What's the Right Nicotine Strength for My DIY E-Liquid?

What's the right nicotine strength for me? There are 2 things you want to look at when trying to figure out the ideal nicotine strength in your DIY e-liquid.

  • How much nicotine you consumed before switching to electronic cigarettes.
  • The throat hit that you want to experience while vaping your DIY e-liquid.

This guide will explain how each factor might affect your choice of nicotine strength, and how you can determine the ideal nicotine level for your DIY e-juice.

It’s important to note that nicotine strengths are measured by the number of milligrams (weight) per milliliter (volume). This is typically expressed as mg/ml. Many companies shorten this to “mg” on product pages to simplify things for you.

How previous nicotine consumption determines ideal nicotine strength

One factor that may influence what nicotine strength you want to use in your e-juice is how much nicotine you consumed through traditional cigarettes before switching to e-cigarettes.

If you smoked a pack of regular cigarettes per day, for example, your body absorbed roughly 20mg of nicotine. Since electronic cigarettes allow you to control your nicotine consumption, you can choose a nicotine strength that will result in consuming 20mg of nicotine per day. If your goal is to wean yourself off of nicotine, you can decrease your nicotine strength slowly.

For electronic cigarette users who are new to switching, our advice is to go with a lower nicotine level than you might normally get from cigarettes. It’s always safer to ingest less nicotine, and it’s everybody’s tendency to ‘smoke’ more regularly throughout the day as they switch to vaping.

Remember that nicotine in e-liquid is measured at mg/ml. This means that if you vape 3mg/ml e-liquid, you would have to vape approximately 6.7 ml of e-liquid for your body to absorb 20mg of nicotine.

You will likely have to go through some trial and error before you find the ideal nicotine strength for your e-liquid. Electronic cigarette use is about personal preference, so experimenting with different strengths is a good way to figure out what nicotine strength you prefer.

What kind of throat hit do you want?

When thinking about nicotine strength, you may also want to consider what kind of throat hit you want to experience. Some DIY mixers try to produce e-liquids with a more intense throat hit because they are trying to simulate the experience of smoking traditional cigarettes.

There are two primary factors in DIY e-liquid that will affect the intensity of the throat hit that an e-liquid produces:

  • A higher nicotine level will produce a stronger throat hit.
  • Propylene glycol (PG) is one ingredient of e-liquid that increases the intensity of a throat hit. Using more PG than VG will result in a stronger throat hit. If you would like to produce a less intense throat hit, you should use more Vegetable Glycerine (VG) than propylene glycol (PG).

These two points relate to how e-liquid ingredients could affect your e-liquid experience. It is also essential to consider the specifications of your electronic cigarette device, as each combination of parts will have a different effect on the ‘feel’ of the vapor. Please familiarize yourself with the components of your electronic cigarette to gain an understanding of how best to customize your overall vaping experience.