What To Consider When Choosing An E-liquid
Posted on October 19 2018
After taking your first few steps into the vaping world, you’ve probably decided on the perfect vaping starter kit for you. But the next decision is selecting the right e-liquid and there seems many to choose from! How do you decide which is right for you?
Luckily we’ve put together a handy guide that will steer you through all the choices and help you make the right decision for you. As you become more experienced, you’ll be ordering you e-liquid while sleeping, but for now let’s take a look at things you need to consider as a newbie.
Choosing an E-liquid Flavour
Flavour of your e-liquid is one of the most critical decisions you will make as if you don’t like it, you will likely not use it wasting money. These days e-liquids come in just about any flavour you can think of including; fresh pressed fruity flavours, a range of desert flavours like this creamy cream e-liquid, popular savoury food flavours, alcohol inspired flavours and of course a range of tobacco blends.
When deciding on your first e-liquid flavour, start with one you’re sure you’ll like then when you’ve tried a few, you can start to experiment. Consider requesting a sample pack from your online retailer or go in-store to sample a few flavours before you buy.
What About Nicotine Strength?
You need to consider a few things to decide on the right nicotine strength for you. Getting the most suitable strength for you is essential as if it is too weak, vape binge to compensate and too much could give you a migraine. Consider starting with a medium strength and adjust as you need.
- Low strength. 6mg and below. This is ideal for light smokers who may go through half a pack a day or less.
- Medium strength. 9mg to 16mg. Select this strength if you use half a pack to one pack of cigarettes a day.
- High strength. 18mg to 36mg. Good for heavy chain smokers.
Of course if you have never smoked cigarettes before and don’t need the nicotine hit, you can choose from a range of nicotine free alternatives.
PG and VG – What Do They Mean and Which is Best?
The base solutions in e-liquids can be a combination of PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerol) or one or the other. A higher PG produces a better flavour but less vapour and a higher VG gives a slightly sweeter taste, which dampens the flavour slightly but gives lots of vapour.
You can find e-liquid that is totally PG based, totally VG based or a mix of both in varying ratios. A popular PG to VG ratio and a good place to start is 40:60 which users say produces a good mix of both flavour and vapour.
Keep in mind that it is possible to have a bad reaction to PG so if you find yourself getting hives, itching a lot or having restricted breathing while using pure PG or a PG mix, you might need to change to a pure VG blend or at least a greater ratio of VG.