E-liquids are the very soul of vaping and finding the right one for you is extremely important, but since taste is subjective is hard to find a perfect flavor right from the start. There are thousands of ejuice lines available in the US alone and every vaper loves to experiment, however there are some simple facts you have to understand before picking a particular brand. This is why I decided to talk a bit about the various types of e-liquids out there, explain what are the ingredients, properties and how to choose one depending on your particular setup.
Packaging: E-liquids come in plastic or glass bottles, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. Many of these bottles have childproof caps and they come in 10ml, 15ml, 20ml, 30ml or 120ml versions. The plastic bottles usually have a needle top or a twist top to help fill your tank with juice, while the glass bottles come with droppers. If a juice comes in a plastic bottle with a regular label doesn’t automatically make it less good than a premium version that comes in a glass bottle and with a fancy design. In the end it’s all a matter of personal preference.
Ingredients: When it comes to ingredients, not all e-liquids are made using the exact same types of substances mostly due to the various types of flavorings, but there are a few key ingredients that are found in all of the juices. One of them is vegetable glycerin (or VG), the other is propylene glycol (or PG) and the third one is nicotine. The first two ingredients (VG and PG) make up the so called base of the e-liquid and it’s in which the nicotine and flavorings are dissolved. Depending on the brand, the ratio in which the VG and PG are combined tends to vary anywhere from 50/50 up to 99% VG, in which case the e-liquids are referred to as High VG.
VG gives the thickness of an e-juice and at the same time, the higher the concentration the bigger are the clouds it can produce. PG is responsible with flavor and throat hit and it’s a lot thinner than vegetable glycerin. This is why, depending on the VG/PG ratio of the base, an e-liquid can be thicker or thinner, can have a harsher or milder throat hit and can produce massive clouds or moderate clouds but with better flavor.
But what type of e-liquid to use and when?
- 50/50 and 60/40 e-juices are thinner and they are recommended to be used in beginner style clearomizers and tanks with small wicking holes on the coil heads; These tend to leak when used with sub ohm tanks with big feeding holes or in RTAs, especially in the summer time when the VG gets a bit thinner too. They don’t produce big clouds but they do deliver a wonderful flavor and a strong throat hit;
- 70/30 is usually the ‘standard’ type of mix and it can be used in all types of atomizers without any concerns; It might leak in sub ohm tanks in the summer time but nothing to worry about;
- 80/20, 90/10 and 99% VG (or High VG e-liquids) have to be used only with sub ohm tanks, rebuildable tank atomizers or RDAs as they are a lot thicker and don’t wick that well in the case of atomizer heads with small feeding holes; You could use a 80/20 mix on a standard tank or clearomizer but you have to make sure you lower your wattage down and don’t chain vape;