All About E-Liquid


E-liquid is really the key to an enjoyable vaping experience. You can find these liquids in a variety of flavors and nicotine strengths and there is really no end to the customization options when you are brave enough to experiment a little. It can be a little confusing when you are a new vaper looking for the perfect e-liquid, so let’s look at the basics and discover what sets apart a really great “juice” from the rest.

All e-liquids are made from the same basic ingredients: a base, nicotine, and flavorings. The bases or carrier liquids are propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) and some liquids use a combination of the two. Both PG and VG are non-toxic compounds and you can find them in a vast number of food additives and even beauty products.

Propylene glycol is a little more runny than vegetable glycerin so it is more easily absorbed by the filler material or wick in your ecig. PG juices tend to have lower densities so there is less build up on the heating element than you will get with VG. On its own, PG has no taste or odor and it doesn’t change the flavor of your e-liquid. It tends to give a stronger throat hit than VG, but some people actually can’t use it because of allergies. If you notice throat tingling or irritation after vaping, it could be because you are particularly sensitive to PG and need to switch to a VG-based e-liquid.

Vegetable glycerin is a little thicker than PG and it has just a slight sweetness to its flavor. While it can produce thicker vapor clouds than PG, it won’t offer the same throat hit. Vapers are pretty divided on whether VG or PG is best and most opt for a mix so they can get the ultimate blend of vapor and throat hit.

The next major ingredient in e-liquids is the flavoring and this is where things get exciting! You can find liquids in every flavor imaginable, from tobacco flavors to pina colada, cloves, or even gummy bears. Choosing flavors can be tricky because something that tastes amazing on your first hit might be sickeningly sweet an hour later. It’s really a matter of trial and error. Most ecig users like to vary up the e-liquids they use to keep things interesting.

Nicotine is the final and perhaps most important component in e-liquids. You can find liquids in all nicotine levels and even some with no nicotine at all. The levels are indicated in mg ranging from 0 to 36. The average smoker typically starts vaping at the 18mg strength and then adjusts from there depending on if that is too strong or too weak to control cigarette cravings. If you are a heavy smoker, you will probably do better with 24 mg, but if you only smoke socially and you don’t enjoy large doses of nicotine, you will do better at 12 mg or even 6 mg. Another option is to slowly work your way down until you are vaping with no nicotine at all.

So how do you know if you have the right nicotine level? If you find yourself smoking to compensate, then you need to increase your nicotine level. On the other hand, if you feel like your vape is too intense and leaves you with a light-headed feeling or nausea, then you need a lower level. Some people assume that vaping just isn’t going to work for them because they don’t enjoy it, but in most cases, this is only because they are using the wrong nicotine strength. Choosing an e-liquid isn’t easy and it takes some time to find the flavors and strengths that you really love. Don’t give up! Just keep experimenting until you find the level that works for you.

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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3 Responses

  1. E-Liquid UK Store says:

    Excellent write-up, Jimmy, this is a perfect guide for those just starting out with vaping.

    Would you mind if we used some of this and linked back to you?

  2. diy vape juice says:

    Great effort Jimmy Hafrey, this article uncovers various things about eliquid mixing, process and ingredients in brief. But would you please tell me about vaping accessories in more detail?

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