Vaping is increasing in popularity, especially as more people use it as an alternative to smoking, and as a tool to quit smoking. A lot of questions have been asked and answered about vape devices, but there is so much that people don’t know about vape liquid or e-liquids. In this article, we sought to answer the top 10 questions that people, especially new users have about vaping liquids.
1. WHAT IS E-LIQUID OR VAPE LIQUID?
Vape juice is the liquid that is used for vape devices or e-cigarettes. It can also be called e-liquid because it is a liquid that is electronically heated and vaporized to deliver clouds into your mouth. Vape juice is made up of four distinct components that come together to deliver heaven to your souls, such as nicotine which is sometimes optional, and flavoring. Two critical components of the eliquid are.
Vegetable Glycerine – Also known as VG, vegetable glycerine is a thick, syrupy liquid that produces the top-level vapor when heated. It is the VG that creates the smoke-like effect you get when you inhale.
Propylene Glycol – Also known as PG, propylene glycol is the active medium that carries flavor compounds and produces the smoking-like hit you get at the back of your throat when you vape.
2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VG AND PG E-JUICES?
The difference between PG aka Propylene Glycol and VG aka vegetable Glycerine is in their composition and function. while PG is an artificial mixing agent that is used to bring the flavor in the e-juice forward, VG is a natural mixing agent that is used to provide the vapor. Another difference is that PG contributes to the throat hit, while VG contributes to the vapor production.
3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PREMIUM E-LIQUID AND REGULAR VAPE LIQUID?
Premium vape juices differ from your regular, everyday vape juices for many reasons. One of the reasons is the unique mixes and complex blends that deliver flavors that are simply magical. They aren’t called premium e-juices for the sake of it, they are called premium e-juices for these reasons;
Research and Refinement – Research is the critical foundation upon which any premium e-juice is built, and premium e-juice manufacturers go out of their way to conduct a lot of research to find the right flavor mix that delivers the best-tasting liquids. They play with all the combos to find the perfect mix and once that is discovered, they spend time refining it so that it delivers the best-tasting experience.
Unique Flavors – A bulk of the flavor mixes you will get from a premium ejuice manufacturer are not your everyday blue razz or strawberry and kiwi. Instead, they spend time creating flavor blends and profiles that are unique to them that you won’t find a variation in the juice market.
Lab Condition – While there are mass manufacturing standards for all vape juice manufacturers with a certain level of ingredients and cleanliness to be followed, premium e-juice manufacturers take it a notch higher. The labs that create premium e-juices are designed to go a step higher to guarantee the highest levels of purity and cleanliness possible. Premium e-juice manufacturers pay attention to their ingredients and the surrounding in which it is cooked, and they are quick to let you know that.
Consistency – One thing you won’t get from your by-the-roadside e-juice is consistency. There is always variation in taste. But, this is not the case with premium e-juices. One thing you can always count on when it comes to premium vape juices is consistency with every bottle. This is because each bottle is made with the same exact ratio of ingredients every time. Also, to guarantee consistency, most premium vape juices come in smaller sizes and batches.
Flavor Description – Premium e-juice manufacturers spend so much time and detail on their vape juices and are not shy to let you know what you will be getting from each draw. They do this to create certainty and remove any doubt you may have.
4. WHAT IS A THROAT HIT?
The throat hit is the sensation that you get when the nicotine in the vape juice hits the back of your throat. It is the same feeling you get when you smoke. The strength of the nicotine in the vape juice determines the potency of the hit.
5. WHAT IS VAPER TONGUE?
Vaper tongue is when you use a particular vape juice for a very long time and regularly without changing. Soon, you will start to lose the taste. It is not a serious condition. It is advisable to switch flavors weekly so that you don’t get a vaper’s tongue and no, it affects only vaping and has nothing to do with the taste of food.
6. WHAT IS FLAVOR GHOSTING?
Flavor ghosting is a scenario when you can still taste the flavor from a previous e-juice in your vape tank. This scenario is common with flavors with menthol and they are harder to remove, the way out is to change the coil and completely clean out your tank.
7. SHOULD I CLEAN THE TANK WHEN ADDING A NEW FLAVOR?
This is totally dependent on the vape juice that you had present in the juice tank. Using vape juices of the same profile is not an issue. But, when it is a different flavor profile, then you need to change the coil before adding a new flavor. This is because the different flavor profiles are incompatible and the new flavor will be overtaken by the old one. So, using flavors of similar profiles means you don’t need to change your coil. But, it is recommended that you clean out the tank before adding a new flavor.
8. WHAT IS IN A VAPE JUICE?
Every vape juice has 3 parts with the last ingredient optional, vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol, flavoring, and nicotine. These are the components that make up vape juice.
9. WHAT IS A VAPE COTTON?
Vape cotton is cotton that provides absorbent wicking for a vape coil. Before the invention of vape cotton, early vapers used the best option they could find, which was cotton balls from pharmacies. But this was not ideal because these kinds of cotton were processed with dyes and bleach. Today there is better vape cotton to use for your vape juice.
10. HOW TO WICK A COIL?
Get the amount right – the first step is to use the right amount of cotton. There is a sweet spot when it comes to wicking your coil and the performance and cloud are perfect. If you use too much, you will get occasional burnt or dry hits and if you don’t use enough, you will get inconsistent performance and occasional hot spots. To get the right amount, the cotton strip should be around two to three times the diameter of the coil you are wicking.
Twist the end – if the cotton you have is not agleted, twist it and roll an end tightly and firmly so it can fit into the coil easily.
Pull the cotton through – after inserting the cotton into the coil via the twisted end, pull it through the other end. Ensure it is snug, but not too snug so that it doesn’t move the coil when you pull the cotton through.
Cut the ends – ensure that the cotton is centered and then cut all the ends but leave enough length to go into the atomizer deck without getting bunched up. Usually, it will take a lot of experimenting and practice to get this right because the type of atomizer you are using will determine the length of the wick.
Fluff your wick – although this is not compulsory, fluffing the wick will ensure the cotton is not bunched up so that e-juice can flow freely. A pair of tweezers or a flathead screwdriver will do the job. Just fluff the wick gently, in an upward motion.
Tuck the wicks in – using a pair of tweezers or flathead screwdriver, tuck the ends of the cotton into the wicks port of your atomizer deck. Be careful not to squeeze the cotton in, otherwise, it won’t wick properly.
11. HOW LONG DOES A VAPE LIQUID LAST?
This is completely dependent on the size of the vape liquid and how often you vape. A vape liquid can last you anywhere from 2 days to 5 days. It is all dependent on you.
12. WHICH VAPE JUICE IS BEST FOR ME?
This is completely dependent on your nicotine craving and where you are in your smoking journey. Most people use vaping as a way to quit smoking, and if you are one of them, the best way to choose an e-liquid is to consider the nicotine strength and how frequently you smoke. As a general rule, choose 3mg nicotine strength if you smoke less than 10 sticks daily.