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Why Reading E-Cig Reviews are a Great Start

Research Concept With an Arrow Going UpwardsWhy reading e-cig reviews are a great start to finding your style and flavor

If you have decided to go the e-cig route, then you want to start reading as many reviews as possible. The reviews do more than rate the device; they rate the style of the e-cig too. E-cigs are for more people than you think, not just for those looking to steal a smoke indoors. Some of the flavors are great and it can transform your evening without actually lighting up. The e-cig brings a different kind of style to you look that can let you make a statement. Even if you want it to be subtle there is no reason it has to look like it came off a rack. The subtle differences in the designs on the e-cigs and cases can make it a part of your entire appeal.

Style means more than looks

Style means a lot more than looks. When you read e-cig reviews you may notice that they will dedicate a portion of the review to the types of carrying cases, stands and lanyards available for the device you are looking at. How you carry around your e-cig is just as much a part of its style as its color and design. Some of the cases are bulky, but they will hold backup batteries and bottles of liquids. Others have sterling silver or 18k gold lanyard chains plus some bling to make a statement when you are out for a night. Thinking through how you want to carry your ecig is important. You can buy third party cases and lanyards, but you need to make sure that they can accommodate the battery size listed in the review.

What’s your type and flavor?

The tone of the e-cig reviews will start to tell you where the device fits in. There are ones that are geared towards club crowds and non-smokers, and they will have a huge line of compatible fruit and unusual flavors for their vapors. The flavors aren’t the only part of the e-liquid that is important to pay attention to – there is also the level of nicotine and the mix of the glycol that produce the vapors. Some of the devices are created only for a specific brand of e-liquid to maximize the vapor delivery. For the person looking for a serious alternative for smoking, the reviews will talk more about battery duration, recharging and how easy it is to find e-cig liquids.

Reading the e-cig reviews for practical information

The other reason why reading e-cig reviews are a great start to finding your style is that they also will help you find the e-cig that matches your style, and will work. There are a lot of cheap devices trying to ride the popularity of the e-cig trend right now, e-cig reviews are the only way to make sure you are going to get a device that delivers. Some of the more intense ones will get into the actual volume of the vapor produced and the back-throat “kick.” You are going to want that information, just not in the beginning. In the beginning you want to know who has a reliable battery, easy to fill tanks and a solid seal to prevent leaks. Reading more in-depth reviews on what makes a good e-cig review should be on your list of things to do before you buy, it will save you money and frustration in the long run.

 

Big Tobacco Vs E-Cigarettes

Closeup view on an open pack of cigarettes.In the fight of big tobacco vs e-cigarettes the ecig companies are quickly winning. With traditional cigarettes from big tobacco being full of hundreds of cancer causing chemicals, it is no wonder that people are turning to e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative. The ingredients of ecigs are clear and there is not concern about unknown ingredients or secret poisons inside; and the vapor is not dangerous to inhale like the smoke from a traditional cigarette. Starting to use the healthier alternative cigarette is better for your own health as well as the health of your loved ones who will no longer be exposed to the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarette smoke.

Healthier Alternative

E-cigarettes have one ingredient that can be unhealthy; this is the nicotine inside the cartridges. There are people who should not use ecigs, like pregnant women and children. But overall the use of e-cigarettes is a much healthier alternative than traditional cigarettes. With regular cigarettes, no one really knows what is in them, we do know that the chemicals inside are harmful to the health of the people who smoke them as well as people who inhale the cigarette smoke. Instead, with e-cigarettes only the person using the ecig is exposed to nicotine, but no other harmful ingredients.

E-Cigarettes are Honest about Ingredients

Times have certainly changed since the beginning days of traditional cigarettes. Now all packaging for products that are consumed by humans and animals have strict rules about including information on these packages. E-cigarette manufacturers are required to list all the ingredients on every package, as well as any warnings about safety issues, such as the safety of not using e-cigarettes if pregnant. E-cigarette companies are open and honest about their ingredients, unlike big tobacco companies. You can easily see how e-cigarettes are healthier alternatives to the chemical filled and cancer causing regular cigarettes that people are trying to stop smoking.

