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Glossary

APV (Advanced Personal Vaporizer, Mod) - An advanced personal vaporizer is an electronic cigarette with a focus on high performance.  If you think of it as a car, this is the sports car of the e-cig industry.  An APV will typically have replaceable, generic batteries, but not all fit to this mold.  There are some box mods out there that have integrated batteries.  Standard features on an APV are bigger batteries, the ability to use a larger selection of tanks, higher power capabilities, longer battery life, variable voltage and/or wattage, digital display, etc. 

Analog - This is what a traditional cigarette is referred to in the electronic cigarette industry.

Atomizer (atty) - An atomizer is the portion of the electronic cigarette that provides the heat to vaporize the juice.  Atomizers consist of a metal wire, wrapped in a coil, and some type of wicking material.

Automatic Batteries - An automatic battery is activated by a sensor that detects the air from your pull on the e-cig.  When the sensor is triggered, the battery activates and power is supplied to the atomizer.

Battery - The battery is the heart of an electronic cigarette.  It is the power behind the vape.  Batteries come in different size and styles.  Some are small, like cigarettes, some have variable power and some are stand alone batteries used in APVs.

Cartomizer (carto) - A cartomizer is a device that contains both the heating coil and an absorbent material, usually a type of polyfill.  The filler material is saturated with juice and it wicks the juice to the coil during use.

Cartridge (cart) - A cartridge holds juice above the atomizer.  The cartridge drips juice onto the coil.  Cartridges are pretty much a thing of the past, but you can still find them out there.

CE4 - A CE4 is a style of clearomizer that has a top coil design with wicks that hang from the top into the juice.  CE4 clearomizers are considered disposable because they do not have interchangeable coils.  

CE5 - A CE5 is a style of clearomizer that has a top coil design with wicks that hang from the top into the juice.  CE5 clearomizers are NOT considered disposable because they do have user replaceable coils.

Clearomizer - A clearomizer is a tank that allows you to see the juice in your tank.  Within the tank is an atomizer or coil assembly that when activated heats up and vaporizes the juice.

Coil - A thin piece of wire twisted into a spring shape.  This is wrapped around a wicking material.  When power is applied from the battery, the coil heats up and vaporizes the juice.  The wire used and how many wraps are in the coil determine the resistance of the coil.  Thinner wire and the more wraps, the higher the resistance.

Drip Tip - A drip tip is a mouth piece designed to fit on the top of most tanks and cartomizers.  They were originally designed to be used while dripping.  They would provide a large enough hole to drop juice directly into the atomizer.  Although, this is a fading trend, drip tips aren't going any where.  They now provide the easiest way to customize your e-cigarette.

Dripper - A dripper is a device designed for dripping.  Typically, when someone refers to a dripper, the are referring to a rebuildable dripping atomizer, like a iGo-W or Trident.  Drippers, when set up properly, can produce massive clouds and flavor that cannot be matched.  A dripper can also refer to an atomizer that is designed for dripping only.  These are, basically, cartomizers without the filler material.  Although, the better dripping attys are designed to be used as a dripper.

Dripping - Dripping is a method of dropping juice directly onto the coil.  This method can prove to be messy for some, but for those willing to adjust, the flavor is out of this world.  If you really want your juice flavor to shine, look in a rebuildable dripping atomizer.  Yum!

Dry Hit - A dry hit is basically a hit with no vapor.  This is usually caused by there not being enough juice in the wick around the coil to be vaporized.  Depending on the wicking material being used, a dry hit will usually be followed with a burnt taste.  A simple solution may be adding juice to your tank or dripper.  A dry hit could also be caused by no connection between the tank and the battery.

Eko Wool - A wicking material used in rebuildable atomizers.  It can be used as a stand alone wick or as a sleeve on a braided cable wick.  Eko wool has a high temperature threshold, so it can handle the high heat produced by the coil.

Electronic Cigarette (e-cig, e-cigarette, personal vaporizer, PV) - An e-cig is a device that is used to vaporize liquid.  The vapor is inhaled to simulate smoking a traditional cigarette.  Typically, e-cigarettes are a combination of a battery and a tank.  The tank contains a coiled wire that wraps around a wick.  When the battery is activated, the wire heats up and the juice is vaporized.

