Vaponics 101: Understanding Vape Lingo

I love etymologies. My daily online surfing routines include visits to Thesaurus and Urban Dictionary. I am always looking for ways to expand my vocabulary. Not that I am book smart or anything like that, I guess this comes from my stint as an English tutor and my love for Hip Hop lyricism.

When I first decided to make the purchase that would change my life, I didn’t know what to tell the guy at the smoke shop when I first walked in . I wasn’t sure if it was called an e-cigarette, a vaporizer, or a vape pen. I come to realize that they are all of the above, all the same but also slightly different from each other.

Now, this is a tricky post for me. It took me a while to think on how I would structure this post because there are so many words associated to vaping. I could have made a small dictionary about vape words, but that would take me so much time and research and a lot of space, I wouldn’t want to bore anyone reading this.

Also, I didn’t want to get too technical with the words I chose to define. I could go on and on with Dual Coil Cartomizers, Variable Voltage, Kanthal, etc. I’m sure I can get to all that later on.

So I decided to put this together as someone who was a total noob to vaping. Kind of like I was six months ago. I must admit, the technology behind vaping did intimidate me, all I really wanted was to quit smoking. I did not have time to do a thorough research on what to say and what I wanted. All I knew was, “I want that vape pen at the right side of the display, and that Fruit Punch juice you have over at the corner shelf.  And don’t even ask me about how much nicotine I want in it because I have no idea what you are saying.”

So I am going to do this in a chronological order, the terms you need to know if you are making that switch from smoking to vaping. In my opinion, knowing these terms will help you get a better idea at what you want, and what to expect.

1.) Set-up

This pertains to what kind of vaping unit you want. To keep it simple, I will arrange it from the simplest to the most complex set-ups that are usually on sale.

1.1) E-cigarettes

If you want to maintain the look and feel of a cigarette, this is the way to go. Like a cigarette, just has that ridiculous red/blue light at the tip whenever you take a puff. The disadvantages I see with these are its dependence on cartridges (the “butt” part of the e-cig which are disposable, and are a bit pricey), the limited flavors, and the vapor production. Good examples are Njoy and Blu e-cigs.

Njoy E-Cigarette
Njoy E-Cigarette

1.2) E-gos

To me, this is the best set up for vaping. Very simple, introduces you to the use of juices, and gives you more control over your vaping. It also is the most cost-efficient out of all the set-ups. Many people will stick to this set-up because this is all you really need when it comes to vaping. Battery life is good, and it comes with a tank, which is good for all day vaping. This set-up also got me off of cigarettes, it is the Ayatollah of the vape movement. Only problem is it screams attention, and people will start to notice once you put this in your mouth so be ready for the questions.

Ego E-Cigarette
Ego E-Cigarette

1.3) Mods

E-go’s are great, but if you want to take your vaping experience to the next level, try a mod. I would never suggest a newbie to start off with a mod. It is for the advanced vaper. Honestly, I didn’t appreciate the first mod I bought just because I was so used to the simplicity of the e-go. But after a lot of practice and gaining more knowledge about vaping, I was able to appreciate and customize the way I vape. The good thing about mods is that they are more sturdy, have a longer battery life, has more power and can produce mad clouds of vapors if done right. The cons are it costs a lot to buy and maintain. You will start to spend more money once you master using a mod, because there so many ways to go with it. Also, once you buy one, you have to get another, and another, and another, and another. It becomes a vicious cycle. You have been warned!

K101 Mod
K101 Mod

So this is all for now. I hope this gives anyone out there thinking about switching to vaping a better idea of what to get. I will expound more on this in future articles. Geez, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, and I’m already drained from all this writing. Oh well, time to relax and enjoy some well deserved vapors.


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!

10 thoughts on “Vaponics 101: Understanding Vape Lingo”

  1. Discovered the e-Go setup shortly after I started vaping almost 2 years ago, and now it’s the only set-up I use. Lots of options with these, as manufacturers have developed a large variety of tank systems, etc, that go with this setup.

    Lots of people ask me about what they should by in terms of e-digs, and I always advise them to go with this setup.


    1. Me too Dang Yankee, I say forget the e-cig set-upand go straight to the e-go. Nowadays I use my mod more often, but I always have my e-go with me whenever I go out the house. Not only is it easy to use, it is also very convenient. I can use my e-go while I drive, versus using my mod where I have to drip every now and then. Your right, with so many tanks that are compatible with the e-go, there are just so many ways to go.


  2. I currently vape with an iTaste MVP with a kangertech aero tank. Next up is a pink nemisis mod. I’m scared to use the mod because I do like the convenience of the tank. Dripping will be hard to get used to but I hear the flavor is better on a mod. Can’t wait to get it and try it out!


    1. I was like that too at first, but once I got used to it I stopped buying tanks. You give up convenience with dripping, but it does wonders with the flavor of your juice.

      Good call on the Nemesis mod, can’t go wrong with that. Might I suggest the Igo-L for a starter RDA, its simple to build and it has a deep well so it can hold more juice. Best thing about it is its cheap. Also, rebuilding your atomizer brings so much more excitement in vaping!


      1. I’m excited to learn how to do my own builds. My fiance is actually building right now. He has a k100 and a turtleship. I like the convenience of the tank but I want to be able to drip to get the flavor. I’ll probably keep my tank for nicotine juices and just use the mod for 0mg juices. I’m also excited for the big clouds and trying to make subohm builds. I’ve been vaping for 2 months almost and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.


        1. Right on, that’s the way to do it. It’s even better that your fiance is into to it as well. It’s just amazing how vaping has changed the lives of many ex-smokers, yet the media and politicians refuse to acknowledge it.


          1. I know it’s really sad. People are always going to have negative opinions of everything. That’s just the world we live in. I’m trying to convert as many of my smoker friends as possible.


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