Vapor instead of Cancer Causing Smoke

When a traditional cigarette is lit, the hundreds of harmful chemicals inside are burned and that smoke is inhaled by the person smoking the cigarette and expelled into the environment around the person. This smoke is harmful to all those around the person smoking. Alternatively, e-cigarettes do not contain smoke; instead the atomizer heats up the nicotine cartridge and lets off a harmless vapor. This vapor may look like smoke for a brief moment but it disappears into the air within seconds. The vapor does not smell or cause any harmful side effects to the people around a person using an electronic cigarette.

In the fight of big tobacco vs e-cigarettes we know the winner has to be the health and wellbeing of the people using the products, so e-cigarettes are the winner. Nicotine addiction is a difficult one to beat, but you can start using e-cigarettes to limit your exposure to the harmful chemicals of traditional cigarettes. You will also be eliminating the exposure of your loved ones to the second hand smoke that comes from using traditional cigarettes; instead you will be using the safe vapor alternative of electronic cigarettes. Your friends and family will be grateful that you are taking their health into consideration even if you are not able to stop smoking. E-cigarettes are a much better alternative for anyone who enjoys smoking.

 

Finding the Right E-Cigarettes for Family Members

An image of a woman with her husbandMaybe you’re a former tobacco smoker who has made the switch to electronic cigarettes and found that the benefits of switching were well worth doing so.  Now maybe you have other members of your family who smoke as well, but don’t want to see following down the same risks that are present with smoking tobacco.  So, you figure you’ll try and get them to switch to the safer electronic cigarette as well.  The only question is, how do you find the right e-cigarette for them?

 

  • Convenience

 

  • First of all, you’ll need to look at convenience.  You’ll want to convince your family member that it’s more convenient for them to carry an e-cigarette than it is to carry a pack of traditional cigarettes.  The best kind of electronic cigarettes for them are the small ones that resemble a real cigarette.  Not only are these some of the smallest e-cigarettes on the market, they’re also very simple to use.  They are an excellent e-cigarette for beginners as well.

 

  • E-Liquid

 

  • Without the e-liquid, the actual e-cigarette wouldn’t be worth anything.  E-liquid will impact a user’s entire experience, since it contains the nicotine, PG, VG and additional flavoring for the e-cigarette.

 

  • Battery Life

 

  • There are disposable e-cigarettes that are meant to only be used until the e-liquid and battery life runs out.  The battery life on these e-cigarettes can vary greatly, but you may be better off recommending to your family member an e-cigarette that contains a battery that can be recharged.  These same e-cigarettes will have e-liquid that can be refilled as well.

 

  • Quality

 

  • Quality in an e-cigarette is important, and if your family member ends up with a poor quality one, they’ll be more likely to discard it and turn back to smoking tobacco cigarettes.  Look for a well built and long lasting e-cigarette.

 

  • Price

 

  • Everything costs money these days, but at the same time, no one is made out of money.  Disposable e-cigarettes tend to be cheaper, depending on how long the battery life and e-liquid lasts.  The e-cigarettes that can have refillable e-liquid and a rechargeable battery will come in ‘starter kits’ and cost a lot more money.  Nonetheless, if your family member is impressed with the e-cigarette, the price of it may be the last thing that they look at.  Nonetheless, price is important.  Besides the initial cost of either buying a disposable e-cigarette or a high quality starter kit, you also have to look at long term costs.  Overall though, the cost of smoking e-cigarettes is only roughly half as smoking tobacco cigarettes, so you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year (believe it or not, but the average tobacco cigarette smoker spends between four to five thousand dollars a year just on cigarettes).

 

All of these factors are important things to consider when selecting an e-cigarette for your family member.  The options, flavors, e-liquid, convenience, battery life, overall quality and the cost all have to be taken into consideration.  Keep in mind that you can always remind your family member to switch to a different flavor or an entirely different e-cigarette if they are not satisfied with the particular one they have.

