2017 has been a good year for vaping and we're hoping that 2018 will bring more excitement. VIOLET YUEN shares some of the trends that she's looking forward to in 2018.
It's the last week of 2017 and I am certainly looking forward to ringing in the new year. This year has presented its share of challenges, which can be a good thing because surpassing challenges always results in growth. As the philosopher Nietzsche said, "What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."
When it comes to vaping, there's a lot to be excited about. In 2017, more people around the world began to recognise that vaping is a great method to quit smoking.
More big events – mainly trade fairs – are happening worldwide, which means that the industry as a whole is growing. There are more vape juice brands, from more countries, which means more choices for us vapers!
Aren't you excited for 2018 already? I am!
Here are some other trends that I'm looking forward to.
High VG E-juice
When I first started vaping, most of the vape juices available in the market had 50/50 PG/VG ratio. Vape juices with high VG were mostly made for cloud chasers and were produced with less emphasis on flavour profile. They were mostly single-flavour e-juices that didn't present much in the way of complex flavours.
These days, however, more brands are producing vape juices with at least 70% VG. This could be due to the increased interest in cloud chasing.
I'm not a cloud chaser, but I've found that I prefer high VG vape juices. First of all, because they're lighter on my throat – they lack the characteristic throat hit that comes with high PG vape juices.
Second of all, the flavours are not as overpowering as those in high PG vape juices. I'm really happy to see that many brands are producing high VG vape juices that also have really complex flavour profiles.
If you haven't already tried it, you have to try Throne. While their vape flavours come in 70% VG, that's not stopped them from creating beautifully complex e-juices. From double apple shisha to Jagerbomb cocktail flavours, this is one brand that both flavour and cloud chasers can agree on.
Many people who picked up vaping early on were using it mainly to quit smoking. I know of some who still fill their tanks with plain VG with 18mg nicotine. As someone who loves the range of flavours that vaping offers, it's an option I won't even consider. I can't imagine vaping plain VG. 😹
Later on, more cloud chasers and tricksters entered the scene and many devices and vape juices were developed with the aim of creating larger clouds.
These days, however, another group – which used to be small – is growing. Flavour chasers, as they're sometimes called are more interested in extracting the most flavour out of their vape juices (as opposed to those who are looking to make more clouds).
While there are still single-flavour vape juices that are popular, e-liquids with complex flavours are becoming ubiquitous. One of my favourite brands, which has been around for years, and still maintains its brand identity and complex flavour profile, is Five Pawns.
As I'm writing this, I have Castle Long in my tank. A beautiful combination of Kentucky bourbon, roasted almond, toasted coconut and vanilla bean with hints of caramelised brown sugar, this e-liquid is a fine example of mastery in brewing.
More Diverse Events
There have been trade fairs for vaping for some time but this year, I attended a vape party in India. It was meant to be an after-party for the expo that was supposed to take place in New Delhi.
While most trade fairs have after-parties, this one was slightly different in that it was open to the public, not just vendors.
There were drinks and opportunities for members of the public to try several new vape juice flavours.
I hoping to see more events like this in 2018, perhaps even a vape / drink pairing event. Or perhaps a vape / dessert pairing event. We have events like these for wine and whisky; why not for vape juices? 😍
Would you attend a regular vape tasting meet-up? If you would, let me know!
These mods are became more mainstream in 2017, probably because they make using RDAs more convenient.
For those who prefer RDAs over RTAs, the squonk mod is a good option because you don't have to keep dripping. Instead, the mod has a compartment that houses e-liquid and acts as a drip feeder.
Some people say that RDAs provide better performance in terms of flavour but I find that I disagree. Not all RDAs, I say. There are too many factors to consider like what RDA you're using and the mod you're using it with.
I'll be honest and say that the only thing I prefer about drippers is that I can switch flavours easily. I'm the sort of vaper who's always switching up my flavours so if I used an RDA, I probably wouldn't use a squonk mod. But I can imagine how much more convenient it would be!
Premium Brand Merchandise
Brand merchandise is nothing new. We've seen all the t-shirts and hoodies and caps on the profiles of Instafamous vapers. But in the last year, I've seen vape brands produce merchandise that are more than merchandise. They're retail-worthy!
Nasty Juice released a mod that they called PROVAPE. (I'm not sure if it was a collaboration with Limitless Mod Co, or if they just slapped their brand on.) While it's not a ground-breaking product, it's something that a vaper would find useful.
The other thing I'm excited about is premium apparel. Throne Liquids released their apparel this year and I'm happy to report that it comes with their own labels.
This is something new as many vape brands are still selling merchandise with Gildan or Fruit of the Loom labels. Sure, clothing might not be their main product, but the devil is in the details. Something small like labels can show how much a brand cares about their own brand identity.
I'm looking to score myself more vape apparel next year!
What vape trends are you looking forward to next year? Tell us in the comments!