The Vaper's Dictionary

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    Jun 2, 2015
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      1st Generation:
      A Personal Vaporiser designed to look like a real cigarette

      See entry under Cig a Like

      2nd Generation:

      Usually the size of a large pen. Has a larger and longer lasting battery than cig-a-likesand allows users to customise e-liquids when refilling.

      3rd Generation:

      Third Generation Personal Vaporisers usually consist of a mod (the battery and electronics housing) which has variable voltage and/or variable wattage. (See Advanced Personal Vaporiser (APV).

      4TH Generation:

      Fourth Generation Personal Vaporisers have many of the same features & advantages of 3rd generation devices while incorporating Temperature Protection in these devices.


      One of the many styles of atomisers available. It is a 510 threaded atomiser with low resistance.

      510 (510 Thread)

      The most common thread connection for mods and atomisers. Mods have a female thread and atomisers have a male. The thread is M7x0.5.


      Lithium-ion battery (14mm in diameter x 50mm in length).


      Lithium-ion battery (16mm in diameter x 34mm in length).


      Lithium-ion battery (18mm in diameter x 35mm in length).


      Lithium-ion battery (18mm in diameter x 49mm in length).


      Lithium-ion battery (18mm in diameter x 65mm in length).


      Lithium-ion battery (26mm in diameter x 65mm in length).
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      A chemical found in cigarette smoke as well as some e-liquid flavourings.

      Acetyl Propionyl:
      A chemical found in cigarette smoke as well as some e-liquid flavourings.

      Acrolein is produced when e-liquid is heated to incredibly high temperatures. Linked to lung cancer in analog cigarette use. Strong irritant to skin, eyes, and nasal passages.

      Used to connect atomisers and mods that have different threads.

      See entry under All Day Vape.

      Advanced Personal Vaporiser (APV):
      Third generation personal vaporiser. The APV usually consists of a mod which includes electronics to add extra features. These features may include a screen, various safety features, variable voltage and variable wattage.

      See entry under Air Flow Control.

      See entry under Aqueous Glycerine.

      AIO or A.I.O (All In One):
      A device that has both the mod & atomiser integrated into a single unit.

      Air Flow Control:
      An adjustable orifice built into an atomiser or mod designed to regulate the airflow over the coil(s) in an atomiser.

      All Day Vape (ADV):
      Your All Day Vape is the e-liquid you enjoy so much that you can vape it all day without changing flavours.

      Alternative Cigarettes:
      See entry under Electronic Cigarettes.

      American Medical Association.
      Australian Medical Association.

      American Wire Gauge (AWG):
      A standardised wire gauge system used predominantly in North America for the diameters of round, solid, non-ferrous, electrically conducting wire.

      Amperage (amps):
      The strength of an electric current measured in amperes

      Battery Amp calculator here

      The standard unit of measure of the rate of electron flow or current in an electrical circuit.

      A tobacco cigarette.

      Alternative Nicotine Delivery Systems

      Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots.

      See Entry under Advanced Personal Vaporiser.

      Aqueous Glycerine (AG):
      Vegetable Glycerine that has been diluted by about 20% with de-ionised or sometimes distilled water.

      Action Smoking & Health:
      A non-profit organisation that advocates tobacco control.
      Branches in the UK, New Zealand, USA and Australia (inactive). Some support vaping and some are opposed.

      ASH UK – Action on Smoking and Health:
      Is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. It is not anti-vaping.

      ASH Scotland:
      Action on Smoking and Health: Is the independent Scottish charity taking action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. ASH Scotland’s vision is of a healthier Scotland, free from the harm and inequality caused by tobacco. It is not anti-vaping.

      Ass Juice:
      An e-liquid that, in your opinion, tastes disgusting.

      Atomiser (Atty):
      The component of a Personal Vaporiserwhich causes e-liquid to turn into a vapour. Contains one or more coils of resistance wire, a variety of wicking materials and comes in a multitude of formats depending on the device. These include clearomisers, cartomisers, RDAs and RBAs.

      Atomiser Head:
      Replacement wick and coil assembly for a clearomiser.

      Atomiser Tank:
      The component of an atomiser that holds the e-liquid.

      See entry under Atomiser.

      Automatic (Auto):
      A Personal Vaporiser that is activated when the user puffs rather than by pressing a button.

