2003 was the year Hon Lik launched the first commercially available electronic cigarette in the world. Of course, with the invention of electronic cigarette, came the e-liquid. Originally a disposable design, electronic cigarettes had a limited range of flavors and were the “first draft” of the technology we have available today. Everyone has their favorite flavors, but juices are often forgotten compared to the great mods of shiny boxes, tanks and cool pod kits that you can get, in this article we will know the history of e-liquid also popularly known as juice.
What’s the story with the e-liquid?
Vaping had to start somewhere, with shape and size similar to those of a conventional cigarette, the first models of electronic cigarettes were quite limited compared to modern standards. They were single-use, with a small battery capacity and a finite amount of e-liquid (which you couldn’t refuel). When the vape liquid ran out, you needed to throw them away.
The e-liquid itself provided very little in terms of taste and steam. The actual variety of flavors was also very limited. Consumer preferences began to change and their demand for better technologies meant that both devices and their liquids had to evolve.
The second generation
Ideal temperature for vaporizing e-liquid, marijuana and concentrates
As there was demand for more flavors and varying levels of nicotine, the logical move was to develop a kit that could be refilled with the liquid you wanted.
This meant that manufacturers could now start manufacturing e-liquids with many more variants. Different flavors, more or less nicotine and different PG/VG proportions.
Vaping has become more customizable. Now, you could decide how much nicotine you want, what flavor and also select a PG level according to how strong the throat hits you.
Many people think that you choose your kit first and then buy a juice. That’s not really the case. Choose your e-liquid first with the nicotine level and the strength of the “kick” in the throat (or lack thereof) and then choose from a variety of devices that will work well with it.
The creation of Pods System and liquids with nicotine salts
What is JUUL
While the second generation of devices and liquids was a significant advance, the higher the nicotine level, the more severe the flavor. For smokers who were in a pack or more a day, sometimes even a strength of 24mg of nicotine was not enough to give a satisfactory “kick”.
You almost certainly heard of Juul. This small device that looks like a USB drive revolutionized the way vaping works, not just by the design of the kit, but with the nicotine salts. Salt nic s is a newer form of nicotine that reaches faster, designed for smokers in transition.
One of the biggest advantages is that e-liquids with nicotine salts offer a smoother impact even at high doses, which means you don’t need to compromise the taste. Due to the speed of its action, you also need less strength, a salt of 20 mg of nicotine is equivalent to 36 mg in a free-based formulation.
Nicotine salts are the most common electronic liquid found in pre-filled and closed pod systems. In addition to Juul, there are also other devices on the market. Although they have a design similar to the first generation, nicotine salts are what really sets them apart. They satisfy nicotine cravings more quickly and as the battery of the pod kits is rechargeable, they are also more economical.
What is the future of e-liquids?
Nicotine salts have obviously been one of the major advances, but they are not the only innovation in the nicotine department. Manufacturers are now creating synthetic forms of nicotine instead of using distilled nicotine from the tobacco plant. Most nicotine is still derived from tobacco leaves, but companies like Next Generation Labs synthesized nicotine from scratch, especially for electronic fluids and nicotine replacement therapy.
Although most of the time the natural is the best, this may be the next big step for e-liquids. Given that current legislation includes e-liquids in the category of tobacco products, if they do not contain tobacco, there is more potential for this to change.