VG vs PG Breakdown

Published on January 22nd, 2014 | by Rich


The Ultimate Breakdown of PG vs VG Vape E Juices

When looking for the best e juice, it’s important to understand the differences between PG vs VG Vapor and how it can affect the way your vaping as well as e juice flavoring.

In fact, having a wide variety of flavors is one of the best perks of vaping.

There is a lot more to choosing an e liquid than just flavor. You also have to consider other factors such as nicotine content and PG/VG ratios.

VG and PG are particularly important, since they play a significant role in how any juice vapes.

In fact, I’d say it is just as important as flavor. Understanding the differences is vital to buying e juice you’ll love.

What Exactly is PG and VG?

First things first, let’s go over what PG and VG actually are. PG stands for Propylene Glycol and VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin. 

Both of these substances are already used in thousand of products we use every day.

Propylene glycol (PG) is an organic glycerol made frompg vs vg propylene oxide, a petroleum byproduct.

It is used in a wide variety of products including solvents, chemical additives, and many medical and pharmaceutical personal care products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified PG juice under the “Generally Recognized As Safe” designation.

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Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a natural organic glycerol that is made from vegetable oil, which comes from palm and/or coconut oil.

The vegetable glycerin is mixed with water, then heated to a high pressure and temperature. The glycerin dissolves from the fatty acids and is then absorbed by the water.

Food grade VG is 99.7% pure, and 0.3% water. Vegetable glycerin can be found in pharmaceutical, medical and personal care products, and of course e liquids!

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Difference Between PG and VG

PG juice is tasteless and clear, which presents the added flavor from your e juice very well.

PG juice also has a thinner, less viscous consistency than VG juice.

This means it tends to build up less gunk on the coil of your atomizer then VG juice.

The thin consistency makes it easily absorbed by the polyfill material when using cartomizers, allowing the juice to constantly reach the coil.

VG on the other hand has a naturally sweet flavor, which can sometimes be noticed when vaping VG juices.

Unlike PG liquids, the thicker, more viscous VG juice can sometimes clog up the coil on your clearomizer or cartomizer.

Of course, you can always clean your clearomizer. Plus, the extra thick VG juices are less likely to leak from your tank.

What is The Difference in Vapor Production?

Best Vapor Production

If you are interested in huge clouds of vapor, then VG is the way to go.

100% VG e liquid flavors have great vapor production and a very smooth feel.

Great for impressing your friends or doing cool smoke tricks!

If producing thunderz clouwdz has no particular appeal to you, you should definitely consider some PG juices. 

Many enjoy the combination of light vapor and clean taste.

Plus, PG flavors are useful when you’re vaping in public and don’t want to draw attention with large vapor clouds.

Which Has More Throat Hit?

PG juices will have a stronger throat hit then VG flavors.

There are many vapers who started vaping to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes.

These vapers tend enjoy a stronger throat hit, similar to what you experience when smoking cigarettes.

If you don’t like a throat hit, then you should look for VG e juice flavors.

100% VG juices have extremely little if any throat hit, and have a very smooth feel when you are vaping.

How to Find Your Perfect Ratio

If you’re new to the vaping community, I suggest starting with some 50/50 (PG/VG) ratio juices.

This will give you a baseline flavor profile to work with and get a feel for the differences between VG and PG.

PG and VG MixesAfter vaping some 50/50 juice, you can start adjusting your mix to hone in on your tastes.

After awhile, you’ll get a better idea of the flavors, VG/PG ratio and nicotine levels of juice you enjoy.

If you’re feeling adventures, Zamplebox has a fantastic e juice subscription plan that opens you to tons of new juice brands and flavors.

The following explains what to expect from different PG and VG ratios.

These aren’t absolute laws, and are just to give you a general idea of what to look for.

  • 100% PG: Very strong throat hit, with clean flavors and not much vapor production.
  • 80/20 (PG/VG): Still very little vapor production, and a moderately strong throat hit.
  • 70/30 (PG/VG): A little more vapor, a little less throat hit.
  • 60/40 (PG/VG): Decent vapor with a noticeable, but not to overwhelming throat hit.
  • 50/50 (PG/VG): An even mix, with quality vapor clouds and a soft throat hit.
  • 40/60 (PG/VG): Noticeably larger vapor clouds and a reduce throat hit.
  • 30/70 (PG/VG): Good vapor production and a minimal throat hit.
  • 20/80 (PG/VG): Excellent vapor production and a very small throat hit.
  • 100% VG: Very little throat hit, with noticeably sweet flavor undertones and massive vapor production.

Our Vendor Recommendations

We recently posted our Top 10 American E Liquid Companies, where we rate and review some of the most popular e juice companies.

You’ll find info on the types of juices they offer, as well as some of their most popular flavors.

We also recommend checking out Central Vapors for all your e juice and DIY needs.


Let’s Sum It Up

PG and VG are the two primary components that go into e juices. PG juice is thin, clear and tasteless, and provides a more of a throat hit.  

VG juice is thicker, and has a naturally sweet taste that can blend into the flavor of the juice. VG has less throat hit, but a much higher vapor (cloudz) production.

Share Your Thoughts

What’s your favorite PG and VG ratio?

And maybe a better question; would you pass on buying a particular flavor of e juice if it didn’t come in the right PG/VG ratio?

Let us know in the comments section down below!

As always, take care and vape on!

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63 Responses to The Ultimate Breakdown of PG vs VG Vape E Juices

  1. Mark says:

    You know more about English what mate?
    Yes some people havent quite grasped English and the context of using it correctly,but this is not Grammer school. It is a forum to discuss vaping no?

  2. Rebecca Porterfield says:

    I’m looking for flavor taste, but at same time the thunder cloud. What do you suggest?

  3. Allen says:

    Thanks for the great explanation of pg /vg
    I’m very thankfull for the opportunity to quit a 30 year cigarette habit. I have been cancer stick free for a little over. Two years now.
    What’s your take on big tobacco buying into e – juice manufacturers and slowly adding not so nice things into e-juice. How much data is available from testing the ingredients of e-juice. As we all know. Money talks and I have witnessed the deception of big tobacco’s antics slowly fall under the radar.
    Does anyone think that maybe we vapors are in jeopardy of being uninformed? Just as millions of dead cigarette smokers throught that they were safe later we find out that bug tobacco was poisoning us. It took millions of deaths and billions of dollars out of the pockets of US the consumers for the truth on cigarettes to finally be disclosed.
    I really would like and independent lab with No affiliation with big tobacco or evape juice to test and report All the ingredients of ejuices.
    Then at the end of the day I like thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Vape enthusiasts can rest some what easier. So that we will have made an educated and fully informed decision to decrease our lifespans.

  4. Kathy Rensel says:

    I use vg juice but every time I hit my vapor I always cough why is this?

    • Michael C says:

      I know it’s an old thread Kathy but I did this also when using 100% VG but it was my NIC level that was making me cough. I lowered it and I can tolerate it now.

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