I, am a flavor chaser, That’s right, I admit it. Not after big clouds, not after high wattage, not after a “hot vape”. I want nothing but pure flavor. For many years I was a high end pipe smoker. For those of you that smoked cigarettes you may, or may not, understand flavor subtlety. For those of you that smoked cigars and good pipe tobacco, you will. Even when I smoked cigarettes I recognized intense flavor from some brands of cigarettes. I chased after a good Virginia tobacco flavor for years. Sweet, a bit smoky but most certainly good flavor.

Fast forward quite a few years to my beginnings in vaping and it was all about just getting the nicotine, the throat hit and, well, I lied, it had to at least have decent flavor. I started with cig-a-likes (you know, the little small batteries that look like analog cigarettes and have small cartridges on the end that looked like filters pre-filled with juice). Researched a bit, ordered different flavors and nicotine strengths and found the only way to increase the flavor was to increase the nicotine component (by the way, increasing the nicotine does still increase flavor a bit). I still was not satisfied. At about the same time, the industry started coming out with new hardware and new tanks. Nothing like we have now but at least the batteries were a bit bigger and, oh my… in some you could actually twist a ring at the bottom of the battery and increase the voltage! This, I thought, was the shizmit! In addition new tanks with different wicking materials, new atomizer designs and the like started appearing. I was at a vape shop weekly buying new stuff just to get more flavor out of the e-liquids I vaped. On and on this continued until I needed a storage box for all the new stuff I was buying and testing. All this just to get better flavor…

So, do juices make a difference? Sure they do, however, my favorite juice may not be yours and vice versus. The key is, vape what you like. Try different flavors until you settle on one, two or three that give you the flavor profile satisfaction that you prefer. Notice that I said, flavor profile, not flavor. Flavor profile is what I describe as which component flavors make up the juice taste. Could be tobacco, cereals, fruits, creams, etc. etc. Heck, it could be a combination thereof. As info, my favorite juice for the past 3 years has been an SXR blend called “Trifecta”. It is a wonderful concoction of tobacco, chocolate, almond and a touch of vanilla. I vape it in a 60/40 VG/PG mix at 6mg of nicotine. Depending on which tank I use and what wattage I vape it at I can vary the pronouncement of the tobacco, chocolate, almond and vanilla. Cool huh!?

OK, on to another component of flavor chasing… the mix of VG/PG. The VG component is¬†Vegetable Glycerin and adds a bit of sweetness as well as creates the clouds of vapor that you produce when vaping. PG is¬†Propylene Glycol and produces the throat hit as well as being the major carrier for the flavor in your vape. I’m not going into exactly what VG and PG are in this article. There are many more individuals on the internet that explain it much better than I. What I will say is that the mix of VG/PG as a ratio strongly contributes to juice flavor and flavor chasing. My VG/PG mix at 60/40 is very satisfying. Originally my mix was 50/50 VG/PG but the manufacturer changed the mix to better balance the quality levels of the juice. 60/40 is not that much different from 50/50 (to my taste buds anyway) but a 70/30 VG/PG tastes way different. Always, always check the VG/PG or PG/VG ratio of your juice. They vary in amazing ways and most juice manufacturers adjust the VG/PG mix to better bring out either the flavor production or vapor production of their juice based on what they are trying to accomplish. As a general rule of thumb, most flavor targeted juice will have a VG percentage in the 20-50% range while vapor production targeted juices VG percentage will be in the 70-90% range.

So far we have discussed two major items in the juice itself that can increase the flavor, nicotine level and VG/PG ration. The nicotine level you have to be very careful with as increasing nicotine does increase flavor but it also increases throat hit and, well, nicotine. The next component we will talk about is tanks and coils…

Tanks, RTA’s, RDA’s, RBA’s, RDTA’s, the list goes on and on. Tanks are well, tanks. They contain the juice and the coil, or atomizer. RTA’s (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers) are tanks with a rebuildable atomizer section instead of a replacement coil. RDA’s (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) are not tanks, but shorter units that have rebuildable atomizer sections that you actually “drip” juice into or “drip” juice onto the rebuildable coil itself. RBA’s (Rebuildable Atomizers) are units that come with some tanks, or can be ordered for some tanks, that actually replace the pre-manufactured coils in the tanks themselves and are “rebuildable”. Confused yet? Well, how bout this one… RDTA’s (Rebuildable Dripper Tank Atomizer). These are actually RDA’s that have a small tank to keep the coils soaked with juice so that you do not have to keep dripping them every few vapes. Whats best? Oh boy…

…More to come…