The Vapetionary


Alternative Cigarettes: This is a term used to described e cigarettes, as they are known as the alternative to traditional or tobacco cigarettes.

Analog Cigarette: As traditional or tobacco cigarettes don’t have any digital technology (etc) they are referred to in the industry as analog cigarettes.

Atomizer: This is a commonly used e smoking term. The atomizer is the piece of equipment within the e cigarette which works to turn the e liquid into vapour in order for it to be inhaled.

Automatic Switch: As automatical batteries don’t come with a switch to activate or operate an automatic switch is used and is activated when the e smoker takes a drag on the device.

All Day Vape/ADV - afr: Heeldagdamp - A juice used for long periods of time, as opposed to a test/treat juice

Analogue/Stinky - afr: Kankerstokkie/Stinkstokkie/Stinkie - A traditional tobacco cigarette

Automatic Battery - afr: Automatiese Battery - A battery that activates automatically when the user takes a puff. These are most often found in beginners kits and cig-a-likes

Atomizer/Atty - afr: Dampboks/Dampenjin/Attie - The part of an E-cig that vaporizes e-liquid for inhalation. Consists of a coil connected to the battery, wicking material, and in some cases a tank to store juice.


Cartomiser/Carto - afr: ? - An atomizer with a filler material above it to soak up juice and deliver to the atomizer. Old technology, now used almost exclusively in cig-a-likes.

Cig-a-like - afr: Amperstink - A type of vaping device that tries to mimic a real cigarette in size and looks

Clearomiser/Clearo - afr: Deurskyn Dampboks - A type of atomiser with a clear tank, and a coil unit at the top/bottom

Coil - afr: spoel - A piece of resistance wire wrapped in loops around the wick, heats up when a current is sent through to vaporize the juice


Digital Cigarette: A digital cigarette is another term used to describe an e cig or electronic cigarette.

Disposable E-Cigs: E cigarettes commonly come in two forms, those that may be refilled and reused and disposable ones. Disposables last much longer than a traditional cigarette however may still be discarded when finished with / empty.

Draw: A draw or drag is the term used for when an e smoker inhalers on the e cigarette and takes in the vapour products made via the heating of the e liquid contained within.

Drip Tip - afr: Suigstuk/Lektiet - The topmost part of most E-cigs, is put in the mouth when inhaling the vapour. Some have very large openings to allow the user to drip juice onto the atomiser without removing the tip, hence the name

Dripping - afr: Drup - A method of vaping where the user manually drips juice directly onto the atomiser

Dry Hit - afr: Droe Skoot - Taking a puff off a dry/burnt wick. Very bad taste



Electronic Cigarette/E-Cig - afr: E-Sigaret/Dampstok/Damper - A device that creates vapour to be inhaled. Also known as a Personal Vaporiser or PV

Electronic Mod/Digimod - afr: Digidamper - An advanced battery unit containing electronic circuit protection as well as VV/VW selectors and other electronic additions (ohm-meters and puff counters being common additions)

E-liquid/E-Juice - afr: e-Sop/e-Sous/Dampsous - The liquid that e-cigs turn into vapour. Often simply referred to as juice


Flavor Cartridge: Not used commonly yet still worth mentioning the flavour cartridge is a term used to describe the e cigarette cartridge which contains the flavouring and nicotine solution.



Gurgling - afr: Gorrel - Occurs when juice gets into any of the airflow parts of an atty/clearo. Caused by flooding, condensation or leaking


Hit: The hit is the sensation of the inhalation of the vapour. Also referred to as the throat hit


Jirrr/Jirrring - afr: jirrr - The vaping equivalent of a Cold Turkey


Kanthal - One of two common types of resistance wire used to make coils


Leaking: Occasionally a malfunction or a cartridge being overfilled will result in some leaking or leakage. Maintaining the cigarette and being practiced at refilling dramatically reduces the chances of this happening.

LED: Many e cigarettes light up or glow at the end the same as the end would burn brighter on a traditional cigarette when a drag or draw is taken. This is powered by an LED light. LED lights are also used as power lights or charge indicators, dependant on the make and model of the e cigarette.

Lithium Ion Batteries: These batteries, often referred to as being the most powerful / the strongest available are what are used to power the e cigarettes.


Microcomputer: A microcomputer may also be referred to as a smart chip. This chip is in basic terms the piece of advanced technology which sends a specific signal from the battery to the atomizer, effectively making it work.

Microprocessor: This is the piece of the battery which controls both the LED light/s and the heating element or coil.

