How Do I Choose My First E-liquid?

How Do I Choose My First E-liquid?

What are e-liquids exactly? These flavoured juices are what you fill your vape device with in order to produce the tasty vapour you inhale. E-liquids are made up of very simple ingredients, some of which you may recognise from common food products. Although each e-liquid differs slightly, they will most often contain these simple ingredients:

  • Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (known as VG, commonly used in food products)
  • Propylene glycol (known as PG, a FDA approved additive used in food and medicine)
  • Flavouring
  • Nicotine (optional)
  • Depending on the flavour, sometimes other ingredients like sweeteners or cooling agents (for that icy menthol sensation) are added

There are a few different types of e-liqiuds, some of which are better suited to different devices. The first and most recognisable type of e-liquid is a 10ml 50/50. These ‘50/50’s’ contain nicotine and are available in a huge array of flavours and nicotine strengths. The name 50/50 comes from the fact they have a versatile 50/50 PG:VG ratio. These are perfect for pod kits as they are small, convenient and come pre-loaded with nicotine.

However, there is a new type of vape juice on the block which is looking set to compete with 50/50s. The liquid we are referring to is the nicotine salt. Also avaliable in 10ml sizes with a huge range of flavours and strengths, this liquid differs by using a different form of nicotine. Salts use nicotine salicylate, a salt form of nicotine that is similar to the natural form of nicotine found in tobacco. This results in a smoother ‘throat hit’ and therefore improved flavour! Nicotine salts are also ideal for use in pod kits.

The final main type of e-liquid is the shortfill. These liquids aren’t named shortfills because they are small, in fact they are quite the opposite! Shortfills come in larger volumes, usually ranging from 50ml to 100ml in size. These e-liquids contain 0mg of nicotine, which means that they can be sold in larger quantities.  The bottles that shortfills come in have spare room, allowing you to add a nic shot, a flavourless e-liquid which contains nicotine. This means you can customise the amount of nicotine in your eliquid, all the while benefiting from the cost saving of buying eliquids in the larger quantity that shortfills allow. Shortfills are usually higher in VG than PG, making them slightly thicker and better at producing vapour ideal for sub-ohm vaping sessions.


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