What’s Your Ratio?

Blake Brown
by Blake Brown
October 11, 2013

E-Liquid has always been the heart of the electronic cigarette. Batteries, tube shaped devices and vaporizing have been around for many years, but this specially mixed formula of ingredients is the rare commodity.

E-liquidIt’s under thought and over thought… It’s viewed as an advanced formula to some, but to others its second nature to whip up a few bottles. In reality, e-liquid is a very simple and easily mass produced product. However, if you’re not into the glitz and glamour of the e-liquid industry and want nothing more than to vape all its goodness, then you’re left with only a few decisions; flavor choice, nicotine strength and ratio preference. Today, we’ll be laying down details on e-liquid ratio preference.

Your preferred e-liquid ratio plays a huge factor in your experience with electronic cigarettes. It adds to the deciding factor for vapor production and flavor. Before we go over those two factors, let’s first talk about the e-liquid ratio itself.

The E-Liquid Ratio

An e-liquid ratio is the percentage of the combined Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). Most vendors who sell e-liquid offer it in different ratios, ranging from a 100%(PG) to a 100%(VG). Some common ratios are 70%(PG) – 30%(VG) and 50%(PG) – 50%(VG). Many believe that the more VG used, the better the vapor production and the more PG, the better the flavor.

Vapor Production

Many believe that the more VG used, the better the vapor production. If you’re using a higher PG percentage than VG, it doesn’t mean you won’t produce a decent amount of vapor, it just means you are less likely to produce as much vapor as if you would by using a higher percentage of VG. What makes VG so prominent for vapor production is because it is a thicker liquid and has the ability to capture moisture from the air, thus creating a large cloud-like vapor.


Flavor has been one of the influences in e-liquid that have helped many make the switch. It’s said that PG intensifies the flavor, as well as throat hit. Food for thought, many also believe that PG helps fight sickness since it’s a potent germicide. So, if you want a boost in flavor and don’t mind smaller clouds of vapor, try adjusting your ratio with a higher PG percentage.

Ratio-percentageThese are the deciding factors that make up your vaping experience. Adjusting your ratio can completely change the outcome, giving you a path back to tobacco or the best vape imaginable. It’s up to you to decide what ratio fits you best. Play with it and experience multiple ratios to find that sweet spot. Click here to learn more about Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin.

So, what’s your ratio? Let us know in the comments below.


10 Responses to “What’s Your Ratio?”

      unclerj on October 11th, 2013 7:30 pm

      For me, a 60/40 PG/VG mix with 18mg of nic.

      I am all about flavor and this mix suits me just fine.

      The vapor I use as a diagnostic tool to give me some incite on the condition of my coil/head.

        Blake Brown on October 11th, 2013 8:13 pm

        I used to be all about a 50/50 mix, but I think PSV pulled me more towards a 70VG/30PG.

          slap_maxwell on October 14th, 2013 9:31 pm

          I’m usually doing a 60/40 or 70/30 pg to vg; as humid as it is in Florida, it doesn’t take much VG to blow massive looking clouds.

            DocGrigsby on December 6th, 2013 5:05 pm

            I like a 50/50 blend on 6 mgs.

              Forty2zero on December 6th, 2013 6:18 pm

              Having stomach probs with 50/50 so switched to all vg base, tho nic & flavorings are suspended in pg. Cured the tummy trouble & I luv the vg! Very sweet, so I can now lower my flavor percentage, tons more vapor! I’m a happy vaper 🙂

                Jeremy @ Cig Buyer.com on December 6th, 2013 6:39 pm

                60/40 PG/VG seems to be the perfect mix for me. I’m at 12mg now… moving to 6mg next 😉

                  Rick Alleman on December 6th, 2013 6:51 pm

                  70/30 or 65/35 gives me MY best results for flavor & vapor.

                    desker on December 7th, 2013 12:47 pm

                    I at 70/30 for the longest time and then received a bottle of 80/20 as a gift. I didn’t notice any immediate lack of vapor production but soon discovered extended coil life. I’ve since experimented with higher VG and found that a higher VG will carbonize my coil in a day flat. Meanwhile I’ll get almost a week from a coil with 80/20.

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