      Automatic Shut-off:
      A safety feature integrated into a Personal Vaporiser that temporarily turns off your battery when the button is held down for more than ‘x’ amount of seconds.

      Aussie Vapers Forum

      Australian Vaper Vendors Counsel.

      See entry under American Wire Gauge.
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      See entry under Bricks & Mortar.

      See entry under British American Tobacco.

      Battery, Rechargable:
      A battery that you can recharge.

      See also entry under Lithium-Ion Battery

      Battery Mod:
      A mod that has a built in battery. Usually refers to an eGo style battery but applies to any Mod that has a non-replaceable battery.

      See entry under Bottom Coil Clearomiser.

      See entry under Bottom Dual Coil Clearomiser.

      Big Pharmaceuticals (BP):
      Also known as Big Pharma, this is the term used to describe the pharmaceutical industry by critics when questioning their practices, conduct, political influences and other questionable matters regarding the industry

      Big Tobacco Companies (BT):
      Also referred to as Big Tobacco, this is the term used to describe the corporations that primarily manufacture cigarettes and other tobacco products. Big Tobacco has also purchased and invested in a few cig-a-like companies which has been the subject of controversy spurred on by ANTZ.

      Empty Cartomisers.

      British Medical Journal.

      The circuitry of a regulated mod that allows it to fire above battery voltage.

      Bottom Coil Clearomizer:
      A clearomiser in which the coil sits at the bottom of the clearomiser tank.

      Bottom Coil Glassomizer:
      A clearomiser with the coil at the bottom a glass tank.

      Bottom Dual Coil Clearomiser:
      A clearomiser which has two coils in parallel at the bottom of the clearomiser tank.

      Bottom Feeder:

      A bottom feeding mod has a juice bottle contained within the mod. This feeds a bottom feeding dripping atomiser through a hole in the 510 connector. It gives the results of dripping without the need to carry a separate bottle.

      Box Mod:
      A Personal Vaporiser that is manufactured in a box-style enclosure (mod) rather than a tube.

      See entry under Big Pharmaceuticals.

      Bricks & Mortar (B&M):
      A physical, real world store that sells Personal Vaporisers and associated equipment including e-liquid.

      British American Tobacco:
      See entry under Big Tobacco Companies.

      See entry under Big Tobacco Companies.

      The circuitry of a regulated mod that allows it to fire below battery voltage.

      An arrangement of coil/s and wick/s in a rebuildable atomiser.

      Build Deck:

      The part of an Atomiser that accepts the build.

      Bottom Vertical Coil.
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      Cpaella. A manufacturer of flavour concentrates used in e-liquid.

      See entry under Cartridge.

      See entry under Cartomiser.

      Carto Punch:
      See entry under Cartomiser Punch.

      A combination of a disposable cartridge and an atomiser. It is typically made of a stainless steel tube filled with poly-fil surrounding an atomiser coil. It can be used as a ‘stand-alone’ atomiser or, when punched, used in a cartomiser tank.

      Cartomiser – Dual Coil:
      A cartomiser that contains two coils in parallel.

      Cartomiser – Single Coil:
      A cartomiser that contains a single coil.

      Cartomiser Punch:
      A device used for punching holes in cartomisers when they are to be used in atomiser tanks.

      Cartomiser Tank:
      A tank designed to house a punched or slotted cartomiser and then filled with e-liquid. The e-liquid is fed to the cartomiser through the holes.

      Cartridge (Cart):
      Typically a mouthpiece made of plastic that houses a filler material to hold e-liquid. Predominantly used on cig-a-like style Personal Vaporiser, they can be empty or pre-filled.

      The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association
      USA based lobby group for vaping.

      Catch Cup:
      See entry under Drip Well.

      Cancer Council Australia

      See entry under Rayon:

      A medicine which helps adults to stop smoking. It can help to reduce the cravings and other withdrawal symptoms which occur while you give up smoking. Many negative side effects have been linked to it’s use.


      A Personal Vaporiser designed to look like a real cigarette.

      See entry under Clearomiser.

      A low cost tank atomiser with a clear tank usually featuring a replaceable pre-made coilsystem.


      Large volumes of dense vapour.

