Glossary of the vape


Also called accu or battery, it is the source of energy necessary for the operation of the various systems. Their particularity is to be rechargeable according to charge / discharge cycles, the number of which is variable and predefined by the manufacturers. There are batteries of different internal chemistries, the best suited to vaping are IMR, Ni-Mh, Li-Mn and Li-Po.

How to read the name of a battery? If we take an 18650 battery as an example, the 18 represents the diameter in millimeters of the battery, the 65 its length in millimeters and the 0 its (round) shape.

Battery cell


Official term for the "vapor" that we produce by vaping. It is made up of Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, water, aromas and nicotine. It evaporates in the atmosphere in about fifteen seconds unlike cigarette smoke which settles and releases the ambient air in 10 minutes… puff.


Independent Association of Electronic Cigarette Users (, the official voice of vapers in France. It is the only organism that can thwart the destructive projects of Europe and the French state for our practice. To counter the TPD (so-called "anti-smoking" directive but which scuttles more vaping than tobacco), AIDUCE will initiate legal proceedings, relating to the transposition of the European directive into national law, in particular against the article 53.


Air- holes:

English expression which designates the lights by which the air will engage during an aspiration. These vents are located on the atomizer and can be adjustable or not.


Air flow:

Literally: air flow. When the suction vents are adjustable, we speak of air-flow adjustment because we can modulate the air supply until it is completely closed. The air-flow greatly influences the taste of an atomizer and the volume of vapor.


It is the container of the liquid to be vapped. It allows the heating and extraction in the form of an aerosol that is inhaled by means of a mouthpiece (drip-tip, drip-top)

There are several types of atomizers: drippers, genesis, cartomizers, clearomizers, some atomizers are repairable (we speak then of reconstructable or rebuildable atomizers in English). And others, whose resistance we must periodically change. Each of the types of atomizers mentioned will be described in this glossary. Abstract: Ato.



Nicotinated or non-nicotine products, used in the preparation of DIY liquids, the bases can be 100% GV (vegetable glycerin), 100% PG (propylene glycol), they are also found proportionate at the rate of PG / VG ratio values like 50/50, 80/20, 70/30 …… by convention, the PG is announced first, unless expressly stated otherwise. 


Drums :

It is also a rechargeable battery. Some of them carry an electronic card which allows to modulate the power / voltage (VW, VV: variable watt / volt), they are recharged via a dedicated charger or by USB connector directly on a suitable source (mod, computer, cigarette lighter….). They also have the on / off option and a remaining charge indicator, most of them also give the resistance value of the ato and cut in case of too low value. They also indicate when they must be recharged (voltage indicator too low). The connection to the atomizer is of the eGo type on the examples below:


From English BOttom Coil Clearomizer. It is an atomizer whose resistance is screwed to the bottom of the system close to the connection + of the battery, the resistor serving directly to the electrical contact.

Generally replaceable at rates contained, there are single coil (a resistance) or double coil (two resistors in the same body) or more (very rare). These clearomizers have replaced the generation of clearos with falling wicks to feed the liquid resistance, now the BCC bathe until the complete emptying of the tank and provide a warm / cold vape.



Bottom Dual Coil, a BCC but double coil. In general, they are disposable resistors that equip the clearomizers (we can nevertheless manage to remake oneself with good eyes, tools and materials adapted and fine fingers ....).


Bottom feeder:

It was a technical evolution today not very used in the current vape. This is a device that hosts an atomizer of any type whose particularity is to be filled by the connection which it is equipped. This device also hosts natively a flexible vial directly included in the battery or mod (rarely separated from the battery but it exists through a bridge). The principle is to feed ato liquid by propelling a dose of juice by pressure on the vial ...... The assembly is not really practical in a situation of mobility, so it has become rare to see it work.

Bottom Feeder


It is mostly found in cartomizers but not exclusively. It is the capillary element of the cartos, cotton or synthetic material, sometimes braided steel, it allows autonomy of vape by behaving like a sponge, it is directly crossed by the resistance and ensures its supply of liquid.



Or mod-box, see mod-box


Francization of the English word known to pinball enthusiasts ...... For us it is just a question of increasing the proportion of flavors in a DiY preparation according to the VG content of the base. Knowing that the higher the proportion of VG is important in and less the aromas are noticeable taste.

Carto filler:

A tool to retain the carto of the tank in order to sufficiently draw it to fill it without risk of leakage. 

