Everything you need to know about e-liquid June 14 2014, 1 Comment

Once you buy your first vape pen or mod vape, e-liquid is the next thing you'll need to buy to get started vaping, however you'll quickly realize that it's not as simple as it seems. There are a wide variety of different e-juices made by companies such as Arkansas E-liquid and they all offer different vaping experiences. Let's look at the different factors that you'll need to consider when purchasing your e-liquid. The first is PG/VG ratio.

PG/VG Ratio

This measurement is one of the most important factors in determining what type of vaping experience you'll get with a particular bottle of e-liquid. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are two of the main ingredients found in e-liquid. They will be present in different ratios. What's the difference?

VG:

  • Produces larger vape clouds
  • Slightly less intense flavor
  • Sweet
  • Thicker consistency
  • Takes longer to properly steep
  • Tends to have shorter shelf life

PG:

  • Provides much more flavor
  • Smaller vape clouds
  • Lasts longer
  • Some people have allergic reactions
  • Provides more of a throat hit


Based on your personal preferences, you'll either want 100% VG or PG, or more likely, a mixture of both. 50/50, 60/40, and 70/30 are all extremely common mixtures between the two. If you are unsure of what you're looking for, I'd recommend starting with a 50/50 mixture and branching out from there until you find exactly what you're looking for.

Nicotine Level

The next thing you'll want to consider is the level of nicotine that you want in your e-liquid. If you've just recently quit smoking, you'll want to start with a higher level, such as 18mg to help you kick the analog habit. As you grow more accustomed to vaping, you can then taper down your nicotine level (or not, it's entirely up to you). E-liquids are even available with 0mg of nicotine, so you can enjoy vaping without a nicotine buzz if that's what you're looking for. 

Flavor

This is where things get really interesting. As vaping has exploded in popularity in the last few years, there have been a variety of manufacturers who have popped up in recent years to help meet the extreme demand for e-liquid. The amount of flavors can be bewildering. This is where trial and error comes into play. Order some samples from different manufacturers until you figure out what you like. There are even tobacco flavors for those who are just coming off of analogs and want a similar experience to help them transition. 

Size

It's recommended that you start with smaller bottle sizes when first starting, until you figure out which flavor is your favorite. Once you know what you like, be sure to order in larger sizes as it generally tends to be cheaper in the long run.

Storage

Once you've received your e-liquid, it's important to store it in a cool, dark place, such as a cabinet. Exposure to sunlight can cause the e-liquid to go bad before it's supposed to. It's also important to let the flavors steep for at least a few days before vaping. Steeping is critical to ensuring that the full flavor is achieved from the e-liquid.

Be sure to check out our vape glossary for definitions of some of the terms used in this article.

 

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by Robert Pagano