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So you’ve just started vaping or are just looking to get into it, and you’ve seen the many wonderful and varied flavours currently available on the market. At this point you may be wondering what exactly is an e-liquid, and why using it means you can be cigarette and smoke free! We aim to clarify all the useful terms, information, and other bits and pieces to hopefully get you on the vaping track and eliminate smoking tobacco cigarettes.
Starting from right at the very beginning, the purpose of an ecigarette is simply to deliver a portion of nicotine to its user. In order to do this, nicotine is mixed into a gel-like liquid substance called eLiquid or eJuice. This eJuice can be easily absorbed into cotton, and vapourised within a heated coil, where the resulting vapour is inhaled by the user.
Eliquid, at it’s most basic, is made up of four main ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and Flavourings.
Despite the strange sounding names, Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin are extremely common and generally considered harmless.
They are often abbreviated to PG and VG, respectively.
Both PG and VG are types of organic compounds (naturally occurring substances) and appear in a wide variety of products including cough medicine, toothpaste, and asthma inhalers.
They also appear in edible items such as ice-cream, whipped dairy products, and coffee-based drinks.
Both VG and PG have differing properties, and combining them creates what is generally considered to be the optimal basis for nicotine vapourisation.
Propylene Glycol is a very thin and runny liquid that carries flavour very well, and tends to contribute to a large portion of the throat hit found when vaping some e-liquids.
Because of its ability to carry flavour so efficiently, the flavourings used in e-liquids are usually mixed with PG before being mixed with the other ingredients. It has been known to affect minor allergies in a small number of users, but these tend to be uncommon.
Vegetable Glycerin, on the other hand, is usually derived from Vegetable Oil, and is quite a viscous liquid, similar to a gel.
It has a naturally sweet taste, and when vaped, it produces a thick, dense cloud of vapour.
Compared to PG, it is much smoother, and has no discernible throat hit when used on it’s own.
Here’s a quick list with the main characteristics of VG and PG:
• Has a naturally sweet taste
• Is thicker than PG
• Produces more vapour
• Lingers in the air longer
• Produces a weaker throat hit
• Is thinner than VG
• More easily absorbed
• Dissipates from the air quicker
• Produces a stronger throat hit
• Can affect allergies in minority of users
As both PG and VG contain these differing properties that work well together, they are almost always found as the main ingredients in eLiquids, in a variety of different ratios.
The most common ratios on the market tend to be 50VG and 70VG (which stands for 50% VG to 50% PG, and 70% VG to 30% PG respectively).
This ratio decides on how thick the eLiquid will be – the more VG there is, the smoother and thicker the liquid will be, and conversely the more PG there is, the runnier the eJuice, and the stronger the throat hit will be.
Generally thicker liquids with a higher VG content will be better suited to more powerful Sub Ohm clearomiser tanks such as the SMOK Baby Beast or UWELL Crown III tank, rather than smaller, non-sub ohm tanks that would better suited to a mouth to lung vape style, such as the Kanger Genie Tank Mini or a standard CE4 clearomiser.
Nicotine is for a lot of vapers the most important component of e-liquid. Despite this, it is also a completely optional part of vaping – there are many, many vapers that have left nicotine behind and simply enjoy vaping for what it is. For those that do use nicotine, liquid comes in a wide variety of strengths ranging from 1.5mg to 18mg. This strength refers to the amount of nicotine found in each millilitre (ml) of liquid and can also be seen represented as a percentage. 18mg liquid can be referred to as 1.8% nicotine, 6mg as 0.6% and so on, so forth.
For help on choosing the right nicotine strength, please continue to read on and see our guide to choosing the right Nicotine Strength, below.
How to choose your nicotine strength is one of the more confusing parts of beginning your vaping journey.
If you’re ever unsure of which strength to use, and if in doubt, we always advise going for the lower one. A lower strength can always be vaped through, even if it’s not strong enough, whereas an eliquid with too much nicotine can leave the user with an unpleasant experience, and not being able to vape their eliquid due to it being too strong.
It initially can be difficult to choose your nicotine strength, as there’s not a completely effective way of comparing eLiquids to traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you’re at the stage where you’re looking to replace smoking with vaping, it’s fair to assume you’re a regular smoker already, and we generally advise going in at around 12mg, as it’s strong enough to give a kick, but not too over-powering.
