Let’s set the scene: you’ve found your perfect vape pen, everything seems to be going smoothly, you’re cutting down on cigarettes, and are well on your way to becoming smoke-free...
You’re about the celebrate your first Valentine’s Day together and then, suddenly, something isn’t quite right - your device isn’t working as well as it used to, or you taste what can only be described as burning; it puts you off the whole thing for life and you carry on smoking, much to your dismay. Sound familiar?
Similarly, if you’re new to vaping or feel as though you don’t get the same hit with vaping that you do with cigarettes, the good news is, it’s not you, it’s your e-liquid. Some vapers underestimate the effect of having the wrong kind of e-liquid in their devices, so let’s set the record straight.
What is the Right E-Liquid for You?
It might be tempting to pick up the first, delicious-sounding e-liquid you see in your local shop, but you could end up doing some serious damage to your vape pen or mod (as well as your motivation). Ensuring you know which type of liquid is suitable for your device and purchasing it from a reputable seller is the first step to becoming a vaping guru.
With e-liquid ingredients, strengths and flavours to consider, it can be a bit confusing when you’re a newcomer to the scene. First off, let’s start out with the basics.
What Does PG Mean?
Propylene Glycol (PG) was the original base of e-liquid when modern vaping first began. It’s a thin, synthetic liquid that is non-toxic. It doesn’t have any flavour on its own, which makes it the perfect carrier for delicious flavours. Generally, with PG, you’ll get a better throat hit, but it requires a higher voltage to create the vapour.
What Does VG Mean?
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) has become more popular in later years for an e-liquid base. It’s a natural, sweet substance but carries a shorter life span than PG. With VG, you’ll find bigger clouds, which is why it’s loved by cloud-chasers. It’s said to be smoother than PG and is great for those with a PG intolerance.
What Types of E-Liquid Are There?
Below are the most commonly-found ratios of e-liquid on the market:
100% VG is exactly as it sounds. These e-liquids are too viscous for most tanks, which meant that they became clogged up and difficult to use. However, brands like VSAVI are formulating their e-liquids with superior flavour specialised for pods such as the iQ One. If you’re allergic to PG and crave a smoother experience, rather than a throat hit, opt for 100% VG.
70% VG/30% PG
One of the more popular blends on the market - this blend gives large clouds of vapour but provides a decent throat hit. It’s a good middle-ground for people who want the best of both worlds.
50% VG/50% PG
Many vapers start out on this mix before finding out which they prefer - VG or PG. We often suggest beginners start out with a 50/50 split to help find their balance before exploring both 70/30 options.
30% VG/70% PG
Popular with former smokers, this blend gives the user a great throat hit but a nice amount of smoke. It’s a best-seller in the vaping world.
Rarer on the market but still available, 100% PG is suitable for those who were heavier smokers and really crave the throat hit, or for those who want to stealthily vape - as these e-liquids produce less vapour.
Which E-Liquid Will Suit My Device?
If you have a traditional-style vape pen, like the XEO Void vaporizer, you’ll want to stick to e-liquids that are a nice mixture of PG and VG. Vapour2 Platinum E-Liquid is an optimised blend of PG/VG to give you a great throat hit, plus there’s the wonderful addition of great flavour too.
If you’re a fan of mods, like the Innokin Proton Ajax Mini and Smok Alien, these devices are better suited to e-juices on the heavier side (think 70VG/30PG), and the use of short fills, which allows you to add your own nicotine shots to personalise the experience.
Prefer something more compact? Pod devices like the iQ One by Hangsen are great for those who want something that doesn’t take up any room in their bag. They can handle 100% VG e-liquid comfortably, as well as nic salts and regular PG/VG e-liquids.
If you’re ever unsure of what e-liquid your vape pen takes, check the instructions or the website you purchased it from before putting anything in your tank.
What Happens if I Use the Wrong E-Liquid?
Not only could using the wrong kind of e-liquid make you cough or not feel any kind of nicotine hit, but it could also damage parts of your device. E-liquids that are higher in VG can clog up your tank if they aren’t cleaned regularly, so you should definitely research how to maintain your device and undertake this regularly. Otherwise, residue can build up on the wick, causing it to burn out much more quickly.
Buying e-liquids from non-reputable sellers can also be detrimental for you and your device, as these can be less-pure and made of low-grade ingredients. Whichever e-liquid you use, always ensure you do your research, buy from a seller with a good reputation and prime your coils for at least ten minutes before using.
For more information about the range of e-liquids we sell, and which devices work best for those flavours and strengths, feel free to contact us. Happy vaping.