Posts Tagged ‘e-liquid’
I stumbled across this great thread on one of the forums, where somebody asked- what are your vaping pet peeves?
Below is a list of the most common – see if any of them are yours:
Calling it a personal vaporizer- of course it’s personal!!
Using the term analogue.
People who try your e-cig without asking
Any one who says there is antifreeze in e-liquid
Uninformed media reports
That e-cigs are bad for you
When folk ask if it tastes like a cigarette?
Is it a crack pipe?
Reviewers who inhale deeply, then blow loads of smoke at the camera leaving their mouths wide open.
Calling an e-cig a fake cigarette.
Hate the phrase vapour, vapers, vaping.
Being told each cartridge is the equivalent to 20 cigarettes.
So, do you have any vaping pet peeves? Let us know in the comment box below..
p.s the link to the discussion is here:
This carries on from the blog – mixing your own? no need to be scared!
It’s important to understand the ingredients you will be using when mixing, and how they work with each other. We have several articles already here on the blog about these, so if you don’t know your PG from your VG read about them here -
But the basics are: PG provides the throat hit when inhaling, but so to a lesser degree do the nicotine and certain flavours. PG is thinner than VG.
VG provides the vapour and some of the sweetness.
Always use the best quality Pharmaceutical grade PG and VG you can find.
Nicotine, again use Pharmaceutical grade base liquids such as the Platinum or Titanium Ice.
The ratios of PG/VG/Nicotine strength and flavourings will make a huge difference to the flavour, take your time when mixing, and don’t be surprised if an obvious flavour choice needs a variation on a theme of concentrates, for e.g. – do you need orange flavour, or marmalade flavour? Is it milk chocolate or a dark chocolate that you need? There is an art to flavour mixing, and the forums are a great place to hang out and see what others are doing.
WRITE EVERY RECIPE DOWN! – This will help in sorting out what is working, from what isn’t.
One final point for today- the flavour can take time to come through – sometimes a few hours, sometimes it may need an overnight ‘steep’.
Again – patience!
Chapter 3 of this will be out soon on Spinfuel, it is a great online vaping paper, and here is the link to Ch 2.
Mixing your own e-liquid is a step that most vapers eventually get to, some quicker than others, (I know one lady who bought her e-cig one day, and then bought a mixing kit the next!).
So, if you are thinking of mixing your own, here is some great advice taken from Spinfuel online vaping magazine. They have done a fantastic write up of one man’s journey as he taught himself how to mix his own e-liquid.
The article is in depth, very thorough and I strongly recommend you read it – the link is at the bottom of the post, just copy and paste it into your browser – but basically here is what he said.
Firstly educate yourself,as it can appear overwhelming.
Don’t buy anything until you have watched several videos and have a basic grasp of a) what you will be doing and how, and then b) What you will really need to buy.
Get an understanding how to be safe – base nicotine liquids need to be handled with respect – so think SAFE.
Look at the various e-liquid calculators – and then choose one, it will save many tears and tantrums, and until you know how to measure and divvy up the base, the diluent and the flavours, keep using it. There are plenty of free e-liquid apps that you can download and the man who wrote the article has stated his preferences.
Your workspace – again – probably best that you think about where best to do this- somewhere where you can mix safely, and where you have room.
The ingredients – learn what they are – what is PG and VG? And how do they affect your vape? Which strength base e-liquid is right for you? And include how much you will make in this, as one person said that a bottle of Titanium Ice can make up to 50 bottles of regular e-liquid, so the costs savings can be huge.
And finally, know that you will make mistakes. You will make foul tasting flavours, but don’t give up, as this is all part of the fun an the learning curve.
So, how many of you have thought you primed your cartomizer, only to fire it up and have a foul burnt taste in your mouth?
Well, you might find you need to ‘prime’ it better.
First of all though,what is a cartomizer? It is essentially a heater coil wrapped in a wicking cloth, surrounded by absorbent wadding material that controls the flow of e-liquid from the tank to the coil.
Why prime and what does it mean? In order for the cartomizers to work well, the wick needs to be really wet so that it doesn’t burn – as once burnt, not only will it taste horrid, but it will never work as well again. So priming it means getting the wick wet.
There is an art and science to priming, you need to get the ratio of e-liquid and absorbent time correct, too little fluid and no matter how long you leave it to soak, as soon as you fire it up the atty, it will burn. Adding more liquid after the event won’t make any difference, you will still have a cartomizer that tastes rank and doesn’t work well.
So – after some experimenting, Liam over at TW has found that with a single coil cartomizer putting approx 0.5mls of fluid four times and waiting 10 minutes in between each fill is pretty much spot on.
What have you found?
- Use a fresh atomizer. As an atomizer ages it becomes less efficient and the flavour becomes duller.
- Mix in small batches – this is why TECC sell small mixing bottles- (cheaper if the end result is awful and you have to bin it!)
- Try a Low Resistance atomizer – they burn hotter often improving the flavour – though this is not true for all flavours, look at forums and the flavour mixing threads for ideas and information.
- Mix in a bowl so you get an idea of the flavour from the aroma.
- Check the PG/VG ratio – optimum for flavour appears to be 80/20
- When mixing, the flavour concentrate ratio should be about 25% of the finished e-liquid.
- If you buy pre-mixed, a drop of concentrate can give the flavour a little boost or twist.
- Adding a drop of rose concentrate can add an oriental twist to a flavour.
- Write down your mixing experiments – nothing worse than making an awesome vape, but you can’t re-create it.
- Mix the flavour you want first – this saves on the nicotine, and means the base flavour is right – the nicotine will affect the flavour – but it will just be a case of tweaking to get it back to what you want.
- Steep! (In twice because it is so important – and here is a link to a post to explain why!)
And finally if you have any hints or tips you want to add, then let us know in the comment section below.