A good e-liquid can make the difference, and finding the one that works for you is crucial in the transition from traditional tobacco smokes to vaping. But with so many brands and flavors available it can be tricky to have your taste buds set on a particular one. The wide majority of e-juices can be purchased on-line, but since taste is subjective a liquid that is praised by 30 users can taste not that appealing when you inhale it from your setup. Of course, positively reviewed juices are usually the best, but in order to find some alternatives that work for you will need to experiment.
From my experience, sampler packs are an ideal way of getting to know a brand’s flavors but always stick with the minimum number. If you order 10 flavors instead of just five, you will have a harder time deciding a favorite so please be patient and take things gradually. Vape retail stores or lounges that offer the possibility to sample some of the juices on the spot are also great because you can easily find one you like without having to pay for all the experimenting.
But once you find some flavors that you like and want to tweak it to the maximum, or want to end up paying even less for each milliliter then this DIY e-liquid guide is going to give you some pointers. Do It Yourself e-juices usually involve taking things to the next level and getting your hands dirty but it’s totally worth it. However, don’t imagine you’ll be scouting the fields and forests for berries and plants to extract the flavor from and then use it in your e-liquid. No, I’m talking about concentrated flavors, which many reputable brands are selling (alongside their e-juices) and you get the chance to mix them at home and increase or decrease the aroma.
In order to make your own e-liquids at home you are going to need a few things: a base, flavorings, a couple of syringes, and some empty bottles with dropper caps. So, without further ado, let’s take each of these items and explain.
First of all, a good base is critical if you want to reach the same level of quality as store bought e-liquids. There are numerous alternatives out there and it’s hard to recommend a particular one because many of them offer the same results but as a rule you should check out the prices on at least 5-10 websites (just to get an understanding of the prices) and then go for something in between. Never buy the cheapest one you find or the one that’s with $10 more expensive than the mean. Another thing you should know is that The price for these bases increase with the amount of nicotine they include. You should definitely go for something with a close level of nicotine as the one you are vaping regularly.
A base is usually a mixture of VG (vegetable glycerin), PG (propylene glycol), nicotine (0%, 0.6%, 1.2% etc) and sometimes water. VG is responsible for the vapor production but adds thickness to the e-liquid, PG is responsible with the flavor but adds thinness. The ratio between VG and PG depends from person to person and it depends on preference. You should start with the same ratio as the one found in your day to day e-juice.
Some companies offer the option of choosing between a couple of predefined ratios and nicotine concentrations, while others sell only 100% VG, 100% PG or 50/50 VPG. The predefined bases are easier to work with because they eliminate a step in the calculation of the final product concentration. But buying VG and PG separately can also be easy to work with as you can mix them in a separate container and then carry on to adding the flavor and measuring the quantities. You only have to make sure to pick the same nicotine concentrations on both!
If you are interested in making your own juices, then Mount Baker Vapor have some delicious DIY flavorings
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