Hi there, this is Stephen from Vape Club, and today we’re gonna be talking about DIY e-liquid. Now while we do carry a range of the world’s finest liquids here at Vape Club, there’s gonna be a point where you might want to make your own eliquid.
So we’re gonna show you what that is and how to do it. If you watched our Beginners Guide To Vape Eliquid, you’ll know that eliquid is made up of four main components: the PG, the VG, the nicotine and the flavourings.
In pre-made e-liquids this is, as the name suggests, pre-made and ready to be used. With DIY e-liquid, you put these four main ingredients together yourself however you like. So everything from choosing the flavour, to the nicotine strength, to the PG VG ratio, and also how much of the eliquid you want.
Before you start mixing, you’re going to need some equipment. For starters you’re gonna need a container to actually mix your a liquid in. Get something with a lid so you can shake it up afterwards. You’re gonna need some syringes to measure each part of the e-liquid accurately.
If you don’t do this you could mismatch some of the measurements. So too much nicotine, or too much flavouring, or you could get the PG VG ratios wrong. Before you use any of your equipment you’re gonna want to give it a good clean.
You’re going to be making stuff that you inhale so the last thing you want is any dirt or dust or other nasty things that’re gonna stop you from enjoying your tasty eliquid. Now before TPD, you had concentrations of nicotine that were very high and also you could get large volumes of it.
This meant you had to be responsible for storing it away safely. Now that the TPD is in force this is no longer an issue. You can get nic shots or nicotine shots which is unflavored e-liquid that has a concentration of nicotine up to 20mg.
So the first thing you need to decide on is the ratio of your eliquid. This will decide the PG/VG ratio, and this will also determine how thick your eliquid is. If you’re using it in a sub ohm tank you’re gonna want about a 70% VG or higher.
If you’re using it in a mouth to lung tank you’re gonna want to add about 50% PG or higher. The next thing to do is choose the percentage of flavouring to add. Most flavours work well at about a 15% of the overall e-liquid.
But it does depend on the flavour and person-to-person. So some flavours work well at 10%, others at 15, others at 20. If you find that your eliquid is too strong feel free to add some more VG or PG to dilute as needed.
Or if it’s too weak add a bit more concentrate. Finally, you want to decide the nicotine strength. When making e-liquid, it’s best to know how much of each component you’re going to add before you start mixing.
So you want to know the PG/VG ratio, your flavourings and your nicotine. The easiest way to do this is to use an online calculator. My favorite is steamengine.org. All you need to do is go through it to fill in the various parameters for e-liquid.
First: batch size. We’re going to make a 100ml of e-liquid. Next, we put in our nicotine based strength and it’s PG VG ratio which is 20MG and 80% VG. We then need to add our flavour percentage so the calculator remembers to include it.
We’re going to mix at a 15% flavour so we input that. After this, we choose our desired nicotine strength which is 3mg. The calculator will then tell you the exact measurements in milliliters for your eliquid.
With our calculations done we can see that we need 15ml of nicotine base, 15ml of flavour, 68ml of VG and 2mils of PG for a 100ml of 3mg, 80% VG liquid. Now we know what we’re working with, it’s time to mix.
Since we know that we need 15ml of our base, we will add one and a half of our nic shots. You’re gonna need a full 10ml for the first bottle and a 5ml from the second one. When you’re measuring anything, make sure you check and double-check the amounts with your syringe.
This is especially important when it comes to nicotine and flavour base. With our nicotine in, will add our flavour because our flavour concentrate comes in a 30ml bottle we’ll want to measure exactly half of it out and add to our mix.
This makes up the first 30ml of our 100ml of liquid and gives us our nicotine and flavour base. With the bases of our liquid together it’s time to add our PG and VG to dilute it and make it something pleasant to vape.
Because we’ve chosen an 80% VG mix we’ll add that first. We need to measure out 68ml of VG and then 2ml of PG which we can add to our beaker one at a time. Now that all our components are in, it’s time to mix our mix.
Now if you’ve got a container like we do here with the lid, probably best to put that on before you start shaking. And if you don’t, go ahead and decant your liquid into another container that has a lid.
The best way to mix your liquid is just to give it a really good shake. You want to make sure that the concentrate and the nicotine are evenly distributed throughout the PG and VG. Now that you have your a liquid all mixed up now is a good idea to start putting into your bottles.
We can go ahead and fill up our bottles here. As mentioned before, you can use bigger bottles than these, but we’re gonna go ahead and measure out 10ml. This would also be an excellent time to label up your bottle or bottles with your flavour, PG/VG ratio, nicotine strength, and the date that you made it.
The next part of this whole process is probably the hardest part and that’s leaving it alone. And I mean putting it into a cupboard and leaving it for a week, also known as steeping. This will allow time for the flavours to get to know each other and it just helps that flavour come through.
If you don’t do this part, it just won’t quite taste the same. This is incredibly important for dessert or pastry based flavors. These will need at least a week to steep. This is not usually the case with menthol or fruit based liquids, sometimes just a vigorous shake and they’re good to vape.
Best thing to do, is once you’ve made your e-liquid, go ahead and put a little bit in your tank or on your coil, vape it. And if you find it’s not quite the way that you want it, go ahead put it in the cupboard let it steep for a week.
And then after that period of time go ahead get it try it again and repeat this until you get the flavour you want. If you buy pre-made e-liquid, you’ll find that it’s already been steeped for at least a couple of weeks.
This is why you can use it straight away. With DIY eliquid however, it requires a bit more patience. But if you leave it for a while, your custom eliquid will be better for it. Remember any eliquid that you’ve made like this is for personal consumption only and cannot be sold.
This is due to TPD legislation. Hopefully this gives you a good idea about what goes into making DIY e-liquids. And remember as well that the amounts that we used are just a guideline. It’s all down to you.
You can choose how much you want to make or how little you make. You can also choose all sorts of flavors. If you want to mint and pastry? Great. Do you want a banana and caramel? Excellent. It’s all down to you.
The name of the game is experimentation. As always, if you do have any questions, or you want to tell us an amazing flavour idea you have, do leave them in the comments below. You can also get in touch with our lovely team at Vapeclub.
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