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Vape Glossary

Vape Glossary Of Terms

 

Vape Glossary

The newly updated 2022 TABlites Vape Glossary Of Terms.

As the vape industry has grown more and more terms have added to the ever-growing vocabulary. When first making the switch over to vaping, some of these new words can be confusing so we have compiled a list of vape related words and phrases to help you on your vaping journey.

TABlites are here to help you through the jungle of vape terminology safe and sound. You might just learn a little something about e-cigs along the way.

These may be standard terms for use with electronic devices or words used by vape companies for marketing purposes.

Want to better understand vaping phrases or vaping terminology? Take a look at our complete A-Z list of all vaping words; highlighting the latest vaping slang and vape abbreviations.

Your one stop shop where all your vaping terms and vaping definitions are explained.

A

Advanced Personal Vaporiser (APV)

A not very often used term these days. A few years ago this was a widely used term to describe an electronic cigarette or vape device.

AIO

AIO is an anagram that refers to an ‘all in one’ device. Often referred to as a pen or stick, this is where the tank is built into the battery. These devices tend to be small, pocket friendly, and produce a discrete amount of vapour.

Airflow

Airflow is the amount of air that passes through the tank and coils. Looser airflow usually results in more vapour production, while tighter airflow produces less vapour but can create a more intense flavour.

Air-Holes

Every atomiser has an air hole or air path of some sort. The size of the air hole determines how tight or loose the draw will be and how much air can get to the coil to produce vapour.

All Day Vape (ADV)

A favourite e-liquid that you could happily vape all day long.

Amps

Short for ampere, a measure of electrical current. The battery life of your vape device is measured in mah (milliamp-hours) which is 1/1000 of an ampere. If you are looking for a vape kit with a larger battery capacity, select a device like the Aspire Zelos Nano (1600mAh) or the Geek Vape H45 pod vape kit (1400mAh).

Analog Cigarette

This is a slang term used by vapers to describe a traditional tobacco cigarette.

Aspire (Brand)

Aspire are a leading global vape hardware manufacturer based in the Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China. The company was founded 2013 with a mission to help people quit smoking and improve health by offering easy to use, reliable and affordable electronic cigarette devices. Aspire design and build some of the best vape kits in the world including the Aspire PockeX, Aspire Flexus Stik, Aspire K-Lite and the fashionable Riil X. Examples of their most popular vape coils are Aspire BVC coils, Aspire AF Mesh coils, Aspire Nautilus coils and most popular Aspire PockeX coils. Shop Aspire Products Here.

Atomiser/Atomizer

Technically just the heating coil but often used to refer to clearomiser. There are several words used to describe the coil from the logical atomiser to some downright weird ones we have heard over the years.

Atomiser Head

An atomizer head transfers energy from the e-cigarette battery and warms the coil within, vaporising e-liquid that has been soaked into the wicking material.

Atty

Abbreviation for atomiser but more commonly used to describe the tank or clearomiser.

Auto Battery

AKA draw-activated battery. An automatic e-cig battery doesn’t have a button that you press, it is a vape that is activated by the user inhaling through the device and a switch which is connected to the battery activates. Most automatic batteries are disposable vapes or pod systems.

B

Base Liquid/Base Mix

‘Base liquid’ refers to the composition of the e-liquid prior to the addition of nicotine and flavourings. The base in TABlites e-liquid is propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol (usually PG 80% / VG 20%). Please see the label for nicotine strength and flavour.

Battery

E-cig batteries come in many different sizes but they all have one thing in common, they are the power source of your electronic cigarette.

When activated, the battery sends power to your attached atomiser heats the coil and makes vapour.

BDC or Bottom Dual Coil

Bottom Dual Coil (BDC) clearomisers deliver a clean, crisp vaping experience and are designed to ensure that the coil always has precisely the correct amount of liquid to heat.

Blend

Blend is the word used to describe the concentration of VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol) in an e-liquid.

Bar Juice 5000

Bar Juice 5000 is a nicotine salt vape juice that is known for being used as a great alternative to disposables with a pod kit. Bar Juice flavours are very similar to the best-selling disposable vape flavours which has led to their popularity.

Big Drip

Big Drip is one of Doozy Vapes most popular shortfill e-liquid ranges. They are available in a variety of flavours in 100ml 0mg nicotine bottles.

Bakery Vapes

A vape juice with a bakery flavour such as Lemon Tart or Glazed Donut

Battery Safety

Battery safety is of the utmost importance with vaping products and we’d recommend you read Vape Battery Safety.

Bottom Coil

A clearomiser where the atomiser (heating coil) is located at the bottom of the clearomiser.

Bottom Vertical Coil Clearomiser or BVC

A clearomiser with the heating coil in vertical position. Think of a spring standing on it’s end rather than laying down. This allows improved airflow through the coil improving vapour production. More and more common these days from big companies such as Aspire, Innokin and Smok. Notable coils are Aspire's BVC and Nautilus coils.

Box Mod

A type of mod or advanced vape that has a box-shaped battery section.

Brick & Mortar (B&M)

A B&M is a high street e-cig store that you can visit to purchase all your vaping products. The advantage of a store is you can see and try the products before you buy. To find your nearest vape shop click here to see our store locations.

Button-Triggered

This is a device that is activated by pressing a button placed somewhere on the device, otherwise known as the ‘fire button’.

C

Cartomiser/Cartomizer/Cart/Carto

A cartomiser is a small cartridge that can come either pre-filled or empty for you to fill with your favourite e-liquid. It is a cross between a cartridge and an atomiser hence the name cartomiser. These are most often found on cig-a-like devices.

Ceramic coils

A type of coil built using ceramic as the wicking material rather than cotton. Often advertised as having a longer life span and creating a better flavour with consistent vapour production.

Clearomiser/Clearomizer

The Clearomiser has been around for some time now and was a big step forward when first released. It was aimed at new users and was far easier to fill and use on a day-to-day basis.

As time has moved on the technology has greatly increased the performance, with replaceable coils being introduced to cut down on waste and the way atomisers “wick” making the flavour and vapour production vastly better in comparison with the first units on the market.

Coil

A coil is another name for the atomiser. It is the part of the e-cig that heats up e-liquid and turns it into vapour. A coil is a length of resistance wire, usually, Kanthal or Nichrome, which is wrapped around the wicking material. When the battery is activated the coil will heat up and vaporize the liquid that has saturated into the wicking material. For an in-depth look at coils see our Ultimate Guide to Vape Coils.

Clapton Coil

A type of coil build. A Clapton coil has a thin wire wrapped around a thicker wire (similar to a guitar string) This forms a coil with more surface area which is important for heating up the e-liquid.

Clone

A copy of a branded e-cigarette. There have been plenty of fake products on the market which is why many of the brands now feature authenticity stickers.

Cloud Chasing

This is when vapers seek an vape device that blows massive clouds of vapour.

Cloud Chaser

A vaper who tries to blow the biggest clouds of vapour possible.

Custom Mod

A mod that has been produced in a small number and tailored towards the user. These are often very expensive and hard to get hold of. More common a few years a go as they offered additional features and looks. The mainstream companies have caught up some what with this and now offer incredibly powerful and feature rich devices.

Charger

A charger is for recharging your drained e-cig batteries. Most chargers tend to use a USB connection to plug into a USB port on a laptop/Desk computer or authorised wall adapter which keeps the power going to the battery at a safe level.

Chipset

The chipset is the computer within the mod that controls everything, including the mod's variable wattage.

