Your Complete Vape Dictionary: S-U


We continue with the Vape Dictionary, giving you definitions for all the common vaping terms you’ll come across. (See the full Vape Dictionary A-CD-GM-NO-RS-U, and V-Z.)


Sensor – Advanced e-cigarettes include electronic sensors that detect when you’re taking a puff. The sensor provides power to the atomizer, eliminating the need for the manual button.

Series – Some mech mods have a dual battery configuration wired in series. This effectively doubles the voltage output but decreases the battery life.

Silica – Commonly used for wicks. Silica has a high melting point.

Smart Chip – A chip that provides customizable settings located within a battery unit.

Smokeless Cigarette – Another term for e-cigarettes, since they don’t produce smoke.

Stacking – some vapers stack batteries end-to-end to amplify the power. This is risky and we don’t recommend it.

Standard Resistance – the range of ohm ratings suitable for vaping devices (1.8 to 3.0 ohms.)

Starter Kit – A kit containing everything you need to start vaping. We offer a range of starter kits.

Sub-ohming – Experienced vapers who love massive clouds use sub-ohming with coils that have ohm readings below 1.0 ohm.

Sweet Spot – The perfect vape. This is different for every vaper, and involves the right resistance, the perfect e-juice with the ideal nicotine level, to the ideal e-cigarette, to getting the right voltage or wattage.


Tailpiping – When you direct drip and inhale without a drip tip.

Tank – Clearomizers with glass or plastic enclosures called tanks. These hold a larger volume of e-liquid.

Thermal Runaway – When you overheat a lithium-based battery because of overcharging, physical damage, stacking batteries, short-circuiting, faulty wiring among other electronic malfunctions.

Throat Hit – vapor hitting your throat. Cigarettes give a harsh throat hit, and many vapers are looking to replicate this, but others like a gentler throat hit.

Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) – This is a public health initiative that acknowledges people will continue to smoke and attempts to find ways to reduce the use of harmful nicotine-containing products (cigarettes).

Toot – drawing on an electronic cigarette.

Topping Off – when you add a few drops of e-liquid to a cartridge, cartomizer or tank, to fill it to capacity.

Triple Coil – triple coils produce massive amounts of vapor, though battery life is reduced because of the added draw on power. You see them in some cartomizers and rebuildables.

Tube Mod – e-cigarettes that have a tube shape.


Unprotected Battery – A type of battery that doesn’t have protection. Some of them can leak if they’re not correctly used. Others are made of safe materials.

USB Charger – A charger you can plug into a USB port.

USB Passthrough – A USB charging vape devices that allows you to vape while it charges.

Whew! There are so many terms! Did you learn something new about vaping from the glossary?

At NZVAPOR we stock a range of vaping products for you to choose from, so you can experiment and find the perfect mix and flavour for you to help you quit smoking.

Share this post


Need a prescription? Check out these options