Cheap DIY Vaping

Common Base Mixes and Finished Juices



PG: Propylene glycol: main ingredient that also contributes to TH

PGA: Propylene glycol and grain alcohol (Everclear): preferred by some to PG

TH: Throat hit, which smokers usually like although cigarettes don't compare

VG: Vegetable glycerine: produces the vapor but dilutes flavor and reduces TH

DIY - Base Mixes


Ethyl Vanillin. I mix vanilla powder into PG for base liquid just like vanilla above: 25% powder to 75% PG, meaning 1/2 level teaspoon of powder per 7.5ml PG. (One half teaspoon = 2.45ml or nigh 25%.) You can mix 1/2 teaspoon into 10ml PG and still get acceptable flavor, though vanilla is weak. Vanilla is just a nice basic flavor. I've since replaced it, though, with maple syrup as an everyday all-day vape. 20 grams of any flavor, with three main flavors going, lasts me well above a year. If vanilla is all you vape you might want 60 grams to last you the same amount of time.


Menthol crystals. Be careful with mints. Nice as menthol is, keep your hands away from your face, especially your eyes, when you're mixing it. Won't do any damage, but could make life uncomfortable for a time. Menthol crystals are the reason you want a mortar and pestle, to grind them to powder. You can prepare the long crystals you get by placing not a lot between two sheets of wax paper and rolling a bottle over them. Once crunched, pulverize them with mortar and pestle. Like other bases, I mix menthol powder into PG for base liquid just like vanilla above: 25% powder to 75% PG, meaning 1/2 level teaspoon of powder to 7.5ml PG per 10ml. You can mix 1/2 teaspoon into 10ml PG and still get good flavor with menthol. As for the Koolada method of getting a cool vape, it didn't do a lot for me.


Ethyl maltol. Ethyl maltol is a sweetener much like myself. As a flavor it's sometimes called cotton candy, and makes a good everyday vape. I mix malt for base just like menthol, at 25% powder to 75% PG. That means you'll dissolve 1/2 level teaspoon (equivalent to 2.45 ml, that is, nigh 25%) into 7.5ml PG. Like menthol, malt has a more pronounced flavor than vanilla. You can add 1/2 teaspoon to 10ml PG (instead of 7.5) and still get a good vape.


DIY - Finished EJuices

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Nicotine Strength eJuice

If you use 100mg nicotine in straight PG you would put 100 in the PG box, 0 in the VG box, 100 in the last box. If you use 50mg nicotine in a PG/VG blend of 50/50 you would place 50 in the PG box, 50 in the VG box and 50 in the last box. Disposable latex gloves are suggested with nicotine. If you like a challenge try a couple catcher mitts. One can never be too safe, except for truckers falling asleep at the wheel on California freeways.

Target Nicotine Strength

18mg will do a heavy smoker just fine. If like me, you may find yourself reducing, which I highly suggest. I presently use 12mg and am reducing further with negligible loss to a good vape. I view nicotine a little like super caffeine. With vaping a little goes a long way, such that the 18mg strength suggested for smokers is actually over the top.

Amount to Make

Experimental first mixes at 10ml for a lot of vapers. You can mix experiments at 5ml to save ingredients if you think you might concoct something that you'll have to toss. But 10ml is easier math and, with a few exceptions, most botched recipes can be salvaged with adjustment. Be as may, it's a bit like chaos theory as well: the wide range between 5 or 10ml and 50ml could mean a more likely shift in results upon making a larger quantity. So I experiment at 30ml, don't have to micromanage and have some room for inexactitude, though that little helps my attitude.


Whatever you might use that isn't a flavor, though you could put, say, 2% malt in this row if you like to round out your blends a touch sweeter or prefer a taste less dry. (Vanilla can be improved with a touch of malt.)


21% is a good rule of thumb for trial flavors. 20% is easier math but some flavors ask a bit more. Menthol at 21% from menthol crystals is an excellent vape. I've tried 25%, was mistaken for an ice cube and nearly drowned under the umbrella in someone's vodka tonic. Maltol at 21% is also perfect. It's a touch on the weak side, for myself, for vanilla from ethyl vanillin. So for vanilla I'd put 25% in that box.

Target PG & Target VG

I like TH (throat hit) and a lot of flavor so I blend at 80/20. (PG assists with TH. VG dilutes flavor. VG is the cloudy mist you see upon exhaling.) As commented above, most commercial eliquids are mixed at 70/30 for visual appeal, though that varies to 75/25. As said, I get a nice enough cloud at 80/20.

Common Calculations

1/4 teaspoon powder = slightly more than 10% of 10ml (12% to be precise, but 10% is easier to calculate). If you would rather use a scale 1/4 teaspoon = 1.25 grams of powder. Teaspoons are measured level, not heaping. Per above, base flavors are easy to remember at 1/4 teaspoon per 10ml.

With 100mg nicotine base translates to percent in mixing: 10mg = 10%. Drops would be double the mg or percent for 10ml of mixture: a blend of 10mg nicotine = 20 drops of 100mg nicotine per 10ml. A blend of 20mg = 40 drops per 10ml and so forth.


All in all, my basic mix for 50 ml of any juice from base is 26 PG, 12 flavor, 6 VG and 6 nicotine. Once you've your basic supply of electronics and ingredients you largely vape for dimes rather than smoke for dollars. No more pilfering of someone's silverware to get yourself a pack of cigarettes. Cigarettes were absurdly priced thirty years ago. What they are now is unutterable.


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