Vape Lingo Explained

As a new vaper, it can be extremely confusing and frustrating when you come across all of these crazy abbreviations and lingo and you don't know what they mean. Hopefully, this list of vape lingo will help you out

Vaping Lingo & Abbreviations

In this article we are going to explain some of the common abbreviations and lingo used in vaping. As a new vaper, it can be extremely confusing and frustrating when you come across all of these crazy abbreviations and lingo and you don’t know what they mean. Hopefully, this list of vape lingo will help you out 🙂

 

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18650: A type of battery commmonly used in vape mods. These batteries are made by many different manufacturers but the most popular brands are probably Sony & Samsung. These batteries can vary in mAh (MilliAmp Hours) and other factors such as amps, etc.

20700/21700: Another common type of battery used in a lot of vape mods.

510: 510 is a very universally used thread size in the vape world. It is used for the threads on your tanks, rdas, rtas, etc. Most mods will have a female 510 connector and your tanks, rdas, etc will have a 510 male pin. Basically buying a 510 threaded mod and tank would mean that they were compatible with each other. Almost all vaping products these days use a 510 thread. 510 is also used to describe the tips that you inhale your vapour from, it is a standard size so that most 510 tips should fit other tanks that have 510 drip tip openings. 810 are another common type of drip-tip and these have a larger diameter than the 510 drip tips.

810: Like 510, 810 is also the size of a drip tip. The drip tip is simply the tip on your tank where you inhale the vapor. 810 is a larger diameter drip tip than 510.

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ADV: Short for ‘All Day Vape’. This is basically how you would explain an eliquid or ejuice flavour you really like that is easy to vape all day long.

Atomizer: The heating element section used to turn eLiquid / eJuice into vapour. This can be in the form of a tank, rda, rdta, etc.

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Battery Wraps/Wraps: The protective covering on your batteries. They protect your battery from shorting out on anything and if they are damaged they will need to be rewrapped. Check out our tutorial on rewrapping batteries here: Battery Rewrapping Tutorial.

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Clouds: The vapour produced that you exhale after using your e-cigarette.

Coils: A coil is the heating element in your device that heats your eJuice/eLiquid to turn it into vapour. Cotton usually runs around or through your coils so that it holds a large amount of juice. Once your coil vaporizes the juice off your cotton, your cotton/wicks should continue to soak up more juice ready for your next vape. Coils come in many different forms and resistances. You can buy stock coils to fit tanks or you can buy coils that are made to be used in RDA’s, RTA’s, etc.

Coil Killer: A coil killer is usually a juice that severely shortens the lifetime of a coil. Usually juices with a lot of sweetener are known to kill coils quite quickly.

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Doubler: Usually a bottle of juice that has twice the flavour concentration so that you can then add your own nicotine. Usually a doubler will only come half full, the other half of the bottle is to add your nicotine.

Dripping: Dripping your eJuice / eLiquid directly onto your RDA.

DTL: DTL stands for ‘Direct to Lung’. It is the method in which you inhale your vapour. Read this article for more information on this where it is covered in detail: MTL VS DTL – What is the difference?.

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eJuice: This is the juice or liquid you vape, it is usually flavoured and has a few ingredients such as Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and other added flavourings. The name derives from the word e-cigarette, meaning electronic cigarette. See also: eLiquid.

eLiquid: This is the juice or liquid you vape, it is usually flavoured and has a few ingredients such as Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and other added flavourings. The name derives from the word e-cigarette, meaning electronic cigarette. See also: eJuice.

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mAh: Short for MilliAmp Hours or mili ampere hour. It is basically the energy storage capacity of a certain battery. If a battery is rated as 1000mAh, it basically means it can be ran at 1000mA for 1 hour. 1000mAh = 1 Amp, 2000mAh = 2 Amps, etc. The higher this number means the battery can store more energy and thus usually last longer in your devices. Be careful of manufacturers making false claims of this number though.

Mechanical Mod: Very similar to an unregulated mod, a mechanical mod is a vaping device that has no built-in protection, circuitry or wiring. It is simply a mechanical switch that connects your battery directly to your heating coil. A mechanical mod does not have any wiring or electronics in it whatsoever apart from the battery. You should not use a mechanical mod unless you understand battery safety and ohms law. One small mistake could be catastrophic.

Mod: A mod is the device that you use to vape with, it is the part that houses the battery/batteries, screen, fire button, etc.

MTL: MTL stands for ‘Mouth to Lung’. It is the method in which you inhale your vapour. Read this article for more information on this where it is covered in detail: MTL VS DTL – What is the difference?.

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Nic: Short for Nicotine.

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Ohms or Resistance: This is another electrical term and basically means the resistance of the circuit. The ohms or resistance are usually set by the heating coil you have installed, these can be numbers such as 0.2 ohms, 0.4 ohms, etc. In simple terms, a smaller number means that electricity can flow through that circuit much faster because it is less restricted. Lower ohm coils usually provide a warmer vape that heaps up very quickly and higher ohm coils usually mean a cooler vape that take a bit longer to heat up. Usually a lower ohm build will use more battery power than a higher ohm build. This is because on the lower ohm build, the resistance is so low that the power is flowing through the circuit very quickly.

