The Ultimate A-Z Guide of Electronic Cigarettes

When it comes to e-cigarettes, there is a lot of slang on the street which can confuse even the hippest of hipsters.  So here at Vapormax HQ we have put together the A-Z (ish) guide to Electronic Cigarettes, translating all the terminologies and tongues into one easy to follow guide!

Have any extras you think we missed? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to add them in!


Analog: An ordinary (tobacco) cigarette.

Atomizer / Atty: The atomizer is the part of the cigarette that creates the steam. The filament heats up (using the battery) and in turn heats up the liquid which forms steam.

Base:  An E-liquid without any taste/flavouring .

Battery: There are various batteries on the market available for the electronic cigarette, some have a manual switch (only activated/on when the button is pushed) others automatically turned on when you puff the atomiser.

Bridge – The ‘bridge’ is a small U-Shaped covering inside the atomizer – this is used to absorb the liquid and help deliver it towards the heating element.

Cartridges / cart / filter: This is the mouthpiece you puff. You can get them shaped like a pipe, or you can get them round as is the case with a normal cigarette .

Cartomizer: Some E-cigarettes are made of two-pieces, and in a cartomizer the carte and atomizer are built together. So it when using a cartomizer it’s not possible to refill the e-cigarette. When the cartomizer is empty you simply throw it out and put another on .

Charger – A battery charger. This is used to recharge your e-cig battery once it has been depleted.

E-Juice/E-Liquid – This is the liquid that is vaporized when using an electronic cigarette.

Flavourings: E-Liquids can be purchased in a variety of flavours, from cherry to chocolate and bubblegum to blueberry!

Flooding – Something that can occur when too much Juice is applied to the atomizer. Since atomizers require some air to properly vaporize Liquid, adding too much Juice to an atomizer will cause a decrease in Vapor Production and flavor.

Ohm - An Ohm is a measure of electrical resistance. In relation to e-cigarettes, a lower number indicates lower resistance and therefore faster heating.

Pass-through: If you spend a lot of time at a PC or in the car, a Pass-Through is a good purchase for an e-cig user. It is a USB cord on which a battery is mounted. In this way you can save on power consumption of the integrated battery.

PCC: A PCC is a case/cover where you not only store your e-cigarette parts but a place where you can also charge your batteries at the same time. A must have for a e-cig user on the go, however do remember that a PCC must be charged separately for it to continue working (a portable charger).

PG (Propylene Glycol,) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin)–An ingredient found in many brands of E-liquid. VG is vegetable glycerin (derived from vegetable fat), also known as glycerol. VG is also used in creams and food, bakers using glycerol in glaze etc. Glycerol is also the main ingredient in cough syrup.

Smokeless Cigarette – Another term used to describe an electronic cigarette, due to the fact that no actual smoke is inhaled or exhaled in its usage.

Throat Hit (Abbreviated as TH) - The tingling feeling felt in the back of the throat when vaporizing e-liquids that contains nicotine. Typically, since nicotine is a large contributing factor in throat hit, when a juice that contains zero nicotine is vaporized, there is no throat hit.

Vaping/Vapers: A new term used by the media to describe users of electronic ‘vapour’ cigarettes.

RSS Facebook


  • Loading tweets...

Latest News

  • E-Cigarettes: the beginning of the end for smoking?

    March 25, 2014

    Over the pond in the US, it seems the three largest tobacco companies have announced a nosedive in smoking rates, leaving stockholders questioning the real threat that e-cigarettes hold over their profits and the future of the tobacco industry. Anti-smoking activists have worked tirelessly and helped lower the US smoking rate from 32% in the [...]

    ... read more

  • E-cigarettes: hitting our high streets and here to stay.

    March 24, 2014

    You can get them in hair salons, they have pop-up shops across London, and now – you can get them in Boots. Electronic cigarettes are everywhere! The high street chemist will start stocking e-cigarette products across the nation and are very vocal about their upcoming relationship with the ‘vaping’ craze. A spokesperson said: “‘From listening to [...]

    ... read more

  • E-Cigarettes: Are smoking habits set to rise?

    March 19, 2014

    With e-cigarettes hotter than ever and flying off our shelves, it is only natural that debate over their safety and suitability is heating up as well. The ‘pro’ and ‘con’ camps have waged war against each other, both divided on the influence that e-cigs have over their audience and their subsequent impact on life and [...]

    ... read more

  • Lets not ‘stub out’ E-Cigarettes; ‘stub out’ irresponsible adults.

    February 26, 2014

    The government have recently announced that Under 18s in the UK are to be banned from the use of electronic cigarettes, with experts citing that it is not yet known what harm the tobacco free devices could inflict and that their contents could be damaging to young people’s health. Alongside the ban,  Ministers also plan [...]

    ... read more

  • The History of Electronic Cigarettes.

    February 20, 2014

    Electronic cigarettes are quite the current craze. They offer convenience, they are cost effective, not to mention offering the same pleasures as traditional cigarettes but with half the health risks (and then some). But did you know that they aren’t a modern invention? In fact, the story of the e-cig goes back a lot farther than [...]

    ... read more