DIY e-Liquid Tutorial
This DIY e-liquid tutorial will hopefully get you on your way to saving money by making your own e-liquid for e-cigarettes. It’s meant as a full DIY e-Liquid Tutorial but leaves room for you to come up with your own flavorful concoctions. There are really only a few steps to making your own e-liquid and we will get to those a bit later but first I would like to introduce you to the most common ingredients used and offer some links for where to get the best high quality materials and ingredients including where to buy top quality nicotine for e liquid.
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First off we have:
There are a few things you will need for mixing in. Most of these things are for measurement or safety and while not necessary, will make mixing your own e-liquid much simpler.
Here’s the list:
Next up we come to the ingredients:
Glycerin (VG) is one of the main ingredients in this DIY e-Liquid tutorial and is important for getting those big puffy clouds of vapor. Now, many people suggest using only glycerin derived from vegetable matter but the truth is it really makes no difference from where the glycerin is derived whether it be animal or vegetable. For the sake of this DIY e-Liquid tutorial however, we will be using the term VG (Vegetable Glycerin) to describe the ingredient even though it really makes no difference which type you choose to use. The only real reason for choosing VG over animal derived glycerin would be for personal diet choices such as vegans or religious reasons.
Throughout this DIY e-Liquid tutorial I will be linking to MFS to provide materials and ingredients. The reason for this is not only is eCignificant an affiliate but more than that it’s because I, myself really trust the quality of products from their site. I have purchased my personal e-cigarette products (including DIY supplies) from them for several years.
Glycerin is a mild sweetener that’s used in many food and health and beauty products. It’s perfectly safe for consumption and for use on the skin. The only thing I recommend is that you make certain the label on it states USP 99.5% or better. Anything less may make for a lesser quality e-liquid. If you buy your glycerin from MFS or the link on this page you have no need to worry as it is guaranteed to be 99.5%USP or higher.
Glycerin can be purchased nearly anywhere from the internet to “Wally World”. It can be bought in amounts ranging from a few ounces to 55 gallon drums or more.
If using Glycerin only in your mix it may be necessary to add in some vodka, Everclear or purified water to thin it out as regular glycerin is quite thick and will not wick well on it’s own.
Next up we have:
Propylene Glycol (PG) is another common ingredient found in e-liquid and is one that I personally won’t do without. Many people choose not to use this ingredient and that’s fine but it helps to provide the “throat hit” that cigarettes provide. It also provides some of the visible vapor although it’s not nearly as good for this as glycerin. I suggest a mix of both.
When you here people stating that e-cigarettes have antifreeze in them, PG is the ingredient they refer to. While it’s true that it is used to keep food stuffs like ice cream from completely freezing up it’s also been deemed safe for consumption by the USFDA. One can choose to use it or not, it’s totally up to the user.
Next ingredient is:
Nicotine Concentrate can be purchased in a base of either VG or PG or a mix of both. It can be purchased in amounts ranging from 12mg/ml to 100% pure Nicotine. I personally recommend using 100mg/ml mix which equals about 10% Nicotine per base ingredient. I would never recommend buying or using 100% pure Nicotine since it is such a strong toxin that simply breathing in the vapor from pure Nicotine could cause serious sickness or death.
The reason I recommend using 100mg/ml of Nicotine mix in this DIY e-Liquid Tutorial is simply because it’s the strongest, safe mix to work with. You can choose to buy lesser strength but the 100mg/ml will go a lot further in the long run. Plus, with a good calculator and safe practices it shouldn’t make a difference whether you use 10% 0r 2% base Nic liquid.
Lastly we come to the flavors:
There are many different e-juice flavors to choose from when making e-liquid. When you consider that it’s fun to mix different ones together you soon discover that the choices in flavors is nearly limitless. You can buy all things from tobacco flavors to fruit flavors to baked goods like pie and cake flavors.
I choose to buy my flavor concentrates from MFS because they offer many of the flavors I like and all are top quality. It is however also possible to use other flavor oils such as baking flavors and LorAnn candy flavors found in the candy making section of most department stores or in pharmacies.
