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Show Off Your Smarts and Talk Like a Vaper!

Date posted: July 18, 2013

As you enter the fascinating world of vapor cigarettes, you will find a community of like-minds; passionate fans who have developed their own lingo.  If you’re ready to take your vaping to the next level, or if you’re just curious about what an “atty” is, this short review should help you!


Suppose you meet your potential soul-mate while enjoying a smokeless cigarette.  Start a conversation and throw in some of these terms!  Show off your knowledge by complimenting them on their impressive battery, or asking which flavor they’re vaping.  You’ll be sure to impress, and maybe one day you’ll be a happy couple of vapers!

Read on to learn some of the most popular vapor cigarette terms…

  • Analog (analogue, log) – A name used by electronic cigarette users to describe traditional tobacco cigarettes
  • Atomizer (atty) – An atomizer is of the components inside an ecig which functions with low heat to turn liquid into vapor, so it can be inhaled. Atomizers are used on a multitude of products from perfume bottles, inhalers and cooking sprays.
  • Automatic Battery – An electronic cigarette battery which automatically functions when someone inhales (no switch)
  • Batch – A group of flavored cartomizers or cartridges that were produced at the same time, have the same expiration date, and have been batch tested for quality
  • Battery (batt) – This typically rechargeable component provides power to the atomizer when the user inhales on the mouthpiece. Most electronic cigarettes employ a lithium ion battery which ranges in size. An LED light on the end glows to signal activation from inhalation or when the button is pushed on a manual battery.
  • Battery Charger – There are many different battery charger types available to charge an electronic cigarette. These include standard wall outlet, car and USB chargers. Adapters are available to use an electronic cigarette in the car or to convert chargers for travelling.
  • Cartomizer (cart, carto) – A combination disposable atomizer and cartridge employed by 2-piece electronic cigarettes. This can be refillable and non-refillable.
  • Cartridge (cart) – The cartridge sits within the mouthpiece and contains absorbent material (the wick). This is where flavored liquid containing nicotine is stored. When the liquid is depleted it can either be refilled or replaced with a new pre-filled cartridge.
  • Cigar Style – The e-cigar looks similar to a cigar. Thicker around than most other e-cigs, they employ a similar cartridge to the pen-style, with a greater capacity. E-cigars can sometimes hold as much as 1.5mL of e-liquid. There are also disposable e-cigars available, which look extremely similar to an actual cigar with no external mouthpiece.
  • Clearomizer (clearo, tank) – A clearomizer is a see-through cartridge without the polyfill. It has a wick and a coil but no filler material.
  • Condoms – The rubber sleeves that come on the ends of cartomizers and/or cartridges
  • Cutoff – Some models utilize a cutoff mechanism to turn off the battery when it is overused; this protects the atomizer from burning out and the user from inhaling too much nicotine
  • Disposable E-Cigarette – A single-use electronic cigarettes designed to throw away when the e-liquid is empty. There are many shapes and sizes of disposable e-cigarettes & e-cigars on the market. These are not refillable.
  • Electronic Cigarette (E-Cigarette, ecigarette, ECig, E-Cig, Digi-cig, E-Ciggy, Personal Vaporizer, vapor cigarette, smokeless cigarette) – An electronic Cigarette, or personal vaporizer (PV), is a battery-powered electronic device that converts a liquid nicotine or non-nicotine solution (e-liquid) into water vapor. Many resemble traditional analog cigarettes in size, shape and color, but they are also manufactured to mimic pens, cigars and pipes.  Increasingly, custom color combinations, styles and modifications are becoming popular.
  • E-Liquid (E Liquid, ELiquid, eLiquid, Juice, E-Juice, Nicotine Fluid, smoke juice) – The nicotine or non-nicotine solution used in an e-cigarette. This solution usually consists of nicotine dissolved in propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG), natural and artificial flavorings and water. Both PG and VG are common food additives and create vapor at low temperatures. Flavors often imitate well-known cigarette brands, tobacco flavors, menthol, fruit and other flavors. Hundreds of different flavors are available. Nicotine concentrations range from zero to extra-high (0 mg to 54mg).
  • E-Smoke – E-Smoke is a term used for the vapor emitted by an electronic cigarette. “E-smoking” is the action of smoking an electronic cigarette.
  • Filler – The fiber or wick found inside a cartridge that holds e-liquid
  • Leakage – When the juice in a cartridge or cartomizer leaks
  • Manual battery – An electronic cigarette battery which functions only when a button is pressed while inhaling; they typically produce more vapor that an automatic battery