Carto filler


It is a tool for easily drilling unscrewed cartomizers or enlarging holes in pre-drilled cartomizers.

Carto Puncher


The map in short. It is a cylindrical body, usually terminated with an 510 connection (and a profiled base) containing a wad and a resistance. We can directly add a drip tip and vape after loading it, or combine it with a Carto-tank (tank dedicated to cartos) to have more autonomy. The carto is a consumable that is difficult to repair, so it must be changed periodically. (Note that this system starts up and that this operation conditions its proper use, a bad start leads it directly to the trash!). There are some in single or double coil. The rendering is specific, very tight in terms of the air-flow and the vapor generated is generally lukewarm / hot. The "vape on carto" is currently losing momentum.


 CC :

Abbreviation for short circuit when talking about electricity. Short circuit is a relatively common phenomenon that occurs when the positive and negative connections are in contact. Multiple causes can be at the origin of this contact (filings under the connector of the ato during a drilling of "air-hole", "positive leg" of the coil in contact with the body of the ato. ). During CC, the battery will heat up very quickly, so you have to react quickly. The owners of mechanical mods without battery protection are the first concerned. The consequence of a DC, in addition to possible burns and the melting of material parts, is the deterioration of the battery which will make it unstable during the charge or even totally unrecoverable. In any case, it is advisable to throw it away (for recycling).


Or Maximum Discharge Capacity. It is a value expressed in Ampere (symbol A) specific to the batteries and batteries. The CDM given by the battery manufacturers determines the discharge possibilities (peak and continuous) safely for a given resistance value and / or to make the best of the electronic regulation of mods / box electros. The batteries whose CDM is too weak will heat up for use in ULR in particular.


In French: action of vape continuously, over 7 to 15 seconds by a succession of puffs. Often electronically limited on electronic mods between 15 seconds, this vape mode is common on a set-up consisting of a dripper and a mecha mod (but also with tank atomizers) as long as we have available batteries withstanding prolonged continuous discharge and proper assembly. By extension, the Chainvaper is also the one who almost never lets go of his mod and consumes his “15ml / days”. He vapes continuously.

Heating chamber:

Thread cap in English is the volume in which the heated liquid and the sucked air mix, also called chimney or atomizing chamber. In the clearomizers and RTA, it oversees the resistance and isolates the liquid in the tanks. Some drippers are equipped in addition to the top cap, otherwise it is the top cap itself that serves as a heating chamber. The advantage of this system is to promote the recovery of flavors, to avoid too rapid heating of the atomizer and to contain the projections of boiling liquid due to the heat of the resistance that could be sucked.

Heating chamberCharger:

It is the essential tool for the batteries that it will allow to recharge. You have to pay particular attention to the quality of this device if you want to keep your batteries for a long time, as well as their initial characteristics (discharge capacity, voltage, autonomy). The best chargers offer status indicator functions (voltage, power, internal resistance), and have the "refresh" function which manages one (or more) discharge / charge cycles taking into account the chemistry of the batteries and critical discharge rate, this operation called "cycling" has a regenerative effect on the performance of your batteries.



Electronic module for regulating and managing the electrical flow from the battery to the output of the flow through the connector. Accompanied or not with a control screen, it is usually equipped with basic security functions, the switch function and power and / or intensity regulation functions. Some also include a charging module. This is the characteristic equipment of mods electros. The current chipsets now allow to vape in ULR and deliver powers up to 260 W (and sometimes more!).



Also known under the diminutive "Clearo". Latest generation of atomizers, it is characterized by a generally transparent tank (sometimes graduated) and a replaceable resistance heating system. The first generations included a coil placed at the top of the tank (TCC: Top Coil Clearomizer) and wicks soaking in the liquid on either side of the coil (Stardust CE4, Vivi Nova, Iclear 30… ..). We still find this generation of clearomizers, appreciated by lovers of hot vapor. The new clearos have adopted the BCC (Protank, Aerotank, Nautilus….), And are better and better designed, in particular for the adjustment of the amount of air drawn. This category remains a consumable insofar as it is not possible (or difficult) to remake the coil. Mixed clearomizers, mixing ready-made resistance and the possibility of making your own coils are starting to appear (Subtank, Delta 2…). We are talking more about repairable or reconstructable atomizers. The vape is lukewarm / cold, and the draw is often tight even if the very latest generation of clearomizers also develops open or very open draws.



