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Learn the Lingo – Common Electronic Cigarette Terms Explained


For those of you new to the world of electronic cigarettes, understanding all of the lingo can be overwhelming, so we've put together a list of the most commonly used terms to help you get up to speed;


  • Analogue – A common term used by vapers to refer to traditional tobacco cigarettes.
  • Atomiser – The component of an e-cig responsible for converting the e-liquid into vapour. Stand alone atomisers are commonly used in older e-cig designs and complex enthusiast devices. The more recent designs incorporate the atomiser into the cartridge (see cartomiser below).
  • Battery – The battery refers to the longest part of an electronic cigarette, which powers the cartridge/cartomiser. These are often rechargeable except for disposable e-cigs, which, as their name suggests, are single use only.
  • BLACKHAWX – A superior brand of electronic cigarettes offering one of the best vaping experiences available on the market.
  • Cartridge – A term commonly used interchangeably with cartomiser (see below). This is the smaller component of a two-piece electronic cigarette, which contains the e-liquid and atomiser. Cartridges are disposable and simply replaced when the e-liquid within is used up.
  • Cartomiser – The combination of a cartridge and atomiser into a single unit (often simplified to just ‘cartridge’).
  • Charging Case or PCC (Personalised Charging Case) – Looks similar to a traditional analogue cigarette pack however contains an internal rechargeable power supply, which is used to re-charge your e-cig battery component.  A PCC also contains slots to store additional cartridges.
  • Disposables – Generally much larger than a rechargeable e-cigarette. Once the battery supply is exhausted, they are simply discarded.
  • Dripping – Refers to a method of adding e-liquid to a refillable atomiser. BLACKHAWX ecig cartridges are pre-filled, sealed and ready to vape so there’s no need for messy dripping and no chance of leaking e-liquid.
  • E-cig – An abbreviation for electronic cigarette (duh!)
  • E-liquid – Also referred to as Smoke Juice or E-Juice, is the liquid solution that is vaporised by the cartomiser (cartridge). E-liquid is commonly made from Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) or a combination of both.
  • ENDS – An acronym for Electronic Nicotine Delivery System, which is simply a complex name for electronic cigarettes.
  • LED – An acronym for light emitting diode, which is contained within the tip of an e-cig and lights up when a user inhales on the cartridge.
  • Milligrams (MG) – Refers to the amount of nicotine per milliliter of e-liquid. BLACKHAWX e-cigs are available in 0mg, 6mg, & 18mg.
  • PCC (Personalised Charging Case) – See ‘Charging Case’ above.
  • Personal Vaporiser (PV) – Another name for electronic cigarettes.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) – A common ingredient used in e-liquid. PG is regarded as safe for human consumption and is found in common consumer products such as toothpaste, soft drinks & ice cream. Don’t be fooled by scare-mongering which suggests PG is also used antifreeze or engine coolant – it is true that some anti-freeze products contains PG – the NON TOXIC kind of antifreeze!
  • Smoke Juice – See E-liquid above.
  • Starter Kit – Contains everything you’ll need to begin vaping. BLACKHAWX starter kits contain two e-cig batteries, a stylish PCC, wall & USB charger and 5 pre-filled zero nicotine cartridges.
  • Throat Hit – Refers to the sensation experienced in the back of the throat when inhaling e-liquid containing nicotine. BLACKHAWX electronic cigarettes offer an incredibly satisfying throat hit compared to other products on the market.
  • Vaping – The act of using an electronic cigarette. E-cigs produce vapour rather than smoke so you’re vaping, NOT smoking.
  • Vegetable Glycerin (VG) – Another common ingredient found in high quality e-liquid, which provides superior vapour production than purely PG e-liquid. BLACKHAWX e-liquid contains a very precise mix of VG & PG to produce one of the best e-cig vaping experiences available. VG is commonly used in the food industry as a sweetener and is regarded as safe for human consumption.

Now that you're fluent in e-cigarette speak - visit our products page to purchase your very own BLACKHAWX e-cigarette and become part of the global revolution.