What is E-juice or Vape Juice?
What is E-juice or Vape Juice?
We’ve all heard the term “e-juice”, “vape juice” or “e-liquid” before. You may not be sure what it is or what is in it, but have no fear, we here at Miss Ell’s Korner & Vapes will answer your questions.
First, let’s clarify: e-juice, vape juice, and e-liquid are all terms to describe the same thing and can be used interchangeably. From here on in we will refer to it as e-juice.
With the popularity of vaporizers and box mods on the rise, e-juice has become a huge part of vaping throughout the world.
WHAT IS E-JUICE?
- E-juice is the fluid used in vaporizers and electronic cigarettes that creates the actual vapor. It contains the nicotine but can also be made without nicotine depending on personal preference.
- The vaporizer heats up the e-juice to between 200 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit which turns it into a vapor that you then inhale.
- E-Juice is normally composed of up to 5 ingredients (not main ingredients with a giant list of other stuff, all ingredients) :
- VG (Vegetable Glycerin) The Base makes up 80-90% of e-juice and is composed of 100% VG or a mix with PG. Common ratios are 100% VG, 50/50 PG/VG, and 80/20 PG/VG. Vegetable Glycerin is a vegetable based liquid that is thick and sweet. It is widely used in all types of food and personal care products like toothpaste. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycerol
- PG (Propylene glycol) Commonly mixed with VG as the base for e-juice. This is a solvent that’s used in all sorts of things. Along with being a solvent, its mainly known for its use in fog machines. Propylene Glycol is a substance that is used in many flavorings to help distribute the taste and any food grade flavoring evenly throughout the liquid. PG is used in vanilla extracts, food coloring, and in various types of medicines. A higher PG mix e-juice will produce thicker clouds of vapor. However, PG can dry out your throat and even cause mild allergic reactions in some users. If you have any issues with PG, just use a 100% VG e-juice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol
- Flavor 10%-20%. All the e-juice we’ve seen uses food-grade flavorings originally intended for baking or candy making. Here is an excerpt from the LorAnn website: “All of our materials are food grade (where applicable) and adhere to standards set down in the USP, NF or FCC (U.S.Pharmacopoeia, National Formulary, and Food Chemical Codex).”
- Nicotine 0%-2.4% depending on strength. Any large supplier of e-juice is using pharmaceutical grade pure nicotine.
- Distilled water is sometimes used to dilute if needed.
- That’s it. From as little as 2 ingredients (VG and flavor) to as many as 5, and theories on nicotine ingestion notwithstanding, all used regularly in food products. Remember, the important thing is what e-juice doesn’t contain: the 4000+ chemicals in a cigarette.
- VG and PG make up about 90% of the contents in e-liquid with nicotine and food grade flavoring making up the remaining 10%.
VG VS. PG
There is a great debate among the vaping community between those that like PG e-liquid and those that prefer VG. What’s the big difference between the two? Well, here’s a list of some of the benefits of using both types of e-juices.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL E-JUICE
- PG e-juice is usually thinner than VG. This makes it easier for the wax or cotton on the atomizer to absorb the liquid.
- Because of its thinner consistency, it will typically produce less residue on the tank and atomizer. This makes for a much cleaner vaping experience.
- PG e-juice has no flavor at all which means it has no impact on the overall flavor of the e-juice.
- It produces a better throat hit similar to smoking a cigarette. Many users like this sensation and choose PG e-juice for just this reason.
- Some users have reported having an allergic reaction to PG e-juice.
VEGETABLE GLYCERIN E-JUICE
- VG e-juice tends to be thicker and more viscous. Because of this, it tends to produce more residue on vaporizer parts and can reduce the lifespan of atomizers.
- VG e-juice has a sweet taste to it. VG is commonly used as a sweetener in sugar replacements.
- VG e-juice produces thicker clouds of vapor due to its overall thicker composition. This is one of the main benefits of using VG over PG.
- With e-juice, most users report a minimal throat hit in comparison to PG liquids. VG e-juice tends to produce a smoother vaping experience.
- Few people have reported experiencing allergic reactions to VG e-juice. Some people have reported that phlegm can build up in the throat after using VG e-juice regularly.
Whether you choose a VG or PG it comes down to personal preference. Want a bigger throat hit? PG is the way to go. Looking to blow out enormous, thick clouds of vapor? VG is the best bet. The only way to know what you like is to try both kinds and a hybrid of the two. This will allow you to choose which e-juice is right for you.
HOW MUCH NICOTINE IS IN E-JUICE?
E-juice comes in a variety of different strengths of nicotine. Many users purchase e-juice with zero nicotine. The standard Canadian strengths are as follows:
- No Nicotine - 0 mg
- Low - 6 mg
- Medium - 12 mg
- High - 18 mg
- Extra High - 24 mg
The strength you choose will be dependent upon your individual tolerance. Those that switch to vaping after being heavy smokers tend to choose higher concentrations of nicotine. Vapers who smoked only a small amount before switching to vaping tend to purchase lower strength e-juice. The best bet is to experiment and see which nicotine strength works best for you. We recommend starting with a lower level and moving up.