Glossary Term List

  • 510

    A type of e-cig model. Arguably the most popular electronic cigarette that was offered in the past, called the joye 510, it is now commonly used to represent a thread or tip fitment type today.

  • 808

    A type of e-cig model. It was commonly called the KR808. 808/510/901 have compatible fitments when purchasing drip tips/tips for your device.

  • 901

    A type of e-cig model. It was commonly called the DSE901. 808/510/901 have compatible fitments when applying drip tips/tips for your device.

  • Adapter

    Usually referenced to convert a threaded device. Since there are manufacturers who produce common sizes (such as a 510 connector type), an adapter may be necessary. An adapter may also be needed when a type of heating element is not compatible and requires an adapter piece to have it fit comfortably on the device.

  • Analog

    A slang term known as a traditional cigarette.

  • APV (Advanced Personal Vaporizer)

    An advanced version of a personal vaporizer device. Usually consists of a screen to monitor different features the battery unit is equipped with. It normally has a bigger capacity baterry, and features variable voltage and/or variable wattage. Some APV’s have features such as puff count, battery meter, ohm reader, and RMS modes.

  • Atomizer

    It is a heating element that produces vapor. In today’s market, you can purchase different types of atomizers in size, resistance, and threading. Generally used with a cotton or fluva filled cartridge, you fill the liquid into the cartidge and attach to the atomizer. This was widely used on 510 model electronic cigarettes, hence the term “510.” Eventually, the community evolved a “drip method,” which was known to create a more rich flavorful taste but required frequent dripping directly into the atomizer. Soon after, the market introduced drip tips to deter on having to constantly remove your cartridge tip to drip your liquid onto the atomizer, which is commonly referred to as “drip tips you see today.”

  • Automatic

    A type of e-cig battery that is activated by taking a draw or “puff” inhalation without the use of a button. This type usually distinguishes an appearance of a traditional cigarette.

  • Battery

    The battery is what powers the heating element to produce vapor. It is usually Lithium Ion, sometimes has an LED or light source, available in different battery capacity sizes, and is designed either with an automatic or manual button activation. Other types of batteries are generally known for being used in APV, or Mechanical Mod devices. These are typical rechargeable batteries in ICR or IMR based Lithium Ion.

  • Blanks

    Cartridges or cartomizers with dry filler material, which is to be filled with eliquid by the user.

  • Bridge

    A small U-shaped covering inside of the atomizer. This is used to absorb liquid and help wick it towards the heating element.

  • Cartomizer (Carto)

    A combination of both cartridge and atomizer. In earlier generations of the electronic cigarette industry, the cartomizer was used as a method to eliminate additional parts for convenience. The cartomizers will include pre-filled liquid of specific flavors that is offered and the cartomizer can be disposed once the flavor is used up. Probably the biggest disadvantage was the ability to switch flavors if the atomizer itself was still usable. Although it was convenient, the cost factor was most likely another sacrifice. Today, the cartomizer is commonly referred to as another type of atomzier while having a tip that attaches onto it. A thin tube filled with poly fill around a center tubing and coil which includes an atomizer at one end. Cartomizers can be used as-is for vaping by soaking the poly fill in juice. Additionally, you can punch a hole near the base of the cartomizer using something called a “saddle valve”, soak the poly fill, and put the cartomizer inside a tank. When the cartomizer gets low it will automatically suck juice from the tank.


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  • Catridge

    Also known as “cartridge tip” – A plastic piece either stuffed with dry filler material to hold the juice. They are either filled or empty.

  • Charger

    A unit used to charger your battery device. It is usually strongly advised to handle Li-On batteries with care and use the proper chargers that is used to charge your battery device.

  • Clearomizer

    A poly fill free cartomizer which uses wicks inside a clear tube to deliver juice to the atomizer. The liquid can usually be filled by unscrewing the attached tip from the top or from the bottom depending on the model or manufacturer. There are also non-rebuildable and rebuildable types of clearomizers, where you can replace the coil heads and still retain the outer body of clearomizer.

  • Coil

    A kanthal or nichrome wire that heat up the eliquid/ejuice to produce the vapor.

  • Cut-off

    A feature on some devices that prevent the atomizer from overheating once the battery is activated.  After a certain duration of seconds, usually 5-8 seconds, the battery will shutdown if it has been activated too long. In some devices that is equipped with an LED light, it will flash to notify the user it is shutting down.