      Cloud Chaser:
      Someone who enjoys producing large volumes of dense vapour. The right combination of Mod, battery, atomiser and e-liquid are required to achieve good results. Competitions are even held to see who can "blow the biggest clouds".

      Coils are made from a variety of materials including Kanthal, Nichrome, Nickel and Titanium. The wire is then wound into a cylindrical shape. It heats when a current is applied, and is used to vaporise e-liquid. Many vapers choose to build their own coils but they can also be bought pre-made. The overall output of a coil is determined by Ohm’s law.

      Concentrated flavourings that are added (much like a recipe) to a base liquid in order to achieve certain flavours and produce an e-liquid which is ready to vape.

      See also entry under Do It Yourself.

      Contact Coil:
      A coil that is wound such that all the winds are touching or in contact.

      A popular wicking material available in a variety of forms, including sterile and organic, balls or pads. Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the family of Malvaceae.

      Custom Mod:
      A Personal Vaporiser which has been hand made or modified.

      See entry under Automatic Shut-Off.
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      See entry under Dual Coil Cartomisers.

      See entry under Dual Coil Tank.

      See entry under Dripping.

      The flat base area where the positive and negative posts sit on an RBA/RDA.

      The act of removing the wicking material from the coil(s) in an atomiser.

      Diacetyl is a flavoring used in some e-liquid production for it’s buttery flavor. Can cause Bronchiolitis obliterans (otherwise known as Popcorn Lung) if inhaled in large concentrations. Many e-liquid vendors have stopped using it.

      Digital Cigarette:
      See entry under Electronic Cigarette.

      Disposable E-Cigarette:

      A ‘cig-a-like’ designed to be used until all the e-liquid has been exhausted and then discarded.

      Direct Dripping:
      See entry under Dripping.

      See entry under Do It Yourself.

      DNAs are a range of small variable wattage boards designed by the Evolv company. They are used in both handmade and mass produced mods.

      Do It Yourself (DIY):
      The art of making your own e-liquid from raw ingredients.

      See also downloadable E-Liquid Calculator - (Ejuice Me Up Calculator Here)

      See Entry under Drip On-Demand.

      The (Australian Government) Department of Health.

      E-liquid sold without nicotine and with double the flavour strength plus VG or PG. Designed to be mixed 50/50with nicotine base. e.g. 10 ml of 48mg unflavoured nicotine liquid mixed with 10 ml of doubler to produce 20ml of 24mg e-liquid for vaping.

      To drip drops of e-liquid into an atomiser.

      Drip Tip:
      The mouthpiece of an atomiser. The name originates from a mouthpiece with an opening that allows drops of e-liquid to be dripped directly to the atomiser/cartomiser without the removal of the tip, but now applies to the mouthpiece of any atomiser.

      Drip Well:
      A cup shaped recess on the top of a mod where the atomiser female connector sits. The drip well is designed to catch any excess e-liquid that may have leaked from the atomiser.

      Dripping Atomiser:
      An atomiser that has no tank to hold e-liquid. It designed to have e-liquid dripped directly the wick and coil. They can be disposable or rebuildable.

      Dry Burn:
      A technique for cleaning a used coil. It involves purposefully firing an atomiser on a battery without e-liquid which results in the heating up and glowing of the coil. This allows for cleaning of the coil by burning off impurities.

      Dry Hit:
      The very unpleasant experience received when there is not enough e-liquid to keep the coil wet and cool. It results in a very bad tasting, hot vape that can burn your throat. It is caused by either running your atomiser dry or by poor wicking to the coil.

      Dual Coil Cartomisers (DCC):
      A cartomiser that contains two coils in parallel.

      Dual Coil Tank (DCT):
      A large cartomiser tank used to house dual coil cartomiser.
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      E-Cigarette Forum The world's largest vaping forum.

      E-cig(E cig, ecig):

      See entry under Electronic Cigarette

      E-Cigar(E cigar, Ecigar):
      See entry under Electronic Cigar.

      E-Cigarette (E Cigarette, Ecigarette):
      See entry under Electronic Cigarette.

      See entry under Personal Vaporiser.

      E-Juice (E Juice, Ejuice):
      See entry under E-Liquid.

