Mixologists and vaping experts alike have some very discerning taste buds, and we wanted to highlight some of the best e-juice flavors that have been seen over the course of 2018. Since the year is almost out, it's time to weigh in on what we think will win big by the end of the year. It's just our way of highlighting products that the site sells in an informational way.
So sit back, relax, and please don't start a civil war just yet, but these are our picks. By no means is this the end all be all compendium.
Obviously, this is a close race with every flavor we have ever offered to all the latest releases, we’re pretty sure these are the hottest vape juices right now. However, since the flavor quality is subjective to the individual, so don't send the hate mail, just recommend your favorite vape juice in the comments.
So, without further ado, let’s answer the question: What's the best vape juice for 2018?
Stranomenon Strawberry Hard Candy
First up is an all-around victorious vape. What is it already?
Stranomenon is an explosion of strawberry flavor! Just like those favorite hard candies in the red and green foil wrapper, but way better, and they haven't been hanging around in anyone's purse for an extended amount of time. These would have to be the kind with a super sweet center that adds a fun gush of tasty goodness. Super, sweet yet authentic with fruit flavor, these are a treat to behold. The Stranomenon Strawberry has earned a lot of accolades so maybe it's time to see what the hype is all about!
Keep in mind this is a 70% VG, so if you're interested in producing more vapor but the throat/lung hit that you experience is lessened, then this is a good go-to e-liquid.
Often we find that the big time cloud chasers are touting a bottle of this.
Another nice highlight of this medium ground vape liquid is that it doesn't go full VG max. 100% VG means that the juice is made purely of vegetable glycerin and/or water with flavoring and nicotine (in most cases). Another way to look at it is that 100% VG means that the juice, in theory, should be “propylene glycol free” which is often the other component that makes up e-juices.
This 70/30 balance gives a nice way to the cloud-heavy e-liquid but doesn't go full tilt on us. If you're searching for a middle ground in all things, as many of us should, then this is a good start for those still interested in blowing clouds.
ADV Cool Minute Melon
ADV stands for All-Day Vape. Thus, you might have an idea of the intent of this company. They want you to be satisfied with your vape juice all day long.
Since this is a flavor that's meant to be enjoyed for longer periods of time, you'll find that hits the sweet spot just right.
The ADV Cool Minute Melon is a delicious melon mixed with a cool icy touch that will keep on going throughout the day. Perhaps you're not interested in the constant influx of dessert-flavored vapes then you want something more mellow, but not a menthol flavor. Here's a great foray into tastes in-between.
Many vapers that we speak to feel like the dessert flavors can wear-out their welcome on the palate over time, so combine the two worlds of vape flavors, without going full steam ahead into the tobacco or menthol flavors is exactly what the people request.
Sasha by Juice Guys E-Liquid
A magical mixture of ripe strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries that are so delightfully juicy and slightly sour topped with smooth, sweet cream that adds a light layer of decadents to this fresh fruity treat. Authentic, high-quality flavors make this vape juice a smash hit! This is an 80 VG blend so stronger on the cloud density. It's got a red bottle with a red dropper to match the tone of the flavor, but the vape juice itself is actually not red at all.
Sasha by Juice Guys has got a nice inhale with the sweet cream emphasized. However, unlike the typical bittersweet cream that is either from the base or the fruit texture, this is a juice taste and thus means it's got a wet mouthfeel that is to be desired in an 80/20 blend. Though this is less of a throat hit vape, it still means that there are a lot of wonderful tastes coming through.
Instead of adding sweetener it seems like this product is based around delivering balanced fruits and a more natural sweetness.
Vape Storm Veruca
Vape Storm Veruca is a name that just rolls off the tongue. It gets stuck in your head and doesn't go away. But there's more than just a catchy title to this brand of e-liquid.
Vape Storm makes a little over ten juices in the line. This one, in particular, is a blueberry flavored e-liquid, and one can tell by taking a whiff from the bottle itself. Certainly, it is less of a candy smell and more focused on delivering an actual semblance of fruit. When one fires it up in a vape, the first thing you'll notice in this 80/20 is the dense vapor production.