  • DCT

    A type of tank system abbreviated as “Dual Coil Tank.” It is a type of setup that is filled with liquid to a specific capacity (usually ranging from 2ml – 6ml), equipped with a cartomizer in between. Some users may reference it as to DCT Tank. It is a bit controversial as it is repeating the last abbreviated letter. However, others have argued this term can be used comfortably as some people use a common term “ATM” as “ATM Machine.”

  • Drip Tip

    An accessory mouthpiece that is used to directly drip liquid into the heating element.  It is commonly used in conjunction with an atomizer or cartomizer and usually has a bigger opening to easily drip liquid into it.

  • Drip Well

    The drip well is designed to catch any excess liquid that has leaked from the atomizer.

  • Dripping (Direct Drip)

    Dripping, or Direct Drip (DD), is a method to directly “drip” the liquid onto the bridge or an atomizer/cartomizer. It has been known that users feel this produces the best taste and flavor production as there is no filler material involved. The downside is the user will have to frequently drip liquid as it cannot maintain a suitable amount of liquid capacity. Attempting to put more than a minimal amount of drops will cause the atomizer/cartomizer to clog.

  • Dry Burn

    Dry burn is a term used to vaporize any old used flavor in the heating element.

  • E-Juice

    Also known as E-Liquid, it is liquid made up of common ingredients such as PG (Propylene Glycol), VG (Vegetable Glycerin), Flavoring, and/or Nicotine. The liquid is used to vaporize with your electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer.

  • E-Liquid

    Also known as E-Juice, it is liquid made up of common ingredients such as PG (Propylene Glycol), VG (Vegetable Glycerin), Flavoring, and/or Nicotine. The liquid is used to vaporize with your electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer.

  • Ego

    A style of electronic cigarette that utilizes the 510 threads and allows one to use 510 components but with a much larger battery. Many people feel this is one of the superior models of e-cigs that are available.

  • Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA)

    An industry group formed in early 2009. It is made up of suppliers and manufacturers who combined resources to help keep the e-cigarette as a legal option for smokers in the USA.

  • Flooding

    When too much liquid is inside the atomizer or heating element. Usually the heating element needs a proper airflow in order to create a good vapor and flavor production and having excess liquid may clog or “flood” the air channel preventing efficient results.

  • High Resistance (HV)

    An atomizer or cartomizer with a higher ohm rating which generally allows you to use higher voltage devices

  • ICR Rechargeable Batteries

    Lithium Ion Cobalt Rechargeable Battery

  • IMR Rechargeable Batteries

    Lithium Ion Manganese Rechargeable Battery

  • Juice

    Also referred to as eliquid, ejuice, flavors

  • Leaking

    Occurs usually at the base of the atomizer/cartomizer from the vent holes. This can be due to a numerous reasons. Some common issues can be due to above room temperatures, pressure (atmospheric), poor build quality, flooding.

  • Low Resistance (LR)

    An atomizer or cartomizer with a lower Ohm rating than the standard equipment. Generally, a lower ohm rating will cause the heating element to get hotter faster to produce vapor more quickly.  With LR, there is hotter vape, more vape, liquid is used up quicker, and battery will die faster.

  • mAh

    Milliamp per Hour. It is commonly referenced to describe the capacity of a battery.

  • Manual

    An electronic cigarette or vaporizer device that has a button usually positioned on the side, or base. The button activates the heating element and provides more control rather than automatic versions. Users tend to activate before putting on their lips to have greater control and extra vapor production while the automatic is only activated when the user takes a drag. Some users prefer this type of method as automatics can generally cause leaking and less vapor due to minimal control.

  • Milligrams (mg)

    The term used to describe the amount of nicotine contained in the eliquid. The dosage of nicotine can range from 0mg, 6mg, 12mg, 16mg, 18mg, 24mg and in some cases above 30mg. 12mg is considered to be lights to medium, as 18mg is considered high. It is unknown how much consumption of liquid based on the dosage of nicotine would be compared to the person who smoked a certain type of cigarettes. There is speculation from a few users who believe that 3ml of liquid on 12mg a day would be equivalent to approximately a pack of lights. However this has not been confirmed yet through medical research and studies.