Chubby Gorilla Bottle

The industry leader in e-liquid bottle manufacturing. Their premium shatterproof design features a wider bottle mouth for easier refill, a tighter dripper base to avoid leaks and a narrower built in drip tip to avoid over drip.

Cut Off

The cut off or cut off protection is a safety function that is built into the majority of current vapes. Imagine your vape is in  your pocket and something causes the fire button to be pressed; without the cut off protection, this could result in burning, melting, or even setting fire to your coil. However, because of this cut off technology, this is exceedingly rare nowadays. A burnt coil is the most likely result of your vape firing for an extended period of time with cut off protection.

Coil Master

Coil Master is a brand who creates tools for building your own coils from scratch.

Clouds

The term “clouds” or “blowing clouds” means the vapour you exhale making a small cloud. As more VG-heavy liquids have come onto the market the vapour production, or “clouds”, have got denser, adding to the effect.

Cloud Juice

Connection Type

In the early days of electronic cigarettes, there were several different connection types, which made it very limiting as to what atomiser was compatible with the battery you owned.

As the industry has moved on and streamlined many aspects of the products available it has mainly come down to two connection types. The most common connection these days is a 510 connection. This has a male thread that screws directly into the female connection as seen on most clearomisers for example.

The eGo/510-connection is the most common electronic cigarette connection where the atomiser screws over the outer connection as seen on the CE4 or iClear 16 clearomisers.

Contact Pin

The contact pin is the metal pin at the top of the battery which connects the battery and the coil. This is how the power is transferred from the battery to the coil to heat up the liquid and create the vapour.

Cotton

Cotton is the material wrapped around the coil that absorbs the e-liquid in the tank so the coil can heat it up and turn it into vapour.

Cut-Off/Automatic Shutoff

The “cut-off” is a safety measure inside a battery that prevents it from being activated for too long. The battery will stop firing after the set cut-off time and the battery may even flash to indicate that the cut-off has been hit.

Crystal Vape Bars

The disposable vape has a compact, sleek pen-style design that fits nicely in your hand and pocket. The Crystal Bar also has a tighter draw, similar to the Elf Bar 600. The design is ideal for vapers looking for convenience on the go. 

Crystal Bars are popular disposable vapes in the UK that have been constructed from food-grade PCTG clear plastic to form a crystal-like design. Read our Crystal Bar Disposable Vape FAQ to learn more.

D

Diacetyl

A harmful ingredient, which used to be found in some e-liquids. The levels were lower than that found in a traditional tobacco cigarette.

Disposable E-Cigarette

Designed to be used once and then disposed of once it has been depleted.

Direct to Lung (DTL)

It's a style of vaping where the vapour is drawn directly into the lungs, like taking a deep breath. The alternative is MTL or Mouth to Lung.

DNA Chip

A brand of control board found in some vape devices.

DNA Mod

A mod that uses the DNA chip.

Drip/Dripping

The term “drip” or “dripping” is the act of directly dripping e-liquid directly onto your atomiser. This started with the old-style e-cigs in which a cartridge of wicking material was saturated with liquid, people found that this did not work very well so the cartridge was discarded and users started dripping liquid straight onto the atomiser to increase vapour and flavour production.

Drip Tip

The drip tip or mouthpiece is the part you put your lips around when taking a draw on your vape.

Dry Burn

This happens when there is not enough liquid in your tank. Creates a nasty taste and is not good for your coils.

Dry Hit

This is when an e-cigarette has insufficient or no liquid in the device and produces an awful taste due to the wicking material being heated rather than e-liquid.

Deck

This is the area where you install your coil and make your build on a rebuildable atomiser.

Disposable Vape

A disposable vape is a single use, pre-filled, and pre-charged vape device. Disposables are ready to use out the box and are meant to be disposed of after the vape has run out of puffs. Currently, the most popular disposables.

DIY

DIY stands for Do It Yourself. In the vaping world DIY could be used to describe building your own coils or mixing your own vape juices. 

Draw

In a vaping context, the word draw is used as another term for inhaling on your device. You may hear the phrases ‘tight draw’ and ‘loose draw’, a tight draw means the airflow is restricted which will result in a more pronounced flavour but less vapour and a loose draw mens the airflow is open which delivers a denser vapour.

Draw Activated

A draw-activated vape doesn’t have a button that you press, it is activated by the user inhaling through the device and a pressure switch which is connected to the battery activates.

Most draw activated ecigs are disposable vapes or pod systems although some larger kits offer this in the settings.

Dual Coil

A dual coil evenly divides the heat between two coils doubling the vapour generation and giving a more flavoursome hit.

Dual-Activation

Dual-Activation means the device can use both draw activation and and button firing.

Dual Battery or Dual 18650

Refers to when a mod needs two 18650 batteries for its power source.

Dinner Lady (Brand)

Dinner Lady are one of the UK’s best e-liquid brands who offer over 50 high-quality flavours that are sold in over 90 countries. The company was founded in 2016 when they first launched their multi-award winning flavour Lemon Tart to the mass market. Dinner Lady set out on a mission to help smokers transitioning from cigarettes to vaping, by serving nostalgia in a bottle. Their early premium vape flavours are reminiscent of popular British desserts, making the transition from smoking to vaping as easy as ever. Now Dinner Lady cover all flavour profiles including fruits, candy, fruity ice and beverages to name a few. Dinner Lady e-liquids are designed and manufactured in the UK with stringent quality controls to meet the UK government’s regulations.

Dinner Lady have won countless awards for their delicious vape juice blends that cater for all vapers. If you are a mouth to lung (MTL) vaper take a look at Dinner Lady 50/50 and nic salt ranges. Alternatively if you prefer blowing large clouds with a direct to lung (DTL) inhale, their shortfill range is blended with a 70/VG to 30/PG mix for bold flavour and smooth draw.

Doozy Vape (Brand)

Doozy Vape are a multi award winning vape juice manufacturer based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Doozy Vape blend some of the most delicious premium quality e-liquids available designed for connoisseurs and first time vapers alike. The company was founded in 2015, since Doozy have grown to become large players on the world vaping stage helping people quit smoking with their mouth-watering vape juice blends available in a unique variety of flavours.

Doozy Vape e-liquids cater for all vapers with a huge catalogue of flavours including Glazed Biscoff Donut, Arctic Berries, Muffin Delight, Menthol and Tropical Twist.

Doozy Vape offer premium quality vape juice in various styles including salt nicotine with their Seriously Salty, Doozy Vape Salts and Doozy Tropix ranges. 50/50 with their Doozy Fifty 50 range that are designed for mouth to lung vape kits. Offering 8 exciting flavours including Blackcurrant Aniseed, Blue Raspberry, Hieberry, Menthol and Tobacco.

Doozy Vape High VG 100ml shortfills are also extremely popular for DTL (Direct to Lung) vapers. If you enjoy blowing large clouds of vapour take a look at their Seriously Soda, Seriously Donuts, Temptations, Seriously Nice, Seriously Fruity, Seriously Slushy, Big Drip and Flava Junki ranges.

Double Drip

Double Drip are an e-liquid manufacturer that came to fame from their highly flavoursome coil sauce range and now produce nic salts and 5050 vape juices alike. 

E

eGo

An older style of battery that used to be found in an electronic cigarette starter kit. The term eGo is the generic name given to this particular style of battery.

E-liquid

E-liquid is the substance inside your tank or cartomiser that is vaporized. E-liquid is usually broken down into three main ingredients, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG) and Nicotine, although nicotine is optional. For more information about e-liquids read our guide Ultimate Guide to E-Liquid.

