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Can You Really Buy Good Quality E-liquid For A £1

Published April 12th 2020
The real answer to this question belongs to the old adage: you get what you pay for.
The real answer to this question belongs to the old adage: you get what you pay for.

We’ve seen the billboards plastered all over the UK, but is it really possible to buy good quality e-liquid for a £1? The short answer to this question is yes, it is possible if the e-liquid is from a reputable brand and is discounted or part of a deal, but if the standard price is at £1 then you should be wary of these e-liquid brands.

Diving a little more deeply into this, we can break down the cost of e-liquid into 4 main components: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavourings and nicotine.

The first two ingredients of vape juice (VG and PG) are relatively inexpensive and very easily attainable as they have been available in the pharmaceutical industry for decades. Top quality liquid nicotine has also been synthesised in labs for decades and is a relatively inexpensive ingredient.

The third component of vape liquid is the flavourings. Unlike the unflavoured VG, PG and nicotine, a lot of time, effort and resources goes into the research and development of flavourings, the natural extraction process and the marketing of the flavour houses. This expensive cost may already be familiar to you if you have purchased standard household flavourings for cakes or other projects such as a bottle of vanilla extract or flavouring. This is generally the most expensive element of vape juice.

As such, when seeing a vape juice advertised for £1, the main difference in quality will be down to the flavourings used. Whilst these £1 juices may have passed compliance tests, the quality of the flavourings is likely to be substantially inferior to more premium brands. This can result in a number of complications.

The first is that these vape juices are more likely to impact your coil life resulting in higher costs for you in the long run due to the low quality flavourings used to achieve a low price. Secondly, the flavours available will be limited to very simple singular and boring recipes. Where a brand advertises £1 e-liquid and the flavour is only “apple” for instance, it would cost twice the amount to create a “watermelon and apple” flavour due to the doubling of flavouring costs.

Finally, it is also extremely likely that e-liquids that have been marketed as £1 have flavourings that have been sourced from foreign territories where regulatory requirements to manufacture those flavourings are significantly lower than that of the United Kingdom or Europe. This can result in some unwanted ingredients in the flavourings for which the effects may be currently unknown when compares to the strict regulation in the UK and Europe.

Whether you are seeking more affordable e-liquid or premium brands that have taken the time to source rare flavourings concentrates, with over 3,500+ flavours on offer, IndeJuice is able to cater for all vapers. The best place to find current deals from reputable vape juice brands is on our vape juice deals page.
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Vape juice, commonly referred to as e-Liquid, is the substance that is used to refill vape devices. E Liquid contains three main ingredients: vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol and flavourings. Nicotine can also be added but is optional and dependant on user preference{{show_accordion?'.':'...'}} Read More

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By default, short fills come as zero nicotine e-liquids and are not filled to the brim of the bottle – hence their names. This leaves just enough room for one or sometimes two nicotine shots (if required by the user). By adopting this approach, e-liquid manufacturers are able to lower their compliance costs by only testing the separate nicotine shot that they can then bundle into packages with all available flavours. Otherwise, if manufacturers pre-mixed their nicotine into all their flavours, they would be obliged to have all flavours tested as they would then all be 'nicotine-containing compounds' – which is what the compliance regulation seeks to regulate through testing.

By contrast, Regular 10mls do not require the addition of nicotine as these e-liquids come pre-mixed with nicotine. Because of this, the law requires all eliquids that are pre-mixed with nicotine to be limited to a maximum capacity of 10ml and a maximum nicotine concentration of 20mg. Whilst this generally results in a more expensive end product, it comes with the added benefit of a wide variety of nicotine strengths all the way up to 20mg. Achieving such a high strength is not possible with shortfills due to the nature of dilution when starting off with a 20mg nicotine shot.

Similar to Regular 10mls, Nicotine Salts are also required to be tested on a per strength and per flavour basis as they come pre-mixed with nicotine. This again generally leads to a higher cost per millilitre for nicotine salts. However, unlike Regular 10mls that utilise the freebase nicotine compound, nicotine salts are unique in their use of an additional salt molecule that is attached to the nicotine molecule. This chemical difference in the nicotine compound results in a much smoother and softer inhale with Nicotine Salt eliquids when compared directly with Regular 10mls or Shortfills that have been mixed with a freebase nicotine shot.

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