Understanding Vape Jargon


You’re scanning websites, reading through forums, checking out tweets, and looking at reviews. You know they are words, you recognize the letters and understand that the english language is being spoken, yet it seems like a strange combination of the teacher on Peanuts saying “wa wa wa” and Mork’s “Nanu Nanu”. You are not alone, we’ve all started with the basics of the vaping language. To help you get started, here is a guide to beginner vapers terms that will hopefully help you not only understand, but be able to join in the conversation.

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ADV All Day Vape
Analog Traditional Tobacco Cigarette
Atomizer (Atty) The heating element in the e-cigarette wrapped around a wick that produces vapor
B&M Brick & Mortar – References a Vape Shop with a physical location you can visit
Battery The power source for the atomizer in an electronic cigarette. May be replaceable, or integrated into the product
Blend The Propylene Glycol to Vegetable Glycerin ratio in a bottle of e-liquid
Box Mod A box shaped e-cigarette. May or may not have a replaceable battery
Cartomizer (Carto) Cartridges with atomizers built into them, can be disposable or refillable
Cartridge A plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort absorbent filler material that holds the juice
Cigalike E-cig designed to look like a traditional cigarette
Clearomizer (Clearo) Clear casings with atomizers built in that utilize a wick to transfer juice to the atomizer
Cloudchaser Vapers who enjoy creating large clouds of vapor
Clouds Exhaled Vapor
Coil The heating element within the atomizer
Condom Sanitary cover for the mouthpiece of an e-cigarette
DIY Do it Yourself – References juice mixed by vaper not pre-mixed by distributor, and home made e-cigarettes
Drip Tip Mouthpiece of the e-cigarette. Generally replaceable
Dripping The act of manually putting e-liquid onto the wick and heating element – no tank
Dry Burn A method of cleaning atomizers to extend their life by burning the coil in short intervals without juice
Dry Hit A puff from an e-cigarette when there is no juice being heated into vapor, resulting in an unpleasant burnt taste and harsh throat hit
E-Cig Electronic Cigarette
e-Liquid/Juice A liquid solution containing a mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavoring and sometimes nicotine that is heated in the e-cigarette to create vapor
eGo An e-cigarette battery style that offers two different threading types. Usually a pen appearance style e-cigarette. May also refer to the common “eGo” style threading
Flavor Ghosting When you taste the previous flavor you were vaping after switching e-juice
Flooding When too much juice is applied to the atomizer resulting in decreased vapor production, gurgling noises, and possible juice leaking into the drip tip
Ghosting The act of using an electronic cigarette in such a way that it produces very little vapor. Usually by holding a hit until the exhale is not visible
Lung Hit/Lung Rip Inhaling vapor directly from the atomizer into your lungs, as one would take a normal breath
Mechanical Mod (Mech Mod) Modified e-cigarettes that have no regulatory electronic chip or safety features. Generally used by advanced users to accomplish “Cloud Chasing”
Mod Used to describe modifications to a device or accessory, or a design variation of a commonly manufactured electronic cigarette
Mouth Hit/Mouth Rip/Mouth-to-Lung Drawing vapor into the mouth before inhalation, similar to puffing a cigar. May or may not be followed by inhalation
Nic Nicotine
No-Nic 0mg Nicotine (No added Nicotine)
Ohm A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance resulting in faster heating
Passthrough E-cigarette battery style that allows use while charging
PCC Personal or Portable Charging Case allows you to charge your e-cigarette without an outlet
PG Propylene Glycol – A solution used as a base for e-juice
PV Personal Vaporizer – Another term for e-cigarette
Regulated Mod Modified e-cigarettes that still contain a regulating electronic chip and safety features
Resistance Refers to the ability to electricity to travel through the heating element in the e-cigarette
Stealth Vape An electronic cigarette that is inconspicuous, with a low profile, that is easily concealed. May also refer to Ghosting
Steeping An oxidation process that occurs between the flavoring, nicotine, and base (PG/VG) giving your juice time to become more flavorful
Tank E-liquid reservoir
Threading The radius and style of the attachment connector on an e-cigarette battery and the device being used to house your juice (atty, carto, clearo, etc)
Throat Hit The feeling you get in the back of your throat and in your lungs when you inhale vapor
Unregulated/Non Regulated Mod Refers to a Mod that does not have a regulating chip. May refer to mechanical or semi-mechanical mods
Vape/Vaping The act of using an e-cigarette
Vaper An electronic cigarette user
Vaper’s Tongue Also known as Vaper’s Fatigue refers to temporary olfactory fatigue resulting in a diminished or inability to taste the flavor of your juice
VG Vegetable Glycerin – Used as a base in e-juice
VV Variable Voltage – Allows you to change voltage of your e-cigarette
VW Variable Wattage – Allows you to change the wattage of your e-cigarette
Wick Absorbant material used to draw the e-liquid into the heating element


Welcome to the vaping community, we’re pleased you have joined our family. Now, we’d love to hear from you!

Written by: Michelle Harnden


Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor's resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.