What Flavour Percentage Should I Use For DIY E Liquid?
Everyone has very different tastes when it comes to the amount of flavouring in an e liquid. One person may find a certain flavour overpowering at 10% while another thinks it is too weak at 15%.
There will always be a lot of trial and error in mixing your own e liquid. You will make a lot of bad mixes along the way. But it is worth all the pain for when you find those amazing combinations that are vaping heaven!
Below you’ll find each manufacturer’s recommended percentages (where available), along with some advice from our experience of using the flavours and some general tips.
Capella – 15%
We recommend mixing test batches of Capella concentrates at around 15% for a medium strength flavour. However, you may find yourself mixing some at 20% or even 25% if you prefer fuller flavoured liquids. We have found very few Capella flavours that work well much below 15% – even for people that like subtly flavoured e liquid.
Flavour Art – 3-5%
Flavour Art recommend 3-5% for their concentrate range. We have found that this kind of strength would only be suitable for vapers that like very subtle mixes though. There are several that we prefer up at 15% or so. Bearing in mind that taste is very subjective, we’d suggest trying a test batch at around 10% and then adjusting to your personal preference.
Flavor West – 15-20%
Flavor West recommend 15-20% across their entire range. This is pretty accurate, so we’d suggest mixing test batches at the 15% mark and taking it from there.
The Perfumer’s Apprentice – 10-15%
Out of all the flavour manufacturers there is probably the most variance of strength in the TPA range. We have found some, such as French Vanilla and Pineapple, that work best (to our preference) at as little as 3-5%. Others need 15% for a decent flavour level. TPA concentrates are relatively strong though and we think it unlikely that anyone would need more than 15% for any of their flavours. As a general guide we’d recommend mixing a test batch at around 10%.
T Juice – 15%
T Juice recommend 15% across their entire range. This is usually fairly accurate, so we’d suggest mixing your test batches at the 15% mark and taking it from there.
Vapable – 15%
Most of our own brand concentrates work great at around the 15% mark. There are some we feel work better a bit stronger – such as Pear Drops (20-25%). Others we feel need less – like the Spearmint (5-10%). While you get used to the flavours, we’d suggest starting with initial mixes at 15% and then adjusting to your personal taste.
General Tips on Flavour Levels
- It is certainly not always true, but often most flavours from a manufacturer will need mixing at similar strengths. So, for example, if you liked one Capella flavour at 10% (which is fairly low), it would probably be a good idea to mix test batches of other Capella flavours at around 10%.
- Use your sense of smell. Generally, if a flavour smells very strong it will need a low percentage in the mix – and vice versa.
- Flavours react very differently as they steep. Capella concentrates usually steep well and get stronger/better. Others can be stronger when first mix and then fade a little. Generally, fruit flavours can be more prone to fading, whereas rich, creamy flavours often get stronger. For this reason we recommend getting somewhere close to your flavour preference with a test mix and then leaving it to steep for a while before fine tuning.
- If you have one flavour you like at 5% and another at 10% you can dilute the the 5% flavour with PG (1 part concentrate to one part PG) to make them similar strengths before mixing them together. Likewise, if you are regularly blending a flavour that works well at 2%, you couls premix it 4/1 with PG so you have a concentrate you can work with at 10%.
- If you are making a higher VG liquid, bear in mind that VG isn’t as good at carrying flavour as PG so flavours can seem ‘muted’. For this reason you may need more flavour in a high VG mix.
- It is much easier to rescue a mix that is under-flavoured than one that is over-flavoured!
- Make notes on, label and date every test batch. There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours perfecting the ultimate flavour and then not being able to recreate it.