Glossary of Vape Terms

Here’s some common vape terms that will be useful as you read through our reviews and consider the technical aspects in vape technology discussions.

510 threading

The standard threading size for vape batteries accepting cannabis oil vape cartridges and other vape attachments that are 510 threaded on the male piece.

Airflow

Refers to the amount of air passing through an atomizer and out the mouthpiece with each inhale. Greater airflow provides larger vapor hits with each inhale.

Atomizer

The part of a vaporizer that houses the heating element which makes contact with your cannabis oils and concentrates to produce vapor. There’s countless variations of atomizers using different materials and heating element styles.

Battery

The power source for the heating element in a vaporizer. Some vape batteries attach to cannabis oil vape cartridges while others may be fixed or integrated into a vaporizer device. The full assembly with the battery is typically referred to as a vape.

Cartridge

Refers to an atomizer fixed to a plastic or glass tank that’s often pre-filled with cannabis oil and connects to a separate battery; usually refers to disposable tanks that are pre-filled with cannabis oils and are widely available from cannabis dispensaries; There’s countless brands of vape cartridges on the market.

Coil

The part of an atomizer used to heat up cannabis or other concentrate product causing vaporization; the number of coils in an atomizer can vary and not all atomizers use coils but it is the most common heating element.

Combustion

Method of heating which burns cannabis and causes smoke instead of vapor. If you smoke a bowl by lighting plant material on fire then you are causing combustion and inhaling smoke.

Conduction

Method of heating where the heating element makes direct contact with the oil or cannabis concentrate.

Convection

Method of heating where the heating element does not make direct contact with the oil or cannabis concentrate; hot air produced by the heating element passes through the vaporizable product; considered more effective than conduction.

Dual coils/rods

Refers to an atomizer than contains two rods wrapped with coils; uses more battery power but produces more vapor than a single coil.

Heating element

Refers to the part of a vaporizer that heats up cannabis to produce vaporization; the heating element can vary in its design and construction.

Lithium-ion

Most commony used type of rechargeable battery in most vaporizers and portable electronics; great for being light weight, high energy density and low self-discharge.

mAh

Stands for milliampere hour which is a unit of measure representing a battery’s charge holding capacity; higher mAh numbers means less charging as the battery can hold more power; small and cheap vape pen batteries are usually around 200-300 mAh while more expensive and larger vaporizer batteries can be around 1000-2500 mAh

mg

Stands for milligrams which is a typical unit of measure for the weight of cannabis oil and concentrate products; cannabis oil cartridges are most commonly sold pre-filled with 500 mg of oil

Ohm

Standard unit of electrical resistance; lower numbers represent lower resistance; lower resistance allows the heating element to heat faster

Quartz

Crystal or glass material commonly used for dab rig nails or as the rod instead of a wick that’s wrapped with coils in many atomizers.

Vape Pen

Term usually used to refer to a vape battery connected to replaceable vape cartridges; can also be used to refer to a portable vaporizer that may not have a replaceable battery

Vaporizer

Any device or combination of parts that use a method of heating a cannabis oil or product to its boiling point which gasses of as vapor without inducing combustion

Voltage

The amount force that makes electricity move through a wire; higher voltage means higher temperatures.

Sub-ohm

Refers to a heating element that has an ohm resistance of less than 1.0; sub-ohm atomizers can produce larger vape clouds than atomizers with an ohm rating above 1.

Watt

Unit of measure referring to the rate of energy transfer from an electrical appliance.

Wick

Part of an atomizer used to deliver cannabis oil from the tank to the coil and can be made from silica, cotton or other material.; some atomizers use cotton wicks wrapped in coils.

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