How to make your own vape juice?

Although it is safer to buy your vape juice from a reputable brand and distributor, many users have turned to creating their own vape juice mixtures. It is possible to create your own vape juice that is just as good as the real deal if you follow the appropriate steps and safety guidelines.

Making the easiest homemade vape juice

Simply put, homemade vape juice is a DIY version of retail e-liquids. Homemade vape juice includes all the same ingredients, but allows the user to customise their liquids and approach their creations with flexibility. This is a great way to save some money and create new and exciting flavours.

When creating your own vape juice, you will simply need to mix together all the main elements of e-juice. This includes a base liquid of propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG), flavour concentrates, and nicotine. You can, however, also choose to leave out some elements. Some users do not want nicotine in their mixes while others prefer no added flavours, so it really is up to you.

Follow these steps to make your own vape juice in the easiest way possible:

Get the necessary equipment and ingredients:

  1. Visit a few online DIY vape shops
  2. Get 100ml of VG and 100ml of PG (or look for pre-made base bottles)
  3. Get some 50ml plastic bottles and some pipettes
  4. Pick some DIY flavours that appeal to you
  5. Download a vaping app for recipes and ratios

Start mixing:

  1. Use your pipettes and drip around 10 to 20 drops of your chosen flavours in one of the empty bottles
  2. Fill your bottle at the halfway mark with PG
  3. Use VG to fill up the rest of your bottle
  4. Shake your bottle and leave it for a few hours until the bubbles have settled
  5. Try your DIY vape juice and further adjust it to your liking if necessary

This method is not recommended if you want to add nicotine. It can be very harmful to your health if you simply eyeball the amount of nicotine you add.

Advanced methods of mixing DIY e-juice

You can mix DIY e-juice by weight or by volume. These methods will allow you to safely add nicotine to your mixture.

Mixing by weight

This method requires weighing each ingredient with a scale before adding it to the mix. You will also need to take the individual gravity of each substance into account. It is a good idea to use a vape juice calculator since it already takes these factors into account, so you can just add your measurements. This process is cleaner and more accurate for batches of e-liquid under 100ml. 

Mixing by volume

When using this method, you will need to use a large set of syringes to measure the volume of each ingredient. This is usually easier for beginners since measuring by volume makes more sense for measuring liquids, but this method is less accurate, requires more supplies, and makes more of a mess. You should still use a vape juice calculator during this mixing method.

What will I need to make my own vape juice?

Regardless of the mixing method you prefer to use, you will need the same ingredients for your mixture. These include:

  • Base liquid – VG and PG are the most important ingredients found in e-juice. You can buy a premixed ratio (usually 50/50 or 70/30) or you can buy each separately if you want to be more flexible. 
  • Flavour concentrates – Flavour concentrates will add to the taste of your vape juice. You should only use concentrates that are specifically made for use in vape juice. Never use essential oils or oil-based liquids in general. Start with some existing recipes that you find appealing, and once you get the hang of mixing and identify the best flavours, you can start making your own combinations.
  • Nicotine – This is an optional ingredient, and the strength you choose will depend on which nicotine level you prefer. Always use gloves when handling nicotine, as it may cause burns when exposed directly to the skin.

You will also need some other equipment if you want to make your own vape juice:

  • Storage bottles – Squeeze bottles with nozzles are the easiest containers for base liquids, as they allow for easy use. Nicotine should be stored in amber or cobalt bottles to slow degradation.
  • E-juice bottles – 10 ml bottles are ideal for your test recipes, while you can use 60ml bottles for your best brews. HDPE, LDPE, and PET plastic bottles are the cheapest options and are easily available.
  • Labels – In order to avoid confusion, get some sticky labels for your bottles to write down your details and measurements.
  • Gloves – Not only will disposable gloves keep your skin safe from nicotine, but it will also help you to avoid stickiness and contamination.  
  • Syringes (when mixing by volume) – 30ml syringes are appropriate for base liquids. 5 ml syringes are recommended for nicotine and flavouring concentrates.
  • A scale (when mixing by weight) – An electronic scale with a 0.01g precision is accurate enough to weigh your ingredients. A scale that weighs up to 500g is ideal. 

What should I do after making my own vape juice?

Once you have made your own batch of vape juice, it is time to:

  • Label your mix – Make sure to label all of your ingredients and their concentrations
  • Steep your juice – New blends with different concentrates need some time to blend and settle, so before using your juice, you will need to let it sit between 2-4 weeks
  • Test your mix – It’s best to use a rebuildable atomiser when testing your steeped juices to avoid damaging device components, and it will give you a better indication of your juice’s flavour

Dangers of making DIY vape juice

Many users have moved to making their own vape juice mixes, and although it might be an alternative to buying readily available mixes, the process of making your own vape juice has the potential to be dangerous. Some of the biggest dangers of making DIY vape juice include exposure to high doses of nicotine, using dangerous oil-based flavouring, and contamination.

Since the chemicals that make up vape juice can be harmful and are not the easiest to work with, accidents are common and have the potential of sending you to the hospital. Pure nicotine can cause major chemical burns, contaminated products can cause a multitude of internal damage, and if you leave these ingredients in an accessible location, it can harm or even kill animals and young children if they accidentally ingest it.

If you use the wrong products in your mix, you can also set yourself up for a bad outcome. Using baking products such as oils and extracts are dangerous when heated up since they can cause lipoid pneumonia, which could be life-threatening.

It may seem appealing to make your own vape juice, and although it can be a fun and rewarding process, it is far safer to buy your products from a reputable brand and distributor. These brands know what they are doing, and have many rules and regulations that ensure the creation of safe products that are specifically meant for vaping purposes. 

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