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E-Cig Terminology

E-Cigarette Terminology

In this article, we will be discussing termonology of Personal Vaporizers and E-Liquid.


Electronic Cigarette - An electonic cigarette, e-cigarette, e-cig, or Personal Vaporizer is a battery operated device that delivers nicotine or non nicotine solution to the user in a vaporized form.

Battery - The battery in an e-cig, just like any battery operated device, supplies power to the atomizer to vaporize the e-liquid.  On some Personal Vaporizers, there is a button that activates the battery. See The Ego Battery. On other Personal Vaporizers, there is an airflow sensor that detects when the user is hitting the e-cig and turns the battery on to provide power to the vaporizer.  Another thing to think about when choosing a battery, is whether you want a built in battery or a removable battery.  The Ego battery has a built in battery - the button and battery are all one piece.  The Ego battery screws into a charger, which can be plugged into a USB port or a wall charger. 

Atomizer - The atomizer is the heating element of an electronic cigarette that produces the vapor. 

Cartomizer/Clearomizer -  A cartomizer or clearomizer is like two devices in one.  It combines the atomizer (which vaporizes the e-liquid) with the cartridge (what holds the e-liquid) into one piece.  Many vapers feel that cartomizers offer more advantages than the atomizer/cartridge combination.  The primary advantage is the cartomizer can hold much more e-liquid than a cartridge.  Many cartomizers can hold up to 1.4 – 1.6 ml of e-liquid.  Some even claim to hold up to two ml of e-liquid.  Since cartomizers hold much more fluid, you spend less time refilling them than you would refilling cartridges.  You fill your cartomizer and you are "off to the races" so to speak.  A cartomizer can easily last all day if you are a moderate vaper and are handy if you are driving or in a situation where it would be inconvenient to refill a cartridge.  See our cartomizers.

Cartomizers come in various styles.  Some have polyfill in them and others have a ceramic “tank” that holds the e-liquid.  It’s a matter of personal preference.  They all do the same thing.  Cartomizers give you another little piece for your vaping “arsenal”.  They are constantly being improved.  Any vaper would be wise to give them a try to see how they might fit into their own routine. 

Cartridge - The cartridge, or cart, is the portion of an e-cigarette that holds the e-liquid that is vaporized and provides nicotine to the user.  One cartridge option is a refillable cartridge.  Refillable cartridges contain a white polyester-type material that holds the e-liquid.  Another option is a pre-filled cartridge.  Pre-filled cartridges have a small foil cap that is ruptured when placed onto the e-cig. This allows the atomizer to make contact with the liquid to produce vapor. Pre filled carts are generally more expensive than buying e-liquid.

Dripping - Dripping is the act of dripping e-liquid straight onto the atomizer.  Many say this provides bigger hits with more vapor.  Dripping is often used as an alternative to cartridges, but it can also be used in combination with cartridges to provide the best of both methods.

Drip Tips - Drip tips are wonderful inventions that allow the user to use a dripping method.  The user drips e-liquid straight onto the atomizer with out removing the drip tip.  A drip tip is used instead of a cartridge and, in our experience, provides bigger hits.  Think of it like taking the muffler off of your car.  See drip tips (note: Drip Tips are fitted for specific atomizers and cartomizers.  Check to make sure you have the correct drip tip for your 510, 801, 901, or 306 atomizers/cartomizers.)

E-Liquid - Often referred to as e-liquid, e liquid, liquid, e-juice, e juice, or juice, e-liquid is the nicotine solution that is vaporized and provides nicotine to the user.  E-liquid is often made of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavor.  Many e-liquid retailers are selling e-liquid made in China. These e-liquids tend to have generic ingredients and poor flavor.  If you would like to support small businesses in the USA, check out our BloNoSmoke e-Liquid. It's hand-made to order right here in Central Illinois!  Support the USA - support www.blonosmoke.com

USB Pass-Through - A USB passthrough is a device that connects to your atomizer and plugs into a USB port, bypassing the battery and allows you to vape at your desk or in your car without using a battery.  See the eGo USB Pass-Through.

Analog - This is what we call regular cigarettes.  The opposite of Electronic cigarettes, analogs will hopefully, someday, be a thing of the past.