E liquid Guide – E Juice explained.
There are several names for e-liquid, such as e-juice, vape juice, and vape liquid, however they all refer to the liquid that you vape through an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette).
Nothing is burnt when using an e-cigarette. Instead, the vape juice is merely heated to produce a vapour. This results in a much safer alternative to smoking, whilst still achieving a satisfying experience. In fact, the use of e-cigarettes and e-liquids is condoned by health authorities as an effective way to quit smoking.
E-liquids are generally made up of only a handful of ingredients, namely propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), nicotine and (delicious!) flavourings. As such, the percentage of PG and VG is one of the most common factors, after your preferred flavour of course, when it comes to choosing an e-liquid.
You should always ensure you purchase your vape juice from reputable and quality UK manufacturers registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This means the e-liquid will be as pure as possible, which is safer for you and also kinder to your e-cigarette.
VG vs PG
E-liquids come in various VG/PG ratios. A higher VG percentage with result in a smoother vape and more clouds. With a higher PG percentage, you will get a stronger flavour and a bigger throat hit similar to smoking. More experienced vapers will generally choose a higher VG.
We recommend either a 50%VG/50%PG ratio as a good balance, or 70%VG/30%PG for extra smoothness and more clouds.
You then need to decide on the type and amount of nicotine you would like to vape.
Freebase Nicotine vs Nicotine salts.
There are two types of liquid nicotine currently on the market – standard (freebase) nicotine and nicotine salts. Standard nicotine is the most common type used in pre-mixed 10ml e-liquids in the UK. It gives a more even release of nicotine.
Nicotine salts have been developed to mimic the hit of a traditional cigarette by releasing nicotine stronger and faster into the bloodstream. This means nicotine salts would be recommended for those using vaping to quit smoking.
Ex-heavy smokers tend to start on a higher level of nicotine, then most people settle down to 3mg or 6mg nicotine.
Use the following nicotine calculator to help you choose the right level for you:
- 0mg – No nicotine at all
- 3mg – The most popular choice for vapers
- 6mg – Full flavour e-liquid with a higher nicotine percentage
- 12mg – The mid-range for ex-casual smokers
- 18mg – Very high for those who were a heavy smoker
Learn more about the differences between standard (freebase) nicotine and nicotine salts here.
Why choose Shortfill E Liquid?
There are two types of e-liquid bottles on the market – 10ml that is pre-mixed with nicotine and shortfill bottles. Shortfill bottles come in 60ml, 100ml and 120ml sizes but the e-liquid contains no nicotine. There is a space left in the top of the bottle for you to add your desired amount of nicotine, hence the name “shortfill”.
When you purchase your shortfill e-liquid, you can then choose the strength of nicotine you prefer and it will be supplied in one or more “nicotine shot” bottles. You then add the nicotine shot(s) to the shortfill bottle, give it a shake and you’re ready to go. This is why we call them “shake and vape” shortfills!
By separating the e-liquid and the nicotine, you can enjoy a greater cost saving, it’s better for the environment and still stays compliant with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) regulation.
How to mix shortfill e-liquids with nicotine shots
Mixing shortfill e-liquids with the nicotine shot(s) supplied is quick and easy. Just:
- Open the shortfill bottle
- Remove the nozzle
- Pour in the supplied nicotine shots.
- Pop the nozzle back into place
- Close the lid and shake vigorously for 60 seconds
- Vape away!