The world of vaping is full of terms and acronyms that can be very confusing. Hopefully this dictionary will make things a little easier.
All Day Vape – Many e-liquid flavours are purchased for novelty value or ‘for a change’. An all day vape is a flavour that is often less interesting or novel, but does not become tedious when used for a longer period of time.
Analogue – A traditional cigarette (as opposed to an electronic/digital cigarette).
Battery – The battery used to power an electronic cigarette’s atomiser. Usually a rechargeable litium ion battery. Available in a variety of size/capacity expressed in mAh. Vapable batteries are available in 600 (the smallest/least capacity), 900 and 1100mAh (the biggest/most capacity).
Atomiser (or Atty) – Think of this like the element in a kettle. It heats the e-liquid, turning it into vapour for you to inhale.
Cartomiser – A cartridge that houses an atomiser – so does the job of storing and vapourising (atomising) e-liquid.
Clearomiser – A cartomiser that is transparent, so that you can see easily how much liquid is left in it.
E-Cig (or Electronic Cigarette) – A device that creates vapour to be inhaled. The vapour usually contains nicotine.
E-liquid (or Juice) – The liquid that e-cigs turn into vapour.
Flavouring – The flavourings used in e-liquids, which are usually the same flavourings used in food and drinks. Certain ingredients (particularly sugars and sweetners) are avoided, however, because of the damage they can do to atomisers.
Mah – Miliamps Hour. The capacity of a battery. The higher the mAh, the larger the battery will be and the longer it will last before requiring a recharge.
PG – Propylene Glycol. An ingredient found in most e-liquids. It is used widely as a food additive and as a carrier for injectable and topical medicines. Generally speaking, the more PG in an e-liquid, the better the throat hit. It also makes e-liquids thinner.
PV -Personal Vapouriser. An alternative name for an electronic cigarette.
Throat Hit (TH) – The slightly harsh, buring, tingling feeling at the back of your throat when vaping. Most vapers desire a decent throat hit because it emulates the effect of smoking cigarettes. Generally speaking, the more nicotine in an e-liquid, the stronger the throat hit.
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Vaping (To Vape) – The act of using an electronic cigarette to inhale vapour.
Vapour – The steam created by the electronic cigarette, which is inhaled.
Variable Voltage (VV) Battery – A battery that allows the user to set the voltage powering the atomiser. This most affects the vapour volume and flavour.
VG – Vegetable Glycerine. An ingredient found in most e-liquids. It is used widely as a food and drink additive and as a carrier/thickener for many medicines. Generally speaking, the more VG in an e-liquid, the better the vapour production/thickness. It also makes e-liquids thicker.
510 – An industry standard connection type between batteries and clearomisers. If you look at a standard ego battery (you probably got one with your starter kit) there are two threads – inside and outside of the end of your battery. The outer thread is an ‘ego thread’ the inner is the ‘510 thread’.