How to choose your e-liquid? The complete guide to knowing which e-liquid to choose
Whether you are a first-time vaper or a confirmed vaper, choosing the perfect e-liquid is complicated and you are wondering which e-liquid to choose? The base, the nicotine level, the flavours. I advise you on choosing the e-liquid that suits you best.
Which e-liquid base to choose?
The choice of the base of your e-liquid…it’s the base! Indeed, the base represents 75 to 98% of the component of a finished e-liquid, so it is an important element to take into account.
The base of an e-liquid is generally composed of Propylene (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG), which each have a specific role:
- Propylene is mainly used to boost the taste of aromas and restore them when you vape. The PG also tends to accentuate the hit (tingling sensation in the back of the throat) and thin the e-liquid.
- Vegetable Glycerin gives a thicker substance to the e-liquid, it softens the sensation of hit and serves to densify the vapor as you exhale.
In some e-liquids, PG is replaced by Vegetol, a 100% vegetable ingredient derived from the fermentation of plant sugar, which eliminates the irritating aspect that PG can have, while further optimizing the taste of aromas. Combined with VG, Vegetol makes it possible to obtain e-liquids on a 100% vegetable base!
Now that you know what the base of an e-liquid is made of, we draw your attention to the importance of the ratio between PG and VG in the base of your e-liquid.
The balance between the PG and the VG in your e-liquid base will be determined by your feeling and your material: the more you vape on powerful material, the higher the rate of VG will have to be. When choosing your electronic cigarette, seek advice from a specialist to choose the right base for your equipment. Simply put, PG is naturally fluid, while VG is thicker, so the ratio between the two will have a direct impact on the overall consistency of the e-liquid. Depending on the equipment you have, it may be recommended to choose a more or less thick e-liquid for an optimal experience.
If you are new to vaping, we recommend that you start with a 50PG/50VG ratio, because it is compatible with all electronic cigarettes and it will offer you an almost perfect balance between flavors, hit and vapor density.
What nicotine level should I choose in my e-liquid?
Let’s start by remembering that e-liquids do not necessarily contain nicotine. On the other hand, in the context of smoking cessation, it is recommended to start the cigarette/vape transition by choosing nicotine e-liquids.
Nicotine has several uses in an e-liquid. It is obvious that it plays a major role in smoking cessation by giving your body the necessary dose not to be craving, but also has a utility to give the hit. The more nicotine there is, the greater the hit. This is why the choice of your nicotine level must be adapted to your initial tobacco consumption, your material and to your feelings.
Nicotine salt is an alternative to classic nicotine which allows for better assimilation by your body and a greatly reduced hit: 20mg of salt is the equivalent of 6mg of classic nicotine. It can be a good choice for those who have trouble tolerating the tingle of nicotine, for heavy smokers or even for new vapers who still have a little trouble without a few daily cigarettes.
E-liquids containing Vegetol ensure better assimilation of nicotine when you vape, almost instantly meeting your need for nicotine, even if your e-liquid contains a low rate.
But then, which nicotine level to choose? If you start vaping to quit smoking, we recommend that you adapt the nicotine level of your e-liquid according to the number of cigarettes you are used to smoking:
Which flavour of e-liquid to choose?
The last (and not least!) thing to take into account when choosing your e-liquid is of course its flavour. Even if your preferences in terms of taste are unique to you, here are some tips to guide you in choosing the e-liquid that you need.
As part of a smoking cessation, we strongly recommend that you start vaping with a classic e-liquid , ideally tobacco flavor (tobacco flavor = classic flavor in the vape sector), to ensure a cigarette/vape transition in gently and without disturbing your habits too much. If you are used to smoking menthol cigarettes, choose a menthol e-liquid to find these feelings of freshness!