Electronic Cigar

This is a large cig-a-like device, designed to mimic the look of a cigar. Not common these days.

Electronic Cigarette

(Also known as the E-Cigarette, the E-Cig or vape kit.) A device used to vaporize e-liquid and mimic the sensation of smoking a traditional tobacco cigarette.

A typical electronic cigarette is a system made up of three important parts. A power source (battery), a heating element (heating coil) and an e-liquid delivery system (tank).

The battery supplies power to the heating element which heats the coil and vaporizes the e-liquid to create vapour. The e-liquid delivery system directs the e-liquid towards the heating coil which is then vaporized.

E-Pipe

A throw back here to the earlier days of vaping. Rarely seen these days this is a vape device designed to resemble a traditional pipe. Great fun for pretending your Sherlock Holmes but from the future but did not have a huge choice of devices or compatible components.

Element E-liquid (Brand)

Element E-Liquid are a well-known e-liquid manufacturer also known as great innovators of the industry. Element were actually the first e-liquid manufacturer to release nic salt vape juice and more recently brought the revolutionary Klik Klak disposable to the market.

Elf Bar (Brand)

Elf bar are the UK’s most popular disposable brand. They are also the brand behind the Lost Mary which is rapidly growing in popularity.

Elfa

The Elfa is a prefilled pod system designed and made by Elf Bar. It features a rechargeable battery and changeable flavour pods.

Elux (Brand)

Elux are a disposable manufacturer known for making the Elux Legend.

E-Juice

E-juice is another name for e-liquid or vape juice.

Eco Mode

Eco mode is used to help save battery life. It is offered to the user when the battery life goes down to 40% and works by automatically lowering then raising the wattage every time you vape.

Eleaf (Brand)

Eleaf brand was founded in 2011 with the focus solely on quality and value, it quickly became a world-renowned vaping brand.

ENDS

Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) e-liquids were developed to deliver optimized performance and smoking cessation efficacy.

F

Flavour/Flavourings

The ingredient in your e-liquid which makes it taste nice. Whether you prefer a more typical flavour such as tobacco or menthol or if you want something a bit more out there, the industry now offers a wide range of flavours to suit individual tastes.

Flavour Chaser

Almost the opposite of a cloud chaser. Someone who strives for the best flavour possible from their vape.

Flooding

Too much e-liquid in your tank can cause the coil to flood. This can lead to leaks from the tank and spitting / gurgling from the coil.

Filling Material

The filling material is what is also referred to as ‘wick’. This is usually either silica or organic cotton wool. The filling or wicking material acts as a sponge to soak up the e-liquid in your tank or cartomiser and feed this to the heating coil.

Filling Port

The filling port is the small opening of a tank or pod. This is where vape juice is squeezed into to fill the tank or pod with e-liquid. Insert the nozzle of your e-liquid bottle into the filling port and fill with e-liquid.

Fixed-Coil

A fixed coil or built-in coil refers to refillable vape pods where the coil is built into the pod and can’t be removed. Fixed-coils require less maintenance, when the coil stops producing vapour replace the entire pod with a new one. This eliminates the need to deal with messy coil changes, just change the pod instead.

Fixed Wattage/Fixed Power

Fixed wattage refers to vape kits that deliver a constant power output at a fixed level. The wattage of the device can’t be adjusted. Fixed wattage devices are easy to use and require less set-up, ideal for customers looking for hassle-free vaping.

Flavour Chasing

Flavour chasing is a term associated with vapers looking for the very best flavour from their e-liquid.

Flooding

Flooding is when a vape tank or vape pod has been ‘over-wicked’ or oversaturated with e-liquid. Your tank may be over filled with juice, you have primed your coil with too much e-liquid, you have accidentally dripped e-liquid down the central airflow tube or have used an improper vaping technique. A flooded tank reservoir will often result in gurgling and leaking. Flooding can be avoided by only filling the tank or pod to its capacity.

Freebase

The term freebase refers to the original nicotine found in e-liquid. Freebase is the purest form of nicotine, the nicotine is converted from its naturally occurring ‘salt’ stage into a ‘pure’ form. Freebase liquids provide a stronger throat hit compared to nic salt liquids.

G

Geek Vape (Brand)

Geek Vape are a high-end vape hardware manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. The company was founded in 2015 with a mission to provide a reliable user experience for the vape industry. GeekVape are a forward thinking company, leading the way with innovation and technology.

Glassomiser

A glassomiser is a clearomiser with a Pyrex-glass tank for a better quality product and to avoid damage from e-liquids that can break down plastic tanks.

Glycerin

Gurgling

Gurgling occurs when the coil is oversaturated with e-liquid and the coil has been flooded. It can also happen when there is condensation in the airflow tube.

Geek Bar (Brand)

Geek Bar are one of the best-known disposable vape brands based in Shenzhen, China. The company was founded in 2015 with a mission to provide compact and easy-to-use single-use vape devices for the mass market.

H

Hon Lik (Han Li)

Chinese pharmacist and the Inventor of the modern electronic cigarette back in the early 2000s. Hon set out to find a solution to help him quit smoking. To this day Hon is a dual user, both smoking and vaping. The first electronic cigarette was manufactured in 2004 in Shenyang, China. The brand was called Ruyan, using a similar system to vape devices we use today.

Hookah Pen (E-Hookah)

Also called shisha pens. They had a short burst of popularity several years ago. Styled to mimic the handle of a hookah pipe and often prefilled with a range of flavours similar to those available with traditional hookah.

Hot Spots

Relevant if you build your own coils. A hot spot on the coil is an area that heats up quicker than the rest of the coil. If left uncorrected this can cause burning or bad flavour production.

High PG

High PG refers to e-liquids that contain greater amounts of PG (Propylene Glycol), to VG (Vegetable Glycerine). Almost all e-liquids available contain a ratio of both ingredients. High PG vape liquids are best suited to low wattage devices and vaped with a MTL (Mouth to lung) inhale. High PG liquids offer excellent throat hit, bold flavour with modest vapour production.

High Resistance

High Resistance refers to vape coils with a resistance above 1.0ohm. Higher resistance coils are best suited to lower powered devices for a MTL (Mouth to Lung) inhale with discreet vapour production.

High VG

High VG refers to e-liquids that contain greater amounts of VG (Vegetable Glycerine), to PG (Propylene Glycol). Almost all e-liquids available contain a ratio of both ingredients. High VG liquids are best suited to high wattage devices and vaped with a DTL (Direct to Lung) inhale. High VG liquids offer incredible flavour, smooth throat hit, and large dense clouds. High VG e-liquids also known as Sub Ohm liquids perform best with low resistance vape coils. Coils with a resistance lower than 1.0ohm.

Hybrid Vape Juice

E-liquid with a ‘hybrid’ nicotine blend is an equal blend of both nicotine salt e-liquid and freebase e-liquid. Hybrid liquids offer a more noticeable throat hit along with quick nicotine absorption, satisfying nicotine cravings faster.

I

IBVTA

Independent British Vaping Trade Association. The largest UK trade association set up to support the independent vape industry.

Inhale

The action of breathing in vapour from the mouthpiece of a vape device. The two most popular inhaling techniques are known as MTL (Mouth to Lung) and DTL (Direct to Lung) vaping.

