If you are determined to start saving money on e-liquid! Then you will require the necessary DIY E-Liquid kit for making your first DIY eJuice recipe. The first and most important consideration will be safety, especially if you intend to handle Nicotine.
WARNING: Nicotine evaporates quickly and can be easily absorbed into the skin. You should ALWAYS handle nicotine in an open and well ventilated room, wearing nitrile gloves and a pair of goggles. When not in use nicotine should be stored safely and locked away.
It will pay heed to consider the wise words of Lieutenant General and founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell who said, “always be prepared!” Keep this in mind prior to mixing an e-liquid recipe.
It’s important to wear the correct gloves. Marigolds just won’t cut it! The specific gloves you need are Nitrile gloves, they are resistant to nicotine. Other materials such as latex will not offer the same protection.
We strongly advise wearing protective goggles when handling nicotine. Nicotine can cause blindness when in contact with the eyes. So best to be extra safe and ALWAYS wear safety goggles when making DIY eJuice Recipes! I have personally had a small drop of pre-made e-liquid with 24mg nicotine strength hit my right eye and have to say it’s very painful – bare in mind that is pre-mixed!! so take precautions!
Time to complete the Mad Scientist outfit!
We recommend purchasing a safety apron made from Polyethylene as nicotine and juice may find its way onto clothing. “Better to be safe than sorry,” So they say!
You’re going to need various storage bottles ready before making your first eJuice recipe batch. We advise purchasing Glass or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle material with Child-Resistant Caps for added safety.
Bottles – Small Batch
When cooking up a small e-Juice batch, ensure you get bottles with removable drip tips for convenient refilling. Consider these bottle sizes:
Bottles – Large Batch
Once you’ve found that special e-liquid recipe, you’ll likely want to save time and cook up a larger batch. You won’t require removable drip tips only child proof caps! Transfer to smaller bottle for portability and refilling. These bottle sizes are readily available:
- 1 Litre
- 2.5 Litre
- 5 Litre
Cooking up these volumes, You’ll be sorted for months!
Accuracy is the secret to success when manufacturing homemade e-liquid! To make sure you get it right, here is a comprehensive list of measurement tools.
The most commonly used syringes are the standard “Luer Slip Tip” type, which have interchangeable friction fit needle attachments. Needles come in a range of sizes and thicknesses. Get ones that can easily accommodate the more viscous VG ingredient. We recommend the 14 Gauge (Biggest inner diameter). The most common sizes used in DIY e Liquid are:
They come supplied in sterile blister packs and long expiry dates. Syringes and needles can be cleaned and reused many times.
When concocting your e-liquid ingredients some DIYers like to use a measuring cylinder as the master vessel. Best made from polypropylene with 0.1ml or 0.2ml graduations.
Available in various sizes:
- 1 litre
The most common and cheapest way DIY vapers mix up their recipes is by shaking the bottle. However it is not the fastest or most efficient way. If you want to “go to town?” Then here are some cool gadgets to help improve efficiency and speed up steeping times.
Some pro mixologists have magnetic stirrers – ones which wouldn’t look out of place in a chemistry lab or pharmaceutical testing facility. These comprise of a rotating magnetic field that causes a stir bar to spin within a glass beaker that rapidly sirs the e-liquid ingredients together. They are great for speeding up steeping times – however they are pricey!
Another laboratory inclusion to help speed up mixing is an orbital shaker. As the name suggests it vigorously shakes the e-liquid until all ingredients are well mixed and all air bubbles have made their way to the surface. Again helps speed up steeping times. Not essential initially – but maybe something for the future!
Making an e-juice recipe, it’s mostly trial and error. So we advise you have a dedicated recipe book at hand. It’s so easy to forget measurements and very annoying when you do! Especially when trying to recreate. So get a recipe book and keep track of every measurement at each and every step. All DIY e-juice enthusiast should have a recipe book and make regular notes and calculations. You never know, you could create a world famous recipe. So make sure you write it down!
Immersing yourself into DIY mixing will inevitably result in many e-juice experiments. Be sure to be organised from the start. You don’t want loads of disorganised bottles with no labels. Avery labels are affordable and help categories all your cooked up creations. Will ultimately saving you time rummaging around scratching your head!
DIY E-Liquid Kits
To get started and become a DIY vaper, your gonna need all the hardware and ingredients. Good news, there are DIY eJuice kits available. Kits come with all the basics to begin your quest.
A basic kit can cost around £30 up to £50 depending on size. Generally they contain:
- Nicotine Base
- Vegetable Glycerine VG
- Propylene Glycol PG
- Various Syringe Sizes
- Flavour Concentrates
- Empty Bottles
They are good as a foundation course, However if you have a specific e-liquid recipe in mind, they mostly have multiple brands of flavour concentrates used. With a beginner kit you’ll be restricted to one vendor’s flavours. To make a specific e-juice recipe, It is advised to buy the items separately.