Or "style". Said of a copy of an original atomizer or mod. Chinese manufacturers are by far the main suppliers. Some clones are pale copies both technically and in terms of vaping quality, but there are also often well-made clones that users are happy with. Their price is of course far below the prices requested by the original creators. As a result, it is a very dynamic market which allows everyone to acquire equipment at a lower cost.

The other side of the coin are: the working conditions and the remuneration of the workers who mass produce these products, the virtual impossibility of being competitive for European manufacturers and therefore of developing the corresponding employment and the obvious theft of work. of research and development of the original creators.

In the “clone” category, we can distinguish copies of counterfeits. An infringement will go as far as reproducing the logos and mentions of the original products. A copy will reproduce the form-factor and the operating principle but will not fraudulently display the name of the creator.


English phrase meaning "cloud hunting" which illustrates a specific use of materials and liquids to ensure maximum steam production. It has also become a sport across the Atlantic: producing as much steam as possible. The electrical constraints required to do this are greater than those of Power Vaping and require excellent knowledge of its equipment and resistance assemblies. Absolutely not recommended for first-time vapers.  


English term designating the resistance or heating part. It is common to all atomizers and can be purchased complete (with the capillary) as for clearomizers, or in coils of resistive wire that we wind ourselves to equip our atomizers at our convenience in terms of resistance value . The coil-art from the USA gives rise to montages worthy of real functional works of art that can be admired on the internet.



This is the part of the atomizer that screws into the mod (or the battery or the box,). The standard that tends to impose itself is the 510 connection (not: m7x0.5), we also find the eGo standard (not: m12x0.5). Made up of a screw thread dedicated to the negative pole and an isolated positive contact (pin) and very often adjustable in depth, on atomizers it is of male design (bottom-cap), and on mods (top-cap) female design for optimum nesting.



Dual coil, double coil

Double Coil


This is what happens with an IMR technology battery during a prolonged short circuit, (a few seconds may be sufficient), the battery then releases toxic gases and an acidic substance. The mods and boxes that contain the batteries have one (or more) vent (hole) degassing to allow these gases and this liquid to be released thus avoiding a possible explosion of the battery.


Do it Yourself is the English D system, it applies to e-liquids that you make yourself and to hacks that you adapt to your material to improve or personalize it …… Literal translation : " Do it yourself. "  


The tip that allows the suction from the atomizer where it is fixed, they are innumerable both in shapes and materials and in sizes and generally have a 510 base. They are held by one or two O-rings which ensure the sealing and holding on the atomizer. The suction diameters may vary and some adapt to the top cap to offer no less than 18 mm useful suction.

Drip Tip


Important category of atomizers whose primary characteristic is to vape "live", without intermediary, the liquid is poured directly onto the coil, so it cannot contain much. Drippers have evolved a lot and some now offer more interesting vaping autonomy. There are mixed ones since they offer a reserve of liquid with a pumping system for its supply. It is in most cases a reconstructable atomizer (RDA: Rebuildable Dry Atomiser) which we will modulate the coil (s) to obtain the desired vape both in power and in rendering. To taste liquids it is very popular because its cleaning is easy and you just need to change the capillary to test or vape another e-liquid. It offers a hot vape and remains the atomizer with the best rendering of flavors.



This is the difference in voltage value that is obtained at the output of the mod connector. The conductivity of the mods is not constant from one mod to another. In addition, in the long run, the material gets dirty (threads, oxidation), resulting in a loss of voltage at the output of the mod while your battery is him, well charged. A difference of 1 volt can be observed depending on the design of the mod and its state of cleanliness. A drop-volt of 1 or 2 / 10e of volt is normal.

Similarly, the drop volt can be calculated when the mod is associated with an atomizer. By imagining that the mod sends 4.1V measured at the direct output of the connection, the same measurement with an associated atomizer will be lower since the measurement will also take into account the presence of the ato, the conductivity of the latter as well as the strength of materials.


See Dripper

Dry burn:

On atomizers where you can change the capillary, it is good to clean the coil beforehand. It is the role of dry burn which consists of blushing the bare resistance for a few seconds to burn the residues of vape (the scale deposited by the highly proportioned liquids in Glycerine). An operation to realize knowingly ... .. A prolonged dry burn with low resistances or on fragile resistive son and one risks the breakage of the wire. Brushing will complete the cleaning without forgetting the interior (with a toothpick for example)

Dry hit:

It is the result of a dry vape or not supplied with liquid. A frequent experience with drippers where you cannot see the amount of juice remaining in the atomizer. The impression is unpleasant (taste of "hot" or even burnt) and implies an urgent replenishment of liquid or indicates an unsuitable assembly which does not provide the capillarity necessary for the flow rate imposed by the resistance.


