Electronic Cigarette and Vaping Terminology

Vaping, cartomizers, atomizers, and eGos: what do all of these terms have in common? They are words associated with electronic cigarettes.

The following article will explore these terms as part of e cig terminology so you understand what e cig vendors are talking about before trying to buy your first kit. Believe me: dictionaries do not give you helpful definitions, at least not yet.

Vaping? What’s that?

If you are not blowing smoke, you can’t be smoking. E cig companies had to come up with a new term which completely separated their modern technology from cigarettes in the minds of consumers.

They came up with a combination: smoking plus vapor = vaping.

This new term recognizes the similarities between smoking and using electronic cigarettes but also the important differences which have caused so much excitement. Vapers feel like they are still smoking yet they don’t suffer the same financial and health penalties.

Do Atomizers Make People Smaller?

An atomizer is not some science fiction device for reducing people to the size of atoms. It’s like a stove-top coil, only smaller.

With the help of a battery, an atomizer becomes hot enough to turn e liquid into vapor. Atomizers are made from a variety of metals and alloys to last anything from a few days to a few weeks.

Cartomizers: Is That Another Blended Word?

You got it: a cartomizer combines “cartridge” with “atomizer.”

Back in the old days (about 5 years ago) when electronic cigarettes came out, companies sold e cigs in three pieces.

The atomizer was a separate component from the e liquid cartridge (part 3 being the battery). This made e cigs more tedious to deal with and the atomizer part was quite small.

Also, mini cig atomizers are low-quality items meant to last a short time and were frequently overused by customers. Really, they only need to last as long as 1 ml of e juice lasts. Why not replace them both at the same time? Technologists chose to combine atomizers and cartridges for the sake of convenience.

Ego: It’s All about You

Ego means “self”‘ but an e cig eGo is a bigger version of the mini cig. When a vaper graduates to using this larger cell, he is able to vape for several hours before having to recharge.

Cartridges attached to eGo batteries are usually more capacious than cartomizers too: at least 20% bigger.

Why call it an eGo?

Well, these features increase vaping performance, convenience, and pleasure, so really the technology is all about what users want. Besides, to use a product like this in public, one has to be pretty self-confident, especially if he fires up a purple e cig.

Foggy about Sub-ohms

These days, experienced vapers are not happy unless they can vape from a box mod using sub-ohm atomizers. What are they talking about? Ohms refer to resistance; the amount of interference preventing circuits from connecting and blowing a fuse.

Atomizer resistance also affects the amount of vapor a person produces. When resistance is low, the temperature is higher. Add a high-watt output and your head could be covered in fog. A resistance of 1.2 ohms was once considered very low. Now there are 150W mods reaching 0.15 ohms: almost none at all.

Box Mods and Other forms of Geometry

A box mod is not always a true box.

Creative designers are making mods to resemble all kinds of things like pillars, cylinders, or boxes which have been pinched in the middle.

There are wood-carved coverings and metallic art in place of factory-made pieces leading to unique creations as pleasurable to admire as they are to use.

Essentially, though, a box mod is a vaporizer for e liquids with a threading component for the atomizer, control buttons, and a screen. The buttons let users adjust their wattage or voltage up and down.

On the screen they see their power values and resistance. Box mods will sometimes be spacious enough inside to hold 2 large batteries, especially when they exceed 30W.

So they can operate safely, box mods also contain smart chips. These little microprocessors control the screen, temperature, and monitor for events such as overcharge, low voltage, reverse battery, and short-circuit.

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