Another factor that affects nicotine strength would be how often you think you might vape during a day. Similar to having a traditional cigarette break, some vapers will go outside and have a few puffs on a high strength, whereas other vapers can happily sit and chain vape all day on a lower strength. Nicotine is still administered in both methods, but at a differing rate to suit the user.
The general rule (a rough guide) is that if you were a heavy smoker previously and with strong cigarettes, you’ll probably want to look towards the high nicotine strengths, but if you were more of a light cigarette smoker, you will want to use a lower level of nicotine to get an experience that’s as close as possible to what you would be used to.
Also when choosing your nicotine strength, you’ll need to consider the method of vaping you’ll be using. If using a Sub Ohm Device, we don’t advise using an eliquid higher than 6mg (0.6%) of nicotine, as vaping with a sub ohm device will vaporise a higher percentage of nicotine than with a mouth-to-lung device. If using a Mouth To Lung Device you’re generally free to use any nicotine strength you prefer.
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How Do I Choose Nicotine Strength?
In short, Sub Ohm vaping means the heating coil has a resistance value of less than 1.0 ohms. ‘Sub’ simply means ‘below’ in Greek, so it can be considered ‘below’ one ohm.
A low resistance coil such as a Sub Ohm allows for a higher amount of current and more electrical energy to reach the coil quicker, and this means the coil will heat up at a faster rate, and will reach a higher temperature. A hotter coil will allow for a larger amount of eliquid to be vaporized at one time, and when combined with an open airflow, will increase both flavour and vapour production.
Due to the increase in temperature when using a Sub Ohm coil, a larger quantity of vapour is produced than with a coil rated above 1.0 ohm. Within this larger quantity of vapour will be a higher percentage of nicotine, as more has been vapourised due to the increase in heat. As such, we don’t recommend using a strength higher than 6mg, as higher strengths tend to taste harsh under these conditions for the vast majority of vapers.
Vapers who Sub Ohm also have a tendency to use eliquids high in VG, as it has almost no throat hit on its own, and also produces larger and denser clouds. Heating eLiquid at higher temperatures allows for these bigger clouds and flavour, but one of the downsides is that you’ll also be vapourising more of your ejuice at a higher rate, meaning you’ll be refilling your tank sooner than you may be used to.
If you’re just starting, or are already on your vaping journey, it’s fair to assume that you’ve been a regular smoker for a period of time. Traditional tobacco cigarettes are consumed by first drawing smoke into the mouth, and then inhaling into the lung; a two-stage process that’s referred to as Mouth-To-Lung.
While this method is also applicable to vaping, the Sub Ohm method requires a slightly different approach, and is referred to as Direct-To-Lung. This method requires the user to inhale straight into the lungs, bypassing the mouth stage, and is similar to using a shisha pipe.
In short, yes and no. It depends what you’re looking to get out of your vaping experience. Both high and low resistance coils offer a different vaping experience, and each have different benefits and drawbacks. A lot of vapers have been quite happy and continue to use regular coils (between 1.0 – 2.0 ohms), and devices such as Aspire’s Nautilus tank have stood the test of time and remained exceptionally well-regarded among the vaping community.
Generally speaking, Sub Ohming is suitable for more experienced vapers looking to push the boundaries of flavours and vapour, whereas mouth-to-lung vaping is better suited to beginners and those looking for just a simple way to consume nicotine without smoking tobacco.
In order to successfully Sub Ohm vape you’ll need four main things; a tank with a wide airflow, a Sub Ohm coil that’s compatible with your tank, a mod capable of providing enough power (usually at least 30w), and an eliquid high in VG (60% and above) and low in nicotine (6mg or below)
A wide airflow on a tank is needed to cool down the coil, and also to produce the large cloud of vapour. You’ll need a coil that’s capable of allowing a large amount of electrical current though, and also a mod that’s powerful enough to reach to around 30w. Use e-liquids that are high VG to get the best experience, as these particular e-liquids create the smoothest vapour without the harshness that high PG can create.
Vape Coils are fitted into your vape tank or rebuildable atomizer. Coils mostly consist of a wrapped piece of metal wire and a cotton wick. The wick soaks up eLiquid, that the coil heats to the point it turns into vapour.
