While we carry the finest range of eliquids from around the world, vapers will eventually come across the idea of DIY eLiquid sooner or later in their vaping journey. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually a relatively easy process. It just requires a little patience.
If you’ve seen our blog entry or watched our Beginner’s Guide to Vape eLiquid video, you’ll know that eLiquid is made up of 4 main ingredients: PG, VG, Flavourings and Nicotine. In pre-made liquid this is, as the name suggests, all put together and blended for you prior use.
However, with DIY eLiquid, vapers put all of the separate elements together themselves, allowing for a choice in flavours, the PG/VG eLiquid ratio, nicotine strength, and amount.
Before attempting DIY mixing, users will need to get hold of some equipment to do the actual mixing, including measuring beakers, large measuring syringes, and some empty bottles for storage. Users will need to ensure their mixing equipment is all completely clean, with no dirt, dust, or other nastiness in with the eLiquid mix; sanitation is important.
Before the TPD came into force, nicotine was sold in very high concentrations in large bottles, which represented the only real danger of making your own eLiquid at home; safely handling and storing large amounts of potentially dangerous nicotine. Post-TPD, this is no longer an issue thanks to the Nicotine Booster Shots that are commonly available now, 10ml bottles of unflavoured nicotine solution.
The first thing a user will need to decide on is the ratio of the eLiquid. This refers to how much PG and VG you want in the juice, deciding on how thick it’s going to be. If it’s going to be used it in a Sub-Ohm tank, you will want to mix at 70% VG and above, and if you’re using a Mouth-to-Lung tank, it’s best to stick to 50% PG and above.
The next thing to choose is the percentage of eLiquid Flavourings to add. Most flavours work well at 15% of the overall juice, but this can vary from person to person. The best thing to do is start from the 15% figure, and either dilute or add more flavour as needed.
Finally, you will want to decide on the nicotine strength, with the aforementioned nicotine booster shot. There’s nothing to say that you can’t choose your own percentage of flavouring, as some flavours may work well at 10%, others at 12% and some as high as 20%, but for this particular concentrate, 15% works very well.
When making eLiquid, it’s easiest for a user to work out the amounts of each ingredient they’re going to need before starting the mix. The simplest way to do this is with an online calculator, one example being Steam Engine (see image below). This will work out the exact amount of each component to add to the juice to bring the eLiquid to the desired ratios of PG/VG, nicotine strength and flavour percentage.
For example, if a user wanted to create 100ml of eLiquid at 20mg and 80% VG, with 15% flavour, along with 3mg nicotine strength. Once a user has inputted the data into the calculator, it will display the exact measurements in ml for the desired eLiquid mix. In this example, the calculator would show that the mix needed 15ml of nicotine base, 15ml of flavour, 68ml of VG and 2ml of PG to create 100ml of 3mg, 80% VG liquid.
The order in which to put each part into the mix doesn’t really matter, but it’s generally easiest to start with the nicotine base, followed by the other components. When you measure anything, make sure you check and double check the amounts with your syringe. Once all the ingredients are together, the best way to mix up the eLiquid is to give it a really good shake to ensure that the flavours and nicotine are evenly distributed throughout the PG and VG.
After this, it’s probably a good time to label the bottle with the flavour, nicotine strength, ratio, and date. The next step is probably the hardest bit of the whole process; steeping the eLiquid. If it’s a menthol or fruit flavoured eliquid being mixed, this won’t be necessary, but if it’s a dessert or pastry flavoured juice; at least one week of steeping is an absolutely necessary step.
Steeping is achieved by leaving the eLiquid alone in a dark room at room temperature, in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard, while the flavours all get to know each other and develop. If you don’t steep, the juice won’t taste right. If you buy a premade eliquid, it will have been steeped for at least a couple of weeks before it makes its way to you, which is why you can vape it straight away. DIY liquid, unfortunately, requires more patience, but will be all the better for it. Once completed, the eLiquid is now ready to be vaped. Congratulations!
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