E-Juice (e-liquid, juice, liquid) - E-Juice is the liquid that is vaporized in an e-cigarette.  Juice is created with three to four different components.  These include, propylene glycol (pg), vegetable glycerine, food flavoring and if desired nicotine.  

Flooding - Flooding is something that occurs in a tank or cartomizer.  A tank is flooded when juice is in the air passage.  This usually happens during tank filling, but it can happen during normal use.  Flooding can be cleared by blowing from the bottom of the tank towards the mouth piece. 

Gurgling - Gurgling is a result of flooding.  When the tank is flooded, juice is in the air passage, so when air is pulled through the tank, the juice gurgles.  Clear the gurgles by blowing from the bottom of the tank towards the mouth piece. 

Kanthal - The most popular type of resistance wire used in coils for atomizers.  Kanthal comes in different gauges which changes the amount of resistance per inch.  The thicker the wire, the less resistance, the quicker the coil will heat up.  In turn, the quicker you battery will drain and the quicker you will go through juice.

Manual Batteries - A manual battery is activated by the user when the button is pressed.  When the button is pressed, the battery activates and power is supplied to the atomizer.

Mechanical Mods (mech mod) - Mechanicals are just that, a device that makes a mechanical connection between the battery and the atomizer.  They do not have circuit boards, no wires, no soldering, no power regulation, no battery level indicator and most importantly, no built in safety features.  Because of this, a mechanical mod is for use by advanced users.  Mechanical mods are ideal for rebuildable atomizers, especially if your wanting to rock a sub ohm coil.

Mod (APV) - A mod is an advanced personal vaporizer which is an electronic cigarette with advanced features.  These features may include, digital display, variable voltage, variable wattage, resistance meter, remaining battery, puff counter, etc. Mods use special, replaceable batteries.

Non Resistance Wire - Some rebuildable atomizers require the use of non-resistance wire leads.  The current can flow through these leads, but will not heat up.  Non-resistance wire is typically either silver or nickel.

Passthrough - A passthrough is a device that can be used while it is attached to a charger.  There are a couple different variations of a passthrough.  Some can be used only when attached to a power source and others can be used as a stand alone device between charges.

Propylene Glycol (pg) - PG is part of the base that makes up most, but not all, e-juices.  It has over 70 years of research that it is safe for human inhalation.  PG is in a wide range of products, ranging from fog machines to asthma inhalers.  The PG in e-juice has been found to carry flavors well and typically, has the best throat hit, as compared to VG.  The vapor production is typically less than VG though.  

Protected Battery/Device - Batteries or devices that are protected do have built in safety features, such as short circuit protection, over-charging, under-discharging, etc.  Most devices that have built in circuitry do have built in protection.  Devices like mechanical mods do not.

Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA, RDA, RTA) -  Rebuildables have started to get labeled as RBA, RDA and RTA.  RBA is a rebuildable atomizer (general), RDA is a rebuildable dripping atomizer and RTA is a rebuildable tank atomizer.  Regardless of what you call them, they all allow you to build your own coil and wick set up.  These are considered advanced user items and recommended for veteran vapers.  Extreme caution must be used when working with rebuildables.  Basic electrical knowledge is strongly recommended.  Please double check the resistance of any coil with a meter before using.  Remember, safety first!

Replaceable Coil - In tanks or clearomizers designed with user changeable coils.  A replacement coil is the coil assembly or the atomizer.  It consists of the coiled wire, a wicking material and the housing for these items.  They typically just screw off and screw on.  When you swop out an old coil with a new coil, you will notice a big difference in performance and flavor.

Resistance - By definition, electric resistance: a material's opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms.  Or simply, the amount of friction electric encounters when passing through a wire.  All coils used in electronic cigarettes have a resistance.  Depending on how many wraps are in the coil, the type of resistance wire used and the thickness of the resistance wire used will all determine what the resistance of the coil is.  Things to note: the longer the wire used for the coil, the more resistance the electricity will encounter.  The thicker the gauge of wire used for the coil, the less resistance the electricity will encounter.  A mod with a built in ohm meter, a multimeter or a standalone ohm meter can be used to check the resistance of the coil you are using.  Don't be dumb, check before you try.

Resistance Wire - A generic name for Kanthal.

