Using vape is usually considered cheaper than smoking cigarettes, and this is true for most models. Of course, custom vaping devices cost a fortune, however, an average vape together with liquids and all accessories pays off rather quickly. If one additionally counts the costs of health care for long-terms smokers in their late years, the cost-efficiency of vaping becomes obvious. The ready-made mix available in the vape shop costs 20-30 times more than components bought separately, vapers say.
On the other hand, the consumable of vaping liquids can be rather costly. Some brands offer exclusive flavours, other boast high quality mix, but in fact, these liquids cost more than all their ingredients separately. Therefore, it is only reasonable to buy the components and mix the bases yourself. Some vapers even manage to create own exclusive flavours.
How To Mix the Base
Firstly, mind the components needed:
- glycerine. This thick liquid is necessary to actually produce vapour. It can actually be used for vaping without any flavours or nicotine.
- propylene glycol. This component is needed to provide better taste of the vapour. It is not necessary to create the vapour, though.
These two components can be mixed in proportions 70\30, 50\50, 80\20.
Nicotine is not necessary to create the vaping liquids. It is needed only for those smokers to have developed nicotine addiction by smoking cigarettes previously. Nicotine also creates a specific feeling in the throat while vaping. Still, it is not crucial.
Instruments needed for mixing are:
- small bottles
- gloves (crucial)
Before mixing all the ingredients, you have to decide whether you are going to use flavours. This is important for the whole recipe, because several percent of the liquid will be flavour, which means that the percentage of the base elements will vary as well, depending on the amount of flavour.
Firstly, you have to count the percentage. Take your bottle and measure how many mLs it has. This is your 100% of the mix. Then, count how many % the flavour takes. After that, deduct the amount in MLs and take the rest as 100% again. These 100% divide between your glycerine and propylene glycol. Remember that the more glycerine you have, the more vapour you produce and the thicker it will be. Less glycerine and more propylene glycol means less vapour, but brighter taste. Most vapers prefer the 50\50 option.
How to Create Flavours
There are loads of variations of different flavours. Before mixing the flavours, make sure they are of indoor temperature. All flavours are combined before the base, but after the percent of nicotine has been added. If you want the best flavour, use separate syringes for each flavour.