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Is Your Vape Harsh?
March 20th, 2018 2:00PM

If you’re experiencing an annoying cough whenever you take a pull off of your vape, there’s actually a number of reasons why this happens. Today we’re going to be talking about some tips and tricks to make your vaping experience much better.

First up we’re going to be talking about PG and VG ratio. PG being Propylene Glycol, and VG is Vegetable Glycerin. These are the 2 main ingredients in e-liquid and you can various e-liquids in different PG and VG ratios. We did dive a little deeper into this topic in a previous video. But essentially VG is what carries the vapour in e-juice while pg carries the flavour. 

With that being said, The higher the PG content; the harsher the throat hit is going to be. This is usually why we see most e-juices hit the market with a higher VG ratio. Studies have also shown about 10% of people are allergic to Propylene Glycol. If you are allergic to Propylene Glycol, that would definitely cause some harshness whenever you do take a vape. 

I would say the first step would be double checking the e-juice you are vaping right now, and seeing what the PG and VG ratio is. If it’s like a 50VG/50PG or a 60VG/40PG, try getting a new juice with a higher VG content, and see if that helps.

If your PG and VG content seem to check out, the next step to check is nicotine. The nicotine content is, in my personal opinion the main culprit when it does come to harshness. How nicotine affects your e-juice s the higher the nicotine count; the higher the throat hit. You’ll definitely notice a difference in throat hit between say, an e-juice with 3 milligrams and an e-juice with 12 milligrams. 

One thing that I did notice from my own experience is, my nicotine tolerance decreased over time. When I first started vaping, I started out with 18 milligrams of nicotine. And as time went on, I found that 18 milligrams became a bit too harsh, So I dropped down to a lower nicotine strength and that fixed the problem. Your body will naturally drop in terms of nicotine dependence.

If your VG/PG ratio checks out and your nicotine is all good. Lastly, I would say to check your wattage on your device. When setting your wattage, you’re essentially controlling how much power gets put into the coil. Surrounding your coil is cotton, and that cotton acts as a wick. As your coil heats up, it vaporizes the juice that gets absorbed from the cotton. If your wattage setting is too high for the coil to handle, your coil is going to essentially get way too hot and then just burn the cotton. Which would then cause a very unpleasant experience.

[Editor’s notes: Another cause of this could be the connection of the coil itself, sometimes checking your readings on your device (specifically the ohms usually displayed as Ω on your device). If it is reading more than or less than 0.20 Ω/ohms than the listed resistance on the coil itself. You may want to try tightening the coil or even replacing it.  Sometimes it can even be as easy as removing your tank from your device and attaching it again.]

Different coils can handle different wattages. Companies tend to print the recommended wattage range either right on the side of the coil or on the box. Make sure to check the recommended wattage range and try to stay in the middle of that. What I like to do is to sit right in the middle of the range. For example: If the pack says 80-100 watts, I will usually set my device to about 90 watts.

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