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  1. lilpeach

    lilpeach Senior Member

    May 7, 2014
    I have been toying with the idea of DIY. Especially since my last ejuice binge was over $100, and looking at what I got doesn't seem like much for the price. :( Have you ever tried one of those DIY projects and it turns out to be more expensive than just outright buying the vendor version? Happens to me frequently. Which brings me to the question, is DIY really more bang for your buck in the long run? How steep is the learning curve?
  2. SupplyDaddy

    SupplyDaddy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2012
    San Antonio, Texas
    I spent $350 Jan 2013 for 2 liters of 100MG nic, 1 gallon each of PG and VG and a boat load of 10ml flavors.
    This year, I've spent about $25 for a few of my favorite flavors.. and still have enough Nic/PG/VG for the next 2 years... being used by two people...

    The two flavors my wife must have now and then that I don't make for her are Halo Shamrock and an Atomic Fireball. I've spent $88 for 2 bottles each this year.. 120 ml total.. Did 3 of each for her last year $132 for 180 ml total...

    Yes, it's worth it!
  3. YKruss

    YKruss Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Apr 21, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    DIY is the way to go to save money.

    It cost me $0.038 per ml for end product being 12 mg/ml with 1% flavoring and $0.036 unflavored.

    Learning curve? That was none for me because most of my mix is unflavored and only 1% single flavoring when I fill like it.
  4. Heabob

    Heabob Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2014
    Bay City, Michigan
    Initial cost can be high, but you should consider the "fun factor" also.

    Mixing your own stuff is fun, especially when you hit a good ADV recipe.
  5. lilpeach

    lilpeach Senior Member

    May 7, 2014
    Thanks for the quick replies!

    Yeah I'm pretty sure I will be a flavor junkie, but out of curiosity what does unflavored taste like? lol, that sounds like such a dumb question reading it but I'm sure it doesn't taste like air. :p
  6. lilpeach

    lilpeach Senior Member

    May 7, 2014
    That's a great point! I do need a new hobby :laugh:
  7. 3mg Meniere

    3mg Meniere Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2013
    Tomah Wisconsin

    I don't try to replicate vendor juices. I go for my own creations.

    Starting slowly, with single flavors, then blending them, means that I don't have to order to get the right ingredients for someone else's recipes. Now that I have a good selection, I can approximate others' recipes with my own substitutions. That said, I do have several of Mt. Baker's mixes of flavorings for some of my favorites.

    Low nic helps me keep the cost down, as a 120 ml bottle of 48 mg can last a long time. I bought a gallon of pg at Tractor Supply, and buy 6 oz bottles of vg at wal-mart.

    Even in the short run, if you approach it slowly.

    As steep as you want it to be.
  8. B2L

    B2L Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Not really a dumb question at all. It depends on the nic base you are using and your PG/VG ratio.

    It can be anywhere from almost flavorless and slightly sweet to harsh and peppery.
  9. YKruss

    YKruss Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Apr 21, 2009
    Springfield, VA
    It taste slightly sweet to me with my mix at 60% PG and 40% VG.
    And Double RY4 is the only flavor in 1% concentration that satisfies me when I want a flavored juice.
  10. doghair

    doghair Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 15, 2014
    It tastes a little weird to me, not bad but not pleasant either. I mix up some unflavored higher nic when I get a cold since I can't taste anyway.
  11. Harleybarbie

    Harleybarbie Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 7, 2009
    Doing a few loose calculations this morning... I spent $190.34 for 10 flavors, sweetener, sour, PG, VG, & nicotine. Yesterday I made 427 ml about 90 ml of 4 different & 67ml of one flavor that equals 14.2 bottles.
    If had bought them at my B&M it would have cost me roughly about $235.72. Yep... It's a huge savings!!

    My order was for 10 4 oz flavors I have plenty of everything left over!
    4oz yields roughly 20 bottles of juice
    10 X 20 (30ml bottles) @ $ 16.60 (what my B&M charges) equals $3,320

    Sent from my iThingy using Tapatalk
  12. Lurch

    Lurch Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 13, 2014
    Central Florida
    In my opinion, it is definite worth the investment of time and money. My initial order cost me $112.00. That got me syringes, blunt tip needles, bottles, 500ml of 10% nicotine (should last me several years), 250ml of both PG and VG, ten flavors and some other little things that I have forgotten. I then went to WalMart and picked up a fishing tackle box for all this stuff plus the stuff I got for making my coils (about $40 for the tackle box and $6 for the coil wire, my wife makes jewelry so we had the other stuff necessary for wire coils).