  • Mod (Mechanical Mod)

    The mods will generally be designed to use advanced versions of atomizers called RBA or rebuildable atomizers. Mods tend to also allow larger capacity batteries and achieve additional capabilities to customize. Mod can come in different shapes and forms. Not all mods might be mechanical, meaning the lack of any electronic component. Some custom mods could have limited electronic components to allow a simple way to change the voltage or wattage of the device. Some common used electronic pieces are known to be used with DNA or Kick chip.

  • Ohm (Ω )

    A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.

  • Passthrough

    A personal vaporizer/e-cig that plugs directly to a power source (usually a USB port) to provide constant vaping. The battery not only charges, but can be used while it is directly plugged in.

  • Personal Vaporizer (PV)

    Used to describe a vaporizing device. This is more of a traditional term to use with some of today’s devices as previous devices had the resemblance of the traditional cigarette. Some still refer PV as electronic cigarettes but as more devices, mods have been introduced, it is becoming a common term to call them as ‘Vapes.’

  • Propylene Glycol (PG)

    An ingredient found in many brands of E-Juice. Some users have reported an allergic reaction to it and therefore use 100% VG Juice instead. Typically PG ingredient produces less vapor than the VG counterpart, but increases the intensity of the throat hit. PG is also a common household ingredient that can be found in many products.

  • RMS (Root Mean Squared)

    RMS stands for Root, Mean, Square ie, square all the voltages., average them and then take the square root. It is basically a method of calculating the equivalent DC voltage for a varying voltage waveform specifically calculating power. It acts as a pulse form to create constant equal voltage range, while normal voltage/wattage settings tends to drop off and become inconsistent on true range form.

  • Smokeless Cigarette

    A term to reference a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette that no actual smoke is produced but rather vapor.

  • Standard Resistance (SR)

    An atomizer or cartomizer with a common average Ohm rating. Cooler vapor, less vapor, less hit, battery lasts longer.

  • Tank Systems

    There are currently 2 types of tanks that is offered through Vivid Smoke. One is a wick type which is similar to a clearomizer that usually holds a certain amount of liquid. The other is utilizing a punched hole cartomizer and harnessed over a tank to feed liquid into the heating element. Both types of tanks are convenient due to its capacity size and the miscellaneous replacement parts for longer usage. Tank systems usually come in Poly Carbonate (PC) plastic, Poly Propylene (PP) plastic, Pyrex Glass, or other common plastic/glass encasing materials.

  • Throat Hit

    Refers to the sensation one receives in the back of their throat when inhaling vapor. The throat hit is mostly created based on the level of nicotine and not so much as to the other ingredients. Although other ingredients may contribute, such as the purity of the flavors and the percentages of PG and/or VG, a user with 0mg may feel no presence of throat hit. PG has been known to create the intensity of the throat hit, while VG provides more of a quick solid or smooth hit. It has also been documented that, more PG causes more of a rough or spicy throat hit which some prefer.

  • Vape

    To vape is the new unofficial term to represent the electronic way of “smoking.” Instead of “smoke,” it is “vape.”

  • Vaper

    Not to be confused as the same definition as “vapor,” A vaper is an unofficial term used to describe someone who uses a personal vaporizer/electronic cigarette that vapes. i.e. – someone who smokes is called a smoker, while someone who vapes is called a vaper.

  • Vaping

    To vape, it is the act of using an electronic cigarette. i.e. – “I’m not smoking, I’m vaping.”

  • Vapor

    The water liquid that is produced when contact with the heating element. The liquid converts to vapor, thus calling it vapor.

  • Variable Voltage (VV)

    Usually a personal vaporizer device that allows the control the voltage range. Variable voltage has been introduced to enhance vapor, taste and the personal preferences of the user. The growing market with eliquid manufacturers and different types of heating elements has shifted the market to provide devices with these capabilities.

  • Variable Wattage (VW)

    Usually a personal vaporizer device that allows the control the wattage range. Variable wattage has been introduced to enhance vapor, taste and the personal preferences of the user. There is really not much difference between variable voltage and wattage, only that wattage is read higher. In essence, a specific wattage range can translate to equal to a certain voltage range. The growing market with eliquid manufacturers and different types of heating elements has shifted the market to provide devices with these capabilities.