Thinking about making your own vape juice?
It’s public knowledge that smoking cigarettes is dangerous to your health. That fact is printed on cigarette packs and governments have been making the effort to make that knowledge wide spread.
In spite of the knowledge of these risks, smokers are still unable to quit their addiction. People of different age groups, genders and social status are hooked to smoking cigarettes at their own risk.
But today, from a collaboration between science and technology, there now exists a method for people to enjoy nicotine, without all the harmful effects that come with cigarettes. Vaping.
But wait, do you think personal vaporisers are something that’s totally new? Well, not really.
They’ve been around since the 60s because of a man named Herbert Gilbert, but at the time, didn’t make a huge wave. It was ignored by the smoking public.
Only recently did more and more people begin to switch to vaping. Those who have made the switch express more favour towards vaping compared to smoking.
Recent studies have shown that vaping is actually a healthier alternative to cigarettes and an even be a more affordable option.
An average smoker who can consume one pack of cigarettes per day can save around $1348 annually when he resorts to vapes. It also has no odour and can help a smoker quit cigarette smoking for good.
If you think e-cigarettes are more cost efficient, you can cut the cost of your addiction even more when you opt for vape devices that allow you to refill them with the vape juice of your choice.
The good news does not stop there. There are those in the vaping community who have even begun making their own vape juices, which allows them to customise the taste of the juice, as well as its nicotine content.
If you’re wondering about whether making your own vape juice is dangerous… well, of course it is because nicotine — one of its active ingredients — is a hazardous chemical and can be fatal.
It requires proper handling and if you choose to go down the Do-It-Yourself route, be very cautious when stocking or using it.
The advantages of DIY
Because you’re mixing the ingredients yourself, you can decide which flavours you want, and how much nicotine you want to include. (However, it is highly suggested that nicotine levels be kept at low levels especially for beginners.)
You will also be more certain about exactly what ingredients go into the vape juice, as you are in control of what you put in.
If you start to DIY, you will definitely be joining a very friendly and helpful community that could assist with growing your skills. You never know, you might find a hidden talent that you never knew you had.
DIY is also a good choice for those who are unable to gain access to affordable vape juices.
Making your own vape juice can be very budget-friendly. However, when you first start, the process may be complicated and can incur higher costs due to the research & development process and so on.
Think it may be too complex? Read on because we’ll try to provide you with a simplified guide.
A Quick Guide to DIY Vape Juices
First of all, you’ve got to make sure that you have the necessary tools and equipment. You will also have to have a secure work area.
This area should be inaccessible by your children or pets to avoid accidents, especially if you are working with nicotine.
When handling nicotine, use disposable gloves. Nicotine is poisonous so if there’s a way you can take classes on handling hazards or have a reliable person such as a chemist assist you in the beginning that would be a lot better.
You will also need syringes with no tips that could contain 1, 5 and 10ml of liquid. 1ml syringes cost about $2.25, while the 5ml and 10ml syringes are estimated at about $1.180 and $0.69 respectively.
You will also need paper towels, a nicotine testing kit, storage containers and of course, bottles. Prices for bottles depend on the quantity that you buy but the range should be about $0.50-$1.50.
Next, start looking for ingredients.
You will need nicotine liquid. For first time users, get smaller concentrations of nicotine at the start. Just until you are more accustomed to handling the liquid.
When you get comfortable, try purchasing 100mg nicotine liquid and dilute it to your end product. Buying and making by bulk will save you more money. However, it is also a more risky procedure.
The price of nicotine varies depending on where you get your product but be careful about where you get your nicotine from. There are some who would go as far as to fake the real nicotine concentration and content.
Don’t compromise especially if price is too good to be true. The average price of nicotine in the market is $120-$125 per litre of 100mg/ml nicotine liquid.
Another thing you need to consider is the Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) ratio. It depends on what best suits for you. 120ml of PG is priced at about $3.19 and VG is also about the same price.
You have the option to use 100% of PG and 100% of VG or make it 50:50. For you to decide, ask yourself first if you are a tank atomisers user or using dripping. If you are using the former, 100% PG is suggested but you can go for 100% VG is you are using the latter.
PG has a better throat hit and thinner vapour and since it is a less sticky liquid, it is easier to handle and it can fill tanks faster. Flavours also dissolve faster in PG.
For other vapers who prefer a lesser throat hit experience, they can use VG. It is declared safe by FDA and is in fact, used in food production. Of course, if you want to have the benefits of both, then blend them together using a 50:50 ratio.
You don’t want to miss the third ingredient — flavouring. Since there is a very limited option in the market, it would be best to make a vape juice that suits your taste buds. Every vaper has his/her personal favourite flavour so making your own juice is to your advantage.
However, with the extensive array of raw materials available in the market, this can also get confusing. If it happens to be your first time, you can ask for opinions from other vapers as to what the best flavours are and how to get them.
There are natural and artificial flavours offered for you to choose from. One of the cheapest flavourings sold is The Flavor Apprentice (TFA) which costs roughly $39.99 per litre. There are other brands that are more expensive but have great taste too such as Inawera, Fairies Finest, Capellas and more. The list goes on so just explore!
Now that everything is set and complete, we can now proceed to the vape juice-making process.
- Remember to observe safety rules so gloves, lab coat (optional) and goggles should be worn.
- Decide on the strength of nicotine you want for your juice say for example 12mg/ml.
- Transfer nicotine to the bottle and make sure you wear gloves. You can use a plunger to make sure you have the right measurements because sometimes, air bubbles in the syringe can make it harder to have accurate amounts.
- Then you can now add the flavours into the bottle. Depending on what flavour you want, you can vary the amount to make the perfect blend. You can also search for separate specific recipes available in the web.
- When planning your flavour, keep the food flavourings to about 10-15% only of the juice’s total volume.
- Measure PG and VG then add them in the bottle based on your desired proportion. If there is already too much PG in the mixture from the nicotine and flavoring you used, you can just add VG instead.
- You can also do basic arithmetic if you want a higher volume of PG or VG in your blend.
- Now, just close the lid and then shake it as vigorously as you can for several minutes to guarantee that everything inside is well dispersed. After that, your liquid is ready to be consumed!
Congratulations! You’ve just made your first vape juice flavour. Taste to see if it’s to your liking.
If it isn’t, repeat the process either with different flavours or with different proportions of the same flavouring.
Some vape juices may require a process called steeping. It means the process to allow the chemicals to blend together more over time and to create a more perfect blend.
You can leave the bottle open for air to come in and take part in the process. A lot of vape juice suits this process and tastes better after some time. So, be patient and observe your juice and your preference if steeping works for you.
As you can see all throughout the process, although the cost of the raw materials to make your own vape juice may be relatively lower compared to purchasing a pre-mixed one, the early research & development process may be costly.
However, if you remain persistent, you may develop a vape juice that you will never want to stop vaping.
DIY provides the benefits of having the final say on what flavours to use and knowledge over what ingredients were used.
Moreover, you can also earn bragging rights for yourself after successfully making your own vape juice.
DIY projects gained popularity because it is a cheaper alternative to buying pre-mixed juices. DIY vape juices can cost you approximately just $0.06/ml and this is so much cheaper compared to buying pre-mixed ones.
Cheaper brands of vape juices may cost you around $0.13 while superior brands may triple the price or more and cost about $27 per bottle.
Thus, make the best choice for your vaping needs and be a wise vaper. Happy vaping!