Decoding the Common Chemicals in Vape Juice

As you sift through the hundreds of vape juices for sale, you are faced with long ingredient lists and abbreviations that may not make any sense to you. Fortunately, most e-liquids are made of the same basic components, and once you understand what they are you can read any ingredient list easily.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

This is one of those ingredients that comes with a big intimidating scientific name. However, Propylene Glycol has been widely used in a variety of medical treatments, foods and other products for decades. Repeated studies have shown that it is safe for use and for inhalation, which is why it is used in breathing treatments to carry the actual medicine being administered. It is odorless and mostly flavorless. When heated, it produces the large plumes of vapor that we know and love.

Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

Vegetable glycerin is the plant-based alternative to propylene glycol. It is also an odorless and mostly flavorless base material that carries the flavors and nicotine in your e-juice. It is slightly sweeter and more viscous than PG, and is typically mixed with PG to create balanced e-liquids.


Each e-juice is typically made up of several different flavors blended together to give it its signature taste. These are the same flavorings that are used in many of our most popular foods, including fruit and dessert flavors. Most flavors are suspended in a tiny amount of PG before they are added to your e-liquid so even e-liquids that are “Max VG” will still have a tiny amount of PG in them.


One of the most important ingredients on the list will be nicotine. In this case, it is pure nicotine extracted from tobacco plants that is being used. This is different from actual tobacco because it is a cleaner derivative and can be vaporized without any of the other harmful side effects of smoking tobacco leaves. The amount of nicotine in your e-liquid will be left up to you to decide when you place your order.

These are the main components of any e-liquid. The biggest difference between brands will be where they source their flavors and nicotine from, because you want these ingredients to be pure and safe. You will also find that most e-liquids include a small amount of water in the mix, which is obviously safe for inhalation.

KandyPens MIVA Review

With pro-marijuana legislation gaining steam across the U.S., more people are looking for portable and discreet ways to enjoy their herbs while out and about. The KandyPens MIVA portable marijuana vaporizer is a perfect option for anyone who wants a high-quality device that won’t draw too much attention. The sleek device comes in four shiny colors, including black and white, and features a simple control panel for easy vaping.

Out of the Box

Straight out of the box, your KandyPens MIVA dry herb vaporizer is ready to use. The short, narrow mouthpiece comes pre-installed so you can literally load it up and start vaping right away. However, you’ll find the kit also includes a longer glass mouthpiece. This is an important distinction to make, because the longer glass piece changes the vapor temperature before it reaches your mouth and clears up the flavor so you are getting a really pure taste of whatever you put in your device.

Getting Familiar

Once you’re ready to use your weed vaporizer, it’s time to pack the oven. The heating chamber is made of high-quality ceramic, which also contributes to a clean vape. The oven is not very large, but this makes it easier to clean and minimizes your waste because your herb is heated evenly without leaving any leaf unturned.

The kit comes with everything you need to gently pack the chamber and to clean it when you’re done. Start out with a tiny bit of product and slowly add more until you get to a comfortable point. If you over-pack it in the beginning you will constrict the airflow and greatly reduce the efficiency of your device.

In addition, this is a temperature-controlled device. The front panel features a simple screen, + and – buttons and a single power button. While it is capable of anywhere from 300-435 degrees, a good middle point between 350-375 is a great place to start until you are comfortable with the device. The built-in 2200 mAh battery is strong enough to sustain your vaping at this level for quite a long time.

Overall, the KandyPens MIVA is a great little device for discreet marijuana vaping. The long mouthpiece definitely makes it one of the best-performing devices in this market, and the advanced features give it a competitive edge.

DaVinci IQ Review

The DaVinci IQ is here to change the way you vape. DaVinci has upset the industry twice now with their innovative designs and technology, giving you a vaporizer that looks completely different from anything else on the market. The IQ is a small, mostly flat vaporizer that is both lightweight and very comfortable to carry.

DaVinci went above and beyond to source materials for the IQ, using a Zirconia base for the mouthpieces. This allows you to vape a little hotter with less thermal transfer through the mouthpieces themselves. The result is a richer vapor with less physical heat.

The DaVinci IQ is a temperature control vaporizer that allows you to adjust between 250-430 degrees. Instead of having an OLED or LCD screen it uses 51 tiny LED lights in a bar pattern to tell you your current settings. It’s a creative use of the device’s body style and it definitely looks flashy, although some might say that it’s harder to read in bright daylight.

The IQ also comes with four presets called “Smart Paths” that were designed to let you pick up and go with minimal effort on your part. Just place your dry herb in the chamber and choose your path, and you’re off. The device works with a mobile app that you can download for free to set up your device easily.

The design of the DaVinci IQ is impressive for a number of other reasons as well. All the ventilation and the vapor paths are designed to draw air through the device in a pattern that helps it heat up smoothly and carry the most flavor possible. The simplicity of the LED lights and the basic functions ensure that your batteries have a long life. You can choose between a regular mouthpiece or an extended piece which offers a bit cooler vapor.

Overall, the DaVinci IQ provides a steady, thorough way to vape your material, and uses some of the most advanced technology to hit the vaping scene recently. It adds functionality that was previously reserved for more mainstream e-liquid vaping, and brings it to life with a perfect dry herb design.

Smok X Cube II Review

The Smok X Cube II is the awesome updated version of the widely popular X Cube vaporizer. The smooth sided case and simple layout make it a natural choice for those who want a vape that just works every single time. With this piece, you can enjoy an impressive 160W of power built upon one of the most advanced chipsets around.

