What Does % PG/%VG Mean? What Kind Of E-Liquid Do I Order?

by Christina Jones on February 9, 2011

vegetable-glycerine What are all of those choices when ordering e-liquid?  40/60, 20/80, 50/50??  What does it all mean??

E-liquid is a mixture of varying amounts of about 4 different ingredients.  Nicotine, PG (propylene glycol), VG (vegetable glycerin) and flavoring.  Some liquids can have additional ingredients, but for the most part, these are the main ingredients to all e-liquid.

The amount of nicotine is dependent on the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid, but let’s say it is around 10% nicotine.  Somewhere around 10% of your e-liquid will be flavoring.  That leaves 80% of the liquid in your bottle for fillers, which dilute the flavoring and the nicotine.  This is where PG and VG come in, and depending on how you like your vape, that determines the percentage of PG and VG in your e-liquid.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thick, sweet liquid.  VG produces luscious clouds of vapor.  VG also imparts a sweeter taste to your liquid.

Propylene Glycol (PG) is a much thinner tasteless liquid.  PG produces more of a “throat hit” than VG does, which simulates the feel of smoking better.  PG also has a higher rate of sensitivity for some people, meaning that some people just can’t use PG in their vape.

My recommendation is to start out with a 50/50 mix of PG and VG in your e-liquid.  Then after you have tried it, you can make adjustments on your next order.  If you aren’t getting enough throat hit to satisfy you, then next time try a 30/70 VG/PG mix.  If you want more pillowy clouds of smoke, then maybe a 70/30 VG/PG mix is for you.

This, along with the information about choosing the right amount of nicotine for you, should take care of any questions you might have when placing an order.  The only thing left to decide is which of the myriad of available flavors you would like to try – and the size (start small, then if you love the flavor, go big!)!

I know it’s confusing at first, but you will soon get the hang of it – I promise!

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