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What Does PG and VG Mean In Vaping


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TL:DR - This is as simple as it gets! 2 minutes where we explain what exactly PG and VG means, when it comes to vaping. If you have ever wondered what PG and VG in vape means, what they stand for and whether they're safe, we explain it below. Read on.

PG and VG vape meaning

Want to know your PG and VG?

You’ve probably noticed on your bottle of vape juice there is a number followed by the letters PG and VG. PG (Propylene glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin) are the FDA approved, base ingredients of your vape liquid.

So, what are PG and VG in vape and why is it used?

PG liquid is colourless and has previously been used in cosmetics, e-juice and food production. PG is much thinner than VG.

VG is an organic liquid made from vegetable oil. This product is sweet and thick and is also used in cosmetics, food production and now, e-juice.

Why should you care about PG and VG? 

Vape fluids can be made up entirely of either one of the ingredients. However, a mixture is best advised. The ratio of PG vs VG depends on what you want from your vape experience.

If you’re after that throat hit then you’ll be best suited to go for a PG based vape juice. You’ll also get a smoother flavour than in the VG juices.

If for you it is all about the vapour then you’ll need a juice with a higher VG ratio.

If you’re heating up your device before you vape then you will want an e-liquid that has a high VG as this can withstand a higher temperature can PG based juice.

Now, let’s look at the differences between PG and VG vape juices so you can decide what is right for you next time you’re in-store or online.

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What is VG:

VG (Vegetable Glycerin) is thicker and can produce dense clouds. One issue is that your juice is likely to build upon your wicks meaning that you might have to do a little more cleaning. A juice with a higher VG ratio is best used with a rebuildable atomiser.

What is PG:

The wick absorbs PG much faster as it is a thinner liquid. This means that there is less gunk build-up and less need to clean your device. If you want to take a look at higher PG liquids, click here.

Mostly you will find companies mix their juices with a PG:VG ratio to give you the best bits of both ingredients. You will find standard ratios of PG and VG in vape juices are 50:50, 60:40 and 70:30.

If you still aren’t sure which ratio is best for you, drop in the shop and ask one of our staff members. We will be able to let you sample the juices and provide advice on what will work best with your device.

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David Mason | Founder Vape and Juice

Founder of 'Vape and Juice' - I began vaping in 2009 and have blogged here since 2013. When I'm not providing average vape advice I can be found on Vape and Juice TV or running the No.1 Vape News Podcast - Cotton and Kanthal. Fan of cats and 6mg Heisenberg.

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