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Those Same VG/PG Ratios Can Be Quite Different

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Those Same VG/PG Ratios Can Be Quite Different

If you’ve just gotten into salt nic e-liquid, you’re probably wondering about the role that the VG/PG ratio plays in terms of your overall vaping experience. Those who have been using sub-ohm systems for a while are used to the fact that the ratio has an enormous effect on everything from cloud production to the intensity of an e-liquid’s flavor. When it comes to vaping a salt nic e-liquid using a pod system, things are quite different.

Salt nic vape juices have slightly different formulas that affect the way in which the liquid is turned into vapor. Plus, they’re used with pod systems, meaning that the size of the clouds, the throat hit, and other aspects of vaping are largely affected by the device itself.

Before you start getting nit-picky about the ratio of your nic salt juice, allow us to explain exactly how the ratio affects your pod-based vaping experience. You may be surprised.  

Up until recently, vapers could only purchase e-liquids that contained freebase nicotine.  This type of nicotine is chemically altered in order to be more potent. However, it wasn’t created for systems that reach high wattage levels. As a result, those who wanted to take in a good amount of nicotine experienced throat irritation when using powerful devices.

Now, thanks to salt-based nicotine, vapers can enjoy a potent nicotine hit without burning their throat. This type of nicotine has revolutionized the vaping industry by providing intense satisfaction to those who crave that buzz.

Because salt nic e-liquids must be used with pod systems, they must contain a fairly strict ratio of ingredients. While freebase nic e-liquids tend to come in a wide variety of VG/PG ratios, salt nic e-liquids are typically only available in 50/50 ratios with the occasional exception.

So, how does the same ratio differ?

Throat Hit

Many people who vape a high PG freebased e-liquid do so because they enjoy the strong throat hit that comes with more propylene glycol (PG). When you’re vaping a salt nic e-liquid, you’re going to get a stronger throat hit no matter what due to the nature of nicotine salts. Therefore, you don’t necessarily need to go for a PG level that’s above 50 percent.

Flavor

Another advantage is a more pronounced flavor. However, salt nic e-juices are only compatible with mouth-to-lung (MTL) pod systems. These pod devices have set output levels and coil resistance levels that already promote a stronger, richer flavor.

Cloud Production

Because of the nature of nicotine salt e-liquids and pod systems in general, your cloud-chasing abilities are a bit limited. Therefore, even if you were to vape a nic salt juice with a very high VG level, you wouldn’t get the same clouds that you get with a big sub-ohm device. Plus, nic salt liquid requires a certain PG level in order to vape properly, meaning that a high VG nic salt juices would probably not deliver a satisfying vape.

See Which One Works for You

It’s safe to say that the ratio is less important when it comes to vaping a salt nic e-liquid with a pod system. However, you should still feel free to experiment if you believe that playing around with the ratio will allow you to find your unique sweet spot.


Top 3 2019 Winter E-Liquids from Highbrow Vapor

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Top 3 2019 Winter E-Liquids from Highbrow Vapor

Now that we’re deep into the cold winter season, many of us are yearning for seasonal pick-me-ups that remind us of our favorite wintertime treats.  Thanks to Highbrow Vapor, you can indulge in yummy winter-inspired e-juices that warm the spirit and elate the taste buds.

These flavors are guaranteed to keep you satisfied all winter long:

Winter E-Liquid Flavor #3: Clove

Consists of smooth, rich tobacco that’s been infused with warm and aromatic cloves. Each puff has a warming effect on the tongue thanks to the intensity of the spicy notes.  The tobacco is so velvety as it drifts across the tongue that you’ll find yourself salivating. At first, you’ll notice the warmth and richness of the tobacco that reminds you of an expensive cigar. The tobacco becomes sweeter and smokier as the glorious clove flavor starts to emerge. As you exhale, you’ll enjoy the smoothness of the flavor while the clove leaves you feeling invigorated.

Winter E-Liquid Flavor #2: Cappuccino Diablo

On a chilly winter morning, there’s nothing like a warm cappuccino. This is a flawless tribute to this iconic beverage, consisting of warm, nutty espresso, frothy, rich milk and the perfect amount of sweet sugar. Each puff of this flavor satisfies you on the darkest winter days. As soon as you inhale, you’ll notice the smooth espresso that’s extremely fragrant. The warmth of the espresso helps you forget that it’s cold outside. Then, a stream of creamy milk floods the tongue. The milk has a frothy consistency that satisfies like crazy. With each exhale, a sprinkle of sugar lands on the sweet tooth.

Winter E-Liquid Flavor #1: Buttered Rum And-Then-Some

No flavor is better suited for this time of year than this juice. This mouth-watering wintertime beverage consists of warm buttered rum that’s steeped with smooth vanilla, rich hazelnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Its creaminess seduces your tongue right away. Slowly, the vanilla and hazelnut flavors appear on the palate. When you exhale, the nutmeg and cinnamon add warmth to the flavor profile.

