do you know your shortfill from your normal eliquid?

VapeMate's Guide To Vape Juices

Whether you are new to vaping or an old hand looking to for a new vaping juice, working your way through the range of e-liquids, flavours and strength can be difficult. With so many different types and brand names, do you know your short fill from your normal e-liquid, let alone your PG from your VG?

Our most frequently asked question is…

… where do I start with vape juice? Or better still, which vape juice do we recommend? Everyone is different – some people like a fruit-based e-liquid whilst others prefer a classic menthol taste. But deciding on your flavour of vaping juice is only one part of the equation. You need to make sure you get the right type for you and your vaping piece of kit.

There’s a saying about not judging a book by its cover and this is certainly true when it comes to e-liquid. The boxes may look more or less the same, but the e-liquid within could be very different.

In the UK, each bottle of vape liquid will contain 95% glycerine or glycol. The remaining 5% is water, liquid nicotine (if you opt for a vape juice containing nicotine) and flavourings. The glycerine or glycol part of the liquid refers to either vegetable glycerine (VG) or propylene glycol (PG). and seeing as these are the main body of your vaping juice, we’ll take a closer look at them because each delivers different things, depending on their ratio to one another.

The difference between PG and VG in e-liquids

Vegetable glycerine, as you would imagine, is a ‘natural’ ingredient. Colourless and odourless, it is a liquid that is described as being sweet-tasting and is used not just in e-liquids but across the food industry too.

VG, as it is known, produces a thicker vaping juice that turns into vapour at high temperatures hence if you want to produce huge clouds, it makes sense to opt for a high VG e-liquid. It is also ideal if you prefer a smoother, mellow vaping experience as with a VG containing vaping juice, you don’t get the harsh hit on your taste buds.

Propylene glycol, on the other hand, is thinner, producing a more intense taste that many who enjoy the deep flavours of vaping enjoy. The vapour, as a result, isn’t so thick as it tends to be cooler. If you miss the feeling of smoking a cigarette, opting for a PG-based vaping juice will go some way to replicating this. PG e-liquids are often found in standard vape pen e-cigarettes.

Some people find that they are allergic to propylene glycol. There is good news for you if this is the case as you can now buy 100% vegetable glycerine vaping juice meaning you won’t be missing out on any vaping action any time soon.

Why it’s important to get the right vaping liquid

Vaping is all about pleasure. You want to get the hit you need when you need it most, just like you want you may want to change the experience from time to time. There are instances where you might want to relax with a longer vaping session and other times you want to experiment creating the biggest, fluffiest clouds you can.

In the UK, the type of vape liquid depends entirely on the type of cigarette you have which is why understanding vape juice is so important – and why getting the right vaping kit is important too.

High PG vaping liquid in the UK

Higher PG vaping juice in the UK will have a PG content of 40% or more. In most instances, you’ll find this vaping juice sits well with pen-style e-cigarettes fitted with a coil. A coil in a e-pen cigarette will produce a resistance of one or more ohms, something that is important in preventing malfunctions with your e-cig as well as preventing juice from burning, giving an unpleasant taste.

Most higher PG vaping juices have higher nicotine content. The combination of the two along with a tobacco taste is something that many ex-smokers enjoy, simply because it reminds them of their cigarette smoking days but without the expense and the effects in their health.

Choose a higher PG vaping juice is you enjoy…

  •       A flavoursome vape
  •       Strong throat hit
  •       A higher nicotine content

But only do so if your vaping e-cigarette has a resistance of 1.0 ohm or above, opting for a vaping juice that has a 45/55 PG/VG ratio.

High VG vaping juice in the UK

An e-liquid with a 60% or higher VG content is considered to be at the higher end of the scale and needs to be treated with a little more care. Not to get too technical, these types of liquids are designed specifically for sub-ohm vaping.

The thickness of a high VG e-liquid means that the tanks of vaping kit need to be designed differently so that more of the surface area is available to the wick. In a small e-vape pen, a dense vaping juice wouldn’t give the pleasant vaping experience you are after. At worst, it could damage your pen.

That said, the reason why people like a high rated VG e-liquid is that you can produce dense, fluffy, huge clouds. With a warmer taste in the mouth, you won’t get the same throat hit as you do with a high rated PG vaping juice.

What’s a short fill e-liquid?

Now that you have an idea behind the different PG and VG ratios of e-liquids, you’ll have a better idea of what you are looking for as you browse the pages of e-liquids suitable for your equipment and for what you want.

But there’s some other jargon to understand too and that includes short fill vaping juices. Even though they come in a larger bottle, usually 50ml, they are filled to 80% of their capacity. This is so you can add nicotine booster or a nic shot.

Again, this is about creating your own unique vaping experience, something that many people find attractive about vaping. You can, of course, find a flavour and vaping juice that works for you and stick with it.

Which vaping juice is right for you?

But when you are ready for a change or want to have different experiences with your vaping activities, you can because it is a simple case of altering the flavour of your vaping juice or maybe investing in new kit to vape with different ratios of PG and VG vaping juice.