For those chasing clouds, the Vape Storm Veruca vape is great, and for flavor production, this is also a winner. It's not going to impart an artificial flavor either. There's is a slight trace of sweetener, but nothing is oversaturated in this. Very balanced, and if you're not interested in a throat hit, then this is for you. Simply smooth.
Dead Presidents Jefferson E-Liquid
Fresh-baked muffin with a blueberry glaze, in a Gorilla bottle with a price point that is almost as good as the taste. This is more on the cereal side of the taste spectrum (we had to have just one right?) Some will say it's blended to perfection and find it not too dry, and not too wet.
Some hints of lemon might be predominant in the initial smell from the Dead Presidents Jefferson e-liquid. This is a 70/30 blend that owns the description fully.
The taste is a perfect match with cream and sweetness, but the citrus flavors mellow out the overall palette.
This makes our list of five essential e-liquids for 2018 complete. Please share your thoughts in the comments.
If you were wondering about the criteria for the list then let us dove into the immense categoricals for deciding on the best e-liquids.
What Makes A Good E-liquid for Vaping?
If you're visiting the vape shop you know those dark amber bottles full of golden delicious e-liquid. You know that they take the guesswork out of steeping and mixing your own e-liquid. The best flavors, all generously steeped, just for you and ready to vape as soon as you pop the seal. These pre-steeped vape flavors are at the top of the charts and deciding which one is best can be quite difficult, so before we dive into what the criteria for a choosing a vape liquid is, here's what you need to know about steeped e-liquid.
First off let's discuss the actual steeping process.
Steeping: Steeping is a process that takes longer in high VG juice because they’re thick. It can take longer if you’re steeping e-juices based on multi-flavor recipes. On the flipside, some high PG e-juices can be vaped right away without any steeping.
Thinning High-VG E-Juices: In case you have made e-juice using a ratio of VG, there might be an issue with wicking dense fluid with your coil. Pour in distilled water to your juice, so it thins out a little. This way, the cotton will be more absorbent to the fluid.
This is a constant battle with some of the sweeter e-liquid, so be on the watch for that aspect of those vape juices in particular. So know when to change the cotton in your vape.
Nicotine and Flavorings: Most flavor concentrates and nicotine come with a PG base. You need to make an important consideration about this when you are making an e-juice with high VG; if the juice has higher percentages of nicotine and flavor, the level of VG drops even more. You will also find nicotine, and flavorings in VG, but this is not yet commonly sold.
What Is The Right VG/PG Blend for You?
To summarize, here are the best things to look out for when choosing an e-liquid.
Choose a higher PG ratio for:
Higher throat hit
Choose a higher VG ratio for:
You might have to experiment with different combinations of the two to find your ideal VG/PG blend. Just remember that the ideal flavor, throat hit and vapor depend on many other factors such as the nid you're using, the quality of the e-juice, and voltage/wattage setting on said mod.
Responding to consumer concerns that two chemicals found in popular e-liquids – diacetyl and acetoin – can be harmful when vaporized and inhaled, vape juice manufacturers have started to remove these compounds from their e-juices.
In addition, DIY vape juice makers have also started to create organic vape juice, in the hopes that they can make a suitable, and safer alternative to mass-produced e-liquids. If you're concerned about the chemicals being imparted in the e-liquids you consume, make sure to ask questions, check out the bottle, and do your research.
PG and VG are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, odorless liquids that are mixed with nicotine and flavor additives to make e-juice or e-liquids for vaporizers. PG and VG have different consistencies, and each contributes a different taste to vape juices. PG and VG have different sensations in the mouth and throat, and the two are often combined.
The majority of e-liquids combine the two fluids, and their proportions can vastly differ. New vapers and those looking to try new vape juices need to know the correct ratio to get the ideal flavor, vapor thickness, and throat hit.
What is E-Liquid?
Sounds pretty basic, and maybe this is the wrong time to answer this question, but here are the basics that you should know:
eLiquid is the fluid that fuels the Electronic Cigarette. It is what provides the nicotine solution and the flavoring to your Electronic Cigarette. It creates the vapor in which you exhale that mimics the traditional smoke from analog cigarettes.