Silica - Silica is a type of wicking material used in most tanks.  It is also the preferred wicking material for some when using it in a RBA, but opinions vary.  VaVaVape currently offers silica in three sizes, 1mm, 2mm and 3mm.  The diameter is determined by the size of the coil you desire.  There are a few different wicking options out there and each will have their fan-boys.  Try a few and find your preferred wick.

Steeping - Steeping is something that will happen on its own with time.  Steeping is basically aging your juice.  When a juice is freshly mixed, the flavors may not be blended well or certain flavors may be a little weak.  If you can have restraint and allow your juice to steep for a few days, a week, etc. you may notice a difference in the taste.  In some flavors the difference may be substantial and others it may not be that noticeable.  Now, if you are asking how long and exactly how to steep your juice, you are going to find a ton of opinions.  Uncapped in a dark cabinet tends to be a popular choice.

Tank - A tank covers a wide range of products, but it is a device that holds your e-juice and attaches to the battery of your e-cigarette.  Some tanks have top coils, some bottom coils and some that hold punched cartomizers.  With all the options available, it would be suggested to try some of them and find the one you prefer.

Throat Hit - Throat hit is the feeling that is felt when you inhale the vapor into your lungs.  There are many factors that determine the throat hit, including the pg/vg ratio of the juice, the nicotine level in the juice, the flavorings used and the power setting used while vaping.  All of these can vary, but it can safely be said the higher the nicotine level, the stronger the throat hit will be.

Unprotected Battery/Device - Batteries or devices that aren't protected do NOT have built in safety features, such as short circuit protection, over-charging, under-discharging, etc.  Most devices that have built in circuitry do have built in protection.  Devices like mechanical mods do not.

Vaping - The act of using an electronic cigarette.  This term has become the equivelant to smoking, but instead of smoking, we are vaping.  Vaping takes place when the battery of an e-cigarette is activated, heating up the coil in the atty, producing vapor from the juice.  This vapor is inhaled and then exhaled.  This is vaping!

Variable Voltage (vv) - Variable voltage is the ability to adjust the voltage output of a device's battery.  Depending on the device, this may be changed via a menu, clicking a button or turning a knob.  Regardless of the method, the higher the voltage, the hotter the coil will get.  The highest power setting isn't the best power setting.  A balance needs to be found between the voltage set, the resistance of the coil and the consistency of the juice being vaped.  A thicker juice will not wick fast enough to keep up with the juice demand of an extremely hot coil.

Variable Wattage (vw) - Variable wattage is much like variable voltage.  Wattage is determined using the following formula: voltage squared divided by the resistance.  Let's say you just built an awesome 2 ohm coil and it vapes like a dream at 4 volts.  This would result in 8 watts.  Now if you set your vw device to 8 watts, it will self adjust the voltage output to deliver the same wattage.  Slapping a 2.5 ohm coil on it would cause it to self adjust to 6.4 volts.

Vegetable Glycerin (vg) - VG is one of up to four components of e-juice.  It is a thick, syrup like base that is an alternative carrier liquid that is usually mixed with PG to provide an equal balance of the features of the two bases.  Our VG is Pharma Grade, which is the best choice for inhalation applications.  It is created from vegetable sources including coconut oil and palm oil.  In opposition to PG, VG will typically produce less throat hit, but the vapor production is higher.

Voltage (volts) - In geek speak, an electromotive force or potential difference expressed in volts.  Confused yet?  Me too.  Voltage in the e-cig industry refers to the amount of power supplied to the coil.  The higher the voltage, the quicker the coil will heat up.  A balance needs to be found for optimal performance.

Wattage (watts) - In geek speak, a measure of electrical power expressed in watts.  That's not much of a definition, but that's pretty much it.  Wattage in the e-cig industry refers to the amount of power supplied to the coil.  The higher the voltage, the quicker the coil will heat up.  A balance needs to be found for optimal performance.

Wick - A wick is a vital part of an atomizer in an e-cigarette.  The coil is wrapped around the wick and the wick is saturated in juice.  When the coil heats up, the juice if vaporized and as the juice depleted from the wick, more juice saturates it and the vaping continues.  

Wicking - Wicking is the act of juice being depleted from the wick and resaturated by juice in the tank.  Proper wicking is important because without it, you will soon have a dry hit and/or burnt taste… neither of them you want.



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