Abbreviation for electronic cigarette. Usually used for thin models, not exceeding a diameter of 14 mm, or for disposable models with vacuum sensor rarely used today.



It is the liquid of vapors, composed of PG (propylene glycol) of VG or GV (vegetable glycerin), aromas and nicotine. It can also meet additives, dyes, water (distilled) or unmodified ethyl alcohol. You can prepare it yourself (DiY), or buy it all done.


Connection standard for pitch atomizers / clearomizers: m 12 × 0.5 (in mm with 12 mm height and 0,5 mm between 2 threads). This connection requires an adapter: eGo / 510 to adapt to mods when they are not already equipped. 



Cord made of braided silica fibers (silica) which exists in several thicknesses. It serves as a capillary in different assemblies: sheath for threading a cable or a cylinder of mesch (genesis atomizers) or raw capillary around which the resistive wire is wound, (drippers, reconstructables) its properties make it a material often used because it does not does not consume (like cotton or natural fibers) and does not dispel stray taste when clean. It is a consumable that must be changed regularly to take advantage of the flavors and avoid dry hits due to too much residue obstructing the passage of the liquid.


 Resistive / non-resistive wire:

It is with the resistive wire that one manufactures its coil. The resistive son have the particularity of opposing a resistance to the passage of the electric current. In doing so, this resistance has the effect of causing a heating of the wire. There are several types of resistive wires (Kanthal, Inox or Nichrome are the most used).

On the contrary, the non-resistive wire (Nickel, Silver…) will let the current flow without constraint (or very little). It is used welded to the "tabs" of the resistor in cartomizers and in BCC or BDC resistors in order to preserve the insulation of the positive pin which would be quickly damaged (unusable) due to the heat given off by the resistive wire when it. ci crosses it. This assembly is written NR-R-NR (Non Resistive - Resistive - Non Resistive).

 Composition of stainless steel 316L: whose particularity is its neutrality (physico-chemical stability):  

  1. Carbon: 0,03% max
  2. Manganese: 2% max
  3. Silicon: 1% max
  4. Phosphorus: 0,045% max
  5. Suffers: 0,03% max
  6. Nickel: between 12,5 and 14%
  7. Chrome: between 17 and 18%
  8. Molybdenum: between 2,5 and 3%
  9. Iron: between 61,90 and 64,90% 

Resistivity of 316L stainless steel according to its diameter: (the AWG standard is the US standard)

  1. : 0,15 mm - 34 AWG: 43,5 Ω / m
  2. : 0,20 mm - 32 AWG: 22,3 Ω / m

Resistive wire


Is said of a set mod / atomizer of the same diameter which, once assembled do not leave space between them. Aesthetically and for mechanical reasons it is better to get a flush mount. 



The atomizer genesis has the distinction of being fed from the bottom compared to the resistance and its capillary is a mesh roll (metal foil of different frame sizes) that crosses the tray and quenched in the juice reserve.

At the high end of the mesh is wound resistance. It is often the subject of transformations on the part of users passionate about this type of atomizer. Requiring a precise and rigorous assembly, it remains in good position on the scale of the quality of vape. This is of course a rebuildable, and its vape is warm-hot.

It is found in single or double coils.


Vegetal glycerine:

Or Glycerol. Of plant origin, it is written VG or GV to differentiate it from propylene glycol (PG), the other essential component of the bases of e-liquid. Glycerin is known for its skin moisturizing, laxative or hygroscopic properties. For us, it is a viscous transparent and odorless liquid with a slightly sweet taste. Its boiling point is 290 ° C, from 60 ° C it evaporates in the form of the cloud we know. The notable feature of glycerin is that it produces a more dense and consequent volume of “vapor” than PG, while being less effective at rendering flavors. Its viscosity clogs the resistors and the capillary faster than PG. Most e-liquids on the market provide an equal proportion of these 2 components, so we talk about 50/50.

WARNING: there is also glycerin of animal origin, the use of which is not recommended in the vape. 



The inaccessible and yet much sought after balance between liquid and material, for a heavenly vape ... .. It is of course, unique to each of us and can not be imposed on anyone.

