Experienced vapers who kindly advise newcomers to the forums frequently mention DIY e liquid to satisfy everyone's personal tastes and possibly save on recurring purchases of ready-to-use e juices.
If you're wondering, it's time for you to learn the easy way to make DiY e-juice.
Preparing your own electronic cigarette eliquid can be very fun for some or very frustrating for others. But this is related to the degree of experience.
Whether it's your first time or you already have a limited experience of DIY e juice, here's a simple step-by-step method to make a juice easily:
Are you ready ? Here we go !
Some people will make you believe that creating a recipe and making a liquid requires a mastery of DIY, chemistry skills, exceptional know-how coupled with an over-equipped laboratory.
The truth is quite different !
Anyone can do this simple mix!
Start with simple recipes and end with more complex mix that meet your expectations. You will come with patience to create for yourself the extreme flavor, while making substantial savings.
So here's how to make your own e juice.
Complicated, you say? The composition of a liquid is more than summary!
It only takes 4 ingredients to compose a liquid.
From their barbaric names, they are called PG, VG, flavor and liquid nicotine.
And you can even remove nicotine and use a 50 50 PG VG base!
It only takes 2 ingredients to make a flavored cigarette liquid!
What are the levels of nicotine in e juice ?
How to calculate nicotine in eliquid ?
To obtain a nicotine base, you will have to dilute liquid nicotine in your PG and / or VG base according to the grammage you want.
For beginners, it is desirable to use nicotine levels between 8 and 20mg and then adjust the dosage according to the felt perceived over the weeks.
Below we give you an estimate of the amount of nicotine needed in equivalence with nicotine in tobacco cigarettes.
How much nicotine is in a cigarette and the liquid nicotine equivalence ?
- Ultra light 8mg/ml
- Light 11mg/ml
- Normal 16mg/ml
- Strong 20mg/ml
- Without Filter >20mg/ml
Note that some nicotine bases have a taste. Depending on the dosage, it will also have an impact on the flavor. For this reason, the taste from one palace to another can be very different.
Make sure you follow the recommended measures in the handling of nicotine.
Dosage e juice nicotine
Since January 2017, French legislation requires the delivery of nicotine only in the 10ml bottle.
The nicotine booster contains a solution composed of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, preservatives of nicotine diluted to 20 mg/ml.
To calculate nicotine strength, do not hesitate to try our DIY e liquid calculator
What is the best PG VG ratio for vaping ?
Propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin will thinners your diy e liquid preparations. Nicotine and flavors are very concentrated and should be diluted to get a nice mix.
Note that the PG is also a conservative.
How to calculate PG percentage ?
There are differences between PG and VG. They have a different taste, a different viscosity that impacts on vaping sensations. Most e-liquids available on the market have a PG / VG ratio. The most common are 70/30, 50/50 or 30/70.
Most e juice flavors are offered in PG. You can find this information on each product page on our site.
The PG does not alter the flavor unlike vegetable glycerin. It further provides a more consistent "throat hit" (contraction of the throat), which for some can turn into a real irritation.
This phenomenon is rare but some users have developed an allergy to PG and now favor a larger ratio in VG.
Content in most of the e liquids, PG is a preservative widely used in the food industry and approved by the health authorities.
It is a clear, fluid, tasteless and odorless liquid found in food, tobacco products and certain medications.
Vegetable glycerin (often derived from vegetable oils, coconut, soy ...) is soft, sweet but more viscous than PG.
A high rate of VG permeate less rapidly atomizer wick and will tend to alter the flavors. That's why we recommend increasing the dosage of flavor if you use a basic high VG ratio.
However, the VG is now adopted by many vapers especially by users of dripper (without atomizer tank), fans of pretty clouds.
There are many varieties of food flavorings that are easily found in commerce.
Nevertheless, it is important to select the right flavor concentrates to vaporize.
Most flavors are not intended to be inhaled and present potential risks to the vaper.
We therefore advise you to contact the professionals of the electronic cigarette to obtain specific flavors for vaping.
The average dosage of a liquid flavor is 10 to 20%. You just have to follow the recommendations of the manufacturers.
Of course, you'll need flavoring. We offer more than 300 of the best flavor concentrates for vaping - tobacco, fruit, gourmet, menthol - from various e juice flavor concentrate brands, famous for being specialized in this matter.
They are free of diacetyl and for many, acetyl propionyl and acetoin to ensure safe use. Again, you will find detailed information at the bottom of each product.
Furthermore, we make sure to keep us informed of product developments and studies to ensure appropriate flavors.
Well, don't be afraid to start, with empty bottles, syringes, gloves and unleash your creativity to mix perfect blend.
Nicotine boosters in a 10ml bottle really simplified the calculations for making your eliquid.
It is now sufficient to dump the corresponding number of nicotine bottles into a neutral base to make a nicotine base of the desired grammage.
Simply follow this chart to adjust the dosage if your product contains nicotine:
DIY E liquid Calculator
In the same way that the setting of your electronic mod influences your felt, the maintenance of the material also has a direct impact on the perception of your e liquid.
Too old atomizer resistance that has not been replaced for a long time will produce an altered taste, diminishing the flavors.
