Vaping terms and lingo, what does it all mean? (Part 2)
The way experienced e-cigarette users talk about their equipment can be extremely confusing for a new vaper. The numbers, acronyms and jargon you'll find used on forums and in YouTube videos can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Last time we talked about some common acronyms and numbers. This time, in part 2 of this blog, we'll go over some of the nicknames and common phrases.
All Day Vape
First used to describe an e-liquid flavour that someone enjoyed so much that they could happily vape it all day, and presumably every day. There's been some expansion on its use to include vaping kits too, so someone might describe a particular set up as their all day vape. Not everyone has an All Day Vape and some vapers prefer to change flavours often.
Similar to an All Day Vape but with an emphasis on affordability. A good but inexpensive e-liquid that you vape most of the time, while saving your more expensive and favourite flavours for after dinner, special occasions, etc. If you get through a lot of e-liquid, then a Daily Banger might be just what you are looking for.
Probably the most common nickname for 'e-liquid' which itself is a nickname of sorts, although it's been widely adopted by retailers as the standard name. Vaping fluid or vaping liquid would seem to be the most obvious choices for the industry, but 'Juice' has firmly become the most popular colloquial name. If you buy a vaping set up from a vape shop and they ask you if you need some juice too, it's likely they aren't offering you a freshly squeezed beverage.
The first vaping term that a lot of people will hear and one of the most common. Its meaning has changed a lot over the years, it started as an abbreviation for 'Modified' or 'Modification'- when creative 'Modders' started to DIY their own vaping devices by modifying high powered torches and other items that contained or could hold a battery. Today it's a term commonly used to refer to the part of a vaping device that holds the battery and electronics, regardless whether it's been 'modified' or not.
These are both ways to describe a Mod. A Regulated Mod is a mod that uses electronics to regulate the voltage to the atomiser (see below). If you have a Mod that allows you to adjust the wattage or voltage, then it's a Regulated Mod. Regulation doesn't have to be adjustable though, a constant voltage output is also regulated. An Unregulated Mod has no regulation of the voltage coming from the battery, so a fully charged battery will be sending 4.2v to your atomiser, and as the mod is used the voltage to the atomiser will lower. It's the same effect as a camping lantern getting dimmer and dimmer as the batteries wear down.
This refers to a Silicon Chip, something most of us are familiar with. It's a tiny integrated circuit (IC), that's usually a small black rectangle on the circuit board. To add confusion many vapers will refer to the whole of the electronics and menu system inside a mod as a chip and make comments like “I'm looking for something with a DNA chip in it” or “What's the chip like in this mod?” A chip is an essential part of a modern feature packed regulated device.
We talked about 'Atomisers' (or Atomizers) last time with regard to the acronym’s RDA, RTA etc. Less specifically it's used to describe the part of your device that isn't the Mod, it's the part that holds the heating coil and the e-liquid. Why we call them Atomisers, I'm not really sure. I don't think 'Atomising' is technically what they are doing, however the 'Atty' nickname has certainly stuck around especially when talking about RDA's.
When people aren't referring to RDA's, the common word for most other types of atomiser is simply 'Tank' because it holds the e-liquid and supplies it to the heating coil, in the same way a motorcycle tank holds petrol and supplies it to the engine. Remember to keep your tank topped up with juice and you will always be a happy vaper!
A nickname some vapers use for traditional combustible cigarettes. When a vaper uses the word stinkies he's showing his disdain for the habit he's quit. “I can't believe I used to smoke those stinkies” or “I'm so glad I'm off those stinkies” are both examples of common usage. It's also used a lot by ex-smokers who have just started vaping “2 weeks off the stinkies!” Using a derogatory nickname helps to reinforce the idea in their head that they have given up something that is actually quite unpleasant. For that reason, I highly encourage its use.
Also, Squonking/Squonker/Squonkable/Squonked/Squonk. These are essentially made up words that come from the same DIY community that started modifying vaping gear. The legend says that someone described the act of squeezing a bottle of e-liquid to force it upwards into an atomiser as 'squonk' and it just stuck. People started making squonk mods, supplying squonk bottles and squonkable atomisers. In short you take a squeezable bottle and make that a 'tank' to hold your liquid. Squonking is the act of using such a device to vape.
Cloud Chasing/Flavour Chasing
Probably my least favourite vaping terms ever. Cloud Chasing being the act of trying to create the largest amount of vapour possible, and Flavour Chasing being the act of trying to obtain the best possible flavour. I've seen a decline in their use over the last year or so, most people saying “I'm looking for something that can produce a lot of vapour” or “I spend a lot of time trying different coils to get the best flavour.” I expect some people still describe themselves as 'Cloud Chasers' which is fine by me, as long as you aren't smoking then carry on my friends.
Throat hit is the tingling or slightly rough feeling you get from inhaling e-liquids and is often an essential part of why vaping is so successful in helping people quit smoking. Why? Because inhaling smoke from a cigarette gives you a similar sensation. When you inhale an e-liquid with no throat hit at all, it's really just like breathing in air. You are given the visual appearance of smoking when you exhale but when you inhale it doesn't feel like smoking. That feeling at the back of the throat that you've got used to over the years is part of the experience for many people. Most of the throat hit from e-liquid comes from the nicotine and propylene glycol, so by adjusting the levels of those ingredients it's possible to alter the throat hit it will give.
As I said in the previous blog, vaping is always evolving, and terms and phrases often change as the equipment we use changes. So, this time next year we might not be using some of these nicknames at all. Are there any vaping words or phrases you've read and don't really understand? I know I've not covered everything here so if you have any suggestions leave them below and I'll include them in a future blog or a 'Part III' later.
Simon - My Vape Box