      E-Liquid (E liquid, Eliquid, Liquid):

      The liquid used in an atomiser to produce the vapour. Typically it contains four components:

      1. Propylene Glycol

      2. Vegetable Glycerine

      3. Nicotine

      4. Food flavouring

      some eliquids also contain distilled water

      E-Liquid/Ejuice Calculator:
      An essential tool for calculating your nicotine strengths, PG/VG ratios, or any desired combination to suit your tastes in any given volume. Ranging from the simple ‘doubler’ calculators to more the specialised DIY multi flavour recipes. Many can be found online and at a few Australian vendor sites, applications are also available for Android and on iTunes for IOS systems.

      (Ejuice Me Up Calculator Here)

      E-Pipe (E Pipe, Epipe):
      See entry under Electronic Pipe.

      See entry under European Free Vaping Initiative.

      eGo (eGo Style):

      One of The most popular styles of Personal Vaporiser originally developed by the Joyetech company. They are available in a variety of colours, styles and sizes and in both fixed and variable voltage models.

      eGo Thread:
      An alternative thread for connecting a mod to an atomiser, originally introduced by the Joytech company. Unlike the 510 connection, it used a male thread on the mod/battery and a female thread on the atomiser. The thread is M12 x 0.5mm.

      Fine strands of silica(glass) that have been woven into a hollow cord. It is used as wicking material for atomisers.

      Electronic Cigar:

      A Personal Vaporizer designed to look like a cigar.

      Electronic Cigarette:
      See alsoThe Real History of Electronic Cigarettes. (Infographic)

      Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit (Starter Kit):

      A kit designed to provide a new vaper with all they need to start vaping. These typically include one or sometimes two eGo style batteries, clearomisers, a charger and sometimes e-liquid.

      Electronic Nicotine Inhaler:
      See entry under Personal Vaporiser.

      Electronic Pipe:
      A Personal Vaporiser designed to look like a tobacco pipe.

      Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

      See entry under Personal Vaporiser.

      Electronic Non Nicotine Delivery Systems.

      A personal vaporiser using e-liquid that does not contain nicotine.

      The European Union.

      An excipient is a natural or synthetic substance formulated alongside the active ingredient (e.g. nicotine), included for the purpose of long-term stabilization, bulking up solid formulations that contain potent active ingredients, or to confer a enhancement on the active ingredient, such as facilitating absorption, reducing viscosity, or enhancing solubility.
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      FlavourArt. A manufacturer of flavour concentrates used in e-liquid.

      Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by the WHO.


      See entry under Food & Drug Administration.

      See entry under Filler Material.

      Filler Material:
      An absorbent material placed inside a flavour cartridge or cartomiser, designed to hold e-liquid and regulate its flow to the atomiser.

      Flavour/Flavor Cartridge:
      See entry under Cartridge.

      A substance used to add flavour to e-liquid. Water soluble, food grade flavourings are most commonly used.

      This occurs when more e-liquid is supplied to the coil than can be vaporised. The indicators of flooding are a gurgling sound and e-liquid leaking from the air hole. The performance of the atomiser is negatively affected.

      Food & Drug Administration (FDA):
      Food & Drug Administration

      An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for:

      Protecting the public health by assuring that foods (except for meat from livestock, poultry and some egg products which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labelled.

      Ensuring that human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective.

      Protecting the public from electronic product radiation.

      Assuring cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and properly labeled.

      Regulating tobacco products.

      Advancing the public health by helping to speed product innovations.

      See also entry under GRAS.

      A harmful chemical produced when e-liquid is burned (as opposed to being vaporized). Also present in exhaled breath and cigarette smoke.
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      Genesis Atomiser:
      An RBA that uses stainless steel mesh as a wick instead of the typical silica and sits on top of a tank (usually glass) with one or more holes in the deck leading into the tank.

      Global Forum on Nicotine.

      A clearomiser which has a glass tank.

      Generally Recognised as Safe
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      A photo of the Personal Vapouriser you are using today, usually including the bottle of the e-liquid contained in the atomiser. Used as a way of showing off your vaping equipment online.

      The Heart Foundation

      High Resistance (HR):
      A term used by manufacturers who offer cartomisers, clearomisers, and/or replacement pre-made coils. Typically High Resistance is 2.8 Ohms and above.

      Heat Not Burn. Devices that heat tobacco leaf to release vapor, but do not burn it. These devices expose the user to less harm than burning tobacco, but more than Personal Vaporisers.

