PG and VG – Vaping Benefits and Side Effects Infographic

Last updated on February 10th, 2022

Have you been confused about how the two base ingredients in e-cigarette e-liquids – Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) affect your vaping experience?

You’re not alone! This handy infographic shows the pros and cons of each. 

PG or VG which gives you the best vape?

How Do You Determine the Best PG /VG Ratio for Your Optimum Vaping Experience?

Why You Might Choose a Higher PG Content – 

  • You vape an ultra-portable, refillable Pod Vape. Some devices recommend a 50/50 or higher PG e-liquids.
  • Your vaporizer uses a higher resistance coil, (over 1.8 ohms). 

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  • You prefer a more intense flavor over massive cloud production.
  • You like a stronger “throat hit” without having to up your nicotine level. 
  • You don’t like changing your coils too often. (higher VG eliquid shortens the life of your atomizer coil).
  • You don’t have a negative reaction to PG which can sometimes cause dry mouth, throat irritation or rash (which is rare).

Why You Might Choose a Higher VG Content – 

  • You prefer using a low resistance, or sub-ohm coil with an advanced vaporizer.
  • You find PG eliquids irritate your throat or dry out your mouth.
  • PG gives you an allergic reaction.
  • You want greater cloud production and a cooler vape without having to use a more complicated adjustable wattage vaporizer.
  • You don’t mind the thickness of the e-liquid or having to replace your coils more often.

Most e-liquids are still formulated with a 50/50 PV to VG ratio. This was the preferred vaping standard before low and sub-ohm vaping became popular.

Today, You Can Buy Custom Levels of PG and VG in you E-Liquid

The best vape companies keep up with industry trends and customer requests including ingredient preferences. You’ll find that most e-juice companies only offer up to 80% VG. But a few do offer 100% Vegetable Glycerin e-liquids.

Vaporfi is in my opinion the best place to shop for e-liquids. They not only offer over 30,000 delicious flavor combinations to suite your taste, you can choose from several PG to VG blends, including 50/50, 70/30 and Mac VG for subohm vaping. 

KIND Juice is a great, totally organic e-juice company that offers 100% VG e-liquids. They’re priced higher than other companies, but if you’re sensitive to PG, there’s none of it in any of their flavors.

Check out our Review of Kind Juice.

The ecig industry is evolving, not only with new innovative hardware, but with greater selections of e-liquid flavors, nicotine levels and now custom PG to VG ratios. 



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    • TINA M ROSS on March 4, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    I’m very new to vaping and I’ve read all this stuff and I’m still confused. I have the smok nflix, so is vg or pg better with this model? Also I was told to fill pod but never told to wait and now it tastes yukky, burnt does this mean I’ve ruined the device now or just change pod? Please help

    1. Hi Tina,

      Thanks for your comment about the SMOK Nfix! A high VG e-liquid works best with the NFIX. You can find high VG e-liquids at Vaporfi. These e-liquids are 70% VG and 30% PG.

      Our NFIX post does state that you can use regular 50/50 e-liquids or nicotine salts; however, you’ll get less vapor production than a high VG eliquid.

      The post also says that you need to wait 2-3 minutes to allow the e-liquid to fully saturate the coil’s cotton. If you don’t wait, you’ll get a nasty burnt taste and ruin the coil (along with the pod).

    • Kairi Gainsborough on May 17, 2018 at 12:16 am
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    I didn’t know that a high VG e-liquid would be more viscous than one with a high PG. Thank for explaining why this would be good if you have a coil with a low resistance. I will have to check the coils that I have to see what type of e-liquid I should order. I’m new to vaping, so this is really helpful to know before ordering!

    1. I Kairi,

      Yes VG e-liquids are more viscous (thicker) than 50/50 blends and they are necessary if you use a sub ohm atomizer. You can read more about it here. Thanks for the visit.

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