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
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