Your Guide to Some of Those Confusing Vaping Terms

Now well established in mainstream use, vaping is now a viable option when smokers choose what type of nicotine replacement therapy, they will use to help them give up smoking. Vaping, as with any popular activity, has spawned its own specific phrases and terms, which can sometimes cause confusion. This short article will hopefully give both new and experienced vapers information on some of the terms used in the vaping world.

Terms Relating To E-Liquids

Vaping e-liquid contains four main ingredients, which are Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG), food-based flavourings and the most important nicotine element. The majority of vapers use a pre-mixed e-liquid, but it is possible to purchase e-liquids and the nicotine parts separately and mix the liquids to a specific desired design.

Here are some of the terms involved when referring to e-liquid –

  • 50/50 – a liquid with equal amounts of VG and PG, used by many as it creates a nice, even flavourful vape.
  • 80/20 – a high PG vape liquid it creates a vape high in flavour with a greater throat hit.
  • 70/30 – this is high in VG e-liquid and is used in conjunction with sub ohm vape device to create super-large clouds of vapour.
  • Freebase – one of the two types of nicotine used in e-liquid, it is created using an older process using harsh chemicals.
  • Salt nic – This newer form of nicotine is refined using a more natural process; it is becoming very popular as it creates an excellent smoother vape.
  • Shortfill – The other element when mixing your own vape juice, the nic shot, is combined with the shortfill to make the finished article.
  • Nic Shot – flavourless nicotine liquid used when mixing your own e-liquid.
  • Throat Hit – refers to the sensation when the vape hits the back of your throat.

Your Vaping Device Terms

Many vapers will start with a simple vape device, possibly a disposable vape pen and then move on to a more complicated machine. All vape devices use an internal battery to heat a coil which using a wicking material has soaked up the e-liquid or e-cig juice contained in a small tank. Vapes at the higher end of the market can feature adjustable batteries and different types of coil and tank options.

Some of the terms used are –

  • AIO – All-in-one – refers to vape devices that have all the components built in.
  • Atomizer – this refers to the coil within the device or sometimes the coil and tank.
  • Cartomizer – This is a screw-in refill used in some vape starter kits.
  • Drip Tip – the mouthpiece through which you inhale the vapour.
  • Mod – describes a powerful advanced vape device with large batteries.
  • POD – The pod is the newest type of device which use plastic pods in place of the normal tank/coil design.
  • Sub Ohm – describes coils with a low resistance; they are used in some devices to create large clouds of vapour.

Now, hopefully, with this information you have a better understanding of the vaping world, and wherever your journey takes, you will have the knowledge to choose your path confidently.

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