Finding the right e-liquid will take some time. Most people ask for advice when going to a vape-shop, but just in case you don’t have the time, here’s some advice for picking the right type of e-liquid.
How To Choose The Flavor
The first thing you must think about is the flavor. And you won’t be disappointed, as e-liquids come in almost any flavor you could think of: fruity, food, cocktails, and of course, tobacco blends.
Especially if you’re quitting smoking, you choose a tobacco blend that closely matches the flavor of your favorite cigarettes. Since this is a choice for many vapers, you are sure to find a great deal of e-liquids that mimic all sorts of tobacco blends.
Eventually, you will get more accustomed to vaping, and start to try out various fruit or food blends.
The most popular are the fruity ones like grape, watermelon, or mango. There are also mixed blends, where various fruit, food, and tobacco flavors are mixed to create new and exotic flavors.
With all the mixing and virtually infinite blends that are possible, it’s only natural that cocktail flavors appear. Beer, brandy, and wine are just a sampling of alcohol-inspired flavors..
When choosing e-liquid flavors, start with the ones that you’re pretty sure you’ll like. Once you have a good stock of those, you can start experimenting with other flavors.
How To Choose Your Nicotine Level
It is also pretty important to choose nicotine strength. Nicotine levels come in various strengths:
Low: 6mg and below – For light smokers who go through half a pack or less per day.
Medium: 9mg to 16mg – For average smokers who consume half a pack to one pack a day.
High: 18mg to 36mg – For heavy chain smokers.
Getting the right nicotine strength is important because too little will make you vape more to compensate, while too much may give you headaches. A good rule is to start with medium strength, then adjust accordingly.
Choosing your PG and VG
The main base solution in e-liquid is either Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerol (VG), or a combination of both. PG provides more flavor, but produces weak vapor. VG is more viscous and has a slightly sweet taste – thus muting the flavor somewhat – but produces massive clouds of vapor.
Because of the differences in vape quality of both, manufacturers produce e-liquid that come in an all-PG base, an all-VG base, or a mixture of the two in varying ratios.
A common PG to VG ratio is 40:60, and many users are satisfied with the flavor and the amount of vapor this mix produces.
However, there are few people who are allergic to PG. If you find yourself itching, getting hives, or having a hard time breathing after vaping on a pure PG or PG/VG mix, you might need to acquire pure VG blends or at least, e-liquid with a mix ratio of 80% VG and 20% PG.
Putting it All Together
It may take some time before you find the flavors, nicotine strength, and PG/VG ratio that works best for you. Don’t just settle for what’s immediately available. Part of the fun is trying new things, so don’t be afraid checking out other brands. Just be sure to buy high-quality liquid from established manufacturers. The money you save on the cheap stuff will end up costing you more in the long run.
One brand’s mango flavor may taste different when compared to another brand’s mango flavor. Nicotine strength can also vary between two brands that advertise the same nicotine levels. You may find one brand’s 12mg strength to be perfect for you, while another with the same nicotine level might be too strong or too weak for your taste.
All it takes is a little experimentation. Once you find a rhythm, you’ll be an experienced e-liquid consumer.