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PG: Propylene Glycol, a chemical commonly used in eJuice / eLiquid.

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RBA: An RBA is short for ‘RebuildaBle Atomizer’ and can cover any rebuildable atomizer such as an RDA, RTA or RDTA.

RDA: Short for ‘Rebuildable Drip Atomizer’. This is an atomizer that you build yourself and drip your ejuice directly onto the cotton to vape it.

RTA: Short for ‘Rebuildable Tank Atomizer’. Very similar to an RDA but this is a tank where you can rebuild your coils and cotton (wicks). Instead of dripping, the cotton gets the eJuice from inside a tank.

RTV: Short for ‘Ready To Vape’. This usually refers to a juice that doesn’t need anything else mixed in or does not require any further steeping.

Regulated Mod: A regulated mod is a vaping device that is protected by circuitry. This can mean that the mod will shut off if it detects an electrical short, too much heat, too long a vape, etc. These protections are there to protect the user from battery or device failure.

Resistance or Ohms: This is another electrical term and basically means the resistance of the circuit. The ohms or resistance are usually set by the heating coil you have installed, these can be numbers such as 0.2 ohms, 0.4 ohms, etc. In simple terms, a smaller number means that electricity can flow through that circuit much faster because it is less restricted. Lower ohm coils usually provide a warmer vape that heaps up very quickly and higher ohm coils usually mean a cooler vape that take a bit longer to heat up. Usually a lower ohm build will use more battery power than a higher ohm build. This is because on the lower ohm build, the resistance is so low that the power is flowing through the circuit very quickly.

RDTA: Short for ‘Rebuildable Drip Tank Atomizer’. This is very similar to both an RDA and RTA, it has wicks/cotton that hang down into a tank but you can still drip juice directly on the wicks/cotton yourself from above.

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Stealth Vape/Vaping: The act of being secretive and non-attention drawing to yourself while vaping. This can also mean a vaping setup (mod/tank) that is small and doesn’t produce a whole lot of vapour.

Steeping: Most eJuices or eLiquids need to be steeped prior to being vaped. This is simply leaving the bottle of juice for a certain amount of time so that the flavours can mesh together properly. It is kind of like maturing a red wine. Different juices may need to be steeped longer than others but some juices will come to you pre-steeped by the manufacturer. When adding nicotine to your juices, it is a good idea to let these steep for a day or two also.

Stinkies: Another name for conventional cigarettes, they are called this because they stink.

Squonk/Squonker: A squonk or squonker is a mod that has a bottle inside it. You would fill this bottle with eJuice and when you squeeze it, it sends juice up a tube through the mod and into the atomizer where your cotton and coils will be. A squonk allows you to run an RDA (Rebuildable Drip Atomizer) without manually dripping your juice on it all the time, you simply just squeeze the squonk bottle every now and then to keep your cotton soaked with eJuice.

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Tank: A tank is a device that holds your eLiquid or eJuice, it usually has a coil installed that you don’t build yourself. You buy coils that fit your tank and they just screw in. It is the part of your device that atomizes the liquid where you will inhale it from the tip. There are tanks that you can build the coils and cotton on yourself and these are called RTA’s or RDTA’s.

Throat Hit: The sensation in your throat when inhaling nicotine from an e-cigarette or conventional cigarette. It is kind of like a burning feeling in the throat that a lot of people find satisfying.

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Unregulated Mod: An unregulated mod is a vaping device that has no built-in protections or circuitry. It is simply just a battery which is directly connected to the heating element or coils. An unregulated mod will sometimes have wiring in it also whereas a mechanical mod usually has no wiring at all. You should not use an unregulated mod unless you know battery safety and ohms law. One small mistake could be catastrophic.

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VG: Vegetable Glycerin, one of the chemicals usually used in eJuice / eLiquid.

Volts/Voltage: The amount of force that is applied to an electrical circuit. Your voltage will change depending on the resistance/ohms in your circuit and other factors.

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Watts/Wattage: The amount of power output from a device. If you use a regulated device and set your wattage, the mod will change your voltage so that it outputs your set wattage.

Wicks / Cotton: Wicks are basically just cotton that is used to soak up your eJuice/eLiquid and bring it into your coil for vaporization.

Wraps / Battery Wraps: The protective covering on your batteries. They protect your battery from shorting out on anything and if they are damaged they will need to be rewrapped. Check out our tutorial on rewrapping batteries here: Battery Rewrapping Tutorial.

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I am the owner and operator of The Cloudy Boys and have been vaping for 7+ years. I have always wanted to turn my passion for vaping into something that would be helpful for other vapers out there and I think this is it. Creating 100% honest and unbiased reviews on vape gear is my way of giving back to the vaping community. When reviewing products, I do try to take my personal tastes out of the equation and just review things for what they are.

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