What is E-liquid? What does E-liquid actually contain? What is PG and what is VG?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALL E-LIQUIDS?
There is a lot of difference between all the different E-liquids that are currently available worldwide.
The biggest difference is not only in the taste but also in the quality and purity of the E-liquids.
In addition, there is the difference in the PG / VG content and of course the amount of nicotine.
WHAT DOES PG AND VG STAND FOR?
PG and VG are recurring terms that are always mentioned when it comes to an E-liquid. These are two components that are used in E-liquids and represent the composition of the E-liquid. An experienced user can recognize by this what “feeling” the E-liquid will give and what the vapor production will be.
PG STANDS FOR PROPYLENE GLYCOL
This is a synthetic product and provides the “throat hit” (the feeling in the throat) that one experiences when breathing in.
The throat hit gives the former smoker / damper the old-fashioned smoke feeling he / she was used to with the (analogue) cigarette. The higher the grade for the PG, the more throat hit the E-liquid will give.
VG STANDS FOR VEGETABLE GLYCERIN
This is a natural product and ensures the vapor production and taste experience of the E-liquid. The higher the VG ratio, the more vapor the E-liquid produces. E-liquids therefore have a certain PG / VG mixing ratio to combine the throat hit with a good taste experience.
WHAT NICOTINE LEVEL SHOULD I TAKE?
E-liquids are available in various nicotine levels:
- 0mg (Nicotine free)
- 3mg (extra low)
- 6mg (low)
- 12mg (medium)
- 18mg (high)
In addition to the number of mg nicotine, the comparison is often used with the traditional (analogue) cigarette. However, pay attention to this if you are a Sub Ohm damper, so if you are steaming on (very) on a resistance under one Ohm. With Sub Ohm vapors you use more E-liquid than with “normal” vapors. So you also get more nicotine in, so we definitely recommend that you choose a lower nicotine level. You can indicate the amount of nicotine when ordering. The novice ex-smoker, or damper, who does not vaporize Sub Ohm, often starts with 12 mg or 6 mg nicotine and can possibly gradually reduce the nicotine level. If you feel that it is not enough, you can always try the 18 mg.
All E-liquids at VaporDNA.com are certified and approved high-quality E-liquids and meet the requirements of Dutch regulations.
WHAT IS IN THE E-LIQUIDS AND IS IT HARMFUL TO HEALTH?
These E-liquids consist of the following components:
- Clear water
- Propylene glycol (PG)
- Vegetable glycerin (VG)
- Nicotine (most E-liquids are also available without nicotine)
We do not have to explain this, there is nothing harmful about this.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
This synthetic substance is referred to as PG if the ratio of PG / VG is represented in an E-liquid. It is used in food, but also in many soft drinks, medicines, cosmetics and care products. It is a kind of binder to which flavorings and nicotine can easily be added, so that you can taste and taste the nicotine during the vapor. Propylene glycol is a thin, clear, colorless liquid that has no odor or taste and produces little vapor in itself. However, a small group of people are allergic to Propylene glycol.
This is reflected in a rash on the skin and tingling in the throat. People with this allergy probably already know that they have this because it is also used in many foods. PG can cause a dry mouth when vaping.
If you experience this as annoying, you can look at an E-liquid with a higher VG content.
An E-liquid with a high PG content, eg a ratio of 70PG / 30VG or 80PG / 20VG, can be used in any E-cigarette because it is a thinner liquid and is easily absorbed by the evaporator.
- Synthetic product
- Thinner liquid suitable for every E-cigarette
- The higher the PG content, the more sore throat, also called Throathit or vulture. This is in combination with the amount of nicotine
- Produces little vapor
- People can be allergic to it (this should already be known because it is also used in food)
- May cause a dry mouth (drink more)
VEGETABLE GLYCERIN (VG)
This vegetable glycerin is referred to as VG if the ratio of PG / VG is displayed with an E-liquid.
It is often used as a sweetener and as an ingredient in cosmetic products. Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a somewhat thicker, sweetish liquid that is harder to absorb by the evaporator. VG, however, produces huge clouds of vapor, which is why it is added to an E-liquid.
If you use an E-liquid with a high VG content, it is important that you use a Clearomizer (tank or evaporator) that is suitable for this and can easily absorb this thicker liquid and guide it to the glowing spiral.
Suitable Clearomizers can be recognized by the large openings in the coils where a lot of space has been freed up to be able to absorb the liquid easily. Because vegetable glycerin has a sweet taste, it is more difficult to give taste to the E-liquid.
More flavor must be added to get about the same flavor as with the PG E liquids. VG is also a much softer liquid and that ensures that one does not experience the throat feeling (throat hit / vulture) such as when using Propylene glycol (PG) and nicotine.
No allergies are known, but some people suffer from more mucus build-up when using E-liquids with a higher VG content (50% or more).
- Natural product
- Produces a lot of vapor
- Little to no throat feeling (Throathit / vulture)
- Has a somewhat sweet taste which makes it more difficult to make a taste yourself
- No known allergies
- May cause more mucus build-up
Ready-made E-liquids are therefore (almost) always sold in a specific PG / VG mixing ratio
NICOTINE (MOST E-LIQUIDS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE WITHOUT NICOTINE)
Nicotine is the only substance in the E-liquid that is not good for your health.
We can’t ignore it, it’s just a very addictive substance. Moreover, the addictive effect of nicotine is the main reason why people continue to smoke (analogously). That is why the nicotine in cigarette smoke is partly responsible for the major lung cancer epidemic caused by analogue smoking.
Nicotine in the E-cigarette together with the Propylene glycol (PG) provides the throat feeling (Throat hit / vulture) during the vapors.
- Very addictive substance
- Harmful to health
- Not proven that it is carcinogenic
- Together with the Propylene glycol (PG) it provides the throat feeling (Throat hit / vulture)
Are you working on Sub-ohm fumes, fumes with a resistance lower than one Ohm, or do you intend to do this?
Then use an E-liquid with a low nicotine content because you already consume more E-liquid than with the “standard” E-cigarette.
If you do want to use an E-liquid with nicotine, we recommend that you use no more than 6 mg of nicotine per 10 ml of E-liquid.