E-Liquid, E-Juice, Vape Juice
Juices that provide fantastic flavor while providing the nicotine we need
Things you need to look for when choosing a new E-Liquid are price, ingredients, reputation of vendor, and the main thing is if you enjoy it. Premium E Juice will be well blended, taste good and the flavor will stand out and leave a nice aftertaste. You want your taste buds to think it is the real thing and there is a few trusted brands that never seem to disappoint no matter the class of flavor.
Best Vape Juice (E-Liquid) Flavors
There are classes of flavors in the Juice world
The most common flavor profiles include
- Creams and Custards
- Drinks, Coffees and Colas
How to save money when buying vape juice
Starting out, try out a sample pack of flavors to find out what class of flavors you enjoy. Going right to buying a huge quantity of could be a huge waste if the flavor doesn't appeal to you.
Sample packs aren't always available. Buy a sample bottle, most of the time they are 10ml, or even getting a 20ml to 30 ml bottle, before buying a huge bottle or bulk is a good idea.
Buying in bulk for cost savings per ml is huge; just like Costco. The more you buy, the lower the price on average.
You can also find deals from vape manufacturers posted in vaping communities and forums. Some of these deals are only available on certain days with certain codes from the forums. This can be time consuming searching for valuable offers, so be prepared to put in some effort.
Once you have become more of a expert vaper, the biggest money saver will be making your own E-Liquid.
DIY E-Juice for big savings
Make your own Vape juice - Vape the flavor YOU want
There will always be companies out there selling juice. Some brick and mortars even make juice for local vapers. As an end user, one has to wonder: If all these guys can make e-liquid, why can't I?
Pretty much any one can make their own e-juice and get a custom flavor as well as some really huge savings. Keep in mind that prices vary but down at the local store, premium juice is $22 and house juice is $12 for 30ml. Since making my own juice for the last year, 30ml of homebrew costs around one dollar for 30ml. One dollar! No joke.
Start up costs for buying all the bottles, liquids, nicotine, flavorings and all the other little accessories can be pricey. Keep in mind though the savings pay off comes pretty quick and it fairly obvious after the first couple of weeks of not buying premium.
The upsides are obvious here. Juice that you like to vape and can be proud of at a super low price. There are also some down sides.
Your initial mixes may suck! Make small batches to try out. 7ml - 10 ml batches are easy with the recipe calculator adjusting the amounts.
Follow well reviewed, widely available recipes is the best option when starting to DIY. Over time as you get more flavors and find recipe creators that have similar tastes, home mixes will rival store bought.
DIY ejuice turns into a hobby real fast and can end up being fairly time consuming. Making one decent sized bottle of daily vape juice takes me about ten minutes. Just getting to the store takes longer than that. I have a dedicated desk to be my mixing station so this hobby can take up a bit of space.
The main concern with making your own e-liquid is safety around the nicotine. Nicotine is poisonous and should stored in a safe place away from the reach of children or animals. You should also be careful not to get any concentrate on your skin by wearing some lab safety gear. Long sleeves, disposable rubber gloves, glasses to prevent getting splash back on your skin.
What is in E-Liquid?
PG, VG, Nicotine and Flavorings
Pretty much all e-liquid has just a few main components:
- Propylene Glycol (PG) - this is known as the 'flavor carrier' but doesn't really have a standalone flavor. Juices that have little or no PG can taste very faint. This is also what gives the throat hit that scratches the back of the throat.
- Vegetable Glycerine (VG) - This liquid base is where all the vapor magic happens. VG is what actually causes the cloud portion of the vapor. On its own it has a sweet taste.
- Nicotine - liquid nicotine often comes in a VG base mixed at measured amounts in milligrams per milliliter of liquid base. Commonly sold in 100mg per ml.
- Flavorings - can contain various chemical flavorings as well as flavor extracts
When selecting a juice it can be confusing about what VG/PG ratio to get. It depends on your style of vape and what kind of set up is being run.
- a vaper that is looking to simulate smoking might go with a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vape kit with a juice that is higher nic at 70/30. This juice will give nicotine level similar to a cig and provide a nice throat hit along with some pretty nice flavor.
- a vaper with a direct lung cloud chasing vape kit might go with an 80/20 or even max VG, 3mg nicotine juice. Huge cloud and can vape constantly with out getting over nicced.
What is PG and VG vape juice?
Propylene Glycol and Vegatable Glycerine as juice base liquid
When it comes to vaping you will constantly hear about these two ingredients and it can be confusing to a vape newcomer.
Most e-liquids use a combination of both of these odorless liquids combined with nicotine and flavor. When heated they produce vapor which can then be inhaled.
The ratio of the PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine) can vary drastically depending on your preferences. Some recipes and and rigs can only work with a certain pg/vg ratio.
PG carries flavor a little better than VG and also provides a ex smoker that throat hit most smokers enjoy so if you fall in that category your ratio should have a higher PG. If you put to much pg it will be to harsh to vape. PG is also thin so if you put to much it will flood. PG doesn't produce as much vapor if you are needing to stealth vape.
VG will be smoother on the throat if you do not like the throat hit. It is also a thicker fuller taste. It produces thicker and more vapor so if you are in to cloud chasing you will need high vg. You can't chain vape with VG because you will get dry hits after 2 pulls most likely.
We personally like 80vg -20pg (80/20). If you are going for flavor and throat hit 70vg-30pg
Be sure of your ratio for your setup and equipment if you are a newcomer because you can make some super harsh or unbearable juice.