A Beginner’s Guide to Different Types of E-liquids

Are you a new vaper or those who want to make a switch from smoking? I bet you must be in a dilemma and do not know what to choose from such massive range of different types of e-liquids in the beginning. Well, this is a universal puzzle for almost everyone who starts to vape, now let’s read through this guidance and solve the puzzle. And please keep it in mind, our goal is to find suitable vape juice styles for ourselves.

What is E-liquid?

First of all, I want you to know that liquid of e-cigarettes, e-liquid, e-juice, vape juice and e-juice all refer to the same thing, a kind of liquid vaporized into aerosol by an electronic device.

Now you know e-liquid gets multiple names, but what is it mainly composed of? Unlike cigarette and tobacco which contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 carcinogenic compounds and 400 other toxins. These include nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic and DDT. The ingredients of e-liquid are rather simple: PG (Propylene Glycol), VG(Vegetable Glycerin), Nicotine(Optional) and flavourings. Those terms seem technical, while you just need to know that PG and VG can make mass cloud/vapour, and more specifically, PG carries the flavour and VG is thicker and produces more vapour than PG. And it would bring you more “throat hit” feeling if it contains more PG in the vape juice. Above is the brief introduction of “what is e-liquid”, here we go to the next episode.

Different Types of E-liquids

The most fantastic advantage of vaping is that there are thousands of flavors leaving you to make a choice, it’s a bit ridiculous for its numerous flavors compared to traditional tobacco which merely has tobacco/menthol flavor. What’s more, vaping hardly leave any odd smell on your body or clothes, on the opposite, some fresh fruit flavors would give you a pleasant smell. However, smoking always makes your mouth, hair and clothes smells ordorous. While today we are not talking about the flavor but the type.

Please note that “types” here is not the meaning of flavors. Generally speaking, we categorise the vape juice into the following types: Shortfill, Nic Salt, Nicotine Shot, 50-50 E-liquid, High VG E-liquid and DIY&Concentrate.

Shortfill

Shortfill vape juices are larger bottles of liquid in 0mg nicotine strength, including 50ml and 100ml bottles that are only filled to 80% capacity. The remaining space allows you to add a 10ml nicotine shot (or two) to boost to your desired nicotine strength. As these e-liquids are designed to have a nicotine shot added, they have a slightly higher percentage of flavouring so the end e-liquid isn't over-diluted.

But why there need to be a non-nicotine vape juice? Shortfill e-liquids were first introduced to the market in 2017 following the implementation of the TPD (Tobacco Products Directive). Before the new laws, you were able to buy larger bottles of e-liquid which contained nicotine. However, the TPD restricts any nicotine containing e-liquids to a maximum size of 10ml. Therefore, shortfills were created as a way to keep the convenience and cost saving of bigger bottles while keeping compliant with the TPD laws.

Nicotine Shot

Nicotine Shot (Nic Shot) is an unflavoured e-liquid designed for use with short fill e-liquids, these 10ml bottles can be added to any nicotine free shortfill e-liquid. Nic shots are small, 10mL TPD compliant bottles of nicotine e-liquid. Not intended to be vaped on their own, they're made to be mixed with larger bottles of nicotine free e-liquid(namely shortfill). They can also be used for discreet vaping, topping up on nicotine or diluting a juice. For example, adding a 10ml 18mg booster to a 50ml shortfill, will create 60ml of 3mg eliquid.

Nic Salt

Nic salt e-liquid looks like nicotine, it feels like nicotine but it’s whole new way to vape. Nic salt is extracted directly from the tobacco leaf. Nic salt based e-juices are absorbed by the body far quicker than standard freebase nicotine vape juice, providing a much faster hit to keep those pesky nicotine cravings at bay. Compared to freebase nicotine, nic salt has several advantages:1.Faster nicotine delivery to you blood and brain; 2.Technically cheaper; 3.Smoother hit; 4.Longer shelf life. Nic salt vape juice often appears in various flavors including but not limited to:fruits, candies and beverages.

50-50 E-liquid

In general, 50/50 e-liquid is vape juice with a balanced 50% (namely 50PG/50VG) ratio of the main e liquid ingredients: PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerin) as I mentioned above. These ingredients are important in helping you choose the right type of e-liquid for your vape pod/mod system.

50/50 vape juice is the ideal place to start when making the switch from conventional smoking to vaping. 50VG/50PG e-juice is highly compatible with starter kits, giving a smooth throat hit and with bucket loads of flavours.

High VG E-liquid

The term high VG refers to the level of VG(vegetable glycerin) presents in the vaping liquid, commonly a 70VG/30PG or 80VG/20PG(seldom) ratio, often mixed with lower nicotine strength 0mg, 3mg and 6mg. High VG e-liquids are ideal for sub-ohm vaping devices, it’s great for huge and cloudy vapor production and a smooth throat hit.

DIY&Concentrate

Have you ever wanted to try DIY E-juice and mixing your own vape liquid? If you have the creativity and desire to make your own e-Juices, this product can help you make extreme concentrate flavors of vape juices.

Here are some advantages of DIY&Concentrate vape juices.

1.As the name implies, DIY&Concentrate would lead to a cheaper alternative to vape juice without sacrificing the premium quality of the E-Liquids.

2.Control your flavor strength by simply adjusting the amount of flavoring you use.

3.5ml of DIY flavor concentrate mixes approximately 50ml E-Liquid, so you can make a little go a long way.

4.Numerous ready to mix & vape flavors for you to enjoy. Create your own flavor combinations and recipes.

Conclusion

Above is the brief introduction to different types of e-liquids. Whether you want a non-nicotine vape juice or high nicotine strength e-juice; a smokeless e-juice or those produce mass cloud vape juice, there must be suitable e-liquids for you thus you should know what you want and what you like then you would have an extraordinary vaping experience.