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Vaping for newbies: Why do e-liquids have different PG/VG ratios?

Many newbies to vaping may be surprised to learn that different e-liquids often contain different percentages of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Why? Because different PG/VG ratios produce different tastes, textures and throat hits. This is why many newbies are often disappointed after purchasing an e-liquid that sounds like it would taste simply scrumptious. If you find that the vape juice is not really what you expected, check the PG/VG percentage.

Some manufacturers, but not all, offer multiple PG/VG ratios for specific brands of e-juice. Options may include a 50/50 blend, an 80/20 alternative, or perhaps even a 40/60 selection. The type that you choose will largely depend on your individual palate and vaping preferences.

PG/VG ratios produce different tastes, textures, and throat hits.

For newbies to vaping, let’s define what propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin truly are. First, propylene glycol, or PG, is a colorless, odorless substance with a water-like texture. It’s this watery liquid that allows for the even and consistent distribution of the nicotine extract solution and included flavorings throughout the entire bottle of e-juice.

Without PG, the vaping experience would change dramatically in only a matter of minutes. You would probably have to continuously “shake your vape mod” to keep the e-liquid evenly mixed. And who wants to do that?

Vegetable glycerin, on the other hand, has a slightly sweeter taste and a thicker texture. It’s this syrupy quality that gives the vape juice its bulk. Both propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are safe for humans to consume. In fact, many grocery products like margarines and mustards contain VG while many bakery items, ice creams, and frostings often contain PG.

  • High-VG e-juice boosts the flavor and smoothness of the vape. If your new e-juice tastes a little bland, or if the flavor profiles listed on the bottle seem a bit muted, then the problem may lie in the PG/VG ratio.
  • High-PG e-juice gives a harsher throat hit. The “throat hit” is what vapers call that sensation we get at the back of the throat when we smoke conventional cigarettes. Many newbies to vaping often relapse back into smoking largely because their e-liquids lack this throat hit sensation. Don’t give up before changing the PG/VG ratio of your vape juices first.
  • High-VG e-juice boosts cloud production. Did you think that making the switch to vaping would allow you to become a vgod, cloudchasing competition winner almost overnight?While cloudchasing takes practice, the true experts also know that High-VG e-liquid produces the most robust clouds. Remember, VG is the significantly thicker of the two substances, which only aids in cloud production.

There are many reasons why your vape juices might taste a bit different than what you anticipated. The PG/VG ratios are one possible factor to consider, but the vaping temperatures of your device can also come into play. For example, higher vaping temperatures tend to produce harsher throat hits. So, don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Vaping saves lives, and it can also be a whole lot of fun!