VG vs PG Breakdown

Published on January 22nd, 2014 | by Rich

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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.

Sinful Smores, White Gold, and Bango Smoothie. These are just some of the popular e liquids over at VaporFi , a popular and cheap e juice craft company.

Similarly, Halocigs also offers a wide selection from all kinds of categories. And it’s great!

These are just a few of the thousands of flavors that we get to choose from when shopping for our next bottle of e juice. 

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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.

For example, both VaporFi and Halo offer premium lines of quality juice, but don’t offer many options to adjust the PG and VG ratio. 

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.

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!

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 both Mt Baker Vapor & VaporFi  (more coupon codes!) custom e juice blends.

They take PG/VG ratio to another level! Check out why their custom blends &  will be your new favorites.

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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!



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

  1. dold says:

    but what are the dangers?

  2. Joshua Fox says:

    I use 20/80 PG/VG and it has a decent amount of smoke vapor and I’m able to trick with it. It does have a little bit of taste, not a lot, but enough to know the flavor you’re vaping on. It’s a good combo if you’re looking to trick and still taste some flavor.

    I’m using the herakles sub ohm sense tank on the sigelei 75w temp. controled mod.
    Produces massive clouds with this combo.

  3. Ytsejam85 says:

    I really like the 70vg/30pg mix. I used to smoke heavily, and that mix with the right flavor nearly duplicates my previous smoking experience.

  4. Dave says:

    Great info for a newbie in the UK. I’ve gone from 60 cigs a day to none and loving it. I’m on 50/50 mix at the moment with 6mg but hoping to go to the 3mg soon. Its a bit limited here in the uk for e-liquids and mixes but I’m still looking around so I’ll say a big thank you for this info.

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