By VIOLET YUEN
Is finding the perfect vape juice even possible? I’ve been asking myself that lately.
Since I started vaping about two years ago, I’ve never vaped a single flavour for more than a week. Most of the time, it’s even shorter. Occasionally, I even go back to smoking because I just can’t seem to find the right flavour.
Does this mean that vaping is ineffective as a tool for smoking cessation? Definitely not! It’s a great way to quit smoking. It’s worked very well for some people, who’ve managed to quit smoking and even vaping altogether. I myself have gone months without smoking just by vaping.
But this year, I wanted to try harder to quit smoking and with that in mind, I decided to go on a search for the perfect e-juice. I started with my go-to place for vape resources — Reddit. Then I moved on to Facebook, as well as some vape-specific forums.
“How do you guys find juices that you like and can keep on vaping?” I asked.
Some immediately responded with a juice recommendation, some of which I had never even heard of. I could probably buy the juices online, but why risk it, I thought. Flavours are a personal preference. What’s delicious to one person, might not be so for another.
Some others talked about vaping non-flavoured VG. That’s not something I could go for though.
Some suggested that I look into vape juice companies that offer cheap samples. There are also subscription services available that allow you to try a certain amount of new juices for a fixed fee every month. Or even online vape stores that have “mystery bundles” that are cheaper than buying full price juices.
I like these options because it means that I get to try new juices, while spending less.
After considering all the responses, I’ve come to realise that there’s probably no one “perfect” vape juice. Due to factors like paper’s tongue and man’s general need for variety, it’s probably not possible to vape just one flavour for a prolonged period.
But it’s definitely possible to find several favourites — some go-to juices that I could definitely pick up anytime and vape all day.
Many vapers say that the best way to find flavours is to try lots of different flavours. Some even claim that for every 15 juices they try, they’ll only find one that they really like. Those are not good odds, and can hurt your pocket!
So here are some ways to improve those odds while making your pocket happy:
#1: Look for cheap vape juices
Now, when I say cheap, I don’t mean the juices are low quality. What you want are high quality vape juices that come at affordable prices. There are a lot of ways to go about finding these.
Look for vape juice sales
If you google “vape juice sale”, you’ll get over four million search results. Hopefully you find something suitable in the first page.
There are some forums that provide information on available deals, but of course, that depends on whether the respective sellers post up the deals available.
I personally don’t like this method because the discounts tend to range from between 10-15% and there’s still the element of having to choose which e-liquid to buy. It’s the latter that usually creates some hesitation on my part. Call me whimsical, but I like the element of surprise.
Take advantage of discount codes
Most websites give out a discount code when you opt-in to their emails. All you have to do is key in your email and they’ll send a discount code to you. This discount can range from 10% to a whopping 25%!
You may receive emails from these stores, which can be a good thing. You’ll get updates on their new products, products on sale, as well as be privy to their available discounts — all in your email inbox.
Sign up for a vape juice subscription
It seems like there’s a subscription box for everything these days and it’s no different for vape juices. Companies like Zamplebox and The Drip Club offer different subscription packages depending on the quantity you vape monthly.
You even have the option to customise your taste profile so that you are more likely to get vape juices that you like.
If you have an eclectic taste profile and like trying lots of different types of vape juices — from tobacco to fruity to creamy — you might want to look at “mystery bundle” options. These can be even cheaper than subscriptions and if you buy from a reputable store, you will be getting quality juices for super affordable prices.
Buy vape juices in bulk
Oftentimes you would be able to get a significant discount if you buy in larger quantities. There are shops that offer vape juice bundles. Sometimes stores have buy five-free one options, or even offer bundles that are cheaper than buying the individual vape juices separately. Take advantage of these options!
If you have a big group of friends who vape, you could even look into wholesale options. While there are many sellers that require you to place large orders of 100 bottles or more, there are some that might allow you to purchase 20-50 bottles.
Grab a bunch of your friends and ask them to pool their orders with you. If you order wholesale, you would definitely get much lower prices than if you bought at retail prices. The only downside is the quantity of the order.
But if you’re going to be vaping that amount anyway, why not?
#2: Get vape juice recommendations
It’s all well and good that you’re able to get cheap juices, but where do you even start buying? Which stores are reputable? Which ones do you go to?
As with buying anything new online, it’s best to do your research beforehand.
