E CIGARETTE STARTER GUIDE PART 3 - EJUICE

Posted on August 11, 2015 by Paul McNamara

EJUICE AND NICOTINE

Let’s get this out of the way to start: nicotine is illegal to sell or supply in Australia. So unfortunately I cannot sell you nicotine. Most of my customers buy their own unflavoured nicotine from overseas. Whilst it is illegal to sell nicotine it is nonetheless legal to import up to three months’ worth of nicotine for personal use.

Let me clarify the above further. Federal Law which governs Customs allows the importation of nicotine for personal use. So you will not get stopped by Customs importing nicotine for personal use so long as you keep the amount within the three months’ supply guideline. How much is three months personal use? How long is a piece of string? I will let you decide. If you need further advice get in contact through my contact page.

However, Federal Law notwithstanding, State law is different. Some States ban the possession of nicotine. So you can legally import nicotine under Federal Law but in some States it is illegal to possess nicotine. Go figure. Which States ban possession? I don’t know, I have never worried about it. Most of my customers don’t either. But please understand the laws as they pertain to you wherever you are and make you own decisions. The above is just a guide, not a recommendation, nor a legal opinion.

Ok, so now on to the more interesting stuff. I sell ejuice in doubler form. What does this mean? It means the juice is flavoured at double the intended strength. This is so you may add your own unflavoured nicotine thereby diluting the flavour to its intended use. Before I move on to explain how to mix your juices allow me to give a quick rundown of what the ingredients of ejuice are.

eJuice

There are three major ingredients in e cigarette juice – Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG) and flavour concentrates. You will notice that I did not include nicotine. This is because not all ejuice contains nicotine, nicotine is optional, but the other three ingredients are almost always present.

The main differences between different juices are the flavours and the ratio of PG/VG. Flavours are self-explanatory so I won’t spend time explaining that different flavours produce, err - different flavours. Propylene Glycol (PG) is used to carry the flavour, and juice with a high ratio of PG will have more flavour and greater (some say harsher) throat hit. Vegetable Glycerine (VG) tends to mute both flavour and throat hit, but produces more vapour.

All the juice I carry comes with a 50/50 ratio of PG/VG. This is a nice balance that works well with most clearomizers and tanks on the market today. Juice with a high ratio of VG (which is thicker than PG) can clog up the coils resulting in dry hits. Juice with a high ratio of VG (for example 70 – 100% VG) is mostly used in drippers (RDA’s) where the user can manually drip the liquid onto the coils. If you are a beginner you do not need to worry about drippers (or RDA’s) for the moment. Just take it from me that you don’t want any more than 50% VG in your juice to start off with.

How to mix your juice

Doublers are called doublers because they come with double the flavour strength. They are also meant to be doubled in quantity to dilute the flavour to the intended strength. In other words if you have a 25ml doubler you are meant to add an extra 25ml of PG/VG and/or nicotine to end up with 50ml at the correct (or intended) flavour strength.

Now assuming for the moment that you are not going to use nicotine, all this requires is that you add the required PG and/or VG equal to the amount of doubler. So if you have a 5ml doubler you add an extra 5ml of PG/VG. If you have a 25ml doubler you add an extra 25ml of PG/VG etc. PG and VG can be purchased from my online store here: 

Keep in mind the ratio that you are mixing. My juices are all mixed at a 50/50 ratio of PG/VG. So this means if you add 25ml of PG to my 25ml doubler you will end up with 50ml at 75% PG/25% VG. What ratio you mix is up to yourself, but I would recommend you stick to a 50/50 blend to start with. Once you get the hang of it you can experiment all you like.

How to mix nicotine

How you mix your nicotine first depends on what strength nicotine you wish to use. As a rule of thumb the correct level of nicotine is whatever stops your cravings for cigarettes. If that’s 36mg or 6mg it doesn’t matter – whatever stops your craving is the right amount. Having said that, as a rough guide, if you are smoking less than 15 cigarettes a day 12mg nicotine should suffice. 15 or more cigarettes a day I would recommend starting on at least 18mg.

Okay, so assuming that you wish to start using at 18mg strength how do you mix it? First of all nicotine like flavour dilutes on a 1 to 1 basis. So if you take 50ml of 36mg strength nicotine and mix it with 50ml of doubler you will end up with 100ml @ 18mg strength nicotine.

If you wish to start on 12mg you will need to add 24mg nicotine to an equal amount of doubler to arrive at 12mg strength – remember nicotine dilutes on a one to one basis.

I know this can be confusing if you are just starting out, it is the same for everybody. The easiest way to start is to buy unflavoured nicotine mixed in 50/50 PG/VG blend at double the strength you intend to vape at. So if you wish to vape at 18mg buy a bottle of 36mg unflavoured nicotine and add an equal amount to whatever quantity of doubler you have. So if you have 5ml doubler add 5ml of 36mg unflavoured nicotine, if 25ml doubler add 25ml at 36mg or if a 50ml doubler add 50ml of 36mg unflavoured nicotine.

Unflavoured nicotine is available from many online shops internationally. If you need further help use the contact page HERE

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