Posted February 16, 2018 by Daniel Archibald-Jones in Information & Articles

Can I Use Any E-Liquid In My E-Cig?

Different Eliquids

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by folks new to vaping. Many choose to give up smelly old tobacco not just for the potential health benefit, but because of the enormous variety of flavours to choose between. However just to drop a downer – being able to enjoy certain e-liquids depends upon what kind of vaporiser you are using. Most e-liquids will work fine with most devices, but there are a few potential issues to be aware of.

You Are Never Limited To Your Manufacturer’s E-Liquid!

The vast majority of manufacturers tend to push their own brand e-liquids alongside their vaping kits. Can’t blame them, it’s common sense to do so, but it can create the impression that it somehow limits their customers to their own juices. To be clear – there is not a single proprietary e-liquid in the world that will only ‘work’ with a sole product/range. The world is your e-liquid oyster!

A quick note on quality: cheap e-liquids are usually of poor quality. You may see promotions like 2 for a fiver at the local market or whatever. Be wary – you get what you pay for with e-liquids.

PG vs VG

‘What’! Don’t panic this is really easy to understand. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are the two core ingredients of e-liquids. Most off-the-shelf e-liquids tend to be about a 70/30 or 80/20 blend. In laypersons terms, the PG is what delivers the ‘hit’ and the VG the flavour. Seeing as most vapers are ‘toke to mouth’ rather than ‘deep inhale’ PG tends to be in the ascendency with 90% of e-liquids. However…

You will likely have seen people producing enormous clouds of vapour that are far beyond what you can generate. This is because not only do they use high powered specialist box mods (usually) but because they use e-liquids that are much heavier on VG than usual. Such liquids are far thicker than standard juices. Applying these to a standard tank will cause it to gunk up and possibly become unusable, as well as deliver very dry and nasty hits.

Generally speaking, these e-liquids are only available online or via specialist vape stores but it is sensible to check the mix of any liquid you purchase.

PG vs VG