Whether you’re interested in finding one delicious e-liquid, or want to build a collection, VaporFi is here to help. Smoothness and consistency shines through in all our e-liquids, which go through rigorous quality checks and contain food-grade ingredients. Some of the products we like best can be found in the Reserve Collection, and browsing through our fruity and dessert-like flavours also comes recommended. If you prefer, you can create your own custom e-liquid with our DIY builder. With more than 30,000 options at your fingertips, it’s easy to find a blend that’s as unique as you are.
Let’s take a look at some of the most frequent questions that new vapers have about e-liquids. This comprehensive guide will help you discover how vaporizers work, and make informed decisions when purchasing e-liquids for yourself, friends or family.
What is e-liquid?
This is the fluid which goes into the tanks or cartridges in e-cigarettes and vaporizers. E-liquids contain the nicotine and flavouring which eventually becomes delicious vapour once the device’s heating component is activated. This process takes just a couple of seconds, making the whole experience like smoking. Usually, a vaporizer will use wicking materials such as cotton to soak up the e-liquid and transfer it to the heating coil, where it will hit the temperatures needed for vaporisation.
What does e-liquid contain?
Every product consists of four key ingredients. They are propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavouring and nicotine. Despite the intimidating names of the first two ingredients on this list, these chemicals are commonly used in medicines and food, and they are safe to consume. Let’s delve into each of these ingredients further:
Propylene glycol: This chemical is derived from petroleum in order to create a clear fluid that’s free of odour and flavour. It’s quite useful for carrying flavourings that are added later – and it’s frequently used in well-known sports drinks for this reason. PG is also used by the medical sector, notably during breathing treatments. Safely inhaled by millions for many years, this ingredient can help you to achieve a stronger kick in the throat from the nicotine in an e-liquid.
Vegetable glycerin: This natural liquid is, surprise surprise, derived from veg. It also doubles up as a base in e-liquids. It’s slightly thicker than propylene glycol and has a mild sweet taste. VG is commonly used as a subtle sweetener in some foods and adds moisture to baked products. When compared with PG, this chemical creates denser clouds of vapour. This is why many well-known e-liquid manufacturers combine three parts vegetable glycerine with one part propylene glycol so vapers get the best of both worlds.
Flavourings: As we discussed earlier, propylene glycol is normally the ingredient which carries flavours. The options available for e-liquids are vast – including flavours inspired by tobacco, sweets, coffee and tea. It’s also possible to blend them together to create a whole new taste experience.
Nicotine: VaporFi’s e-liquids are made with nicotine that’s safely sourced and 99.89% pure. When you start vaping, it’s important to be on the lookout for manufacturers who aren’t transparent when telling customers about where their nicotine comes from. This is because low-purity nicotine could offer disappointing results and be mixed with unpublicised ingredients.
How much nicotine should I have in my e-liquids?
If you’ve taken a look at the products on our site, you’ll have noticed that our e-liquids are available in several strengths – from 0mg of nicotine up to 36mg. For vapers who are trying to give up smoking, choosing the right one can dramatically increase your chances of quitting successfully.
Going for an e-liquid with more nicotine than you’re accustomed to can be unpleasant, while going too low could make you wrongly conclude that e-cigarettes are unable to satisfy your cravings. You should try and match your e-liquid with the amount of nicotine in your current cigarettes and take time to adjust before you begin gradually reducing the nicotine concentration in your e-liquids.
As you’d expect, e-liquids with no nicotine at all are the perfect solution for those who have managed to gradually cut back but still like vaping. Moving up from this, 3mg and 6mg liquids are weaker than the “light” cigarettes you may have smoked before – not much nicotine, but enough to take the edge off.
A 12mg e-liquid is comparable to a light cigarette, while 18mg e-liquids are often the equivalent to a full-strength cigarette. It is possible to go even stronger than this – to 24mg or 36mg – but these are usually geared towards heavy smokers who need a powerful hit from their vape if they are going to kick the habit.
A good tip is to buy a liquid that’s one level up from the one you’ll think you need. This can then be diluted down with a zero nicotine version of the same e-liquid, ensuring you have a comfortable vaping experience.
How do custom e-liquids work?
VaporFi makes customising e-liquids easy. As well as deciding what strength of nicotine you would like, it’s also possible to alter the balance between the base ingredients: propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine.
Blends with higher levels of PG come recommended if you would like to reduce the appearance of vapour clouds. And, if the opposite is true, boosting the VG in your e-liquid will ensure that making shapes out of big plumes of vapour is effortless. As we mentioned earlier, this combination is going to have an effect on the sensation you feel on your throat and tongue.
Flavour can also be personalised, and it’s possible to make them more intense by adding up to three shots.
Last but not least, you can mix and match with your flavours. It opens up a world of possibilities – especially if you’ve been yearning for tobacco with a gentle hint of menthol or vanilla. This tool comes in handy if you’ve been searching for a blend that you haven’t been able to find in our expansive shop.
Is this e-liquid right for me?
Of course, it’s important to get as much information about an e-liquid before you make a purchase. For example, what is the throat hit like? Does it produce a decent amount of vapour? Is the flavour nice? If you’re trying to replicate the experience of smoking, the throat hit will prove important – and this will normally be linked to the flavour you choose and its nicotine concentration.
Gradually, many vapers opt for liquids which have a gentler hit, but for newcomers, it can feel unusual if this sensation is missing. When it comes to online reviews, many writers will also focus on whether an e-liquid’s flavour matched up to its billing and whether it was strong enough.
Vapour production is also a factor that many e-liquid reviewers dwell on. This can be for one of two reasons: it produces impressive clouds, or it minimises vapour to ensure that it can be used discreetly.
Where should I store my e-liquids?
There are several reasons why it is important to store e-liquid correctly – and the one that matters most is safety. E-liquids can cause harm to children if they are ingested, and that’s why they need to be stored in childproof containers. The majority of manufacturers do this as standard, but it’s advice you should heed if you use a different bottle when blending e-liquids together.
Next, it’s recommended that you store your e-liquids away from sunlight in a cool and dry place. Failing to do so could mean that your ingredients start to separate, and sadly there’s no going back from here. Attempting to vape an effected e-liquid can be quite unpleasant, as the feel and flavour won’t be what you’re used to.
Finally, you may find that some e-liquids are tastier after they have been given time to rest for several days. It’s surprising how many reviewers were dissatisfied with a purchase upon initially opening it, but found it ticked all the boxes and lived up to expectations after a little time passed.
Usually, this weird situation arises when manufacturers create e-liquids in bulk and send them out to customers before they’ve had a chance to rest. If you’re having a hard time with an e-liquid you’ve been looking forward to for ages, patience could be the answer.