But the main reason for throat hits is, of course, the liquid. Let's delve deeper. Liquids Bases and nicotine
In our introductory article
, we wrote that vaping liquids consist of glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). Liquids that contain more glycerin are more gentle on the throat. Roughly speaking, a 80/20 base is softer than a 50/50 one. This difference is especially noticeable on an RDA.
With nicotine, it's all simple. If you use high-quality nicotine, everything will be fine. This applies to absolutely everything: flavors, winter shoes and household equipment.
What's more interesting is that we can have two liquids with the same nicotine content and base, but get very different throat hit levels. Sometimes even non-nicotine liquids can carry a throat hit. What's this about? Flavors
Flavors can be made from propylene, alcohol or natural oils. If you don't like throat hits, you'll be better off not using alcohol- and oil-based flavors.
Sometimes flavors can carry a throat hit. No, not because they're bad. In most cases these are high-quality flavors based on natural raw materials. They have bright, interesting tastes: sour, tart, spicy, etc. However, these tastes can cause a slight unpleasant sensation in the throat, which intensifies throat hit — and, moreover, adds new overtones that the throat is not used to yet. The sensations are bright, but not to everyone's liking. Spices
are a pretty popular type of flavors. Examples include TPA's Cinnamon Red Hot, Root Beer and Ginger Ale, among others. With these, it's all subjective — some get uncomfortable sensations, while others don't feel a thing. Menthol
. Not Koolada, not the Malaysian cooling agent, but specifically menthol flavor. And peppermint, but it rarely gets added in tangible quantities. Sour fruits
. There's a variety: TPA offers Citrus Punch and Pineapple, and we have the watermelon-flavored Red Cocktail in our DROPS line. They carry a distinctive acerbity that can make one's throat somewhat uncomfortable. Imagine you are eating an orange and bite into the peel — it's something like that, but in your throat. Concentrates.
For example, Spearmint, Absynthe or Marashiro Cherry. It's hard to mistake a concentrate for a regular flavor, because the word "concentrate" is always present in the name (Absynthe Concentrate).
Mixologist, remember: concentrate
should be added carefully, not more than 1%, otherwise the flavor will begin to separate. You can shake the bottle all you want, but the flavor will inevitably float up, get into your RDA and give you a good hit on the throat.
It's impossible to predict a throat hit. We listed the popular "difficult" flavors, but everyone is bound to find a flavor that is especially nasty on their throat. It can be anything, from lemon to dark chocolate. What to do?
There are several ways of solving this problem.
You can dilute the liquid with glycerin — but this will slightly diminish the taste. Another proven method is to take a little ethylmaltol (sold under the title Cotton Candy at TPA) and drip it into your liquid. Ethylmaltol evens out the taste and removes especially sharp notes. However, you should only add a little, about 1−2% and up to 5% of the bottle's volume.
If you have an RDA, try putting the coil closer to the airflow. If there's no space left, you can lower the wattage slightly. Aside from that, you should properly dry fire your coil and check for short circuits. Or even change it out. You're gonna have to do it sooner or later. Cheat sheet
All in all, remember: the coils need to be dry fired, the cotton needs to be changed regularly, and the liquid shouldn't be pickeв on the basis of "the stronger, the better". If your throat doesn't like sour or tart flavors — pay attention to this. Liquids should be bought from trusted manufacturers and suspicious clones should be avoided. And, of course, just keep vaping. Sooner or later your throat will grow accustomed, adapt and start enjoying it.