- Cost – many vapers started vaping to significantly reduce their cost when compared to tobacco cigarettes. Purchasing pre-mixed e-liquids accomplish that goal. DIY e-liquids are cost reduction on steroids.
Example: Assume you are paying $10 for a 15ml bottle of pre-mixed e-liquid. $20 buys you 30ml of e-liquid. Compare that to DIYELS Vapor Day Bundles. $20 buys you 250ml of PG/VG/Nic in any ratio and nicotine you specify. And we’ll mix the base for you. In addition, 5 x 10ml bottles of flavor extracts are also included – you choose five of your favorites from more than 70 extracts. So you can pay $20 for 30ml of pre-mixed e-liquid or $25 for 250ml of e-liquid you create according to your personal preferences. Welcome to DIYELS!
- Regulatory uncertainty – What happens if over-regulation eliminates flavor options, or makes it financially impossible for small vape shops to stay in business, or bans vaping all together? Most flavor extracts are food grade, “Generally Recognized As Safe” by the FDA (for ingestion, not inhalation), and used every day by countless companies to produce a wide range of products. The same applies to PG and VG which are often used in food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Annual worldwide sales of nicotine replacement therapy products marketed by pharmaceutical companies are estimated to exceed $6 billion by 2018. Regulations aimed at e-liquids are unlikely to change the availability of these products for DIYers.
- Taste is very subjective – while there are many excellent pre-mixed e-liquids available including those offered by DIYELS, DIYers are on a “quest for their personal best”. Flavor, throat hit, clouds of vapor or all three – DIY allows you to create today’s personal favorite, tomorrow’s “what if” and next month’s WOW e-liquid! The possibilities are virtually limitless.
“Flavor blends” are e-liquid recipes without the mixing base. You add them to your mixing base at the concentration that suits your personal taste (5%, 10%, whatever you prefer), and you have the perfect, customized premium e-liquid at a fraction of the cost of a ready-to-vape e-liquid. Flavor blends are extremely popular with DIYELS customers and we will be adding new blends on a regular basis. Check back often for our latest creations!
Mixing by Volume
Mixing by volume means determining ingredient proportions for an e-liquid recipe based on milliliters. So if you’re mixing 30ml of e-liquid at a flavor extract concentration of 10%, you’ll need to measure 3ml total for all of the extracts in your recipe.
The least accurate way of measuring by volume – counting drops. All drops are not created equally. Definitely not recommended.
The most accurate way of measuring by volume – syringes and blunt needles (sometimes referred to as “dispensing needles”).
The biggest advantage of mixing by volume – needles and syringes are very inexpensive. DIYELS offers syringes in various sizes from 1ml to 30ml. Blunt needles are available in 14ga. or 16ga.
For those new to DIYing, we also offer our E-liquid Starter Kit – By Volume. Everything you need to get started mixing your own creations including your choice of flavor extracts.
The greatest disadvantage of mixing by volume – the time it requires compared to mixing by weight. Fill syringes with extracts, transfer to your bottle, repeat. Time consuming and tedious. When you’re done mixing – syringes, needles, etc. have to be cleaned and dried.
Another disadvantage is mixing large volumes, 500ml to 1,000ml, of PG/VG/Nic mixing base. Try measuring 500ml of VG with a 30ml syringe and you’ll quickly understand the problem. There are larger syringes but why go to the trouble and expense when there is a much simpler option…
Mixing by Weight
Mixing by weight means determining ingredient proportions for a recipe based on grams. So if you’re mixing 30g of e-liquid (roughly equivalent to 30ml) at a flavor extract concentration of 10%, you’ll need to weigh 3gms total for all of the extracts in your recipe.
Although mixing by weight is undeniably more accurate than mixing by volume, most folks would be hard pressed to taste the difference between an identical recipe mixed by volume vs. weight.
But when we look at start to finish times of mixing by volume vs. mixing by weight – there’s no contest. We’ve mixed the exact same recipe measuring by volume and measuring by weight. The recipe measured by weight was completed 70% faster. Instead of loading syringes and transferring to a bottle, you’re adding recipe ingredients directly into the bottle that will hold the finished e-liquid. All you’re doing is watching the digital readout on the scale.
When you’re done mixing your favorite e-liquid – you’re done period. Unless you have the occasional “oops” moment, there is no cleanup.
Still another advantage of mixing by weight is mixing large volumes of PG/VG/Nic mixing base is a snap. Regardless of the volume – the procedure is identical.
The greatest disadvantage of mixing by weight – slightly higher startup costs because of the need to purchase a digital scale. For mixing quantities from 5ml to 250ml, we recommend a scale that measures down to hundredths of a gram – 0.01g. The smaller the quantity you’re mixing, the more important scale accuracy becomes.
For mixing 500ml to 1000ml – a scale measuring down to tenths of a gram is great. For quantities 500ml and over, you’ll never notice the difference a few tenths of a gram would make.
It is worth noting that digital scales that measure to a tenth of a gram are less sensitive, and therefore respond more slowly, to relatively small changes in weight – like adding drops to a bottle. If you’re mixing larger quantities, it really isn’t a concern. When mixing PG/VG/Nic in quantities of 500ml and up – scale accuracy of 0.1g is ideal. If you’re mixing 15ml or 30ml bottles, the reduced sensitivity and slower response times can be pretty frustrating so we recommend a scale with a 0.01g sensitivity.
Last but not least, consider scale maximum capacity. For smaller volumes, the AWS-201 (200g capacity) or the AWS-LB501 (500g capacity) are ideal. For 500ml and larger volumes, the AWS 1KG (1,000g capacity) is perfect. All three scales have a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
Based on our experience, mixing by weight is the hands down winner. Little or no cleanup. More accurate measurements. Much easier for mixing large volumes. Try mixing by weight and you’re not likely to go back to volume. We didn’t!