If you are making the switch to vaping then you will probably come across terms like nicotine, flavoring, PG and VG. While Nicotine and flavoring may not be too much of a hassle for you to understand, the other two might pose a real question. At first, vaping terminologies can be confusing, but give it some time and research, and you’ll understand the differences. This article will help you understand the two most widely used e-juice bases: PG or Propylene Glycol and VG or Vegetable Glycerine. Especially when you are considering making a vape juice for yourself.
E-juices contain four major ingredients:
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Vegetable Glycerine (VG)
- Natural or Artificial Flavorings (or both)
The bases i.e. Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine hold the nicotine and flavor so that when you vape, you can produce nice clouds of vapor. In actual sense, Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine are the elements that make great e-juice. Both of them are non-toxic organic compounds, and they are considered generally safe for consumption by the FDA. They are also widely used as food additives in a variety of commercially available food products.
Once you have an idea on PG and VG, it becomes even easier for you while creating your own vape juice. Manufacturers like flavorah will easily provide you with flavorings to make bring out the art in your e-juice. All that will be left is for you to know just what to do about PG and VG.
What is PG?
Propylene Glycol (PG) is the most popular between the two bases, and it is usually used in a lower ratio to the Vegetable Glycerine although Propylene Glycol has some fascinating attributes:
- Propylene Glycol is thinner due to the fact that it has a runny consistency unlike Vegetable Glycerine. Due to this, PG is easily absorbed by the cotton and polyfill fabric that you find inside cartomizers and wick tanks.
- PG does not affect the flavor output of an e-juice because it is a tasteless and odorless substance.
- Propylene Glycol is the element that is responsible for delivering a strong throat hit that is similar to tobacco cigarettes. It is a powerful humectant. This means that if used consistently, PG will dry your mouth and throat.
- Quite a good number of people find that they are allergic to Propylene Glycol. These allergic conditions can vary from minor reactions like a slight tingling sensation in the throat, to more serious irritations on various parts of the body.
What is VG?
Vegetable Glycerine or VG the not so popular e-juice base. Regardless, even VG has some fascinating characteristics:
- Unlike Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerine is a more viscous solution i.e. it is thicker. Due to its nature, VG is slowly absorbed by the cotton and polyfill fabric that you find inside cartomizers and wick tanks.
- As a result of its thicker consistency, VG tends to clog your coils more than PG does. This means you may need to clean it regularly.
- You can as well vape VG alone because it has a slight sweet taste. This also makes the e-juice sweeter.
- VG tends to be less allergenic and so vapers tend to switch to full VG blends when they find out that they have allergies to PG.
- One major pro is that because of its thick consistency, it is able to produce significantly more vapor.
Choosing between VG and PG E-juices
If you are going to be making your own e-juice, whether you are a manufacturer or just a fan of diy ejuice, then you should put these two bases into major consideration because to a large extent, they determine the overall output of the e-juice. Generally, the vaping community is divided when it comes to e-juice preference. This is because some vapers enjoy intense throat hits rather than flavour and vapor, while others are more concerned about the flavor and vapor output rather than a strong throat hit.
It means that the choice is yours. Depending on what you want your overall e-juice to taste like, you will want to consider either reducing or increasing the ratio of one to another. You may have noticed that most e-juices seem to have more VG than PG, you could give that a shot and see how it suits you. Just make sure to know if you are allergic to PG so you know to reduce or take it out completely from your ejuice.
Which is better PG or VG?
This depends on you and your vaping preferences. In most cases, you will need both PG and VG to achieve a fantastic e-juice, in other cases, you may choose a 100% VG blend or even a 100%PG blend.