There are many terms that are unique to the E-Cigarette community. Compiled below are terms commonly used in E-cig forums and amongst E-cig users.
Adapter – Attachments that can be used in order to us cartomizers (or atomizers) that were designed for one type of battery on a different type of battery. For instance, an adapter would be needed to use a KR808 Cartomizer with a 510 battery.
Analog – Traditional cigarette. Tobacco cigarette.
Atty – Atomizer (the heating element)
Automatic Battery – Battery that employs an electronic airflow sensor to automatically activate upon inhalation. This means the device turns on when you breath in on the cartridge/mouthpiece. This model looks the most similar to traditional cigarettes in design.
Battery – Located at the end of the device, opposite the cartridge, this is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery to power the atomizer. At the end of the battery is an LED that lights up when the device is being operated. This is the longest part of the e-cig. It is attached to the atomizer but can be detached for charging and replacement.
Batt – Abbreviation for Battery
Cart/Carto – Cartridge or Cartomizer
Cartomizer – This is a combination atomizer/cartridge that are used with two-piece models.
Cutoff – This refers to how long the battery will activate the atomizer before automatically shutting itself down.
DIY – Do it yourself (homemade e-liquid mix)
Draw – See pull
Dripping – Vaping by adding a few drops of e-liquid directly on the atomizer instead of the cartridge.
E-Cig or E-cigarette – Electronic Cigarette
E-juice, juice – Liquid nicotine that is used to fill cartridges/cartomizers.
ECA – Electronic Cigarette Association
Filler – The fiber inside of your cartridge/cartomizer that holds your e-liquid.
Flooding – flooding occurs when the cartomizer is filled with too much e-liquid. The Atomizer requires a mixture of air heat and fluid to vaporize the fluid and when there is too much fluid the air flow is stifled.
Leaking – A side-effect of dripping. When too much e-liquid is on the atomizer it can leak into the battery and impair it.
Manual Battery – A PV battery which heats an atomizer or cartomizer when the user presses a button/flips a switch/etc, as opposed to an automatic battery, which is activated by the user inhaling.
Mod – Homemade or Modified. This is referring to custom built personal vaporizers. Some of these are powered by standard batteries.
Pacifier mode/Heavy vaping – This is the e-cigs version of chain smoking. Continuous use of your PV.
Pass-thru – An e-cigarette/personal vaporizer which uses an external power source instead of a battery–usually a USB port or adapter.
PCC – Personal Charging Case. Carry case built with a charging
PG – Propylene Glycol. This is the vapor producing agent. PG is also a common food additive.
PGA – Pure Grain Alcohol. Such as Everclear. Often used to clean flavors out of cartridges/cartomizers.
Primer Puff -Taking a quick inhale/exhale on the e-cig in order to engage the atomizer.
PT – Passthrough/Passthrough battery
Pull – The act of sucking on the mouthpiece in order to pull vapor into your mouth
PV – Personal Vaporizer
Starter Kit – a kit containing all the necessary components to use the e-cig device. It contains all the necessary parts of the e-cig itself, as well as charger, e-liquid, and replacement parts.
TH – Throat Hit. This is the tingling sensation in the back of your throat.
Topping off – Adding drops of e-liquid to your current cartridge/cartomizer.
Vape, Vaping – As one would “smoke” or be “smoking” a traditional cigarette. E-cig users are “vaping” or “vape” an e-cigarette.
Vapor – The “smoke” that is emitted from an e-cigarette.
VG – An alternative type of vapor producing agent.