Throat Hit


Throat hit can be a little tricky for many new ecig users. Entering the world of e-cigarettes leaves people with some grey areas before they can fully enjoy the vaping experience. Smoking tobacco cigarettes provides a different sensation of a throat hit and losing it is the main concern for smokers who want to make the switch. Lack of the same feeling means disappointment and often leads to going back to smoking.

Fortunately, with all the high spec devices and different e-liquid flavours & PG/VG ratios available on the market today, enhancing the throat hit could not be easier. Here are some ways you can get things right when you first start vaping.

Nicotine Level

The highest nicotine level in your e-juice, the stronger the better and harder the throat hit is. There are many nicotine leveles accessible (V-Revolution offers eliquids with 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg and 24mg nic levels). The question you need to ask yourself is: What level of nicotine do I start with? The answer depends on your tobacco use. Here's a little guide:


  • If you are a multiple pack-a-day smoker using full flavour cigarettes, then you should go for a 24mg nicotine level
  • If you smoke lights and consume up to 1 pack-a-day, choose 12-18mg nicotine e-liquids
  • If you smoke ultra lights and smoke less than 1 pack per day, choose 6-12mg nicotine strength e-liquids
  • If you smoke ultra lights and smoke less than half a pack per day, choose 3-6mg nicotine strength e-liquids
  • If you smoke a few ultra light cigarettes per day, choose 3-6mg nicotine strength e-liquids
  • If you just want to vape for the flavour and fun of vaping, choose a nicotine free e-liquid

PG/VG Ratio

Another of the most well-known sources of throat hit is the PG/VG ratio of the e-juice you’re using. PG produces more of a throat hit than VG, with high-VG liquids being ideal for anybody looking for a smooth vape. The throat hit from PG isn’t as full-bodied and robust as that from nicotine, though. PG offers more of a sharp, biting hit to the back of your throat, and it can get slightly tickly or scratchy from time to time too. The nicotine gives a thick, robust baseline throat hit and the PG just makes it a little punchier. However, too much PG can get a little unpleasant to vape. The tickly and scratchy element of the throat hit can get too much to put up with, especially if you have a mod and vape at high power levels. This is the reason a mid-range PG/VG ratio was the most common choice for vapers getting a strong throat hit, rather than a high-PG blend.

The beauty of using an e cigarette is that you are able to pick and choose the flavours you enjoy. For those looking for a better throat hit however “softer” fruit flavours such as apple are known to be less effective in this department, although pleasurable all the same. If you are looking to enhance your throat kick go for stronger and sharper flavours, such as tobaccos or menthol.

E-cigarette Power Setting

This is mainly a concern for people with variable wattage or temperature control (TC) mods, because smaller tank system e-cigs only support lower-wattage vaping. But with a powerhouse mod and a sub ohm tank or other atomizer that can cope with higher wattages, you open up a whole new area when it comes to throat hit. The throat hit from your power setting mainly comes through from the temperature of the vapour, and it’s been described as multiplying the effect of your existing sources of throat hit. So if you have a sharp throat hit from the PG content of your juice, turning the power up to 50 W will make it even sharper. Similarly, the warm, robust throat hit from nicotine gets a lot stronger when you turn up the power. This is actually a big part of the reason most vapers decrease their nicotine level when they get a better setup – the throat hit can get a little much to handle.