31 Most Commonly Used Vaping Terms

Are you intrigued by vaping? Do you often find yourself standing off to the side, watching your friends make awesome clouds with their Smok Alien vape mods? Did you decide enough was enough, take a bus to the nearest vape shop, only to have some long haired, bearded clerk behind the counter shoot off vaping terms that literally sound like Chinese?

To assist in interpreting the often cloudy vaping language, Mt Baker Vapor has compiled a list of the 31 most commonly used vaping terms based on interactions with our customers.

They are as follows:

510: is a name for a threading on a battery or a connection on the vaping device. It’s a non-technical term said to have been created by Joytech to describe the battery to tank connection they were using.

18650: a common battery size for more advanced e-cigarettes, known to provide good power and battery life.

Advanced Personal Vaporizer (APV): referred to as mods, these units are larger with replaceable batteries, variable voltage and wattage.

Atomizer: the device that creates mist from liquid or your E Juice. This is also the part of your vaping mod where the coil and wick reside.

Battery: the heart of an e-cigarette. When the term “battery” is used, it is usually referring to vaping pens and/or cig-a-likes that don’t have interchangeable batteries.

Box Mod: is quite literally, a box. Starting with a battery, the box mod is then modified with a connection for the atomizer

Cartomizer: is an atomizer and cartridge combination. Cartomizers are longer, hold more E juice and are disposable.

Coil: the part of the atomizer used to heat or vaporize Mt Baker Vapor E Juice or any E Juice for that matter.

Cloud Chasing: is the activity of blowing large clouds of vapor using an e-cigarette.

Drip (Dripping): the act of filling an atomizer with drops of E Juice straight onto the coil of an atomizer

Drip Tip: an accessory allowing direct dripping onto the atomizer coil.

E Juice: the solution (flavored and/or unflavored) that’s vaporized to create vapor. E Juice comes in a variety of nicotine strengths.

FDA: or Food & Drug Administration is an agency of the federal government responsible for protecting and promoting public health

Gurgling: happens when liquid gets trapped in the cylinder and mixes with air, thus giving you a gurgling sound when vaping.

Juice: a shorthand term for E Juice.

Kick: a term used to describe the throat hit experienced when vaping with a higher PG.

Leaking: simply put, leaking is when E Juice leaks out of an atomizer, tank or cartomizer. Leaking can cause damage when E Juice leaks into the battery.

LED: Light Emitting Diode

Lithium-Ion Battery: primary batteries with lithium as an anode.

Mod: short for “Modifications”. E-cigarettes mods usually offer a large battery space which allows longer battery life and heightened vapor production.

Nicotine: or Nic is a potent parasympathomimetic stimulant and an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants. Found in cigarettes, Nicotine by itself is as harmless as caffeine.

Noob:  a “newbie” in the vaping industry.

Ohm: the unit of measurement used for electrical resistance. The lower the ohm reading for coils, the hotter and thick the vapor. A higher ohm level will produce that direct opposite results.

PG: Propylene Glycol, one of the two base substances used in E juice. Better throat hit and flavor.

Sub-Ohm(ing): a practice used by well-versed vapers to produce massive vape clouds by building coils with ohm readings under 1.0 ohm.

TC: Temperature Control Vaping focuses on the temperature of the coil rather than the voltage or wattage you’re vaping at.

Vape: a term used for the action of using an electronic cigarette.

Vaper: a term used to describe anyone who uses e-cigarettes.

Vapor: the “clouds” resulting from the process of atomizing E juice.

VG: Vegetable Glycerol, the other base substance used in E Juice. Thick and sweet with more vapor and less throat hit.

Wick:  its sole purpose in life is to deliver E juice to the heating element of an e-cigarette.

Any other phrases, words, etc you can think of that sound like Greek to you?  Let us know in the comments below!

Andrew Figgs

Photography Major from Western Washington University . I joined MBV back in December 2014 and am happy to be working in an industry focused on helping others.

  • Bill says:

    my all time ridiculous favorite… ANALOGS!

  • Alex Simone says:

    This is a great list! Thanks for sharing

  • Daniel says:

    Great Info!
    Thanks 🙂

  • Todd W. says:

    As I’m new on the vape scene this really helped a lot. Great article thank you so much!

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