What are the ingredients in e-liquid?
- Propylene Glycol (PG): PG often makes up a minority of the ingredients of e-liquid. PG is a thin, watery, tasteless liquid produced from an alcohol base. It it used because it absorbs and carries flavour very well and also contributes to the 'throat hit'. As people become more experienced with vaping and move over to more powerful devices - which produce a stronger throat hit by pushing more power to the coil - they often find themselves moving towards higher VG mixes (80/20 VG/PG). The more PG, the more flavour and throat hit; however, the more PG, the less vapour.
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG): VG often makes up the majority of e-liquid ingredients. It is a thicker, sweeter liquid than PG, and, interestingly, owing to its fantastic vapour producing properties, is the same stuff used in fog machines found in clubs and concerts. The more VG, the more smoothness and volume in your vapour; however, the more VG, the less flavour.
- Flavourings: E-liquids use flavourings similar to those used to intensify flavour in everyday food. When smokers first switch to vaping, they often go with the flavour they are most accustomed to - tobacco. But as their journey away from cigarettes increases, they often find themselves experimenting with all sorts of complex flavours. There are many different categories of flavours for you to choose. There are many flavour groups to choose from including Tobacco, Menthol, Fruit, Bakery and Dessert. It's worth exploring different flavour profiles and try to find what works best for your taste palette.
- Nicotine: Nicotine is the active and addictive ingredient in e-liquid. Nicotine is the reason why people smoke cigarettes. There is an old saying in the tobacco industry: 'people smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar.' With vaping, you get the nicotine you want, but without any of the poison that burning tobacco produces. Nicotine (as well as PG) also produces the 'throat-hit'. When smokers first make the switch from cigarettes to an electronic alternative they usually like to vape e-liquid with a higher nicotine level (18mg). However, after a few months of vaping, people often find themselves requiring less nicotine and gradually move towards a lower nicotine level (6mg). As an aside, the more powerful the device, the more throat hit it produces. So, as vapers move to more powerful devices, they often find themselves lowering the nicotine level for this reason, too.
Choosing Your E-liquid
What is VG?
- VG usually makes up the majority of e-liquid ingredients. It is a thicker, sweeter liquid than PG, and, interestingly, owing to its fantastic vapour producing properties, is the same stuff used in fog machines found in clubs and concerts. The more VG, the more smoothness and volume in your vapour; however, the more VG, the less flavour.
What nicotine strength should I choose?
- If you smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day, or smoke Marlboro Red or a similarly strong brand of cigarette, go for 18mg. If you smoke between 10 and 20 a day, go for 12mg. If you smoke less than 10, go for 6mg. If you want a nicotine strength in between those amounts, say, 9mg, you can buy a bottle of 18mg and a bottle of 0mg and mix them together.
Which e-liquid is best to help me replace cigarettes?
- Providing you like the flavour, almost any e-liquid can help you switch away from smoking. If you want something familiar to smoking, go for a tobacco flavour. But in all honesty, very few vapers stay on tobacco flavours very long. This is because for most people tobacco isn’t actually a very nice flavour - it’s just the only flavour cigarettes come in! One of the many wonderful things about e-cigarettes is that you can now get your nicotine hit whilst breathing in a cloud of vapour flavoured with your favourite fruit or cake or sweet (plus many more flavours you didn’t even know you liked!)
How do I know which e-liquid I'll like?
- In truth, you don’t know until you’ve tried it. But most e-liquid flavours sold at Vaperama will taste very similar to the flavour notes described on the product page. Exploration is one of the great things about vaping - explore different flavours and you’ll be amazed at what is out there!
Using your e-liquid
How long does a bottle of e-liquid last?
How should I store my e-liquid?
- E-liquid should be stored in a cool, dark area away from direct sunlight and out of reach from children and pets.
Is it harmful if e-liquid touches my skin?
- No. But it's worth pointing out that nicotine can be absorbed through the skin, so if you accidentally a large amount of of e-liquid is spilled on your skin, it's best to wash it off.
Why does my coil taste burnt?
The most likely reason why a coil tastes burnt is because the cotton in your coil isn’t sufficiently saturated with e-liquid. If you get a strong burning taste with a new coil, throw it out and use a new one. To avoid this happening, drip a few drops of e-liquid directly onto your fresh coil before installing in your tank. Also, when using a fresh coil, always wait about 5 minutes after closing your tank so that the e-liquid fully saturates into the cotton. If you get a burnt taste with a coil that you’ve been using for a while, try poking a needle into the juice holes/ports in the coil, to allow for better e-liquid flow into the coil.
Why can't I taste my e-liquid properly?
- This is probably because your coil needs to be changed. If your e-liquid still doesn’t taste quite right after changing the coil, try a different e-liquid as your taste buds may have become very used to the flavour you’ve been vaping and in are in need of a change. This is a condition known as ‘Vapers Tongue.’ Alternatively, have a mint sweet or chewing gum to ‘reset’ your taste buds.
Why is my e-liquid so light or dark?
- E-liquid gets it colour from nicotine and from its flavourings. Higher nicotine e-liquid will usually be darker.