Vaping Glossary

  •          1st generation – e-Cigs that look like cigarettes.
  •          14500/14650/18350/18500/18650 – batteries sizes for 3rd generation mods where the first two digits indicate the diameter and the last three digits indicate the height, in mm.
  •          2nd generation – devices like eGo batteries and Evods.
  •          3rd generation – large battery devices and atomisers.
  •          510 – refers to the threading between the atomiser and the battery/mod.



  •          AAEC – AAEC is a UK online forum.
  •          All day vape – people will refer to their favourite liquids as ADVs, the ones they will happily vape all day.
  •          Analogue – the tobacco cigarette.
  •          ASH UK – an anti-smoking organisation that fully supports vaping and conducts annual research that supports this stance.
  •          Atomiser/atty – the part the juice is stored in and has an element that heats the liquid.



  •          Clives Bates – leading pro-vaping campaigner.
  •          Battery – a rechargeable lithium ion battery.



  •          Cartridge – a plastic tube-like piece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds the juice.
  •          Cartomiser /carto – a cartridge that houses an atomiser.
  •          Charger – a battery charger. *Never leave it unattended and make sure it is being used correctly.



  •          Drip Tip – replaceable mouthpiece fro the atty.
  •          Dripping/Dripper – basic atty where the liquid is dripped directly onto the wick and gives a more intense flavour.



  •          ECCA – the organisation for UK consumers.
  •          eGo - a style of electronic cigarette that utilizes the 510 threads and allows one to use 510 components but with a much larger battery.
  •          Electronic Cigarette/e-Cig – the name traditionally given to personal vaping devices.
  •          e-Liquid/e-Juice/juice/liquid – the flavoured liquid that is vaporised.




  •          Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos – one of the world’s foremost researchers into e-Cigs.
  •          FDA - abbreviation for the United States Food and Drug Administration.
  •          Filler /filler material - material placed inside of a Cartridge that is absorbent.



  •          Professor Glantz – the leading anti-vaping campaigner, funded by pharmaceutical companies.
  •          Genisis – often spelt as genesis, has a tank and wicks usually made from stainless mesh or rope. Used by more advanced vapers as it is difficult to master but provides a better quality of vape.



  •          LED - Light Emitting Diode.
  •          Low resistance – an atomiser or cartomiser with a lower ohm rating than the standard equipment.



  •          Milliamp hours/mAh – the measure of how long a battery will last in use.
  •          Milligrams/mg – the amount of nicotine found in a juice.
  •          Millilitres/mL – the amount of liquid in a container.
  •          Mod – generally refers to 3rd Gen large battery tubes.
  •          MRHA – the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency who rely on people paying for licences and advocated that all vaping devices were classified as medicines – thereby requiring licences.



  •          Ohm - a measure of electrical resistance.
  •          Ohm’s Law – V=I.R is the equation allowing people to calculate how much current is flowing through the coil as different batteries can handle different amounts.



  •          Passthrough – a device that can plug directly into the USB port of a computer or charger and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life.
  •          Personal vaporiser/PV – alternative to “e-Cigs”
  •          PG – Propylene Glycol.
  •          POTV – Planet of the Vapes is a UK online forum for vapers



  •          RBA – rebuildable atomiser
  •          RDA – rebuildable dripping atomiser
  •          RTA – rebuildable tank atomiser



  •          Starter Kit – a kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment.
  •          Sub-ohm – a coil that has a resistance of less than 1Ω. Something you should only do after research and with a good understanding of Ohms Law.



  •          Throat hit - the feeling at the back of the throat when vaping.
  •          TPD – the Tobacco Products Directive.



  •          UKV – UK Vapers is a UK online forum for vapers.



  •          Variable voltage/wattage (VV/VW) – a mod that allows the user to adjust the voltage or power supplied to the coil.
  •          VG– vegetable glycerol.
  •          Venting – when batteries go bad! It can result in a battery releasing noxious gases or exploding.
  •          VTTV – Vapourtrails TV is a UK-based vaping channel



  •          Professor Robert West - professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies and a leading campaigner for vaping.
  •          WHO – The World Health Organisation