When you are buying your vape juice, house juices especially, you may be asked the question “What ratio would you like for that?”. If you are new to vaping you may have no idea what that means, or maybe a friend just told you what to use and never actually explained it to you. Well I’m about to give you the breakdown.
When your juice is made the ingredients are flavoring, nicotine, Propylene Glycol, and Vegetable Glycerin. Nicotine and Flavoring make up about 20% of what is actually in your juice. The PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin) make up the rest and are referred to as Fillers or Carriers. They do the same job but have slightly different outcomes.
We will start with Propylene Glycol first. This is a very thin liquid that is flavorless. It can be pretty harsh and a lot of new vapors coming from cigarettes tend to like mixes with more PG because it can give you a throat hit that is similar to a cigarette. It also doesn’t produce a lot of vapor being as it is so thin.
The next is Vegetable Glycerin. This is a much thicker liquid. Almost like a syrup. It is still considered flavorless but it does have a hint of sweetness to it which adds to flavoring. This liquid produces significantly more vapor and is much smoother.
Finding the balance between the 2 can make or break whether or not you keep vaping. The most common mix is a 70/30 with more VG. It is a very smooth hit with just enough PG in it to keep juice thin enough to go through the majority of coils that you come across.
If you are using a smaller pen style device a 50/50 blend may be more beneficial for you. It’s thin enough to get in small coils and the 50 PG will give it enough of a “bite” when it’s being used on lower power devices.
Also depending on the store you may be able to get Max VG. This is geared more towards people who use RDA’s because thicker juices wick better with them and RDA’s hit harder so a smoother ratio is a lot easier on your throat. This isn’t limited to people with RDA’s though, some people have a sensitivity to PG and they just aren’t able to vape it. So Max VG is a good alternative for those people.
So hopefully this helps you out in the future. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ratios to find what is going to be the perfect hit for you. Happy Vaping!