Inhale Activation

Inhale-activation or auto-draw refers to vape devices, usually pod vape kits that are fitted with technology that instantly produce vapour when the mouthpiece is inhaled upon. Inhaling on the mouthpiece will trigger the device into operation mode, activating the battery to heat the coil and produce vapour. Inhale activated vape devices removes the need to fiddle with any buttons or settings, just inhale for instant vapour production. A great option for new vapers, or experienced vapers looking for hassle free vaping. Read our blog to learn about the Top 10 Best Inhale Activated Kits.

IMR

IMR Lithium-ion Manganese Rechargeable or Li-MN (Lithium Manganese) refers to the chemical make-up of the battery. These batteries allow a lot of current to flow while keeping the internal temperature of the battery relatively low. Making them safer for use in high powered vape devices.

IVG (Brand)

IVG are one of the UK’s most well-known e-liquid manufacturers, based in Preston. The company was founded in 2016 with a mission to build a leading total vaping portfolio that satisfies every taste and lifestyle, providing an ultimate solution to smokers wanting to quit their smoking habit. IVG have won countless awards for their vape juice blends, available for all vaping styles including 50/50, nic salt and 50ml IVG Shortfill e-liquids.

Innokin (Brand)

Innokin Technology are one of the world’s leading vape hardware manufacturers based in Shenzhen, China. The company was founded in 2011 with a mission to combine innovation, design and quality to create the best vape devices and hardware to their customers. Innokin design and build some of the best vape pen starter kits including the Endura T18II and Endura T20S.

J

Juice

Juice or vape juice is the liquid used in vape kits and electronic cigarettes. Vape juice is made up of 3 main parts, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG) and flavourings. E-liquid can also contain nicotine in various strengths.

K

Kanthal Wire

This is the more common of the two types of resistance wire, Nichrome being the other alternative. Kanthal is regarded as the better wire as it “beds in” much faster and gives better flavour.

L

LED

The first electronic cigarettes known as cigalikes used to have an LED light situated at the end of the device to mimic the glowing light of a traditional cigarette. More modern vape kits cleverly use LED lights to provide useful information including, battery life and charging status. Disposable vapes like the Elf Bar 600 will blink to inform that the battery is near the end of its life and needs replacing.

Low Resistance (LR)

Error warning on some devices to show low resistance from the coil. Often means a new coil is needed or that the parts of your vape kit are not properly connected.

Leaking

Leaking is when e-liquid escapes from the tank or pod, this can happen for a number of reasons. Do not over fill the tank chamber with e-liquid. Make sure you are using the correct e-liquid. Try using a new vape coil. Check all the parts are correctly connected together and no damage is present.

Liquid

Liquid or E-Liquid is the fluid that is used in vape devices. The liquid fluid is heated by the coil to produce a vapour. Vape liquid is made up of four main ingredients, Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine, Flavourings and Nicotine. (Nicotine free liquids are also available). Shop Vape Liquid Here.

Lost Mary (Brand)

Lost Mary BM600 and AM600 are popular disposable vape bars in the UK. Lost Mary are manufactured by Elf Bar and feature some incredible flavours including, Blue Razz Cherry, Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava, Menthol and Cherry Peach Lemonade to name a few. Lost Mary disposables are beginner-friendly devices that feature inhale-activated technology, simply take a draw on the mouthpiece to vape. The devices are fitted with a 550mAh battery and filled with 2ml's of salt nicotine e-liquid that will provide up to 600 puffs. When finished safely dispose of the used device and start a new one.

For more information about Lost Mary disposables read our blog Lost Mary BM600 Disposable Vape FAQ.

M

mAh

Short for milliampere-hour (1/1000th of an amp hour)  which is the capacity or charge that the battery will hold. The higher the mAh rating the longer the battery will last between charges.

Mechanical Mod (Mech Mod)

A mechanical mod or device has no circuitry or electronics in it whatsoever beyond a simple circuit. When the button or switch is activated it completes the circuit and activates the attached atomiser.

Mod

A mod used to be a modified or custom-built electronic cigarette made by a home “modder” out of an everyday household item such as a torch. As electronic cigarettes have become more mainstream the term is used very loosely to describe any big battery device that is not a standard eGo battery, usually the term APV (Advanced Personal Vaporizer) would be more appropriate. 

Mouthpiece

Often referred to as the drip tip this is the part of your vape device that you place on your lips to inhale.

Mouth to lung (MTL)

Mouth to lung refers to a vaping technique where the vapour is inhaled into your mouth and held there for a short time before being drawn down into your lungs. Smokers will be used to MTL vaping because it adopts a very similar process to smoking cigarettes. MTL vaping is a great place to start when making the switch from smoking to vaping.

Mouth to Lung E-Liquids

Mouth to Lung E-Liquids refers to e-liquids that are best used for MTL vaping. Nic Salt, High PG and 50/50 e-liquids are the best options for MTL vaping, available in a range of nicotine strengths from 0mg (0%) to 20mg (2%).

Manual Battery

Manual Batteries refers to vape devices that are button-operated. When the button is pressed down, the battery is activated. The battery will heat the atomiser coil to produce vapour. Hold the button down whilst inhaling on the mouthpiece to vape.

MG Strength

E-Liquid fluid is available in a range of nicotine strengths. You will notice a bottle will contain a number followed by ‘mg’, the number is to inform you how many milligrams of nicotine are present per millilitre of e-liquid. Nicotine strengths in the UK range from 0mg (0%) which contains no nicotine, to 20mg (2%), which is the highest nicotine concentration legally allowed.

Menthol

E-liquids are available with menthol flavourings to provide a cold, refreshing and minty blast of flavour. Menthol vape juices are a great option for ex menthol cigarette smokers as they closely mimic the taste and cooling sensation combustible menthol cigarettes provide. Menthol e-liquids are amongst the most popular vape juices available and have become even more popular since The Menthol Cigarette Ban UK on the 20th May 2020. Menthol is also added to popular flavours like strawberry or watermelon to add a fresh and icy note to your vape. Read our blog to learn about the Best Menthol E-Liquid Flavours Right Now.

Mesh Coil

A mesh coil is a grid like strip of metal that has had holes punched out to create a mesh. Mesh coils are designed to increase the surface area of the metal that comes into contact with your wicking material, resulting in more e-liquid being heated, faster heating and more vapour. Mesh coils were originally designed exclusively for sub ohm vaping, now you will find mesh coils in lower powered MTL vape devices and disposable vapes.

MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)

The MHRA is the competent authority for a notification scheme for electronic cigarettes and refill containers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Micro USB

A micro USB is a charging port that can connect your vape device to a power outlet for charging.

Multi-Buy Deals

At TABlites we offer multi-buy deals on vape juice and disposable vapes. The more you buy, the more you save! (Shop Mult-Buy Deals Here)

Milligram Strength

The milligram strength (mg) is the amount of nicotine per millilitre (ml) of e-liquid. For example, 6mg e-liquid will contain 6 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or 0.6%. 18mg e-liquid will contain 18 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre or 1.8%.

ML (Millilitre)

A unit of volume in the metric system, used to measure the volume of liquid present in a bottle of e-liquid or vape juice. The most common bottle size for e-liquid is 10ml’s, but 50ml and 100ml shortfill bottles are also available. One millimetre is equal to one thousandth of a litre, or one cubic centimetre.

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Nicotine Base

An unflavoured nicotine solution, designed for mixing with flavours and other ingredients to create an e-liquid to vape. Comes in different PG/VG mixtures and strengths of nicotine depending on the desired final juice.

Nichrome/Nickel Wire

Nickel Chrome or nichrome wire can be used to build coils. These coils allow the measuring of temperature of the coil in devices with temperature control.

