Understanding Vg vs Pg And Vg: Pg Ratios
Part of what can make up e-Liquid is Propylene Glycol, called Pg for short, or Vegetable Glycol, called Vg for short. One or both of these liquids can be mixed with the Nicotine liquid to create a blend of e-Juice. How much an e-Cig smoker uses of each liquid will create a different smoking experience. So how much should a user add of each? It depends on a few things.
Strength of the Nicotine Desired: The strength of the nicotine desired dictates in part how much other liquids can be used. Less nicotine juice means more of the other liquids, more nicotine juice means less of the other juice.
Looking for a “throat hit”: For those interested in having the smoking feeling that hits the throat more, then the Propylene Glycerin is the way to go. This is known to hit more in the throat, so Nicotine and PG would be the main ingredients. Common ratios for those who like that feeling are, 70 (PG):30(VG) or for even stronger mix 80(PG): 20(VG). However, PG is known to cause more frequent allergic reactions. If this occurs, then it is not recommended to continue using PG.
Many users find that using greater PG to VG ratios gives them the best e-Juice blend, and that PG gives more flavor and bolder hits.
Want less of a “throat hit” and or allergic to Pg: For those who are not a fan of the harsher feeling, Vg and Nicotine can be used without any mixing of Pg. For many smokers, this provides a smoother hit. It is important to note, though, that some users claim to experience less flavor with more Vg blends.
Many e-cig users develop their own unique blends, tailored to their individual tastes, so many blends are possible, but the 70:30 ratio mentioned earlier often proves to be a good starting point for beginners. From there, customization can be done to suite different tastes in order to create the best e-Liquid for the user. Of course, commercial blends are available for those who do not wish to mix their own as well.
Best Tasting E-Liquids
E-Liquid comes in a wide variety of flavors. For those who enjoyed the traditional smoking experience, there are flavors modeled after old cigarettes and cigar flavors. Standard flavors such as Mint and Menthol are ideal for the smoker who wishes to recreate the experience of smoking traditional cigarettes with the benefits of e-Cigs, which include choosing nicotine levels, not carrying that old-cigarette smell, and not inhaling the same carcinogenic tar into the lungs.
However, flavoring does not stop with the traditional mint or menthol. There are now thousands of flavor options. Flavor options range from single flavors to flavor blends. There are many Sweet, Fruity, and Rich flavor options to choose from.
Exotic Tastes: Many vendors offer limited-time or special blends of flavors which are more exotic, as they are not regularly available. To try some of these, a user would need to check with each, individual vendor to see what special flavors or limited edition e-Liquids are available. In addition to the standard flavor options, many vendors offer the option to customize flavor blends.
Many vendors have the option of purchasing DIY kits and e-Juice recipe books, which allow users to further customize their smoking experiences and create the best e-liquids for their tastes. These DIY kits and e-Liquid recipe books are sold by many online vendors, as well as available through select, traditional specialty shops. With so many flavor combinations, it is possible for a user to create the next best exotic e-Liquid flavor.
Tastes that last longer: The strength of the flavors can vary from strong to light. Meaning, a user could have a strong mint flavor, for example, or a light mint flavor, or even a light-mint chocolate flavor. Longer lasting taste depends on the quality of the liquids. Different vendors will have different flavor qualities. Some recommended sources of e-Liquid include Apollo e-Cigs and HaloCigs. These are American based companies and trusted brands which are known for high quality products. Another option is to search for specific liquids which are intended to intensify flavor. Many vendors of e-Cigs offer intensifying liquids which can be added to blends to create bolder e-liquids.
Tips For E-Liquid Beginners
Starter Kits: With so many options, it may seem easy to become overwhelmed. Not to worry, there are many kits and guides available to help new e-cig users to transition from traditional cigarettes to the world of electronic smoking. These kits can include the device and starting e-Liquids.
Starter Flavors: Many beginners start out using the flavors which replicate the traditional smoking experience. Flavors such as Tobacco, Menthol, and Mint are a comfortable choice for many as the body transitions to the new smoking experience. Having the familiar flavors can help to curb cravings for the old cigarettes, during the adjustment to what many deem a “cleaner smoking experience.”
Once the transition has been made to the electronic smoking devices successfully, it could be the time to continue customizing and enhancing the smoking experience by switching over to other flavor options. For those desiring to quit smoking, e-cigarettes can be a helpful intermediary step. After switching over to the sweeter flavor options, the nicotine levels can be slowly decreased until it is no longer desired.
Disposable e-Cigs and Cartridge options: Additionally, there are disposable e-cigs which deal with easy to install cartridges instead of various liquids that can help smooth the transition from traditional cigarettes to the newer smoking experience, which many feel is a healthier alternative. The disposable e-Cigs are available at many of the vendors that sell traditional cigarettes.
For E-liquid advanced users: For the advanced e-Liquid users, greater experimentation with flavor options is possible. There are many flavor blend options, intensifying fluid choices to create thicker smoke clouds or bolder flavors, as well as different device modifications options to enhance and create the desired smoking experience.
Bolder flavor details: There is yet another option to consider in getting the best e-Liquid for 2015, and that is the option to make your smoking experience older. In addition to traditional and limited-time special e-Juice flavors, many e-Cig vendors offer a special juice intended to intensify the smoking experience. This intensifying liquid can lead to bolder “smoke-rings” and a more intense smoking experience. However, these intensifying liquids require extra care, as they are not designed to be compatible with just any e-Cigarette device.
Many intensifying liquids carry the caution that using the liquid with a plastic device can cause the device to malfunction; in some cases, this is due to the extra heat of the liquid’s temperature. Plastic devices, especially, are cautioned against being paired with these intensifying liquids. But, when paired with the right device, these liquid intensifiers may provide the best e-Juice experience for the individual wishing to further enhance their smoking experience.
Get Really Custom Flavors: Many flavor options are possible through commercial vendors for e-cigs, and are a great choice for many e-cig connoisseurs; however, it is possible to create e-Liquid independent of any special vendor for the product. Advanced users will likely be familiar with what they want in terms of flavor and are capable of creating their own flavor blends with flavor extracts purchased at common grocery-store retailers.
Fair price(s) for e-Liquid: Pricing for e-Liquid varies depending on each vendor. Things that potentially factor into pricing include: quality, quantity, distributer locations, and promotional pricing. Many vendors offer sales and promotions for trial flavors. The promotional items are often discounted from normal pricing. Some vendors offer small 5-10ml sample e-liquids for just over $3. When purchasing from online vendors, factor in the cost of shipping, whether or not shipping is free will impact the price. Many e-Cig vendors offer 30ml e-Liquids for around $15. Create your own blends vary in pricing as well. Some offer create your own blends of 30ml for around $17, and 60ml custom blends for around $30. While the initial price for the new e-cig device and e-liquids may seem like a lot, many e-cig users report actually saving money in the long term.
Ultimately, the best e-liquid will be one that suits individual tastes and smoking needs. For many e-cig fans, this is best achieved through personalized blends.