1. Let your juice “steep” for at least 3 to 10 days.
Steeping is one of those things you may be skeptical about, but in my experience it actually does work for a lot of juices. You will notice on some juices that after a few days the color will darken, and it often times seems to marry flavors together producing a better tasting juice.
Something probably has to do with the nicotine oxidizing, but other than that we don’t know why this phenomenon happens. If your juice tastes weird right off the bat, give it some time to change, chances are, it will.
Many e juices nowadays are already pre-steeped but if it doesn’t quite taste as you would expect then a bit of steeping could do the trick.
2. Shake your bottle of juice up every once and a while
This will ensure that you are getting all the flavors evenly at all times.
3. Buy pure VG or PG with nicotine to cut your liquids
Something that I do quite often is cut my liquids with pure VG with nicotine in it to make strong flavored juices last longer. The VG always adds a little boost to the vapor as well.
If your PG or VG has a lower amount of nicotine in it you can add it to cut down the nicotine strength as well if the juice is too harsh.
4. If you need more throat hit….
Higher PG juices and more nicotine can help increase the throat hit.
VG generally provides more vapor and a smoother vaping experience.
5. Dark juice is thought to gum up your atomizer more than a light or clear colored juice
If you use a lot of dark juice, you may be gumming up your atomizers pretty quickly, make sure to clean out your atomizers regularly if the draw or taste changes.
6. Juices from different vendors come in different viscosities
VG is thicker and PG is thinner, but some companies make their VG runny by adding distilled water. VG makes more vapor but the flavor is not as prominent, PG makes less vapor but tends to hold more flavor. Experiment with different ratios to find your happy place.
7. Some people say to store your juice in a dark place
It makes sense, right? A lot of liquid solutions are stored in dark places because light can cause problems, if anything this could change the flavor of the juice and is more of a “Better safe than sorry”.
8. Experiment by buying sampler packs from as many vendors as possible
This will not only tell you who makes juice you like, it will help you quickly figure out what flavors you tend to love.
9. Avoid juices with diacetyl
This is commonly found in “buttery” flavorings and is known to cause lung damage when inhaled. Many vendors are now beginning to disclose if their e juices contain diacetyl of AP. If they don’t send them an email and ask them.
Don’t here back then simply move on, there are plenty of options out there.
10. Certain flavors stay in your atomizer for a long time
These may include cinnamon, fruit flavors, cola, and some menthols. If you notice these flavors carrying over, you can wait it out or you can clean your atomizer.
11. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with flavors
You will be surprised at what actually tastes good sometimes. I have found that more often than not, flavors I was not too eager to try ended up being a favorite.
12. Try not to flood your atomizer or overfill your cartridges
This typically results in leaking and also barely any vapor. It may cause you to think that your atomizer is not performing well, but that’s not the case.
You can remove excess juice by removing your cartridge and holding your e-cig by the battery, flick it towards the ground to throw the juice out.
13. Nasty burnt taste when you are vaping?
You are probably letting your juice run too low in your tank resulting in the wick drying out.
14. Have a variety of flavors on hand
Chances are if you vape something for a while you will get sick of it, keep rotating, like fresh underwear. Or what’s known as vapers tongue can rear it’s head.
15. Don’t let your juice anywhere near children or pets
The stuff smells good and even a fraction of a bottle with nicotine is enough to cause OD.
Have some additional tips? Throw them down in the comments!
Paula April 9, 2013 at 4:46 am · Reply
Not had a true cigarette for 6 weeks now thanks to using an electronic cigarette.
Now I am a supporter of these e cigs. I tell all I meet to just Google for electronic cigarettes to check out how well
established this industry is, and how gigantic the market is for these life saving products is.
What really gets my goat, though, are the increasing number of posts in the news press saying how dire they are.
Apparently Big Pharma – the producers of harm reduction smoking aids are funding an anti e-cigarette campaign – not so much
the cigarette companies (as one might presume), as they are investing in them.
I can now feel all the health gains of e cigs. Just complaining – that there is always some hidden agenda
with these self-interested faceless types trying to censure e cigarettes – our country’s masters should do a lot more too. It makes me despondent. I will be really angry if they ban them.
Brittany March 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm · Reply
I bought some strawberry e liquid and it is just not as sweet as im used to. Is there anything I can add to sweeten it up? Thanks!
Eric Arabie May 3, 2013 at 9:14 am · Reply
You can by sweeter from the d.i.y. Websites… It’s a sucralose sweetner. Called super-sweet. Couple drops is all you need for 5ml bottle.
TJ December 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm · Reply
I’m fairly new to vaping and am really starting to enjoy all the different flavors. I’ve ordered a handful of times, but just started the whole “steeping” thing. Is it possible for steeping to ruin a flavor?
I got a pineapple and a eggnog (tis ths season) and thought I would steep it. I still steal a cart out of them here and there, but today I did and both seemed to have less flavor than the first vape (day they were received).
Is it possible that I ruined them by steeping? I have them is a cool, dark place (drawer in my closet) and thought it would make the flavor stronger, but like I said, they seem to be less than the day I received them. Oh and a side note…or question rather…does anyone have the link to Ben’s site? Always happy to try new vendors!
fiercemoose December 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm · Reply
TJ, many flavors will benefit from steeping, but some do not. In my experience it seems like the sweeter juices tend to mellow out with time rather than intensify. I don’t think this is universally true, but certainly has been an observation of mine.
These days, what I tend to do is crack open my juices when I first get them without letting them steep… After a few days I try them again and see if they’re any better or worse (or the same). You should be able to tell at least minor differences after only a few days so if you aren’t happy with how some are shaping up, go ahead and keep vaping them and make a mental note to not let them steep next time.
If you are referring to Ben from Alien Visions, his site is http://www.avejuice.com. Since you are interested in trying juices from different vendors, DEFINITELY give his a try. They’re top notch. We’ve got a small list of vendors we buy from on a regular basis here: /vendors/.
Alex September 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm · Reply
I’m not too sure abut the buttery flavors / diacetyl rumors. For example Dekang claims no diacetyl in their liquids and they make lot of buttery flavors. I’d be aware of the small bath tub brewers tho.
Ben January 9, 2011 at 6:12 am · Reply
I really am enjoying the site. I’m still reading through a lot of it but you can tell you guys have done your research and used e-cigs a lot. You now have a custom block on my front page for new users to get a quick link to important and valid info. Thank you for the resource! How do I become a sponsor, or did I already do that?
Ben January 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm · Reply
An excellent write up and very spot on! I’ve been vaping for over two years now and I’m also a supplier of e-juice. This write up is concise and to the point with very helpful info.
I’m going to bookmark you for now but would you be adverse to me adding a link to this through my site, as a “helpful tips” guide?
fiercemoose January 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm · Reply
We’ve heard a LOT of good things about your juices and would be flattered if you linked to us. We’ve been meaning to pick up some Boba’s for a review and as soon as we get our hands on some we will gladly post that up along with a link to your site as well.
We’re very happy to hear you enjoy the site!