Nicotine

Not all vape juice contains nicotine, but most do. Nicotine is present in e-liquid to help you manage your cravings after making the switch from smoking to vaping.

The NHS say… “While nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, most of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which are toxic. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been widely used for many years to help people stop smoking and is a safe treatment”.

Nic Shot or Nicotine Shot

A nic shot is a 10ml bottle of unflavoured liquid containing nicotine, usually in 18mg (1.8%) strength. Nic shots are not designed to be vaped on their own. Nicotine booster shots are intended to be added to a shortfill bottle to add nicotine to a larger bottle of nicotine containing liquid. Adding one 10ml (18mg) nic shot to a 50ml shortfill bottle will result in 60ml’s of 3mg e-liquid. Adding two 10ml (18mg) nicotine shots to a 100ml shortfill bottle will result in 120ml’s of 3mg e-liquid.

Nic shots and shortfill e-liquids were created for vapers to use larger bottles of vape juice after the TPD (The Tobacco Products Directive) came into effect. The TPD restricts the sale of nicotine containing e-liquids to a maximum of 10ml bottles.

Nic Salt or Nicotine Salt

Nic salt is a type of naturally forming nicotine found in the tobacco leaf. Natural acids such as citric or benzoic are used to raise the acidity level of the nicotine salt, this process makes it easier for your body to absorb, it’s also makes for a smoother inhale even when vaped at higher nicotine concentrations.

Many vapers who use lower-powered vape devices such as pod kits and disposable vapes have embraced nic salts for their fast acting properties and keeping cravings at bay for longer periods of time.

Nicotine Free

Nicotine free or 0mg refers to e-liquid or vape juice that doesn’t contain any nicotine. Nicotine free liquids are a popular option for customers looking to cut down on their nicotine intake on their journey to smoking cessation.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT

Nicotine replacement therapy is a medically approved way to treat people who are addicted to nicotine, by using other means than cigarettes and tobacco. NRT’s provide a low level of nicotine, without tar, carbon monoxide and other poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke.

NRT are available in the form of chewing gum, tablets, skin patches, sprays, inhalers and lozenges.

Nicotine Strengths

E-liquid or vape juice is available in a range of strengths to cater for all vapers. Most freebase e-liquids are available in 0mg (0%), 3mg (0.3%), 6mg (0.6%), 12mg (1.2%) and 18mg (1.8%). Most nic salt e-liquids are available in 10mg (1%) and 20mg (2%).

Nasty Juice (Brand)

Nasty Juice are one of the world’s most well-known e-liquid manufacturers based in Tampin, Malaysia. The company was founded in 2015 with a mission to provide their customers with a superior range of products made with the finest ingredients. Nasty Juice blend some of the tastiest juices in the world, including Cushman, Wicked Haze, Slow Blow, Caramel Cream Cookies and the list goes on.

Nasty Fix

A disposable vape made by Nasty Juice.

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Ohms Ω

Ohms are a standard unit of electrical resistance. The resistance is the ohms (Ω) of the coil, the coil you select will determine what voltage or wattage your device will need to be set to in order to gain the heat to make adequate vapour and throat hit.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is used by experienced vapers who build their own vape coils for use in rebuildable atomisers. The cotton acts as the wicking material to feed the e-liquid or vape juice to the coil. Organic cotton is unbleached, heat-resistant, and acts as an excellent wicking material, without affecting the taste of your e-liquid.

OLED or Organic Light-Emitted Diodes

OLED refers to vape devices with digital display screens that emit light when an electric current is passed through them. The OLED panels are made from organic material. Examples of vape kits with OLED screens are, Smok Nfix Pro kit and the Smok Acro kit.

O-Ring

O-rings are used in vape tanks to prevent e-liquid or vape juice leaking. They act as a seal to trap your liquid in the tank to avoid it escaping. O-rings are made to withstand high temperatures, over time o-rings can wear away and tear so vape hardware manufacturers often include a pack of spare o-rings with vape kits.

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Passthrough

Pass-through is a feature on some vape devices that allows you to vape on the device while it is plugged in to charge via USB. This great feature supplies constant power to the device and allows you to continue vaping when your battery runs low on power, so you are never unable to vape.

Pen Style or Vape Pen Kits

Pen style vape devices or electronic cigarettes feature a long, slim, compact and aerodynamic design that look similar to a pen. Vape pens are lightweight and portable, a popular option for people making the switch from traditional cigarettes into the world of vaping.

PCC PCC or Personal Charging Case

A small box which is usually a similar size to a packet of cigarettes and is used for charging your e-cigarette on the go. You charge the case itself and it will charge your batteries repeatedly until the case needs charging again. It is generally used for cig-a-like batteries and is not as popular now that longer-lasting batteries are on the market.

Priming

Priming is a term that refers to saturating the wicking material in your vape coil or atomiser head with e-liquid before use. When using a new coil the wicking material (usually cotton) is dry, if the battery is activated heating the coil, this will burn out the coil. Firing your vape device while the wicking material is dry will provide a ‘dry hit’, producing an unpleasant burnt taste and ruining the coil. Priming vape coils is an easy task, simply drip a few drops of juice directly onto the cotton parts of the coil and let it soak in. When using a new vape coil fill it with juice and wait a few minutes for the liquid to fully wet the wicking material before firing the device.

Always keep your vape tanks and pods topped up with vape juice to avoid premature coil burnout and to help prolong the life of your vape coils.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

Propylene glycol is a thick, sticky and colourless liquid that is one of the main ingredients found in e-liquid or vape juice. Vape juice is made up of 3 main ingredients, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerol (VG), and flavourings. With the option of nicotine. Propylene glycol is considered to be extremely safe and non-toxic, and isn’t carcinogenic. When propylene glycol, vegetable glycerol, flavourings and nicotine are heated by a vape coil, they provide a cloud-like vapour, an effective way to deliver nicotine. Vape juice blends with a higher ratio of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerol will provide a satisfying throat hit and great flavour.

When selecting an e-liquid pay attention to the PG/VG ratio to find a vape juice that suits both you and your vape device. Shop PG E-Liquids Here.

Personal Vaporiser (PV)

An uncommon alternative name for an electronic cigarette.

Puff

Puff refers to the action of taking a draw or inhaling on the mouthpiece of a vape device. More modern electronic cigarettes will provide ‘puff counters’ informing you of the amount of draws you have taken on the device, some even offer the duration of the draws taken. Disposable vapes or puff bars have become hugely popular in recent years, disposables are ready to use out of the packaging and in the UK usually provide up to 600 puffs before the device needs replacing with a new one. The number of puffs stated on the packaging is an approximate number of draws you can take before the device comes to the end of its life and needs replacing.

Puff Bar

A puff bar, also known as a disposable vape is a single-use vaping device that arrives pre-charged and pre-filled with nicotine salt vape juice, ready to use out of the packaging. In the UK, puff bars are designed to provide up to 600puffs (approximately the equivalent to 20 traditional cigarettes), when the puff bar stops producing vapour, or the light at the end of the device blinks, this is a sign that your vape needs replacing for a fresh one.

Puff bars offer the ultimate vaping convenience, they are the easiest vape device to use and an ideal choice for new users and more experienced vapers looking for hassle-free vaping. Puff bars are slim, sleek, compact and lightweight making them easy to carry around and pocket-friendly. The most popular puff bars at TABlites are the Elf Bar 600, Lost Mary AM600, Lost Mary BM600, Nasty Fix, IVG Crystal Bar and the Klik Klak by Element.