      Hookah Pen:
      See entry under Personal Vaporiser.

      Someone accident prone with mods, or someone who generally breaks them through neglect or misuse.

      Hot Spot:
      Areas of excess heat on the atomizer coil. Caused by poor wicking, or poor contact between the wick and the coil, hot Spots are a known cause of Dry Hits.

      Hybrid Mod:
      A mod and atomiser (usually Genesis style)manufactured in one inseparable unit.
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      Designation code of a Li-ion battery safe chemical composition with a cathode made of Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2o4).
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      Journal of the American Medical Association

      A unit of power used in temperature protected mods. It is equal to the energy transferred (or work done) in passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second. 1 Joule is equal to 1 Watt per second.


      See entry under E-Liquid
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      Kanthal A-1:
      A ferritic iron-chromium-aluminium alloy (FeCrAl alloy) for use at temperatures up to 1400°C (2550°F). The alloy is characterized by high resistivity and very good oxidation resistance.

      Kanthal Wire:

      Kanthal is the trademark for a family of iron-chromium-aluminium (FeCrAl) alloys used in a wide range of resistance and high-temperature applications. The most common variety used in atomisers is Kanthal A-1 in gauges between 22 – 32.

      A Variable Wattage circuit board designed (originally by evolv) to be inserted into a Mechanical Mod between the battery and the Top Cap, converting it into a Variable Wattage device.

      Reference used to describe vaping equipment such as ‘a starter kit’ or as an item description of ‘a nice bit of kit’
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      An accessory that hangs around your neck that you can attach a personal vaporiser such as an eGo style battery

      See entry under Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries.

      See entry under Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries.

      See entry under Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries.

      See entry under Lithium-Ion Batteries.

      Lithium-Ion Batteries (Li-Ion):
      A member of a family of rechargeable battery types in which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and back when charging. Li-ion batteries use an intercalated lithium compound as the electrode .

      Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable battery for portable electronics, with one of the best energy densities, no memory effect, and only a slow loss of charge when not in use.

      See also entries under 18650, 18490, 18350, 16340, 14500., Batteries, Rechargeable

      Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries:
      Lithium-ion polymer batteries, polymer lithium-ion or more commonly lithium polymer batteries (abbreviated Li-poly, Li-Pol, LiPo, LIP, PLI or LiP) are rechargeable (secondary cell) batteries of lithium-ion technology in a pouch cell format.

      Low Resistance (LR):
      A term used by manufacturers who offer cartomisers, clearomisers, and/or replacement pre-made coils. Typically Low Resistance is between 1.5 – 2.0 Ohms.

      Low Voltage Protection:
      A feature of some Advanced Personal Vapourisers that shuts down the device should the batteries go below a certain voltage (usually around 3.2V). This protects the batteries from damage.

      Lung Hit:
      An alternative to mouth to lung hits, lung hits are inhales of vapour straight to the lungs. Usually requires massive airflow.
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      See entry under Mouth to Lung Hit.

      See entry under milliampere.

      Macro coil:
      A coil wrapped with an internal diameter greater than 3mm

      See entry under milliampere-hour.

      See entry under Mechanical Mod.

      Mech Mod:
      See entry under Mechanical Mod.

      Mech PV:
      See entry under Mechanical Mod.

      Mechanical Mod:

      A Personal Vaporiser that doesn’t have any electronics or wiring. It is usually a metal tube or box (which holds a battery or batteries) with a mechanical switch and a 510 connector with which to attach the atomiser.

      See Entry under Stainless Steel Mesh.

      See Entry under Milligrams.

      Milligrams per Millilitre. A common measure for nicotine concentration in a mixture of nicotine diluted in excipients.

      mg strength:
      The percentage of nicotine contained within the e-liquid usually expressed in milligrams per millilitre (mg/mL). For example, 12mg of nicotine per mL = 1.2% nicotine.


      Micro Coil:
      A coil wrapped with an internal diameter of between 1.4mm and 1.65 mm, usually a contact coil.

      One thousandth of an Ampere.

      See entry under Amperes.

      Milliampere-hour (mAh):
      A unit for measuring electric power over time. mAh is commonly used to describe the total amount of energy a battery can store at one time.

