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A Guide to Wicking Materials

Your wick is one of the key components of your setup, but not all wicks are created equally. Not only can the speed of wicking vary between different materials, certain options will mute the flavor of your tobacco e-liquid, so it’s worth considering what the best materials to use are. Although the widespread move to cotton has left organic cotton balls as the most widely-used option today for rebuilders, with things like cellulose cotton, cotton bacon, rayon and hemp all having staunch supporters, how do you make your choice? Well, we can’t say what you’ll prefer, but here’s a look at the most commonly-used wicking materials for vaping and their pros and cons.

Stainless Steel Mesh

Back in the days of genesis-style atomizers, stainless steel mesh wicks were used for their great wicking ability, the relatively good taste and their inexpensive nature. They’re bought as a sheet of fine mesh, which is then rolled into a tube for use as a vaping wick. They can be used in RDAs (rebuildable dripping atomizers), but they’re best-suited to genesis-style, vertical wick setups. The main downside is that your coil surrounds a conductive material, which leads to many problems with shorts, and the wicks require oxidizing to reliably prevent such issues. Generally, these issues have led to stainless steel mesh falling out of favor with vapers.


The original wick choice for e-cigarettes, silica wicks are pieces of twisted rope made from silicon dioxide. They’re suitable for use in tanks, RDAs, genesis-style atomizers or pretty much any other application, they’re very easy to work with and they can stand up to short periods of dry-burning. Their flavor is passable, although noticeably muted, and their wicking ability is far from the best. Black Note’s NET e-liquid is wick-and-coil-friendly, but NET blends using sweeteners or high-VG juices can easily lead to clogging. You wrap your coil around your wick, so changing wicks when you change flavor isn’t really practical – it can be done, but it isn’t as easy as it is with cotton.


This is basically silica version 2.0, made from braided silica and having a hollow center to aid wicking ability. It offers the same benefits as silica in terms of ease of use, and it can stand dry-burning much better. The main improvements on the standard silica are in wicking ability and flavor, with Ekowool having a cleaner taste overall than silica. It’s also now available with a cotton core for even better wicking. However, both silica and Ekowool have the same problems with juices prone to clogging wicks.

Organic Cotton

Cotton is the new standard when it comes to wicking materials, and it’s easy to see why. Picking up some 100 percent organic cotton balls is unbeatably cheap, it works perfectly for dripping atomizers, the flavor is fantastic and it wicks fairly efficiently – although not as well as other cotton-based wicks. Whereas you build your wicks around silica, Ekowool and stainless steel mesh, cotton is easy to thread through (and remove from) your coil, making it much, much easier to change wicks when you switch to a new flavor. Although those in search of the very best performance should consider other options, for most vapers’ purposes cotton strikes the perfect balance between affordability, performance and ease of use. However, cotton will burn if you fire your device without any liquid, so no dry-burning! The taste of a dry hit from cotton is also notoriously horrible, so it’s better to make sure it’s well-soaked for that reason too.


Another natural fiber that’s found its way into many atomizers is hemp. The main benefit of using it is that it can soak up quite a lot of juice, but it has quite a few downsides. Firstly, it’s expensive in comparison to other options, it isn’t the easiest material to work with – being quite stringy and hard to get into a suitable wick shape – it doesn’t wick very quickly and it imparts a noticeable woody flavor to your juice.


Rayon is a cellulose fiber made from wood pulp, and while that might not sound appealing, the structure of the fibers makes it amazingly efficient when it comes to wicking. It also doesn’t burn as easily as cotton – so it’s easier to avoid those horrible dry hits – and still doesn’t cost very much. For flavor, it’s widely-regarded as having a very clean taste. It works particularly well for drippers, but doesn’t hold as much juice as cotton, and many vapers have concerns about the possible health risks associated with vaping it, although there is no reliable information on this yet.


This is pretty much the same as rayon (even coming in an almost identical box), but the fibers are made from cotton instead. This has all the benefits of rayon, but it’s better at holding e-liquid, and will expand to do so. It also pulls apart into strands more readily than cotton balls – making it easier to form into wicks – and soaks up juice much more quickly and efficiently. Although some are concerned about health effects, there seems to be no reason to expect there would be any difference between this and ordinary organic cotton.

Cotton Bacon

Cotton Bacon is a wicking material made by vapers, for vapers. It offers many of the benefits of ordinary cotton, but it comes in strips, making it easier to work with, and it also boasts a superior flavor, imparting very little if anything onto the taste of your juice (making it a great option for any flavor-chasing vapers). It’s ready to vape right out of the packet, because it’s undergone extra processing to remove any oils from the cotton. It’s also more absorbent and efficient at wicking than cotton balls. The only downside is the price, which isn’t too much but is definitely more expensive than ordinary cotton balls or cellucotton.

Japanese Cotton – Koh Gen Do

This is the high-end wicking material of choice, costing notably more than other wicking options but widely-claimed to offer a superior vape. The main benefits are its complete purity, with no chemical treatment or bleaching, and the fact that it comes in pads, which makes it very easy to work with. The interwoven structure of the material gives it fantastic wicking ability, and it’s very absorbent. It works particularly well in tank systems, although it’s definitely suitable for drippers too. The main downside is the price, but when you’ve picked up a pack (which usually includes 60 pads or more) you’re unlikely to need any more for a while – each wick can last quite a long time, and can stand up to heat better than ordinary cotton.

Conclusion – Try Out Some Different Wicks

So there are plenty of options for wicks besides silica and organic cotton, but when you get towards the higher-end materials, choosing between them is more a matter of personal preference than anything else. The best advice is to test out some different options and see which works best for your needs – this guide should point you in the right direction, but when it comes down to what you prefer to work with and what you think the best flavor comes from, there’s really only one way to find out.


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Michael Grey

With a passion to educate through my writings and a passion to help others, I found my place here at Black Note. Being that I am a former smoker who quit smoking because of vaping, I knew I could help others do the same. Working for Black Note is a true blessing. Not only do I help educate vapers on a daily basis through my writings, but I am also enjoying the benefits of working with an amazing team and sharing an authentic tobacco solution with the vaping community.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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