Take Care of Those Wintertime Cravings at Highbrow Vapor

Each of these three winter-inspired vape flavors hits the spot on the coldest and darkest winter days. Thanks to the scrumptious seasonal flavors from Highbrow Vapor, you can satisfy your wintertime cravings without any of the calories.


Braving the Winter Vaping Outdoors

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Braving the Winter Vaping Outdoors

If you haven’t noticed, we have entered the coldest stage of the winter season. For those who vape outdoors, it can be a bit tedious to bundle up just to get in a few satisfying hits. Believe it or not, the winter season affects your vape sessions beyond your level of comfort. In fact, cold weather can alter everything from the thickness of your fog to how well your batteries function.

However, just because it is cold out doesn’t mean that you have to run to the vape shop and invest in a whole new setup. There are a few very easy tips that you can take in order to get the most out of your wintertime vaping sessions.

Tip #1: Switch Up the VG/PG Ratio of Your E-Liquid

E-Liquid is composed of lots of different molecules that come from its various ingredients. Many flavoring ingredients consist of molecules that freeze when exposed to cold air. However, because vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are compounds that are derived from alcohol, they’ll stop your juice from freezing into a solid mass.

However, because of those flavor molecules, your liquid will change in consistency.  Cold weather makes juice thicker, meaning that your vapor will be thicker. For those all about those massive, fluffy clouds, this might be good news. However, if you’re more into that strong throat hit, you’re probably going to want to increase your PG level in order to compensate for the cold.

Tip #2. Don’t Leave Your Vaping Hardware Outdoors

If you’re the type of vaper who leaves their device and/or hardware pieces outdoors or even in the car, you’re gonna want to be a little more careful during the winter season. When your mod is left outside on a cold day, its technological components can freeze, meaning that your unit just won’t work as well. Cold weather can damage your display screen as well as the internal mechanisms that keep it running smoothly.

This applies to your vape batteries as well. Batteries should never get cold because this can cause them to greatly decrease in capacity. When the weather is cold, a battery’s electrons move more slowly, meaning that the battery must try harder to power your device. This drains your batteries quickly and can permanently lower their capacity level.

If you can, store your hardware in a warm place indoors. While it doesn’t need to kept somewhere hot, make sure that it’s a place far away from any particularly drafty areas.

Tip #3: Treat Yourself to Seasonal Flavors to Get into the Winter Spirit

One of the best things about wintertime vaping is being able to indulge in winter-inspired e-liquid flavors. During the wintertime, we tend to crave richer desserts that keep us feeling warm during the cold months. If you want to watch your weight, you can satisfy your cravings with indulgent Highbrow juices that are inspired by the desserts that are abundant during this time of year.

Don’t Be Left in the Vaping Cold

By following these tricks, those freezing temperatures don’t have to ruin your experience.  You’ll be able to enjoy those smooth, flavorful hits no matter what’s going on with the weather.


Top 3 Morning-Type Flavors from Highbrow Vapor

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Top 3 Morning-Type Flavors from Highbrow Vapor

There's nothing like that first hit of smooth, luscious vapor in the morning. If you want to take your morning vape game to the next level, check out these three exquisite e-juice flavors from Highbrow Vapor. Each of these flavors captures an indulgence that we crave when it is time for breakfast. 

 

#3. Cappuccino Diablo

This is one of those e-liquids that instantly puts a smile on your face. This flavor consists of rich, robust espresso, smooth, creamy milk and the perfect dose of sugary sweetness. Invigorating, satisfying and decadent, this juice is the ultimate treat for morning. On the inhale, that espresso splashes on your tongue, stimulating your senses with that earthy, robust taste. The espresso becomes richer as it soaks into your palate. Then, the sweetness comes through. As you exhale, the frothy milk leaves your taste buds drenched. 

#2. Belgian Waffle

A deeply satisfying take on everyone's favorite breakfast treat. This Belgian waffle is cooked to perfection, boasting a crispy outside and a fluffy inside. It's topped with a blend of cinnamon, maple syrup and creamy butter. Each inhale delights you with that glorious waffle taste. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar rush across the tongue. As you exhale, the maple syrup lands on your sweet tooth while the butter adds mouth-watering richness. 

#1. Coffee - Dark Roast

An outstandingly authentic-tasting coffee flavor that's smooth, rich, nutty and earthy. Each puff is just like sipping on high-quality coffee first thing in the morning. A hint of sweetness rounds out the flavor profile and makes your sweet tooth sing. When you inhale, the smoothness of this coffee flavor is apparent right away. The robust nature of the dark roast entrances your taste buds as the earthiness and nuttiness waft across the palate. Each exhale delights you with a sprinkle of sugar.


How Can Some E-Liquids Damage Your Vape Tank?

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How Can Some E-Liquids Damage Your Vape Tank?

If you're a vaper, you know that few things can ruin a vape session like a damaged tank. Those of us who are especially clumsy tend to take great care to protect our tank from cracks and chips caused by dropping it. However, you may be surprised to learn that the vape juice that you select can also damage your tank. 

There are a few reasons why a tank can become damaged by a specific e-liquid. We're going to discuss a few main reasons why this may happen while giving you advice so that you never have to worry about a damaged tank. 

