So, you have successfully given up smoking and been enjoying vaping for a while. You have also moved on from your starter device to a nice shiny new cloud producer and are thinking of trying to mix your own vape liquid. But, if you are being honest, you are a bit confused as to how to go about it. I would like to give you all the information you need to give it a go.
The E-Liquid Basics
The vape liquid you are using consists of four main components, they are, Vegetable Glycerin which is normally shortened to VG, Propylene Glycol (PG), food grade flavourings and the fourth element which is nicotine. It will more than likely be pre-mixed with the VG/PG level at 50/50 which gives a good even vape, the nicotine content can range from the highest level of 18mg per 10ml bottle down to 3mg. There are also different vape liquid mix ratios available as VG is a thick substance which allows the production of more vapour while PG is a thinner component but produces a better flavour, more on this later.
Information On Shortfills & Shots
If you’ve been reading about the best e-juice, you may have heard of both terms but don’t really know what they mean. It’s relatively simple to explain, e-liquid without the nicotine added is known as shortfill e-liquid it’s then combined with the separate nicotine element which is called the shot or nic shot. The shot contains a solution of either freebase nicotine or a newer type of nicotine called salt nicotine in the e-liquid world. This new type does not use harsh chemicals in the refining process and produces a smoother vape when inhaled.
Time To Mix Your Own
It easy at to start as most shortfill e-liquid bottles have space left in the bottle for the nicotine shot, for example a 60ml bottle will have 50ml of shortfill liquid with enough capacity for your 10ml nic shot to go straight in, a quick shake and you are ready to go. If you want to mix your e-liquid in larger quantities, it is entirely possible but as your amount of shortfill increases so must the number of shots you complete the mix with. A good rule of thumb is 2 x 10ml shots for 100ml shortfill which will give you 120ml e-liquid at 3mg nicotine strength. Using a minimum number of suitable utensils, it is possible to mix your e-liquid in any quantities, the sky’s your limit.
Preferring Those Super Large Clouds
If you dream of producing super large clouds of vapour, you will be needing a vape liquid with a higher VG content, the thicker liquid combined with a vape device using a sub-ohm coil allows the production of those nice big clouds, the high VG E-liquid is available pre-mixed in a 70/30 ratio. At the opposite end of the vape juice scale for those wanting a more flavoursome vape a high PG liquid mixed at an 80/20 combination gives less vapour but more taste.
What it all comes down to is your personal preference and what you want from your vaping experience, now you have all you need to be a budding mixologist.