Adapter: Dual threaded device for fitting different threaded consumables together. Eg – Connecting an 901 atomiser on a 510 battery.

All Day Vape: The e-liquid you most rely on or favor. That e-liquid you constantly vape because it never gets old.

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

ANTZ: Anti-tobacco and Nicotine Zealots

APV Advanced Personal Vaporizer: 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.

Ass Juice: The rating given to e liquid for vaping. Usually developed by mixers who haven’t the skills or informology to know what they are doing, or how they are doing it. In other words, the e juice tastes like crap.

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

Atomizer Tank: The atomizer tank is your standard style tank with a dual-coil pre-dotted/slotted atomizer. Other or more out of the ordinary and much more expensive atomizer tanks are those that are rebuildable or serve more than just one purpose.

Atty: abbreviation for Atomizer

Auto: abbreviation for automatic.

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.

AVP: Abbreviation for Advanced Personal Vaporizer. Also, Alien VS Predator.


Base Liquid: This is the liquid to which nicotine and flavouring are added create e-juice. The two most common base liquids are known as VG (vegetable glycerine) and PG (propylene glycol).

Batt: Abbreviation for Battery.

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.

Blank: Often referred to as a empty cartridge that a user can fill with their desired eliquid

Bottom Feeders: Refers to a Personal Vaporizer that has a bottle of juice in it that has a tube that goes up to the bottom of an atomizer

Box Mod: A square-shaped battery modification for lithium-ion batteries.

Bridge: A small U or V shaped covering on top of the heating coil of some atomizers. It is usually a metal covered by an absorbent material designed to wick e-liquid from a cartridge filler to the heating element.

BT: Big tobacco companies.

Burnt: Generally what people refer to when they have taken a drag on an empty cartridge.

Butt Plug: A part of the condom mentioned above that is inserted through the air hole at the threaded end of a cartomizer. It is intended to keep the innards of the cartomizer intact during shipping and prevent leakage in pre-filled cartos.


Cart: Abbreviation for Cartridge.

Carto: Abbreviation for Cartomizer.

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 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 mouth piece that is made of plastic and houses the filler material with your e-liquid.

CASAA: The Consumer Advocates For Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, Non-Profit organization campaigning on behalf of electronic cigarette users.https//

Catch Cup: (Drip Well) – A small cup located around the threading of a high end PV that catches any leakage from an atomizer. The catch cup is used most notably on Feeders. catch cup is part of a classic atomizer like a 510 or 901.

CE-2: A CE-2 type device generally has the heating element towards the top of the device and wicks that go down into the juice. These wicks are designed to direct the juice from the bottom of the device to the top where the heating element is.

Charger: A battery charger. This is used to recharge your e-cig battery once it has been depleted.

Cleaning Cycle: This is an extended activation cycle of the battery (usually 20-40 sec.) designed to clean the excess liquid off the atomiser.

Clearo: abbreviation for clearomizer

Clearomizer: (Clearo) a clearomizer is the transparent version of a cartomizer. Designed to allow users to see how much e-liquid they have left. Many have ml graduations for the capacity of e-liquid left. Made of very easily breakable plastic in order to remain transparent. A wick or wicks, are generally used for the juice delivery to the coil. There are top coil and bottom coil configurations. Many versions are constantly evolving in order to improve the performance the user desires.

Condom Fill Method: A method of filling a cartomizer by filling a condom cap and forcing the bottom threaded end of a cartomizer into it, thus filling the carto.

Connection Type: Many different connection types are used to connect the atty/carto to the device or battery. The most common are 510, 901, 808, 801. In my humble opinion, the 510 connection is the most popular type.

Coil: A coil is generally a piece of nichrome or kanthal wire that has been wrapped around a kind of wick. Current flows through the coil; the coil gets hot, and vaporizes your e-liquid.

Cut / Cutting: The process of diluting e-liquid to achieve the desired nicotine level.

Cut-Off: Cut-Off or stopping point. Automatic shutdown is a feature which happens if you take to long a draw from an e-cigarette. This shutdown feature generally happens after a 5-10 second draw. This feature aids in preventing the atomizer/cartomizer from overheating. Following a cut-off some e-cigarettes will flash the LED indicating a cut-off is in effect from a long draw from the user.

