Discover different types of vape juice and the answer to the question: is my vape juice right for my device?
It’s common practice these days for people to buy their very first vape kit online with nothing but paid you-tubers and uninformed vapers giving their two cents on what is right for you. Not only that, but with flashy websites and fancy bottles of vape juice that look great but aren’t, it’s no wonder so many people give up on vaping after their first go.
Getting the wrong vape juice for your device can lead to a very unpleasant first crack at giving up the ciggies.
Now, there’s a few ways to identify whether or not you have the wrong juice but before we get into them, let’s have a look at what vape juice is made of.
PG and VG – What they are?
First of all, the most common components of vape juice is: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and flavorings.
Lets have a look at PG first.
Propylene Glycol – A common myth that needs to be busted first of all is PG is not anti-freeze. Propylene Glycol was added in place of Ethylene Glycol, which is toxic, as PG is non toxic.
Secondly, PG was tested way back in 1947 and the results published in The Journal Of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the results indicated that inhaling air containing amounts of PG up to the saturation point is completely harmless.
In a vape juice, PG is generally the flavor carrier. Meaning higher PG generally means more flavor but this is not always the case. High quality vape juices with only 30% PG can taste amazing. This is generally a rule associated with low quality DIY juice.
Vegetable Glycerin – VG is a common ingredient in pharmaceuticals, including heart medicine cough syrup. It can also be found in toothpaste, soaps and make up. In a vape juice, VG is generally thicker than PG and is responsible for the vapour clouds. Generally speaking, more VG means a thicker fluffier cloud.
Flavorings – The final ingredient in vape juice is the flavorings. Now the flavorings are a topic for a whole other article but let’s just say that there are varying levels of quality when it comes to flavorings.
There are dangers associated with some flavorings and you should always ensure that your vape juice is tested for chemicals such as; Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl, Nitrosamines and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.
So, now that you’re a little more informed on what’s in your vape juice, lets look at the 5 signs you’ve got the wrong vape juice…
1) Your Coils Are Burning Out
A burnt coil is one thing you never forget. It’s also one of the main causes of vapers going back to smoking. A coil will burn out or degrade naturally and it’s up to every vaper to know their set up and roughly how long their coils last.
This is easier said than done especially if you are new to vaping. I won’t go through every possible cause of premature coil burning, as the list will be as long as my imagination.
I will however, focus on one of the most common cause of premature coil burning.
YOUR JUICE IS TOO THICK!!
Yep, it’s that simple.
One of the biggest mistakes a new vaper can make is buying the cheapest vape juice they can find.
You’re already going to save thousands a year so don’t buy the biggest and cheapest juice you can find, it’s most likely going to be thick and gluggy and designed for a large, direct lung device.
If you are starting off with a mouth to lung (MTL) device, (which is where most smokers should start) meaning, it is a device set up to work like a cigarette, don’t buy anything with a VG ratio higher than 60%. Even then, a lot of coils won’t be able to wick properly.
The reason they can’t wick properly is; the coils are small and they have small holes where the vape juice feeds into them. Every puff you have, your coil vaporizes the liquid out and wicks more liquid in.
If your vape juice is too thick, it doesn’t have the ability to wick back into the coil quick enough. One too many puffs in a row and your coil will have nothing to burn but dry cotton.
In my opinion only use 50% VG for MTL devices unless your vape juice is super high quality and uses triple filtered VG such as this range of vape juice.
2) You’re Going Through Juice Too Fast
This, my friends, is the other side of the VG spectrum.
If you have been sold a direct lung device (DL) meaning, your kit is designed for you to suck directly into your lungs (like a pipe, shisha or bong) then you want a higher VG vape juice.
It is also in your best interests to buy high quality vape juice and in larger quantities, think 60ml or more in a bottle. This is because DL devices use more power to drive the coil, as the desired outcome is bigger clouds.
Buying a 30ml bottle with a ratio of less than 60% VG will result in your juice there one day and gone the next.
If you feel like you are going through way too much juice, check the VG ratio, see if you can get a larger bottle and always make sure you’re puffing on a tested vape juice.
3) It Feels Harsh
A harsh throat hit from vaping can make smoking seem like a viable option but it doesn’t have to be like that.
Yes, the throat hit in vaping is more often than not, linked to the nicotine level however, nicotine aside, poor quality PG in a vape juice or too high PG content can certainly cause a feeling as rough as razors on the back of your throat and can even take your breath away.
A high ratio of PG, meaning; 50% or higher, can create a harshness on the throat if your vape juice is low quality. Or, if you are using a DL device, a high PG content will naturally feel harsher as the amount of vapour you are inhaling is far greater than in a MTL device.
A high quality vape juice with high quality PG will add more flavor with a higher PG content, although it is best to stick with no higher than 50% PG as if it is higher, you run the risk of flooding your coils as the vape juice may be too thin.
That brings me to a flooded coil. Is every puff you have wet, harsh and ends in a mouth full of vape juice? It’s not pleasant by any means and it’s usually a sure sign you have flooded your coil.
I must admit, newbies are prone to flooding coils simply by having an off puff rate (pushing the button late or early and puffing too hard or not hard enough) but, it doesn’t help if you are puffing on low quality or high PG vape juice.
No matter what you do, if your vape juice is too thin, it’s going to feed into your coil too quickly, saturating it, and the excess will have no where to go but sit on top and/or drip down to the tank base. That takes me to my next point
4) Your Tank Is Leaking
Closely linked to why you are getting vape juice in your mouth, a leaky tank is commonly linked to your juice being too thin (high PG).
If you are using a direct lung device, you generally want a vape juice with a higher VG content. This is due to DL coils having more, and often larger holes to wick the vape juice.
If a juice is too thin for your device, it feeds into the coil too quickly leading to too much vape juice in your coil.
It only has two places to go, up or down or even both.
If a coil has too much juice inside it, it can lead to a mouth full of juice on every puff and if not addressed promptly, will start dripping down below the coil, leading to vape juice pouring out your air holes.
This can not only lead to a smelly pocket but can permanently damage your battery if liquid gets into the thread on the top of your device. If you are experiencing any of the above, chances are you’ve got the wrong vape juice for your device.
If you are vaping on a DL device, go for 60% VG or higher. If you are vaping on a MTL device, go for anything with VG content 60% of lower.
5) It Tastes Bad
It’s the most simple and most common way to tell if you have the wrong vape juice; it tastes bad.
Self-explanatory I know but too many new vapers experience it and see the experience as the norm. It most certainly is not.
Getting the wrong flavor can be a massive hindrance, as you want to be able to enjoy puffing
If you have a sickly sweet, or a foul tasting supposedly tobacco flavour that tastes more like smelly socks, then your chances of continuing vaping are slim.
A good rule to follow is; if you’ve been smoking for more than 10 years and you smoked more than 20 a day, start with a tobacco flavor. If you don’t like the first one you try, go for another tobacco flavor. Heavy smokers tend to enjoy something as close to a ciggy as possible.
If you have smoked for less than 10 years or smoked less than 20 a day, go for a vape juice with flavor. You should know whether or not you prefer eating fruits or desserts, or, if you like coffee or soft drink. Go for a flavor profile that you enjoy drinking or eating.
If your vape juice is making you feel sick or making you want to smoke, don’t give up, you’ve just got the wrong vape juice.
Getting the wrong vape juice for your device can lead to a very unpleasant vaping experience. If you are ever unsure on whether your vape juice is right for your device, give your vendor a call and they should be able to guide you to an appropriate selection based on your set up.
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, you’ve got the wrong vape juice.