Continuing our journey in the electronic cigarettes jargon, here are some more of the terms that might get you confused:
Manual battery – as opposed to automatic batteries, these types require the user pressing a button while puffing and are considered suited for intermediate ecig users. Manual batteries have better protection against short circuits due to leakage and they can’t get activated in your pocket without you knowing.
Mechanical Mod – A device that uses a removable battery and relies on a switch that makes a physical connection, using a spring or lever to complete the circuit, thus providing power to the atomizer. These devices are intended for the most experienced of vapers.
Mod – sometimes meaning the same thing as an APV it’s a term that describes electronic cigarettes that use a removable battery and has some additional options as opposed to regular devices like short circuit protection, overheating protection, variable voltage, variable wattage and internal memory for custom settings.
PG – Propylene glycol, it is a substance used as a base in most e-liquids on the market. It readily vaporizes and is commonly believed to produce more flavor and throat hit, but less vapor than vegetable glycerin (see below).
Rebuildable atomizer – Also known as an RBA, it represents an atomizer designed with a wick and coil assembly that can be built by the user using raw components such as wire and silica, stainless steel or cotton wicks. Rebuildable Atomizers can be dangerous. This is because if they are built incorrectly, they can cause a short, which will cause a load on your battery that it was not built to maintain.
Throat hit – The sensation one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing an ejuice that contains nicotine. Because nicotine is a large contributing factor to throat hit, when an eliquid that contains zero nicotine is vaporized the sensation diminishes.
Vape/Vaping/Vaper – it’s a general term that describes the process of inhaling vapor from an electronic cigarette and the users of such devices. It’s the translation of the word ‘smoking’ when it comes to ecigs.
Variable voltage/Variable wattage – are terms that describe some Advanced Personal Vaporizers that give their users the maximum customizable experience of the device. They have the ability of setting up either the voltage the battery delivers in unitary increments, either the total power of the heating element in small increments. For many vapers this is the ultimate experience when it comes to throat hit and vapor production.
VG – Vegetable glycerin; it is often used as a base in some e-liquids or as part of a base when mixed with Propylene Glycol. Often PG and VG are combined in various ratios to provide balance between the properties of each type of liquid.
Wick /Wicking – represents the element that is used to constantly feed eliquid from the tank to the cartomizer. Most designs feature resistance wire coiled around a wick of varying length depending on the cartomizer or atomizer’s design.
18530/18500/18650 – are types of rechargeable batteries that are commonly used with mods/APVs. They pack a lot of power and they are charged separately.