First Look

When you first pick up the Smok X Cube II you’ll instantly notice how well the curved corners fit into your hand. Instead of having a small firing button, the X Cube II uses a full sized firing bar so your hands can rest naturally on the front of the case. The sides of the device are completely blank other than the logo printed near the top. Smok decided to place both the screen and the adjustment buttons on the top of the device instead. It’s an unusual layout, but it definitely makes sense if you want to read your device as you’re vaping without turning it around sideways.


This vaporizer definitely lives up to the hype when it says 160W. You can get a pretty hot vape out of it, but you also have tons of range. This is definitely not a beginner’s device, so you should make sure you are comfortable with sub-ohm vaping before you bring it home. The menus and options can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing at first. However, once you get it situated to your preferences you will find that this is one of the most comfortable and dependable devices around. Being able to choose between soft, medium and hard modes can definitely change the feel of the vape, and the Bluetooth capability is just an added bonus that makes it even more convenient to work with.

As with everything that Smok introduces, the X Cube II is another outstanding product that meets and exceeds expectations. For the advanced vaper it is the perfect way to expand your arsenal and experiment with a whole new style of vaping. It offers versatility in ways that other brands have never even imagined.

VaporFi Vex 150 TC Review

The VaporFi Vex is getting rave reviews as a simple and dependable temperature control box mod with interchangeable batteries. The 150W upper limit provides plenty of range for most vapers, allowing you to really expand your sub ohm capabilities along the way. Not only does the device perform well on its own, it comes with VaporFi’s long history of extremely good customer service and satisfaction guarantee.


The Vex 150 is notably weightier than other VaporFi devices, but the addition of dual batteries comes with extended life and less down time. The simple face and outer shell keeps things cool. VaporFi exceeded expectations with their ultra large screen and real time clock. The magnetized battery door features small etchings to prevent reverse polarity of your batteries, and other built in safety features keep your device safe while charging and in use. The oversized buttons match the large screen and stand out for their sharp edges. The box itself is notable for its 22mm width, and 82 mm height. At one point, even the largest tanks were only 22mm wide, but today you can find some oversized tanks that will seem a little bulky on this body.


One thing that comes standard with all VaporFi devices is their ability to serve vapers of all kinds. Now, 150W is a lot to handle for a new vaper, but for those who have previously used temperature control mods and are looking for something just a little more advanced, this is a great option. VaporFi took cues from many other manufacturers and realized that they needed to create a device that was easy to navigate and use. The Vex line is exactly that. The large screen makes it simple to move between TC presets and the device itself is compatible with a wide range of atomizers, living up to expectations.

Whether you have ever used a VaporFi product before or not, the Vex 150 is a great place to give them a chance. It brings together everything they have learned over the years, and takes it up a notch with more power than ever before. The simplicity of the design is actually one of its greatest assets, making it appealing to young and old vapers alike.

Kangertech Nebox Review

With a lightweight, all-inclusive, and totally innovative design, the Kangertech Nebox is a shiny new toy with plenty to write home about. Trying to find out whether Kanger’s newest offering is the right option for your first foray into temperature-controlled vaping? Read on!

Vaping generally requires two basic components – a mod and a tank. Kanger Nebox is a combo all-in-one approach, where the atomizer, tank, battery, and coil heads are all contained in a single device. The result? A comfortable, sleek design with an interior that hides some serious tech and capacity, for the ultimate in convenience.


Kangertech is a popular brand – the most popular brand in China, as a matter of fact – and as vaping brands go, it’s a well-respected option. The brand’s reputation is built on customization and control, two factors that most vapers list as high priorities. And with the capacity to contain liquid internally, we anticipate seeing lots of positive response on this model.


With a solid aluminum body, the Kangertech Nebox is lightweight and strong. The finish is sleek and tough built, and an external charging port on the side of the aluminum body is easy to access. The packaging is a sturdy cardboard box inside a thick plastic sleeve, and the Nebox is packed tightly into a well-fitting foam insert. Slide open the tray and you’ll find the following:

  • 1 NeBox, with Ni200 0.15 sub-ohm coil, pre-installed, and 10ml capacity tank.
  • 1.5 sub-ohm coil
  • 1 RBA coil
  • 1 RBA mini plus base (RBA coil pre-fitted)
  • 1 package Japanese organic cotton
  • 1 KangerTech authenticity code and user guide
  • 1 Caution card
  • 1 User manual
  • 1 USB charging cable
  • Toolkit

The LED screen is well-laid out and clear, although not as big as screens on some newer models. Accessing the atomizer or battery is easy, just flip it upside down. In all, the packaging and external look are as good as any we’ve seen.

If you’re into solid design and want to get away from some of the clumsiness of past models, this is a step in the right direction – particularly considering the ingenuity of the built-in tank.

The NeBox at 0.5 ohms

With 75% VG ejuice, the Kangertech Nebox produces some pretty great results. At up to about 25W we got nothing, but at 30W the flavor becomes more apparent and vapor clouds are nice and cool. An increase in wattage brings bigger clouds and a gently warming vape, which tops out at about 45W. We really liked the vape at about 45W, comparable to the old Kanger coils.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Buy! Surf for a competitive price, and then pull the trigger. This is a solid sub-ohm vaping option with temp control and variable wattage, and it comes with pre-built coils. What are you waiting for?