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Terminology

This page explains some of the basic terminology associated with PV's and our products.

 

E-liquid:E-liquid also known as e-juice is the solution which is used in the PV to create vapor. E-liquid usually consist of a few simple ingredients and can be made with or without nicotine.

 PG: (Propylene glycol) is a widely used chemical in both the food and drug industry and can be found in nearly everything including inhalers. PG is also commonly used in hospital ventilation systems as it posses anti microbial properties.

 VG: ( Vegetable Glycerin or Glycerol) a non toxic plant based chemical that forms the backbone of the fat molecule.

 Ethanol: (Pure Grain Alcohol) Toxic only in very large doses this is more commonly referred to as Everclear.

 Nicotine: nicotine is a highly dangerous chemical and can be fatal if handled improperly, however in small doses nicotine is considered a mild stimulant similar to caffeine and is commonly used as a safe alternative to pesticides due to its bitter taste.

 Atomizer:


The atomizer is really the key to the PV and is often referred to as the atty. The atomizer heats up the e-liquid which is dripped either via a cartridge or by some other means onto a wick. The wick passes through a heating element which heats up causing vapor to be released from the e-liquid. 

Atomizers have a limited life expectancy that can range from a few weeks to a few months and performance of the atomizer will usually tail off towards the end of its life.

 

LR & HV atomizers:

 LR or Low Resistance atomizers simulate the experience of vaping at high voltage, providing a warmer thicker vapor to form due to higher heat. These atomizers perform a much more demanding job and therefore have a shorter life expectancy.

 HV or High Voltage atomizers are designed to work with high voltage devices such as mods which are often built at home with 5v or higher batteries. Some commercially available mods are on the market, but most are large and bulky.

 

Cartridges:Cartridges house the e-liquid and allow it to drip into the atomizer. Each type of atomizer has its own unique cartridge type, and there are benefits and drawbacks for each type.

 

Cartomizers:


Cartomizers are an atomizer and cartridge rolled up into one. The cartomizer is usually a bit longer than a standard atomizer, but shorter than an atomizer and cartridge put together. These are a very convenient method for those who do not want to carry around e-liquid as they only need to be filled once or twice a day usually.

Batteries:


The batteries used in PV's are lithium ion rechargeable batteries which means that they have no memory and do not need to be fully discharged before recharging. These batteries operate at a range between 3.3 and 3.8 Volts which is standard for PV's and required in order to produce enough heat to vaporize the e-liquid. Higher voltage batteries are sometimes used in high voltage mods. Lithium ion batteries have a life expectance of around 300 cycles, meaning they can be recharged around 300 times, but some do last quite a bit more, while others fall short.

Manual vs. Automatic:

There are 2 main battery types manual which has a button that must be pushed to activate the connection between the battery and atomiz, and automatic which has no button and relise on a sensor inside of the battery to tell when a person is inhaling. The main difference between the two is preference and controll. While the automatic is usually prefered by people when they are first starting out, people often later switch to manuals due to the limitations of automatics. Manual batteries give the user more control of when the heating process takes place and can be used for direct dripping since the battery is sealed.

Sealed vs. Unsealed:

It is important to know weather your battery is sealed or not, so that you can know the limitations of your set up. Batteries that are unsealed such as automatics and some manuals should not be used for direct dripping, as this can lead to flooding of the battery and premature failure. Most manual batteries are sealed, but not all are, and it is a good idea to check when you get them to see if they are or not. For those people that will not be direct dripping, unsealed batteries should be fine and usually do not present a problem, however, be sure to keep them clean and do not let liquid get down inside of them or they will be toast.