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Common E-Cigarette Terminology

If you just getting into vaping, you may find yourself quickly confused with all of the rather new terms that vaping has bro

ught to the social dictionary. Most of the terminology that using vape devices and ejuices brings is on a planet all it's own – so we thought having a simple breakdown of the more popular terms used would help out some of our newer users.

510 Connection

2Z0jfUXThe 510 connection is the name of the connection that connects the atomizer to the personal vaporizer or mod. This is often found in all of the E-Cigs. Some earlier versions took a different connection, but as time went on more and more manufactures used the 510. It is now a standard in the E-Cig industry to have a 510 connection between the atomizer and your mod or battery. 510 connections are normally threaded and screwed on where the atomizer is the male and the battery/mod/personal vaporizer is the female.

Short for Amperage. Amps are the measure of amount of electricity being used. Also known as the current of electricity.
Amp Limit

The number of amps your battery can safely output without failing. Go under the amp limit is same, going over the amp limit will over work the battery and could cause the battery to break and self-destruct. Furthermore many users use the 80% rule with this. Say you have a 10 amp limit battery, they’d suggest you not to go above 8 amps (or 80%) as a safety precaution.


Slang term for normal cigarettes or cancer sticks. Readily available at your local gas station where big tobacco and your government would rather see you use than something that is a lot safer… say electronic cigarettes. But that’s really just one man’s opinion.


OQbRLiwAlso known as atty, it’s the device that that vaporizes e-juice. By definition an atomizer (or atty) is a device that vaporizes our e-liquid into vapor. There are dozens of different atomizers to choose from but when it comes down to it they all work the same way. A wick soaks up the e-liquid and an internal coil either wrapped around the wick or within the wick vaporizes the liquid into thick clouds of vapor. With atomizers there are 2 distinct classifications: the kind you can rebuild and reuse and the kind that are disposable. Cartomizers and clearomizers are the disposable or non-rebuildable type, whereas RDA (rebuildable dripping atomizer) and RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer), belong to the rebuildable atomizer classification or RBA.


IMG_1417Device used in powering your vape. For the record alkaline batteries should not be used. Only high discharge batteries should be used such as ICR or better yet IMR batteries. If the E-Cig has an internal battery, at times the e-cig can often be called the battery as well. Like all batteries, great care should be taken such as avoid charging around items with flammable objects and always monitor your charging as well. Never leave your batteries in the car on a hot summer day as the battery could over heat and explode.

Beauty Rings

IMG_1411These are a screw on ring that goes around the EGO connection for EGO style E-Cigs that give the E-Cig a more flush look with a larger atomizer. The beauty ring is especially important as it keeps the larger atomizer from damage since it keeps the connection in place. In cases with a much larger atomizer, dropping, bumping, bending, etc could cause the connection to break thus damaging both atomizers and EGO battery.

Box Mod

IMG_1414Box like device houses the battery and firing button for your vape. Box mods have been known to adapt neat things such as a led screen displaying Ohms, wattage, voltage, and battery life. It could also have battery charging built in and some can even double as an external battery charger for your portable devices. A lot of custom made vapes made by hobbyist are box mods as it can easily house the high drain rechargeable batteries. More recently many mass manufactures have picked up the ideology of the box mod as well to incorporate higher wattages and longer battery life.


Cartomizers are the types of atomizers that you find in the grocery store, gas stations, drug stores, malls, etc. They are easy to use and just plain work. It is a metallic cylinder tube with wick and coil inside. On one end there is the 510 connection (what you screw into your battery (or mod)) and the other end is the drip tip (or mouth piece). Often times these come pre-filled with an assortment of juices in a range of flavors and nicotine levels. However they do sell these without the juice prefilled which allows the user to fill the juices into the mouth piece end.


10441373_10101447067197658_4684111479266720275_nThe cartotank is a larger cylinder sealed at both ends but with a hole cut right down the middle to insert your cartomizer in. E-Juice is filled into these tanks and a hole is punched out of the cartomizer which allows the wick inside the cartomizer to saturate when the wick gets dry. If you are a very careful person cartotanks would work great for you. But if you're not (like myself) than enter clearomizers to answer our problems. Boge and smok are two of the most popular cartomizers and cartotanks. Take a quick gander and follow some YouTube videos to see how they work. Never dismiss something you've never tried!


The clearomizer is a tank like device that has the atomizer inside. The atomizer for a clearomizer is a small device that screws within the clearomizer. There are 2 types of clearomizers bottom coil and top coil. Bottom coil lets gravity do all the work. As you vape the liquid and as the liquid dissipates, it goes down towards the atomizer, saturates the wick, and vaporizes the liquid. This kind of works like how you boil water. You have your oven (your atomizer) and your pot (your tank that holds the liquid) . As the liquid heats up from the atomizer liquid vaporizes and you inhale said liquid. The top coil clearomizers work much differently where it relies heavily on the wicks absorbing the liquid which travels unto the coil which wits above the liquid instead of below. The wicks act like a straw and as your inhale these wicks saturate with e-juice and the atomizer does the rest.


ankxUFpAn electronic cigarette that looks like an analog cigarette. Cig-a-Likes activate when the user takes a pull on the mouthpiece unlike other E-Cigs which requires a button to be pressed to complete the electrical circuitry. These comes in rechargeable kits and disposable devices for one time use. Cig-a-Like are often not very durable and has a weak battery life, but the upside is they are extremely portable and lightweight.


