When it comes to vaping, possibly the most important part of the process is the liquid vapers put in their devices; it defines the taste, the nicotine intake and the amount of vapour produced. Now firmly established as a viable alternative to smoking cigarettes, vaping’s credibility and popularity are on a meteoric rise; as it does so, the diverse range of different tastes and flavours of vaping liquid also continues to expand. We’ll investigate the basic facts surrounding e-liquid and their components, how they affect the different ways to vape, the best use of specific e-liquids and the vape devices you should use them with.
As the standard substance used in most vape devices, vape juice or e-liquid contains three ingredients, they are –
- Propylene Glycol – referred to as a PG, has been a food additive and component in medicines for over 60 years and is a great flavour carrier.
- Vegetable Glycerine – Known as VG, is an odourless product of plant oils such as Palm or Soy, thicker in consistency than its counterpart PG. E-liquids with a higher VG level produce larger vapour clouds and a smooth vape.
- Food-based flavouring – the standard food industry flavours give e-liquid its superb taste.
The fourth essential component is nicotine; vape liquids are available with the nicotine element already mixed in or as a separate entity. In this situation, the separate nicotine part is referred to as the shot and is combined with nicotine-free e-liquid, which is called shortfill. There are two different types of nicotine used in e-liquid, the more traditional type is freebase nicotine and a newer form, more recently developed, called nicotine salt or salt nic. Nic salt doesn’t use any harsh chemicals in the production process, and the outcome is an e-liquid that delivers a superb smooth vape.
The Different Types of Vape Juice
As well as the countless amount of tasty, flavoured e-liquids with a 50/50 PG/VG mix, other vape liquids are mixed to different PG/VG ratios that enhance a certain way of vaping when used in the correct vape device. There are two main types which are –
- 70/30 describes an e-liquid with a high VG content; the thicker liquid is designed for advanced sub-ohm vape devices. The combination produces a super smooth vape with extremely large clouds of vapour.
- 80/20 is almost its direct opposite; this vape juice is high in PG and, when used in vape pens and starter devices, delivers a vape with excellent flavour and higher throat hit at the expense of less vapour.
If you prefer flavour, then 80/20 is the obvious choice for you; alternatively, if you dream of being a cloud chaser, then progressing to an advanced sub-ohm vape device with a 70/30 e-liquid.
No matter where you are on your vaping journey, there is always a new experience around the corner. New e-liquids are being developed to enhance the different ways to vape and continually explore fresh, tasty, and delicious e-liquids. You may think you’ve found your favourite flavour, but a better one might be within your grasp.