 

 

 

PG vs. VG: the Similarities and the Differences

Electronic cigarette setupIf you are a traditional smoker looking to transition over to electronic cigarettes, the good news is that you’ll be transitioning over to something that is significantly less risky when it comes to health.  The other news, whether you consider it good or bad, is that you’ll now have to sit down and read about the differences between two of the most primary ingredients in e-liquids: propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG).

 

There are two other important ingredients in e-liquids, nicotine and flavorings.  But for now, we’ll discuss PG vs. VG liquid elements.

 

  • PG

 

  • Without a doubt, PG is more popular than VG.  It is significantly thinner than VG, and as a result is more easily absorbed by the cartomizers inside of the e-cigarette.  However, because of the low density of it, PG produces significantly less vapor.  This is a plus or a minus depending on who the user is: some e-cig users prefer that more vapor be produced, while others don’t want as much vapor.

 

  • Fortunately, e-cigarettes that have a higher concentration of PG in a PG vs. VG ratio will be easier to maintain.  Since they are less dense, this means that less gunk will build up inside of the e-cigarette, making the e-cigarette much longer lasting.

 

  • A negative to PG is that it will produce a ‘throat hit’ similar to what one feels after smoking a traditional cigarette.  Some people may also suffer from allergic reactions to PG, and the allergic reactions can be anything from a minor tingling in the throat to a serious irritation.  If you feel either of these symptoms or anything in between after smoking an e-cigarette you should quit immediately and switch to an e-cigarette that has higher levels of VG within it.

 

  • VG

 

  • VG is much thicker than the PG.  This gives it a light taste, but you likely won’t notice it considering how the e-liquid will also contain a lot of flavoring.  But because VG is so much thicker than PG, a lot more vapor is produced.  Like we discussed, this is a plus or a minus depending on the person, so you’ll have to decide what you prefer for yourself on that one.  VG is also known to not cause people to suffer from allergic reactions as much as PG either.

 

  • PG or VG?

 

  • So, should you go with a stronger PG vs. VG or a stronger VG vs. PG ratio?  Most of it boils down to personal preference.  More PG will give you easier e-cig maintenance, less vapor, and a throat hit.  VG will give you more vapor, less potential allergies, less throat hits, but will make your e-cigarette more difficult to keep clear of gunk and what not.
  • As for what other people prefer, there is no real consensus as to whether more PG or more VG is better.  As a general rule of thumb, many people seem to revolve around the idea of having 70% PG and 30% VG.  People knew to the idea of vaping e-cigarettes will almost always choose e-cigs that have more PG, since they produce less vapor and more taste and are therefore more suitable to beginners.

 

 

How to select e-juice nicotine strengths and bottles sizes

Electronic cigarette, detail and components. E-cigarette businessHere is a quick guide to how to select e-juice nicotine strengths and bottle sizes so you get what you need in a way you can afford, and easily use. There are some very tempting discounts for larger size bottles of e-juice, but that has its own downfall too. Likewise, being aware of the nicotine level is also important.

The beauty and tragedy of the gallon size

When you are shopping for e-juice you are sure to come across a listing for your flavor in a gallon bottle. The cost savings for this can be amazing, which is a beautiful thing. The tragedy is that having a gallon bottle can make it hard for you to fill your e-cig. Not only do you have to get the e-juice out and into a smaller bottle and then into your tank or atomizer – you have to store the liquid safely. One gallon of e-juice can be a dangerous thing to have around if you have small children. Only purchase in bulk if you have a way to store it properly.

Making sure you have a bottle for storage and use

Buying e-juice in a larger bottle than the standard 10 and 30ml bottle can save you money. What you need to make sure of is that you have a bottle to store the liquid, a bottle to use the liquid from, and a means to fill the smaller bottle from the larger. For any bottle over 30mls you need for it to be in a food grade shaded bottle that blocks UV light. Using a clear food grade plastic bottle as your carrier bottle is fine. You do want to make sure that the bottle is squeezable. Forget using a funnel to fill your smaller bottle, get a small baby medicine syringe. This is the cleanest way to transfer liquid from your storage bottle to the smaller one.

