What is PG and VG in e-Liquid?

PG and VG E-liquid Bases


PG Base

Thinner Consistency: Due to the fact that propylene glycol has a runny consistency, rather than its thicker counterpart VG, it is easily absorbed by the cotton inside wick tanks.

Less Gunk: The low density of the juice also means that gunk doesn’t build up on the heating element of your vaporizer as fast as it does when thicker vegetable glycerin liquid is used. 

Does not affect flavor: Propylene glycol is a tasteless odorless substance, so it doesn’t alter the flavor of the e-liquid in any way. It can actually have an enhancing effect.

Stronger throat hit: It’s also a powerful humectant, so it will dry your mouth and throat requiring a higher intake of water. PG also produces a stronger throat hit, similar to that of tobacco cigarettes.

Allergy Risk: On the down side, propylene glycol has been known to cause allergic reactions in some e-cig users. These can vary from minor reactions, like a tingling sensation in the throat, to serious irritations on various parts of the body. If you experience any unusual symptoms after vaping PG e-liquid, it’s best to stop using it immediately and consult a doctor.

VG Base

Have you seen images of vapers with large billowing stacks of vapor? They’re using a High VG base for that effect.

Thicker: Vegetable glycerin is a considerably thicker solution, compared to propylene glycol. It has a slower absorption rate for cotton wicks.

More gunk: Because of it’s thick sweet consistency, VG tends to gunk up and clog vaporizers. Product sweetners also have a role to play, more in another article.

Sweeter: On its own, VG has a slight sweet taste which also makes the e-liquid sweeter and the flavors a little difficult to detect.

Allergy Risk: While PG is know to give users a dry mouth, VG tends to have a wet smooth feeling. Some vapers switch to VG due to allergies with PG. VG tends to be less allergenic.

Less throat hit: You also get less of a throat hit when using VG.

More vapor: On the upside, because of its thick consistency, VG e-liquids produce significantly more vapor and who doesn’t like a decent cloud…

How to choose between PG and VG E-liquid?

PG e-liquid tends to give you a better throat hit and a lot more flavor. Most of  Brisvape’s premium e-liquid has a High or Max VG Base. It allows your atomizer to produce a lot more vapor. 

The vaping community is evenly divided when it comes to e-liquid preference. Some enjoy the intense throat hits more than flavor and vapor, others enjoy the sweet, thick plumes of vapor.

We suggest starting with VG E-liquid, unless you are looking for an experience similar to smoking. We like it smooth…