One of the best things about vaping culture may be the enthusiasm for new experiences. Unlike smoking, vaping allows users to choose their own flavors, including custom blends. While some vape accessory retailers offer this option, it’s fairly easy to make your own e-liquids at home. With a few ingredients, the right equipment, and some math, you can develop your dream mix right at your kitchen table.
DIY Vape Juice Instructions
Take a look at this handy guide to learn how to make your own vape juice.
A complete e-liquid is comprised of three ingredients: a base, nicotine, and flavoring. While you can certainly adjust the ratios of these three to achieve the perfect balance, the base generally makes up the majority of the e-liquid.
Both nicotine and flavors come in concentrates too strong to vape without diluting. The two diluents used in e-liquids are propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycol (VG). Although you can make your base 100 percent one or the other, most vape juice is a mixture of the two.
One of the perks of making vape juice is your ability to choose the ratio of PG to VG. Some common ratios are 20/80, 30/70 or 50/50, but you can experiment in different batches to figure out which feels best to you. PG is less likely to affect the taste of the e-liquid, but has a more aggressive throat hit; VG, by contrast, is a little sweet, but milder in throat-feel.
You don’t have to include nicotine in your recipe if you prefer not to, but if you do, it’s important you take the appropriate safety precautions. High concentrations of nicotine can be harmful—even lethal—which is why it comprises such a small part of the vape juice recipe. A simple 8 mg to 24 mg is sufficient for you to feel the effects.
WARNING: Keep liquid nicotine away from children. They are more susceptible to overdose and therefore more at risk. Also note that nicotine in liquid form can be absorbed through the skin, which means that any contact may be harmful.
Flavoring is also an optional ingredient, but it’s arguably the most fun to experiment with. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that stronger vape juice flavor doesn’t necessarily make for a better vaping experience. Like a good base, enjoyable flavoring is about balance. Many vape accessory companies offer concentrated flavoring with ratio recommendations that range from five percent to 20 percent. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s suggested usage before you start the juice-making process.
It’s also advisable to start with a small batch while you’re still experimenting with the ratios, especially if you’re making a blend. You may end up with amazing juice on your first try, but it’s unlikely. To avoid wasting your ingredients on batches that may turn out terrible, stick to about 30 mL at first. Anything less than that can make the measuring process difficult, as being off by a tiny amount can have a bigger effect when the overall product is smaller. 30 mL is a good compromise.
The equipment needed to make DIY vape juice is fairly cheap and can be purchased online at vaping retailers. Since some of these ingredients can be harmful if handled carelessly, you’ll need to use safety equipment in addition to measuring tools, including:
• Chemical-resistant rubber gloves
• Goggles or face shield, as nicotine can cause blindness if it makes contact with your eyes
• Bottles with a child-proof lid
• Pipettes or syringes
• Graduated cylinder or other glass measuring container if you’re making a large batch
You may also want to have napkins or paper towels on hand in case you spill. You don’t want to accidentally touch a puddle of liquid nicotine.
Since your first forays into juice-making are likely to be experimental, it’s recommended that you write down each step you take and the amount of each ingredient you add. This way, when you’re finished, you have a basic recipe you can tweak to achieve your desired results.
Without further ado, here are the details from start to finish for making your vape juice at home.
Step 1: Calculate & Add Nicotine
Before you add any ingredients together, you’ll have to do some basic math. This starts with your nicotine.
First, figure out how strong you want it in milligrams per milliliter (mg/mL). For example, you may want 10 mg of nicotine per 1 mL of e-liquid. Now you have to figure out how much nicotine you need to achieve that concentration. Do this by multiplying the strength by the amount of e-juice you want to end up with. To continue our example, if you want to make 30 mL of vape juice total, then you multiply 10 mg/mL by 30 mL. This gives you 300 mg.
Then you need to figure out how much of your nicotine solution you need to reach 300 mg of nicotine, since your solution is likely diluted with PG or VG. Check the label to see what the concentration is. To complete our example, let’s say the strength is 100 mg/mL, which is the industry standard. Divide the amount of nicotine needed by the solution strength. In our example, that’s 300 mg divide by 100 mg/mL, which equals 3 mL of solution. You can then add the correct amount to the bottle with a pipette or syringe.
If you’re not comfortable with the math, there are vape juice calculators available online. What matters is that you’re confident in the end result. This is crucial, since high doses of nicotine can be extremely dangerous.
Step 2: Calculate & Add Flavor
Calculating the flavor amount is much more straightforward. Decide what percentage of the e-liquid you’d like to be flavoring, then multiply by the total volume. For example, if you wanted flavor to make up 15 percent of the 30 mL, then multiply 30 mL by 0.15 and get 4.5 mL. You can then use a pipette or syringe to add flavoring to your bottle.
Step 3: Calculate & Add Base
The rest of your vaping juice will be your base, so simply subtract the amounts of nicotine solution and flavor from your total to determine how much of your PG/VG solution to add. In our example, that’s 30 mL minus 3 mL of nicotine and 4.5 mL of flavor, which leaves 22 mL remaining to add to the bottle.
Step 4: Shake Bottle
Once you’ve added all the ingredients, shake continuously for several minutes. It’s also recommended to shake the bottle briskly before each use, as the ingredients may have separated over time.
Step 5: Steep
While you can technically use the vape juice immediately after combining, steeping allows the flavors to intensify. Store your mixture for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to allow the chemical reaction between oxygen and the ingredients to blend and enhance the flavors. Once you’ve let it steep, it’s time to enjoy.
Be Your Own Vaptender & Choose From Over 30,000 Flavor Combos!
Want to try your hand at creating your own e-liquid blend before investing in expensive ingredients and equipment? VaporFi Australia has a selection of flavors expertly crafted to please your palate. Mix and match your favorites to create the ultimate vaping experience. If you’d rather use premade flavors, you can choose from hundreds of delicious combos.
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