Puff bars are available in a wide range of flavours to cater for all tastes. The most popular puff bar flavours at TABlites are Blue Razz Lemonade, Blueberry Sour Raspberry, Watermelon, Mango, Elfberg and Kiwi Passion Fruit Guava.

Puff Count

The puff count is a term that refers to how many draws or how many times you can inhale on a device before the vape juice and/or the battery runs out. Disposable vapes or puff bars display on the packaging how many draws or puffs the device will provide before it needs replacing. The TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) regulations limit vape tanks, pods and disposables to a maximum capacity of 2ml, so the typical puff count while safely staying within the law in the UK is approximately 600 puffs.

Puff Counter

A puff counter is a term that refers to technology built into modern vape devices that will inform you of the amount of draws, or how many times you have inhaled on the device. Puff counters are useful if you are looking to limit your nicotine intake and want to set yourself a puff limit per day.

Pulse Mode

Pulse mode is a term that refers to an advanced vape mode usually found on high-powered vape devices and sub ohm kits. When your device is set to pulse mode, your vape will provide a continuous and consistent hit throughout the duration of your inhale or draw. Pulse mode, as the name suggests, sends power in pulses, so the quality of your draw is never compromised.

Pod

A vape pod is a pod cartridge that acts as a reservoir chamber to hold your e-liquid. Vape kits that use vape pods are often referred to as pod kits. Vape pods connect to your battery with magnets to hold the parts in place.

Pods are available in a variety of styles:

  • Open Vape Pod (Refillable)

Open pod systems are vape cartridges that you will find on a regular pod system vape kit. The term ‘open’ is used because they are open, the pod features an access point so you can refill it with e-liquid or vape juice and change the coil. Open vape pods offer more choice, you can choose between various e-liquid blends, flavours, strengths as well as various coil options. When the coil inside the pod needs replacing switch out the used coil and replace it with a new one. Examples of devices that use open vape pods are the Uwell Caliburn A2S, Smok Nord 5, Aspire Flexus Stik and Uwell Caliburn GK2. Open vape pods are easy to use, require minimal maintenance and work out cheaper than closed vape pods.

  • Closed Vape Pod (Pre-filled)

Closed pod systems are vape cartridges that are pre-filled with e-liquid or vape juice. The term ‘closed’ is used because they are closed, the pod is sealed so you don’t have access to refill with e-liquid or change the coil. When the pod no longer produces vapour when puffed on, the entire pod needs to be replaced with a new one. An example of a closed pod vape is the Elf Bar Elfa Pre-Filled Pods. Closed vape pods are easy to use and require no maintenance for the ultimate vaping convenience, although they work out more expensive compared to open vape pods.

  • Fixed-Coil Vape Pod (Built-In Coils)

Fixed-coil vape pods are pods with coils built-in. These pods require less maintenance and eliminate the need for messy coil changes. The pods can be refilled with e-liquid, but when the coil stops producing vapour the entire pod needs to be replaced with a new one. Fixed coil pods offer the choice of various liquid blends, flavours and strengths, when the coil reaches the end of its life, replace it with a new pod. Examples of devices that feature fixed-coil vape pods are the Uwell Caliburn A2, Uwell Kalmia and Uwell Caliburn AK2. Fixed-coil vape pods are easy to use and require no maintenance, vape until the coil in your pod runs out, push on a new pod and you’re ready to vape.

Pod Kit

A pod kit is a popular type of vape kit that uses a pod instead of a tank. Pod kits are lightweight, compact and portable devices that consist of two main parts: a battery and a pod. The design of a pod kit blends simplicity and function, they are user-friendly and an ideal option for new vapers, or more experienced vapers looking for super-portable and hassle-free vaping.

PG/VG Mix

E-liquid or vape juice comes in a large variety of PG/VG ratios. PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerol) are the two main base ingredients used in the production of e-liquid.

  • PG is used in e-liquid to provide a strong throat hit, excellent flavour with low cloud production
  • VG is used in e-liquid to provide a smooth throat hit, good flavour with large cloud production

PV

PV is short for Personal Vaporizer which is the term many vapers prefer instead of ‘e-cig’.

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RBA

Re-Buildable Atomiser. A tank that allows the user to build their own coils

RDA

Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser. An RDA allows the user to build their own coils however an RDA does not have a reservoir for e-liquid. Instead the user drips e-liquid directly onto their coil build and chosen wicking material.

Resistance

All atomisers have a resistance measured in ohms. The easiest way of understanding this is that the higher the resistance of the atomiser, the higher the volts needed to power it sufficiently.

Ruyyan Cigarette

The first modern day e-cigarette, designed by inventor Hon Lik.

Rebuildable Atomisers

Rebuildable atomisers come in different varieties depending on how you want them to perform. The atomiser comes without a wick or coil installed and you can then build a wick and coil to your liking. The main two types are RTA’s (Rebuildable Tank Atomisers) and RDA’s (Rebuildable Dripping Atomisers).

Refillable Vape Pods

Refillable vape pods (or open system pods) can be refilled with vape juice of your choice. Once the e-liquid contained within the pod has been used, the pod can be refilled multiple times. Refillable pods will save you more money compared to disposable and prefilled pods.

Replacement Coil

A replacement coil is the part of the atomiser/clearomiser that burns out and needs replacing when required. The simple screw-in/screw-out system has made them a very popular product because there is much less waste and they work out much cheaper than buying disposable tanks.

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Second Generation E-Cigs

Used to refer to tank-based systems and anything more advanced than your typical cig-a-like product, which is described as a first generation e-cigarette.

Silicone

A rubber like material used to enhance grip on some vape devices. Also available are handy silicone battery covers / sleeves to make carrying spare batteries around as safe as possible.

Smoking Juices

Not a commonly used term. However, vape juice that closely mimics the sensation a traditional cigarette provides is sometimes referred to as smoking juice. Smoking juices are most often blended with a greater PG to VG ratio and available in high nicotine strengths to provide a satisfying throat hit.

Squonking

Not a hugely common practise. However, this refers to the action of the squeezing a bottle of e-liquid which is directly attached to the coil in your device. Squonk mods are not particularly popular as they add a somewhat unnecessary step.

Steel Mesh

Another material used in the construction of coils.

Sub Ohm Vaping

Sub-ohm vaping refers to a style of vaping that produces larger clouds of vapour. Larger clouds are achieved by using a vape coil with a resistance below 1.0 ohm (eg. 0.3ohm coil) and high VG (vegetable glycerine) based e-liquid. Sub ohm vaping or direct to lung vaping (DTL) is an inhaling technique that bypasses the mouth, instead you take a deep inhale directly into your lungs.

Sub ohm vaping requires a high-powered vape device capable of achieving high power levels to activate a low resistance coil. Read Our Ultimate Guide To Sub Ohm Vaping

Sub Ohm Coil

A sub-ohm coil is any atomiser coil with a resistance under 1 ohm (so 0.9ohms and below). Sub-ohm coils should be used with caution by experienced vapers who understand battery safety. Read our Battery Safety Section for more information.

Shortfill or Short Fill

The term shortfill refers to larger bottles of nicotine-free vape juice that are partly filled to 80% capacity, leaving room to add a nic shot or two. Shortfill liquids can be vaped at 0mg, but are most commonly used in conjunction with 10ml nicotine shots in 18mg to add a nicotine boost to reach a desired strength (Usually 3mg or 6mg).

