It wasn’t that long ago that vapers had very limited options when it came to buying e-liquid for their electronic cigarettes. Unless you were into modding or DIY, your choices were mainly either cartridges meant for cigalikes and a few e-liquids – mostly high-PG products. Today, however, the options are endless. You can choose between high PG and high VG, nicotine salts and freebase, and more – and that doesn’t even touch on the extremely wide array of flavours you can try. In many ways, this variety is a good thing, as it helps make vaping a truly personalised experience that you can design to suit your own unique preferences. However, it can also make buying e-juice confusing for someone who is just starting out. Let’s take a look at the different types of vape juice and how you can determine which ones are right for you.
In the world of vaping, it helps if you understand a few key terms that you’ll hear on occasion. If you’re trying to find the right e-liquid, you may encounter terms such as:
Nicotine salts: This refers to a form of e-juice made with the salts naturally present in tobacco leaves to provide a smoother throat hit. Freebase liquid, on the other hand, refers to e-liquid without these nicotine salts.
Hybrid e-liquids: These juices contain both nicotine salts and freebase nicotine.
PG: Propylene Glycol. Used in e-liquid, PG is thinner than VG and provides a stronger throat hit.
VG: Vegetable Glycerin. VG is thicker than PG, creates a smoother throat hit, and is slightly sweeter.
MTL: Mouth to lung. MTL refers to a method of vaping that involves drawing vapour into the mouth and holding it there briefly before inhaling it into the lungs.
- DTL: Direct to lung. DTL means that you inhale the vapour directly into the lungs (without holding it in the mouth first).