Ask your friends
Ask other vapers where they get their juices from. Or if you’ve found a store that you like, ask around to see if any of your friends have purchased juices from the same website.
If you’re close enough friends, see if they would be willing to let you sample some of the vape juices that they’ve bought.
Visit your local vape store
If there are vape stores near you, pay them a visit. The proprietor or staff should be able to provide some recommendations based on your taste profile.
I visited a vape store once and while chatting to the guy behind the counter, I discovered that when he started working at the shop, he was required to taste a huge number of vape juices.
“I’ve tasted more than 300 flavours in the last two months,” Mike said.
Customers come into the shop describing the type of flavours they want — slightly sweet, very cold, low throat hit etc. Or sometimes they bring in a flavour that they’re vaping and tell him, “I want a liquid like this.”
He says he’s able to taste the flavour and then pick out a similar one for them.
When you visit a store, they will usually have samples that you can test out. Test as many as you can so you’ll learn more about the flavours from different brands and how they taste.
This way, you’ll have a better idea of what you like. And when you find something that stands out, buy it to see if you can vape it all day!
Search through forums
Perhaps you prefer digital resources, then you might want to look through forums instead. If you’re searching on a forum like Reddit, you would have to limit your search to a relevant forum so that you’re not overwhelmed with irrelevant information but if you’re searching on a vape-specific forum, this isn’t something you would have to worry about.
One of my favourite forums, which comes recommended by other vapers as well, is juicedb. You can’t get more niche than that!
While other vaping forums usually include a lot of information on hardware, as well as the slew of hand check photos, juicedb is purely about juices.
On juicedb, you will be able to check out a whole range of juice brands and business owners, as well as see how they’re rated by other vapers. You can even browse online deals, some of which are shared by the forum users.
Join a Facebook Group
There are groups for almost any niche on Facebook and there are countless groups that focus on vaping. One thing I don’t like about these groups is that they can sometimes be full of people who are just looking to sell something.
However, they can also be a good source for information, especially if they’re local groups. You’ll be able to get information on which vape juices are being sold in your country, or even have access to cheap vape juice within these groups.
Crowd source information
Are you looking for something more specific? For example where you can get a certain (more obscure) flavour?
I once bought a flavour called Kiwari. It was a Banana Dorayaki vape juice and it’s one of the best banana-flavoured vape juices I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, it only seems to be available in Indonesia and I’m not sure where to get it locally.
If you’re ever in this sort of situation, you can always post in Facebook Groups or on vape forums, asking where to buy the flavour you want locally, or for similar flavour recommendations.
Here’s an example of a post you could write:
“Hi everyone, I’m [your name] from [your country]. I’ve been vaping [flavour name] for a while and really like it. Anyone have any idea where I can get it in [your country]?”
Your post doesn’t have to be exactly the same as the one above, but you get the picture.
#3: Follow the flavour trail
After vaping for some time, you should understand your taste for vape juices a bit better. You’ll already know that you like vaping, perhaps, fruity vape juices that are not too sweet. Or perhaps you know that tobacco flavours are what you go for.
This makes it easier to obtain flavours that you like, compared to if you’ve just started vaping and have no idea where to even begin looking.
Try other flavours from brands you like
If I like one of the flavours from a brand, I’m quite likely to like their other flavours.
For example, I once tried Fantasi Grape Ice and loved the flavour. Even though I usually don’t like orange flavours, I took a chance on their Orange Ice flavour and man, I loved it as well!
When I vape e-liquids by Throne, I know I’m going to get a good all-day flavour every time.
This isn’t always the case though, especially if a brand has a huge range. There are bound to be flavours that — although high quality — don’t suit your taste profile.
Although I like most of the e-liquids in the Nasty Juice range, I find that I don’t really like Slow Blow (a pineapple lemonade flavour) because I have a general distaste for lemon / lime flavours.
Try flavours that are similar to the ones you like
I like doing this because you never know when you’re going to find a similar flavour that could be even better than the one you like.
Ever since I tried Fantasi Orange Ice, I’ve begun to be slightly more adventurous in terms of orange flavours. While I’ve yet to find an orange flavour that I like better than Fantasi’s, I’ve also stumbled upon another brand with a slightly different but also delicious orange flavour.
Cloud Niners Orange is a simple orange flavour, with a slight fizziness. After trying and liking their orange, I also got around to trying their other flavours. Having a higher VG percentage, they’re great for cloud chasing.
