Understanding PG/VG Ratios

Here at Dominant Vapor, we often get questions from customers about PG/VG ratios. This subject may seem somewhat esoteric, but it’s really just a matter of picking the right e-liquid for your vaping device and for the type of vaping experience you’re hoping to have.

VG stands for “vegetable glycerin,” and is an odorless, mildly sweet liquid extracted from palm oil. PG stands for “propylene glycol,” and is a clear liquid with no taste or scent. On the Dominant Vapor website, you can select the flavor intensity, VG percentage, nicotine, atomizer type, and power. But how do you pick the right VG percentage?

If your atomizer has less than 1.0, you want an e-liquid with more VG than PG. If your atomizer has more than 1.0, you want an e-liquid with at least 50% PG. E-liquids with more PG will result in a strong hit with less vapor, and e-liquids with more VG will produce more vapor with a less intense hit.

The nicotine levels in any given e-liquid vary based on the PG/VG ratio. The range is generally between 3 mg and 24 mg for e-liquids with at least 50% PG. 12 mg, 18 mg, and 24 mg are the most typical levels, with 12mg producing a moderate hit and 24 mg producing a very strong hit. Nicotine levels are usually 6 mg or lower for e-liquids with more than 50% VG, because the extra vapor produces a satisfying vape with a lower level of nicotine.

The PG/VG ratios found most often include:

  • 50% VG to 50% PG: This is the most popular ratio out there today. It works best if your atomizer resistance level is more than 1.0 but less than 2.0.
  • 70% VG to 30% PG: This is the most popular VG option, primarily for use with atomizers of less than 1.0, especially those between 0.5 and 0.8.
  • 80% VG to 20% PG: This is the best option if your atomizer is less than 0.5. This ratio will produce a large amount of vapor!
  • 90% VG and up: This ratio is only used by vapers seeking to produce massive vapor clouds!
  • 70% PG to 30% VG: This ratio is uncommon but can be used with atomizers with more than 2.0 of resistance.

If you're looking to make your own juice, hit up our DIY Depot, or build your perfect E-liquid here. Dominant Vapor has multiple different flavors and styles to choose from!

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