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To help those new to vaping, we’ve put together a glossary featuring some of the most commonly used terms in the industry…

Atomiser – The atomiser is the part of the e-cigarette or vaporiser that heats the liquid  (aka e-liquid or e juice) in order to produce vapour. There are several types of atomisers each with different specifications.

Battery – The battery powers the atomiser and allows it to heat the e-liquid. Much like with atomisers, batteries also come in different sizes and have different attributes determining how long it can hold a charge and how strong of a charge it can deliver to the atomiser.

Coil – A coil is the part of the atomiser that directly heats the e-liquid into vapour. It is usually in contact with a cotton wick that delivers a consistent flow of e-liquid to be heated. Coils need replacing regularly in vapes to keep the flavour maintained.

Dripping – The act of dripping e-liquid directly on to the atomiser. This method is an alternative to having a fillable tank

Drip Tip – This is the mouthpiece that sits on top of the tank containing e-liquid. This is to protect your lips from the heating element, provide an ergonomic way to inhale the vapour.

E-Liquid – E-liquid is the fluid that goes into the device to be vaped. It is typically made up of Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), and flavouring.

Electronic Cigarette – A battery-operated device that delivers nicotine, or non-nicotine based, liquid to the user in a vaporised form for inhalation.

Mechanical Mods – Unlike variable voltage mods, mechanical mods do not have an easy straightforward way of adjusting the voltage running from the battery. Users of mechanical mods manually build or fine-tune their atomizers to a certain resistance that they prefer.

Mouth-to-Lung – This is a style of vaping where the user takes vapour into the mouth then inhales into the lung, the same as you would smoke a cigarette.  General mouth-to-lung devices use lower wattage and higher ohm coils to get this effect.  Combines with higher nicotine e-liquid, this method is the perfect replacement for smoking cigarettes.

Nic Salts – A nicotine salt is a more natural state of nicotine – closer to the form nicotine is found in tobacco leaf. It is made up of freebase nicotine bonded with one or more organic compounds to create a more stable molecule. 

Pod Systems – These are small vaping devices that hold cartridges filled with e-liquid.  These cartridges fit into the device which holds a built-in battery. 

Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser (RDA) – An atomiser where one can manually build and wrap a coil and wick. This lends itself to the ability to choose different materials for the coil and wick each with different properties. E-liquid can then be dripped directly on the coils and wick.

Rebuildable Tank Atomiser (RTA) – Similar to a dripping atomizer where one can manually wrap a coil and wick. However, utilises a tank to feed liquid to the coils and wick as opposed to dripping liquid manually

Sub Ohm Vaping – This is also known as ‘sub ohming’ or ‘direct-to-lung’ and is a style of vaping that generally produces larger clouds of vapour. Sub-ohm devices use lower resistance coils that are less than 1 ohm (usually less than 0.5), hence the name ‘sub-ohm’

Tank – This is the part of the device that holds the e-liquid that will be heated. You can check out our selection of tanks right here!

Variable Wattage – Some devices allow users the ability to adjust the power flowing from the battery to the atomiser. This results in the ability to increase or decrease the amount and even flavour of the vapour produced.

So there we have it! Of course, if all this seems a little daunting, we are happy to help out however we can! Get in touch with a member of our team at any time.