What are the key things we should consider when buying e-liquids? The flavour, the nicotine strength and the VG/PG ratio might be the obvious considerations. And once you have some experience buying e-liquids you'll be able to make fairly informed decisions on those. We quickly find out what e-liquid is suitable for us and what we might enjoy vaping. The other thing we really should always think about is where and who you are buying it from. Price and value for money might also be something that's important to you. We all like a bargain but not if it's going to end up down the sink!
But what if you've only just started vaping e-cigarettes and you have no idea what e-liquid you should be buying? You might be lucky and have friends and family to give you guidance. But if not, then here's some advice that might help you to make the right choices earlier in your vaping journey.
The key things you’ll need to consider when choosing an e-liquid are:
Who and where you are buying your e-liquid from
Value for money
So let’s explore each one of these considerations in turn.
You might be forgiven for thinking this would be an easy thing to choose. We know what flavours we like to eat and drink and we know that we used to enjoy the taste of cigarettes. In practice you might be surprised to find you enjoy vaping flavours you were not expecting to like, which can make it very difficult to make suggestions.
Tobacco flavoured e-liquid
For some people tobacco flavoured e-liquids are exactly what they need and they will continue to enjoy vaping them after years of giving up cigarettes. For others the exact opposite is true. However you feel right now it's good to try some tobacco flavours and see how you get on with them. In our experiences making a successful switch from smoking is neither increased or decreased by using a tobacco flavoured e-liquid, it really does come down to personal taste. Tobacco flavours are just that, another flavour, but if you enjoy sweet, earthy, strong and somewhat savoury flavours that don't taste of something you would eat or drink then you might enjoy them.
Mint and Menthol flavoured e-liquid
For some people mint and menthol flavour e-liquids have become something they vape all day, every day. But like tobaccos they don't appeal at all for others. Again, they are flavours that are worth trying early as it's probably going to be fairly easy to decide if they are going to work for you.
Other e-liquid flavours
Everything else that isn't mint, menthol or tobacco will no doubt require a little more trial (and sadly error!) As e-liquid flavour companies get more and more creative and experienced, the amazing array of different flavour choices has become almost limitless. From Rhubarb and Custard to Cornish Ice Cream, practically every flavour you could imagine is catered for. Take advantage of the offers at Vapor Rage to try some flavours you may not have experienced before, you may discover something unexpected that you really enjoy!
Which e-liquid nicotine strength?
A big advantage of using e-cigarettes is that we have almost total control over our nicotine intake. As smokers our bodies became used to a certain amount of nicotine at certain times of the day. As vapers we can replicate that nicotine intake but in a much less harmful way. For lower powered 'mouth to lung' e-cigarette devices, 12mg is a good place to start. If you are inhaling more vapour in a 'direct to lung' style e-cigarette device then 6mg or 3mg is more appropriate. It should be apparent fairly quickly if you need to use a higher or lower nicotine level. If you find yourself needing to use your e-cigarette more than you would like to then try a higher level of nicotine. You can read more about how to choose which nicotine strength to try by reading our more detailed blog on that topic HERE.
The difference between smoking and vaping is that you stopped smoking when you finished your cigarette, when you vape you need to get used to stopping for yourself as an e-cigarette doesn't 'finish' in the same way. Most people will just 'know' when they have vaped enough but if you are worried or struggling with the change try counting your puffs, an average cigarette is less than you might think, only 8-12 puffs.