What in the World Are PG and VG?

The world has evolved with the internet and other media sharing platforms into changing the way we speak and communicate. Such methods of communication have become shortened and less explanitory, thus becoming more and more confusing to people who aren't fully informed. PG and VG are a couple of different 'shorthand' versions of words that play a very present role in the vocabulary of today's vaping populace, and this blog is here to explain exactly what those abbreviations are for. 
PG is the abbreviation for Propylene Glycol, which is an organic compound found mostly in it's liquid form. It is a colorless, nearly odorless liquid that has a very slight sweet taste. It is used in the manufacturing of foods such as ice cream, whipped dairy products, and sodas, and of course vape juice! PG is a thinner liquid, and the make up of PG allows for "introduced" products (such as flavors and nicotine) to remain suspended throughout the liquid while it is in a resting state. This is the primary reason for many E-Juices to have PG in their recipes. With an additive such as PG, the juice stays more homogeneous and as one mixture, rather than separating into the different compounds as it sits over time. The oxidation process (steeping) can only occur if the mixture remains a mixture, AKA if there is nothing to keep your flavor and nicotine from separating completely (PG/VG!) it won't steep properly. The use of PG extends beyond keeping your juice homogeneous, though. Propylene Glycol is considered to be a better catalyst to outstanding flavor, as it does a better job of bringing out the flavor of the juice itself. Because PG is a thinner liquid, it allows for the flavor to play a more present role in the compound. PG is also one of the reasons that some juices have more of a "throat hit" than others, again because it is a thinner liquid and creates vapor that is more wet than VG. If you're looking exclusively to bring your flavors to the next level, and are okay with a minor increase in throat hit, picking a juice that has a greater amount of PG is the right choice for you. 
VG, on the other hand, is thicker in it's liquid form than PG is, and has a bit more of a sweet taste to it. VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin, which is also an organic compound widely used in food manufacturing. It is commonly found as a preservative or as a sweetening agent to replace sugars. Because of it's caloric value, it is even sometimes used as a dietary supplement to sugars. In E-Juice, VG plays the primary role in the "Big 'Ole Clouds" that Vapers chase after. As a thicker liquid, it turns to vapor as a much denser cloud than you will find with PG. Dripping juices, or juices meant to be used in an RDA or RTA, are primarily made with the Maximum amount of VG (Max VG) in order to create the biggest clouds possible. Because of the natural sweetness that exists in VG, it somewhat masks the flavors in your juice. This can make it more difficult to discern the exact flavors used in your juice, and can also dumb down such flavors slightly, but not enough to completely alter and change such flavors. Vapers looking to increase their cloud production and make it easier to perform smoke tricks, and are okay with slightly less prevalent flavors should jump two-feet in on the Max VG juices! You will love those clouds!
Here at VistaVapors, we offer a variety of PG/VG blends to best suit the pallet and experience of the wide variety of preferences for Vapers. They are (based on percentage): 50 PG/50 VG, 70 PG/30 VG, and Max VG. For those just getting into vaping, especially those using non-sub ohm tanks, 50/50 or 70/30 will give you the best experience. For tanks that do not have coil heads with large juice holes, PG does a better job of making its way to your coils because it is a thinner liquid. The thicker the liquid, the more difficult it can be for the wicks in your coils to keep up with chain vaping, and the likelihood of you burning your wick because it is too dry increases. For those using Sub-Ohm tanks and dripping atomizers, Max VG is your best route to a great cloud producing experience. The juice holes in sub-ohm coil heads are much larger, thus allowing the thicker VG base to wick far more efficiently. For the Drippers out there, you don't have to worry about your coils not being saturated with juice, but what you do need to worry about is leakage. The leaking problems that you may be experiencing could be made less problematic by switching over to a Max VG blend! 
Your experience with vaping may not directly depend on the PG/VG blend you are using, but it could be made much better simply by using the right blend for you! Check them all out today at www.vistavapors.com, have an excellent rest of your week, and VAPE ON!


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