Vape Terms & Lingo

Vape, Vaping:

This is the term used to describe when people are using an electronic cigarette. To take a drag or inhale the vaporised e-liquid. This is the alternative word to smoking.

E-Liquid, Smoke Juice, E-Juice:

The Liquid used to refill your e-cigarette that contains PG and or VG, distilled water and flavouring.

PG (Propylene Glycol)

The ingredient in most e-liquid recipes that produces vapor. PG or Propylene Glycol is usually a faintly sweet, odorless, and colorless clear viscous liquid that is hygroscopic and miscible with water and acetone. Propylene glycol is recognised as generally safe by the Food and Drug Administration. It is used in food coloring, and flavoring, as an additive to keep food, medicines and cosmetics moist, and in smoke machines. Propylene glycol functions to provide the vapor mist that looks like smoke and to suspend flavour.

VG (Vegetable Glycerine)

Vegetable glycerin, or vegetable glycerol, is a plant-based carbohydrate used as a base in e-liquid, moisturiser or carrier in common food and health products such as cake mix, toothpaste, and gel capsules. When used in e-liquid, vegetable glycerin produces vapor that mimics the appearance of smoke as it is exhaled. Vegetable glycerin is sometimes preferred over propylene glycol because of its increased vapor production. Vegetable glycerin is thicker than propylene glycol, which may reduce the life of the e-cigarette atomiser when used at full strength. Combining propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin in mixtures of at least 80 percent PG and 20 percent VG may eliminate extra wear and tear on the atomiser without compromising the quality of vapour.
The safety of vegetable glycerin is virtually undisputed. According to studies in the United States and Canada, VG is hypo-allergenic and non-carcinogenic. VG has low potential to irritate eyes or other mucus membranes and is not known to cause skin reactions. When skin irritation does occur, it is usually due to skin coming into contact with high concentrations of vegetable glycerin not used in E-liquid products. VG is metabolised easily by the body and produces very low toxicity when inhaled or ingested.

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit

An electronic cigarette starter kit provides you with everything you require to start using an electronic cigarette. The electronic cigarette starter kit includes a battery, a clearomiser, a charger and an e-liquid. The e-cigarette starter kit is usually the best option for beginners to use as the starter kit will make it easy for them to start vaping straight away. There are many different styles of starter kits on the market from traditional cigarette looking starter kits to more advanced starter kits. We have the best range of electronic cigarette starter kits and accessories available. Many e-cigarette suppliers will sell e-cigarette starter kits to their customers having no idea of the quality, performance and craftsmanship that actually went into the electronic cigarette.


A Clearomizer fits onto the battery of your electronic cigarette. It contains a wick(s) and heating element that serves to vaporise the e-liquid. The wicks draw the e-liquid from the tank to the atomizer which then vaporises the e-liquid. Benefits are that you can see the amount of e-liquid you are using allowing you to refill when it gets low. They provide a great taste, throat hit and excellent vapour production. A clearomiser can generally last anywhere from 7-30 days with proper care and maintenance.


A cartomizer is a device consisting of an atomizer and cartridge (all in one) that connects directly to the battery of your e-cigarette. A Cartomizer stores the e-liquid in an absorbent filler material and contains a heating element that serves to vaporise the e-liquid. Cartomizers allow for a greater length of time between e-liquid refills and the benefit is a great throat hit, amazing flavour and massive vapour production. They can however drain batteries faster than a clearomizer and you can’t see the amount of e-liquid you are using (unless you get a clear one) so always keep the filter moist with e-liquid and have a back up battery on hand. A cartomizer can generally last anywhere from 7-14 days with proper care and maintenance.


A tank system uses a cartomiser/coil and tank that supplies e-liquid to the atomizer. Generally a tank can hold a larger amount of e-liquid.


This is the portion of electronic cigarette hardware that heats the e-liquid or smoke juice into a vapour. This part is potentially the most critical part for an e-cigarette and can be the main culprit if you are experiencing poor vapour production or are experiencing a burnt or “electric” taste when vaping.


This is a no brainer. The battery is the device that powers the e-cigarette. A pass-through battery can connect to your computer via USB and will allow you to use it whilst still on charge which is very handy when running low on battery. Electronic Cigarette Batteries come in different strengths and sizes. We believe that the ones in our shop are the best on the market.

Battery Safety

Please treat batteries with care and caution as they are sensitive to charging characteristics and have been known to explode or burn if mishandled.
When charging batteries always place them on a fire-proof surface.
Never leave batteries unattended whilst on charge.
Never over-charge batteries.
If your battery gets hot to touch, or if you detect a burning smell stop using the battery immediately and place somewhere safe to cool down.
If you notice that the device is activating its self then immediately disconnect the battery from the atomizer and DO NOT reconnect the battery or place it in your pocket from this point on.
It is important to carry, charge and dispose of batteries properly.
Ecig Life shall not be held responsible or liable for any damage caused by misuse or mishandling of batteries and chargers. We shall not be held responsible or liable for damage if there is any modification of the batteries/chargers in any form or shape including pack making. We shall not be held responsible or liable for any injury, damage, or defect, permanent or temporary that may be caused by the use of any batteries.

Doubler/Double Strength

A doubler is a double-strength concentrated e-liquid designed to be diluted with additional VG, PG and nicotine. Check out our handy e-juice calculator if you need help mixing.

Throat Hit

This is what you feel when inhaling e-liquid through an electronic cigarette.This experience will differ with every e-liquid and electronic cigarette.

Vapour Production

Vapour production is the amount of vapour you exhale after using an e-cigarette. There are many factors that play a role in producing large amounts of vapour production.
The PG / VG ratio.
The type of Atomizer, Clearomizer or Cartomizer that you are using.
The type of device can also play a roll in how much vapour you produce.
The voltage you’re vaping at also plays a big roll in vapor production.
These are some of the factors that can decide how much vapour you will produce from your electronic cigarette.