DCT: Dual Coil Tank. A tank with a dual coil cartomizer inserted in the middle with pre-slots punched into the bottom to so that e-liquid can feed itself into the cartomizer. Simply a long carto tank. Not all carto tanks are DCT

De-wick: Removing the wick from an atomizer.

Debridge: Removing the bridge (and wick) from an atomizer-common practice for people who direct drip.

Dewick: the act of removing the wick from an atomizer.

Dipping: The act of dipping an atomizer into e-liquid.

Direct Dripping: The act of dropping E-Liquid directly on the atomizer coil.

Disposable E-Cig: The disposable e-cigarette usually comes with no charger or way to charge it. It is designed to be used once and to last long enough for you to vape through 1 prefilled cartomizer. It is a 1 piece design. It is said to last up to 24 hours.

DIY: Do It Yourself: Anything that involves doing it yourself. Often involved in mixing e-liquid with its components.

DNA: The DNA is a small variable wattage board built for modders. The board can produce up to 12 watts and can be running in parallel to produce 24 watts.

DOD: abbreviation for Drip On-Demand.

Doubler: A 0% Nicotine, double-strength flavour, intended to be used in 50/50 mixes with nicotine liquid.

Drip: To drip drops of e-liquid into an atomizer.

Drip On-Demand: (DOD) The drip on demand is a an accessory that is used to feed e-liquid into your atomizer by pressing the bottle. Your bottle of e-liquid is placed at the top of the feeder and a spout or tube is branched off for you to insert your drip tip. It’s dripping made easier.

Drip Shield: The drip shield is a round metal or plastic tube that slips over your atomizer. If leaking occurs on your atomizer, the liquid will leak into the drip shield instead of leaking onto your PV. As your atomizer runs out of liquid stored, the liquid in the drip shield will be sucked back into the atomizer to then be vaporized.

Drip Tip: A drip tip is essentially a mouth piece to be used on an atomizer for dripping. The tip has an enlarged opening allowing you to drip e-liquid directly into it. Drip tips are also used on cartomizers, replacing the existing rubber mouth piece that comes with them to provide a more comfortable experience. Drip tips come in many different colors, styles, and materials.

Drip Well: The drip well is typically a bowl shape on a mod where the atomizer female connector sits. The drip well is designed to catch any excess e-liquid that may have leaked from the atomizer.

Dripping: Dripping is the act of allowing e-liquid to manually getting to the heating element by “dripping” e-liquid onto the heating element directly. Some consider “dripping” to provide the best vapor, throat hit and flavor. No e-liquid delivery system is involved from a typical electronic cigarette system.

Dry Burn: Drawing on the the atomiser when there is no cartridge and it is completely dry. This can damage your atomiser so it should be avoided.

Dry Smoking: The process of vaping without a cartridge (see “dry vaping”).

Dry Vaping: Vaping without a cartridge; generally practised when the atomiser is saturated with e-liquid.

Dry Scratchy Hits: This can occur when not enough e-liquid is supplied to an atomizer or cartomizer, resulting in poor vapor and flavor.

Drip Well: The drip well is typically is a bowl shape on a mod where the atomizer female connector resides. The well is designed to catch any excess e-liquid that may have leaked from the atomizer.

Dual Coil Cartomizer: A dual coil cartomizer uses 2 coils and is commonly used in tanks. When working as said, a dual coil cartomizer has the ability to produce twice as much vapor or the same amount twice as fast from the standard.

E-Cig/E-Cigarette: Abbreviation for Electronic Cigarette.

E-Cigar: Short for electronic cigar.

E-Juice: Also referred to as E-Liquid, Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

E-Liquid: (Ejuice) The liquid that is used to vaporize. E-liquid is vaporized by the heating element and this vapor is inhaled to create the sensation of smoking. Typically contains Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Nicotine and Flavoring. Nicotine is optional.

E-NI / ENIC: An acronym for Electronic Nicotine Inhaler; this is another term used to describe an electronic cigarette.

E-Pipe: The E-pipe acts and use’s the same components of an electronic cigarette, but is designed to resemble a tobacco pipe.

