Ultimate Guide to E-Liquids

An electronic cigarette at its most basic level contains three separate components. They are the battery, an atomiser, and the cartridge or tank. The cartridge or tank contains a flavoured nicotine solution. When an individual uses an e-cigarette, the liquid in the cartridge/tank is heated by the atomiser so that it evaporates. The vapour then delivers nicotine to the user to be inhaled.

We take pride in being able to offer the very best e-liquids available. Every product we supply is of the highest quality, and they are regularly tested to ensure they are free from contaminants and contain the correct amount of nicotine as stated on the labelling. Every E-Liquid we sell complies with TPD guidelines.

E-Cigarette liquid basics

Electric cigarette liquid is arguably the most important component of an e-cigarette as it produces the vapour, which carries the nicotine. Whilst there are many strengths and flavours available, e-liquid usually contains the following three ingredients:

  • Nicotine in a certain strength measured in milligrams per millilitre
  • Base liquid, which is a combination of PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerine) and can come in a range of different ratios. At TABlites our Premium Range is 80% PG to 20% VG.
  • Flavourings

PG (Propylene Glycol) contributes a good deal of the ‘throat hit’ or ‘kick’ of the vapour. It’s also regarded as a better ‘flavour carrier’ than VG, meaning a higher PG percentage usually gives a better overall flavour to the e-liquid.

VG (Vegetable Glycerine) however, produces vapour with a sweeter taste as it has a little flavour of its own and smoother ‘throat hit’. It is also thicker than PG, meaning a higher percentage of VG in the base liquid will lead to bigger clouds of vapour.

Here is a little more information on the base liquid ingredients:

PG (Propylene Glycol) is an organic compound which has been used as a food additive and also as a carrier for medicines in inhalers and nebulisers for over 50 years. It is primarily a diluent and a delivery vector for ingredients that do not dissolve in water, in this case nicotine.

VG (Vegetable Glycerine) is an organic compound which is used as a food additive mainly in sweeteners or in thickening agents. It is also found as a diluent and delivery vector. It is pretty much the same as PG, but thicker.


All of our flavours have been hand-picked by our team and we have over one hundred different flavour and strength combinations available, so you’ll always be able to find the something that you’ll like. Just a few of the huge range of flavours we offer in our Premium Range include:

  • Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Lemon & Lime
  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberry
  • Triple Menthol

As well as the Premium E-Liquid Range we also offer a huge selection of other E-Liquids from brands around the world, including Element, Nasty Juice and Vampire Vape.

When it comes to storage, E-Liquids should be stored in a cool dark place which is out of the reach of children, preferably high up. The bottles all feature child-safety caps but we always recommend that you check the lid is tightly closed.

E-Liquid tends to have a shelf-life of about two years. While it isn’t necessary to keep it refrigerated some people do prefer to do that. It’s really up to you. As long as the E-Liquid is stored safely away from children and pets it’ll definitely last long enough for you to vape it as and when you prefer. You may even find that leaving your e-liquid to 'steep' for a short while could make certain flavours more prominent in the mix.

TABlites E-Liquid strength

At TABlites we stock E-Liquids in a variety of strengths but the most common strengths you will find are:

  • 0mg
  • 3mg
  • 6mg
  • 12mg
  • 18mg

We tend to recommend that someone just starting out in the world of electronic cigarettes uses a 12mg liquid. This is our ‘standard’ strength and is about right for almost anyone.

Particularly light smokers (5-10 mild cigarettes a day) might want to try a 6mg liquid and conversely particularly heavy smokers (more than 20 strong cigarettes a day) might prefer a 18mg liquid, but it’s really all about preference and finding the right strength to suit your tastes.

Mixing E-Liquids

Not only is it enjoyable to choose between the many different flavours of e-liquids which are available, you can also experiment and mix your own e-liquids to create a unique flavour. You might want to create a crazy concoction like Cola and Watermelon, or Cherry and Cheesecake, and with seemingly every flavour under the sun available, it’s incredibly easy to create delicious flavours.

In fact, two or three of the flavours we offer in our Premium E-Liquid range are a result of Team TABlites members finding great e-liquid ‘cocktails’ that we just had to share with our customers.

If you have any queries regarding our electronic cigarettes, or any of our other products, please contact us today. You can call us by phone on 0161 832 4311, email us on [email protected], or pop into one of our stores.


Please remember that E-liquid is a substance which may cause allergic reactions in a minority of people, a very small percentage may have a mild adverse reaction to PG, in this instance we recommend using an e-liquid with a higher VG to PG ratio, or simply avoiding e-liquid altogether if the reaction is particularly bad.

TABlites Electronic Cigarettes and E-Liquids contain nicotine which is an addictive drug. TABlites products should only be used by existing smokers aged 18 and over. Not to be used by children, pregnant or breast feeding women or persons of ill health. If you are unsure about the effects of nicotine please consult your doctor. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in TABlites Electronic Cigarettes and E-Liquids. May contain traces of nuts. TABlites are not intended as nicotine replacement therapy nor are they smoking cessation devices, furthermore TABlites make no claims that our products help to quit smoking. Keep locked up and out of the reach of children. In case of accident or you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately. (Show the label where possible). USE ONLY AS DIRECTED.

Product Contains Nicotine. EC Label EC 200-193-3