401, 402, and 403 – Also referred to as m401, m402, and m403. One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. These are all essentially the same unit (same threading on batteries and atomizers) but with different length batteries. The 401 model is the longest in physical length and battery life of the three while the 403 is the shortest in length and battery life.
Accelerated Steep - An accelerated steep is the process by which a vaper attempts (approximately 50% of the time) to speed up either fully or partially the steeping process. The most common method of accelerated steeping is to place e-liquids in a lidded bottle with plenty of air space and to stand the bottle in a vessel (bowl, cup, mug) of warm but not hot water for approximately 15/30mins. The level of water only needs to be deep enough to prevent the bottle falling over. Other methods of accelerated steeping include very short exposure in a microwave oven (typically less than 5 seconds for a 10 ml bottle). This is NOT recommended. The boiling points of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are higher than water so it would be very easy for vapers using this method to seriously scald themselves.
Battery (Abbreviated as Batt) – The battery piece of an Electronic Cigarette is the part that provides power to the heating element. This allows the heating element to heat the E-Liquid and produce vapor.
Carto – Abbreviation for Cartomizer.
Cartomizer/Cartomiser (Abbreviated as Carto) – A Cartridge and atomizer in a single unit. These generally are disposable, inexpensive and hold more juice than a regular cartridge/atomizer combination.
Clone – A copy of an original device, usually of inferior quality and therefore much cheaper.
Coil - A coil is a peice of wire (usually Kanthal or Nichrome but there are other types) that is heated up for vaporising the E-Liquid and is used in conjunction with a wick (see wick). The coil is wound around the wick and an electrical current is applied when the ends of the wires are connected to the positive and negative terminals of an Atomiser, Cartomiser, Genesis-type, ect.
DCA - DCA stands for drip cup adapter. Used for direct dripping, the atomiser sits inside of it. DCA also stands for Dual Coil Atomiser which means the use of two coils in horizontal coiled atomisers such as the iGo range and also the iClear 30.
E-Cig – Abbreviation for electronic cigarette. An electronic cigarette is composed of a few different parts, namely the battery, the atomizer which screws into the battery and some kind of means to administer e-liquid to the part inside the atomizer which atomizes the e-liquid (usually a heating coil) so that vapour is produced. There are many varieties of these three e-cig components and new products are becoming available all the time.
Electronic Cigarette (Abbreviated as E-Cig) – A device that heats up E-Liquid consisting of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycol, and flavourings to a point where it turns into a vapor which can be inhaled. For more detailed information, click here:Electronic Cigarette
Flash E-Liquid – An additive to give TH for no nic users or as an aid to reduce nic intake.
Flooding – Another variable vaping subject but generally occurs when too much e-liquid is applied to the atomizer.
Food and Drug Administration (Abbreviated as FDA) – An administrative branch of the United States government that oversees rules and regulations pertaining to the safety of food and drug products sold in the USA. There is currently a very controversial lawsuit involving the FDA and the importation and distribution of electronic cigarettes.
Hot Cigarette – A vaping term for a traditional cigarette.
Hot Spot - A part of the coil that starts to glow red, often causing a burnt taste. It is caused either by a short circuit from the coil to the wick or by the coil not being in contact with the wick and therefore overheating
Isopropyl alcohol - Isopropyl alcohol is a liquid solution used for cleaning some parts of Electronic Cigarette Accessories, for instance Atomisers, Battery connections, or for what is termed a Provari bath.
Low Resistance (Abbreviated as LR) – An atomiser or cartomiser with a lower OHM rating than the standard equipment. This generally causes the heating element to get hotter faster and produces vapour more quickly.
M401 – Also referred to as 401, 402, and 403. One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. These are all essentially the same unit (same threading on batteries and atomizers) but with different length batteries. The 401 model is the longest in physical length and battery life of the three while the 403 is the shortest in length and battery life.
m401, m402, and m403 – Also referred to as 401, 402, and 403. One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. These are all essentially the same unit (same threading on batteries and atomizers) but with different length batteries. The m401 model is the longest in physical length and battery life of the three while the m403 is the shortest in length and battery life.