Look for flavours with higher PG content
Generally, flavours with higher PG have more flavour because it carries flavour better than VG. Most vapers usually go for a 50/50 PG/VG ratio because if the PG ratio gets too high, the throat hit can be really harsh as well.
If you still want lots of vapour to go along with flavour, you could try juices with 70% VG. Some really good brands like Throne Liquids and Nasty Juice are still able to retain flavour even at high levels of VG.
#4: Check your hardware
Sometimes, flavours might not taste as good because you’re vaping them on the “wrong” setting. Flavours can taste different depending on your hardware. So if you want to get the most flavour out of the vape juices that you buy, here are some things that you want to look at:
Adjust your mod settings
Most vapers these days use regulated mods, which have internal circuitry. These mods are different from mechanical mods in that you can switch up the temperature and wattage. This is one of the simplest ways to improve your e-liquid flavours.
If you buy good vape juices, they are usually multi-layered. Different flavours vaporise at different temperatures so when you’re vaping a new juice, try switching up the settings to see which is the best for the specific flavour that you’re vaping.
The typical advice I’ve heard is to start a lower setting then slowly increase your wattage until the juice tastes just right.
One of the vape juices I can think of that this was especially relevant to was Throne Liquid’s The Mother. It was a really strange flavour when I first tried it. But after increasing the wattage on my mod to above 30W, the flavour was amazing!
Adjust your airflow
Most atomisers allow you to adjust your airflow and if you want more flavour, what you want to do is decrease your airflow.
When less air flows through your coils, the vapour is denser and warmer, which carries more flavour. However, you also need ensure that enough air flows through; if it’s too low, you won’t get enough vapour or the vapour might be too hot.
You also need to be careful when using certain atomisers eg. those with large chambers as reducing airflow in these can make the throat hit a lot harsher.
If you’re looking to “flavour chase” (as it’s called), you might want to invest in an atomiser that allows for maximum flavour.
I’ve found that for creamy flavours, the Aspire Nautilus is an amazing option. For fruity flavours, I prefer using the Tobeco Supertank.
Use different coil or wick materials
When I first started vaping, I didn’t think that the wick mattered but I’ve discovered that it does. At first I just used any old cotton I could get my hands on — usually facial cotton. Later on, a friend recommended Japanese organic cotton. Lately though, I’ve been using cotton bacon.
If you want better flavour from each flavour that you vape, make sure to change your cotton often enough.
If you still haven’t found the “perfect” flavour…
I’ve been vaping two years and I’m still searching.
I’ve found a lot of flavours that I like, even some that I could vape non-stop for three days straight. I wonder if it’s actually possible to find a flavour that was so great that I could vape just that flavour and no other.
If vaping is like eating, I guess it wouldn’t be possible. Most of us prefer variety.
So perhaps it isn’t possible to find that one perfect flavour. But it’s certainly possible to find amazing juices to add to your all-day vape collection, or regular vape collection.
The thing about vaping is that it can all get rather complex, especially if you’re into “flavour chasing”.
If you want to find amazing flavours, you’ve got to try a lot of them. Look for ways to save money on vape juices by looking for bundles and other “group” deals.
Once you’ve gotten e-juices that taste decent, adjust your device settings so that you can get the most out of the flavour. Remember, different flavour elements within each vape juice come out at different temperatures.
When you find vape juices that you really like, follow the trail that they’ve set you on. Look out for different flavours from the same brand, or look for similar flavours from other high quality brands.
It will take time, but by doing this, you will be able to identify 15-20 vape juices that suit your taste profile and that you can switch up whenever you feel like it.
If you’re anything like me, you would probably even prefer vaping different juices at different times of the day. In hot weather I like cold, fruity vape juices. In the evenings, I like vaping creamy flavours like chocolate milkshake or peanut butterscotch.
There are days when I feel like a grape flavour would be perfect and other days when only a root beer-flavoured vape juice will do.
Do you have any tips to share?
Perhaps you have found a flavour that you really, really like — your personal perfect flavour. How did you find it? How long after vaping did you discover it and what methods did you use?
Or maybe you haven’t found the one perfect flavour but have some good tips on how to discover a multitude of amazing flavours. I want to know all about your journey!
If you have some tips that you’d like to share, please drop me a line or leave a comment!