E-liquid types

There are a number of different types of e-liquid available in order to cater to the preferences of all vapers, as well as different types of vape kit. Browse our range of e-liquids to find the perfect one to suit your needs.

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Types of e-liquid

E-liquids are available with different formulas to make sure there is an e-liquid to suit every type of vaper. All e-liquids are made using a base mix of vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene glycol (PG), but they are available with different ratios to change the consistency of the liquid and make them suitable for different devices.

50/50 and high PG e-liquids are best used with starter kits and pod systems, as they have a thin consistency that is easily absorbed by the small coils used in these types of devices. These e-liquids are most commonly available in 10 ml bottles which allows them to be purchased in a wide range of nicotine strengths. This is ideal as starter kits are designed for new vapers, who need to be able to choose the specific nicotine strength that matches their previous smoking habits to help them transition from smoking to vaping successfully.

High VG e-liquids on the other hand are more suited to sub-ohm and advanced vape kits, as they have a thicker consistency which is easily absorbed by the larger coils within these devices without becoming over-saturated. High VG e-liquids are ideal for devices with a high-power output as they produce thick, dense clouds and are great for those who prefer a direct-to-lung vaping style. High VG e-liquids are often available in short fills, which are bottles larger than 10 ml which come with a nicotine free formula. The bottle allows room for enough nicotine shots to be added to the e-liquid to produce a 3 mg/ml nicotine strength but can be used nicotine free if preferred.

Those who use nicotine in their e-liquid can choose between two different types, to find the one that feels most comfortable for them to use. Freebase nicotine is characterised by the throat hit it imparts, for some this makes it feel more like smoking which feels familiar to them when they are making the switch from smoking to vaping. Freebase also absorbs into the blood stream a little slower than nicotine salts, which makes them a great option for those who prefer long vaping sessions. Whereas nicotine salts have an extremely smooth inhale, perfect for those that find freebase nicotine a bit harsh on their throat. Nic salts absorb into the blood stream quickly to offer fast relief from nicotine cravings, ideal when on-the-go or short of time.

If you are unsure which type of e-liquid would best suit you and your device, pop in to your local Evapo store and a member of our team will be happy to help you find the ideal e-liquid. If you can’t make it to a store, you can shop our full range online and our customer service team is on hand to answer any questions and offer advice and recommendations.

FAQ about the different types of e-liquid

What are the different e-liquid types?

The two main e-liquid types are 50/50 and high VG. This refers to the ratio of the VG and PG in the e-liquid, which dictates the consistency of the e-liquid and which devices it is best used with.

50/50 e-liquids, along with high PG e-liquids, have a thin consistency and are best used in starter kits and pod systems. They are most commonly sold in 10 ml bottles with a range of nicotine strengths, ideal for new vapers to help them find the nicotine strength that best matches their previous smoking habits.

High VG e-liquids have a thicker consistency more suited to sub-ohm devices with larger coils. These devices can easily absorb the thicker e-liquids and the higher ratio of VG makes for thicker, denser clouds, ideal for higher powered devices. High VG e-liquids are most commonly sold in short fill bottles, with a nicotine free formula which can be mixed with nicotine shots if needed.

If you are unsure which e-liquid would best suit your device reach out to a member of our team either in store or online and we will be happy to advise.

What does VG and PG mean?

VG and PG are the two main ingredients in e-liquids. VG stands for vegetable glycerine and PG for propylene glycol, and they are often found in many food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. In e-liquids they are used as diluents, diluting the flavourings and nicotine and producing an overall liquid which can be safely vaped.

E-liquids are available with different ratios of VG and PG, suited to different types of e-cigarettes, but usually make up around 60-80% of the overall e-liquid.

VG is responsible for the vapour production, so high VG e-liquids usually produce a denser, thicker cloud. PG is used as a carrier for the flavourings and nicotine, ensuring that they are properly combined throughout the mix.

To find out more, read our e-liquids explained guide

Do e-liquids always contain nicotine?

E-liquids are available both with and without nicotine, and in various nicotine strength options. This allows the user to choose the best option to suit their needs and match their previous nicotine intake.

E-liquids which contain nicotine are available in 10 ml bottles with strengths ranging up to 20 mg/ml. UK law dictates that e-liquid bottles larger than 10 ml cannot contain nicotine, and these are known as short fills. These bottles are not filled all the way to leave room for the addition of a nicotine shot if needed, for example 50 ml of 0 mg e-liquid in a 60 ml bottle, with room for one 10 ml nicotine shot. This would result in 60 ml of 3mg/ml e-liquid.

If you would like guidance on choosing the correct nicotine strength, take a look at our blog or reach out to our team.

How do I choose the right ratio e-liquid?

Which ratio of e-liquid you need depends on the device you are using. Starter and pod kits have small coils which need a thin e-liquid. 50/50 or high PG e-liquids are best suited to these devices, as the small coils can easily absorb the e-liquid and remain saturated. If a thicker e-liquid is used in these devices, the coils may struggle to absorb the e-liquid quickly enough, resulting in dry hits and even burning your coil out prematurely.

More advanced devices with large, sub-ohm coils need a thicker, high VG e-liquid. These e-liquids can be absorbed well by the larger coils and are well suited to a more powerful device and a direct-to-lung vaping style. If a 50/50 or high VG e-liquid is used in a sub-ohm device it can cause the coil to become over-saturated, resulting in leaking and spitting.

If you are unsure which type of e-liquid would best suit your chosen device, pop in to your local Evapo store or reach out to our customer service team for advice.

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