Coil wire comes in many forms, this week we’ll be giving you an overview of some of the most common wire material. Different metals have different properties so they will affect the way you vape.
Used in Variable Wattage Mode only
Offers balance between flavour and cloud
Kanthal Wire is the most common coil wire material found in vaping. The reason behind this, is that it is cheap to source and easy to use, providing good flavour and cloud production. Kanthal Coil Wire is found in both tank coils and prebuilt coils for rebuildable atomisers.
Available in a range of resistances it works well for both sub ohm vaping and mouth to lung vaping. Kanthal can only be used in Variable Wattage Mode making it compatible for with most vape devices.
Compatible with Variable Wattage and Temperature Control Mode
Heats faster than Kanthal
Stainless Steel Coil Wire, often shortened to ‘SS’ is a versatile material for vape coils. It is the only kind of coil that can be used in both Variable Wattage Mode and Temperature Control Mode, making it a favourite amongst vapers.
It’s rare to find stainless steel in coils for vape tanks, it’s most commonly found in prebuilt coils however, there are Crown III 0.5ohm SuS316L Coils and Innokin Slipstream 0.5ohm 316L Coils that use SS. Stainless Steel heats up faster than standard Kanthal and has a purer flavour, for what many consider a better vaping experience.
Temperature Control Mode Only
Performs well at higher temperatures
Can be difficult to build with
Nickel Coil Wire or NI200, is a favourite amongst experienced vapers and is used primarily on high wattage vape devices. Nickel coils can only be used in Temperature Control Mode, but are reliable and perform well at high temperatures.
Due to the high Temperature Coefficient of Resistance, they’re ideal for cloud chasing and provide intense flavour when vaped. Ni200 wire material features in tank coils such as the KangerTech Ni200 CLOCC Coils.
Variable Wattage Mode only
Faster ramp up than Kanthal
Good for cloud chasing
NiChrome Coil Wire or Ni80 is similar to Kanthal, in that it’s readily available and can only be used in Variable Wattage Mode – making it ideal for different vape kits and vape devices. Found in both tank coils and prebuilt coils for rebuildable atomisers, NiChrome heats up faster than kanthal for a faster ramp up and larger clouds. NiChrome wire can be found in tank coils, such as the KangerTech SSOCC Coils, and prebuilt coils.
Temperature Control Mode Only
Easy to build with
Holds it’s shape
Titanium Coil Wire or Ti Wire, while rare is growing in popularity. It can only be used in Temperature Control Mode – which does feature on a number of advanced, and sub ohm vape devices.
Ti Coil Wire works well at higher temperatures as it does not lose it’s shape, meaning it’s Ohm resistance remains consistent, making it ideal for cloud chasing. Titanium Coil Wire features in replacement tank coils and in coils for rebuildable atomisers such as RDAs and RTAs.
Picking and using the right coil can make or break your vaping experience. We recommend that you use this guide as a starting point, and that you research your coil fully before using. Always check compatibility with your vape device before use.
If you intend to use rebuildable atomisers you need a comprehensive understanding of the technicalities of vaping, along with knowledge of electronics and Ohm’s Law. We don’t advise any beginners to start rebuilding coils.
If you have any questions regarding vape coils, or vaping in general, please get in touch, email@example.com.
Nobody likes a dry hit. It’s unpleasant, tastes foul, and having to change a coil at an inopportune moment can leave us in a bit of a tizz. Temperature Control aims to combat this by monitoring and limiting the temperature of the coil, and not allowing it to exceed a certain temperature, ensuring dry hits and burnt wicks are a thing of the past. Here’s our brief guide on Temperature Control vaping.
Temperature Control mode (TC) is becoming more of a standard feature, but isn’t available on every device. If you’re looking to purchase a device to use TC mode, it’s worth checking that the device has this function before buying.
Temperature Control works by allowing the user to pre-set a value in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, with the device limiting and cutting off the power if the temperature exceeds this value.
TC mode allows the coil to remain at a fixed and consistent rate, whether you’re chain vaping volcanic-sized clouds, or doing the more easy going mouth-to-lung method.
If putting in a brand new coil, it must be installed at room temperature, otherwise it will not work, and the mod’s calculations will be incorrect. Also if you’re building your own Temperature Control coils, we do not recommend pulsing them. If you do accidentally pulse them, allow the coils to return to room temperature before using to vape on.
