benefits of vaping over smoking.

Cartridge (Cart) –  A plastic or metal mouthpiece that is usually the second part of a 3-piece setup, the other pieces being the outer part of the atomizer, and the drip tip (mouthpiece).

Cartomizer: (Carto) The cartomizer combines a heating element and a juice delivery system into a single unit. It is disposable and not considered to be refillable, although many users manage to do so. Cartomizers can come in a single coil, dual coil, or even a triple coil configuration. Single coils use one coil and our standard in cartomizers. Dual coils have two coils and our commonly used in tanks. Having more than one coil has the ability to produce twice as much vapor or the same amount twice as fast from the standard.

Cartomizer – Dual Coil –  A dual-coil cartomizer in which utilizes 2 coils.

Cartomizer Tank: A cartomizer tank is a tube to hold e- liquid. The cartomizer sits in the middle of the tube and will have a hole punched in the bottom so that the e-liquid can feed itself into the cartomizer.

Cartridge: (Cart) The cartridge is typically a mouthpiece that is made of plastic and houses the filler material with your e-liquid. Charger: A battery charger is used to recharge your e-cig battery once it has been depleted.