The liquid used in the cartridges is referred to as e-liquid. It commonly has three major components: An agent to produce the vapor, Nicotine for obvious reasons and flavorings to add flavor. All of the e-liquid components except the nicotine would be considered safe for vaping or in any food products. There are basically two types of chemical agents that used to create e-liquid.
There are two types of agents that can be used to create vapor.
- PG – Propylene Glycol is the most common.
- VG – Vegetable Glycerin is used, usually, by people with allergies or sensitivity to PG.
The majority of e-juice you will find available will be PG based; if you are new vaper keep the order as small as possible in the first time to get ensure you are not stuck with a big batch of liquid that you do not like or cannot use. Propylene Glycol generally produces sweeter juices and less vapor. VG uses for more vapor, & tends to be less sweet. Sometimes you will find both types mixed together, because vegetable glycerin is thicker than propylene glycol, and often times it is mixed with PG to be more soluble, or… VG is mixed into the PG to give it more consistency.
E-liquids are also available in different strength levels of nicotine ranging from zero nicotine up to levels as high as approximately 4.8% nicotine, though anything higher than 2.6% is getting increasingly more difficult to find. The nicotine level is always expressed herein milligrams per milliliter but can be also converted to an approximate percentage by placing a decimal between the digits. 24mg strength would be roughly 2.4% nicotine.
What strength of liquid will I need as a beginner?
The strength of nicotine you will use is a widely variable thing depending on many factors. Many people would say a pack a day smoker does not need any more than 1.2% nicotine in their e-liquid but probably just as many would say they need higher strength. You should do follow up research on e-liquids if you plan to engage in vaping for a while. There are many different ways you can handle getting liquids so the more time investment you make, the less money you will spend. All that being said, our recommendation is that new users buy a bottle of 24mg-36mg and a bottle of zero nicotine of the same flavor. This way, if you decide 24mg or 36mg is too much, you can dilute it down to whatever suits you.
This is a special “drip tip” that you can purchase to make dripping easier. You do not have to remove the tip, you can drip right through it.
Does it taste like a real (traditional tobacco) cigarette?
The liquid that tastes most like a real cigarette is… there is none. No liquid tastes like a real cigarette because there is no combustion. Imagine if tobacco would taste like if anyone made it into a tea. It is not always a pleasant thought for most people. Instead, look at the flavors and choose a flavor you normally find pleasant. Keep in head that different e-liquid flavors will taste Different types of suppliers so while you may not like vanilla from one company, you may like vanilla from another. Try small sizes for different liquids until you find something you like; then get larger bottles.
Is there a special way to store this liquid?
E-juices should be kept in a cool, dry spot that is not exposed to direct sunlight. Many suppliers use colored glass bottles to help reduce exposure to sunlight but it is not a bad idea to keep whatever you are not actively using stored in a closed box that eliminates any light exposure. Many e-liquids will have an expiration date and manufacture date on the bottle. It is assumed that most juices expire 2 years after the date of manufacture. Be sure to keep e-liquid out of reach of children and pets.
What is “Dripping” and “Dipping”?
You do not have to use cartridges with most personal vaporizers. In most cases, you can wet the coil of the atomizer with e-liquid and vape it that way. If the coil of your atomizer is recessed inside its housing, you would drip 2 to 4 drops of liquid directly onto that coil. If the coil is exposed then you can actually dip the coil itself into some e-liquid and hold it there for a second. Doing this usually produces the rough equivalent of one cigarette worth of puffs.
Usually, people who do this will still use a cartridge that has the filler material removed so they have a comfortable mouthpiece. Most atomizers come with an empty mouthpiece already on them. This mouthpiece will not have any stuffing and can be used in dripping. Others prefer no mouthpiece at all and instead will drag directly off the end of the atomizer. This is called “tail-piping”. One should keep in mind that the atomizer can get very hot and it can burn your lips and tongue; it can be dangerous without using a mouthpiece or empty cartridge.
Can this damage an automatic battery?
One should be aware that the automatic battery and atomizer have a continuous hole through the center so that the inhale may activate the pneumatic (pressure activated) switch on the battery… and dripping liquid onto the atomizer risks that liquid going into the hole in your battery. If you get liquid in your battery it can become stuck in the on/off position rendering it unusable.