High drain:

In French: strong discharge capacity. Refers to batteries supporting a strong continuous discharge (several seconds) without heating or undergoing deterioration. With the vapor in sub-ohm (below 1 ohm) it is strongly recommended to use high drain batteries (from 20 Amps) with a stable chemistry: IMR or INR.


I will take again here the superb definition of Dark on the A&L forum: “The“ Hit ”is a neologism par excellence of the lexical field of the electronic cigarette. It indicates the contraction of the pharynx as for a real cigarette. The more important this “hit”, the greater the sensation of smoking a real cigarette. "… not better !

The hit is obtained with the nicotine present in liquids, the higher the rate, the more the hit is felt.

There are other molecules that can create a hit in an e-liquid like Flash but they are not often appreciated by the vapers who reject the brutal and chemical aspect.


  1. This is a way of mounting its equipment, which diminishes the length by proposing to integrate the mod atomizer by a top cap of minimum thickness leaving a direct connection with the battery. Some moders offer mod / ato hybrids perfectly adapted on an aesthetic level.
  2. Also said vapers who continue to smoke while having the vape and are found in a transitional period, or make the choice to continue smoking while vaping.



It is a material (Iron alloy: 73,2% - Chromium: 22% - Aluminum: 4,8%), which is in a coil in the form of a fine shiny metal wire. There are several thicknesses (diameters) expressed in tenths of a mm: 0,20, 0,30, 0,32….

It also exists in a flat form (ribbon or ribbon in English): the flat A1 for example.

It is a resistive wire widely used to make coils due to its rapid heating qualities and its relative strength over time. 2 types of Kanthal interest us: A and D. They do not have the same alloy proportions and do not have the same physical resistance properties.

Kanthal A1 resistivity according to its diameter: (the AWG standard is the US standard)

  • : 0,10 mm - 38 AWG: 185 Ω / m
  • : 0,12 mm - 36 AWG: 128 Ω / m
  • : 0,16 mm - 34 AWG: 72 Ω / m
  • : 0,20 mm - 32 AWG: 46,2 Ω / m
  • : 0,25 mm - 30 AWG: 29,5 Ω / m
  • : 0,30 mm - 28 AWG: 20,5 Ω / m

Resistivity of kanthal D according to its diameter:

  • : 0,10 mm - 38 AWG: 172 Ω / m
  • : 0,12 mm - 36 AWG: 119 Ω / m
  • : 0,16 mm - 34 AWG: 67,1 Ω / m
  • : 0,20 mm - 32 AWG: 43 Ω / m
  • : 0,25 mm - 30 AWG: 27,5 Ω / m
  • : 0,30 mm - 28 AWG: 19,1 Ω / m


Multi-function electronic device for mods mecas. 20mm diameter for 20mm thick, this module can secure its vape through functions such as breaking in the presence of short-circuit power modulation from 4 to 20 watts depending on the model. It fits into the mod (in the right direction) and will also cut when the battery is too discharged. It is often necessary with a kicker to use shorter ones (18500) to allow its insertion and to close the different parts of the mod.



Kick ring, part of a mod mecha that allows the addition of a kick to the tube receiving the battery, regardless of its size.

Kick ring


Or diesel effect. This is the time that the resistance to fully heat that can be longer or shorter depending on the state or performance of the battery, the power required by the resistance / resistance and to a lesser extent the quality the conductivity of all the equipment.


Abbreviation of Low Resistance in English, low resistance. Around 1Ω, we speak of LR, beyond 1,5 Ω, we consider this value as normal.


Type of battery / rechargeable battery chemistry uses lithium.

Warning: Lithium ion batteries can present a risk of explosion if recharged in poor conditions. These are very sensitive elements which require implementation precautions. (Ni-CD source: )

Freedom :

Apparently obsolete concept that governments, Europe, industrial producers of cigarettes and pharmacology stubbornly deny the vapers for reasons probably financial. The freedom of vaping should, if we do not remain vigilant, be as rare as a neuron in the head of a hooligan.


Abbreviation of micro-coil. Very widely used in reconstructible atomizers because easy to make, it does not exceed 3 mm long in the tubes of disposable resistors for a maximum of 2 mm diameter. The turns are tightened against each other in order to increase the heating surface (see coil).



A wire-like foil with a very thin weft, it is rolled into a cylinder of 3 3,5 mm that fits through the plate of a genesis atomizer. It serves as a capillary for the rise of the liquid. It is necessary to carry out an oxidation before its use, obtained by heating a few seconds the roller with the red (with the orange would be more exact). This oxidation makes it possible to avoid any short circuit. Different meshes are available as well as various qualities of metal.