Shortfills have become popular since the introduction of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that legally requires nicotine containing e-liquids to be sold in bottles no larger than 10ml. The addition of a nic shot can provide 50ml or 100ml of nicotine containing liquid once combined. Shortfill bottles are appealing to sub-ohm vapers who use larger quantities of high VG vape juice and carrying multiple 10ml bottles around with them all day just isn’t convenient. Shop Shortfill E-Liquids Here.

Starter Kit

A starter kit is designed to provide everything you need to start vaping. Starter kits are usually uncomplicated vape devices what require little or no previous vaping experience and have been designed with convenience, reliability and performance in mind. They are simplified electronic cigarettes that have been stripped back to basics for ease of use, making them an ideal choice for first time vapers. Starter kits include a battery device, tank or pod, vape coil and e-liquid. When your kit arrives you can set it up and start vaping. Shop Starter Vape Kits Here.

Stealth Vaping

The art of vaping discreetly in places where exhaling large amounts of vapour would be unwelcomed. By drawing the vapour into your lungs and holding it there for a few seconds the exhaled vapour will be far less, exhale the vapour slowly and it is barely noticeable.

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Temperature Control (TC)

An option on some more advanced vape devices, which allows you to set the temperature you want your atomiser to heat to rather than setting the voltage or wattage. 

Throat Hit

A throat hit is a sensation at the back of your throat when you take a “draw” on your e-cig. The nicotine strength will play a big part in the amount of throat hit you will get and also e-liquids that are higher in PG content are known to give a stronger throat hit than VG-based e-liquids.

Tobacco Harm Reduction

Work done to reduce the harm caused by tobacco smoking. For example helping people to quit smoking and use less harmful alternatives.

Titanium Coils

Another material used in the production of vape coils. Not a very common one but it is out there for users who wish to use it.

Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) or European Tobacco Products Directive (EUTPD) are a set of regulations created by the European Union. The rules are designed to regulate the sale and merchandising of tobacco products including tobacco related products. Vape devices and e-liquids fall within these regulations. The TPD came into effect in May 2016.

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (TRPR)

Tobacco and Related Product Regulations (TRPR) introduced a series of rules that set a minimum standard for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and nicotine containing liquids to ensure a high level of health protection for all citizens within the EU.

TPD Requirements:

  • Vape tanks are limited to a maximum capacity of 2ml
  • E-Liquid bottles are limited to a maximum capacity of 10ml
  • Nicotine containing e-liquids are limited to a maximum strength of 20mg/ml (2%)
  • Nicotine-containing products or their packaging to be child-resistant and tamper evident
  • Certain ingredients are banned including colourings, caffeine and taurine
  • New labelling requirements and warnings must be included on packaging so that consumers can make informed choices
  • All vape devices and e-liquids to be notified and published by the MHRA before being sold

Products that are not within the parameters set under the TPD regulation are non TPD compliant and are not legal to be sold or used within the EU, including the UK.

Tank

A vape tank is part of your vape device where e-liquid is stored, a heating element heats up the e-liquid and turns it into a vapour that can be inhaled.

Vape tanks are made up of various parts:

  • Top Cap: The top cap is the top section of a vape tank, this is where you will usually find the filling port. The filling port can be accessed by opening the hinge or sliding the top cap. The filling port is where you squeeze in your e-liquid
  • Glass Tube: The outer tube is most commonly constructed from clear Pyrex glass so you can see the e-liquid levels contained within. The glass outer tube connects the base to the top cap. This is the mid-section of the tank that stores the e-liquid
  • Base: This is the lower section that connects the tank to the mod via either a 510 or eGo connection. The base section of the tank is a common place for the coil to be situated, and the adjustable airflow mechanism
  • Drip Tip or Mouthpiece: The drip tip is the mouthpiece section of the tank where you place your lips to inhale. Most sub-ohm or Direct to Lung (DTL) tanks use a shorter but wider drip tip called a ‘Stubby’. Mouth to Lung (MTL) tanks feature a long and thin mouthpiece
  • Coil or Atomiser: The coil is responsible for heating up the e-liquid contained within the tank and turning it into a vapour that can be inhaled. Various coils are available including mesh, single coil, dual-coil, twisted coil, etc. A piece of wicking material usually made from cotton feeds the e-liquid to the heating element

Tobacco

Tobacco is a plant that is mainly grown in the U.S.A, South America, and some parts of Europe. Tobacco is still used in vaping as the nicotine in e-liquid is often sourced directly from the tobacco plant it is just not as harmful as it is not burned to produce harmful toxins. Tobacco is also the best-selling liquid at Tablites, it has helped thousands of ex-smokers kick the habit and make a successful switch to vaping. Read our blog to learn about the Best Tobacco E-Liquid Flavours Right Now.

Top-Fill

A tank or pod that fills from the top rather than unscrewing the base section to fill like many tanks were in the earlier days of vaping. Top fill is a much more convenient way to fill your tank.

Traditional Cigarette

This refers to a tobacco cigarette. Vaping has been proven to be 95% safer than smoking and tastes much better. Vape, don’t smoke!

Type-C

An updated version of the USB charging cable which has become more popular than its predecessor due to its fast charging capabilities and symmetrical connection.

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Uwell (Brand)

Uwell or Shenzhen Uwell Technology Co Ltd, are one of the most innovative vape hardware manufacturers in the world based in Shenzhen, China. The company was founded in 2015 with a mission to provide its customers with high-quality and innovative vape products. Uwell became a household name since the launch of their best-selling pod system kit range called the Caliburn. The original Caliburn was launched to the UK market in 2019 providing a reliable, easy-to-use and affordable pod kit for the masses. Uwell have continued to extend the amazing Caliburn range by launching stylish and sophisticated devices including the Uwell Caliburn AK2, Caliburn A2, Caliburn G, Caliburn GK2, Caliburn A2S and most recently the incredible Caliburn X kit. Uwell products feature patented Pro-Focs flavour adjustment technology for rich and bold flavours on every inhale. Shop Uwell Products Here.

USB Charger

A popular type of charger often used to charge vape kits. Slightly overshadowed now due to the USB-C charger becoming more popular.

USB Passthrough

A USB passthrough is a vape device that plugs directly into a USB device such as a PC to draw power. There is no rechargeable battery as it is designed to be used at a desk while working or gaming. They are very rare now as most devices are small enough to be portable in any situation.

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Vape/Vaping

The act of taking a draw on your e-cig.

Vapour

Vapour is what you exhale after you have taken a draw on your e-cig.

Vaper

A person who vapes (user of a vape kit).

Vaper’s Tongue

This is a loss of taste associated with vaping the same liquid day in and day out for too long. Swapping from one flavour too another can help with experiencing the full flavour profile of an e-liquid and stop your taste buds getting bored.

Vent Holes

Vent holes are a safety measure on a big battery device (PV/Mod) that has a removable battery. It is very rare for a battery to fail but in the very unlikely case that a battery was venting gasses the vent holes give those gasses a means to escape in a safer way.

Venting

The act of hot gases releasing via the vent holes.

Vegetable Glycerine (VG)

A clear, colourless, odourless but very sweet liquid used as an alternative to propylene glycol by vapers who mix their own liquid. Some vapers maintain it increases vapour production. See Vegetable Glycerine: Is it safe? for more information.

Vape Bar

See disposable vape

Vape Kit 

A vape kit is a full kit with everything you will need to get started. A vape kit usually comprises of a vape device which holds the battery, a tank for your liquid and usually a couple of coils of different resistances so the user can see which one fits their needs. They often include a charging cable but not always. At Tablites, all starter kits include a free bottle of e-liquid. Shop Vape Kits Here.