 

Plastic Tanks vs. Pyrex Tanks

 

Vape tanks are made of either polycarbonate plastic or Pyrex glass. Vapers who are on a budget tend to go with the former. Polycarbonate plastic is a popular material because, besides being affordable, it's resistant to high heat levels. It's also durable, capable of surviving plenty of drops without cracking. 

However, vapers have found that plastic tanks can become damaged by certain juice ingredients. Most notably, citric acid has been found to change the molecular structure of polycarbonate plastic, causing a tank to crack or melt. Citric acid is found in citrus fruits, providing them with that tart and zesty taste that we know and love. If you use a plastic tank, it's wise to skip the citrus flavors. 

 

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Propylene Glycol (PG)


For vapers who enjoy chasing clouds, it's likely that you purchase e-juices that have a high VG content. Vegetable glycerin is a very dense, viscous material that promotes thick, fluffy vapor. These days, most vapers prefer vape juices with this higher content. 

If you vape juices with a high VG content, one issue that you may find is that your tank becomes gunked up quickly. This is because VG turns into a sticky, sugary substance when it's heated to a high temperature. To prevent this gunk from damaging your tank, make it a point to clean your tank thoroughly at least once each week. 

Flavoring Ingredients

 

There's a reason why so many vapers are willing to spend a good deal of money on high-quality e-liquids made by respected vape juice brands. Low-quality juices often contain cheap filler ingredients that damage a tank over time. There are several different cheap flavoring ingredients that can gunk up your tank, stain your glass and destroy any internal mechanisms. That's why it's worth it to go with quality juices such as ours. 

 

How to Avoid Damaging Your Tank


To prevent your tank from becoming damaged by an e-liquid, there are some easy steps that you can take.

 

  • For one thing, never settle for low-quality e-juices.
  • It’s wise to invest in a tank that's made from Pyrex glass rather than plastic. 
  • Make sure that you clean your vape tank regularly. Some vapers go so far as to wash their tank each time they're about to refill it with vape juice. Many agree that hot, soapy water or rubbing alcohol can clean a tank adequately. 

 

Keep Your Vape Tanks in Prime Condition

By following this guide, you'll keep your tank safe from damage caused by using certain e-liquid products.

 


Top 3 2018 Holiday E-Liquids from Highbrow Vapor

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Top 3 2018 Holiday E-Liquids from Highbrow Vapor

During the holidays, our palates are beyond tempted by the magical flavors of the season. Between rich, creamy eggnog, decadent pies and fancy cocktails, it can be hard to resist indulging a bit too much. Fortunately, Highbrow Vapor has some stunning e-liquids that truly capture the tastes that we crave during this festive time of year. If you want to satisfy those holiday cravings without the calories, this list is for you. 

2018 Holiday Flavor E-Liquid #3: Chai Tea

That magical symphony of warm spices that evoke memories of the holidays. This earthy black tea is satisfyingly pungent, infused with smooth vanilla, aromatic cardamom, warm cinnamon and spicy nutmeg. The creamy aftertaste will have you thinking that you've just sipped on some delicious eggnog. On the inhale, the smoothness of that robust black tea intoxicates you and lifts your spirits. Then, the rush of vanilla makes you feel like you're indulging in something special. One by one, the spices tickle the tongue and invigorate you beyond words. With every exhale, sweet, rich and creamy notes leave you feeling absolutely heavenly. 

2018 Holiday Flavor E-Liquid #2: Dark Chocolate Mint

Truly captures the flavors of the season with its blend of rich dark chocolate and icy creme de menthe. A hint of vanilla cream rounds out the flavor profile and makes it richer, warming your soul during the cold days of winter. This vape juice tastes just like a cocktail that you'd enjoy at a festive holiday party. Smooth, rich and creamy dark chocolate smothers your taste buds as soon as you inhale. The sweetness intensifies as the warm vanilla drifts across the palate. When you exhale, that minty taste soothes you as the chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue. 

2018 Holiday Flavor #1: Buttered Rum And-Then-Some

It really doesn't get more seasonal than this by taking rich buttered rum and blending it with buttery hazelnuts, smooth vanilla bean, cinnamon and nutmeg. Every puff of this dreamy vape will make you feel like you're sitting by the fire on a cold winter evening. Each inhale douses your tongue in that complex buttered rum taste that makes your mouth water. Then, the vanilla and hazelnut flavors add decadence. The spicy exhale soothes your heart. 

Indulge to Your Heart's Content This Holiday Season!

By grabbing these holiday-inspired e-juices from Highbrow Vapor, you'll be able to join in the holiday festivities without worrying about your waistline


Top 3 Creamy Flavors from Highbrow Vapor

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Top 3 Creamy Flavors from Highbrow Vapor

There's nothing like treating yourself to a rich and creamy vape juice flavor when you're in need of a pick-me-up. At Highbrow Vapor, you'll find a variety of delectable e-liquids that are dripping with silky, rich cream. Below, you'll discover the three best creamy vape juice flavors that Highbrow Vapor has to offer. 

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