Many vapers will tell you there’s a massive difference between “Premium E Liquid” and the homemade stuff, but why is that?
After all, isn’t E Liquid (AKA E Juice) just a bunch of chemicals mixed together in a well packaged bottle? Well the answer to that is yes… and no.
E Liquid is made of four components: Propylene glycol,vegetable glycerin, liquid nicotine and flavoring (artificial or natural sometimes with added sweetener.) The quality of the ingredients do indeed have an impact on the taste, consistence and vapor production of the E Liquid including a process called “layering” whereby the person making the E Juice vapes it during production in order to adjust the flavor content. A little bit like adjusting the seasoning in a dish with salt and pepper, in principle.
So how much does Premium E Liquid cost and how much is the homemade stuff?
At the end of the day, for many people, money is a huge consideration when it comes to vaping. Not only does the hardware cost quite a bit, there are also maintenance costs in the form of new coils, wicks, tanks and of course, a constant supply of your favorite E Liquid.
For those who have more money than sense, it’s really a no-brainer as premium, branded E Liquid often vapes and tastes a lot better than a homemade potion. Then again, in terms of costs, Premium E Liquid will set you back between 60 cents and around a dollar at the top end. For that matter, making E Juice at home will cost you a mere 10 to 40 cents, all in. But what about the quality of the finished product?
Well, let’s look at it in another frame of reference, say in whisky terms. There’s good reason why people pay top dollar for expertly blended top shelf whisky so why don’t they make it at home? Provided one had the facilities to do so, the whisky would most likely never taste as good as a smoky, aged bottle of Glenmorangie or Bowmore. That’s why people buy it. The same principle applies to E Liquid, but if you know what you’re doing and have good quality products and equipment, you can make a tasty vape juice, especially with some tweaking.
If I want to try my hand at making my own E Liquid, what do i need to get started?
This is a good question and a vital one for anyone wanting to get into the world of making their own E Juice. But vaper be warned! Making your own E Juice isn’t simple and is a very messy business.
While there are numerous great online resources, and E Liquid calculators which tell you specific amounts needed to make your liquid, it isn’t easy to produce a good quality E Liquid from your kitchen table. Many vapers prefer fusion flavors which incorporate differing amounts of three or four flavors, to make the perfect tasting, well-blended E Liquid.
Aside from the fancy bottles and well-designed labels, Premium e Liquid manufacturers use only the finest ingredients and expertly blend and steep their E Juices so their customers receive the same great tasting product consistently. While that certainly doesn’t offer an avid vaper flexibility to tinker with and perfect the flavors, they do get the good quality experience they want and don’t have to worry about the messy and difficult business of making their own E Liquids.
So in conclusion, while making your own E Liquid will save you money in the long run, and you could produce good stuff, it is a messy business and takes a lot of time and effort to get it just right. If you are the sciency type, you may enjoy the lab-style process of mixing liquids, needle-tip bottle heads and calculations, but if like most vapers you don’t have the time, Premium E Liquids are the way to go.
A 30ml bottle of Premium E Liquid will cost you between $15 and $30 at the top end, and if you order a few bottles delivery is often free of charge. It’s still cheaper than smoking and whole lot healthier and less stinky… So the choice is yours.
Whether you decide to go down the route of making E Liquid at home or buying Premium E Liquid, always ensure you enjoy your E Juice safely and responsibly.