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What Is The Best E-Liquid?
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Choosing the Right Premium Vape Juice Brand
With vape shops popping up on every corner of the country and so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the best vape liquids. While long-time vapers often have extensive knowledge of the brands, flavors, varieties and even ingredients of the best e-liquids, newcomers or part-time vapers usually just want something that tastes and feels good. The final choice will always be a matter of individual taste, but if you have not been vaping long enough to try out multiple brands, you probably don’t even know where to start.
Every brand is different from the small mom and pop establishments that mix their own blends onsite to international brands that mass-produce high quality e-liquid. Even within the brands there may be dozens or hundreds of different flavors, blends and varieties. While most vape juice is made up of similar ingredients, a few subtle differences can make the difference between a high-quality product with a nice taste and a big cloud to a low-end juice that quickly clogs coils and barely produces a decent hit.
The Basic Ingredients of Vape Juice
All e-liquids are made of some combination of a few key ingredients:
– Propylene glycol (PG)
– Vegetable glycerin (VG)
You may have heard guys in the vape shop discussing PG/VG and the combinations in e-liquids. Although some vape juices may be made exclusively of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, the vast majority contain a combination of both. These are the base ingredients that form the foundation of all e-liquid, and they each have their own individual characteristics when vaped.
Propylene glycol (PG) is the most commonly used base ingredient in vape juices. E-liquids that are higher in PG tend to be thinner and more fluid than the thicker VG. Since PG is thin and tasteless, it does not get in the way of the flavor, and high PG juices tend to give a more flavorful vape and produce a stronger throat hit (similar to a real cigarette).
On the other hand, vape juices that are higher in vegetable glycerin (VG) will produce a larger cloud when vaped. Unlike PG, VG is thicker and often produces a more satisfying hit with less juice. Unfortunately, this thickness also means that it will quickly build up and clog coils and other vaping gear. VG also has a slightly sweet aftertaste which can affect the overall flavor of the juice, although not always in a negative way.
Many e-liquids are made of 50/50 blends of PG/VG, but there are also blends of 60/40, 80/20 or 100% of either ingredient. While the PG/VG ratio is an important aspect of finding the right consistency in your vape juice, the nicotine level may be an even more crucial element. Commercial vape juices come in nicotine levels ranging from 24mg to 3mg or no nicotine at all.
The nicotine level you choose will likely correspond to the number of cigarettes you smoked. Heavy smokers (one and a half to two packs a day) will likely require 18mg to 24mg e-liquids. Moderate smokers (a pack a day) may be fine with 12mg levels, and light smokers (less than a pack a day) or nonsmokers may use 6mg or less. Aside from the obvious nicotine fix that comes with a high level, vape juices that are higher in nicotine also produce a stronger throat hit that feels similar to smoking.
Top Premium Vape Juice Brands
While there are many small establishments that make quality e-liquid, these are a few of the most popular and trusted national brands that are guaranteed to produce great vape juices.
– The Vapor Chef – This once small company has exploded onto the national scene and is now one of the leading e-liquid makers. The Vapor Chef was founded by a former restaurant chef, and they artfully craft some of the best-tasting vape juices available.
– Five Pawns – A brand that every experienced vaper knows, Five Pawns has made quality products for many years. “Grandmaster” and “Castle Long” are two of their biggest sellers.
– Black Note – One of the most popular and trusted brands, Black Note, creates the most authentic tobacco flavors available. This comes from the fact that many of their flavors are naturally extracted, creating a smooth, mellow and familiar flavor.
– Vape Wild – With a variety of over 140 flavors in every different PG/VG combination, Vape Wild makes some of the most interesting and flavorful e-liquids available. Based out of Texas, these mixers are known for making exciting vape juices at affordable prices.