Glycerin density – that’s why it’s important for your e-cigarette

Glycerin density - that's why it's important

Modified on: 27/05/2024

Everything you need to know about vegetable glycerine to best blend your electronic cigarette flavours

The density of vegetable glycerin is a fundamental quality of vaping liquids and knowing its extent can help you create your DIY e liquid recipes in the best possible way. Mixing e-cigarette liquid at home is a very common practice nowadays and allows you to enjoy a whole series of advantages that we will see in the next few paragraphs.

The e-liquid base must be optimally prepared to obtain an exemplary vaping experience and in this article you will find all the necessary information to prepare it in the best possible way. Furthermore, you will be able to understand what is the difference between e-cigarette liquid nicotine and a liquid without it, according to the proportions within its recipe.

But let’s not waste time and let’s cut to the chase.

What is glycerol for? The role of vegetable glycerin in vaping liquids.

As you may already know, electronic cigarette liquids are mainly composed of two fundamental elements:

  • Vegetable glycerin (VG)
  • Propylene Glycol (PG)

Glycerin, or glycerol, comes as a viscous, clear, colorless, odorless liquid and has a sweetish taste (yes, it’s edible).

But where is glycerol found?

VG is a natural organic compound extracted from various types of vegetable oils by a (non-chemical) process of hydrolysis. VG plays a very important role in vaping liquids, which is to thicken the solution and give body and “smokiness” to the vapor.

On the contrary, the PG performs the function of attenuating the density of the glycerin and allows to better convey the e cigarettes flavours used. In addition, the presence of glycol in an e-liquid improves the hit in the throat, the so-called “hit”, in order to imitate the sensation that the tobacco smoke gives when inhaled.

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What is the best percentage of vegetable glycerin to mix an e-liquid?

A dilemma that often afflicts novice vapers is the concentration of glycerol in the recipe for DIY electronic cigarette liquids. Billions of information are available on the web about it, but the sources are not always clear enough for those who are not yet very experienced in home mixing of e-liquids.

First of all, you must know that the recipe of the electronic cigarette e liquid base varies according to your needs, or rather by virtue of the type of vape you want to practice. As the vaporization system you use varies, the e-liquid base must also vary.

Here are the 3 most used electronic cigarette liquid recipes in the world of vape:

  • 50% PG / 50% VG
  • 50% PG / 40% VG / 10% H20
  • 70% VG / 30% PG

Let’s now see them individually.

base liquid ecig VG

E-liquid bases: here are the best ones for MTL and DL vape

The e-liquid 50/50 base is the most common for MTL e-cigs, as it represents the perfect balance between flavour, smokiness and vapor body. To prepare it, simply mix together vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol in identical quantities.

Immediately afterwards, we find the famous 50/40/10 base, in which the water is double-distilled or purified, so as not to inhale substances that are harmful to your lungs. The co-presence of glycol, water and vegetable glycerin allows to obtain the following advantages:

  • Better perception of electronic cigarettes flavours
  • Longer coil life
  • Lower evaporating temperatures

As for the 70/30 e-liquid base, it should be emphasized that this is an absolutely unsuitable proportion for MTL vape, but perfect for DL vape. In fact, the prevalence of glycerol leads the neutral base to have a very high level of vaporiness, useful precisely for a very abundant production of steam and to be able to make the so-called “clouds”.

Remember that the 70/30 solution is biased in favor of the VG and not of the PG: be careful not to get confused!

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E-cigarette liquids with nicotine: how to mix the liquid nicotine in the e liquid base?

Another very common dilemma among neo-vapers is that relating to the inclusion of nicotine in the e-liquid base liquid, but in reality this is a false problem and now you will understand why. The nicotine shots are on the market in 10ml format with different concentrations, with a maximum nicotine limit of 20mg/ml.

Before buying nicotine bases, you need to know which type of e-liquid base you want to prepare, as this product is sold dissolved in a neutral base of different concentrations. So if the e-liquid base you want to prepare is a 50/50, you will have to buy the 50/50 nicotine bases and so on.

In short, you have simply to choose the nicotine dissolved in a neutral base identical to the one you are going to prepare and that’s it. In this way, you will have your ready base with nicotine to mix the electronic cigarette flavours in a personalized way.

PG Base in bottles from 60 ml for electronic cigarette

Buy the ingredients for your e-liquid base on Terpy

Now that you have all the knowledge you need to prepare the neutral base for e-cig at home, all you have to do is get the necessary and work on it. Terpy is our liquid e-cigarette website where you can find everything you need for your e-liquid base:

  • PG base
  • VG base
  • Nicotine shots

Preparing e-liquids in DIY mode has many advantages, including significant economic savings, but if what you are looking for is practicality, on Terpy you will also find ready e-liquids for vaping.

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