Best E-Liquids Introduction
Finding the best e-juice primarily comes down to your own likes and dislikes with flavors. Some vapers (including ex-smokers) can’t stand tobacco flavors, while others don’t like fruit.
It can be a long road of testing different e-liquid, brands, and flavor types to find that one special juice you can use as an all-day vape. Thankfully most juices fit into basic flavor profiles (although there can be some crossover).
So, if you have a sense of which flavor profiles you like, check out our list below of our top e-juices from the most popular flavor profiles – remember taste is subjective, but we think these are great juices to try out.
Black Note Prelude
Black Note Prelude perfectly recreates the sweet, nutty flavor of Virginia tobacco and even smells just like a fresh pack of cigarettes. Black Note puts so much consideration into crafting their juices, and Prelude is extracted from flue-cured tobacco grown in the Italian Alps using choice selections of leaves, which is why they only produce it in small batches.
Naked 100 Hawaiian Pog
Hawaiian POG is a tropical blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava… (hence the name POG). While it may sound a little too exotic for some, be assured that it’s one of the smoothest tropical fruit vapes you will try. As with all Naked 100 juices, it’s not too sweet or overpowering.
Looper provides an exceptionally accurate flavor of fruity cereal over creamy milk. It has a complex yet immediately familiar taste that somehow manages to capture the crispness of a newly-opened box of fruity cereal with the perfect balance of cereal crunch and rich, creamy fresh milk.
Vape Dinner Lady Lemon Tart
Lemon Tart has become Dinner Lady’s signature flavor, and for a good reason. It is one of the most authentic dessert flavors you could try, with sharp zingy lemon blended in a subtle meringue with a hint of cereal. It’s an impeccably well-rounded dessert vape, and one you’ll struggle to put down.
Polar Breeze by Naked 100
Polar Breeze is a refreshing mix of Pineapple, rich Cantaloupe, and smooth Honeydew slices with a cool kick. Unlike other cooling fruit vapes, the menthol in Polar Breeze doesn’t take over, it simply accentuates each flavor, leaving you with an excellent refreshing fruit vape.
I Love Donuts Strawberry by Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter had huge success with their ‘I Love Donuts’ juice, but we think their updated ‘I Love Donuts Strawberry’ is their best yet. It combines the unmistakable taste of freshly fried and powdered donuts, with a juicy sweet strawberry jelly center. It’s definitely one that’ll have you licking your lips after vaping.
VaporFi Catch Ya Latte
Coffee flavors can be hit or miss, but Vaporfi has managed to create a genuinely exquisite coffee classic. Catch Ya Latte consists of a blast of full-bodied espresso backed up by sumptuous steamed milk, and topped off with a hint of crushed hazelnuts. It has the perfect balance of deep flavors and sweetness and is the gourmet coffee flavor you’ve been waiting for.
E-Liquids and E-Juices Explained
Eliquid or E-Liquid (commonly referred to in the vaping community as E-Juice or Juice) is a viscous liquid, either with or without flavorings and liquid nicotine.
E-liquid through a wicking process soaks the metal coils of the atomizer, so when the coil is heated, the e-liquid is vaporized – producing vapor. This vapor isn’t entirely the same as the steam created by heating pure water, in that it doesn’t evaporate/dissipate as quickly, but it is similar.
E-liquid is typically composed of two main liquids; Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG). These liquids, either alone or mixed together in some ratio, form the base carrier of any e-liquid.
Also, most e-liquids contain small amounts of concentrated flavorings. E-liquid flavorings can be either natural extracts or artificial, lab-based chemical formulations, and they are typically sold diluted in PG.
PG is a thinner viscosity liquid than VG and more neutral in flavor. VG does have a slightly sweeter taste and is much thicker.
It is commonly thought that PG is better for flavor delivery, and VG is better for vapor production. VG is almost certainly better for vapor production, but is probably just as good for flavor delivery as PG; just being a more viscous liquid, it takes longer for flavors to meld and mature in VG.
With higher-power, sub-ohm vaping being so popular, VG has now become the base liquid of choice, since it produces thicker clouds of vapor.
There are thousands of e-liquid flavors currently available on the market with anything from the standard fruit and dessert flavors, to more exotic and complex blends.
Recently many flavoring companies have reformulated their flavors to remove certain chemicals, as some were targeted as being potentially harmful to vape and inhale. Since vaping is still in its early days, there aren’t any long-term studies of respiratory health effects, so it is still controversial. The best way to minimize any risks is to vape only unflavored e-liquid and to eliminate all risks entirely, then don’t vape at all.
Liquid Nicotine, which is usually lab synthesized, can be added to e-liquids to not only deliver nicotine to the user but also to create what is called a “throat hit,” which is the impact you experience on the back of the throat.
The quantity of liquid nicotine used in any e-liquid comes down to the vaper’s choice. Most manufactured e-liquids range from 0mg – 18mg of nicotine in their ranges.
Over time, most vapers tend to reduce the amount of nicotine in their e-liquids. This is sometimes just a natural process, but can also be intentional to minimize nicotine dependency.
The process of mixing e-liquid can be likened to that of curing wines or spirits. Over time flavorings will dissolve into the solution, but they can take time to suitably meld and develop their full flavor – this process is called “steeping.”
This is the reason most vapers tend to prefer mature e-liquid, as they have had the time to develop their full intended flavor compared to fresh liquids.
The critical ingredient of steeping is time. E-liquid does have a long shelf life — measured in years, and older liquids do tend to taste better. However, if a particular e-liquid tastes good fresh, then go ahead and vape it. If it doesn’t taste right, then store it in a cool dark place and try it again after a week or two. The main thing is understanding the steeping process and then finding the right point at which you are more than happy with the flavor profile to vape it.
In general terms, a quality e-liquid will be well-blended, taste great, and produce plenty of vapor. Light-colored or clear e-liquids are held in higher esteem than darker-colored e-liquids, as it seems those gunk up coils quicker.
But quite simply a quality e-liquid is one that you like to vape. All other factors — price, ingredients, reputation, etc. — are just secondary considerations.
When it comes to health and safety interests in vaping, it all comes down to e-liquids and their ingredients that we are inhaling. Human beings are designed only to inhale clean and moderately humid air – so anything else we inhale raises legitimate concerns. We already know of the long-term respiratory problems from smoke or other particulates (like asbestos), so this is where the inhalation of vapor from e-liquids can also raise concerns.