E-juice is a necessary component of vaping but not all blends are created equal. Some blends burn smooth and taste fabulous while others just mess up your coils and create a greasy mess. Successful vaping has everything coming together perfectly, but if you have the wrong type of e-juice not only does your vape start to taste bad but it can actually do damage to your vape pen and drip tip. Let’s look at the different types of e-juice and find out if your e-juice is damaging your vape.
How Thick is the e-Juice?
There will be some of the e-juices out there that will leave gunk all over your coils. That can happen for a couple of reasons, the flavor, the amount of vegetable glycerine in the mixture and how it is made. When it comes to flavors there are a plethora of different ingredients that are used some of them leave behind a lot of residue. Here is a look at the residue and how you can clean it.
Perhaps the biggest culprit in messing up your coils isn’t the flavoring but it is the ratio of propylene glycol to vegetable glycerin. Vegetable glycerin is much thicker so it tends to leave behind more residue on the coils. You can get e-juice with ratios of 30:70 or 50:50 but that is going to depend on the type of e-juice you prefer. Having a higher concentration of vegetable glycerin is what give vapers that big puff of smoke many of them like. On the other hand, having more propylene glycol gives better flavors. If the flavor is what you’re after then you may not have to clean the coils nearly as often. It really is personal preference.
The type of vape you’re using is going to make a difference too. The tank where your e-juice is stored can make a difference if you have a bigger tank you are probably not seeing many issues at all. Plastic tanks can get cracked and that can cause you a bunch of problems, but if you invest in a glass or stainless steel you won’t have those kinds of issues. Some tanks are far easier to clean than others and that makes a world of difference.
If you’re unsure about the type of e-juice you are using or if it is your vape pen then your best bet is to talk to the sales staff at your local smoke shop. They are going to be the most knowledgeable about the products they carry and if there are any issues.
When you initially switch from cigarettes to using a vape pen there is going to be a period of adjustment. The numbers of people who have switched are about 4 million so it has become a popular alternative to cigarette smoking. That being said vaping is not completely without side effects, there are a few of them but you can manage them and in most cases it is how you are using your vape that you will need to adjust. One of the most common side effects is the “vape headache”. Getting rid of the vape headache is fairly easy, let’s look at how.
Too Much Nicotine
As was said, vaping is not without side effects and the most common being a headache. However, this is usually remedied pretty easily and your vape is still far less dangerous than smoking cigarettes. More often than not the cause of the headache is that you are getting too much nicotine. As you start out vaping start with a lower level of nicotine and then work your way up, most try and do it the other way around. Almost everyone who gets the vape headache gets rid of it when they adjust the nicotine levels. Though it is extremely rare nicotine poisoning can happen, you need to understand that it is a possibility albeit a very remote one.
Change Your e-Liquid
Another possible source for your headache is the propylene glycol that is used in many e-liquids. Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound and it can dehydrate you, dehydration is a common cause of headaches. There are two solutions to this, the first of course being to drink more water. If that doesn’t help then you can try using e-liquids that are made from vegetable glycerin instead, that may help to get rid of the headaches altogether.
If all of that doesn’t work and you have adjusted the nicotine levels and switched to an e-liquid that is made with vegetable glycerin and the headaches are still happening it may actually be how you’re using the vape. The amount you’re using the vape in a session. This happens to people who only get short breaks at work and go outside and grab as many puffs as you can. You can end up getting too much nicotine and giving yourself a headache. Ease up on how much you use your vape at once and that should help.
For many smokers switching to a vape can be life changing, but there are side effects. Be wary of them and use your vape cautiously until you are comfortable with it.