Typical sizes and how long they last

One the average, a 10ml bottle should last you about a week and a half. The 30ml bottles can go almost a month. To find out how much you really use just pay attention to how long each type of bottle lasts you and then you will know that you need. Most catalogs offer 10, 30 and 100ml sizes. If you are using more than a 30ml bottle in one month you should consider buying a larger amount and then a smaller “weekly” bottle that you can refill.electric cigarette isolated on white background

What nicotine strength should you get?

There are three main levels of nicotine strength that you can buy – low, medium (regular) and high. While they are meant to mimic the equivalent nicotine amounts in a light, regular or heavy tobacco cigarette – there is no industry standard to define each level. Low may range between 5 and 8 mgs, regular can fall between 14 and 18, and high can go up to 36. There are some catalogs that will sell you much higher levels of nicotine but that is not recommended. As you get higher than 36mgs you are beginning to take a clinical dose of liquid nicotine. At these levels it is used to relieve Parkinson’s and other disorders. If that isn’t a problem you have, that is going to be too much nicotine. If you want to use e-juice to help you quit smoking, it is advised that you stay at each level for 3 or 4 weeks before moving down to the next. You can also buy e-juice with no nicotine at all.

 

What e-liquid works best with your device?

What e-liquid works best with your device? Picking out the right e-liquid takes some time, and trial and error, before you find the right flavor for you. Very often you have to try the same flavor across several different brands as how they do it can vary greatly. One thing you may not have considered is that you also need to make sure you have the e-liquid that works best with your device. There are more differences between devices than just their color and design, and it could prevent you from enjoying your e-liquid to its fullest.  What you should look for in the e-liquid The first thing you need to know is what to look for in your e-liquid once you have your flavor selected. Each flavor is available in a range of fluid type. You can select low, regular or high nicotine content levels. That won't affect how it works with your device and has more to do with how it works with you. What will affect your device is the percent of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin that is contained in the e-liquid. Listed as PG and VG on your label, the higher the percent of each the more your device is going to have to work to get you the vapor you love. Those with high levels of PG are going to have more vapor, and that is something that requires more power from your battery and heating coil. If your device doesn't have the power, you won't enjoy your e-juice for long. How the battery and coil interact with the e-liquid When you press the button on your device it connects the heating coil on the atomizer (the refillable tank) to the battery and the coil heats up to then vaporize your e-juice. Batteries with a high MaH rating are going to be able to vaporize faster and at a higher temperature than others. If you like a lot of vapor, and have chosen an e-liquid with high PG, you need a high rated battery to vape and not drain the battery too quickly. If you use a battery with too low a power rating you can burn out the coil in the atomizer faster. By choosing an e-juice with a low to moderate amount of PG and VG you will still get the vaping experience, but you won't have to keep charging your battery throughout the day. With the right e-juice and device battery, the charge should last you several days with moderate vaping. Keep your tank fresh for the best results Another key trick to making sure that your e-liquid always works best with your device is to make sure that you keep the tank in good shape. The average atomizer needs to be changed every 3 months on the refillable types. With heavy smoking, that time change may drop down to every 12 to 14 days. You can usually tell when it is time to change the atomizer when there is a kind of gunk at the bottom or you aren't getting vapor like you use to get. If you see a lot of the gunk, chances are your e-liquid has some additives you don't want to be vaping and you should switch brands. This is true unless you are using a darker e-liquid with a lot of cacao flavoring such as the Arabic or Havana flavors. Picking out the right e-liquid takes some time, and trial and error, before you find the right flavor for you. Very often you have to try the same flavor across several different brands as how they do it can vary greatly. One thing you may not have considered is that you also need to make sure you have the e-liquid that works best with your device. There are more differences between devices than just their color and design, and it could prevent you from enjoying your e-liquid to its fullest.

