The Definitive Vaping Guide for 2019, with a Vape Glossary

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In 2019, you may see more people with a vaping device than with a cigarette. That's how incredibly popular vaping has become in this modern age, and thousands of people are purchasing vapor pens every day. However, newcomers to the genre do not exactly know what all the terminology means.

So, we have thrown together the ultimate vaping guide toand go over the essentials of the genre with a fun, informative glossary of terms.

What is Vaping?

From an e-cigarette with a flavored cartridge to newer model vaporizer pens and cartomizer devices, this can be a rather complex field for those new to vaping. In short, vaping is the inhalation of a vapor that is produced by an electronic device such as an e-cigarette or a vaporizer pen. “Vape,” of course, stands for vaporizing, and the idea is to inhale a solution that contains nicotine, without all that harmful smoke and other chemicals found in cigarettes.


The Vape Glossary

Vape Batteries

This may seem simplistic on its face, but there are two main types of vaporizers from which you can choose. Some are rechargeable and come with a built-in battery, like your smartphone, while others have removable batteries, although they typically also recharge. Some vape pens and devices even have batteries you can replace, with commercial options from the store, much like a remote control.

It's important to understand the sort of device you're purchasing. For instance, if you're using one that requires a battery change, then remember to always carry spare batteries with you. If you have a rechargeable item, remember to treat it like your phone and make sure it's fully charged, and maybe even invest in a power bank.

Box Mods

Box mods allow you to modify your device in an aftermarket fashion, by adding additional features like new voltage and wattage specs, a different battery setup, and even different cylinder assemblies which will allow for different types of cartridges.


The atomizer is to your device what your engine is to your automobile. It's the thing that makes it operate, and it typically consists of a tube with a small metal coil made of Kanthal. The coil is surrounded by cotton, saturated with the vape juice, and by activating your device, the juice turns into a vapor and is thus inhaled. 


Adjustable Airflow

The rate of airflow in the device is what makes the atomizer work properly to heat up that saturated cotton. Like any sort of flame needs oxygen, your coil needs proper airflow to atomize the liquid, and so there will be a port (or more than one) on your vaping device. Always ensure that your port of airflow is cleared of obstruction like gunk and debris.

A device model with adjustable airflow allows you to change the amount of air going to the coil for more efficiency.


The key component of your device is the coil. This is the part that, with the charge from the battery, is going to create the heat that, when blended with the oxygen from the airflow, is going to vaporize the liquid to give you an inhalant vapor, which contains the flavor and nicotine.

You can also look into mesh coils: the latest in vape tanks. These are coils that make the most of your heating wire's surface area, which gives you better heat with less power consumed.


The cartridge for your vaporizer is the vessel in which the liquid is stored. The vessel is filled with e-juice and e-liquid that comes in different nicotine levels, different flavors, and different sizes. Make sure you're always matching the size of the cartridges to the size of your device.


This is simply the name of the part of the cartridge that attaches to your device and resembles the filter of a cigarette in aesthetic design.


This is the classic vaporizer machine, the one that looks like the classic cigarette and even has a tip that lights up when you draw from it to inhale. These devices typically screw together, the cartridges being the tops, and the cartomizer at the bottoms.


This is the juice, the liquid that fuels your device. Every e-liquid contains some mixture of ingredients with some nicotine. You'll find vegetable glycerin in these vessels, which is labeled as VG, and propylene glycol, which is labeled as PG. You can choose from hundreds of varieties.

Sub OHM Vaping

This term may sound complicated, but sub OHM vaping is simply a device whose atomizer coil has a resistance lower than 1 OHM. The lower the resistance of your device, the more power is drawn from the battery to vaporize the liquid. This creates a harder “burn,” so to speak, and creates more vapor. However, for beginners, this can be dangerous and it's not recommended to tinker with the settings with box mods of manual tweaks.

Temperature Control

This term relates to how your coil affects the overall vaping experience. Most devices are set up to create a balanced experience, but higher and lower temperatures of the coil atomize the vapor differently and give different experiences. Again, this is something beginners should not tinker with.

APV and PV

The terms APV/PV stand for Advanced Personal Vaporizers and Personal Vaporizers respectively. Different from those e-cigs, these are the devices that you see some people carrying that are large, often square-shaped, and produce a lot of vapor. This is due to larger coils, better air flow, and a lot more liquid being vaporized.


Dripping is more of a manual method, whereby users will actually drip their e-liquid onto the coil. Like with a few other terms here, this is a method that you don't want to try if you're a beginner. Over-saturating your equipment can ruin your device, or worse. So as you learn more about your device, you can look into things like a drip tip and manual dripping.

TC and THC Vaporizers

These are devices that work the same as any other, except the liquid used contains the tc/thc chemical, most commonly associated with marijuana. Of course, there are a lot of legality issues here, so make sure you're acting in accordance with the law.

A Quick User Guide for Cleaning Vape Pens

Here is a very quick five-step guide that emphasizes things to remember when cleaning your device.

1: Disassemble correctly

Take your device apart, but do it per the manufacturer's directions and always remember the steps you took to disassemble.

2: Brush the Device

Most devices come with their own brush. If not, purchase one specifically for cleaning it, and brush it out thoroughly. Do not use any sort of chemicals or soap.

3: Get the Mouthpiece

Take extra time to ensure that the mouthpiece of the device is clean. You don't want germs and old e-juice festering around in there. Not only is this nasty, but it's also a health hazard.

4: Double-check

While your device is disassembled, go ahead and double-check everything to ensure it's as clean as the day you purchased it. You're going to want to clean it every week or so, so keep that in mind.

5. Reassemble and Enjoy

Remember to always put the device back together the same way you took it apart, and always ensure it's clean and dry when you reassemble. After that, enjoy!

Hopefully this glossary of terms and quick cleaning guide will help you make the most of your vaping experience. Use this guide to decide what you want in a vaporizer device and choose the one that's best for your personal needs and tastes.
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