How to get the best from your vape flavours
Whether you’re about to start buying e-liquids or you’re a seasoned vaping veteran, we all know that vaping should be a pleasure and something to look forward to throughout the day. However, every now and then, you may notice that you can’t quite get the right kick from your favourite e-liquid.
Luckily, it's very rare that it’s your e-liquid’s fault, and there may be a number of easy remedies for a sub-par flavour hit. No matter what your experience level, it’s sometimes easy to miss something and end up with a bad (or just average) taste in your mouth.
Avoid overexposure aka “vaper’s tongue” or “vaper’s fatigue”
One of the most common causes why you may not be getting the flavour you crave is because you've simply vaped too much (we know, but there is such a thing) in a short space of time. This can cause something known as “vaper’s tongue” or “vaper’s fatigue” which is overexposure of the taste and smell senses.
Thankfully, this is only temporary and there are some handy tricks to either cure it or delay it completely. First of all, remember to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water is not only good health advice in general, but also makes sure that you produce enough saliva. Saliva is required in the mouth to ensure we can taste properly - not enough results in a dulled perception of taste.
If you plan on doing a lot of vaping, it may also be worth avoiding too much coffee or tea. These types of drinks can be dehydrating and alter our ability to taste properly.
Another step is to simply space out your vaping a little. While it can certainly be tempting to vape all day, this can cause taste fatigue. If you notice your vape flavours fading, it might be a good idea to take a break before your next vape. If you find yourself struggling to get the right amount of nicotine, we recommend upping the level of nicotine in your e-liquid so you don’t have to vape so frequently to get the same hit.
Check you have the correct VG/PG ratio
Getting the right ratio of VG or PG in your vape liquids is key for getting the best flavour experience.
VG (vegetable glycerin) is what can give you smooth hits and large, dense clouds, perfect for cloud chasers. However, VG may not be ideal if you’re looking for big vape flavours, and that's where using a higher amount of PG can come in.
PG (propylene glycol) is thinner in consistency and perhaps more importantly, is flavourless. PG is better at carrying flavours as it's less likely to mask bold flavours unlike VG which has a slight sweet taste of its own. It's recommended to start with a 50:50 VG/PG ratio to ensure maximum vape flavour.
Change flavour regularly
We’ve all been guilty of over indulging ourselves with a favourite treat, and things are no different with vaping. If your favourite e-liquid is a sweet, fruity vape juice and you’ve been enjoying its taste for a while, it may be that you desensitise yourself to the taste!
Thankfully, this shouldn't be permanent and simply switching to a new vape flavour should do the trick. Otherwise, if you love a certain flavour that much, then it may be worth increasing your vaping liquids’s PG level to get a clearer and more distinctive flavour.
How to store your e-liquid
Like many other products that rely on taste, e-liquids can be affected by how they are stored. E-liquids are sensitive to light and heat: both of these factors can change the chemistry of the vape juice and degrade that all important flavour.
Try and keep your stash of e-liquids in a cool, dark place to ensure that they last as long as they can. Vape juices unfortunately do have an expiration date, but they should last a good long while if they are stored with extra care.
Vape device maintenance
These are some of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your vape flavours stay perfect. Experienced vapers will know that regular vaping can cause deposits of gunk to build and contaminate the flavour of your e-liquid, so make sure to change the coils of your device regularly and give that tank a good wash.
To wash your vape tank, simply rinse it under warm water and either leave it to air dry or pat it with some kitchen towel. Cleaning the tank seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget to clean parts of your vape device - especially when you’re excited to fill it up with fresh new e-liquid flavours!
Time for a vape device upgrade?
Those who have a disposable vape device and are struggling to get a good flavour may want to consider replacing or even upgrading their device. Purchasing a higher power device is a sure fire way to get massive flavour hits.
For those with a vaping device that they can upgrade, the options get really exciting! New glass tanks, upgrading from single to double coils, or a new atomiser are all great ways to chase that extra flavoursome vape.
Don’t settle for an average vape flavour
So as you can see, there are plenty of common (but easily fixed) causes of a weird taste from your vape juice. The key takeaways are simply these: don’t over use the same vape flavour, make sure you properly maintain your device, and always make sure you rotate e-liquids to keep your vaping experience exciting.