Do you know the difference between PG and VG? Have you ever heard of vaper’s tongue? What about cloud chasing or flavor chasing?
If you’re only now joining the 10 million adults in the vaping world, all of these vaping terms can be overwhelming. It’s a lot of information to take in all at once. But understanding these different terms makes your vaping experience far safer and more fun.
That’s where a guide like this comes in handy. Listed down below are all of the most common and most important terms to give you the best start in your vaping journey.
A popular abbreviation that stands for “all day vape”. It’s used for certain e-juices that work well for vaping all day long. An e-juice you’re able to use all day without wanting to change to a new flavor is an ADV.
A common abbreviation for aqueous glycerine. This is an e-liquid base made from vegetable glycerin much like VG, but AG has deionized water added to the base in order to make it a lot thinner than normal VG. Certain vapers desire this consistency so that the wick absorbs the e-liquid better and gives a thicker and more condensed vapor.
This is the component in your vaping device that heats up and turns the liquid inside the device into the vapor that you breathe in. Sometimes people use the term “coil” to refer to the same thing.
An alternative to a tank. Cartridges are a hollow component that holds your e-juice and connected to the mouthpiece of the device. These are almost always disposable and make it easy to switch between various flavors without much hassle at all.
This is the name given to certain vaping devices that have design elements that look like a regular cigarette. They often have an LED light at the end to emulate the burning of a traditional cigarette. They’re often a gateway into vaping for beginners.
If you’re someone who wants to blow thick clouds with every exhale, then this is the term for you. A cloud chaser is someone who finds the quality of the vapor to be the most important part of vaping. They’re always trying to find ways to make clouds thicker and more voluminous.
Cloud chasing is such a big part of the vaping world that there are even vaping competitions dedicated to its pursuit.
The part inside of the vaping device that heats up the e-juice to a high enough temperature to turn it into a vapor. This term is interchangeable with the word atomizer.
Instead of drawing the vapor into your mouth, the direct-to-lung method is when a person inhales the vapor straight into their lungs. It’s a good idea to wait with direct-to-lung vaping until you’ve gotten used to vaping in general.
A common term that refers to the inhalation of vapor from a vapor device. Certain devices have a tighter draw than others and change the entire experience.
Some vaping devices feed the e-juice into the atomizer for you, but other people prefer doing it on their own. Dripping is the act of putting e-juice into the device yourself, often in small portions at a time.
The benefit of doing it this way is that you have a lot more control over the amount of liquid inside the device. Dripping is a good way to achieve thicker vapor clouds or a more intense flavor.
A common vaping mistake is when a person heats up the coil without enough e-juice in the device. This results in a burnt flavor and can even damage the device if the coil overheats.
If you notice a burnt flavor on your tongue, make sure to add more e-juice right away to avoid any damage to your coil.
One of the most important parts of any vaping experience is the delicious vape juice. There are a lot of different names given to this liquid, such as e-juice, e-liquid, vape juice, and vaping liquid.
It comes in a huge variety of different flavors and different levels of nicotine. Some people prefer a lot of nicotine in their e-juice, while others go with none at all. Most people enjoy experimenting with all kinds of e-liquids, from the sweet ones that taste like candy to ones that taste like tobacco.
The opposite of cloud chasing is flavor chasing. Instead of focusing on vapor production, flavor chasers care more about tasting the experience. With so many flavors to choose from, it’s not hard to see why.
While not as notorious as cloud chasing, flavor chasing is still an important part of vaping as a whole.
If you happen to overfill your vaping device with e-juice, it tends to leak. This has the potential to ruin the device so make sure to keep an eye on your e-juice levels whenever you’re filling it back up.
When vaping was still a new phenomenon, people used the word mod to refer back to specific devices that a person customized into something new. These days, while the term is still used in that way, it’s also become a more general one.
Any vaping device that has a large and box-like shape is often called a mod or a box mod.
Opposite to the direct-to-lung method is the mouth-to-lung method of vaping. This is when the user draws in the vapor to their mouth and lets is linger for a few seconds, then proceeds to inhale the collected vapor afterward.
Because this is similar to the way a lot of people smoke traditional cigarettes, a lot of beginners start with this method.
A very common abbreviation for propylene glycol. PG is one of the main components found in e-juice, used as a base for the nicotine and flavorings. Most e-juices made with PG have a sharper flavor and a stronger throat hit.
PG’s found in a variety of other things, such as medicines and inhalers.
An important word for any vaping beginner. When you’re shopping around for your first vaping device, starter kits are a great way to go.
These kits come with everything you’ll need to get started vaping as soon as possible. They even come with manuals to give you the information you need to keep the device in its best condition. If you’re uncertain where to begin, look for a good starter kit.
Often made of plastic or glass, these see-through components hold the e-juice needed for your vaping device. They’re much bigger than an average component, allowing the user to hold a lot more e-juice without needing to refill.
Tanks are a big part of the modding community, allowing for a wide range of customization.
The sensation of vapor hitting the back of your throat is something a lot of vapers desire above all else. Depending on the set up of your device and the e-juice you’ve chosen, a throat hit varies from very smooth to sharp and strong. It’s all up to personal preference as to which one is the right one for you.
When you’re first starting out, it’s good to start off softer and work your way up into something harder hitting.
When a person vapes a lot in a short period of time, sometimes they realize that they can’t taste much of anything at all. This also occurs when a person vapes with the same flavor for days and days.
It’s nothing harmful and is a temporary side-effect. You’ve overloaded your tastebuds too much which makes it hard for your flavor receptors to function.
It’s easy to get rid of vaper’s tongue. Switch up your flavors to keep things exciting and make sure to take breaks between vaping sessions.
A very common abbreviation for vegetable glycerin. It’s the other main base used in the creation of e-juices. Because VG comes from plant oil, it gives e-juices a sweeter flavor and a softer throat hit when compared to PG.
It’s often used as a sweetener for various foods, toothpaste, and even cough syrups.
You don’t have to settle for one base over the other. It’s possible to find e-juices made from a blend of both VG and PG. It all depends on the type of experience you’re looking for.
In order for your e-juice to reach the coil, you need a wick to absorb the liquid and bring it up to the right place. Most wicks these days are made from pure cotton.
Understanding Vaping Terms Comes With Experience
Even with a vaping terms guide like this one to back you up, it may still feel like a lot. That’s okay! Even with only a week or two of experience under your belt, these vape terms become a part of your everyday life.
As you continue to learn more about this relaxing hobby, don’t forget to refer back to this list to help you whenever a new term trips you up.
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