Wondering how to use e-liquids? The different types of e-liquids that you could find can be overwhelming, however, it’s a lot more straightforward than you think. The main big differences between types of e-liquids is the ratio of Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and whether they have nicotine in them or not.
Types of E-Liquids
First, we’re going to dive into the world of e-liquids by outlining that a 50:50 e-liquid contains a balanced amount of VG and PG. It is ideal for use with starter kits and pod systems, as they contain small coils that can easily absorb the thin consistency of 50:50 e-liquids.
They also tend to be available in a wider variety of nicotine strengths than VG or PG-based e-liquids. This gives vapers full control over their nicotine intake, if they’re looking to wean off nicotine then they can take their nicotine levels down a notch each time they purchase a bottle.
PG Based E-Liquids
PG based e-liquids are commonly used by people who are looking to quit smoking. It usually offers higher levels of nicotine and delivers a similar throat hit to smoking a cigarette.
They begin at 70% and stimulate the feeling of smoking a cigarette. However, they do not produce as many clouds nor are ideal for vape tricks.
VG Based E-Liquids
VG based e-liquids are definitely more geared towards cloudchasers who want to produce large, thick clouds and carry out tricks.
These e-liquids are thicker in consistency, and they begin at around 60% VG and are usually vaped at higher temperatures.
Shortfills were a direct result of the TPD regulations being implemented in the EU. This restricted e-liquids that contained nicotine to only be sold in 10ml bottles. Therefore, shortfills served as a loophole around those regulations as they were large bottles of nicotine-free e-liquid.
Which Nicotine Strength Should I Choose?
Picking the right nicotine strength is key. It’ll keep your nicotine cravings at bay whilst you’re transitioning from smoking to vaping.
When it comes to choosing the nicotine strength you’re going to vape, it really comes down to how much you used to smoke.
- Social Smoker (one or two cigarettes per week) – 3mg
If you’re a social smoker, it’s best to go for a low-nicotine option like 3mg. This is often the final step for people who are weaning off of nicotine and don’t need as much of a hit anymore. You can also get 0mg e-liquid if you simply enjoy the feeling of vaping but no longer have a craving to satiate.
- Light Smoker (less than 10 cigarettes a day) – 6mg
If you’re a light smoker, it’s recommended that you opt for 6mg of nicotine. This strength is still considered on the lower end of the scale. It suits people who enjoy vaping and are looking for a bit of a nicotine buzz.
- Average Smoker (up to a pack a day) – 12mg
It’s suggested that average smokers begin with 12mg. It is an ideal place to start when transitioning as it will help migrate and substitute the amount you’d get from regular cigarettes.
- Heavy Smoker (more than a full pack a day) – 18mg
People with serious smoking habits are better off beginning with 18mg of nicotine to get a high dose and proper satisfaction from vaping.
How Do I Choose An E-Liquid Flavour?
With so many different flavours of e-liquids available, it can seem like it’ll be difficult to settle on a preferred flavour.
Sometimes new vapers would go for tobacco and/or menthol flavours because they’d feel familiar. Although, this is not the case with every new vaper as some would like to steer completely away from the association of smoking so they would go for more exotic or dessert flavours.
Once you are more experienced, you can create your own e-liquid recipes and blend a couple of liquids together creating your own combinations. There are also a range of affordable options available in 10ml bottles so you can try a lot of different flavours at home.
You can opt for a shortfills if you know what flavours you enjoy. They come in bigger bottles with 0mg of nicotine, so you can have full control of how much nicotine to add.
Can E-Liquid Expire?
Yes, E-liquid can expire. Once the bottle’s seal has opened, air can enter the bottle making it oxidise. However, the process is gradual and if you plan to keep your e-liquid for a long time (a year) it should be okay to vape.
You also may notice that the colour could become darker and the flavour becomes a bit sweeter. E-liquids that contain nicotine degrade quicker, losing their potency and won’t give you as much of a hit. If you want to keep your shortfills fresh, we advise storing them away from heat and light.
If your e-liquid’s in your vape and you haven’t used it in a while, you may notice a colour change there too. This occurs because the fibres in your coil will absorb smaller particles more easily, whereas the darker ones get left behind so your tank may look a bit darker over time.