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Glossary of Electronic Cigarette Terms

510 E-Cigarette Range: The Genesis 510 E-Cigarette range provides a good balance of size and power. It has a strong cigarette resemblance: it’s lightweight, powered by a 150mAh battery with manual and auto options, is refillable and is also rechargeable. For those who would not want the hassle of filling their e-cigarette with e-liquid themselves, it comes with the option of pre-filled cartridges. Alternatively, there are refillable cartridge and clearomizer options that will allow the user freedom of whatever E-Liquid flavour and strength they prefer. Read our blog page to find out more about the 510 e-cigarette.

510 Style/ 510 Thread:The 510 is one of the most elegantly styled electronic cigarettes in the market. It weighs only 16 grams and it is 114mm in length, making it just slightly longer than a regular cigarette.

Atomizer: The atomizer is used to convert the e-liquid into the vapour that the E-Cigarette produces. Atomizers can come in a variety of resistances, and are a key part of any e-cigarette. Some atomizers are built in along with a cartridge: as is the case with a cartomizer or clearomizer. Some atomizers, such as the 510 atomizer, can be purchased on their own.

Atomizer Head: An atomizer head is a part of a rebuildable cartomizer/clearomizer which can be removed and replaced. This tends to make the lifespan of a cartomizer/clearomizer longer, and gives the freedom of choosing the Ohm which is right for you. The Vivi Nova Atomizer Head is an example of a removable atomizer head.

Analog cigarette: A traditional tobacco cigarette, which smokes by burning tobacco.

Automatic (Auto) Battery: Rather than pressing a button to activate the battery, an automatic battery starts working simply by taking a draw (inhaling). An example of this type of battery would be the 510 Automatic battery.

Battery: The battery is what provides power to the atomizer when the user inhales on the mouthpiece. Manual batteries are  activated by pressing a button, automatic batteries are activated by simply inhaling on the e-cigarette.

Cartomizer (Carto): This is a combination of the cartridge and atomizer. When you use a cartomizer, it saves on having to buy a separate atomizer and cartridge: this item contains both.  

Cartridge: The cartridge is the mouth piece made of plastic and is where the e-liquid is stored. The cartridge is filled with e-liquid (either pre-filled or filled from a bottle by the user) and then attached to the atomizer. The cartridge is inhaled on to release the vapour from the e-liquid.

CASAA: Consumer Advocacy for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association is a non-profit organisation campaigning on the behalf of electronic cigarette users.

Charger: A charger is for a rechargeable battery: once it’s run out of energy, plug the rechargeable battery into the charger. Batteries can quite often be charged through the USB port or through the mains with a mains adaptor. 

Clearomizer: A clearomizer is the transparent version of a cartomizer. It has the added advantage of allowing users to see how much e-liquid they have left. A clearomizer is usually made of thin, very easily breakable plastic, in order to remain transparent. Most clearomizers don’t have polyfill filling, as it would make it hard for users to see how much e-liquid is left. Instead of the filler, they have a wick. Some clearomizers can be taken apart and rebuilt, as is the case with the Vivi Nova Tank.

Coil: The coil which heats the eliquid sits across the airflow, which can cause airflow resistance and uneven heating of the coil. Some clearomizers have a coil sitting vertically over the airflow, reducing resistance, improving vapour production, and increasing vaping pleasure.

Drip Tip: Were originally used to refer to a device used to drip several drops of eliquid directly onto an atomiser. Now sometimes used to refer to the mouthpiece of an electronic cigarette. A narrower tip means a more concentrated flavour with a wider tip producing more vapour. They add a little extra to your device, from good looking to amazing.

Disposable E-Cigarette: A disposable e-cigarette is not able to be recharged. It’s designed to be used once and to last long enough to vape through 1 pre-filled cartomizer. Typically, a disposable e-cigarette lasts up to 24 hours, resembles a traditional cigarette, and is not designed to be taken apart (the battery, atomizer and cartridge are one item). Although useful for those who want something extremely similar to a traditional cigarette, they can often be quite expensive as they are single use.

ECHO Product Range: ECHO is the perfect choice if you are looking for hassle-free model with ultimate performance. We currently supply two types ECHO batteries with different capacities: 650mah (Standard) and 1100mah (Mega). When it comes to vapour production and refilling, the cartomizer that comes with the ECHO produces an ultimate amount of vapour. A cartomizer is a cartridge and an atomizer combined in one unit, hence the name “cartomizer” (cartridge + atomizer). Cartomizers hold up to 3ml of E-Liquid, and depending on the frequency of use, this can be equivalent to up to 100 cigarettes. We also supply clearomizers that can be used in the place of cartomizers. The capacity of these is 1.6ml and the advantage is the fact that they are see-through, enabling you to see how much E-Liquid is remaining. 

Electronic Cigarette (E-Cigarette ECigarette, E Cigarette, E-Cig, E Cig): E-Cigarettes have been stated as a new health orientated alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. An electronic cigarette is a battery powered vapourizer that mimics the feeling of smoking. An electronic cigarette consists of a battery, an atomizer, a cartridge and e-liquid. A cigarette where an atomizer vaporises the nicotine which is then inhaled as vapour as compared to the smoke normally inhaled.

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit:  A starter kit typically contains everything you need to start using an e-cigarette straight away. It will be complete with at least one battery, atomizer/clearomizer/cartomizer and cartridges/e-liquid where relevant, as well as charging accessories. Starter kits are designed specifically to ease new users into understanding e-cigarettes and how to use them, and a good starter kit will come complete with a how-to product manual.

