Some jargon related to electronic cigarettes (part I)

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types of ecigs If you are a vaper for some time or you’re just looking to make the switch then I’m sure you’ve browsed the internet’s online shops and forums, looking for information about your device or about finding the best starter kit to suit your needs. But as you read the information you came across a lot of terms that you were not quite familiar with and it got you feeling rather frustrated. Well, it’s time to shed some light on some of the jargon related to electronic cigarettes and their day to day use.

Analogs – these is a generic term used to describe the traditional tobacco cigarettes. As opposed to their battery operated, digital counterparts, these simple things only use fire and smoke to give their users the much craved nicotine hit.

APV – stand for Advanced Personal Vaporizers and it includes a type of electronic cigarettes that have a few things in common. They are big and robust, they have a refillable tank and they have a lot of various features like variable voltage/wattage. These are not devices for beginners or casual vapers.

Atomizer – it is the heart of your ecigarette and it uses the power from the battery to heat up a coil and transform the eliquid into vapor.

Automatic battery – is one type of battery used with a majority of electronic cigarettes and this translates to the device activating itself automatically each time you puff from it. These batteries are common in cig-a-like (see below) type devices and disposable ecigarettes (see below).

Cartomizer – it represents a single element of the ecigarette that consists of the eliquid filled cartridge and the atomizer forming a single piece. The first generation of ecigarettes had the cartridge and atomizer separated and they were considered ‘3-piece designs’ while newer generations that have the cartomizer and battery are considered ‘2-piece designs’.

CE2, CE3, CE4 – types of clear cartomizers with the positioning of the heating element either on the top or at the bottom or even dual coils.

Cig-a-like – it’s a general term that describes the types of electronic cigarettes that are very similar in shape, size and weight as traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Clearomizer – it’s a generic term used to describe transparent, glass type cartomizers.

DIY – Do It Yourself, and it refers to operations that you can do yourself at home like mixing e-liquids, creating your own from scratch or assembling your own custom made electronic cigarette.

Disposable ecigarette – a type of electronic cigarette that comes individually packed, it is not rechargeable and it’s ready to use out of the box. It’s many times equivalent to two packs of real cigarettes.

eGo – it was originally designed and manufactured by Joyetech; the eGo is a mid-sized e-cigarette built for extended battery capacity and with a refillable tank.

mAh – or Milliamp-hour gives the rating of the battery. The bigger the number the more charge it packs and the longer you get to enjoy your eicg. Usual cig-a-likes have from 160 to 320mAh, while eGO style devices have from 650 to 900mAh.

Posted by Dave Allan

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Former pack-a-day smoker, I discovered electronic cigarettes back in 2011. Since then vaping has slowly turned into my hobby and my full time job. I’ve tested hundreds of e-cigarettes and mods across the years and constantly used my knowledge and experience to help others make the switch. I’m passionate about technology, I enjoy reading and I love big flavorful clouds.


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