New to electronic cigarettes and vaping? Want to find out more about eliquid? This short guide will give you all the information you need on what eliquid is and how it is made.
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Vapemate Origins e liquid - Our entry level range of eliquids all with 30% vegetable glycerin available in 0mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg strengths.
Vapemate Classic e liquid - Our largest range of eliquids available in 50% and 70% vegetable glycerin and in 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg strengths.
Directors Cut e liquid - Our premium range of eliquids all in 80% vegetable glycerin and in 0mg, 3mg and 6mg strengths.
Vapemate Shortfill e liquid - Our entry level range of shortfill flavours, available in 0mg, 3mg and 6mg (with included Nic/VG shots).
From the pantry shortfill e liquid - Our premium bakery based shortfill range of eliquids.
Soda Steam shortfill e liquid - Our premium fizzy drinks range if shortfill eliquids.
Soda Steam 10ml e liquid - Our premium fizzy drinks range in TPD compliant 10ml bottles all 60% vegetable glycerin available in 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg strengths.
What is Eliquid?
Vaping involves heating a liquid to the point it becomes a vapour, which can then be inhaled.
The liquid in vape devices and ecigarettes is known as eliquid, or sometimes by other names such as ejuice, e cig uk fluid or vape juice. Whatever the name, eliquid functions in the same way – the liquid is heated and you inhale the resulting vapour.
Smoke and vapour are different. Smoke is a by-product of burning. Vapour is a by-product of heating, in the same way a kettle heats water to produce steam. Eliquid is drawn through the coil while current from the battery is also passed through the coil, and the eliquid is heated to produce vapour.
What’s Inside Your Eliquid?
If you’re just starting out vaping may seem complicated and mysterious, but the composition of eliquid is deceptively simple.
There’s just four ingredients –
Vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol are simply additives from the food industry used, for example, to sweeten or preserve food. Flavourings are blended to create our differing range of flavours. And nicotine needs no introduction, other than to say it is the only toxic part of eliquid.
When you see an eliquid listed as 70% VG, this means that 70% of the blend is VG, while the remaining 30% is PG, flavourings and nicotine (for those blends that contain nicotine). Flavourings make up around 10% of the eliquid.
How the Blend Affects Vape Experience
VG is thick in its consistency, and as a result a high VG blend can create lots of vapour. But it requires more power from the device to do so. A smaller, low powered device would struggle to heat high VG blends effectively.
PG is thinner and therefore needs less power to create the vapour, but the amount of vapour produced is also much smaller. PG also gives you the throat hit that’s similar to the feeling of smoking a cigarette.
As it’s the vapour that carries the flavours and the nicotine, creating more vapour will potentially bring more of those features. More VG needs more powerful hardware.
But because of the dense vapour from high VG blends, vaping a high nicotine blend with a high VG blend would deliver much more nicotine than an average person could stomach. So when using high VG blends it’s common reduce the nicotine levels in the eliquid to compensate for the increase in vapour.
In contrast vapers using the high PG blends that are suited to lower powered devices tend to use a higher nicotine content because the vapour produced is less dense and therefore can’t carry as much.
Ultimately the blend is a very individual thing, and not all eliquid ingredients are agreeable to everyone. It’s a good idea to experiment with the different ratios in pursuit of your perfect blend.
So, Which Nicotine Strength Should I Use?
Legislation allows for a maximum dose of 1.8% (18mg) in e cig fluid. The following isn’t definitive, as nicotine strength is an individual thing, but as a starting point…
|0% (0MG)||For nicotine free vaping|
|0.3% (3MG)||For dripping or very light smokers|
|0.6% (6MG)||Smokers of 10 light strength cigarettes a day|
|1.2% (12MG)||Smokers of 10 standard strength cigarettes a day|
|1.8% (18MG)||Smokers of 15-20 cigarettes a day|
A Further Note on Vaping
There is only one ingredient in eliquid that's known to be toxic, and that is the nicotine itself. In its purest form, nicotine is a poison, so it goes without saying that you should aim to use the lowest possible dosage.
Under the Tobacco Products Directive legislation, eliquid and vaping has become more regulated and you will find additional messaging and warnings on the packaging to ensure users are fully understanding of what’s in their ecig uk fluid.
Safety and Storage
- Always store your eliquid away from children
- Keep it in the supplied child-proof bottles
- Wash immediately if eliquid comes into contact with skin
- Take care to avoid unnecessary spillage when refilling cartridges
- Avoid swallowing or ingesting the eliquid
In the event that you feel unwell in connection to an eliquid, seek medical attention immediately.
Keep your eliquid in a cool, dark cupboard and away from children. Then, let your new flavours steep. Steeping your liquid improves the flavour by allowing it to blend at the molecular level. You will observe that the liquid will generally start to get darker after a few days of steeping.
Vapemate only uses the highest pharmaceutical and food grade ingredients manufactured in the UK, EU or US in our eliquid. Full Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) are available on request. We also have our eliquid tested randomly and periodically for quality using full GCMS analysis. It's all made right here in the UK.