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Adult nicotine consumers new to nicotine vaping may need to familiarise themselves with technology and terminology.

What separates an atomiser and a clearomiser? Are you bewildered by the distinctions between propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine? This vaping glossary is available to offer assistance!

1. Aerosol

The technical term for the cloud of vapour that is inhaled from a vape device and exhaled by the user.

2. Airflow

The velocity, momentum and intensity of the air that comes out of your vape device as you breathe.

3. Amp

A unit of electrical current (ampere). The number of amps tells vapers how powerful a battery is (the higher the amps, the higher the battery power). 

4. APV
(advanced personal vaporiser)

The most advanced vaping gear is given the name of 'mods' as they usually come with adjustable settings, enabling the user to customize their vaping experience by adjusting the airflow and wattage/voltage.

5. Atomiser

At the core of any vaping device lies the component that turns e-liquid into vapour for inhalation.

6. Automatic

A name for vape devices that don’t have an on/off button.

7. Battery

The battery capacity of a vape device provides the electrical power necessary to generate heat.

8. Battery cutoff

The device battery is programmed to shut off after a certain amount of time to prevent it from being left on for too long and prevent the e-liquid from becoming too hot.

9. Box mod
(box modular)

An APV that is formed in the shape of a rectangular box, with a mouthpiece protruding from the top.

10. Cartomiser

A single disposable cartridge containing an atomiser and e-liquid.

11. Cig-a-like

This e-cigarette design has a look similar to a regular cigarette with its white body and brown tip.

12. Clearomiser

Open-system vape devices contain a transparent tank for holding e-liquid, colloquially called a clearomiser. According to UK legislation, these tanks are limited to a capacity of 2ml or less.

13. Coil and wick

Vaping devices operate like an oil lamp: a coil is wrapped around a wicking material, such as cotton or silica, and when the device is activated, the coil and wick heat up to generate vapour from the e-liquid.

14. Concentration

In vaping, concentration describes how much nicotine is in an e-liquid.

15. Custom mod
(custom model)

A vape device that is constructed by an individual rather than manufactured in a factory is generally called a "model built by a consumer".

16. Dry hit

When a vape runs out of e-liquid, the wick becomes dry and can cause the vapour to have an unpleasant taste. 

The flavour cartridge should be replaced if it's a closed-system device. If it's an open-system vape, the clearomiser must be refilled with e-liquid, or the atomiser and wick should be changed. 

It can also be caused by having the airflow and power settings too high – these should be lowered.

17. e-liquid

The components of the vapour created by your device are composed of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG).


We manufacture these eLiquids in a variety of flavours, both with and without nicotine.

18. Generation

When it comes to vaping gadgets, the concept of 'generation' is analogous to the word 'version', which is used to refer to a certain item or component.

19. ISO 9001:2008

To the general public, these numbers likely don't signify anything, yet they are of great significance to us here at Vuse.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an alliance of 163 national standards bodies and they have put in place the stringent ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.

We are consistently taking steps to uphold this standard in our quality management business system.

20. LED

The light on a vape device; the LED usually glows when in use.

21. Lithium-ion

The type of battery used in all our Vuse devices.

22. mAh

The term mAh is a commonly used acronym in the field of batteries.

It stands for 'milliamp hour', a metric used to measure the amount of charge that a battery can store.

When two batteries are identical in voltage, then the battery with the bigger mAh will be able to last longer.

23. Milliampere

At any given moment, a circuit point can experience a current of one-thousandth of an ampere, which is a unit of measurement for electrical charge.

24. Nicotine

Several plants comprise nicotine, with the tobacco plant containing the most.

25. Nicotine salts

The nicotine salt form of nicotine is mainly found in the leaves of the tobacco plant. 

To replicate the nicotine salts in e-liquid, an additional ingredient must react with the nicotine, creating the nicotine salt. 

As a 'salt,' nicotine is more stable when protonated than in other e-liquid forms.

26. No-nic

A type of e-liquid that doesn’t contain any nicotine.

27. Ohms

Georg Simon Ohm, a German physicist, is the namesake of a unit of electrical resistance.

In relation to vaping, the resistance measurements usually correspond to the coil in the atomiser.

The lower the resistance, the higher the temperature of the coil.

28. Over-voltage and over-heating controls

Vuse devices have been constructed with safe charging in mind, featuring over-voltage protection and a timer that shuts off the device.

To ensure that your device is working correctly, it is best only to utilise the charger and AC adaptor that came with the Vuse product.

Using other brands or unbranded charging cables could be incompatible with Vuse devices and even be fake.

29. Propylene glycol (PG)

The main component of e-liquid is colourless and odourless and is usually transparent in appearance.

30. Puff activation

Some vaporizers are triggered when the power button is pressed, while others are activated when the user inhales from them - known as "puff activated".

31. Resistance

The ohmage of a vaping atomiser's heating coil determines how much electrical current passes through it.

The smaller the resistance, the greater the temperature it can generate.

33. Temperature control

To ensure safety and provide a better vaping experience, technology is employed to regulate the temperature of a vape device.

34. Throat hit

The feeling when the vapour hits the back of your throat.

35. Tube mod (tube modular)

An advanced personal vaporiser is available in the form of a tube-like device, with a mouthpiece located at one end.

36. Vegetable glycerine (VG)

A component with no natural hue, aroma, or smell, one of the two essential elements of e-liquid.

37. Wattage

The wattage of an electrical device represents  the amount of electrical energy it uses. Vape gadgets typically have this number printed on them, which generally corresponds to the magnitude of the vapour cloud produced. Generally, the higher the wattage, the larger the cloud.


Now that you are familiar with vaping terms and jargon you need to dive into vaping, find out more about our world in the beginner’s guide to vaping, beginner's guide to e-liquids and explore more about nicotine levels in our guide: How much nicotine is in E-liquid?

Choose the Vuse device that suits you, including Vuse PRO and disposable vapes with various nicotine strengths and flavours.