Mesh - A thin tightly woven piece of stainless steel sheet used in the making of wicks. Common sizes used are 325, 400, and 500 gauge.
MHRA- Governmental agency with responsibility for standards of safety, quality and performance. They also wish to see electronic cigarettes and e-liquid medincinalised by 2016, therefore creating a defacto ban and removing all current products from the consumer market. Website
Milligrams (Abbreviated as mg) – The amount of nicotine found in a Juice. Typical levels include 0mg, 6mg, 8mg, 12mg, 16mg, 18mg, 24mg, 30mg, 36mg and 48mg. Generally speaking, a medium level of nicotine is around 18mg. Those who use Juice with a higher nicotine content than that are generally people who were heavy smokers or have been vaping for quite some time.
Mini – These generally are about the same size as a traditional cigarette and have the shortest battery life of any style.
ml - Abbreviation for Millilitres.
Mod – Modified device, actually a bit of a misnomer as it is usually used to refer to a personal vaporiser device sold to use user replaceable batteries as opposed to ones sold with built in batteries, is also used to refer to custom made devices.Comes in three basic categories, Mechanical – no electronics, VV/VW – Use inbuilt electronics to control Voltage and Power to the heating coil, and Box – A Personal vaporiser built into a box (often a tobacco tin.Both mechanical and VV mods can come in simple tube form, or be telescopic allowing the use of different sizes of battery. Also an alternative name for a PV
Mod Fuse– A ‘Kick’ style unit that fits into a Mod’s battery compartment usually between the endcap and negative battery terminal. A fail-safe device designed to cut out in nanoseconds when detecting an abnormal rise in battery temperature or a short circuit. Maybe either single event or a re-settable type.
Multimeter -A multimeter or a multitester, also known as a VOM (Volt-Ohm meter), is an electronic measuring instrument that combines several measurement functions in one unit. A typical multimeter would include basic features such as the ability to measure voltage, current, and resistance.
Nicotine - A colorless, poisonous compound occurring naturally in the tobacco plant. Nicotine is an alkaloid. Chemical formula: C10H14N2. Nicotine Safety Warning
Ohm - A measure of electrical resistance. A lower number indicates lower resistance.
Passthrough – A charging device that plugs directly into the USB port of a computer or laptop and allows the user to vape without having to worry about battery life. The thing to be wary of is if there are issues with an inferior charger it could possibly affect whatever it is plugged into. A mains adapter is recommended.
PCC - Abbreviation for Personal Charging Case.
Pen Style – One of many styles of electronic cigarettes available. Slightly resembles a ball point pen in appearance.
Personal Vaporizor (Abbreviated as PV) – Another name for an Electronic Cigarette. Usually used in reference to the 3rd generation of Electronic Cigarettes(also known as Mods).
PG – Abbreviation for Propylene Glycol.
PGA – Abbreviation for Pure Grain Alcohol. It helps with dilution and improving the TH of the more VG orientated mixes
Pipette - A narrow, usually calibrated tube into which small amounts of liquid are suctioned for transfer or measurement.
PoTV - Abbreviation for Planet Of The Vapes UK Vaping and Electronic Cigarette forum, which was stablished in July 2012
Propylene Glycol (Abbreviated as PG) – An ingredient found in many brands of E-Liquid. Most vapeable food flavourings are carried in PG, which is water soluble. PG also produces throat hit and less vapour than Vegetable Glycerin
Protected Batteries - protected batteries have a small circuit board, typically on the bottom of the battery, that stops the charging or discharge of the battery in certain circumstances. Some of the circumstances in which the circuit include: Over-Charge, Over-Discharge, Short-Circuit, and in some cases, overheating. Over-charge protection cuts off the charging process at 4.2V, while over-discharge protection cuts off the battery at 2.8V.
