Introduction to vapor PG/VG ratio
Vapor PG/VG base mix can be confusing, incredible so when you're new to vaping and don't have access to an impartial expert to get you started. The right base mix of propylene glycol (PG) to vegetable glycerine (VG) can mean the difference between a good vaping experience and bad one in terms of how your vape device operates and processes the varying viscosity (how thick or thin it is) of different vapor liquids.
The following is a quick reference to get your research started. If you have questions about which Rocket Fuel base mix is right for you, contact us - we'd love to help!
What is PG/VG ratio in vapor?
The PG/VG ratio in vaping is used to describe the amount of propylene glycol in relation to vegetable glycerine inside of a vapor blend. Generally the propylene glycol (PG) carries flavor most effectively and vegetable glycerine (VG) creates the luscious and delightful vapor plume.
Why is PG/VG ratio important in vaping?
The vape device market is massive and each device processes vapor liquids a little differently. The major shift in device quality is based more upon the timeline of vaping devices overall. Early vaping devices pulled the liquid through a rather big 'ol chunk of cotton, and high PG blends were totally necessary for the device to wick and soak up the liquid.
Today we see big and powerful vapor devices gaining popularity, like mods and sub-ohm tanks. The thinner, PG-heavy base mix simply wasn't standing up to the technological increases in airflow, design efficiency and operating power. To combat this, manufacturers and DIY vapers began to increase the amount of glycerine (VG) in the mix. The solution thickened up the liquids sufficiently to optimize how the liquids process. Not only did that fix the issue and thicken up the juice, but cloud chasing was born - VG is responsible for those crazy vaper clouds!
How do I know if I need higher VG?
Thin, PG-heavy liquids inside an Aspire sub-ohm setup sound sort of like frying up a pan of bacon whilst eating a bowl of Rice Krispies and milk. That is generally a good indicator that there isn't enough body in the juice to keep it alive. Try the max VG and it should clear right up.
How do I know if I need higher PG?
Generally the device will not soak up the liquids, or does so inconsistency, and you may end up with a burnt cotton taste.