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What is an RTA? What is Vaping? What is VG - PG? Whats a Coil? What does this all mean?!?!?!
Ass Juice – The last thing you want to vape is ass juice. This is what vapers call e liquid which tastes bad.
Box Mod – A box mod is any PV or APV that comes in a box shape, and comes in several different wattage selections. Some popular wattage classes for box mods are: 10-30 watts; 50-80 watts even up-to 1000+ watts.
Breathing – the process of leaving an e-liquid open to the air so that any alcohol can evaporate off. Can mellow out some flavours.
Cartomizer (Carto) – This is a combination of disposable cartridges and atomizers. They hold more e liquid than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination.
Clearomizer – A clearomizer is a transparent version of a cartomizer, usually made of thin, and easily breakable plastic, clearomizers hold roughly 2-3ml of e liquid.
Dripping – This is the method of vaping by adding a few drops of e liquid directly into the atomizer chamber instead of using a cartridge. This is the method that gives the best vapor quantity and flavor quality.
Drip Tip – A mouthpiece accessory with an opening that allows drops of e liquid to be dripped directly to the atomizer/cartomizer without the removal of the tip.
E-Juice/ E-Liquid – The solution that is vaporized within the atomizer tank, comprised of Vegetable Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, and/or Nicotine and Flavoring. Also referred to as E-liquid, Juice, or Smoke Juice.
Flooding – This occurs when too much e liquid is put into the atomizer. The indicator of flooding is a gurgling sound and the performance of the atomizer is sometimes negatively affected.
Heat steeping – Heat steeping is the process of speeding up steeping by placing one’s e-liquid container in a hot water bath or in a hot environment for any length of time.
Hit/Rip – The inhalation of vapor.
HV Mod – A dual battery or boosted supply mod (modification) to allow higher power vaping.
Kick/Punch – 1. another way to describe throat hit 2. The PV add-on that allows you to put it between your battery and PV’s spring and allows you to convert a standard Tube Mod PV into a Variable Wattage device. Leaking – E liquid can leak out of the bottom of the clearomizer/atomizer/cartomizer and onto the battery, which in some cases can cause damage to the device and causing a shortage.
Lung Hit – Alternative to mouth to lung hits, lung hits are inhales of vapor straight to the lungs. Usually requires massive airflow.
Mod – Short for modification. This originally referred to modifying a flashlight or a battery to be used in vaping, but is now commonly used to refer to any vaping device that is not a cigalike.
Mouth to lung hit – Vapor is pulled into the mouth first and then inhaled into the lungs. Can provide more flavor in the mouth.
Ohm (Ω) – The standard unit of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.
PV (Personal Vaporizer) – Another name for an Electronic Cigarette, usually in reference to the more untraditional style e-cigs.
PG (Propylene Glycol) – One of two main substances used in the making of e-cigarette liquids.
Priming/Prime – The act of preparing a wick to vape, usually done by adding a few drops and soaking the wick in e-juice or taking a few pulls without heating the coil. This is not relevant for drippers/drip-style atomizers.
RBA – Rebuildable atomizer
RDA – Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
RDTA – Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer
RTA – Rebuildable tank atomizer
Steeping – Allowing your e liquid to sit either open to the air, or in a sealed container. This is generally not necessary in e liquid that has a high ratio of PG to VG. It is more often necessary in high VG ratio juices.
Sub-Ohming – The practice by experienced vapers to increasing the current from your specific battery and by (using the principles of Ohms Law), reduces the ohms of the coils below one to achieve massive vaping clouds.
Tank – A special type of cartridge that holds considerably more liquid than cartridges with filler. Usually used with a cartomizer and sometimes an atomizer.
Throat Hit – The feeling an e-cigarette smoker experiences when the vapor hits their throat. Most desire it to feel like a cigarette with a full, yet smooth hit. This is commonly felt with PG juices. Check out our PG vs VG page for more information.
Vaper – The name given to the user of the electronic cigarette.
Vapor – The atomization of e liquid which results in a fog juice vapor which is commonly accepted to be exhaled as water vapor (steam). This is the main visible factor in vaping that simulates smoke, but is a much safer alternative.
VG (Vegetable Glycerine) – A common ingredient found in e liquid. Sweet tasting and of low toxicity, it is thicker than Propylene Glycol and is usually used where thicker liquid or vapour is desired or where a PG sensitivity is present.
VW (Variable Wattage) – Any PV, APV, or Mod that allows the user control over the wattage output of their device across the atomizer coil. This differentiates itself from a VV device because the voltage is calculated to arrive at the set wattage.
Wick – Wicks are used to deliver e liquid to the coil in electronic cigarettes. Most atomizers use a wicks that are most commonly made from silica cord. However, wicks can also be made from rolled up steel mesh, fiberglass, cotton, and sometimes ceramic materials.
Wicking – The process of osmosis where more concentrated fluid moves to an area of lesser concentration in an effort to find equilibrium.
There are also a bunch of numbers which are commonly used in the vaping world. Here are some of the most popular:
26650 – These are batteries that have typically been known for good sub-ohming. This is typically seen as true because the 26650 batteries more likely have a larger cathode/anode surface area, so they will be a bit less susceptible to thermal runaway. However, this is not always a indicator for a great sub-ohm battery.
401, 402, and 403 – Refers to the different length of this specific electronic cigarette. They are known as m401, m402, and m403.
510 – The most popular and common style of threading for electronic cigarettes available. Originally developed by the company JoyE, it quickly became the standard within the industry. It also has whats known as a male thread.
808 or KR808 – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available.
901 – An Atomizer with a female thread. it isnot compatible with 510 threading.
18350 – A battery that is 18mm x 35mm, used in smaller mods and generally have a low amp rating.
18650 – A classification given to a specific size of Li-Ion battery popularly used in APVs, mechanical mods, and tube mods