What you should look for in the e-liquid

The first thing you need to know is what to look for in your e-liquid once you have your flavor selected. Each flavor is available in a range of fluid type. You can select low, regular or high nicotine content levels. That won’t affect how it works with your device and has more to do with how it works with you. What will affect your device is the percent of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin that is contained in the e-liquid. Listed as PG and VG on your label, the higher the percent of each the more your device is going to have to work to get you the vapor you love. Those with high levels of PG are going to have more vapor, and that is something that requires more power from your battery and heating coil. If your device doesn’t have the power, you won’t enjoy your e-juice for long.

How the battery and coil interact with the e-liquid

When you press the button on your device it connects the heating coil on the atomizer (the refillable tank) to the battery and the coil heats up to then vaporize your e-juice. Batteries with a high MaH rating are going to be able to vaporize faster and at a higher temperature than others. If you like a lot of vapor, and have chosen an e-liquid with high PG, you need a high rated battery to vape and not drain the battery too quickly. If you use a battery with too low a power rating you can burn out the coil in the atomizer faster. By choosing an e-juice with a low to moderate amount of PG and VG you will still get the vaping experience, but you won’t have to keep charging your battery throughout the day. With the right e-juice and device battery, the charge should last you several days with moderate vaping.Attractive professional blonde woman with a beautiful smile and wearing glasses smoking a cigarette with copyspace

Keep your tank fresh for the best results

Another key trick to making sure that your e-liquid always works best with your device is to make sure that you keep the tank in good shape. The average atomizer needs to be changed every 3 months on the refillable types. With heavy smoking, that time change may drop down to every 12 to 14 days. You can usually tell when it is time to change the atomizer when there is a kind of gunk at the bottom or you aren’t getting vapor like you use to get. If you see a lot of the gunk, chances are your e-liquid has some additives you don’t want to be vaping and you should switch brands. This is true unless you are using a darker e-liquid with a lot of cacao flavoring such as the Arabic or Havana flavors.

How to find a good e-juice in 5 easy steps

3D digital render of a single vapor pen isolated on white backgroundLearning how to find a good e-juice doesn’t have to be a matter of trial and error. You can save yourself time and money by following these 5 easy steps so you have a better chance of getting the right e-juice for you and your device on the first try.

Step 1 – Decide what you need in an e-juice

Flavor is the obvious answer, but that is not what you need to know. Decide if you are going to use the e-juice as an aid to quit smoking, to replace smoking in some circumstances, or just because you like vaping. That changes quite a few things about what you are going to look for in your e-juice. You also want to take the answer into consideration when you are picking out your device. There are some very good options for light smokers, and for heavy smokers too that will make vaping a doable thing.

Step 2 – Look at all the flavors, not just the familiar ones

There are a lot of flavors that are offered in e-juice catalogs that go well beyond the taste of tobacco. Think about the flavors you are drawn to in candy, chewing gum and even drinks. For some people, changing the flavor to something totally unrelated to their brand of tobacco makes it easier for them to quit. Here is one secret though, most of the tobacco flavors are created using cacao – that’s the same flavor in chocolate. For some of the fruitier and sweeter flavors you may want to check with those you live with if they have a preference for what they will smell too. This can go miles towards keeping the peace.

Step 3 – Select the nicotine strength

Next, the nicotine strength. It is generally categorized as low, regular and high. High is good for heavy smokers and those who tend to smoke when stressed. Low is perfect for light smokers. If you are wanting to quit tobacco, pick the nicotine level that best suits your current smoking habits. As time goes by you can always start to order e-juice with less and less nicotine. Here is another secret – you can get e-juice without nicotine too. If you don’t need it, don’t order it and just pick the flavor you want.

Step 4 – Select the right size for the bottle

How much to get is the next thing to decide. Most of the bottles you use to fill your device from will be in 5 or 10 ml sizes. A 10ml size lasts most people just over a week. There are also 30 and 100ml sizes before you get into the larger bottles. No matter what size you select, make sure it has a tip and is squeezable so you can easily fill your device. If it doesn’t come like that, you can buy an affordable filler bottle to use with it.Electronic cigarette, detail and components. E-cigarette business

Step 5 – Order one more bottle than you think you need

This last step is what you need to do to make sure that your use of the ecig isn’t interrupted. Order one more bottle of the e-juice than you think you need for a month. When the bottles arrive, mark one as your last. When you finally open that bottle you will know that it is time to place you order again. This is also a good idea if you are just starting with ecigs, this will let you learn how much e-juice you really will be using in a month so you can adjust your future orders too.

