Choosing an e-liquid can feel daunting to new vapers due to the sheer number of options. E-liquids contain the nicotine and flavourings that are essential to vaping, and picking the right e-liquid can make or break a new vaping journey. We have put together our beginners guide to e-liquid to help you figure out how to choose the best option.
How do I know what e-liquid to use?
When choosing an e-liquid it’s helpful to consider a number of factors. Obviously, the different flavours and strengths are very important, but the effects of different vaping devices and the role of PG and VG in e-liquids can also be useful to understand. This beginners guide to e-liquid provides an overview of these factors and the way they affect which e-liquid is the best to use.
What are PG and VG? Which is better?
PG stands for Propylene Glycol and VG stands for Vegetable Glycerol. They are two essential e-liquid ingredients.
PG is a colourless, odourless and tasteless liquid that is an excellent carrier agent. Suspending nicotine and flavourings in PG makes it easier to blend them into a uniform solution, which provides vapers with a consistent and reliable vaping experience. PG also provides the throat hit that is familiar to smokers. VG is another colourless liquid. It is thicker than PG and has a slightly sweet taste. VG creates the thick vapour clouds that vaping is known for.
Both VG and PG are versatile substances and are widely used in food and medical products. They give e-liquids different but equally necessary qualities, so neither one is better than the other. However, varying PG and VG ratios can produce very different e-liquids.
High Vegetable Glycerol (HVG) e-liquids have a higher level of VG than PG. LiQuid High VG e-liquids use a ratio of 80% VG to 20% PG. High VG e-liquids work well with high powered, sub-ohm devices and create huge clouds. However, because nicotine and flavourings are suspended in PG, high VG e-liquids normally have lower nicotine strengths. LiQuid is one of the first UK companies to vary the PG and VG ratios of our e-liquids in line with nicotine strength. This provides a better balance of vapour and throat hit across all nicotine strengths.
How should I choose an e-liquid flavour?
If you have some previous experience with vaping, you might already know which flavours you like. If not, it’s time to explore! The huge range of LiQuid flavours means that there’s a vape juice for every taste. Some new vapers enjoy the familiarity of tobacco and menthol flavours, while others appreciate the separation from cigarettes that fruity and sweet e-liquid flavours can provide. One simple way to choose an e-liquid is to opt for flavours you know you enjoy. However, it’s worth not completely dismissing any e-liquid flavour. Sometimes it’s the unexpected vape juice flavours that will end up being your favourite! Read the reviews of flavours you’re interested in trying and don’t be afraid of trying something new. At LiQuid it is easy to sample as many flavours as you want without breaking the bank.
What nicotine strength vape juice should I use?
Because nicotine is the active ingredient in e-liquid, it is important to use the right strength. Vaping too high a nicotine strength can cause temporary, unpleasant side effects. If you experience any headaches, dizziness or light nausea, try vaping less or with a lower nicotine strength. Luckily, there are less nicotine strengths to choose from than flavours! LiQuid sells e-liquids in 18mg, 12mg, 6mg, 3mg and 0mg strengths. When switching from smoking to vaping, a simple guide is to use a nicotine strength equivalent to the number of cigarettes you previously smoked each day. The higher the number of cigarettes, the higher the nicotine strength of your vape juice should be.
What is the best vape juice for beginners?
In many ways, the best vape juice for beginners completely depends on the individual. Some vapers start with a high nicotine strength e-liquid which helps them to avoid worrying about nicotine withdrawal and gradually step down their intake later. Others prefer to use lower nicotine strength e-liquids with a device that produces more vapour and provides a greater nicotine intake on each draw. Tobacco and menthol flavour e-liquids can be familiar for vapers who previously smoked, however some new vapers prefer flavours which completely separate vaping from cigarettes.
At the end of the day, you are the only person who can decide which is the best e-liquid for you. We hope that this guide helps you and that you find a firm favourite in the LiQuid range.