E-liquid uses base ingredients to create a smooth flavor. This base can consist of PG (Propylene Glycol), VG (Vegetable Glycerin) or both.
Most of our e-liquids have mixes containing 70% PG/VG 30% to 50% PG/VG 50%. PG and VG are combined with natural or artificial flavors such as vanilla or apple which creates unique and satisfying flavor profiles.
What different strengths does e-liquid come in?
E-liquids are offered in 5 different strengths:
None – 0mg Nicotine
"Extra Light" – 6mg Nicotine
"Light" – 12mg Nicotine
"Regular" – 18mg Nicotine
"High" – 24mg Nicotine
Can E-liquid Expire?
Now there is no official expiration of E-Liquid established as of now, but you are safe to base the life of E-Liquid off of the PG, VG, and Nicotine, which if stored correctly, you can expect to last for 1-2 years
What is PG or Propylene Glycol?
Propylene Glycol is used as a flavoring carrier in food products, as an ingredient in food coloring and also used as an additive in various medicines. A combined base of PG/VG blend is much more smooth then 100% PG base. Propylene Glycol is non-toxic.
That said, most e-liquids have expiration dates set for one to two years.
Here's why: Three important components of e-liquid – nicotine, PG, and VG – all have an established shelf life of about 2 years if stored in the correct conditions. However, when exposed to direct sunlight or extreme heat, these three components begin to break down sooner.
So be careful that you store your e-liquid in a proper place.
What is VG or Vegetable Glycerin?
Vegetable Glycerin is a sweet, thick, vegetable-based liquid. 100% VG base is very thick and hard to smoke effectively. A combined PG/VG blend is recommended. Vegetable Glycerin is non-toxic.
How Are PG and VG Different?
PG is less viscous than VG, so it provides a better throat hit but makes the vapor plumes comparatively less dense. VG has thicker vapor and tastes slightly sweeter than PG, though PG is considered more flavorful than VG. VG is often considered smoother than PG, and some vendors will provide 100% VG mixes for sub-ohm vaping.
Now propylene glycol is the most commonly used base for electronic cigarettes. It tends to be very thick, which can make it easy to have a mess on your hands. It will also drip much faster into the electronic cigarettes wick and atomizer, making you burn through your liquid fairly quickly.
The thinner liquid does mean that the e-cig is easier to clean though. It won’t make a mess of the coils or the inside of the tank as much as the vegetable glycerin, so it makes cleaning a little faster and easier for you.
Propylene is also considered a humectant, which means it keeps things moist. That’s a good thing when it comes to the kind of hit it can deliver. It offers a strong, pleasing hit to the back of your throat, much like tobacco does. The propylene on its own offers no taste, so it won’t interfere with the flavors of your liquid.
The one thing you have to watch out for with Propylene is that some people can have an allergic reaction. If you have a reaction in your throat from using it, you should stop and switch over to vegetable glycerin right away.
The vegetable glycerin based e-liquids are a little thicker and little sweeter.
There is a distinctive taste to it that, while slight, will affect the flavoring a little bit. The thickness of it means that it is prone to stick to the sides of the tank and the coil, making it a bit of a pain to clean up. You can use alcohol-dipped swabs get a proper cleaning, so it's a good idea to keep that with your vape kit.
Vegetable glycerin seems to be easier for most people, with very limited instances of allergic reactions being reported. But some people have reported getting a phlegm buildup after using the vegetable base for an extended period of time.
The thicker liquid makes for thicker plumes of smoke, which many people find more pleasant. But this doesn’t make for a more pleasing throat hit, and the thickness of the liquid detracts from the sensations most vapers are looking for.
Which One Is Better?
The choice of which one of these to use is really up to personal preference. Most people tend to go for the propylene, which may be why manufacturers have opted to include it as the standard in most e-liquid selections.
