Beginners Guide to DIY E Liquid Mixing
Mixing your own e-liquid can be a daunting prospect but it isn’t as difficult as it seems.
There is a lot of trial and error involved. You can use the guide below to mix your first bottle and then experiment according to your personal preferences.
E-liquid as a whole only really contains 4 elements.
Vapable nicotine for DIY mixing comes in strengths of 48mg (4.8%) or 72mg (7.2%) which is too strong to be used undiluted and is not recommended.
If you wanted a 12mg (1.2%) strength eliquid, using the 48mg nicotine one quarter of the overall liquid would need to be the nicotine solution – 48 divided by 4 is 12.
For a more in depth explanation of different nicotine strengths click here.
The next ingredient is the flavouring. The amount you would put into your liquid varies but a good starting point is about 15%.
The final ingredients are the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine or PG and VG for short. The ratio of each used is all down to personal taste. PG gives a stronger throat hit and carries flavour better whereas VG produces a thicker vapour but doesn’t carry the flavour as well. The majority of our e-liquid is at a ratio of 70% PG to 30% VG. We find this to be a good balance between throat hit, flavour and vapour production.
So using all this, to mix a 10ml bottle, 12mg nicotine strength at a 70/30 PG/VG ratio the recipe would be:
- 2.5ml 48mg Nicotine Solution (25%) <– one quarter of the overall mix to make the strength 12mg
- 1.5ml Flavouring (15%)
- 3ml Propylene Glycol (30%) <– To bring the PG ratio up to 70% with the nicotine and flavouring
- 3ml Vegetable Glycerine (30%)