Or false contact in French). This English term means a problem with powering up the system, poor contact between the "fire" button and the battery is often the cause for mecha mods. For appliances, this can come from a wear of the button and in general the consequences of liquid leaks (non-conductive) often at the level of the positive pin of the top-cap of the mod and of the positive pin of the connector of the atomizer.


Derived from the English term "modified", it is the instrument which holds the electrical energy necessary to heat the resistance of the atomizer. It is composed of one or more conductive tubes (at least inside), an on / off button (generally screwed to the bottom of the tube for many mechs), a top cap (top cover screwed to the tube) and for some electro mods, an electronic control head which also and among other things acts as a switch.


Mechanic mod:

Mech in English is the simplest mod by design and use (when you have good knowledge of electricity).

In the tubular version, it is composed of a tube that can accommodate a battery, the length of which varies depending on the battery used and the use or not of a kicker. It also consists of a bottom cap (“cover” lower cap) generally used for the switch mechanism and its locking. The top cap closes the assembly and allows the atomizer to be screwed on.

For non-tubular mods, see Mod-box section.

Telescopic versions allow the insertion of any battery length of the intended diameter.

There are also mechanisms whose switch is positioned laterally, in the lower part of the mod. We sometimes speak of "Pinkie Switch").

The most used batteries today are the 18350, 18490, 18500 and 18650. The tubular mods that can accommodate them are therefore between 21 and 23 in diameter with some rare exceptions.

But there are mods using 14500, 26650 and even 10440 batteries. The diameter of these mods varies of course depending.

The materials that make up the body of the mod are: stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and titanium for the most common. Due to its simplicity, it never breaks down as long as its components and their conductivity are properly maintained. Everything happens live and it is the user who manages the electricity consumption, therefore the time to recharge the battery. Generally not recommended for neophytes, the mecha mod does not claim to be among the electronic cigarettes with which it does not share ... electronics precisely.

Mod Meca

Electro mod:

This is the last generation of mod. The difference with the mech lies in an embedded electronics that will manage all the features of the mod. Of course, it also works with a battery and it is also possible, in the same way as mods tubular mullets, to modulate the length according to the desired size but the comparison stops there .

The electronics offer, in addition to the basic on / off actions, a range of functions that ensure user safety by cutting off the power supply in the following cases:

  • Detection of a short circuit
  • Resistance too low or too high
  • Introduction of the battery upside down
  • Cut after x seconds of continuous vape
  • Sometimes when the maximum permissible internal temperature is reached.

It also allows you to view information such as:

  • The value of the resistance (the most recent electro mods accept resistances from 0.16Ω)
  • The power
  • Voltage
  • The remaining battery life in the battery.

Electronics also allow:

  • To adjust the power or the voltage of vape. (vari-wattage or vari-voltage).
  • Sometimes to offer a charge of the battery by micro-usb
  • And other less useful features ....

The tubular electro mod exists in several diameters and is available in various materials, form factor and ergonomics.

Mod electro


We are talking about a non-tubular appearance mod that looks more or less like a box.

It can be "full mecha" (total mechanical), semi-mechanical or electro, with one or more on-board batteries for more autonomy and / or more power (series or parallel connection).

The technical characteristics are comparable to those of other mods but they generally deliver more power depending on their chipset (onboard electronic module) up to 260W or more depending on the model. They support resistance values ​​close to short-circuit: 0,16, 0,13, 0,08 ohm!

There are different sizes, and the smaller ones sometimes have an integrated proprietary battery, which means that you can not theoretically change them unless you can access and replace the battery, but we're talking about DIY, the mod is not made for.

Mod Box


Creative mod craftsman, most often in limited series. It also creates atomizers aesthetically compatible with its mods, a generally neat bill. Handmade mods such as e-pipes are often beautiful works of art and, for the most part, unique objects. In France, there are mods mechanics and electros whose creations are acclaimed by the amateurs of functional originality.


Portable device for electrical measurements. Analogue or digital, it can inexpensively inform you with sufficient accuracy on the resistance value of the atomizer, the remaining charge in your battery, and other intensity measurements, for example. A tool often indispensable to the diagnosis of an invisible electrical problem and very useful for uses other than the vape.



