How To Make Your Own Vape Juice
Making your own e-liquid gives you complete freedom and the flexibility to create a customised vape juice that suits all of your preferences, giving you full control over your vaping experience. In this guide we will outline the ingredients you’ll need to make your own vape juice, plus we’ll show you the easiest methods for mixing and also how to store your new and personalised juice.
Table of Contents
- Materials and Ingredients
- Ingredients to Avoid
- DIY Vape Juice Calculator
- Steeping Your Vape Juice
- Storing DIY E-liquids
Benefits of Mixing Your Own E-Liquid
At first, DIY e-liquid can seem complicated. However, once you master the mixing process and find the right blend for you, it can become a convenient way of vaping. Batches can be made in larger quantities so vapers will only have to think about making more every few months rather than buying every week. The benefits of mixing your own e-liquid seem endless, especially if you’re searching for a completely customisable vape.
What Do I Need to Make My Own Vape Juice?
- Empty E-liquid Bottles – Once all the ingredients have been measured, they will be added to the e-liquid bottle to mix.
- Measuring cylinders – Use multiple cylinders to measure out each of the ingredients before mixing.
- Syringes – This will be used to add each ingredient to the mixture. It helps to have a few so that there isn’t any cross contamination.
- Rubber Gloves – These are very important especially when handling nicotine as it can be absorbed through the skin. If you spilled a large amount of high strength nicotine on your hand a pair of rubber gloves will prevent it from making contact with your skin.
- Labels – These are not essential, but it is useful to organise your liquid and ingredients to make sure you’re using the correct liquid.
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to get started:
- Diluents (VG/PG) - Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerine (VG) make up the majority of the e-liquid mixture. It is important to know how to choose the right PG/VG ratio as they provide different properties to the vape liquid and can deliver the desired vaping experience. PG carries the flavour and throat hit to provide the sensation of smoking. VG is a thicker substance which is designed to create vapour when heated, producing larger clouds the higher the VG content.
- Flavour concentrate - There is an endless possibility of combinations to make a bespoke flavour to suit your taste buds. Some vapers prefer not to taste anything and just require the nicotine from vaping.
- Nicotine (optional) - This ingredient is optional as many vapers lower their nicotine requirements over time and some vapers simply prefer zero nicotine when they’re vaping. For those who want to include nicotine, with DIY e-liquid, the strength can be customised to suit any requirement.
Ingredients To Avoid
- Alcohol & Water – Old school DIY vapers will remember the days of using water and alcohol such as vodka as a base. This was used as it offered similar properties to PG but with a thinner liquid. If you are looking for something similar then swap out the PG for Aqueous Glycerine (AG). This diluent is a mix of VG and distilled water.
- Extremely high nicotine strengths – Make sure that the nicotine you are using isnt too strong. Even though the rest of the mixture will dilute this, it is important to check the exact amount you are adding so you are aware of the actual strength you are vaping. Use the calculator below to work out the right strength for your DIY vape juice.
- Certain flavouring – Although the flavourings can be used when cooking it doesn’t mean they are suitable for vaping. Make sure to only use flavourings that have been specifically designed for e-liquid. Plus, for extra assurance only purchase these from a reputable source.
- Essential oils – Oil should NOT be used with e-liquid under any circumstance. You may hear people refer to e-liquid as ‘vape oil’ however this term is incorrect and comes from the presumption that e-liquid is made with oil due to its similar texture.
Know Your Numbers
It is important to use the right measurements when mixing e-liquid to ensure the right strength and consistency. Using a 30ml bottle as an example, 4.5ml of flavouring should be added.
- To create a 3mg vape juice add 5ml of VG based nic shot, plus 7.5ml of PG and 18ml of VG.
- For a 6mg e-liquid add a full bottle of VG nicotine (10ml nic shot) with 7.5ml of PG and 13ml vegetable glycerine.
- A 12mg vape liquid requires two bottles of vegetable glycerine-based nicotine (2 x 10ml nic shot) with 5.5ml of propylene glycol.
There are two main methods used to mix your own vape juice, mixing by volume and mixing by weight. Before starting to mix your e-liquid, ensure you are wearing gloves to protect your hands.
|Add the required volume of flavour concentrates to an empty mixing bottle using a fresh syringe|
|Insert the desired volume of both PG and VG into a measuring cylinder using a syringe.|
|Using another syringe, add the required amount of nicotine into a cylinder.|
|Once all of the ingredients have been accurately measured, pour each into the mixing bottle.|
|Then attach the cap and shake thoroughly.|
|Place your empty bottle on the scales.|
|Add the required amount of flavouring.|
|Reset the scale and add the correct weight of PG, then do the same with the VG.|
|Once again reset the scale and add the recommended weight of nicotine.|
|Then add the cap to the bottle and shake well until the liquid is fully mixed.|
What To Do After Making Your DIY Vape Juice
You’ve now made your very own vape juice! We know that you’ll want to keep your DIY juice fresh and at its best for as long as possible, so there are a few maintenance tips you should know…
Steeping is the process of storing e-liquid over a long period to enhance the flavour. DIY vape juice can benefit from steeping as the purpose of steeping is to mature the flavour and create an overall better taste.
It is important to not leave it for too long as this can result in over-steeping the e-liquid. This can either make the taste too strong and unpleasant to vape, or weaken it and offer little to no flavour. Some e-liquid flavours take longer than others to steep, so it can be hard to work out when it is ready. Fruit flavours can take 1 or 2 days whereas a tobacco or sugary dessert flavours require over 2 weeks to reach their best.
If you are creating a multi layered liquid that features both fruit and dessert flavours you will have to work out a compromise to make sure that every flavour has been given enough time to steep without losing its taste.
Storing Your Vape Juice
DIY vape juice should be kept under the following storage conditions:
- Keep away from direct sunlight.
- Warm environments are also bad for storing e-liquid.
- Keep your vape juice in a cool and dark place like a cupboard to make it last longer.
- Oxygen also impacts the freshness of e-liquid so ensure that the bottle cap is sealed.
This was our guide to making your own vape juice. We hope that you found it useful and now feel comfortable to have a go at DIY. At the Electronic Cigarette Company we stock all the ingredients you’ll need to create your own vape juice including the best quality diluents and flavour concentrates.
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