To set up TC for the first time you will need to first ensure sure that your device is TC compatible. Variable Wattage and Variable Voltage (VW/VV) devices will simply not work with Temperature Control coils, and you’ll need to ensure that both your device and coil are TC capable with Variable Temperature (VT).
After this you’ll need to consider the wire type you’re using in your TC coil, usually Nickel (Ni) or Titanium (Ti), or Stainless Steel (SS), and set your mod to the correct type of TC mode, which will be wither Ni, Ti, or SS, depending on the coil.
Once installed, you’re then free to adjust the wattage to your preference, but it’s recommended to use the manufacturer’s recommended wattage for the coil. The idea is that the device will power to your desired wattage, but not over the limits of the TC setting.
The two most common wire types for Temperature Control are Nickel (Ni) and Titanium (Ti). There are other wire types available, including Stainless Steel (SS) but Ni and Ti are the most prevalent on the current market.
Nickel is used in many pre-made coils such as Ni200’s, and are most often rated at 0.15Ω. It has a very high temperature co-efficient, meaning that its resistance doesn’t fluctuate very much when heated, and remains quite stable at high temperatures.
Titanium is relatively new for the vaping market, but is becoming used more and more for TC as it’s much stronger in its construction than Nickel, and has almost double the resistance. This means that less wraps can be used in a wind to achieve the same resistance as with Nickel.
Constructed from a mix of Carbon, Nickel, and Chromium, Stainless Steel (SS) wire has some decent functional properties that allow it to be used with both Variable Wattage as well as Variable Temperature modes. The most common SS wire is 316L; a medical grade metal that’s grown steadily in popularity among vapers for use in TC devices.
While most of the more recent mods on the market have a dedicated setting for SS, some of the older mods don’t have this function, so it’s a good idea to double check before making a purchase.
Compared to Titanium and Nickel, Stainless Steel wire is cheaper, stronger, and is deemed to be a bit easier to work with in terms of building, as it lacks the springy quality that other wire types possess.
A major benefit of vaping in Temperature Control modes is dry hits are no longer an issue, due to the more accurate regulation of the TC coils. This also means the atomisers themselves tend to last a bit longer as well.
If the wick becomes dry, the temperature will increase, and the TC mode will immediately protect the coil by cutting off the power. Rewicking Nickel can be a little tricky, as it’s more fragile that Kanthal, and heavy-handedness can cause it to lose its structural integrity, so it’s recommended to be extra careful if rebuilding coils made of Nickel.
Temperature Control can take a little bit of time to get used to, but is relatively easy to pick up and understand after spending a little time on it. We recommend learning which temperature and wattage is the best for maximum output.
Building coils can be a slightly intimidating and daunting task, but they shouldn’t be considered completely out of the realm of possibility. They’re a great way to vape your eLiquid, although requiring a slightly different method to use properly.
If you’re interested in rebuilding, we’d recommend getting yourself some pre-built coils to use in your RDA. From regular and simplified wound coils, to the more advanced Clapton's and hive coils, we stock a wide range to suit every vapers need.
Clean your RDA of eLiquid, removing the cotton old coils and cotton the following steps to install your pre-built coils onto the deck.
In 2003 Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik took credit for inventing the first patented electronic cigarette. He was also the first to commercially manufacture the disposable e-cig in 2004. In 2006 his company called Ruyan which literally meant “just like smoke” was producing e-cigarettes non-stop and couldn’t even meet the demand.
In 1963 Herbert Gilbert invented and patented a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette”. It is a system of heated paper and flavoured steam less the burning tobacco and nicotine. Now due to commercialization disputes and other issues it failed to be manufactured. And his company eventually folded. Then the electronic cigarette disappeared in the scene until 2003. But he deserves to be credited as the inventor if the first to patent the invention.
70/30 VG - USA - 10,30,50ml
Cosmic Fog Vapors are a premium US E liquid company based out of Orange County, California, and their e juices have been a huge hit on both sides of the pond. Cosmic Fog also happen to be one of the longest serving US e juice Vendors, seemingly around since the vaping scene took off, with juices such as Milk and Honey and Cola Gummy capturing many peoples attention and earning high praise indeed. Today I will look at a couple of the Cosmic Fog and The Lost Fog range, and this will be somewhat of a trip down memory lane for me, as Cosmic Fog were one of the first "premium" US juices I ever tried !
