It has many names and nicknames and it’s one of the most important parts to the process of vaping, but whether you call it E-Liquid, E-Juice, Juice, or any other number of things, you don’t have vape unless you have the liquid. For the purpose of this article, we simply refer to it as E-Liquid. Now, while it may be just another cog in the wheel, for lack of a better term, the E-Liquid you choose to use is going to ultimately have one of the biggest effects on your vaping experience that any one step in the vaping process can. So, when you choose your ingredient, choose wisely, but we’re going to take the time to break down the differences to give you the knowledge you need to make that choice!
E-Liquid is normally made up of a mix of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Distilled Water, Ethyl Alcohol, and Flavoring or Extracts. Some also use nicotine, others don’t, but every brand doesn’t use the same percentages of Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin either. They all provide differences to tweak the experience for the user, and with all of the flavors out there, the vaping experience can be as different and personal to you as you want it to be. Some companies have even gone as far as putting different vitamins and caffeine in their E-Liquid.
When you’re selecting your E-Liquid, you’re also going to want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Something being more expensive doesn’t always equate to it being better. Because of this, you’re going to want to understand why they’re more expensive than others. With every company using similar mixtures, you’re going to want to check the ingredients. Premium E-Liquid companies tend to use food grade flavor extracts and package their E-Juices in glass bottles. They’ll also use high-quality nicotine, but do your research and make sure you’re making the best selection for your best vape.
There will be tell-tale signs that let you know what condition your E-Liquid is in after you’ve been using it for some time. As the E-Liquid ages, it can become darker over time due to nicotine oxidation. The more nicotine your brand has in it will also affect the color, but you can help control the speed at which your E-Liquid ages. It’s sensitive to both heat and light. Storing your E-Liquid in a cool, dark place will slow down the nicotine oxidation and keep your product fresher for longer. If you want to store for extended periods of time, you can store in your refrigerator, and glass bottles tend to hold up much better than plastic over time.
Another way you can control the flavor and performance of your E-Liquid is a practice called “steeping.” Just like you’re allowing a good win to age, “steeping” your E-Liquid can give the flavor a deeper and smoother taste over time. If your flavor is too strong, open the cap and allow the bottle to breathe for a bit. If it’s too weak, keep the cap on and store in a cool dark place for some time, the length is determined by the result you’re after. You can also choose to place the E-Liquid in warm water, repeating this process until the water becomes room temperature. Always remember, though, make sure you shake up your E-Liquid prior to “steeping” to make sure its mixed up and fully homogenized.
Non-smokers can always use an E-Liquid without any nicotine, but smokers and ex-smokers may want to use a product with nicotine. E-Liquid ranges from 3mg/ml (.3%) to 24mg/ml (2.4%) and sometimes higher, and which you choose to go with depends on your habit. Light smokers should probably stay towards the low end of the spectrum, at least to start, while heavy smokers may be looking for a stronger product. The medium range tends to be where many people like to start and adjust from there. One of the best things about vaping is its flexibility for each and every person who tries it.