You might have heard a bit about e-liquids or heard terms such as ‘e-juice’ and ‘vape juice’ or ‘vape liquid’ thrown around.
You might have a vague idea of what they are, but you probably don’t know exactly what is in e-liquid, what it’s used for or how to store it.
Read on below to find out everything you need to know about e-juice!
What is it?
E-juice is the juice that is used to create the vapour in e-cigarettes. It is usually contained small bottles or cartridges that screw into the e-cig.
Drawing on the e-cig will pull the liquid through the e-cig’s atomizer and heat the juice so that it becomes vapour.
E-liquids come in a few different formulations, many different flavours and are distributed by many different brands.
What’s in it?
E-liquids are usually made up of a few different things, a diluent base, flavouring and sometimes nicotine. 95% of the formulation is usually the base. There are two types of a base that are the most common, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG).
Contrary to some of the misinformation that is commonly spread about e-cig’s, there isn’t any mystery about what is in them. Most electronic ciggie liquids are well labelled, and there are only really 3-4 main ingredients in e-juice.
PG or VG?
A common debate amongst vapor is whether propylene glycol based on e-liquids or vegetable glycerine is better.
There pros and cons to both and in the end it’s up to personal preference.
PG based e-juice tends to be of a thinner consistency then VG e-liquids and so tends to leave less residue on e-cigarettes. PG has none of its own flavours so it won’t affect the flavouring of your e-liquid. It is known to produce a better throat hit than VG and is more similar to smoking which is often why some people prefer it.
It does produce less vapour and has been associated with allergies more often; some people seem to be sensitive to it.
How much nicotine is in it?
Nicotine content varies, and it is possible to buy non-nicotine e-liquids. Most people looking to start with nicotine e-liquids will choose light to medium concentrations and adjust from there. Getting quite concentrated e-juices of up to 24mg is possible.
The strength chosen is up to individual tolerance and preference. Generally low to medium strength are best for avoiding the unpleasant side effects of too much nicotine.
One of the reasons that many people are now choosing e-cigarettes over normal combustion cigarettes is because of the thousands of pleasant flavour options available on the market. There are about 8,000 flavour choices available in a variety of strengths, so there is something to suit everyone.
It is possible to purchase vape solutions that are flavoured like cigarettes or menthol which is excellent for those who are using e-cig’s as an alternative to smoking, but there are also many different and more inventive flavours on the market.
It is possible to get e-cig’s in candy flavours, fruit flavours, beverage flavours and dessert flavours. There is a flavour to suit everyone which make e-cig’s a lot more pleasant than cigarettes. They don’t leave the same unpleasant tobacco smell on your clothes and skin.
Safety and Storage
E-juice cartridges should be kept in cool places of no more than 21 degrees Celsius. It ensures that the flavouring and strength of the e-juice remains stable.
Cartridges should be used within two weeks of unsealing and should not be kept for more than 12 months sealed.