All vapers at a certain point in their vaping lives may get tired of repeatedly buying eliquids with flavors that they have been too much used to and also might have realized how much they are being drained of their money from the purchase of these eliquids. This breaking point might get you to make your own e liquid. However, with little knowledge especially for first timers, it can take a bit of work to get things done right. DIY e liquids have a couple of advantages over ready-made e-liquids which are abundant on the market now. DIY vape liquid mixing helps vapers make eliquids that are tailor made for them and also cut costs. Below are a couple of tips for mixing your own eliquids.
- Know how to calculate the nicotine strengths
This tip is an important one for vapers who have a thing for nicotine containing eliquids. Sometimes when making your own vape liquids, you might have a nicotine strength more than you desire to add to a particulate mix you are making. This makes it important to know just how much nicotine to add to get your desired strength. A simple calculation formula for this will be: Target Strength / Starting Strength * Total Liquid Amount. An example would be that you want 45mls of 0.6% (6ml) strength juice and you have 1.8% (18mg) nicotine liquid. So, 0.6 / 1.8 * 45 = 15ml. You would need 10ml of 1.8% (18mg) nicotine liquid to make 30ml’s of a 0.6% (6mg) strength juice.
- Know just how much flavor concentrate to add
When it comes to adding flavors concentrates, this is one of the most important aspects of the mixing process. Choosing the flavor concentrates is hard enough on its own but some online shops like flavorah has made it easy by making their concentrates available in packs of different flavors. However, now you have your concentrates, how much will you add? Well that depends on the recipe you are following. If you are following an e-liquid recipe which states you need 3% strawberry, this means 3% of the total mixture must be strawberry flavour concentrate. For example, if you are making 30ml of liquid you would require 1.2ml of strawberry flavouring (0.03*30=1.2).
- Vegetable Glycerin to Propylene Glycol Ratio
Vegetable Glycerin to Propylene Glycol ratio is just as important as adding the flavor concentrate or nicotine to the mix when making your own e liquid. This acts as the base of your e liquid and must be measured precisely in percentages. If you prefer a thick eliquid you might want to add more Vegetable Glycerin but if you want a balanced consistency then you can measure out equal parts of both liquids. There is no definite formula to getting this right as long as you know what you are going for.
Steeping is to the vape world what aging is to the wine industry. It is basically the same concept except that in steeping eliquids are not made to sit for years on end. After mixing your eliquid, it is usually best to close it and store it in a cool, dark place to allow it to steep to improve its flavor. Steeping however may not be for everyone and it is still recommended.
Making your own vape juice whether you are a beginner or an expert vaper takes precision and some time to spare as it can take a while to be actually able to use the ejuice but it is still worth the effort.