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Adaptor – An adapter is used to make different e-cigarette model parts interchangeable with other models.

ADV (All Day Vape)
 – Your “go to juice” that you vape all day long.

Analog
 – A real tobacco cigarette that will kill you.

APV – Stands for “Advanced Personal Vaporizer”.  Larger battery capacity and replaceable internal batteries.

Atomiser/Atomizer – The atomizer is a the heating unit of the electronic cigarette – usually metal wire (nichrome or kanthal)wrapped around a core.  It gets hot when electricity from the power source is applied and “vaporizes” the e-liquid.

Atty – Shortened term for “Atomizer”

Automatic 
– There are both manual and automatic e-cig batteries. An automatic e-cig battery allows the vaper to get their hit as easy as possible without using buttons, big mods, or “dripping” the juice. You just screw on a cartomizer and puff away.

Battery 
– Most e-cigs are designed with a rechargeable battery.

Bottom Coil – A bottom coil clearomizer or “BCC” is when the heating coil is located at the bottom of the clearomizer.

Bridge 
– A part of the atomizer. It is where the juice is absorbed into the atomizers steel mesh reservoir

Cartomiser/Cartomizer – Combines a heating element and juice delivery system into a single unit.

Cartridge 
– Usually comes prefilled with nicotine and your choice of a flavor. This technology is considered to be outdated by vapers as the choices are few.

Carty 
– Another term for Cartomizer

CASAA 
– “The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association”.  We highly recommend signing up for their newsletter.

Charger 
– The device used to charge your battery

Clearomiser/Clearomizer 
– A clear cartomizer, usually made of a see-through plastic or glass.

Clearo 
– Another term for Clearomizer

Coil 
– Generally a piece of nichrome or kanthal that has been wrapped around some kind of wick. Current flows through the coil, the coil gets hot, and vaporizes your e-liquid.

Custom Carl 
– A ravishingly handsome man who believes that vaping can save millions of lives. He started Begintovape.com so people who are considering the intelligent switch from analogs to mods have a comfortable and reliable place to go to begin the journey into vaping.

DIY – Stands for “Do It Yourself”.  It usually refers to making one’s own eLiquid.

Dripping (Direct Dripping) 
– The action of getting your e-juice into your carto or clearo.  Direct dripping is when you drip the eLiquid directly onto the coil.

Drip Tip 
– A drip tip is a mouth piece originally created to be used on an atomizer for “dripping”.  It has an enlarged opening allowing you to drip e-liquid directly into it.  Drip tips are also commonly used on cartomizers, replacing the small rubber mouthpiece that comes with them to provide a much more comfortable experience.  Drip tips come in many different styles, colors, and materials.

Dry Burn – Dry burning is technique used in cleaning your atomizer. It involves rinsing out the atomizer, drying it, then holding the power button of your PV down (without having a carto attached).

Dry Hit – A dry hit is when you puff on a carto or atty that is dry (no juice to vape). You get a burnt taste. Very unpleasant.

Dual Coil Cartomizer 
– Dual coils provide twice the performance!  Two separate coiled heating elements in the tank.  This means that with each hit it is able to produce twice the vapor of a single coil clearomizer.  This results in tons of flavor and vapor.

E-Cig 
– A device used to vaporize eLiquid and to create the sensation of smoking a traditional cigarette.  A typical electric cigarette is a system made up of three important parts.  A power source, a heating element, and an e-liquid delivery system.  The power source provides power to the heating element which heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid.  The e-liquid deliver system holds and directs the e-liquid to the heating element.

E-Juice (E-Liquid, eLiquid, eJuice) – E-Liquid is vaporized by the heating element and this vapor is inhaled to create the sensation of smoking.  E-Liquid generally contains 3 components.  A base of either Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerine (or some combination or “blend” of the two), nicotine, and flavorings.  Nicotine is optional.

eGo – One of the biggest companies that produces many variations of e-cigs for the beginning vaper.  The term has become generic to describe a specific type of battery.

