How to Make Your Own Electronic Cigarette Vapor Liquid

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How to Make Your Own Electronic Cigarette Vapor Liquid
The impact on health of e-cigarettes has not been extensively tested. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Electronic cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to the user by vaporising liquid as the "smoker" inhales. E-cigarettes usually consist of a rechargeable battery and logic board, an atomiser or heating element and a mouthpiece that contains a sponge-type substance that holds the liquid that is vaporised. Commercial liquid is sold in many flavours and nicotine strengths, but some e-cigarette users make their own by mixing the ingredients at home. Many of the ingredients can be found at a local pharmacy --- excluding commercial nicotine liquid --- which can be bought from a speciality retailer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vegetable glycerine
  • Oral syringe
  • Distilled water
  • 50 mg commercial nicotine liquid
  • Dropper bottle, 250ml or larger

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  1. 1

    Draw 130ml of vegetable glycerine into the syringe and deposit it in the dropper bottle. Propylene glycerine can be used instead of vegetable glycerine if it is available. Vegetable glycerine-based liquids cause electronic cigarettes to generate more vapour than propylene glycerine-based liquids.

  2. 2

    Measure 30ml of water into the oral syringe and add it to the dropper bottle. Vegetable glycerine has a high viscosity and needs to be mixed with other liquids to be used in an e-cigarette. Cap and shake the bottle to mix the liquids.

  3. 3

    Add 40ml of nicotine liquid to the bottle.

  4. 4

    Cap the bottle and shake vigorously to mix the liquids. Apply the recommended drops to the cartridge.

Tips and warnings

  • In this mixture nicotine accounts for 29 per cent of the overall contents of the formula. Nicotine levels should not exceed 33 per cent of any one mixture. E-cigarette refill liquid does not need to contain nicotine. For flavoured vapour replace the nicotine liquid in the mix with flavoured liquid from an electronic cigarette retailer.
  • Electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation aid. While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, nicotine is a poisonous substance that can cause health problems.
  • Nicotine should be handled with extreme care and kept out of reach of children and animals.

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