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Finding the Best E-Juice in 2016
E-liquid is best enjoyed when you find a flavor you enjoy and a nicotine level that satisfies your cravings.
There are thousands of different flavors available, however, buying the best e-liquid flavor is easy when you narrow down the selection to only the highest quality vendors.
E-Liquid is an important component of the e-cigarette experience. While your tank and your battery do, of course, play into the kind of vapor you experience, e-liquid plays its own part as well.
There are only a few ingredients in e-liquid: nicotine (though sometimes not), flavoring, and the e-liquid medium, which is either Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin or a combination of the two. Still, a lot of vapers are unclear about what the difference is and how to decide which e-liquid medium is right for them.
E-juice comes in varying nicotine concentrations to suit different needs and tastes. This is an important feature because e-cig users have the option of lowering their dose of nicotine gradually, unlike tobacco cigarettes.
Many users choose to vape a nicotine-free liquid just to satisfy their smoking habit. For many, getting to a 0mg nicotine juice is their goal and they can accomplish this slowly so they do not crave cigarettes.
The actual concentration levels will usually be found on the bottle of e-juice in the format of mg/ml. The dosing levels are not standardized, and different manufacturers have different levels. However, they are general guidelines that are typically followed.
just PV, VG, and flavoring
3mg-6mg nicotine per ml
9mg-12mg per ml
18mg-36mg per ml
If you are a new e-cig user, start out with a higher strength, such as 18 mg or 24mg to see how you like the taste and if it will satisfy your cravings. Then you can work you way down to a lower level if you wish or even all the way down to 0mg strength. The rule of thumb is, the bigger you vapor output of your device, the lower your nicotine content should be.
E-liquid flavors range from tobacco & cigar flavor, to sweet and sugary. Some are made to simulate actual cigarettes and come in flavors like regular tobacco and menthol. Then there are flavors such as vanilla, strawberry, coffee, chocolate, coconut, that mimic fruits or common sweets. Other e-juices come in exotic flavors such as Boston cream pie and strawberry daiquiri. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the variety of flavors and nicotine strengths available.
Try an e-liquid flavor you think will satisfy your taste buds. For example, I smoked menthol cigarettes for years, so I picked menthol to start with. It was delicious and refreshing, but I needed something more, so I added a little banana flavor. I choose my e liquid according to my moods. When I need a lift, vanilla and chocolate will the trick. Other times, like after dinner, a strawberry and cherry flavor are simply delicious. When I crave a crisper, fresh taste, the mint flavors are my first choice.
When buying e-liquid from a new vendor, try at least three or four flavors to start with. Many of the vendors have e-liquid sampler packs or variety packs that have several smaller size bottles in different flavors so you can sample each one without committing to a big bottle.
Once you’ve identified what kind of flavors you like best, you can start narrowing it down to the e-liquid that best suits your tastes. Don’t be afraid to mix some flavors together to make entirely new flavors. Some people like to mix different tobacco flavors together, and some people like to mix different fruit flavors together. Try mixing a strawberry flavor with an apple flavor, or banana!
Propylene Glycol (PG) has been around in pharmaceutical and consumer uses for years is found in a variety of products from anti-freeze to ice cream. PG is a synthetic substance; that is odorless and tasteless making it an excellent medium to carry the e-juice flavor without compromising the taste. The Center for Disease Control classifies PG as “generally considered to be a safe chemical.” Propylene Glycol has also been used in respiratory breathing treatments as well as to create artificial fog for smoke machines and firefighter training simulations.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is also a universally accepted safe substance. Also known as glycerol, VG is clear and odorless as well and is extracted from plant oils, typically palm, soy, or coconut oil. Vegetable Glycerin has many uses, but one of the most common applications is in household cosmetic products, lotions, and tinctures. VG is not only topically safe for your skin but is also considered safe to consume since we already consume glycerin as it is present in many types of fruits and vegetables, and dairy products.
PG is a thinner consistency than VG, which results in a few different traits when you compare the two in use. A PG e-liquid will absorb quicker into the wick since it is a lower density, so you’ll be vaping that much quicker. That lighter viscosity of the PG liquids also results in less build-up of “gunk” in your tank and atomizer making it easier to clean up in comparison to an e-liquid that has a vegetable glycerin base. A lot of people also find the thinner liquid easier to use when it comes to filling your tanks too.
There are a lot of aspects of vapor quality that can be taken into consideration. Vapers who are looking for larger clouds and a more significant vapor already know that the VG e-juices will give them what they are looking for. This is not to say you can’t get a great cloud from a PG e-liquid, but heavier vapor is a hallmark of VG e-juices.
Since the PG is thinner, it also heats up faster, meaning you get an overall hotter vaping temperature than you would get with VG. This also results in a stronger throat hit that a lot of vapers prefer. VG has a slightly sweet taste, so PG carries the flavor better in the e-juice and gives you a more intense and authentic flavor than what you see with a VG liquid.
PG has been known to cause allergic reactions for a small selection of e-cigarette users. There is a higher likelihood that a user might have an allergic response to PG, rather than VG. In fact, a lot of people use VG because it is a plant extract and is a more natural substance. Allergic reactions are extremely rare for both, and the symptoms are often minor-- usually a slight tingling in the throat. If you are using PG exclusively and are experiencing allergic reactions, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t use e-cigs, you might just need a VG solution. PG has also been known to dry out your mouth and throat if used excessively, more so than its vegetable based counterpart. Some users of VG e-liquids, however, report a slightly phlegm build up in the mouth and throat as a result of use.
Unless you have a specific allergy, the difference between VG and PG is all about your preference. Whether you are a cloud chaser or a flavor lover, you can choose the right e-liquid base for you. Many vapers will have more than one device or different tanks depending on what blends of PG and VG they are using, helping to get the most out of their e-liquid. Knowing the difference between PG and VG is a significant step for any vaper who wants to experience the vapor that is just right for you.