E-Liquid (ELiquid, E Liquid, E-Juice, E Juice, EJuice): E-liquid is the liquid that is the fuel for the e-cigarette. It’s what contains the nicotine and what provides the flavour. It’s the liquid that itself gets converted into the vapours. E-Liquid typically contains Vegetable Glycerin(VG), Propylene Glycol(PG), Nicotine and Flavoring. Some E-Liquids are PG based (they contain a high % of PG) and some are VG based (they contain mostly VG) – which is best depends on the preference of the vaper. E-liquid is also known as E-Juice.

eGo Style/ eGo Thread: A style of electronic cigarette that uses a 510 thread and is compatible with 510 style components, but the battery size of an eGo is larger. Ego products are very popular once users have been vaping long enough that they don’t feel the need for something that mimics the look of a traditional cigarette so closely (such as the MINI2, which may be better suited for completely new users). The ECHO E-Cigarette is an example of an e-cigarette with an eGo thread.

Light Emitted Diode (LED): The LED is typically used to simulate the cherry on the end of a cigarette. LED’s are also used on mod’s to let the user know when the PV is activated.

Mouthpiece: Replaces the butt of an analog. With other words see: drip tip.

Milligrams (mg): One thousandth of a grams. E-liquid labels show the amount of nicotine in milligrams.

Milliliters (ml): On thousandth of a litre (0,002pint).

MINI2: Mini 2 is an e-cigarette model what looks and feels like a traditional cigarette. The MINI2 consists of a battery, atomizer and a cartridge. The atomizer has been made using improved technology, allowing it to generate more vapour than other similar models in the market.

Modder: A modder is a person that modifies electronic cigarette devices to their preference. Most modders usually mod devices to be more powerful than your typical e-cig.

mAh: The term “mAh” refers to “Milliamp Hour”. This is a measurement of the capacity of the battery. The larger the mAh, the longer the battery will last for without needing to be recharged. This is not to be confused with voltage, which determines the power of the battery.

Nicotine: The addictive substance found in tobacco. In e-liquid which contains nicotine, the substance can be ingested without the harmful chemicals which are released from burning traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Ohm:  This is a measure of electrical resistance (relevant to atomizers/ replaceable atomizer heads). The Ohm will affect how much resistance the atomizer head gives: a lower resistance (low Ohm) will give off more vapour, drain the battery faster and have a shorter life span. A higher resistance (high Ohm) will give off less vapour, last longer and provide a cooler vapour. The best Ohm is down to personal preference. Low Ohm atomizer heads will be those lower than 1.5Ohm; high Ohm atomizer heads will be above 2.8Ohm.

Propylene Glycol (PG): Propylene Glycol (PG) is a common component of E-Liquid. An E-Liquid will typically contain either Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG) or both. PG based E-Liquids tend to have a thinner consistency than VG based E-Liquids, which can mean tha PG E-Liquids produce a stronger throat hit; more similar to that of tobacco cigarettes. PG based E-Liquid tends to be a popular choice for vapers, due to it’s ability to product a strong throat hit. However, some E-Cigarette users find that Propylene Glycol causes an allergic reaction. This can manifest as an excessively dry mouth/throat, or as an irritation in the respiratory tract. If you experience an allergic reaction to PG e-liquid, its advisable to try a VG based e-liquid instead.

Rebuildable Atomizer/clearomizer: A rebuilable atomizer/clearomizer is a product that is designed to be taken apart and put back together.An example of a rebuildable clearomizer would be the Vivi Nova Tank, which can be taken apart and the atomizer heads replaced, making the product have a longer lifespan and more choice regarding Ohm resistance.

Smokeless Cigarette: A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette. An e-cigarette does not burn, so there is no smoke: just inhalable vapours.

Throat Hit:  This is the term used to describe the “hit” that is given when smoke from a traditional cigarette, or vapour from an e-cigarette, hits the back of the throat. Throat hit is often affected by the strength and type of e-liquid used, the Ohm of the atomizer and the power of the battery.

Toot: The draw (or inhale) on an electronic cigarette.

Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR): Policy or practice of providing less harmful nicotine-containing products such as e-liquid.

Tank: A type of cartridge/cartomizer/clearomizer that holds more liquid than smaller cartridges. An example of this would be the Vivi Nova Tank which holds up to 3.5ml of e-liquid (the XL version).

Vape/ Vaping: The term used in preference to the verb to “smoke”. As there is no smoke in e-cigarettes, just vapour, many people prefer to describe it as “vaping” rather than “smoking”.

Vapour: The vapour that is produced when the e-liquid is heated by the atomizer: the vapour contains water, flavouring and, often, nicotine (among other ingredients).

Vaper: A person who vapes. A smoker smokes. A Vaper vapes.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG): Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is an alternative to Propylene Glycol (PG) and is sometimes used as the majority base in the E-Liquid. Vegetable Glycerin tends to have a sweeter taste, and a VG based e-liquid is more suitable for those allergic to PG e-liquid.

Variable Voltage (VV): Variable Voltage allows you to control how many volts your battery will produce. This will affect how much power the battery gives out. An example of a Variable Voltage battery is the ECHO Twist VV Battery.

Vivi Nova: The Genesis Vivi Nova tank system is a rebuildable clearomizer, which means that once the atomizer inside has reached the end of its lifespan, it can be replaced with a new one. This way you will not have to dispose the entire unit every time it stops producing vapour. In addition, you will be able to choose an atomizer head from a variety of resistances, which allows you to control the performance of your E-Cigarette. Click here to learn more about the Vivi Nova.