Because vegetable glycerin distorts the flavor, propylene offers a truer experience. The only real advantage the vegetable glycerin has over its counterpart is its thicker plumes. Many vapers love the sensation the thick plumes of smoke provide, and they may miss not getting that experience from the propylene.
If you want to forget about the difficulties of choosing between PG and VG, simply choose from the ready-made best recipes.
PG is an ingredient often present in asthma inhalers, pet food, oral or topical medical products, and even beauty products. VG has been used as a sweetener and can be present in beauty products like makeup, mousse, bubble bath, deodorant, and aftershave. It is also found in pet food, hand cream, pills, and toothpaste.
The side effects that people commonly experience from overuse are dry mouth, increased thirst, and sore throat. Drink plenty of water or stop vaping for a while if needed. Check out our guide for more information on the side effects of chain vaping.
What is Steeping?
Steeping is the natural oxidation process that occurs over time that allows e-liquid to reach its full flavor. Typically, this can be achieved just by playing the waiting game.
It's like aging a fine wine but takes a significantly shorter period of time. The longer you wait to vape your e-juice, the more the flavor develops. This can take anywhere from a couple days (the time spent in the mail) to a couple months, depending on the flavor.
A good rule of thumb is the lighter the flavor, the shorter the steep time. A hearty tobacco e-liquid may take longer to steep than a light and fruit-flavored e-juice. Tobacco flavors reach their full potential around the 1 to 2-month mark and get better with age.
Due to the steeping process, it is recommended that you shake your e-juice upon receiving it in the mail (this helps with steeping as well), then sample the flavor. This way you can gauge your level of satisfaction immediately, and you can decide if the flavor is perfect as is, or if it needs more time to develop.
If you feel your flavor requires steeping time, then it's recommended that you tuck your e-liquid away in a dark cabinet for a few days and try it again later (remember to shake before every use, as flavors can separate). If you shake your e-liquid every couple days, open the cap and squeeze out any air to allow fresh air into the bottle, then recap the bottle, you will help accelerate the steeping process.
Can You Steep Your Own E-liquid?
Home steeping your own e-liquid can be a challenge. When you DIY your own liquids, you open up an entirely new world of vaping though. You can create your own flavors or try and replicate your favorites.
Does eJuice Damage Plastic Tanks?
Some juice flavors, commonly known as 'tank crackers', contain elements that can cause damage to certain plastic tanks. Although there are several different kinds of plastics used to make tanks, we recommend erring on the side of caution, even though some plastics will not crack.
Damage to plastic tanks can range from etching the inside of the tank to causing it to crack completely in half.
Common juice flavors that may cause this:
Juices that contain lemon flavoring
Juices that contain orange flavoring
Juices that contain a high volume of citric acid (commonly found in lemon, orange, and the like)
Juices that contain anise (black licorice flavor)
Juices that contain cinnamon
Be one the lookout for these kinds of ingredients and flavors. However, this is sort of a problem of old, most of these flavors have been done with other flavorings now.
What is Diacetyl?
Diacetyl is an organic compound that appears either yellow or green in liquid with an intensely buttery flavor.
Diacetyl is also a chemical that was found to be a prominent volatile constituent in butter flavoring and air at the microwave popcorn plant initially investigated by NIOSH. Quite a few of the workers became sick with bronchiolitis and that is why some call it Popcorn Lung. As a result of the workers becoming very ill, the major popcorn manufacturers have removed Diacetyl from their products.
The knowledge on Diacetyl and Popcorn Lung become important in vaping because there could be Diacetyl in some flavoring used to make e-liquids. Most e-liquid companies will send their e-liquid to be tested for Diacetyl, and you should be aware of such testing to better protect yourself.
Of course, one should always use caution when vaping a new e-liquid and never vape too much in one sitting. if you’re starting vaping with a more powerful device and a high-vapor tank, you’ll want to adjust your starting nicotine level appropriately too.
As always, if you’re uncertain, don’t hesitate to contact your local vape shop where properly trained customer service experts can consult with you regarding the device you’re using and the nicotine level you might want to start with. If you're looking for more information on vaping to make a better-informed purchasing decision then check out the rest of our blog for more information on subjects like this.