It’s hard work getting started in the world of e-cigarettes when you don’t understand half the terms used to talk about them. Vaporizers, cartomizers, e-liquids, coils, wicks, disposables… There are a lot of terms that I didn’t understand when I first started, but hopefully, this easy little guide to the e-cigarette terms (click here to see the complete guide) and jargon might make life a bit easier for you!
Let’s go with alphabetical order. That makes sense, right?
This is a battery that does all the hard work for you. You don’t need to press or push anything to get it started, you just inhale, and away you go.
The atomizer is basically the part that does all the hard work in your e-cigarette or personal vaporizers. This is the part of the e-cigarette that draws in the liquid and turns it into the vapor that you then inhale and exhale.
This is the bit that you’d normally fill up with e-liquid. This part of your personal vaporizer is actually made up of two parts. There is the cartridge or tank that holds everything in place, and the atomizer in the middle that does the whole vapor-making process. These are called cartridges on the smaller two-piece classic designs.
This is more commonly known on the e-cigarettes that closely mimic ‘real’ cigarettes rather than the larger tank-style e-cigarettes. This holds the atomizer that does all the hard work, plus the soft, filler material that is soaked in e-liquid.
Some brands offer cases that not only carry your e-cigarettes but can also charge them as you go. These are great if you have a habit of forgetting to charge your batteries and once you’ve had one, you can’t go back to not having one!
A disposable e-cigarette does pretty much what it says in the tin really. You use it the once and then you throw it in the trash. Some e-cigarette brands have now started making disposables that you can recharge if you then buy a small USB charger, giving you even more ways to save money and quit smoking real cigarettes.
This is actually the process of ‘dripping’ the e-liquid into the tank or cartridge. Most e-liquid bottles come with a tapered tip to make refilling the tanks and cartridges easier, and V2 Cigs Platinum e-liquids come with a beautiful pipet and drip-tip design that I fell in love with
This is the stuff that creates the vapor. You drip the e-liquid from a bottle into the tank or cartridge. It contains the nicotine content – the thing that gives you your hit. Without e-liquid, your e-cigarette is useless really.
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Inside the pre-filled cartridges offered by the likes of Green Smoke and Eversmoke is filler material. It’s normally a soft material that simply soaks up the e-liquid and transports it to the element where the heating and vapor-making takes place.
This is when you over-fill a cartridge or tank and it bubbles up through the mouthpiece when you inhale on it. E-liquid doesn’t taste pretty so you’re going to want to avoid this at all costs. Learning how much to put in there will just take practice, although there are some tell-tale signs to show you when you have popped a bit too much in.
This is basically another name for e-liquid. Almost like a slang term, if you like!
You can get automatic batteries and manual ones, and as the name suggests, you need to manually perform an action in order to get things kick-started. This normally comes in the form of a button on the side of the battery somewhere that you simply depress when you want to inhale on it.
This is an e-cigarette that is attached to a lead so that it can be plugged into a USB port on a laptop or computer, or into a USB charger. You can basically use this one whenever you want as long as it is plugged in – the USB provides the power and there is no battery that can be recharged.
Another word for e-cigarettes. These ones tend to be the bigger, bulkier tank-style e-cigarettes, hence why they are called personal vaporizers. They no longer look anything like an electronic cigarette, do they?
This is normally one of the main ingredients in the e-liquid and is both FDA safe and is used in many medications, cosmetic treatments, and even food!
This is just another name for the cartomizer really – the part of the vaporizer that holds the atomizer and the e-liquid.
This is the effect that the nicotine vapor has on your throat. You can tell when you are smoking a ‘real’ cigarette because you get that sharp feeling on the back of your throat, right? Well, the throat hit is the same effect from your electronic cigarette.
This is basically the art of smoking an e-cigarette except they’ve moved on in the technology to something called personal vaporizers now. These are basically the tank-style e-cigarettes – the bigger ones with better battery and bigger tanks to contain the e-liquid.
This is the stuff that you exhale – the vapor that comes out much in the same way as it would when you were actually smoking. Smoking just doesn’t feel right without this…
Another big ingredient in e-liquid. Again, found in many other foods, cosmetics, and medications.
In most atomizers (you’ll notice more in tank-style e-cigarettes), there are two pieces of string that hang down either side. These are the wicks and work in the same way as a wick on a candle – it works its way down the liquid, soaking it up and feeding it into the atomizer to be converted into vapor. Smart, right
If you have any further questions on e-cigarette terms and jargon, just let me know by leaving a comment below! I’d love to answer any questions you may have and you never know, it might just help someone else out too! No question is a stupid one!