      A battery rated for more mAh will power a Personal Vaporiser for a longer time given the same usage pattern. The trade-off is that batteries with more mAh are generally also physically larger and heavier.

      Milligram (mg):
      Metric unit of measure for one thousandth of a gram.

      Millilitre (ml):
      Metric unit of measure for one thousandth of a litre.

      Short for modification. This originally referred to modifying a flashlight or a battery to be used in vaping, but is now commonly used to refer to any vaping device that is not a cig-a-like.

      A person who builds custom Mods.

      Mouth to Lung Hit (MTL):
      Vapour is pulled into the mouth first and then inhaled into the lungs. A similar action to smoking a cigarette. Mouth to lung hits can provide more flavour in the mouth.

      Master Settlement Agreement. A deal cut between BT and US states in which the states drop legal action and in return BT pays the state an amount of money 'per cigarette sold'. Many states issued bonds against the expected earnings of the MSA. Now that smoking rates are plummeting, they are looking to be out of pocket.

      See entry under Mouth to Lung Hit.
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      Nano Coil:
      A coil wrapped with an internal diameter of been 0.5 and 1.4 mm, usually a contact coil.

      New Nicotine Alliance:
      New Nicotine Alliance

      The New Nicotine Alliance (UK) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, concerned with improving public health, through a greater understanding of “new” (ie. risk-reduced) nicotine products and their uses.

      New Nicotine Alliance Australia:
      New Nicotine Alliance Australia

      The New Nicotine Alliance Australia is a not for profit organisation working towards improving public health through a greater understanding of risk-reduced nicotine products and their uses. It receives no funding from tobacco, e-cigarette or pharmaceutical companies or their affiliates.

      See entry under Noob.

      Ni or Ni200:
      See entry under Nickel Wire.

      See entry under Nicotine.

      Nichrome Wire:

      Also known as Nickel Chromium wire, it is a type of resistive heating wire used in many electric heating devices. It is typically made from nickel, chromium, and (often) iron. A common ratio is 80% nickel to 20% chromium. Generally considered the inferior of the two commonly used atomizer coil materials.

      Nickel Chromium Wire:
      See Entry under Nichrome Wire.

      Nickel Wire (Ni200):
      A type of resistance wire for making heating element coils. Supported by some Advanced Personal Vaporizer for use with Temperature Protection.

      Nicotine (Nic):

      An alkaloid found in the Solanaceae family of plants (such as potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant) and other human plant foods. It is a stimulant similar to coffee. It constitutes approximately 0.6–3.0% of the dry weight of tobacco and is present in the range of 2–7 µg/kg (micrograms per kilogram) of various edible plants, (i.e Eggplant). Nicotine was widely used as an insecticide in the past, and may still be in use especially in organic farming.

      In lesser doses (an average cigarette yields about 1 mg of absorbed nicotine), the substance acts as a stimulant in mammals, while high amounts can be harmful (see recent information on toxicity). This stimulant may be a major contributing factor to the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking, although there is some doubt of the addicitve properties of nicotine by itself without the other chemicals present in tobacco leaf such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). NRTs have been approved for long term use by the TGA.

      LD50 for Nicotine has been overestimated by 10 to 20 times (ref)

      Nicotine – the basics (ref)

      Nicotine Base:
      Nicotine, usually mixed with PG and/or VG, and food flavouring for vaping purposes.


      Nicotine Level:
      The amount of nicotine present in a bottle of e-liquid. It is usually expressed in mg/ml.

      Your nicotine level is the amount of nicotine in your e-liquid, required to keep your cigarette cravings at bay.


      Nicotine Liquid:
      See entry under E-Liquid.

      Also see entry under nicotine base.

      Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
      Generally refers to pharmaceutical products containing nicotine such as patches, gum, lozenges and inhalers to be used for tobacco smoking cessation.

      See entry under New Nicotine Alliance.

      See entry under New Nicotine Alliance Australia.

      Non Resistance Wire:
      Typically made from pure nickel, pure silver or an alloy of the two, non resistance wire is really a misnomer as all wire has some resistance. However, non resistance wire has a resistance so low it is negligible when used in atomisers.

      In atomisers it is used to connect the coil(s) to the positive and negative connections of your atomiser, especially when they are far from the coil/s. This ensures all the power is transmitted to the coil(s) and avoids “hot legs”.