What types of flavors of e-liquids are best for you and your ecig?

one bottle of flavor for electronic cigaretteThe big thing about starting to use an ecig is finding out what types of flavors of e-liquids are best for you and your ecig. While flavor is a matter of personal preference, some of the flavorings can shorten the lifespan of the refillable atomizers too. There are more flavors available for the ecig device style that allows them to be refilled than in the disposable type. It pays to look through the full catalog for each type so you can pick the right ecig for the flavor that you really want.

Tastes like chicken

When people say you can get almost any flavor for an e-liquid they really aren’t kidding. The chicken and the beer flavors are very popular in China. Here in the states, people tend more towards the tobacco flavors, fruits and the drink mix style flavors. The banana daiquiri and cognac are big winners, as are the clean and bright strawberry and apple flavors. Most of the tobacco style flavors use cacao as their main flavor ingredient. This makes them taste a little fuller, but it also adds a sweeter smell to the darker tobaccos that other people may notice. It won’t smell like tobacco, but it may smell like chocolate or maple syrup to those around you. One thing is for certain, when you find your flavor you will know it and love it.

What are your reasons for using an e-cig?

One thing you should consider when choosing the flavors of e-liquids that are best for you is why you are using an e-cig in the first place. If you just enjoy vaping there really isn’t anything to consider. If you are trying to use an ecig and e-liquids to quit smoking you may want to think about a few things. While finding something that tastes like the tobacco product you have been using makes sense, and makes the transition easier – you may want to eventually change the flavor. The less you smoke and the more you use your ecig, the more you may want to move from a Virginia tobacco flavor and over to an apple or strawberry one. The reason for this is simple, it breaks the taste memory for the tobacco so you will be less at risk for smoking again.

Trying different brands

Try different brands when you are first starting out. Each manufacturer creates their e-liquids a little bit differently when it comes to the flavor and you may find that you prefer an apple from brand X over an apple from brand Y. That isn’t a result of marketing as much as it is a result of a different balance of flavors. The amount of nicotine that is in an e-liquid does not affect the flavor, so don’t worry about that.complete kit for electronic cigarette

Buying a flavor sample package

The easiest way to find out what types of flavors of e-liquids are best for you is to purchase a sample pack. These usually come 5 to 10 flavors in a pack, each in small 5ml bottles so you get a little bit more than a taste of each. Here is a hint with how to make the experimenting more successfully – order extra e-liquid tanks or atomizers for your ecig device. Change the tanks between flavors so you get a clean and clear idea of how they really taste.

 

USA made e-liquids compared to Chinese made eliquids – is there a difference?

Made In China Stamp On Boxes Showing Chinese ProductsSome of the manufacturers and distributors of eliquids make a point of saying they are ‘made in the USA’ and warn about the quality of Chinese made eliquids. When you look at USA made e-liquids compared to Chines made e-liquids there is a difference, but it isn’t always about quality. More and more Chinese manufacturers of e-liquids have instituted quality control policies that rival the ones in the US, and both countries have their fair share of manufacturers who use substandard and sometimes toxic additives. To know which you should be you need to understand what should, and should not be in your e-liquid; as well as what the real difference is between e-liquids made in these two countries.

What goes into an e-liquid?

E-liquid is primarily made from a combination of four ingredients –

  1. liquid nicotine
  2. propylene glycol
  3. vegetable glycerin
  4. flavoring

The propylene glycol (PG) and the vegetable glycerin (VG) are used to create the vapor and the feel of the “kick” in the back of the throat (or “bite) that makes using an ecig feel like real smoking. In both the USA and China there are manufacturers that will try to use cheaper chemical alternatives to these two ingredients, and that has the potential for being very unhealthy for you. It can also give the e-liquid an overly harsh taste and feel. The only way you can tell who is using what is that in both countries, manufacturers who only use the PG and VG know it is a selling point and they will post a certification that states the ingredients are used. If it isn’t on their website or packaging – go find a different brand.