FDA 
– “Food & Drug Administration”

Flooding 
– When too much juice is applied to the carto/clearo. It will result in “gurgling” .

mAh – “milliampere per hour” it’s the easiest way to distinguish the strength or capacity of a battery. The higher the mAh, the longer the battery will last. Batteries with different mAh ratings are interchangeable. If your battery is rechargeable then the mAh rating is how long the battery will last per charge.

mg – “milligram”

ml 
– “milliliter”

Mod 
– Originally , a mod was a device created by an e-cig enthusiasts looking for a better device than those mass produced.   An abbreviation of “modified”, they wanted superior performance in battery life and vapor production as well as build quality.  The term “mod” is used loosely these days and sometimes not correctly.

Mouthpiece – The part of the e-cig where you orally receive the vapor through.

Newbie 
– A person who is new or a beginner to vaping. This list will come in handy to them.

Nicotine 
– A parasympathomimetic alkaloid or a stimulant drug. It is what we become addicted too.

Nic Juice – E-juice that contains nicotine.

Noob 
– Shortened term for “newbie”

NRT 
– “nicotine replacement therapy”

Obsessionist (Vapoholic) 
– A vaper with extreme knowledge about vaping.  Vaping becomes something they obsess over (not a bad thing). Usually have multiple RBA’s and several PV’s.

Ohm 
– Named after German scientist Georg Simon Ohm, it’s the SI derived unit of measuring electrical resistance. Important when dealing with the volts and watts of your mod in relation to the ohms in your atty.  The lower the ohms, the bigger the vape.

PCC – stands for “Portable Charging Case”

Propylene Glycol (PG) – Propylene Glycol is used as a base in most e-liquids.  People have reported sensitivity and/or having an allergic reaction to PG. These people may be required to add a higher % of Vegetable Glycerin (VG) or all VG to their e-liquid in order to continue vaping.

Personal Vaporizer (PV) – Another name for an electronic cigarette and a term generally preferred by the vaping community.

Rebuildable Atty (RBA) 
– These atomizers allow you to replace or repair the wick and coil system inside of them. These types of devices are generally thought of as more advanced. They require you to manually wrap a wick of some type with resistance wire to create a coil. This assembly is then installed into the RBA.

Starter Kit – What we specialize with here at Begintovape.com. A kit that contains everything you need to begin vaping. Usually consists of a battery (or two), clearos, and a charger.

Throat Hit (TH) – Throat Hit is the sensation felt in the back of the throat when inhaling vapor from the mouth into the lungs.  TH is generated by many different factors including the e-liquid’s nicotine level, the flavorings used, the VG/PG ratio used, quality of the ingredients used, the voltage applied to the heating element, the resistance of the heating element,
etc.  Generally, however, the higher the nicotine level, the greater the TH.

Tailpiping – Vaping directly from the atty without a mouthpiece (not recommended).

Tank – Part of the PV that stores the e-juice.

USB – “universal serial bus” used to connect devices to each other.

Vaping 
– The act of using an electronic cigarette.  It is vapor, not smoke.  Power is supplied to a heating element which vaporizes e-liquid and that vapor is taken into the lungs providing the sensation of smoking along with nicotine (if present) in the e-liquid.

Vaper 
– A person who has turned from the dark side of analogs to the ways of the Jedi.

Vape Shop 
– A place where a vaper can go to pick up his/her vaping supplies (mods, e-juices, clearos, batteries, accesories, etc.) as well as sample e-liquids and just relax and vape.

Vapor 
– Diffused matter suspended floating in the air and impairing its transparency

Vent Holes 
– Appear on the bottom of electronic cigarettes and mods.  These holes allow battery gases to vent in the event of a battery failure.

Variable Voltage (VV) – Variable Voltage devices allow you to adjust the output voltage.  This varies between devices, but usually somewhere between 3V up to 6V.

Variable Wattage (VW) 
– Variable Wattage devices allow you to adjust the output of wattage.

Watts 
– A derived unit of power that measures the rate of energy conversion or transfer.


Wick 
– A piece of absorbent material designed to direct juice from a container to the heating element.

Zero Nic 
– When there is 0ml of nicotine in the e-juice. Usually preferred by the Obsessionist.