We’ve all had a time when we’ve either accidentally bought the wrong nicotine strength of e-liquid or been given an e-liquid with a different nicotine strength than we’re used to. Most of the time, especially if the nicotine strength is too high or the flavour is too strong, it’s tempting to throw out the bottle. However, there are ways to dilute or strengthen your e-liquid’s nicotine or flavour with other e-liquid or raw ingredients so that you can save money and make the most of that overwhelming or underwhelming juice.
Nicotine strength is one of the biggest factors that determine whether an e-liquid will be enjoyable for you.
If your e-juice contains too much nicotine, you can experience a harsh inhale, bitter flavour, and a head rush (if not nausea). But when nicotine in e-liquid is too weak, it can leave you unsatisfied and bring on withdrawal or cravings.
Fortunately, if you end up with an e-liquid that isn’t the right nicotine strength for you, you can dilute or saturate it with another e-liquid to bring it back to the optimal nicotine level for you.
Here’s how you can figure out the right blend to adjust the nicotine content of your juice:
When mixing equal parts of two e-liquids together, the resulting nicotine strength will reflect the average of the two.
0mg + 18mg = 9mg
3mg + 12mg = 7.5mg
6mg + 6mg = 6mg
In order for this calculation to work, both e-liquids must be combined at a 1:1 ratio.
Using this equation, you can increase or decrease your nicotine level to your liking by purchasing another e-liquid of a different nicotine strength.
Depending on the type of vape you have, you may be required to use thicker e-liquid (large, high-wattage tanks) or thinner e-liquid (smaller, mouth to lung tanks). Similar to nicotine, PG and VG can be adjusted at a 1:1 ratio, producing an average of the two ingredients.
80VG/20PG + 50VG/50PG = 65VG/35PG
Keep in mind that this will only be accurate when mixing equal parts of each e-liquid.
You can also “cut” your e-liquid with plain VG or PG to adjust your thickness ratio. Remember, though, that these raw ingredients are 100% pure, and adding small amounts will greatly increase the respective VG or PG level.
1 part 60VG/40PG + 1 part 100% VG = 80VG/20PG
Another factor that might turn you off to an e-liquid is too strong or too weak of a flavour for your taste. This can also be fixed by mixing the e-liquid with a flavourless e-liquid, another flavour of e-liquid, or straight PG or VG. However, mixing flavours isn’t as exact of a science as adjusting nicotine strengths or thickness, since there are no standardized flavour levels for e-liquid.
Really, mixing flavours comes down to taste and experience. If you’re new to vaping and aren’t familiar with the flavour strength of other e-liquids, the easiest way to dilute your e-liquid’s flavour would be to add a flavourless e-liquid. Flavourless e-liquids don’t contain any flavouring at all, but may provide a slight sweetness from the VG and PG’s natural properties.
To increase the flavour level of your e-liquid, you’ll want to add e-liquid with a very pronounced flavour. If you aren’t familiar with flavourful e-liquids, asking another vaper or shop employee would likely point you in the right direction.
Generally speaking, e-liquids’ nicotine strength, thickness, or flavour can be flexible if you know the result you’re looking for and how to achieve it. You might even surprise yourself with a great new flavour combination!