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E-Juice Buying Guide For 2018

vape juice flavorsVape juice, also called e-liquid or e-juice, range in flavors 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 vape juice 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-juice 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 vendors sell e-juice sampler packs that have several smaller size bottles in different flavors. It's a great way to sample many flavors without committing to a big bottle.

Once you’ve identified several flavors you like the best, you can narrow it down to the perfect juice for 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!

No matter what vape juice you use, find one that satisfies and tastes better than a tobacco cigarette!

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What is Propylene Glycol?

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 vape 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 and to create artificial fog for smoke machines.

What is Vegetable Glycerin?

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is also a universally accepted safe substance. VG is clear and odorless 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.

How Do PG & VG E-Liquids Compare?
e-juice-Propylene Glycol Vs Vegetable Glycerin comparison chart

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 a vape juice 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.

Vapor Quality

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 use juices that have more VG than PG. This is not to say you can’t get a great cloud from a PG vape liquid, but heavier vapor is a hallmark of VG based e-juices.

Since the PG is thinner, it also heats up faster, meaning you get hotter vaping temps 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 and gives you a more intense and authentic flavor than with VG.

It's worth noting that e-cigs that use prefilled cartridges usually don't give the options to adjust PV/VG ratio.

Health Effects

PG has been known to cause allergic reactions for a small selection of vapers. 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 and experience allergic reactions, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t vape, you just need a VG based vape juice. 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 based e-juices, 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 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 vape juice. 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.

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