Just like how cars are fueled with gasoline, vape mods are filled with e-liquid. E-liquid is used in vape mods and vape pens that typically are only for use with certain vape atomizers. This liquid forms a solution for nicotine and the flavoring for a vaping device. The liquid also creates the vapor for users to inhale and exhale that mimics traditional methods of nicotine consumption.
E-liquid is typically composed of a base of ingredients to create a smooth flavor. These base ingredients consist of PG (Propylene Glycol), VG (Vegetable Glycerin), or both. More common e-liquid brands use a mix of 70% VG/30% PG to 50% VG/50% PG. These VG/PG ratios also include the natural flavors which are primarily PG-based. Liquid nicotine is also in some e-liquids, but many users can find e-liquid with or without nicotine as well as e-liquid with or without VG or PG.
Propylene Glycol is more commonly found in food products as a non-toxic flavoring carrier for food coloring and an additive in some types of medicines.
Vegetable Glycerin is an odorless liquid produced by some plant oils—usually soy, palm oil, or coconut oil—and can typically be found in many household products such as toothpaste. Recent discoveries of nicotine salt use in e-liquid has proved that nicotine salts also function as a substitute for liquid nicotine and can be found in some specialty e-liquid lines.
Nicotine Salt is the natural state of nicotine found in the leaves of tobacco. This nicotine is extracted and fused into a VG/PG mix of e-liquid that creates a smooth throat sensation and carries the absorption rate of regular tobacco. Thus, nicotine salt e-liquid is accessible for higher nicotine strengths than other traditional e-liquids. Because of this reason, the nicotine salt e-liquid is absorbed at a much more efficient rate than the usual e-liquid and is highly recommended that users only vape at a much lower wattage to avoid excessive intake of nicotine.
The more common freebase nicotine is essentially pure nicotine and produces a harsher nicotine throat sensation. Thus, these types of nicotine are offered at lower strengths such as 3mg, 6mg, and 12mg compared to nicotine salts.
Choosing e-liquid for you is just as important as choosing the right vape mod. Some users only prefer one e-liquid that the love to vape and continue to purchase it for years and others prefer wide variety of e-liquids to avoid vaper’s tongue (the way in which your tongue becomes desensitized to flavors over a timespan), combine flavors with beverages or the current weather, or to expand their palette to similar flavors they experience in their world. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right e-liquid.
The flavor in an e-liquid is arguably the most important aspect of picking an e-liquid. If you are new in purchasing e-liquid, purchase a flavor that you love in a dessert or snack such as Cinnamon Roll by Kilo White Series E-Liquid or Blue Cotton Candy by Carnival Juice Roll-Upz E-Liquid. Both of these flavors are familiar with their actual counterparts and are enjoyed by a variety of people. If desserts and snacks are not ideal, why not try something fruity such as Strawberry Kiwi by Air Factory E-Liquid or Hawaiian POG by Naked 100 E-Liquid for a natural flavor experience.
The second most important aspect is the amount of nicotine in your e-liquid. If you are transitioning to vaping from traditional methods, new users are recommended to vape at the level in which they previously consumed nicotine for a similar experience and work their way to lower nicotine levels to find the perfect content for them. Nicotine salt e-liquid is the best place to start. Try the Brain Freeze by Salt Naked 100 E-Liquid or Banana Pudding by Salty Man E-Liquid for an amazing experience on your vaping journey and a more efficient way to consume nicotine than using traditional e-liquid. The levels for nicotine salts are usually between 30-50mg. For traditional e-liquid, the levels range from 0-12mg and rarely higher. Remember to use lower wattage controls for nicotine salts e-liquid and traditional e-liquid over 12mg.
The ratio of PG to VG is completely based upon the preference of the user. PG is similar to water in weight and is absorbed in sub-ohm tank atomizers and rebuildable tank atomizers much easier than VG. Also, PG creates the throat sensation similar to traditional methods, and thus is usually recommended for newer vapers to have a balanced 50/50 ratio of PG/VG. VG is much thicker and is responsible for producing large clouds in higher ratios. VG is also very smooth on the throat for users who do not like throat sensations while vaping. To summarize, if you are looking for a throat experience while vaping, try an e-liquid like Really Berry by Salt Naked 100 E-Liquid as it is a 50/50 blend of VG/PG or Go Nanas by Naked 100 E-Liquid for giant clouds at a 70/30 VG/PG blend.
It’s true—the cheaper the e-liquid usually correlates with poor quality flavor and nicotine. Users can tell whether or not their e-juice is cheaper by color. A deep yellow hue on e-liquid flavors such as a pure strawberry or candy flavor results in poor quality by aeration of the nicotine or the aging of nicotine. Also, cheaper e-liquid contains cheaper flavorings and can result in a perfume-like taste instead of a natural flavor. Always pay for top quality e-liquid at GotVape.
Vapers are always surprised by new flavors that they never experienced before or even disliked the flavor in its original form. Unicorn Milk by Cuttwood E-Liquid rose in popularity as the star of strawberry milkshake e-liquids and tastes better than an actual milkshake! Even if you aren’t into fruits, you will be surprised by how natural the flavors are in Hawaiian POG by Naked 100 E-Liquid. The blend of guava, orange, and passion fruit swirl to create a fruity experience better than actual fruit!
Aim to be a flavor purist when trying new flavors to get the best flavor out of your e-liquids. When changing flavors for the first time, be sure to take apart your atomizer completely and give it a good rinse. Also, change your cotton or sub-ohm coils too. Imagine this as drinking lemonade from a cup that just had a milkshake inside. Vapers will experience awkward blends of both flavors and be disgusted by the combination of the leftover e-liquid on the cotton or the glass tank of sub-ohm tanks.
If you want the best flavor from your e-liquid, try using advanced rebuildable tank atomizers (RTAs) or rebuildable atomizers (RDAs) instead of sub-ohm tanks. These atomizers allow the user to place their own advanced coils for the best possible flavor experience in vaping that you cannot receive in a sub-ohm tank. The Griffin 25mm RTA Tank by Geek Vape is a great RTA for users switching from sub-ohm tanks with a large e-liquid capacity for amazing flavor all day long. The Hell Hound RDA by Wulf Mods will provide the best flavor experience as compared to an RTA as the vapor reaches your tongue much faster and the airflow holes are closer to the coil, providing massive cloud production as well.