Milligrams: A milligram is the measurement used to show how much e liquid or how much nicotine is in use.

Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece is the section at the end of the e cigarette through which the e smoker will inhale the vapour produced, much in the same way they would on the end of a tobacco cigarette.

mAh - Milliamp Hours. The capacity of a battery. The higher the mAh, the larger the battery will be and the longer it will last before requiring a recharge.

Mech/Mech Mod - afr: Eenstap - A battery device that contains no electronic parts, only a battery, casing and a on/off switch.

MOD/APV - afr: ? - Advanced Personal Vaporizer. The term MOD used to refer 'home made' device, but is now used for most advanced battery units.


Nicotine Level: This is the amount of nicotine contained within a cartridge (or bottle / vial of e liquid).

Nicotine Liquid: The nicotine liquid contains the nicotine obviously (e liquids come in varying levels of nicotine strengths) as well as flavourings within a base solution. This nicotine liquid is what is heated to produce a vapour.

Nicotine: Nicotine is the ingredient found in e cigarettes (within the e liquid) which makes the e smoking experience as pleasant as it is, producing a sensation many smoke e cigarettes in order to enjoy.

Need-to-Have Disease (N2H) - afr:? - A constant need to have the newest mod, clearo or RBA on the market. 

Nichrome - One of two common types of resistance wire used to make coils


Personal Charging Case: This is a case which has been designed in order for e smokers to keep their e cigarettes close for easy access. They may also aid charging when necessary. The case is charged at home and then used as a slim cigarette case and which may be used as an emergency charger when out and about.

Propylene Glycol: This is the base liquid used within the e cigarettes. It is odourless and colourless and is also used in food production and cosmetics amongst other uses.

Puff: When puffing on an e cigarette the e smoker takes a draw or drag to basically pull out or inhale the vapour produced.

Pull: A pull is the same as a puff, a drag or a draw. These are all different terms for the same action of taking in the vapour of an e cigarette to enjoy the throat hit and flavourings.

Passthrough - afr: Deurgang Battery - A type of battery that can be used while charging

PG - afr: ? - Propylene Glycol. An ingredient found in most e-liquids. Thinner of the 2 base liquids, higher PG liquids have a higher Throat Hit

PV/Personal Vaporiser - See Electronic Cigarette


RBA/Rebuildable Atomizer - afr: Herboubare Dampboks - An advanced type of atomizer where the coil and wick is rebuilt by the user. There are 2 types of RBAs, the RDA, or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, that consists of only the atomizer unit, and a RTA, or Rebuildable Tank Atomizer that has a tank for storing juice either above or below the atomizer


Sensor:  The sensor is the component within the e cigarette which detects when the e smoker has taken a draw or drag on the device.

Smart Chip: The smart chip is the component within the e cigarette which allows it to function as it should.

Starter Kit: A starter kit is as the name suggests a kit which contains all of the basic items someone new to e smoking would need to get started as well as usually comprehensive instructions.

Squonk - afr: Skwonk - Pushing juice into an atomizer from a bottle below it. Most commonly found on the Reo

Steeping - afr: Week - The precision art of doing nothing to your juice. Steeping a juice allows the ingredients to settle and the flavour to become more pronounced. The time it takes to properly steep a juice is dependant on many things, including personal taste.


Throat Hit (TH) - afr: Keelslag/Keelskoot/Keelskop - The slightly harsh, buring, tingling feeling at the back of your throat when vaping. Throat hit can be increased by increasing the Nicotine or PG of a liquid, or increasing power to the atomiser


USB Charger: This is an easy to use charger which enables you to charge your e cigarette battery via your computer or laptop's USB port.


ape/Vaping - afr: Damp (om te damp) - Inhaling the vapour produced by e-cigs.

Vapist - afr: Dampster - A chain vaper of note, the Vapist, rather than being afraid of Silvers, welcomes them like old friends

Vapour - afr: Vog - The steam created by the electronic cigarette, which is inhaled and exhaled.

VG - afr: ? - Vegetable Glycerine. An ingredient found in most e-liquids. The thicker of the 2 base liquids. VG produces much more vapour, and has a slight sweet taste.

Variable Voltage/VV - afr: Verstelbare Spanning - A type of battery that allows the user to adjust the amount of Volts the battery sends to the atomiser.

Variable Power/Variable Wattage/VW - afr: Verstelbare Energie - A type of battery that allows the user to adjust the power (watts) output of the battery.


Wick - afr: Pit - A material used to guide juice into the coil to vaporize. Common wicking materials include Organic Cotton, Silica Wick and SS Mesh