Vaping, especially for new vapers, opens up a whole new world! Not only are there hundreds of devices and e-liquids to choose from there’s a whole new set of jargon that you won’t have heard of before you starting looking into vaping.

To help out, we’ve pulled together a glossary of words to help provide some clarity in a world where sometimes a little bit of knowledge goes a long way.


This describes vaping on a device with a coil which is less than 1 ohm resistance. (Less than meaning sub). You would only use High VG e-liquid on a sub ohm coil which means you would use this coil for cloud chasing vaping. The coil resistance is relative to a) the device you are using, b) the e-liquid you are to use c) the vaping style you desire.

Pod Kit

A pod kit or pod device is a type of electronic cigarette. ‘Pod’ means the coil is in a fixed unit, so when it comes to the end of its life, you dispose of the pod itself rather than just changing the coil. Another key feature of pod kits or pod devices is that there is no fire button. Pod kits are draw activated which means you just inhale and it will vape, there is no button to press. The lack of button makes pod devices much slicker than your average!

PG e-liquid

E-liquid which contains a high majority ratio of Propylene Glycol (PG). PG is a main ingredient to make any e-liquid.

VG e-liquid

E-liquid which contains a high majority ratio of Vegetable Glycerin (VG). VG is a main ingredient to make any e-liquid. This type is used for high volume vaping (cloud chasing).


The circular element of your device which is the heating element of the device. Coils will either contain a cotton wick or be made of ceramic. Here at Jenson, we use only cotton wicks. The cotton wick absorbs the e-liquid, which in turn gets heated and creates the vapour which you inhale. A coil is usually replaceable as this is the consumable part of the device which will need to be replaced after a certain time.


The coil and battery connect to the tank. The tank will hold the mouthpiece which you put your lips around to vape. The tank also houses your chosen e-liquid in the device. The tank is usually replaceable.


The power behind the vape as it heats the coil. It’s important to use the correct voltage of battery in your device. Always follow manufacturers’ instructions. The battery is usually a rechargeable one and will need a specific charger. Each companies batteries differ, so ensure you are using compatible batteries and/or chargers.


The old skool version of the tank. The clearomiser differs slightly to the tank as it has a fixed coil rather than a replaceable coil. Another key difference is that the clearomiser is made entirely of glass (except the mouthpiece). You fill the clearomiser from the top (top fill) by unscrewing the mouthpiece. The clearomiser houses the e-liquid and has the same function as a tank. It’s just down to personal preference.

Mouth to Lung

Recognise this as MTL. Mouth to lung describes a type of vaping style. Vaping MTL is how you would smoke a traditional cigarette. You inhale into your mouth and hold it in your mouth for a few seconds before inhaling into your lungs.

Direct to Lung

Recognise this as DTL. Direct to lung describes a type of vaping style used for cloud chasing (High VG Vaping only). Vaping DTL means you inhale straight into the lungs without first holding it in your mouth.

Starter Kit

This term is used to describe a kit you would buy if you are new to vaping. A starter kit should contain everything you need to start vaping. Different companies starter kits will differ, so ensure you do your proper research!


E-liquid means liquid to be used on a vape device. There are many variables of e-liquid, different flavours, many nicotine strengths and different PG/VG ratios. You can’t use any e-liquid on any device so ensure you research which e-liquid you are to use based on your choice of device.

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