Milk and Honey, a true vaping classic. Chances are, if you have been around the vaping scene for a while, you've either tried or at least heard of this juice. It's the juice that really made a name for Cosmic Fog in this country, and it's still one of my favourite juices to this day. It expertly mixes creamy milk and marshmallow on the inhale, topped off with a rich but not overpowering honey exhale. It is what you would imagine vaping an actual cloud to be like.
Another one of my favourites, this unique take on a frozen Hawaiian drink will take you to a sun soaked morning on the Big Island. Sweet and savoury passion fruit blended with smooth, exotic kiwi and pineapples. All it takes is one hit to know this will be your new all day fruit vape. It will leave you searching for all the hidden flavors until the sun comes back up.
"The Lost Fog Collection" ejuice line, Neon Cream is a new sherbet flavor that will turn any night into an epic party. Orange, raspberry, and lemon-lime all mixed perfectly in a sweet yet subtle cream, and chilled to perfection. So whether you need to cool down after a long night out, or just enjoy a blast from the past after a hard day, this spot on Rainbow Sherbet will take you back and make you never want to leave, until you run out.
Primary Flavours: Mild Leaf Tobacco and Peppermint.
Chill your taste buds with a bottle of pure menthol tobacco bliss with Chill'd Tobacco vape juice. This vape juice lands uniquely with a mild and smooth leaf tobacco inhale painting your tongue with serenity. A hidden back note of chilly peppermint emerges just in time to fill the exhale with endless rapture.
Cosmic Fog are one of the 'original' US E liquid producers, and they are still one of my favourites. Their e juices are all classics in their own right and the flavor profiles mean that there is something here that appeals to everyone. Milk and Honey is one of my own personal favourites, it was one of the first US juices that I ever tried a few years back, and it became an all day vape of mine for a very long time. Cosmic Fog know their flavors and they know how to mix these into really special juices that are loved and enjoyed by many. There's a good reason why they have stuck around in the scene for a very long time, as the quality of these juices is still to this day among the best available. Available to buy from Ejuice Planet.
E liquid flavours are very much a personal preference but the Cosmic Fog e juice line, in my opinion, is one that every vaper should have on their shopping list.
70/30 VG - UK - 30,50,60ml
Dinner Lady are one of the most talked about e liquid brands on the market today. Mainly thanks to a combination of slick marketing, attractive packaging and of course the all important great tasting e-liquid. They have won numerous awards recently thanks to the quality of their liquids, and demand for their products has sky rocketed. They are one of the most talked about brands on social media but does the hype match the quality?
Strawberry Custard is one of the smoothest e-liquids I have tried, and one that I absolutely would have as an all day vape! It has become one of my favourite Strawberry Custard e-liquid, thanks to the combination of syrupy and sweet strawberry with a thick custard undertone, and an aftertaste of caramel. The flavours are blended together perfectly, providing you with a really delicious dessert e-liquid.
Another one of my favourites, Rice Pudding with Jam really gets the flavour and texture of rice pudding spot on, even down to the thickness of the mouth feel. It's a really thick and creamy eliquid that contrasts very well with the raspberry jam undertone.
Lemon Tart is arguably the most well known e liquid from the Dinner Lady range, and one of the most talked about across social media. Lemon Tart is a very sweet take on a lemon drizzle cake, with sharp lemon curd mixed with a very thick meringue and cake background. The taste is uncanny, and it is one of the most realistic tasting e juices I have tried. The quality is top notch and my bottle of Lemon Tart was vaped in no time at all.
For a 70% VG 30% PG mix ratio you would expect to get a lot of clouds. The Dinner Lady range doesn't disappoint and produces a lot of vapour! It's more in line with what you would expect from an 80% VG juice, a real treat for cloud chasers as there is plenty of vapour here with the Dinner Lady e-liquid line.
Dinner Lady is a line of great tasting liquids that are well worth the massive hype they have been generating recently. The flavour profiles here are spot on, and each Dinner Lady e-liquid offers a fantastic vaping experience. Dinner Lady has got to be one of the best tasting e juice lines in the UK at present, and their products can compete with the best the US has to offer. They have got the flavour profiles spot on, and dessert fans will be all over these juices.
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