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    High VG E-Liquids & E-Juices

    If you are a vaping enthusiast, you are likely familiar with the terms such as 'high VG' or 'high VG e-liquids' or 'vg pg'. High VG liquids have been and are continuing to increase in popularity among the vaping community due to their distinct flavour options and incredible vapour production capabilities.

    If you're new to the vaping world and you keep hearing vaping terms like 'high VG', 'thick e-liquids', 'vg pg' or others - we completely understand as we've been there ourselves and we help that this blog post will help you understand the e-liquid landscape better; specifically high VG e-liquids.

    In this blog, we will discuss what high VG e-liquids are, the differences between vg pg, what they consistent of, which e-juice you need to use with your device, the different types of vaping devices, the benefits of high VG e-liquids and e-juices and even more. We will also provide some tips on choosing the best high VG e-liquids and e-juices for you.

    Looking for a pg/vg meaning? Read on to learn more!

    VG (Vegetable Glycerin) vs. PG (Propylene Glycol)

    Known short hand as VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol), these two ingredients are the main components of all e-liquids and are available in different ratios.

    These different ratio e-liquids are designed to be used with different types of vape kits, such as starter kits or sub ohm vape kits, to ensure that vapers can get an e-liquid that is tailored to their preference and produces an experience that is enjoyable for their needs.

    There isn't a best pg/vg ratio for flavour, however higher VG e-liquids tend to have sweeter tastes due to VG having a naturally sweet taste; so if you're a sweet tooth type of person then high VG is the way for you!

    There are no known vg vs pg health effects when it comes to e-liquids.

    Propylene glycol (PG)

    Propylene glycol, also known as PG, is a common base ingredient used in vaping e-liquids. It is a colourless, odourless, slightly sweet-tasting, viscous liquid that is used to provide the 'throat hit"' that many vapers look for.

    Propylene glycol also has humectant properties, which means it helps to retain moisture and keeps the e-liquid from drying out.

    Is PG safe to consume?

    Propylene glycol is considered to be safe for human consumption, as it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe food additive.

    It is non-toxic, non-flammable and is used in food products as a flavouring agent, thickening agent and preservative. Propylene glycol is also widely used in pharmaceuticals as a moisturising agent and in cosmetics as an emulsifier.

    In conclusion, Propylene glycol is considered to be safe for human consumption.

    What should I be aware of when vaping PG?

    Some people can find that propylene glycol can cause them to cough or have a wheezy chest which can be down to an allergy. Allergies to PG are very rare but if you're finding that when using e-liquids with high amounts of PG in causes this effects, it is likely you have an allergy to PG.

    We would recommend switching to a 100VG e-liquid, if the side effects vanish then you know you've figured out the issue.

    Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

    Vegetable Glycerin, also known as VG, is a colourless, odourless, viscous liquid derived from vegetable oil. It is used in vaping e-liquid as a base liquid to mix with flavourings and nicotine.

    VG is thicker than propylene glycol which is also used in vape juices and is known for producing a large quantity of vapour when vaporised. This is why you tend to find high VG e-liquids are only used with sub ohm vaping kits.

    VG is also known for its sweet taste, which can add to the flavour of the vape juice and is found in a variety of food and beverages as a sweetener. VG is also known for its ability to produce a smoother throat hit than PG and is usually used in a 0 mg, 3 mg or 6 mg nicotine containing e-liquid.

    What is VG used for?

    VG is used within e-liquids and e-juices to thicken the liquid and to produce mass amounts of vapour. These e-liquids are solely designed to be used with sub-ohm vaping kits, which use sub-ohm coils producing masses amounts of heat; vaporising the e-liquid to produce lots of vapour.

    Is VG safe for human consumption?

    Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is generally considered to be safe for human consumption. VG is derived from vegetable fat and is often used as a sweetener or a thickening agent in food products; it's also been used as a substitute for sugar in many foods & beverages.

    VG is non-toxic, non-flammable and does not have any adverse effects when inhaled in small amounts through an electronic cigarette.

    It is also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe food additive.

    What is the difference between PG and VG E-liquid?

    The easiest way to understand the difference between PG and VG, is to think of high PG e-liquids as designed to recreate a similar experience to traditional smoking, whereas high VG e-liquids are designed to create masses amounts of vapour with a reduced throat hit and are thicker in consistency.

    All e-liquids come in different ratio's of VG and PG, whether that is 50VG/50PG, 70VG/30PG, 100VG or more as some devices are designed to be solely used with high VG e-liquids and some are designed to solely be using with 50/50 or higher PG ratio e-juices.

    Which vg pg ratio do I use with my vape kit?

    Here is the easiest way to understand which type of e-liquid you need for your vape kit:

    • Starter vape kit - 50VG/50PG e-liquids, or higher PG ratio
    • Pod-style vape kit - 50VG/50PG e-liquids, or higher PG ratio
    • Pen-style vape kit - 50VG/50PG e-liquids, or higher PG ratio
    • Sub ohm vape kit - 70VG/30PG e-liquids or higher VG ratio
    • Advanced vape kits - 70VG/30PG e-liquids or higher VG ratio

    If you are using a simple vape device, such as a starter vape kit, pod-style vape kit or pen-style vape kit then you're more often than not using a kit that is designed to be used with a low VG e-liquid.

