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Vaping Glossary

18650 – The battery most commonly used in vapourisers. We recommend only using batteries manufactured by Sony, Samsung and LG.

510 Connection – A type of thread used to connect an atomiser (a tank or RDA to a Mod. It is the most common connection found on atomisers and mods. It is also a standard size metric for a ‘Drip Tip’.

Ego Connection – A smaller sized connection than a 510 connection. Commonly found on pen style mods or older devices.

Air Flow Control –  Also referred to as AFC or adjustable airflow. An adjustable opening on a RTA or RDA that controls the flow of air. More air can increase vapour production, while less air can increase flavour.

All Day Vape – An e-liquid flavour that someone enjoys so much that they can vape it all day. 

Atomizer – Also referred to as an “atty”. A catch all term for the unit which “vapourisers” your e-Liquid into vapour. It holds the e-Liquid, heats it up and turns it into vapour. There are different types of vapourisers: tanks, RTAs, RDAs and RDTAs.

Automatic Shutoff – A safety feature found in most regulated Mods, this prevents overheating of the battery. If the Mod detects overheating, the unit will shut off automatically.

Battery – Provides the power to the heating coil for the vapourisation process. Most devices use 18650 Li-ion batteries. Some newer mods use Lipo batteries.

Cotton – Cotton is used in most atomizers to “wick” the e-Liquid onto the coils.

Clouds – Another term for the vapour produced. i.e., “Wow, that setup chucks out some massive clouds.”

Coil – The part of the vapouriser that heats up the e-Liquid to produce vapour. A coil can either be a disposable “coil head” used in a “tank” or a rebuildable coil. The coil can be made from kanthal, nichrome, nickel, titanium or stainless steel.

DNA200 – The DNA200 chip is a chipset made by Evolv. It is the most advanced chip manufactured for vaping and allows an extremely high degree of customisation by the user. It is used in some regulated mods.

Direct-to-lung - A method of drawing in vapour deep in to the lungs. The way a cloud chaser inhales to maximise the vape density.

Drip Tip – A detachable mouth piece for a vapouriser. The standard size drip tip is a 510 drip tip.

E-Cigarette – Also referred to as an e-cig. An e-cigarette is a vapouriser that generally produces less vapour than other larger devices but is very small in size.

E-Liquid
– also referred to as e-juice. E-liquid consists of vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, flavour concentrates and may have nicotine in it.

Kanthal – the most common alloy for coils to be made of. It is made of iron, chromium and aluminium. It is appropriate to use in “power mode” or with mechanical mods.

Mechanical mod – Also referred to as a “mech mod”. A mechanical mod  has no inbuilt circuitry, but rather a direct circuit to the Atomiser. They are not recommended for beginner vapers (please see our mechanical Mod safety guide).

Mod A mod supplies the required power to your atomizer. Mods come in a large variety of different shapes, sizes and functions. A mod is either regulated, mechanical or semi-mechanical.

Mg – Milligrams of Nicotine in an e-liquid product. Usually found in the range of 0mg-18mg.

Nickel – Also referred to as Ni200 or Ni. Ni200 wire is pure nickel. It is only appropriate for use in devices which have a temperature control mode for nickel. If it used in the inappropriate mode it can melt.

Nichrome – Also referred to as Ni80. Nichrome is an alloy made from nickel, chromium and iron. It is appropriate to use in power mode on regulated devices and on mechanical mods.

Ohm - A measure of electrical resistance. Generally lower resistance coils heat faster and create more vapour.  

Ohm’s Law – A law stating that electrical current is proportional to volts and resistance. People using mechanical mods must understand ohm’s law so they can ensure the coils they are safe.

PG Propylene Glycol, an ingredient in e-liquid. Propylene glycol is quite watery.

Power mode – Also referred to as “Watts” mode. Power mode is a mode on regulated mods which allows you to vary the amount of watts being sent to the coils. The higher the watts the vapour your device will produce and the warmer the vape will be.  

Regulated Mod – A regulated mod has inbuilt circuitry for battery protection and generally allows for adjustment of voltage/wattage. It may feature a screen to display information. It may also feature different “modes”, e.g. temperature control mode or power mode.

RBA – Short for “Re-buildable Atomiser”. An older term which isn’t used much anymore to describe and atomizer which requires the user to build their own coils.  

RDA – Short for “Re-buildable Dripping Atomizer”. Unlike a “tank” a RDA doesn’t have a reservoir of e-Liquid. The user “drips” e-Liquid onto the wick/cotton. This generally produces thicker more flavourful vapour than tanks. Users make and install the coils themselves.

RDTA – Short for “Re-Buildable Dripping Tank Atomizer”. A RDTA is very similar in design to a RDTA however it features a reservoir underneath the deck which means the user doesn’t have to “drip” e-liquid onto the cotton.

RTA – Short for “Re-buildable tank Atomiser”. Very similar in design to a tank however instead of using disposable “coil heads” the users makes their own coils.

Tank – A tank is a type of atomiser which features disposables “coil heads” and a reservoir of e-Liquid. It is the most common type of atomiser.

Titanium – Also referred to as Ti. Titanium wire is only appropriate for use in devices which have a temperature control mode for Titanium. If it used in the inappropriate mode it can melt.

Temperature Control – Temperature control is a feature found on newer regulated mods. Instead of setting the power level the user selects the desired temperature. The device then produces vapour to that temperature. It does this by detecting the changes of resistance in the coil that occur when the wire heats.

VG – Vegetable Glycerine, the main ingredient in e-Liquid. Vegetable glycerine is quite viscous.

VapouriserA device consisting of a Mod, atomiser, coil and battery that produces vapour from e-liquid.