PG VERSUS VG: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS TWO SUBSTANCES THAT MAKES THE MAIN INGREDIENT OF YOUR E-LIQUID FLAVORS
If you’re not into vaping or new to this trend, you might get confused or curious about the white clouds that vaporizers and e-cigarettes produce while smoking it. This white cloud does not only contain smoke and vapor; it has a certain flavor and hit that is made from liquefied substances called e-liquid.
The vapors from all cigarettes and vaporizes are produced e-liquid coming from propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Both PG and VG are non-toxic but organic compound and generally safe for consumption. In fact, they are widely used as food additives in a variety of food and personal care products such as ketchup, soda, ice cream, and salad dressings.
First let’s talk about PG based E-liquid. PG E-liquid is the most popular choice from most vapors and a great choice for those using e-cigarette and smaller vaporizers. PG E-liquid has a thinner consistency and creates lesser gunk than VG E-liquid, making it easily absorbent with cotton-based fabric inside cartomizers and vape tanks. It also means that less gunk that builds up on the heating element of the vaporizer or e-cigarette. PG does not affect the flavor of the e-liquid. It’s tasteless and odorless allowing you to have full flavor from your e-liquid. PG also produces stronger throat hit similar to tobacco cigarettes.
However, PG has been known to cause allergic reaction to some e-cigarette users. This can vary to minor reaction like tingling sensation in the throat area to irritations to various parts of the body. If you experience anything unusual symptoms after vaping PG e-liquid it is best to stop using it and switch to vegetable glycerin.
For VG e-liquid, have you been seeing billowing clouds of vapor? They are using VG e-liquid, or a combination of PG and VG e-liquid. VG creates the dense cloud of vapor; VG e-liquid is popular in larger and box-type vaporizers because of its cloud-like effect. VG e-liquid has a sweeter taste which can make flavors difficult to detect and has less of a throat hit compared to PG e-liquid. VG is considerably thicker compared to PG and has a slower absorption rate wicks and cartomizers. It also tends to gunk up vaporizes and clog vaporizers require more cleaning. Some vapers complain of phlegm build-up after using VG e-liquid because of its thick consistency, VG e-liquids produce significantly more vapor and does not cause allergic reactions or irritations as often as PG e-liquid.
Can you mix PG and VG e-liquids? The answer is yes, the mixture of this two is very common. It can either be 60/40 or 70/30 ratio between the two that is capable of producing great vapor and flavor.
How to choose between PG and VG e-liquids? The vaping community is pretty divided when it comes to best e-liquid flavors preferences. Some enjoy the intense throat hit that comes from PG e-liquids more than the flavor of the vapor while others enjoy the sweet and thick plumes of the vapor that comes out from VG e-liquid. The answer which is better? The answer is neither because you will need both to some cases to get the best of both worlds. Some prefer to vape 100% VG e-liquid only while some loves pure PG e-liquid while some prefer a mix