What Is A E-Liquid Vape Juice?

Published August 10th 2022
This article explains what e-liquid is and if there's any difference between e-liquid and vape juice.

What Is A E-liquid Vape Juice?

E-liquid is a substance used in your vape to produce a vapour; it is made up of a set of ingredients, including vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavourings and can contain nicotine.

E-liquid has several more common names, including liquids, e-juice, vape liquid or vape juice. These terms can be used interchangeably and do not distinguish between the different types of e-liquid, which are:

  • TPD 10mls (max volume 10ml, max concentration 18mg, uses freebase nicotine)
  • Nicotine salts (max volume 10ml, max concentration 20mg, uses nicotine salt)
  • Shortfills (no maximum volume, sold as 0mg - but can add nicotine to make 3 or 6mg e-liquid).

The core ingredients of any vape juice are vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) flavourings and can contain nicotine. VGPG make up the bulk of any vape juice and comes in various ratios, including 7030, 8020, 5050 and 6040. VG and PG have widely used ingredients throughout the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industry and have been approved safe for human inhalation.

Flavourings are just a bunch of E numbers commonly used in food products like sweets. Flavourings differ from vape juice to vape juice. For example, a raspberry and watermelon e-liquid will have different flavourings than a blueberry and cherry e-liquid. There are hundreds of other flavoured e liquids, and it is a matter of trial and error to find a vape juice that you will enjoy.

Nicotine comes ready in TPD 10mls and nicotine salts at a maximum legal concentration of 20mg, whereas it is an optional extra in shortfills. This is because, due to the latest tobacco laws, no vape juice over 10ml in volume can contain nicotine. As such shortfills come with no added nicotine, one must purchase the liquid nicotine separately and mix it with their vape juice to their desired concentration.

Is E-liquid The Same As Vape Juice?

The liquid you use inside your vape is known as e-liquid, e-juice or vape juice. They're all made up of the same ingredients: vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, flavourings and added nicotine. You can get different strengths and ratios depending on your personal preference.

The type of vape device will dictate what kind of vape juice you should use. If you use a high VG e-liquid in your low-powered device, you may find it doesn't vaporise fully, or you are not obtaining the nicotine hit you are craving.

Using the correct vape juice for your vape device is essential. As a general rule of thumb:

  • High-powered devices can easily vaporise high VG e-liquid, e.g. 7030 or 8020
  • Low-powered devices are better with lower VG e-juice, e.g. 5050 or 6040

Due to VG's chemical properties and high viscosity (thick or gloopy), lower-powered vape machines struggle to vaporise all of this thick vape juice. Low-powered devices are better at vapourising a more balanced e-liquid such as a 5050 nicotine salt or TPD 10ml.

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Want to learn more about liquids? Read our guides how do you mix e-liquid concentrate and what vape juice lasts the longest?

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