    I have been making our juice for about two weeks now and am ordering some more flavors ($1.39 each for 8ml), about $20 worth which includes another 250ml of VG.

    I did the math on one 15ml bottle of juice I made and it came out to about 3 cents per ml, counting just the expendable stuff I used (the PG, VG, Nic and flavors as I reuse all the hardware/equipment). Local B&M are charging anywhere between .80 to $1+ per ml.

    Plus, as others have said, it is fun. I have finally produced a juice I like better than any I have purchased so far; a Blackberry/Raspberry flavor.
  13. Hoosier

    Hoosier Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2010
    I don't know that I've ever broke even or spent less mixing my own.

    I started mixing because most vendor juices were pretty bad. Things have really changed in the pre-mix world since then. The flavor I wanted, when I started, took me 5 months and a holy ton of flavorings to figure out. But, I discovered plenty of good flavor along the way.

    Now days I give away so much that mixing is my highest vaping expense. I gave away about half a liter of juice this last weekend....and I didn't even refill my oldest son or sisters supply, so that's coming up soon.

    Never really intended to save money. Just wanted to make great juice that I genuinely enjoyed vaping. I've got what I was after, so whatever I spend is well worth it to me.

    /\ the result of large fingers on a tiny phone's keyboard - using Tapatalk
  14. BicStic

    BicStic Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2014
    I made some calculations and it is costing me about $1.50 to make a 30 ml bottle of juice including a new bottle. I have been paying $15-20 for a 30 ml bottle of juice delivered. The only problem with DIY is that you purchase many bottles of flavors and at least half sits on the side unused because you do not like the flavor. If you can choose your flavorings wisely it will also save you money.
  15. Jugband

    Jugband Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2013
    PA, USA
    I have to say, I find it extremely cost effective. I was spending at least $100.00 a month on juice. And that would just last the month, had to start over again the next month. The start up cost was very high. It took awhile to really enjoy the long term savings, but I'm seeing it now. I know have more than enough supplies for who knows how long, and more juice made than I can vape in months. I won't have to buy another thing for quite sometime. And to be honest, the great recipes I found right here on ECF taste better than anything I ever ordered. Just be prepared to spend a lot to get set up, then enjoy the savings! Believe me, it's well worth the investment!
  16. 3mg Meniere

    3mg Meniere Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2013
    Tomah Wisconsin
    All those leapers with large disposable income. LOL. :blink::facepalm: But we are all vapers. :vapor:
  17. Bob Chill

    Bob Chill Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 22, 2013
    Sans Nom, USA
    One thing is for sure, chasing flavors with diy is far less expensive than premix. I've bought at least $200 in premix that I basically wasted. Plenty of those flavors I bought samples first. It's weird that you can like something at first and quickly grow tired of it before a 30ml bottle is done.

    I love the control. Never have to worry about running out or low. I keep a 1+ month supply on the shelf at all times. Mixing is pretty quick with perfected recipes. I can make a month supply for 4 people in about an hour. When I first started DIY I though I would need to break open the lab multiple times a week. It's ended up being twice a month instead.

    Something that you can't really put a price on that is definitely worth something is safety. I know precisely what's in my mixes and I only buy the best ingredients.
  18. 3mg Meniere

    3mg Meniere Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 24, 2013
    Tomah Wisconsin
    Amen to that.
  19. lilpeach

    lilpeach Senior Member

    May 7, 2014
    Thanks guys! Yall are super helpful :) I'm going to start planning DIY and try to get a game plan for next months vape budget. Another noob question though: How do you test your juice to know if you need to adjust flavoring? Because doesn't it need to steep before flavoring melds together? LOL This is the part that concerns me, and where I see myself wasting supplies. I've been trying to figure out how you concoct complex flavors on the fly :confused:
  20. Racehorse

    Racehorse ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 12, 2012
    USA midwest
    Yes, I Keep It Simple, too.

    I like a little bit of peppermint in my unflavored, and sometimes add a drop or 2 of fruit.

    No big laboratory set up in my kitchen, a drop or 2 of each in 10ml and I'm happy.

    DIY can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. Some people love making recipes.

    Your costs sound kinda high, mine are about 0.06 cents per ml.
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