| Andy Staples
How to get more flavour from your vape
In our last blog, we discussed some of our top advice for maximising vapour production when you vape. However, many people are more interested in maximising the flavour.
Sometimes cloud-chasers may find that they lose flavour from their e-liquids due to the increased power that’s required to create these huge vape clouds. If you are more of a flavour-chaser and would like to get the most taste from your fruit, dessert, and tobacco e-liquid blends, then this article is for you!
Let’s discuss the ways in which you can maximise flavour to really get the most out of your vape experience.
Choosing the right vape device
Choosing a vape tank and coil that will boost flavour is one of the first fundamental steps. Sub-ohm tanks and coils are great for both vapour and flavour production.
Sub-ohm simply means that the coil has a resistance of below 1.0 ohms - it’s this lower resistance which helps to boost the vapour and flavour from your e-liquid.
In addition to this, mesh coils are an excellent choice. Mesh coils are designed to maximise the surface area of the coil meaning that the e-liquid comes into contact with more surface and can therefore be heated more quickly. This quicker vapourisation leads to more vapour production and more flavour.
You will also want to choose a device that’s designed for MTL (mouth-to-lung) vaping. These tend to use smaller bore coils which essentially means there is reduced airflow into the coil. This reduced airflow helps to maximise flavour (although it will decrease vapour production). We will discuss how airflow affects flavour production in more detail below.
Choosing the right e-cigarette settings
Adjusting your vape settings is probably the easiest way to maximise flavour. The best way to do this is to start with a lower power setting and gradually increase this until you find the maximum flavour delivery. This is because the ideal wattage may vary between different e-liquids.
With cloud-chasing, you will want to use a high wattage in order to create the biggest vape clouds. However, when it comes to flavour production it’s quite different. Keeping the coil cooler is better because it will avoid burning out the e-liquid and diminishing that flavour. Hence, high power is not always the best.
In addition to the power settings, you can also adjust the airflow on many e-cigarettes. You want to keep the airflow as tight as you can in order to maximise flavour. Once again, this is the opposite of cloud-chasing which is achieved using maximised airflow.
If you close the airflow off, it makes the vapour denser and warmer which allows it to carry more flavour. However, this can minimise the amount of vapour production and create a stronger vape hit which may not suit some people’s preferences. Again, you should start with the lowest airflow and slowly increase this (if you feel you need to) until you find your own preferred setting.
Choosing the right e-liquid
All e-liquids contain VG (vegetable glycerin) and PG (propylene glycol). You’ll find that different e-juices contain different ratios of these 2 ingredients which will cause the liquid to behave differently.
Cloud-chasers tend to choose e-liquids with a higher VG - this causes the juice to be thicker, creating more vapour and thicker clouds.
When it comes to flavour-chasing, it’s slightly more complex. A higher PG can mean that more flavour is carried through because, typically, VG accounts for clouds and PG accounts for flavour. However, high VG can also create more flavour in some cases. This is because when more e-liquid is vapourised then so too is the flavour.
The best way to get your VG/PG ratio right is to consider the device you’re using. For sub-ohm tanks, you’ll want to choose an e-liquid with a ratio of 70/30, such as Bad Habits or Fruitheadz. This is a good VG/PG mix that will provide the best flavour and vapour production in a more powerful tank.
For less powerful devices such as pod systems or vape pens, you’ll want to pick an e-liquid with a 50/50 VG/PG ratio, such as Simple Essentials or Solt. This is because when your device has less power, you need more PG in order to thin out the e-juice and allow the flavour to properly come through.
How to maximise flavour
In addition to the points above regarding your device and your e-liquids, there are some more general tips that you should consider when aiming to maximise flavour.
First of all, you want to avoid ‘vaper’s tongue’! This is what happens when you vape the same flavour too much and begin to become ‘immune’ to it. You should try using different flavours every couple of days in order to mix things up and avoid your favourite flavours becoming too mundane.
Secondly, you need to look after your e-liquids properly to avoid the flavours diminishing. Store your juices properly in a cool, dry, dark place and shake them up before use. Plus, don’t use your e-liquid past it’s best before date (obviously).
You also need to ensure you’re changing your coil regularly. A burnt-out coil will completely ruin the flavour from your vape, so make sure you avoid this.
Lastly, you may want to clean out your tank every so often, especially if you are switching up the flavour in your device. This will help to remove the residue from old e-liquids and allow the flavour from your current juice to come through properly.