Getting Started with eCigs and Vaping: Guide to eLiquid 2018

What is E-Juice: E-Juice Guide

Whether you call it E-Liquid, Juice, or E-Juice, it's all referring to the same thing - the liquid used in a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette. For clarity, we'll be referring to it as E-Juice. E-Juice is what creates vapor when you use a vape mod or electronic cigarette. It's heated up and as you inhale, it turns into vapor. There are countless varieties and flavors of E-Juice. You can get E-Juice with or without nicotine depending on your needs and personal preference.

Common eLiquid Ingredients:

The primary ingredients in E-Juice are Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG). E-Juice also includes a combination of ethyl alcohol, distilled water, nicotine, and extracts or flavoring. E-Juices vary in terms of how they mix VG and PG.

eLiquids that are higher in VG, like the Slush eJuice Collection, often produce large clouds and vape a lot smoother. PG retains flavor better but can make the throat hit harsh. Most vapers prefer 80/20 VG/PG. 

eJuices also vary in terms of what flavors or extracts they use. You can find E-Juices with simple, straightforward flavors. You can also find E-Juices that give you a different flavor experience when you inhale and exhale. Some E-Juices include unusual ingredients like caffeine or vitamins.

Economy VS Premium E-Juice:

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG). They make up about 90% of your E-Juice. The rest of your E-Juice is made of a combination of extracts, flavorings, and nicotine.

Premium E-Juices typically use glass bottles with distinctive labeling. They may use multiple food-grade flavors and extracts to create a more complex flavor as you vape. Premium eliquid brands often put a lot more thought into the flavor profiles and spend months or even years perfecting the taste.

Economy E-Juices or "house brands" tend to use plastic bottles and fewer flavors. The amount and variety of flavorings and the quality of the packaging all factor into whether an E-Juice is an economy or premium brand. Many local CT vape shops offer house brand eliquids that are mixed on site. 

Steeping Your E-Juice:

Just like a premium steak or a quality wine, your E-Juice needs some time to bring out its full flavor. As your E-Juice steeps, its flavors will gain depth and richness. Before you steep your E-Juice, give the bottle a good shake to ensure the ingredients are fully mixed.

If your E-Juice flavor isn't as strong as you'd like, keep the lid on and store it in a cool, dark spot for up to a week. If your E-Juice flavor is too strong, take the lid off and give the E-Juice time to release some of its flavor. You can also use warm water to steep your E-Juice. Fill a cup or mug with warm water, put your bottle into the water, and let it sit until the water reaches room temperature.

The Reason Behind Dark eLiquid:

It's normal for your E-Juice to get darker. This is because of nicotine oxidation. The more nicotine you have in your E-Juice, the darker it will look. The ingredients in your E-Juice can also make a difference in how dark the liquid is. If you've noticed your E-Juice is getting darker in your tank, it could be happening for a couple of reasons. One is that your tank is getting warm while you vape, which makes the nicotine oxidation happen faster than it otherwise would. Another reason is that your wick and coil are darkening as you vape and this is staining your E-Juice.

E-Juice Storage Practices:

Your E-Juice needs to be protected from heat and light. Both will cause nicotine oxidation, which darkens your E-Juice. Keep your E-Juice in a dry, cool, and shady spot to slow down oxidation and keep your flavor at its peak.

You also want to keep your E-Juice away from high or low temperatures. If it's a hot or cold day, for example, don't keep your E-Juice in your car. If you have E-Juice you're not going to use right away, you can keep it in the fridge until you're ready to vape. Glass bottles do a better job of preserving flavor over time than plastic ones.

How to Choose Your Nicotine Strength:

E-Juices come in a variety of nicotine strengths. There are E-Juices without nicotine as well as ones that range from 3 mg/ml (.3%) to 24 mg/ml (2.4%) of nicotine. The configuration of your e-cigarette or vaporizer will also impact the strength of nicotine you'll want.

Non-smokers have a wide variety of nicotine-free E-Juices to choose from. If you're a heavy smoker (30 or more cigarettes per day) you'll want to try a higher level of nicotine when you're transitioning to vaping – 12 mg/ml to 24 mg/ml.

If you smoke 10 to 20 cigarettes per day, you'll want to start with a 6 mg/ml to 12 mg/ml E-Juice. If you're a light smoker, look for an E-Juice that's 3 mg/ml to 6 mg/ml. If you're trying to quit smoking, you can start with the nicotine level that matches your current smoking habit and then switch to lower nicotine levels over time.

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