Copies of authentic mods, atomizers, and other E-Cig related items. Generally by a Chinese company. Sometimes clones are just as good if not better than the authentic mods. Many manufactures create clones one must be careful when purchasing clones. Some clones are better than others of course. Great brands of clones are Eh Pro, Infinite, HCigar, and Tobecco.


IMG_1416Made with Kanthal or Nichrome wrapped around the wick or caressing the wick. The current of electricity goes through the coil and heats up the saturated wick and vaporizes the E-Juice into thick delicious vapor.

Coil Heads

10403079_10102305022458437_6019232194565725968_nReplaceable atomizer coils that go inside the clearomizers either on the top or the bottom of the clearomizer depending on which one we are talking about. These last anywhere from a week to 8 weeks depending on how often you are vaping and/or what E-Juices you are using. Some thicker and sweeter E-Juices have been known to make the coil heads “gunk up” and fail faster than thinner E-Juices that are not as sweet. High VG juices will have this effect on the coil heads.


IMG_1412Often used as wicking material for atomizers. Normally found in rebuildable atomizers as it is readily available in drugstores and supermarkets. Some say it’s best to get sterile, some say organic, and some even say it needs to be boiled. I’ve personally talked to different people and it comes to personal preference of taste. I can’t really say which one is better, but choose one of the options and just see how you like it.


A hard plastic that is used as an insulator for when vaping in high wattages. Delrin is also found in drip tips as well to keep your mouth from burning with said high wattages. The plastic is hard but softer than metal. If the user has a bad habit of chewing or biting the drip tip, delrin drip tips would be ideal to save your teeth from future damage.

Disposable E-Cigs

These are often found at gas stations and pharmacies where they sell cigarettes. They range from $5 to $10 and have a various amounts of nicotine and flavors. They activate whenever you take a hit/pull from the device and normally have about 500 puffs worth in each device. The battery is built in and the E-Juice is not designed to be refilled. You throw these away when you’re down with it.

Disposable E-Hookah

Similar to E-Cigs however they come in a wider variety of sweeter juices often fruity in nature. They are a bit more expensive as they start around the $10 range.


N2Jkn6LMade by Evolv. It is a chip that allows your mod to vape up to 20 or 30 watts. For some time the DNA mods (mods with DNA chip) are very sought after as Evolv cannot meet demand of enthusiasts out there. Most regulated devices could not output more than 15W. But as of early 2014, this chip is been cloned as well as other high variable wattage devices coming out.

Drip Tip

10462724_10101447071933168_6082156415637045072_nApparatus that carries the vaporized E-Juice into your mouth; similar to mouth pieces in musical instruments. It is normally replaceable and comes in an assortment of shapes, colors, and different materials. When vaping with high wattage, it is important to use a non-metallic or an insulated drip tip to avoid burning your mouth off. The drip tip is where many users get to customize the look of their mod and how it feels when they put it in their mouth. Some newer materials being used for drip tips include pyrex glass, copper, brass, and precious stones such as jade or quartz.


IMG_1410This can describe two different things. A pen shaped mod or a type of connection. Logically the ego mod has an EGO connection. EGO style mods are expensive and sometimes having variable voltage thus making it perfect for beginners. EGO style atomizers are also inexpensive as well and hold around 2ml of E-Juice.

E-Juice or E-liquid

RdKIp1zThe liquid that is vaporized in the atomizer. This liquid is normally flavored with a mixture of PG (Propylene Glycol), VG (Vegetable Glycerin), and nicotine. The flavoring is the major variable amongst all e-juices. Some of the dangers of come from cheap and artificial flavoring used. Like all things you ingest, know what is in your E-Juice before you vape it. Make sure harmful chemicals aren't being used such as diacetyl that can cause popcorn lung. E-Juice normally comes in either a plastic or a glass bottle. The plastic bottles are a bit easier to use as you can easily squeeze into you atomizer, whereas the glass ones comes with a glass dripper that you use to transfer from the bottle to your atomizer.


Hybrid describes certain mods that have the atomizer built in to the mod. So the 510 connection is not necessary. Users want this as it has a sleeker look, shorter and more portable in nature, and conducts electricity much better. The down side to this is you are stuck with only using that atomizer for that particular mod for life.


IMG_1413Metallic wiring that is used to make coils used in atomizers. Kanthal is a metal that can withstand high heat and very conductive even in high heat. It is also safe to vape on unlike other heavy metals.

Mech Mod

endTuIPThis describes a mod that is unregulated and completes the current via a firing button and a metallic housing. The lack of any regulation allows the user to use a very low resistance atomizer which can give extremely high wattage. The wattage is only capped by the amp limits of the battery. Generally speaking it is wise to only be 80% of your amp limit. With a 30 amp battery it isn't wise to vape more than 24 amps. These devices can be made out of Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, and aluminum. Often times it can be a mixture of different metals to give a a better appeal. But most importantly conductivity must be considered for these items. Silver and copper plating increasing the conductivity and thus would decrease the voltage drop. Since these devices are not regulated, as the battery life decreases, so does the voltage being outputted. Better conductivity, the more you'll get out of your battery when fully charged!


Device used to check for shorts, voltage drop, and resistance in your atomizer, batteries, and personal vaporizers. Multimeter’s are about $10, it is highly suggested you get one as this is the device that can most accurately measure voltage in batteries and resistance in atomizers.


A highly addictive additive found in cigarettes, other tobacco products, and E-Juice. In E-Juice, the quantity is expressed normally in factors of 3, e.g. 0mg, 3m