The smallest of the micro-coils, with a diameter of about 1 mm, or less, it is intended for disposable coils of clearomizers when you want to redo them or to make a dragon coil (a kind of vertical coil around which the hair fiber is positioned).

Nano Coil


Alkaloid naturally present in tobacco leaves, released as a psychoactive substance by burning cigarettes.

It is given addictive properties stronger than in reality, while it is only combined with substances artificially added by tobacco companies that it accentuates its addictive power. Nicotine addiction is more the result of a carefully maintained disinformation than a metabolic reality.

It is also true that this substance is dangerous in high doses, even fatal. The WHO defines its lethal dosage between 0.5 g (ie 500 mg) and 1 g (ie 1000 mg).

Our use of nicotine is very framed and its pure sale is prohibited in France. Only nicotine bases or e-liquids are allowed for sale at a maximum of 19.99 mg per ml .. The hit is caused by nicotine and our body expels it in about thirty minutes. In addition, combined with certain flavors, it is a flavor enhancer.

Some vapers happen to do without a few months while still vape e-liquid containing no nicotine. It is said that they steam in no.



Organic Cotton Coil, which uses cotton (flower) as a capillary, adopted by manufacturers, is now also produced for clearomizers in the form of replaceable resistors.



Symbol: Ω. It is the coefficient of resistance to the passage of electric current of a conducting wire.

Resistance, when it opposes the flow of electrical energy, has the effect of heating, which allows the evaporation of the e-liquid in our atomizers.

The range of resistance values ​​for the vape:

  1. Between 0,1 and 1Ω for the sub-ohm (ULR).
  2. Between 1 to 2.5Ω for “normal” operating values.
  3. Above 2.5Ω for high resistance values.

Ohm's law is written as follows:

U = R x I

Or U is the voltage expressed in volts, R the resistance expressed in ohms and I the intensity expressed in amperes.

We can deduce the following equation:

I = V / R

Each equation gives the desired value (unknown) according to known values.

Note that there is also an internal resistance specific to the batteries, on average 0,10Ω, it rarely exceeds 0,5Ω.


Instrument for measuring resistance values ​​specially made for vaping. It is equipped with 510 and eGo connections, either on a single pad, or on 2. When you remake your coils, it is essential to be able to check the value of its resistance especially to vape in full mecha. This inexpensive tool also allows you to "wedge" your ato to facilitate assembly. 



English term for O-ring. The orings equip the atomizers to help maintain the parts and the tightness of the tanks (tanks). The drip-tips are also maintained with these joints.



English term designating a contact (generally the positive) present in the connector of atomizers and in the top cap of mods. This is the lowest part of the resistance of the BCCs. It is sometimes made of a screw, and adjustable, or mounted on a spring on the mods to ensure a flush appearance to the assembly. The electricity needed to heat the liquid circulates through the positive pin. Another word for pin: the "plot", which will be either negative or positive depending on its location on the tray of a rebuildable atomizer.


Tray :

Part of the rebuildable atomizer used to mount the coils. It is composed of a surface on which a positive and insulated pad usually appears in the middle and near the edge are arranged the negative pads. The resistances are passed through these studs (by lights or around the top are studs) and kept screwed. The connector ends in the lower part of the room, usually in stainless steel.



English phrase designating a way of vaping. This is a remarkable vape for the impressive amount of “vapor” produced. To practice power-vaping, it is necessary to carry out a specific assembly (ULR in general) on an RDA or RBA atomizer and to use the appropriate batteries. Fluids for PV are typically 70, 80, or 100% VG.

Propylene glycol : 

Is written PG by convention, one of the two basic components of e-liquids. Less viscous than VG, PG clogs the coils much less but is not the best “vapor producer”. Its main function is to restore the flavors / aromas of liquids and allow their urination in DIY preparations.

Fluid, colorless fluid, non-toxic when inhaled, propylene glycol is used in many products of the food industry, but also products of the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, aeronautic, textile .... It is an alcohol with the abbreviation E 1520 is found on the labels of food and industrial food preparations.

 Propylene glycol


Re-Buildable Atomizer: repairable or rebuildable atomizer


Rebuildable Dry Atomizer: dripper (rebuildable)


Rebuildable Tank Atomizer: tank atomizer, repairable (rebuildable)


Single coil, single coil.

Single coil

Set or Set-up:

Set mod plus atomizer plus drip-tip.

Set Up


Francization of the English verb to stack: to stack. Action of superimposing two batteries in series in a mod.