Vape Coil

The vape coil is the engine of your vape. This is the part that creates vapour for you to inhale. A coil needs to be replaced every 1-2 weeks to ensure optimum performance. For more information about vape coils read our blog Ultimate Guide to Vape Coils.

Vape Juice

Vape juice is another term for e-liquid. Usually just called juice for short.

Vape Pod

A vape pod is the part of a pod system kit that holds the coil and liquid. Usually very small but are easy to fill and clean with very little mess. Unlike regular tanks, pods are held in place with magnets which add to the ease of use experience that pod kits are most loved for.

Vaping Device

A vaping device is the part of your vape kit that holds the battery and supplies power to the tank or pod to create vapour. Vaping devices come in all shapes and sizes with some holding several batteries to last longer while others have small batteries that are very discreet and pocket friendly but will need charging more often.

Vapour Production

Vapour production is the amount of vapour created when inhaling on your vape device. A lower power setup such as a pod kit will produce less vapour than a cloud tank for instance that can run at much higher power setting.

Voltage

Voltage in vaping refers to the power setting on your device. Each coil will need a different voltage setting depending on the resistance of the coil itself. Most devices now use wattage as a way to set the power output rather than voltage as it is easier for the user and gives a more consistent vaping experience.

Vampire Vape (Brand)

Vampire Vape are a e-liquid manufacturer based in the North West of England. Vampire Vape were formed in 2012 with a mission to make high quality, affordable liquid for the masses. Famed for their Heisenberg and Pinkman flavours inspired by the hit T.V show Breaking Bad. Shop Vampire Vape E-Liquids Here.

Voopoo (Brand)

Voopoo are a large manufacturer based in China. They have a reputation for making high quality vaping products and have become extremely popular over the last few years. Famous for their Drag series of mods and recently the Vinci Pod Mod series of devices.

Vape Mod

The term vape mod often refers to a larger size battery device with a high power output and one or more removable batteries. A vape mod is usually used with a sub ohm tank to take advantage of the high power on offer which helps produce large amounts of vapour.

Vape Pod Kit

A pod kit is one of the more recent additions to the vaping world but has become extremely popular in such a short space of time. A pod kit usually comprises of the main battery body and the pod tank. They are simple to use, easy to maintain and offer excellent performance.

Variable Voltage (VV)

A variable-voltage (VV) device gives the user the ability to adjust the voltage going to the atomiser. Each different device has a set voltage range for the user to adjust (usually between 3v-6v). As different atomisers are attached the voltage will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Variable Wattage (VW)

A variable-wattage (VW) device works a little bit different to a variable-voltage device.

With a VW device, the user sets the wattage that they prefer and the electronics work out the voltage needed to achieve the wattage set.

It sounds confusing but basically, if a device is set for 10w, any atomiser that is attached will be fired at that 10w setting and the electronics do the complicated part of working out the voltage.

VW devices have become much more popular than VV devices because of their ease of use.

VG

VG is a very common ingredient found in most e-liquids. VG is a thick viscous liquid that carries a slightly sweet taste. E-liquids with a higher VG content tend to have a smoother throat hit than a PG-based liquid.

High VG liquids have become more popular with the introduction of RDAs to the market. More VG will lead to a thicker ‘cloud’ on exhaling.

Vape Liquid

Vape liquid, juice, e-liquid etc. This refers to the liquid you use to fill your tank and enjoy some tasty vapour.

Vape Clouds

Vape Clouds are large plumes of vapour produced from a sub ohm vape tank. High VG liquid is often used to make the clouds as dense as possible.

Vape Expo

The Vape Expo is a vaping trade show held twice a year in the NEC Birmingham. The Vape Expo is the largest vaping event in Europe and invites vape stores, manufacturers and vapers to the event in their thousands. If you have never been to a vape event before, this is the one to go to.

Vape Store

A vape store is a shop that exclusively sells vaping products. Tablites have many stores across the country, you can find details of our stores at tablites.com

Vapour

Vapour is the aerosol that is produced from an electronic cigarette. Not to be confused with smoke from a traditional tobacco cigarette, vapour is not produced by burning harmful tobacco smoke it is made when the liquid in the tank is introduced to a heating coil which makes the tasty steam to be inhaled. Vapour is 95% safer to inhale than tobacco smoke.

VApril

VApril is an annual event and lasts for the entire month of April. VApril is the UK’s largest campaign to encourage current smokers to make the switch to vaping. One of VApril’s main aims is to educate smokers with correct information to allow them to make an informed decision and spread awareness of both the harm smoking can cause and also the benefits of making the switch to vaping.

Vent Holes

Vent holes are a safety feature on battery devices that hold a removable battery. The vent holes allow harmful gasses a means of escape should there be a battery failure. It is a very rare occurrence to have a battery vent but safety measures need to be in place should such an event occur.

VG/PG Mix

The ratio of Vegetable Glycerine and Propylene Glycol in your e-liquid. 50/50 or 70/30 being the most popular.

Vape Sale

A sale of vaping gear on a website or in a store. Grab yourself a bargain!

W

Watt/Wattage

A measure of power. 1 Watt = 1 Joule per second

Wick

The absorbent material that wicks the e-liquid to the heating coil of the atomiser.

Wrap

The plastic sleeve on the outside of a removable battery (18650, 20700). If this becomes damaged it may be dangerous to continue using the battery, and the battery should be replaced.

Wick Liquor (Brand)

A UK vape juice company based in the Midlands founded in 2015. They are well known for producing unique liquid inspired by festivals and celebrations from around the world.

Wire

Used for making coils for rebuildable atomisers. Kanthal is the most popular but can also be found in Nichrome, Nickel and Stainless Steel varieties.

Y

Z

Zero Nic

E-Liquid that contains no nicotine.

Zeus Juice

A popular brand of vape juice based in the UK. Known for making bold flavours in large sized shortfill bottles and 10ml nicotine salts.

#'s

2ml Capacity

This is the largest tank now available in the UK since the introduction of the TPD in 2016.

10ml

The largest capacity bottle available for liquid which contains nicotine. All Tablites Premium Range liquid is sold exclusively in 10ml bottles.

510

The most popular connection type for vaping devices. A 510 connection is a female thread which the male thread of a tank or atomiser can screw into. Other than magnets in a pod system this is the most common connection type in vaping and found on almost all vape kits where the tank and battery unit screw together.

50/50

A blend of 50% PG and VG. Perfect for pod systems and larger tanks such as the Aspire Nautilus 3. Available in both freebase and nicotine salt varieties.

50ml

A standard size for most shortfill bottles. Requires 1x nicotine shot for a 3mg nicotine strength or 2x nicotine shots for 6mg.

60/40

An e-liquid with 60% of either PG or VG

70/30

An e-liquid with 70% of either PG or VG

80/20

An e-liquid with 80% of either PG or VG.

100ml

A large size shortfill bottle designed to hold 2x nicotine shots for a 3mg nicotine strength. The larger bottle size give vapers a chance to get even more of their favourite flavour in one bottle. 

18650

The 18650 battery has become the battery of choice for most removable battery devices. With very good battery life and fairly low price point the 18650 has been the most popular battery amongst vapers for many years.

20700/21700

These are slightly larger batteries compared to the traditional 18650 but as a result have a higher mAh rating and will last longer between charges. They are too big for standard 18650 devices so can only be used in designated vape mods.