Everything you need to know about e-liquid

Know your PG from your VG

Becky Spencer-Davies, 14/03/2019 

You’re trying to quit smoking. You’ve decided vaping is right for you, however it all seems quite alien and like there is a lot to learn. Don’t worry. We have created a quick guide on e-liquid to help you find your way in the vape world. You’ll get it in no time. If you’re still unsure, drop us a message. 

What is e-liquid?

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E-liquid is the liquid that goes in your vape device. E-liquid is made up of PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin). Other ingredients include flavourings and maybe nicotine. These two main ingredients form the base of your e-liquid and come in different ratios. You may notice that some brands promote themselves as being high VG such as ‘I love VG’. Others, particularly the starter e-liquids have higher PG or a more balanced ratio.

What do PG and VG do in e-liquid?
When PG and VG is available in different ratios it changes the vape experience. If you are looking for big clouds then VG is for you. If you are after a decent throat hit, then PG is what you want in a higher quantity.



What is the difference between PG and VG?


Thin - It is a thin liquid. This means that if put in the wrong tank it can easily leak. However, you are less likely to get a dry hit with this as it absorbs quickly.

Less gunk - It doesn’t cause huge gunk build up as it is thin Throat hit - It provides a decent throat hit which is desirable for newly ex smokers.

Discrete - The vapour is less dense, meaning it is good for discreet vaping.

Flavour - PG is flavourless meaning that flavours are not distorted. This makes it great for flavour chasers.


Sweet - VG has a sweetness to it already. 

Thick - This ingredient is thicker than PG meaning that you get a build up of gunk a little easier. It also means that you need to make sure you fully saturate your wicks before you take a puff or say hello to a dry hit.

Smoother - High VG is smoother and has less of a throat hit.

Allergy - VG tends to be less allergenic that PG.

Good cloud - High VG is ideal for cloud chasers and tricksters.

How do I know which e-liquid to choose?

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It’s tough. There are literally thousands of flavours before you even get into PG/VG ratios. You need to think about what you want from your e-liquid. Do you want a throat hit and a discreet vape? Do you want a smooth vape and decent clouds?

Selecting the right e liquid is really down to personal preference, however you do need to consider your vape device. You need to make sure that the e-juice you have will work with the kit you have or are buying. 

When you are just starting out you might want to consider a mouth to lung device (MTL) with 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids as this is said to mimic smoking the best. Although, best thing is to think about what you want from your vape experience from the list above and select a device and e-liquid based on that.

What is a dry hit?

I’ve said the term ‘dry hit’ a couple of times now. It can happen when you vape without any e-liquid in the tank, or if you don’t let your e-liquid soak into the tank properly. This is a dry hit. It is horrible. It feels like your throat is burning. Moral- always soak your coils. You’ll only be impatient the once, trust me 

What size can I buy e-liquid in

E-liquid comes in 10ml bottles. You can buy larger 30ml and even 50ml bottles, however due to regulations these are 0mg nicotine. However, you are able to buy nic shots and add the nicotine yourself in the required amount. We can guide you on how much to add depending on your required concentration. 

What flavours are available?

This would be a hell of a long list to write every e-liquid flavour here. There are quite literally thousands. They range from minty to fruity to dessert like and then of course tobacco blends. Here are a few that our customers love: 

Grinny Heaths Are You Smugglin’ Berries - Ripe strawberries, fresh blackcurrants and juicy apples
The Black by Kraken - Ripe hand picked blackcurrants on the inhale, followed by the cooling menthol and aniseed blend on the exhale
Ripe Co. Watermelon - Fruity with a menthol and refreshing exhale
Pink Label, Porn Star Martini - Passionfruit, vanilla infused vodka, fresh lime and prosecco
B&L vape juice - Resembles a close match to original cigarettes

What nicotine level do I need?

That depends on how many cigarettes you previously smoked. You can get anything from 0mg right up to 18mg. It is good to know the right nicotine level for you otherwise you could end up having too much and feeling a little sick, or not having enough and find that you want to go back to cigarettes. 

Here is a rough guide:

1-7 cigarettes per day: 3mg - 6mg 
8-13 cigarettes per day: 12mg 
14 cigarettes and above: 18mg

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