Terminology

The world of vaping is rife with interesting terminology. You can get confused quickly, and a dictionary won’t help you. Here are some common terms you’ll want to know about.

  • Analog – Slang term for a traditional cigarette.
  • Atomizer (or atty) – The heating element on an e-cigarette, the part that vaporizes the eJuice.
  • Automatic Battery – A style of electronic cigarette that does not use a button to activate the healing element. This style of battery is most similar to smoking an analog.
  • Battery – The battery is the part of the eCig that provides power to the heating element.
  • Cartridge (or cart) – A plastic tube that is generally filled with absorbent filler material that holds eLiquid.
  • Cartomizer (or carto) – A cartridge and atomizer in a single unit. These are typically inexpensive and disposable.
  • Clearomizer (or clearo) – A tank that uses wicks and a heating element rather than filler material.
  • Drip Tip – An accessory that can be used in conjunction with an atomizer or cartomizer. Drip tips are typically used for looks or added comfort.
  • Flooding – This can occur when too much eJuice is applied to the atomizer or heating element. Heating elements require air to properly vaporize liquids, and adding too much eJuice will cause a decrease in vapor production and flavor.
  • Juice – eLiquid, eJuice. This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.
  • Manual – A style of electronic cigarette that has a button which activates the heating element.
  • Mod – Typically refers to devices that use larger lithium ion batteries and have variable voltage and/or wattage options.
  • Throat Hit – The tingling sensation that a user gets in the back of the throat when vaporizing eJuice that contains nicotine.
  • Vaping – The action of “smoking” an electronic cigarette.