Whether you are new to vaping or are an experienced vaper, you will almost certainly have heard people talk about getting the ‘perfect throat hit’. We take a look at just what a throat hit is, what people mean by a ‘perfect throat hit’ and suggest some methods you can utilise to ensure you get the throat hit that is right for you.
What Is a Throat Hit?
A throat hit is the feeling that the vapour from your e-cig gives you when you inhale it and it hits the back of your throat. Throat hits are not all the same though when vaping, and this isn’t too surprising when you think about the variables involved when vaping.
Different e-cigarettes, setups, mods and e-liquids by a range of manufacturers in a multitude of flavours and strengths can all make a difference. What can be said though is that there are essentially two sorts of hits, strong and weak:
Strong throat hit: A strong throat hit is when you feel an instant hit at the back of your throat when inhaling. In many ways, it is very similar to the sensation that you experience when inhaling a cigarette. If you’ve never done it before, a strong throat hit can be enough to make you cough, much as pulling on a Marlboro or Lambert and Butler cigarette would.
Weak throat hit: A weak throat hit is just the opposite of a strong throat hit. Instead of hitting the back of your throat in a powerful, meaningful fashion, the vapour goes down smoothly as you inhale. To use a smoking analogy as we did with the strong throat hit, a weak throat hit in vaping is a bit like smoking Silk Cut where the effect on your throat is minimal.
What Is the Perfect Throat Hit?
Now we know that there are strong throat hits and weak throat hits when vaping (as well as all the varying degrees in between), which one is the perfect throat hit? The most accurate answer to this is that there isn’t a perfect throat hit. It all depends upon your personal preference.
Just as smokers prefer different brands of cigarettes that each give a different ‘feel’ when smoking, the same can be said of vapers, although getting that perfect throat hit isn’t quite as straightforward as picking a new brand of cigarettes. It’s about understanding what sort of throat hit you want and then adjusting a number of variables till you get that perfect vaping experience.
5 Ways to Get the Perfect Throat Hit
Try looking at these variables to get your perfect throat hit.
Adjust the Strength of Your Nicotine
This is the number one and most direct thing that affects your throat hit. It’s quite simple, the more of a throat hit that you want, the more nicotine your e-liquid should have. However, this can cause a number of issues.
Firstly, if you are using vaping as a way to quit nicotine, you’ll probably want to use less powerful liquids. Also, some people find the stronger liquids a bit too strong and too much nicotine while not being dangerous can make you feel a little light headed and queasy. However, if you want a weaker vape, then simply go for the lowest strength e-liquids or even go for the ones with no nicotine in at all.
The good news is that the strength of nicotine isn’t the only factor that can affect your throat hit, so there are other factors to try too.
Check Your E-Liquid PG/VG Ratio
Did you know that equids are generally only made up of four elements? Nicotine, flavouring, VG (vegetable glycerin) and PG (propylene glycol). Various e-liquids have different levels of VG and PG and getting the right ratio is one way of getting you the best throat hit for you.
For those people who like a strong or very strong throat hit should look for a e-liquids that have MORE PG than VG while those that prefer a weaker vape should look for a mix that has MORE VG than PG. It’s quite simply a question of experimentation.
Adjust Your Power Setting
If you are using a bog-standard e-cigarette, then this may not be possible to do, but if you are using one that has an adjustable power setting, then you can use this to control your throat hit. Basically, the more you turn up the power, the greater the throat hit and the more you turn it down, the smoother the throat hit.
If you’re someone using a basic e-cigarette and have been searching for a bigger hit when vaping then investing in a more upmarket and adjustable model could help you achieve this.
Experiment with Different Flavours
Flavours can affect your throat hit too, albeit in a smaller way than some other adjustments you can make. If you are looking for a smoother, sweeter throat, hit then go for flavours like coffee, chocolate and tobacco. If you want more of a stronger throat hit, go for menthol or add it to your favourite flavour to give it a boost.
Adjust the Airflow Settings on Your E-Cig
Like changing your flavour, this is another alteration that you can make that can affect your throat hit in a small way. Not all e-cigarettes will have this option but if you can adjust the airflow settings, for a stronger throat hit go for an open airflow setting whereas if you want something smoother, then adjust your airflow to a tighter setting. It’s not going to make a huge difference, but it can be a useful tactic to fine tune your way to a perfect throat hit.
The key to getting the perfect throat hit is to take our advice above and experiment. You’ll eventually find what works for you and once you do find that perfect throat hit, you’ll enjoy vaping even more than you do now.