Provari or ISO Bath – After long term use, juice invariably runs down and clogs up the electronics in a Mod, causing it to either cease working or emit random codes. The unit is immersed in Isopropyl Alcohol for a period and then left to dry out eau natural. This Wiki does not advise it but notes that many vapers claim success in extreme or nothing to lose circumstances.
PV - Abbreviation for Personal Vaporizor.
Safer Chemistry Batteries - contain a different chemical composition to standard Li-Ion batteries, with lower internal resistance, and should be able to deliver a higher current while maintaining their capacity and avoiding thermal build up.
Safety - Nicotine is a poison and must be treated as such. Avoid buying e-juices that are not in child-resistant bottles or not properly labelled. The nicotine content in a single tobacco cigarette can kill a small child or pet, as can one millimetre of e-juice liquid. MAKE CERTAIN you properly store ALL of your equipment, cartridges, e-juices, etc.
Shelf Life & Storage - Store e-liquids in a cool but not cold, dark environment. Avoid storing in the refrigerator, as cold temperatures tend to breakdown chemicals and cause them to separate. Likewise, avoid heat and direct sunlight, as these tend to breakdown flavour molecules and e-juices will begin to taste bland. Shelf life is considered to be two-years. If you buy e-juices that do not have an expiration date, you should make note of the date of purchase so you have a general idea what you're dealing with (since you don't really know when it was made).
Starter Kit – Starter Kit - A kit that includes basic e-cigarette equipment designed for newcomers to vaping. Most starter kits come with 1 or more atomizers, 1 or more batteries, a charger and 5 cartridges sometimes being pre-filled with juice.
Steeping – Steeping methods vary and although unproven scientifically, many have been tried and tested and proven to work. This article takes a middle of the road perspective and minor variations maybe taken by the individual in order to fine tune their personal take on the process. Whichever method you endorse, steeping will only improve an e-liquid. There are a number of processes used to blend, age and mature an e-liquid, whereby the best flavour can be obtained when vaping it. Steeping rounds out any harsh flavours by blending multiple flavours with the other e-juice constituents. I.e. Nicotine base, PG and VG, PGA, water etc.
The principal processes involved in steeping are time, aeration/oxidation, agitation and storage temperatures. Time, in being the main factor, may take anything between 2 and 10 days. Though whether you can refrain from using it for that length of time, maybe another matter entirely. As a juice steeps it will normally darken, which is associated with the molecular interaction with nicotine. Generally, the higher the nicotine content, the darker the e-liquid will become.
There is a slight differing of opinion whether to leave the child-proof lid off the bottle or not in order to aerate/oxidise the juice. We would advocate leaving the child-proof lid on, removing it just in order to perform the required air changes as part of the oxidation process. The reasons for this being purely one of safety coupled with the possibility of cross-contamination with unsuitable air particulates. With this in mind oxidation and agitation can be combined in the one operation simply by giving the bottle a vigorous shake and then leaving the child-proof lid off for a minute or two to allow aeration to take place. You may or may not wish to give the bottle a gentle squeeze so as to confirm the expulsion of air.
Storage should be secure and out of the reach of small inquisitive fingers. We would recommend a darkened cupboard, preferably away from a heat source and as emphasised above, MUST have a child-proof lid.
Stevia – a non-sugar containing sweetening additive. Stinky or stinkies – Analogue cigarettes.
TH - Abbreviation for Throat Hit.
Throat Hit (Abbreviated as TH) - The tingling feeling one feels in the back of the throat when vaporizing E-Liquid that contains nicotine.
Vapour Cigarette – A term used to refer to an electronic cigarette.
VG - Abbreviation for Vegetable Glycerol or Vegetable Glycerin.
Wick – A method of conveying e-liquid through heated coils in order to create vapour. The two main methods of conveyance are absorption and capillary. Absorption materials are either corded silica or cotton wool whilst the capillary materials are both made from food grade stainless steel 2/3mm rope or either a very fine graded stainless steel mesh rolled into a tubular shape.
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