Whether you are an experienced vaping or you are new to vaping, you may not know too much about the liquid in the vaping device you use. This short piece aims to change all that by giving you some excellent information about all things e-liquid, what it contains, the various types of e-liquid and their specific characteristics. Vaping is now firmly established as a recommended form of nicotine replacement therapy for those looking for a means to give up smoking. Some case studies are finding that vaping is up to 95% better for you than smoking cigarettes.
Knowing Your E-Liquid
Whether your preference is for a vape liquid made by Geek, Juul or Heisenberg e-liquid, it will comprise of the same three or four components. One difference is whether you vape a liquid with nicotine already pre-mixed or mix your own. E-liquids containing no nicotine are referred to as shortfall e-liquid; the vaper then adds small individual nicotine elements called the shots to obtain their required strength.
Back to the main ingredients, these are the following –
- Propylene Glycol – known as PG, is a naturally occurring compound used in food and medicine products; it is a great carrier of flavour and e-liquids with high PG content have a deliciously great taste.
- Vegetable Glycerine – VG is a clear liquid sourced from plants like soy or coconuts; it is used in the food and cosmetic industries. Thicker than PG, it produces larger clouds of vapour.
- Food-based flavourings – used to give your vape its excellent flavour, they are the common flavouring ingredients used in today’s foodstuffs.
The nicotine in your e-liquid is one of two different types. Freebase nicotine was developed using a chemical process over sixty years ago by tobacco producers to enable the body to absorb nicotine more easily. A recent development is a more modern type of nicotine called nicotine salt or salt nic; it doesn’t use the harsh process freebase does. The outcome is a much smoother vaping experience. Producers of vape liquids are gradually moving away from freebase to salt nic as vapers find the smoothness a quality that improves their vaping significantly.
Different Liquids for Different Vapes
Many vapers use a pre-mixed e-liquid with an even 50/50 PG and VG split, an excellent all-rounder with good flavour and vapour production. It gives a satisfaction level that explains its popularity. But there are other options available to the vaper who want a more specific type of vape; by changing the PG/VG levels, their different qualities are enhanced in a certain direction. The alternative types of vape liquid are –
- 70/30 describes a vape juice with a higher VG content; the thicker liquid is designed for use in sub-ohm machines, and an ultra-smooth vape with enormous vapour clouds is the end product.
- 80/20 – this term is for an e-liquid with a higher ratio of PG; ideal for starter kits, vape pens and newer vapers, it delivers a vape with an excellent flavour, and a more significant throat hit.
The throat hit is the term used to describe the sensation on the back of the throat, similar to smoking cigarettes, and it is sometimes an important element for the new vaper.
With this important information, you can now improve your vaping experience and enjoy these different types of e-liquid.