So, you’ve got your kit. You’ve got batteries, maybe a mod or two, possibly a vivi nova, a ce4 style or a rebuildable, wicks, wire and a menagerie of accessories ranging from drip tips to pliers to syringes and a steady stream of empty bottles as you finish the juice.
Empty bottles, you think! You could make your own e-liquid! Mix up that flavour maybe no-one else has thought of, or to refine your absolute all time, or to create your Holy Grail of the flavour world. Time to dip them toes in!
But, here’s where it gets technical. What do you need, and more importantly, how do you mix it up to what you need? Lets go over this in a few steps….
This is THE most important bit. Without these items, you’re mixing thin air! You need, basically, this list:
- PG or VG nicotine base. This is what you’ll be using to create that nicotine fuelled gorgeous e liquid that’ll settle your cravings. Now, in the UK, it is ILLEGAL to import or buy anything over 75mg/ml, so please don’t try this at home! For your country, please check import laws before ordering, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise! The most common base amounts I’ve found are 54mg or 72mg, which are pretty much perfect for most mixes (as you will see).
- Food grade PG – This is VERY important! It’s going in your body, please do not skimp on the grade of your PG.
- Food grade VG – This is also VERY important, however you CAN buy this in chemists, usually under ‘Glycerin B.P.’ (Boots do their own small bottle, as do most chemists, it’s all a matter of popping in and asking if you don’t see it – look in the cough and cold section).
- Flavourings – Again, please please PLEASE be very careful where these come from, as some contain oils and other ingredients that can’t be vaped! I know Mist sell their own flavourings, as do Flavourart and The Perfumer’s Apprentice (two sites that are used extensively).
Now those are your four main ingredients!
Syringes, bottles and safety gear – I know this sounds particularly melodramatic, but please remember you ARE working with 54/72mg nicotine base, so, as with everything, it is better to be safe than in hospital for idiocy.
Basic kit you’ll need is:
Syringes. These you can pick up from anywhere, and most on-line vendors will sell a variety of sizes, anything from 1ml up to 30ml IIRC. You can also bulk-buy them on eBay, and these will probably come without the blunt needles.
Blunt needles. These have a variety of uses, primarily sucking up what you need in small amounts and helping to measure as you put it in. They’re also amazing for getting to the bottom of bottles, and most people will have a supply lying about from filling up tanks etc. but again, these CAN be bought on-line from reputable vendors.
Bottles. Again, a variety of sizes is key, from tiny 5ml bottles to measure and mix testers, up to 30/50/100ml bottles for making up that flavour you adore and keeping it safe. Again, many vendors sell empty bottles, but don’t forget to keep the ones you get when vaping, as these usually are a variety of sizes too.
Latex/non latex gloves. These are invaluable for protecting the skin from spillages of liquids and also for keeping your hands nice and clean as you mix different flavours. You can pick these up anywhere.
Kitchen roll/similar. Always always ALWAYS keep a roll of this to hand, for mopping up spillages, wiping clean blunt needles, cleaning up bottle tops, drying off gear. It’s possibly the easiest and most important stuff to have to hand.
You’ll need all the above kit together with any flavours you may like for mixing.
The e-liquid calculator
So, you’ve got your juice, you’ve got your kit. Now, how much do you need to make up a 5ml or 10ml bottle? This is where the e-liquid calculator comes into its own. You can get them to download for either Android or Apple, there’s a few available on the internet or why not just use ours – E-Liquid Calculator. For a more customisable e-liquid this Pro e-liquid calculator gives much finer control over all aspects of your e-juice.