  • Milligrams (MG) – Used to measure the amount of nicotine per milliliter
  • Micro Cigarette – These generally look quite a bit more like a traditional cigarette, but are still slightly larger. Mini cartridges vary greatly, but usually contain between .5mL to 1mL of e-liquid.  50mm – 99mm in size
  • Mini-Cigarette – A small version of an e-cigarette, ranging in size from 116mm – 139mm
  • Mod – Short for modification, this is a homemade or purchased design alteration of a manufactured battery, atomizer or cartridge. Mods are generally done and/or used by avid e-smokers looking to increase vapor production, battery life or ease of use.
  • Mouthpiece – The tip of an electronic cigarette which is placed into the mouth. It often looks like a cigarette butt. This piece houses the cartridge in a 3-piece model. 2-piece models contain the cartridge and the atomizer.
  • Nicotine Level – The amount of nicotine present in a cartridge or bottle of e-liquid. It is usually measured in mg/ml.
  • Pen-Style – A style of electronic cigarette, known for its resemblance to a ball point pen and/or a 1920’s to 1950’s cigarette holder. These are the first type of electronic cigarette created and range in size from 140mm – 160mm.
  • Pipe Style – As the name may suggest, these look just like a pipe. They have big cartridges, but blanks aren’t quite as readily available as the rest of the styles. The cartridges hold more than 2mL of e-liquid at a time.
  • Priming – A puffing technique used on automatic batteries to produce the most vapor. This requires taking a deep inhale to “warm up” the atomizer. Once warmed, the battery is primed.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) – Propylene Glycol is the most commonly used base carrier for nicotine and flavor solutions for electronic cigarettes.  PG is also commonly used in inhalers, medicines, foods, and other consumer products. PG has been tested as an effective germicide. Propylene Glycol has been deemed generally safe to be used in medical products as well as food products for general consumption. Some people have reported having an allergic reaction to PG. These people also find that they have issues with certain brands of toothpaste, lotions, soaps, and medicines containing PG. If you have issues with PG, it is suggested you look into using a product with a Vegetable Glycerin base.
  • Supermini – (100mm – 115mm) Frequently almost the same size as a traditional cigarette, this hardware has smaller capacity cartridges and batteries. The batteries do, however, charge significantly faster than other types.  Supermini cartridges also vary greatly, holding between .2mL and .5mL of e-liquid.
  • Throat Hit – A descriptive term used for the sensation felt in the back of the throat when an inhalation is taken from an electronic cigarette. A good throat hit closely mimics the feeling from traditional cigarette smoking. Nicotine levels greatly affect throat hit strength with higher nicotine levels having a harder throat hit sensation.
  • Unvapeable – Something that is NOT vapeable
  • Vape – The act of inhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette
  • Vapeable – Something (usually an e-liquid or juice) that you can put in a cartomizer/cartridge and vape
  • Vaper – A person who vapes
  • Vaper’s Tongue – This is what happens to a smoker’s tongue after they make the switch to ecigs.  It is the temporary loss of taste, as the body adjusts to a new lifestyle.  Some vapers mention that they enjoy certain ecig liquid flavors more after the vaper’s tongue has retreated.  Don’t throw away the flavors you think you dislike until your sense of taste has returned!
  • Vaping – An alternative word for eSmoking, vaping is the habit or pastime of using electronic cigarettes. Many ecig fans call themselves “Vapers” and participate in “Vaping”, as opposed to smoking.
  • Vapor (vapour) – The smoke-like vapor produced from an electronic cigarette when e-liquid is turned from a liquid to a gas by the atomizer. This vapor is a pure food grade version similar to the smoke produced by a fog machine. The most common ingredient is propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin.
  • Vaporizer (Vapouriser) – The electronic component which turns e-liquid into a gas or a vapor; this is also another term used for Electronic Cigarette
  • Vegetable Glycerin (VG) – Vegetable Glycerin is a natural alternative to Propylene Glycol (PG) and is sometimes used as the majority base in the E-Liquid. Vegetable Glycerin comes from the production of palm or coconut oils and is suitable to be used in sweeteners and in skin care products. It creates a slightly thicker vapor.
  • Wick – A poly fiber, with the appearance of cotton, that soaks up e-liquid to be vaporized by the heating element.

Craving more information?  One of the best ways to learn about smoke free cigarettes and communicate with other fans is to visit a forum, like the one at V2 Cigs (http://forum.v2cigs.com/).

You’ll be the center of attention, enjoying a sleek Vapor Couture vapor cigarette while sharing all you know…


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