Vaping Glossary - The 101!

Welcome to the Wick And Wire Co Vaping Glossary. Below you will find all the major key terms that you need to know in the world of e-cigarettes and vaporizers. We will be updating this list as time goes on as well as diving deeper into the topics introduced here via our blog.


Atomizer – The atomizer is the part of the e-cigarette or vaporizer that heats the liquid  (aka e liquid or e juice) in order to produce vapor. There are several types of atomizers each with different attributes and capabilities. 


Battery – The battery powers the atomizer and allows it to heat the e-liquid. Much like with atomizers, batteries also come in different sizes and have different attributes determining how long it can hold a charge and how strong of a charge it can deliver to the atomizer.


Bottom coil Clearomizer (BCC) – Very much like clearomizers except for one key difference: the coil is placed near the base on the bottom of the tank instead of normally at the top near the drip tip.


Cartridge/Tank – is the part of the e cigarette or vaporizer that holds the e liquid that will be heated.


Cartomizer  (aka carto) – A hybrid combination of an atomizer and cartridge packaged into a single metal unit. The unit houses a coil wrapped in polyfill which is saturated with e liquid for heating. Cartomizers are great for flavor and convenience due to its large holding capacity for e liquid.


Clearomizer – Similar to a cartomizer, a clearomizer is also an all-in-one combination of an atomizer and cartridge with the only difference being that clearomizers have an exposed wick in some cases which sits in the e liquid. This wick controls the flow of e liquid being passed to the heating element for consistency.


Coil – the part of the atomizer that directly heats the e liquid into vapor. It is usually in contact with a wick that delivers a consistent flow of e liquid to be heated.


Dripping – the act of dripping e liquid directly on to the atomizer. This method is an alternative to cartridges and clearomizers.


Drip tip – is the mouthpiece that sits on top of the atomizer, cartomizer or clearomizer. This is to protect your lips from the heating element, provide an ergonomic way to inhale vapor and was also designed so that you could easily drip e liquid on to the heating element with out removing the mouth piece. They also provide a level of customization to your device with many different styles and colours made available.


E Liquid (aka E Juice) – E liquid is the fluid that goes into e-cigarettes and vaporizers. It is typically made up of Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), and flavoring.  E liquid is made in different ratios of the previously mentioned ingredients. All brands stocked at Wick And Wire Co do not contain nicotine. For more information on this please go here.


Electronic cigarette (aka E cig) – a battery operated device that delivers a nicotine (or non-nicotine based) liquid to the user in a vaporized form for inhalation.


Genesis style atomizer – this type of rebuildable atomizer typically uses steel mesh/rope as the wicking material rather than silica. These are considered an advanced user device.


Mechanical Mods – Unlike variable voltage mods, mechanical mods do not have an easy straightforward way of adjusting the voltage running from the battery. Users of mechanical mods manually build or fine-tune their atomizers to a certain resistance that they prefer.


Rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) – an atomizer where one can manually wrap a coil and wick. The manual nature of this lends itself to the ability to choose different materials for the coil and wick each with different properties. E-liquid can then be dripped directly on the coils and wick.


Rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) – Similar to a dripping atomizer where one can manually wrap a coil and wick. However utilizes a tank to feed liquid to the coils and wick as opposed to dripping liquid manually while being able to choose different materials for the coil and wick. Tanks can also vary in size in regards to how much liquid can be held.


Variable Voltage/Variable Wattage Mods – some devices allow users the ability to adjust the power of the charge flowing from the battery to the atomizer. This results in the ability to increase or decrease the amount and even flavor of the vapor produced.