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October 11, 2017 3 Comments

The Beginner’s Guide

There are so many varieties of e-juice on the market today that it might be hard to find the perfect one that fits all your preferences. Something that many e-cigarette users wonder is “how do I make my own e-juice at home?” Some might think it is too complicated to try, but it’s really a lot easier than it seems! 

Making your own e-liquid gives you the opportunity to really explore what you’re looking for and helps you find your vaping preferences. It’s also very rewarding to create an e-liquid that is to your exact specifications, which means no more settling for whatever your local shop has in stock.

Below you'll find an infographic on how to make your own e-juice:

With this DIY vape juice guide, well teach you about making your own vape juice. We’ll cover the supplies you will need.

What Do You Need to Make Your Own E-Liquid?

To make your own vape juice, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% Vegetable Glycerin (VG): syrup-like liquid with a light, sweet taste that provides thick clouds of vapor. VG is the base for most e-juices on the market; the higher VG percentage, the more clouds. It is typically combined with a percentage of propylene glycol to achieve a certain consistency (i.e. 80%/20% means 80% VG and 20% PG).
  • 100% Propylene Glycol (PG): thin liquid with almost water-like consistency. Usually blended with VG to reduce the thickness or enhance flavor. Also provides “throat hit,” which is a sensation familiar to cigarette smokers.
  • Liquid Nicotine (optional): gives you the buzz you’re looking for. But if you prefer to vape without nicotine, then simply replace the liquid nicotine measurements with more PG, VG, flavoring, or a combination of the three.
  • E-Liquid Flavoring: gives your e-juice flavor. Use one or mix and match a bunch to create endless combinations of flavor profiles. It is usually based in propylene glycol.
  • Syringes: used to accurately add flavorings, nicotine, and VG/PG in the precise measurements you desire.
  • Blunt Tip Needles: attach to syringes for accurate dispensing
  • Empty E-Juice Bottles (Boston Rounds): the container that will hold your DIY vape juice.
  • Cylinders: used to measure the right amount of vape juice per each bottle
  • Gloves: protection from accidental nicotine exposure
  • A Funnel: used to make filling your bottles much easier and less messy
  • Beakers: can be used to hold nicotine, VG, PG, or flavors. Great for mixing as well.

If you aren’t sure where to get all this, we have you covered. You can shop our DIY e-liquid kits for everything you need all in one, or shop à la carte for specific DIY tools you need. For a more detailed breakdown of DIY vape juice ingredient, click here.

 

Methods for Mixing Your Own E-Liquid

Now that you have all of your e-liquid supplies, you’ll have to decide which method of mixing you will use. When it comes to DIY e-liquid mixing, there are two methods; Volume Mixing & Weight Mixing.

Mixing vape juice by volume bases the measurements of all the ingredients off of volume, in this case milliliters.

Mixing vape juice by weight bases the measurements of the ingredients in terms of specific gravity. Now that sounds more complicated than it is actually. Specific gravity simply means you’re comparing one liquid’s weight to the weight of pure water. Every liquid has its own specific gravity, and some people prefer this method when making diy e-liquid.

Both methods have their strengths and weaknesses but it is more of a personal preference to which one you choose. Try out both ways and see which one you like better!

 

Instructions for Making DIY E-Juice

Now that we’ve covered all of the basics, let’s start making some e-liquid. For this DIY e-juice guide, we will be making our e-juice using Volumetric Mixing. Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling these solutions!

For the sake of clarity for the instructions let’s assume the following:

Initial or starting nicotine:

48mg/mL nicotine solution in PG

Ending or desired nicotine strength:

3mg/mL

Ending or desired volume:

60mL

Desired flavor percentage:

10% ejuice flavor

Desired flavor:

Single flavor, Strawberry

Desired VG/PG ratio:

80/20 or known as 80%VG/20%PG

 

  1. Get all of your DIY vape juice supplies or your kit and on a hard, flat surface with plenty of space, such as a table or counter.
  2. Choose the amount you want to make and find a container or bottle that size. (in this case the desired amount will be 60mL)
  3. Combine your nicotine VG/PG, nicotine solution, and flavoring together. The order in which you mix them does not matter, however, use different needles for each ingredient so you don’t compromise the rest of your supply.

E-Juice Math

Before we start adding ingredients haphazardly, we have to do a little math first (trust me, it will be worth it). It would be best to get 3 separate containers (cylinders, beakers, etc.) for the VG, PG, and nicotine solution.

Decide the nicotine concentration you want for your vape juice (3mg/mL, 6mg/mL, etc.). For this example we will be using 3mg/mL as our desired nicotine strength. The equation to find out how much volume you need for your batch of e-liquid is as follows:

For our example, our equation would look like this:

Now we have to calculate the volume for the flavor using this equation:

Flavor percentage (%) × desired volume of e-juice = volume of flavor concentrate needed

0.1 (or 10%) × 60mL = 6mL of strawberry flavoring

Finally, we have to calculate the amount of PG and VG for our e-liquid. Our example is aiming for a final blend of 80% VG and 20% PG.

  • 60mL × 0.8 VG (or 80%) = 48mL of vegetable glycerin needed
  • 60mL × 0.2 PG (or 20%) = 12mL of propylene glycol needed

Don’t add the PG just yet. Since the liquid nicotine and flavoring is based in propylene glycol, you have to first subtract their volumes from the total PG to achieve a true 80/20 blend. In this situation, we would do this:

12mL PG – 3.75ml of PG based nicotine – 6mL of PG strawberry

That means only 2.25mL of 100% PG needs to be added. So now our ingredients will correspond with the following volumes and percentages:

Ingredients

Volume (mL)

%

46mg PG-based nicotine solution

3.75mL

6.25%

PG (100% PG, No Nic)

2.25mL

3.75%

Strawberry flavoring (PG-based)

6mL

10%

VG (100% VG, No Nic)

48mL

80%

Vape Juice Total

60mL

100%

 

Now that we have all the calculations and volumes figured out, let’s get back to our steps.

  1. Add the correct volumes that we calculated before to an empty e-juice bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle, and shake very well to make sure everything mixes into a nice homogenized blend.
  3. Clean up your work station and all the supplies you used, and then you’re done!

Some people prefer to let their e-liquid “steep,” or age, to give the liquids time to better homogenize with one another. This steeping process can range from 12 hours to two weeks depending on flavorings and personal preference. For more information about steeping, view our resource page on Steeping E-Juice.

Now you have your very own DIY e-juice. We encourage you to try out different e-juice recipes or keep trying new things on your own to create a recipe to your exact preference. There are so many combinations that the possibilities are endless!


3 Responses

SAM
SAM

June 06, 2018

NEW TO THE SALT NIC. SO IF I AM USING 100 MIL STRENGTH SALT NIC HOW MUCH WOULD I USE (MILLIGRAMS) IN A 30 MIL JUICE. TRYING TO GET AROUND 50MG NIC LEVEL

Ryan
Ryan

June 01, 2018

Don’t it differ if I am making salt nic liquid?

Jason
Jason

March 10, 2018

I am new to mixing my own eJuice.
I bought your DIY Kit and found it to be really nice and well worth the money.
However, the only bad thing I have encountered when trying to figure out mixes is that in some places (even on the same web page)
you refer to ‘48mg/mL nicotine solution in PG’ and in other places you refer to ‘46mg PG-based nicotine solution’.
Doing the actual math shows a descrepency in the volumes of liquid.
When learning this mixing stuff, it is important for me (and I am sure to other newbies) that all references are the same.
I am sure these are just typos. But as newbies trying to figure out the math, we don’t know they are true typos.

Thanks,

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