Vape Shop Lingo Part 2

Here are a few more terms that we feel every vaper should be acquainted with. If we have yet to cover a term that you’re curious about just leave a comment, and we’ll be happy to explain!

Airflow – A part on most tanks, atomizers, RDA’s, clearomizers, etc.; it allows more vapor to be produced, and cools down vapor

Amperage – The flow of energy along a circuit. The lower the amps, the less capable you are of using high voltages on low resistance atomizers

Automatic Shutoff – A common safety feature found on devices that only allows the discharge of a battery for a set period of time

Cloud Chasing – Vapers who try to achieve the largest clouds of vapor

Coil – The part of an atomizer that heats up liquid

DIY – “Do it yourself”, refers to the people that mix their own liquids

Drip Tip – The very top piece, sometimes removable, attached to an atomizer which you put your mouth on

Dry Burn – Intentionally firing a coil, without installed wicks, without liquid to saturate it. This results in the heating up, and glowing, of a coil; allowing the coil to burn off impurities and be cleaned. Generally done while re-wicking a rebuildable atomizer

Hot Spot – Areas of excess heat on the atomizer coil. They are known to cause dry hits, and make coils more likely to snap

Joules – A unit of power used in temperature control mods. It is equal to the energy transferred (or work done) when passing an electric current of one amp through a resistance of one ohm for one second.

mA – 1/1000th of an amp. Generally used in reference to the power output of battery chargers

mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp-hours, it’s used to describe the capacity, or charge, that a battery will retain before it needs to be recharged

Manual Shutoff – A safety feature found on most manual devices that allows the user to turn off their battery with 5 clicks of the button in rapid succession in order to make it safe to transport

Mod – Short for modification. This originally referred to modifying a flashlight or battery to be used for vaping purposes, but is now commonly used to refer to any vaping device that is not a cigalike (an e-cig that physically resembles a traditional cigarette).

Priming/Prime – The act of preparing a wick to vape, usually accomplished by adding a few drops of liquid and saturating the wick fully prior to firing it. May also be achieved by taking a few pulls without firing the device. Typically, this is only done for tanks

Pull – Draw, or hit. What the vaper does to inhale vapor from a device

Resistance – The measurement of ohms(Ω) that allows you to calculate the right amount of power to apply

Thermal Runaway – A very rare but serious occurrence. A chain reaction that results in the fire and bursting of a rechargeable lithium based battery. This happens from a few different possibilities: overcharging, short circuiting, stacking batteries, physical damage to the battery and other device malfunctions

Vaper – An individual who uses an electronic vaping device

Vapers Tongue – This is a common problem among many vapers when they vape too much of one flavor, and their taste buds become desensitized to the flavor

Vapor – The cloud-like substance that is produced by an electronic vaping device

Venting a Battery – The process where a battery is taken beyond its specifications and gas is released from the battery

Voltage – The amount of kinetic energy which, for our purposes, when paired with resistance creates wattage

Watt/Wattage- The amount of raw heat that the atomizer coil uses to vaporize liquid

Wrap – One revolution of a wire during the process of building coils. Wrap refers to the process of “wrapping” a wire around a tool, usually a drill bit or screwdriver