Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Your Vape And E-Liquid Combination Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Your Vape And E-Liquid Combination

You’d be surprised how many vapers don’t correctly understand the pros and cons of different types of e-juice. It’s not just beginners either!

Understanding the types of e-liquid is one of the most important things that many vapers never care to learn. Whenever we field questions about which is the best type of e-liquid, we inevitably start by acknowledging that there is no one “best” kind. Having an ideal experience is possible with lots of different mixtures, but it’s easiest if you understand what you’re going for first. Most types are perfectly adequate for any sort of vaping, but if you’re concerned with having the best possible experience, we’ll give you the tips you need to make the best choice.

If you’re just starting a switch from cigarettes to vaping, you’ll probably do better with something different than a cloud chasing pro. But ultimately there are very few wrong answers. For instance, if you’re trying sub-ohming, it’s a pretty bad idea to use anything with a very high nicotine strength, since you’re getting so much more all at once. But then again, it’s entirely up to you! In any case, the first thing to understand in regards to proper e-liquid usage is the different common types of vaporizers, and which liquids they work best with.

Proper Vaporizer Usage

These days there are countless different types of vaporizers. But when it comes to choosing the right kind of e-liquid, there’s only two main types, mouth-to-lung, and sub-ohm. These two distinct types of vaporizers foster entirely different experiences for users. Mouth-to-lung (MTL) is designed to mimic the feel of traditional cigarettes, so it’s a popular choice among those just making the switch. Meanwhile, sub-ohm vaping is a totally different beast. This style of vaping requires a more intricate setup, as well as a solid knowledge of Ohm’s law. Sub-ohming is the style of choice for advanced users and cloud chasers looking for the biggest and most flavorful clouds possible.

First, let’s take a closer look at MTL vaping and discuss the best types of e-liquid to go with these setups. As mentioned, MTL vaping is meant to mimic the look and feel of traditional smoking as close as possible. Many of these devices work with pre-made coils, but there are some that support rebuildable coils. It is best to use a thinner, PG heavy, e-liquid with MTL setups since the airflow and liquid flow both tend to be much more restrictive and therefore harder to use with thick VG mixtures. As you may have assumed by their association to recent converts from smoking, MTL devices tend to be the best option for vapers looking for true to life flavor and high nicotine strength.

Sub-Ohm vaping is a different beast altogether. The basis of sub-ohming is devices that function with resistances under 1.0 ohm. This produces humongous clouds, much bigger than any other style of vaporizer. They have adequately sized liquid flow channels, as well as fine-tuned adjustable airflow settings, which make them perfect for thicker, VG heavy solutions. Sub-ohm devices are usually intended for direct-lung vaping, which along with the giant clouds and tons of power make them less than ideal for very strong nicotine strength e-liquids.

Selecting The Right Liquid

As discussed above, the type of device you have should somewhat dictate what type of e-liquid you’re using. We’ll now go a little more in-depth about the different kinds of e-liquid and what those differences mean for you. The first thing to understand about e-liquids is what exactly they’re made of. Vape juice is almost exclusively made with two common and harmless compounds, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). These substances are both cleared by the FDA as being safe for human consumption, and as such, they’re both commonly used as food additives. When purchasing an e-liquid, you’ll often see two numbers that add up to 100, one labeled VG and the other labeled PG. This is merely the balance of PG and VG in a given e-liquid. The only other things added to most e-liquids are water, flavorings, and nicotine (unless it’s nicotine free). The differences all come from different combinations of these five ingredients.

For MTL vaping, it’s best to use a high PG solution (more than 50%), since they require less heat and fewer refills. They produce a much stronger throat hit and true to life flavor, which many former smokers say is what helped them finally make the switch. While you can use high VG e-liquids in MTL vaporizers, you are more likely to experience dry hits due to the increased viscosity and reduced channel size, which can be extremely unpleasant.

Sub-ohming on the other hand, is perfectly suited for high VG liquids. The adjustable airflow controls are much more intricate and allow for anything from very tight, to entirely open, allowing for a consistent experience from large clouds. As mentioned above, the drastically increased level of consumption generally makes sub ohming with high nicotine e-liquids a regrettable idea. But sub-ohm vaping is the standard for vapers looking to produce massive clouds. They may require more liquid and power, but the results can be truly amazing.


Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Whatever works best for you is the right choice. There’s no right and wrong, only guidelines to help you along your way. So try lots of different combinations until you find what feels the best.

No matter what your favorite combination is, it’s still a good idea to try and understand the differences between types of e-liquids. This is always the best way to create a fantastic vaping experience, by understanding not only what your preferred combination is, but why it’s the right choice for you.

How often do you try new vaping setups? Do you concern yourself with the PG/VG balance, or is it more of an afterthought? What’s your favorite kind of vaping and why? Let us know in the comments


Katie Bercham - CocktailNerd Editor

Katie actually had a negative first experience of electronic cigarettes, picking up a cheap and horrible model from my local mall. Thanks to a chance meeting with co-editor David, she hasn’t had a tobacco cigarette in over 5 years. She brings a strong female voice to the e-cig community.