    As more starter vape kits, pod-style vape kits and pen-style vape kits use coils which are physically small, they can struggle to vaporise through thick, high VG e-liquids. These kits are designed to replicate a similar experience to traditional tobacco smoking and therefore use a 50VG/50PG or higher PG ratio e-liquid to help produce a similar style of traditional smoking.

    Vapers can still get their hands on simple to use sub-ohm vape kits, however these devices tend to use physically larger coils, in comparison to smaller vape kits, which are designed to produce large amounts of heat very quickly; ideal for high VG e-juices.

    Types of vape kits

    Vape kits come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and types which are easily broken down into starter vape kits, pen vape kits, pod vape kits, sub ohm vape kits and advanced vape kits.

    Starter kits and pod vape kits can also be broken down further into two categories of refillable and prefilled:

    Refillable kits: allows you to fill the devices tank or pod with whatever e-liquid flavour you like and change the coil when it expires. 

    Prefilled kits: these kits you to choose from a selection of prefilled pods that the brand offers and removes the need for messy coil changes.

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    Starter vape kits

    Usually the simplest types of vape kits to get started with and tend to be the cheapest to begin with, starter vape kits tend to offer a reduced amount of features and buttons so anyone making the switch to vaping for the first time can get vaping straightaway with no-fuss.

    Pen vape kits

    Named appropriately due to how these devices appear, they are a similar shape to a regular pen and some come with a variety of built-in features such as short-circuit protection so you can vape confidently.

    Pen-style vape kits are available from a variety of brands, such as the bestselling Aspire PockeX AIO kit.

    Pod vape kits

    Pod vape kits are also available in either refillable or prefilled, with brands such as Elf Bar offering the Elf Bar Mate 500 which utilises prefilled pods, available in a variety of flavours, or a refillable pod so you can fill it with whichever e-liquid you would like.

    Pod vape kits tend to be the smallest of vape kits and are ideal for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle or for the stealth vapers out there.

    Sub ohm vape kits

    Sub ohm vape kits come in all manner of different shapes and sizes, but generally tend to be much bigger physically when compared to something like a pod-style vape kit.

    These types of vaping kits tend to have larger battery capacity as they need to output high levels of power to vaporise high VG ratio e-liquids to produce masses amounts of vapour.

    These kits tend to have an increased amount of features allowing vapours to customise their vaping experience with features such as variable wattage or temperature control.

    Regular vape coils

    Regular vape coils consists of coils rated with an ohm's resistance of 1.0 ohm and higher. For example a 1.2 ohm resistance vape coil would produce a more similar experience of traditional smoking than a sub ohm 0.4 ohm resistance coil, as it produces less vapour, has a tighter draw, heats up slowly - similar to when smoking tobacco and is designed to be used with 50VG/50PG or higher PG content e-liquids.

    Regular vape coils can sometimes come in sub ohm resistances, such as the Aspire PockeX offering a 0.7 ohm resistance coil, however due to the physical size of the coil we would recommend using a 50/50 e-liquid to prolong coil life and create an enjoyable experience for vapers.

    Sub ohm vape coils

    Sub ohm coils, usually 0.9 ohm resistances or lower, that are physically bigger than regular coils are designed to heat up very quickly to high temperatures, making them ideal for vaporising through high VG e-liquids.

    These atomisers tends to have an increased amount of cotton and sometimes even more coils within coils, to help with producing masses amount of vapour and flavour for vapers.

    Can I use high VG juice with my vape pen?

    This is all entirely dependant on the coil that your vape kit uses - if you're using a vape pen that has 0.9 ohm resistance coils or lower then the answer is yes. If these coils are physically small, you have to bear in mind that they are likely going to have a reduced life-span as they're having to vaporise thick e-juice which can clog up the coil.

    Small pod-style vape kits

    If you're using a vape kit that is physically quite small, such as a pod-style vape kit, we would always recommend, even if you're using a sub ohm coil in your device, that you stick to using 50/50 e-liquids or e-liquids with a higher than 50 PG VG ratio, to ensure that your devices coils life-span is extended and the vaping experience is enjoyable.

    Vape pens with sub ohm coils

    If your vape pen uses a sub-ohm coil that is physically big then you are completely fine to use to continue using high VG ratio e-liquids such as 70/30 VG/PG, as this is exactly what the coils are designed to be used with!

    What reduces my vape coils life-span?

    Just remember that the thicker the consistency the e-liquid, so the higher the VG content, the higher nicotine content, the more flavourings and sweetener's used in your e-juice is going to effect your coils overall life span.

    For example a simple vanilla flavour that is 50/50 VG/PG compared to a complex flavour with lots of sweetener and higher VG content will do less damage to your coil in the long-run and therefore improve your coils life-span.


    In conclusion we've taken a deep dive into what high VG e-liquids are, what they consist of component wise, the different types of vape kits available on the market, which type of vape device is best suited to you, which type of VG/PG e-liquid ratio you need to use with your type of vape kit and more - we really hope it helped you understand the landscape of e-liquid ratios better!

    We hope that from reading this blog post we have answered any questions you may have had, however if you still have questions you are more than welcome to contact our customer service team via live chat, email or telephone who will be more than happy to recommend products for you or answer any vaping related questions you may have.