Welcome to VapourBus!
If you are here looking to learn how to mix you’re own e-juice.
Firstly we would advise on reading the disclaimer at the bottom of all pages.
Secondly consider the reasons why you would mix your own e liquid?
WHY MIX YOUR OWN E-JUICE?
There are many reasons why vapers mix their own e-liquid.
The first and most foremost answer would be the COST saving. Thats right, mixing your own e-liquid is significantly cheaper than buying pre-filled e-liquid from a vendor. If you buy premixed from a UK vendor then you are more than likely paying around £1.99 upto £4.99 per 10ml bottle. Mixing your own can reduce the cost down to as little as £0.30 / 10ml depending on your supplier.
Also, If you have a medium to high power MOD e-cigarette devise, then your are producing huge vapour clouds! Using considerably more e-juice than smaller e-cigarette devises. Depending on your usage, you are more than likely going through 5ml upto 10ml of E Liquid per day. If you have one of those devises then learning to mix will dramatically reduce the cost of vaping.
Taking control of your e-Juice mixing means you gain knowledge of the ingredients, methods and safety precautions. By understanding the ingredients you can source flavour extracts from reputable vendors. Giving peace of mind – knowing exactly what you are vaping.
In addition; you are able to create your very own eJuice flavour recipes, tweak a flavour to suit your palette, try different flavour percentages if its too strong or weak, change nicotine levels, increase or decrease throat hit and even tinker with the volume of vapour clouds!
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN E-JUICE?
Lets look at what are the THREE core constituent ingredients within e-Liquid:
- Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
- Propylene Glycol (PG)
- Aqueous Glycerine (AG)
- Flavour extracts & additives
Nicotine is the addictive element and is very toxic. It can be purchased separately in varying strengths.
Nicotine cannot be purchased pure in the UK. It is purchased diluted with a Propylene Glycol (PG) or Vegetable Glycerin (VG) base. The highest legal level of nicotine available in the UK is 72mg. If you prefer to vape with no nicotine then this ingredient can be discarded.
Diluents are required to dilute the nicotine to safer levels. They are also required to adjust the throat hit, vapour volumes and the liquids thickness/viscosity.
Propylene Glycol (PG) is the ingredient responsible for the throat hit. The higher ratio of PG results in a greater throat hit sensation. PG is what is used in foods, inhalers and solvents in pharmaceuticals. It is generally regarded as safe by toxicology reports.
Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is responsible for the vapour clouds. The greater the ratio of VG results in larger volume vapour clouds. It is very thick/viscous and can cause issues with wicks. Tends not to effect dripper e-cigarette devises but if you are using high levels of VG using wicked ecig hardware, then it is advised to add an additional diluent in the form of Aqueous Glycerine (AG).
Aqueous Glycerine (AG) is glycerine mixed with distilled water and is not always necessary in e-juice recipes. However as mentioned above – if you are using wicked high vapour mods then you may require to dilute the PG/VG ratio to thin the viscosity/thickness to prevent wicking issues. Most vapers will mix with just PG and VG. AG is an ingredient for advanced mixologists.
As the name suggests, flavour extracts are what creates the flavour. The flavour concentrate is “extracted” straight from the source (e.g. vanilla) and diluted down with either PG or VG. Flavouring bottles are available usually in 10ml and 20ml bottles. They are concentrated and are typically around 15% – 20% of the total eJuice recipe mix . Flavour extracts contain no nicotine.
Mixing kits can be purchased from various vendors. The key tools essential to mixing your own eJuice are syringes, empty bottles, bottle labels and recipe notebook. When making a recipe from 5ml upto 30ml bottle it is best to have two types of syringes.
- 0.1 ml unit measurement syringes (small)
- 1.0 ml unit measurement syringes (large)
Typically the smaller syringe will be used with nicotine, aqueous glycerine (AG) and flavourings. The larger syringe is required for the larger measurements – vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG).
Typical bottle sizes:
- 5 ml
- 10 ml
- 20 ml
- 30 ml
- 50 ml
- 100 ml
Its advised that when making an initial e-liquid mix that a smaller 5ml bottle is used to negate wastage – just in case the flavour is undesirable. Its best practice to start small and once the mix is to your flavour preference, nicotine level, throat hit and vapour clouds – to then write down the recipe and produce larger batches.