Pushing the watts to their maximum without you noticing it destroys the flavors and completely denatures the liquid.
Remember that any abnormal perception of flavors must interrupt your vape. It does not necessarily come from the juice but can be related to the equipment, its adjustment, its wear and its lack of maintenance.
A resistance must be changed very regularly as much for hygiene as for safety.
Finally, remains a crucial detail, the vaper himself.
If you have stopped smoking recently, your taste buds are always altered.
Also, a liquid that seems tasteless today will be very different in a few weeks when your taste buds have recovered.
This medical term refers to the loss of taste.
There is also dysgeusia which results in an alteration of the taste that leads the vaper to a wrong perception.
And finally, hypogeusia, which results in a very diminished perception of taste.
These disorders are often transient and related to smoking cessation.
The reconstitution of the taste buds sometimes causes strange sensations that can go as far as total rejection of a flavor once adored.
Time improves this sensation without any special treatment.
The confirmed vaper is also likely to notice a change in his perception of the flavors due to a saturation of the taste buds.
It should be noted that some juices or concentrates are too rich in flavors and that the power of vaporization can also trigger this symptom.
If you suffer from ageusia, dysgeusia or hypogeusia by saturation, it is then advisable to use for a few days an unflavoured base or just lemon or mint, always preferring a single flavor.
With or without nicotine, the method remains the same.
Simply choose a neutral base with the ratio of your choice (50/50, full VG ...) then add the flavors of your recipe.
This will give you an e juice without nicotine.
There is a huge difference between the food flavor and the flavor for electronic cigarette.
Manufacturers have adapted their products to this specific use, removing many potentially harmful compounds by inhalation.
It is, therefore, dangerous to introduce the conventional food flavorings available in many shops and supermarkets in the atomizer of the e-cigarette, their composition is not intended to be vaporized.
Conversely, using e-liquid flavors in food is no problem.
Essential oils are not indicated for vaping.
We could give in to temptation when we know their healing properties but we also know that the heat degrades their aromatic compounds.
In addition, some substances may be irritating if not caustic for the lungs in direct inhalation.
The precautionary principle is to apply in regard to essential oils and vaping but nothing prevents you from enjoying their benefits in diffusion.
From one flavor to another, the dosage of favors differs enormously. Most often, the manufacturers give a reference percentage.
Nevertheless, everyone's taste buds also have a different perception.
It is therefore sometimes difficult to indicate the dosage which will be satisfying.
We used to recommend a 10% percentage to never overdose a diy flavor.
It will often suffice for a fruity or gourmet flavor.
As for tobacco flavors, the hand should be even lighter and according to the brand start at tiny proportions like 2 or 3%.
We offer you this easy recipe as an example:
- Strawberry flavor: 5%
- Milk flavor: 5%
- Cream flavoring : 5%
To prepare this recipe in a 10ml bottle, start by creating your nicotine base depending on the desired nicotine level then spill 5% of each flavour.
The simple calculation of these 5% is done in this way:
10ml x 5 (%) divided by 100, or 0.5ml of each flavoring.
So you will have to add a total of 1.5ml of the three associated flavors.
All you have to do is add 8.5ml of nicotine base (or not) to get a 10ml liquid.
- The first tip to remember here is to write down everything you prepare. What a disappointment if you create an all day you can not do without and do not know what you put in!
- Browse the net and forums dedicated to the electronic cigarette. You will always learn from "old vapers" even in DIY. You will also find an incalculable number of e liquid recipes.
- Use only flavor concentrates intended for vaping and not any potentially dangerous food flavoring.
- For your first tests, do not make large quantities. Remember that if you are disappointed with your recipe, you risk losing 100ml of nicotine base!
- If you want to feel a pronounced "throat hit", add more PG
- If you want big clouds - but a smaller hit - add VG
- High proportion liquids in VG are recommended for the sub-ohm (use of a very low resistance to obtain an intense heating of the liquid) because they are thicker and require more heat to be vaporized.
- Always store your ejuices out of the reach of children and animals.
By scooping the net, you will quickly find that it is easy to find DIY e liquid tips
Eliquid Recipes or 99 Juices are specialized sites in the field, bringing together a community of vapers exchanging their ideas and tips
Reddit is also a very active forum for DIY eliquid
ECF also contains many recipes, including clones of eliquids renowned in the world of ecigs
And even Arom-Team dedicates its Pinterest page to all kinds of illustrated DIY ejuices!
DiY is not intended for all vapers. This is a game of patience.
But the enthusiast will find the satisfaction of composing custom e-juices while learning associations of tastes to apply recipes more and more complex.
And then, in a moment of smoking cessation, the DiY is often fun and allows to distract yourself while discovering a new universe very far from the smoke.
There are not only economic reasons for making ejuice. There is also and above all a lot of fun.
So what are you waiting for to try the adventure?
The final advice we can give you is to start with simple recipes - we also show many recipes in each product as well as information on associations of flavors that could help you - and do not overdose flavors.
Indeed, an overdosed aroma will lead you to an immediate sickness, mistaking you for the product quality. Dosing wisely, you will avoid disappointment and save your money.
An under-dosed flavor is editable. An overdosed flavor is lost.
Your turn now to create the best diy e juice recipes or the best dessert recipe!
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