If you’re new to vaping, you might not have a whole lot of experience with wide array of different eliquids out there. There are many factors that will influence the choice of whatever eliquid is most suitable for your needs, and a bit of general knowledge about eliquids is important to choosing the right one.
There are many people unfamiliar with vaping who would maybe like to quit smoking, but absolutely hate the taste of hookah flavours and thus tend to think that eliquids all taste like shisha. That’s simply not true at all, and in fact there are a lot of tobacco flavours that are quite different from the stereotypically fruity blends that you might have in mind. You can also check out more premium flavours if you’re not very impressed by that bottle of eliquid that you tried from the local gas station. This way, you get to experiment with different flavours like jasmine green tea, coffee, or Cohiba cigar.
Depending on what sort of ecigarette that you’re using, there are different liquids that might be more appropriate than others: some eliquids have ingredients that will crack plastic tanks (which will be a problem if you use any plastic tank or a device like an eGo), while others will gunk up your coils in no time. Many sub-ohm tanks use plastic and all eGo tanks do, so cracks will be more of a concern in these devices than in an RDA or a glass tank (which obviously will crack if you drop it). There’s a general pattern of eliquids which are dark in colour adding a lot of gunk to coils, but there’s no hard and fast rule to this other than that liquids with a relatively high sugar content usually create a lot of gunk.
It’s important to note that eliquids come in different nicotine concentrations, the most common being 16mg, 12mg, 9mg, 6mg, 3mg, and 0mg. Heavy smokers looking to quit should go for a higher concentration while those who’ve quit or don’t smoke and want to get into cloud chasing should go for 0mg blend. If you’re vaping primarily to quit smoking, the way this is done is by starting with a higher nicotine ratio and gradually working your way down over the course of several months. Also note that sub-ohm tanks and RDAs don’t work well with higher nicotine content because nicotine contributes significantly to the throat hit and therefore a higher amount will become quite harsh.
The composition of eliquids also varies, and different vapers will find certain liquids more suitable than others. A higher ratio of PG (propylene glycol) will give a better flavour and stronger throat hit, while a higher concentration of VG (vegetable glycerin) gives you bigger clouds and a smoother hit. Some folks are allergic to PG and should specifically look for 100% VG blends, and obviously cloud chasers will also like them because of the sheer amount of vapour that VG produces.