Vape It Till You Make It: How to Make Your Own Vape Juice
Picture this: You're hiding out in an old RV wearing a stained up lab coat, carefully pouring a clear liquid into a flask. "Gently... not too much glycerin."
While this might sound like a Breaking Bad scene, this isn't exactly what it's like to make your own vape juice.
Conjuring up your own vape juice isn't complicated or dangerous, and once you get the hang of it, the payoff is pretty great. No more settling for a juice flavor that doesn't quite hit the spot.
To help you out, we're giving you a complete, step-by-step guide on how to make your own vape juice.
Let's get started.
...yes, you can still wear the lab coat.
Vape Juice Ingredients
Before you can get started, there are a few key ingredients you'll need:
Have you heard your fellow vapers talking about "VG", but never really knew what it meant? vegetable glycerol is what VG stands for. VG is naturally extracted from vegetables, and it's going to be part of your base.
On the flip side, PG is short for propylene glycol. PG is odorless and colorless and is the preferred base for a lot of E juices.
Vodka or Distilled Water
While this ingredient is not a definite requirement, you may want to keep it handy when practicing your vape recipes. Vodka is a great way to still give yourself a throat hit without adding the nicotine. Use vodka or distilled water as thinning agents for your juice.
For a lot of us vapers, nicotine is the most important ingredient. Search for diluted nicotine liquid that is VG and PG compatible. You can find nicotine liquid available in sever strengths, from 8mg to 36mg.
Flavors unite. This is the fun part. Find your favorite flavor -- or flavors.
You'll want to use somewhere between 10% and 20% flavoring.
Supplies You'll Need
Now that you've gathered all of your ingredients, it's time to shop for the supplies:
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
This is where you'll find your gloves, face masks, and goggles.
Remember the safety rules of high-school chemistry?
In other words, don't forget the white coat!
You'll need at least four syringes, one for each: VG, PG, nicotine, flavoring.
Mark each syringe so you don't accidentally mix them up.
Any kind of plastic bottle will do. You really just need something good to mix your juice in. Plastic bottles are disposable and won't break on you.
Use a Good Recipe
There are tons of different vape juice recipes floating around the internet. Do a little research and pick out your favorite! It may take some trial and error before you find one you really like.
Prepare The Nicotine
Different recipes will call for different measurements of nicotine, but a lot of times the desired amount of nicotine is up to you. Be careful not to add too much, but find a good amount that works for you.
Get Your Flavors Ready
The same way you prepared the nicotine, measure out your flavors. If you're using just one flavor, measure it out in the syringe. If you're mixing flavors, be sure to use separate syringes to ensure exact measurements.
Mix the Base
This is where you'll decide on you VG and PG ratio. You can do VG only, PG only, or any ratio of the two. VG will give you a better vapor cloud, while pg will give you a better throat hit and will hold the flavor better.
Use the vodka to thin out a VG only mix.
Mix it all up! Inject each syringe into your plastic bottle, make sure you've got your PPE on, and shake! Shake it like your favorite song just came on and you've just gotta dance to it.
Now You Know How to Make Your Own Vape Juice, So Get Started!
There you have it. Now you know how to make your own vape juice.
Let us know how your recipe worked out for you and ask us any questions you encountered along the way!