How to Make Your Own Vape Liquid: A Beginner's DIY Guide

Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years, and many enthusiasts are interested in creating their own custom vape liquids. Making your own vape liquid can be a fun and rewarding experience, allowing you to tailor the flavors and nicotine levels to your preferences. 

Before we jump in, please note: Safety always comes first. Please make sure to follow all safety guidelines and precautions carefully while handling the ingredients.


What You'll Need

Before you begin, gather the following items:


  • Empty Bottles: For mixing and storing your e-liquid.
  • Nicotine Base: Choose the desired strength, or opt for nicotine-free.
  • Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG): They are the primary ingredients of any vape juice.
  • Flavor Concentrates: The flavor of your e-liquid ultimately depends upon these factors.
  • Measuring spoons and cups: for accurate measurement of ingredients
  • Syringe or Dropper: For precise mixing and transferring.
  • Scale: To weigh ingredients for consistency.
  • Stirring Stick: To mix your e-liquid.
  • Bottling Funnel: To transfer your e-liquid into atomizer bottles without spills.


Step 1: Determine Your PG/VG Ratio

The PG/VG ratio affects how your e-liquid tastes, feels, and looks. A higher PG ratio makes your throat feel more of a hit, and your e-liquid tastes stronger. A higher VG ratio makes your e-liquid look more like vapor.

  •  50/50: Balanced for both flavor and vapor.
  •  70/30: The higher PG content provides a stronger throat hit and flavor.
  •  60/40: Higher VG for more vapor and a smoother hit.


Step 2: Choose Your Nicotine Strength

Choose the right strength depend on your smoking habits - look at how many you have a day, think about whether they were a light variety or not. You can use a stronger liquid to help you switch from smoking to vaping. Once you've found the right one, you can gradually reduce it. If you go for a lower strength, you can vape until you’re satisfied.


  • 0 mg/mL: Nicotine-free. This is perfect for social smokers who desire the smoking sensation or want to dilute their nicotine juice.
  • 3 mg/mL: Low to moderate strength. This is the lowest nicotine level in a liquid. It’s often the ideal final step for people quitting smoking. This concentration is also good for light smokers who smoke a few cigarettes a day.
  • 6 mg/mL: Higher strength. It’ll give you the nicotine buzz you’re looking for. This is for those of you who smoke about 10 a day.
  • 12 mg/mL: Very high strength. For the average smoker who uses up to a pack a day. It’s a good place to start vaping and will help you stay away from cigarettes.
  • 18 mg/mL: This is a high nicotine level for people who are getting through a serious number of cigarettes, by this we mean over a pack a day. 


Step 3: Select Your Flavors

With countless flavor options available, the choice is yours. Consider single flavors or combinations to create something unique. Start with a little flavor concentrate and add more if you like.


Step 4: Calculate Your Recipe

Use a basic formula to calculate your e-liquid recipe:

Total Volume (in mL)=(PG Volume+VG Volume)+Nicotine Base Volume+Flavor Volume

Ensure the total volume doesn't exceed the capacity of your empty bottle.


Step 5: Mix Your E-Liquid

Combine your PG, VG, and nicotine base in the empty bottle first. Then, add the flavor concentrates using a syringe or dropper. Stir thoroughly to ensure complete mixing.


Step 6: Steep Your E-Liquid

Store the bottle in a cool, dark place and allow it to steep for at least 24-48 hours. This process allows the flavors to meld and mature, enhancing the taste.


Step 7: Bottle and Enjoy

After steeping, use a syringe or dropper to fill your atomizer with the e-liquid. Adjust the wattage on your device for optimal vapor production and flavor.


Safety and Legal Considerations

  •  Always mix in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling PG or VG vapors.
  •  Wear gloves and safety goggles when handling nicotine base.
  •  Check local laws regarding the sale and use of nicotine and e-liquids.


Making your own vape liquid is an exciting way to personalize your vaping experience. With a little practice, you can create e-liquids that match your taste and preferences exactly. Remember to mix safely, steep your creations, and enjoy the process of bringing your flavors to life.


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So, there you have it, a guide to DIY your e-liquid. We hope that this has helped you understand the different nicotine strengths, which ones are most suitable for you and the detailed process of creating your own e-liquids. 

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