Why do many users prefer USA e-liquids?

Many people who use e-liquids in the US prefer USA made e-liquids over the Chinese brands for two reasons – availability and flavor. Most distributors in the US can fulfill your order and ship it out within days, while it may take a month from China. Forget ordering from China in December and January because all of the factories close for the New Years and your order could be delayed by months. When it comes to flavor, the Chinese have a larger offering of flavors – but they may not suit the American One of the most popular e-liquid flavors in China is chicken and roast beef; that isn’t something many people in the US can think about without cringing. Another issue with the flavor is that many people complain that the so-called “tastes just like Marlboro” flavors from China don’t even come close.  There is a reason for this. When Marlboro cigarettes are exported, or made under that brand name in another country, the company is typically forbidden to add some of the chemicals we are used to in the states. This makes it taste different, so the label should really be “tastes just like a Marlboro in China” to reflect the true taste standard.Electronic cigarette and variety refill bottles

New standards from Chinese manufacturers

Speaking of standards, there has been a push to overhaul the quality controls in Chinese manufacturing by their government. Many Chinese companies that want to take advantage of the American market for e-liquids are now meeting international and US standards. They are also using the exact same ingredients as the US manufacturers as most of it is made in China originally. Unless your US based e-liquid company certifies that all of their ingredients were created in manufacturing labs in the USA, chances are it is just a USA company assembling the liquid out of all Chinese manufactured ingredients.

Understanding the different types of e-liquids

liquid and e-cigaretteIf you are just getting into ecigs you have probably already discovered that for the multiple types and brands of ecig devices on the market, there are hundreds of different types of e-liquids. While the general rule of thumb is that you can use any e-liquid in any electronic cigarette there are some important difference to them that affect your vaping experience. Here is a basic overview of the different types of e-liquids so you know what you want to get, and how to spot it.

The nicotine levels

The first thing that differentiates the e-liquid types is the amount of liquid nicotine that is used in the mix. For example, a low (or light) e-liquid may have 5mg of nicotine, a mid range will have 12 to 14, and a high content will have between 18 and 24. You can get nicotine content levels up to 36 and higher, but these levels are considered to be clinical grade and are used for pain relief and to treat certain disorders. In too high of a dose, nicotine can become poisonous so you should stay within the 18 to 24 range if you want a high level.

E-liquids contain more than nicotine

Quite a few people who decide they are going to buy the ingredients and make their e-liquid in bulk to save money wind up in the ER with a solid case of nicotine poisoning because they don’t understand there is more than liquid nicotine in the e-liquid. You may have an 18mg nicotine content, but that is mixed into propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Don’t mistake the size of the body (10, 30 or 100ml) for the amount of mgs in the bottle. In other words, you don’t just fill a bottle with straight nicotine; it has to be suspended in other liquids to make it safe to be used.

The amount of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin

These two ingredients are in all e-liquids. The propylene glycol is what creates the vapor you see. The vegetable glycerin is what gives it the “kick” in your throat that mimics smoking. Both of these substances have many uses in the food industry and are considered to be very safe for human consumption. In fact, you probably have quite a bit each day as they are used to make fruits shine and to help preserve freshness in pastries and other foods.

Something very important to know

Using propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin) can be an area where disreputable manufacturers will try to cut corners to save money. There are a variety of suspension liquids that are used to replace them, and none of them are considered to be very safe for consumption. Always make sure you see PG and VG listed as the main ingredients in your e-liquid.one electronic cigarette with flavor bottles

The flavors

The flavoring is created by adding in natural and artificial flavors. What may surprise you is that the majority of e-liquid flavors that seek to mimic a tobacco flavor use cacao. This is why you may taste tobacco, but everyone around you is smelling chocolate. You should be aware that the heavier the tobacco flavor, like some of the cigar flavors, the sweeter it will smell to others and that may not go over well. You can get every flavor from fruits to margaritas, cigars to chicken in you e-liquid.