So, you’ve decided that this year is the year you’re going to make the choice to live a healthier life and save some money by turning to e-cigarettes. Congratulations! In the process of doing your due diligence as you hunt for the perfect products to suit you you’ve probably come across quite a few terms that you’ve never heard before and spent more time than you’d like figuring out definitions. It’s a process every beginner goes through, all of the staff of TRUVAPE have painful memories of going through the exact same process. That’s why we’ve decided to make your lives a little easier and put together this list of the most commonly-used terms you’re likely to be seeing on this journey into the world of vaping. We can’t cover everything (that would take about a thousand blog posts) but sat down together and worked out all of the things we think you’re most likely to see.


Also, be sure to check out our store after reading, we’ve got a lot of things we’re confident you’ll love.



A regular tobacco cigarette.


The part of the electronic cigarette that heats up to vaporise the e-liquid.

Automatic e-cig

An electronic cigarette which activates through suction on the mouthpiece rather than by the manual activation of a button.


Brick and Mortar. A physical store you can buy vaping products from. Not the discount shop.


An atomiser built into the cartridge, marketed as disposable.


A clear walled cartomiser in which the juice level can be seen.


A method of vaping where you drip your liquid directly onto the atomiser rather than putting a larger amount of liquid into a tank. This is usually done by more experienced vapers who are looking for the most intense flavour possible.

Drip Tip

A mouthpiece which contains an opening allowing you to drip your e-liquid directly onto the atomiser/cartomiser.


Abbreviation for electronic cigarette.


The liquid used in electronic cigarettes that contains propylene glycol and/or glycerine, flavourings, and nicotine.

Manual e-cig

An electronic cigarette which activates through the user pressing a small button (like most modern e-cigs).

mg strength

Milligram strength per millilitre (ml) - relates to the percentage of nicotine contained within the e-liquid. For example, 18mg is 18mg of nicotine per ml which is approximately 1.8% nicotine.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch, gum, etc.)


Leaving your e-liquid to sit for a period of time in an attempt to improve the flavour. Steeping is usually performed by leaving a sealed bottle of e-liquid sit for anywhere between 2-6 weeks.

Throat Hit 

The tingling sensation felt in the back of the throat when inhaling.

Vape, vaping

The use of an electronic cigarette - similar to the term "smoking" when referring to an analogue cigarette.


An atomiser's heating element is wrapped around a wick which will continually supply e-liquid to the coil. In mass-produced atomisers/cartomisers, this is normally glass-fibre.


If we’ve missed anything out, you have a something in mind you’d like us to write about or you’ve got any feedback for us then leave us a comment below. We promise to get back to you and take all suggestions and feedback into account.


Until next time,


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