A to Z Vaping Terms Part 3: Advanced Guide

A to Z Vaping Terms Part 3: Advanced Guide

Congratulations! You’ve earned the title of advanced vaper. You’ve come a long way from learning the difference between a cig-a-like and a mod, and you finally found the right PG/VG ratio that works for you. But you’re not done yet!

Here are the terms that will help you advance to expert status.


Abbreviation for “all-day vape,” which refers to an e-liquid that a user enjoys so much that they are willing to vape it all day long.

Ampere, amp

Unit of measurement that expresses the flow rate of an electrical charge (current). When multiplied by the voltage, you get the total power (wattage). In mods, amps are a dependent component in determining the amount of power or wattage that a mod can discharge to the atomizer.


Component of an e-cigarette that delivers e-liquid to the coil for heating. It’s often manually applied when advanced vapers are building coils on RDAs.


A safety setting on some vaping devices that automatically turns off the atomizer to prevent overheating or, in some cases, a short-circuit.


The act of the dripping e-liquid directly onto the atomizer to increase vapor quality and quantity.

Drip tip

An accessory for the mouthpiece that lets users drip e-liquid into the atomizer or cartomizer without having to remove the mouthpiece.

Dry burn

Firing the atomizer without any liquid or cotton, causing the wire to heat up and burn off residue. This technique can be used to burn impurities off the coil during cleaning or for breaking in RDAs and RDTAs.


When too much e-liquid is placed into the atomizer. Flooding is often marked by a gurgling noise and a decrease in vapor production and flavor.


Lithium-ion cobalt (LiCoO2) rechargeable battery. High-powered rechargeable battery typically used in consumer electronics that comprises a cobalt oxide positive electrode (cathode) and a graphite carbon in the negative electrode (anode). An ICR will often have a higher capacity than an IMR battery but requires a built-in protective circuit.


Lithium-ion manganese (LiMn2O4) rechargeable battery. High-powered rechargeable battery typically used in consumer electronics. Consisting of manganese oxide positive electrode (cathode) and a graphite carbon in the negative electrode (anode), an IMR battery has less capacity but a safer chemistry and delivers a higher current than the ICR battery.


When a cartomizer, atomizer or clearomizer is leaking e-liquid. Leaks to the center tube are common and often result in a gurgling sound when vaping. It can also leak from the bottom of the container into the battery compartment. This can cause the battery to short out.

Ohm (Ω)

Unit used to measure electrical resistance. Lower numbers mean less resistance. The lower the coil resistance, the more power can be applied to that coil.

For example, a 0.5-ohm coil can typically run between 20 watts and 60 watts, giving the user a mildly intense vaping experience commonly known as a cool vape. A 0.2-ohm coil can typically run between 20 and 100 watts, giving the user an aggressively intense vaping experience commonly known as a warm vape.

Ohm’s Law

Mathematical relationship among electric current, resistance and voltage. Relates the voltage difference between two points, the electric current flowing between them and the resistance of the path of the current. In vaping, it is the basic principle on which the e-cigarette is based and designed. The coil in the atomizer is the resistance and the battery contains the voltage and amperage.

OLED Screen

A flat panel display that uses an array of organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as pixels. In regulated batteries, this display provides common properties such as volts, watts, coil resistance (ohms) and battery life.

Rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA)

A type of rebuildable or repairable atomizer for dripping.

Rebuildable dripping tank atomizer (RDTA)

A type of rebuildable atomizer that looks like a tank, but comes with a deck that advanced vapers can build on.

Sub-ohm vaping, sub-ohming

Refers to vaping with a resistance level of less than 1.0 ohm. Anything higher than that is considered regular-resistance vaping. Sub-ohming typically causes higher heat, burns more e-liquid and creates larger vapor clouds.


A unit of measurement that is the energy consumed by the device. It’s also a setting in some devices (mods) that allows the user to manually control the power that is applied to the atomizer.

So, the next time someone says, “I just re-wrapped the coil on my RDA, so I’ll be chasing huge clouds the next time I sub-ohm high-VG,” as an advanced vaper you can respond with, “Sounds like you’ll have a lot of vapor production. What’s your wattage?”

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