ECA: ECigAdvanced website. Previously there was a Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA): An industry group formed in early 2009. It is mad up of suppliers and manufacturers who combined resources to help keep the e-cigarette as a legal option for smokers in the USA, and is now TVECA.

ECC-UK: Electronic Cigarette Consumer Association UK.https//

ECD/ECASSOC: Two acronyms for the Electronic Cigarette Association; a U.S.-based trade Association which maintains industry standards and lobbies on behalf of members. Now TVECA, The tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

ECITA: An acronym for the UK-based Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association.

ECR: abbreviation to the reddit e-cig subreddit.

ECTA: Electronic Cigarette Trade Association of Canada. https//

eGo Style: A style of electronic cigarette which utilizes the 510 threads and allows one to use 510 components but with a much larger battery and charge capacity. Slightly larger in diameter than a mini cig with outer cone threads that are compatible with ego threads.

Electronic Cigarette: (E-Cig/E-Cigarette) – (Personal Vaporizer) (PV) The electronic cigarette is a revolutionary new device that acts much the same way an ordinary tobacco cigarette would, however rather than producing smoke from combustion, it produces vapor from vaporization of the e-liquid. Some e-cigarette systems our 2 piece or 3 piece design. Battery plus attached cartomizer, or battery, an atomizer and a cartridge. Many vapers refer to their electronic cigarettes as “Personal Vaporizers” (PV)

FDA: Abbreviation for the (United States) Food and Drug Administration.

Feeder: (Juice Fed Device) – A personal vaporizer that contains a filled bottle of e-liquid. These devices feed juice directly into the atomizer or cartomizer by squeezing the bottle, where the liquid is then fed through a tube, into your atty/ carto and ultimately vaped. This was invented to replace dripping without compromising on flavour.

Filler/Filler Material: This is the filling inside a blank cartridge or cartomizer. It is designed to soak in the e-liquid and direct it to the heating element.

Flooding: This occurs when too much e-liquid has flooded an atomizer (atty) or cartomizer (carto) and results in poor vapor and can cause “gurgling”. When this happens it is possible that the eliquid has entered the battery connection. This can cause damage if not cleaned

Fluval: A common filler material used in aquariums; some vapers use it to replace the standard filler found in factory cartridges.

Food and Drug Administration: FDA – An administrative branch of the United States government that oversees rules and regulations pertaining to the safety of food and drug products sold in the USA. There is currently a very controversial lawsuit involving the FDA and the importation and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

Gen: abbriviation for Genesis.

Genesis: A type of rebuildable tank atomiser for advanced vapers. It uses oxidised stainless steel as a wick instead of the more common glass-fibre wick seen in mass produced atomisers.

Glycerine: A sweet-tasting liquid commonly used in food production; it is often used as a base liquid for cartridges.

Glycerine BP: A british term for Glycerine British Pharmacopoeia a type of base liquid used for e-cigarette cartridges; flavouring and nicotine can be added.

Glycerin USP: USP stands for “U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention”

Goose Neck: The goose neck is a flexible extension for your PV. Goose necks come in assorted colors and sizes.

Gurgling: Usually occurs when too much e-liquid is supplied to a given device resulting in flooding. Another cause is condensation built up in the air passage.

Head: slang term used to encompass all attys, cartos, clearos, etc.

Heating Coil: The thing that gets hot! Generally a piece of nichrome or kanthal that has been wrapped around some kind of wick. Current flows through the coil, the coil gets hot, and vaporizes your e-liquid. You then vape happily.

High Resistance (HR): An atomizer or cartomizer with a higher Ohm rating than the standard equipment. This will allow the user to apply higher voltage to the coil.

HR: abbreviation for High Resistance.

HV Atty: An atty designed for higher voltage vaping, not for use with standard batterys due to low power.

HV Mod: A dual battery or boosted supply mod (modification) to allow higher power vaping.

Hybrid: there are hybrid APV’s which are a single PV which has a atomizer as part of the unit and no way to separate the PV and atomizer. I’m pretty sure every hybrid PV is based on a genesis atomizer. There’s also a hybrid atomizer

ICR: Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery.

IMR: Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery.

Juice: Also referred to as E-Liquid, E-Juice, or Smoke Juice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.