Now on with the steps for this DIY e-Liquid Tutorial:
To prepare for making e-liquid I recommend wearing safety equipment such as gloves and eye protection. You won’t want to be getting Nicotine concentrate on your skin or in your eyes as it could cause some uncomfortable consequences. Latex or vinyl gloves should be just fine for mixing.
You will also want some measuring equipment such as a measuring cup or my personal preference, a graduated cylinder.
Clear off a clean and safe place out of the way of children and pets so as not to harm any of them when mixing your concoctions.
Mixing it all up
Just follow these few simple steps I’ve laid out below and you’ll be on your way to becoming a DIY e-Liquid mix-master in no time at all:
- Find a really good DIY e-liquid calculator, there are plenty of good ones available online or you can just use the one I linked you to. This will help to make certain that you get all the correct and exact measurements for all of the ingredients when mixing up your e-liquid.
- Measure out and pour in the correct amount of Nicotine concentrate. Do this first so you can get the lid back on the bottle and get it out of the way to avoid accidents as the Nicotine concentrate is the most dangerous chemical you will be working with.
- Add in the correctly measured amount of Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol (or water/alcohol as preferred). These are messy chemicals so get them done second in order to get them out of your way to get ready to move on with the next step.
- Add in whichever e-juice flavors you choose to use in your mix. I always do this last simply because it’s the least messy of all the steps. In fact, I will often just mix up a batch of unflavored e-liquid to keep on hand. Then, when I’m ready to use it, I’ll just add in the flavor that strikes me most at the time. Something I heavily recommend to every DIY e-juice making vaper.
The final (optional) step in the e-liquid mixing process is something called steeping e-liquid. Some flavors are better with steeping and with some flavors the process is unnecessary (actually it’s always optional). I’ve found that usually the heavier the flavor (such as coffee, tobacco, etc.) the more steeping helps to improve taste. With lighter flavors (fruity, minty, etc.) steeping isn’t quite as important to reach full flavor. However, these are my own thoughts on the matter and others may find that steeping is helpful or they may not. As with everything dealing with flavor, it’s all up to the user to decide what works best for the individual taste and what doesn’t.
So, basically steeping is like a pot of chili made on the stove-top, the longer it sits the better the flavors get mixed together and hence, the better overall taste of the chili. With e liquid it’s pretty much the same thing. The e-liquid mix-master lets the ingredients sit for an extended amount of time before using and it sometimes helps to enhance the overall taste of the e-liquid.
There are basically two methods of steeping that I’m aware of at the moment: (this page is regularly updated)
- The first method of steeping is basically to just mix all of your ingredients and then let the full mixture sit at room temperature for a few days. After 2-3 days of sitting, the flavor should be well absorbed throughout the mix offering a fuller more robust taste.
- The second method of steeping is what I call “heated steeping”. With this method the e-liquid mix-master boils some water in a pot on the stove. Once the water comes to a full boil, let the bubbles die down so as to not splash into the mix. Once the boiling water has settled down a bit, put the e liquid mixture (inside a heat resistant container) down into the water and let sit until the previously boiling water reaches room temperature. This e liquid steeping method is quicker but in my experience it doesn’t work quite as well as with the first method of letting the mix sit for a few days. Perhaps you will have better experiences with heated steeping.
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That’s Pretty Much It!
That’s pretty much all there really is to this DIY e-Liquid Tutorial. Of course I’ve left out some things like which flavors to use or how much of Glycerin and PG to use simply because these are user preferences. It’s totally up to you. I do however recommend starting with a mix o0f about 20% flavoring but it’s totally up to the user.
Now you have the basics, go out and make your own special concoctions for personal use or to sell for profit. If you happen to make a killing off of your concoctions please remember where you learned to make up your e-liquid. I will accept donations for providing this information to you should you feel generous.
If you come up with any new ideas or know of something I left out of this DIY e-Liquid tutorial please don’t hesitate to drop your info in the comments section below. Feedback is great and always welcome at eCignificant.
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