Generally, we use 2 X 18350, which will double the value of the output voltage. An operation to be carried out in full knowledge of the possible consequences in the event of error of assembly on the atomizer, reserved for the persons who master the electrical physics and the characteristics of the different chemistries of the batteries.


Anglicism which corresponds to a maturation phase of DiY preparations where the vial is left to stand in the dark in a place at room temperature or cool for a few hours or a few days at the start of development. Unlike "Venting" which consists of letting the liquid mature in an open vial.

It is generally advisable to proceed with a fairly long phase of steeping and then a short phase of venting to finish.

The steeping time depends on several factors:

  • Complexity of the recipe.
  • Presence or no tobacco. (Need a longer steeping)
  • Presence or absence of texture agents ((Need for a longer steeping)

The venting time should not exceed a few hours. Beyond this term, the nicotine present oxidizes by losing its strength and the aromas evaporate.


A mod or battery element used to turn the vape device on or off by pressure, it usually returns to the off position when released. The switches of the mech mods are locked (locked in English) for transport in the pocket or in a bag, the switches of the mods electros act by pressing a given number of times in a row to turn on or off the device (same for the batteries eGo eVod ....).



English word meaning tank with which all atomizers are equipped with the exception of drippers which must be refilled frequently. The tanks have a liquid reserve of up to 8ml. They are found in various materials: Pyrex, stainless steel, PMMA (a polycarbonate plastic).


Tool of the appearance of a carto-tank (tank for cartomizer) which allows to visualize the remaining tension of your battery, the tension that sends your mod mecha and sometimes the value of your resistances and the equivalent in power. Some also determine the drop volt, which can be calculated from the theoretical charge of the full battery, by the difference in value of the load measured at the output of the mod, with and without atomizer.


Can be translated by upper cap, it is the part of the atomizer that receives the drip-tip, and closes the assembly. For the mods is the upper part with the thread (equipped with pin + insulated) to connect the atomizer.

Top Cap


Ultra Low Resistance in English, ultra low resistance in French. When one vapes with a resistance value lower than 1Ω, one vape in sub-ohm. We vape in ULR when we descend even lower (around 0.5Ω and less.

Vape reserved for dry atomizers or genesis, we meet today clearomiseurss studied for the vape ULR. It is essential to have high-drain batteries certified and to be able to assess the risks in case of improper assembly or too close to the short circuit.


Circular fuse of small thickness which is placed against the negative pole of the battery in the mechanical mods. It provides a power cut in the event of a short circuit, disposable for less expensive, it can be effective several times for more expensive models. Without protected batteries (by a fuse of this type integrated into the battery) and without a kick, vaping on a mecha mod amounts to "working without a net", the fuse vape is recommended to users of mechs, uninitiated or beginners.

Vape FusePersonal vaporizer:

Another name of the e-cig, peculiar to the vape in all its forms.


Verb meaning vape, but officially entered the vocabulary dictionary. Not always appreciated vapors (officially vapors) who prefer the word vaper, just as the vapors (vapers in English) prefer this term to vapers.


Vertical Dual Coil, double vertical coil


Wick or capillary, used in the composition of a montage in different forms (materials), silica, natural cotton, bamboo fiber, fiber freacks (cellulose fiber), Japanese cotton, braided cotton (natural ecru ) ....


Spire in French. The resistive wire with which we make our coils is wound several times around an axis whose diameter varies from 1 to 3,5mm and each turn is a turn. The number of turns and the diameter of the coil obtained (which will be reproduced identically, during a double coil assembly) will have a given resistance value, depending on the nature and thickness of the wire used.


Welding machine for mounting NR-R-NR. This is often a DIY from a disposable electronic card, the cradle for the battery, a contact added (for powering up and charging the capacitor) all finished, in place and place of the flash (deposited as useless), by 2 insulated cables (red + and black -) each equipped with a clamp. The zapper is capable of micro-welding between two very fine wires, without melting them and without bulges.

To know more :  (Thanks to David)

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  1. Kanthal A1 and Ribbon A1 correspondence table (kanthal platA1) diameters / turns / resistors 
  2. Table scale of Volts / Power / resistance correspondences for a vape compromise combining safety and longevity of the material.
  3. Table scale correspondence Volts / Power / resistances for a compromise of vape in sub-ohm allying security and longevity of the material.
  4. Table table of sub-ohm tolerated values ​​according to examples of commonly used batteries.

 Last update March 2015.

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