      Noob (Newbie):
      A beginner in the use of personal vaporisers who is migrating from using cigarettes. A person learning about the many products, aspects, procedures, and practices in the vaping world.

      See entry under Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
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      Ω Symbol. The unit by which electrical resistance is measured, or….. the lower the number the faster the coil heats… which in turn shortens the battery life.

      Ohm’s Law:
      The principle that the electric current (Amps) passing through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference (Voltage) across it. The constant of proportionality is the resistance of the conductor.
      • Voltage V = I x R (Voltage = Current multiplied by Resistance)
      • Ohms R = V / I (Resistance = Voltage divided by Current)
      • Amps I = V / R (Current = Voltage Divided by Resistance)
      The natural process of drawing e-liquid up a wick against the force of gravity.

      1. Refers to torching stainless steel wicks [either mesh or rope] to limit conductivity of the steel to prevent short circuits.

      2.Can also refer to the discolouring and degrading of an unflavoured nicotine base liquid when exposed to air for long periods.
      Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
    18. laurie9300

      Passthrough (PT):
      A feature of some APVs that allows the user to vape while charging.

      See entry under Polyethylene Glycol.

      Pen Style:
      See entry under 2nd Generation E-Cig.

      Personal Vapouriser:
      A device consisting of a battery and an atomiser containing one or more heating elements or coils. Designed to vapourise e-liquid to simulate and replace smoking.

      See entry under Propylene Glycol.

      Public Health.

      Public Health England.
      The English organisation most responsible for administration of stop smoking services & the Personal Vaporisers they provide.

      Pay It Forward. Passing on unwanted items to vapers in need.

      See entry under Pure Grain Alcohol.

      See entry under Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries.

      Philip Morris International. A BT company.

      Pod Mod:
      A Personal Vaporizer that uses replaceable e-liquid/coil cartridges or "Pods"

      Polyethylene Glycol (PEG400):
      A synthetic polyether with the formula H-(O-CH2-CH2)n-OH. It is a compound with many applications from industrial (and food?) manufacturing to medicine.

      Not for home use as there is no way to be certain of Diethylene glycol content by contamination or byproduct of production process.

      See entry under Filler Material.

      Personal Protective Equipment…. Recommended when mixing any eliquids or nicotine bases. At a minimum, disposable ‘surgical’ style gloves should be worn along with eye protection.

      Pre-Mix (E-Liquid):
      E-liquid that is purchased ‘ready to vape’. It can contain nicotine.

      Potential Reduced Exposure Products. Potential reduced exposure products (PREPs) for smokers are marketed by the tobacco industry as a way for smokers to reduce toxicant intake while continuing to use tobacco. HNB devices are an example of a PREP.

      Primer Puff:
      Inhaling from a Personal Vaporiser without activating the coil. It is done to ensure the wick is wet and avoid dry hits.

      Propylene Glycol (PG):
      An organic compound (a diol or double alcohol) with formula C3H8O2. It is a colourless, nearly odourless, clear, viscous liquid with a faintly sweet taste, hygroscopic and miscible with water, acetone, and chloroform.

      Propylene glycol is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is used as a preservative in food and for tobacco products, as well as being one of the major ingredients of e-liquid used along with vegetable glycerin. Vaporisers used for delivery of pharmaceuticals or personal care products often include propylene glycol among the ingredients they are filled with. Propylene glycol is used as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam which are insoluble in water.

      Propylene glycol, because of it’s low freezing point, is used in anitfreeze as a safe alternative to older additives.

      Protected (batteries):
      A “protected” Li-Ion battery has a small electronic circuit integrated into the cell packaging. It protects against common dangers, such as overcharge, overdischarge, short-circuit (overcurrent), and temperature.


      See entry under Passthrough.

      Puff Counter:
      A feature built into some APVs that counts the number of time you inhale.

      Pure Grain Alcohol (PGA):
      Highly concentrated ethanol which has been purified by means of repeated distillation, a process that is called rectification. It typically contains 95% alcohol by volume.

      See entry under Personal Vaporiser.
      Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
    19. laurie9300

      An oral nicotine spray by the Nicorette company. It is a TGA approved NRT that contains all four ingredients contained in e-liquid, plus many more including hydrochloric acid!
      Last edited: Jan 1, 2016

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