How to improve an E- Cigarette with budget costs

Electronic cigarettes also known as smokeless cigarettes are an alternative method of consuming Nicotine.  They are non-carcinogenic alternative to the real cigarettes and are supposed to be cheaper. In case you only have to spend money for refilling the cartridge of the E-cig, you don’t have to spend as much money as you have to, for buying normal cigarettes. But the complex batteries and the associated USB chargers are not only expensive but are prone to malfunction.

Here are some steps for you to make your own e-cig with regular batteries and a new cartridge.

  • Step 1: Since the E-cigarette operate off 5-8dc with wattage higher than just from one battery, so battery voltage needs to be higher. Get 3 “D” (4 “C”) batteries, an electrical wire with length few inches more than the batteries laid together end to end in a line and a cardboard.
  • Step 2: Remove the insulation from the wire’s ends from both sides, 2-3 inches from one end and one inch from the other end.
  • Step 3: Roll the exposed 2-3 inches of wire into the form of a flat coiled disc. Connect an alligator clip to the other end of the wire and seal the connection by crimping it with pliers.
  • Step 4: Tie up the coiled end of the wire to the –ve terminal of one of the batteries with the help of electrical tape.
  • Step 5: Cut a piece of cardboard vertically and roll it into a tube with a diameter that can accommodate the batteries in it. Tie a rubber band at the top of the tube and fold up the bottom end and staple it close at the folding.
  • Step 6: take the battery which is connected to the wire and insert it into the cardboard tube with its negative terminal facing down towards the folded end. Keep the alligator clip as it sticks out the top of the tube with a rubber band. Insert the rest of the batteries inside the tube one by one in –ve to +ve order.
  • Step 7: Next you can make a male electrical connector for the e-cigarette cartridge. You can your own male connector by covering a screw which is the central terminal with insulating tape. Next you can cut down a “T” shaped sheet metal and twist it to fit between the cartridge’s outer terminal and around the taped middle of the center terminal. This will work fine as long as the center terminal or the screw is electrically insulated from the outer ring.
  • Step 8: When you want to use the e-cig, you just need to touch the cartridge’s center lead to the positive terminal of the top battery in the cardboard tube when you draw on the cartridge mouthpiece. When you are not using the e-cig, don’t let the center lead touch the battery terminal as this will result in overheating the filament inside the cartridge. Also make sure that the alligator clip is not in contact with the top battery as this will cause short circuit. You can adjust the shape of the cardboard tube, bending of the wire and position of the rubber band in such a way that the center lead of cartridge does not touch the top battery.
  • Step 9: Make sure you steep your e Juice. Steeping is the process of ageing the liquid over time to ensure the flavour has fully matured and can taste the way it should. This typically takes 4 days to 2 weeks depending on how vicious the liquid is. The thicker the e liquid the longer it takes to steep.

Even though the look of this e-cig is not very smart, this self made thing is really cheap and performs better than the readymade commercial e-cigarettes.

How to make E-Liquids by your own?

Electronic cigarette liquid is a combination of water, e-liquid base, flavorings and a fixed amount of genuine nicotine. You can prepare your own e-liquid effortlessly in order to save money as well as to have your unique taste. Here are some suggestions, tips and things required to make your own E-liquid.

Things needed to make E-liquid:

  1. E-liquid base: The main e-liquid bases you can use in your preparation are Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). The e-liquid base is the ingredient that creates the smoke or fog in the e-cigarette. Nicotine juice or nicotine liquid is included in PG and VG at a certain percentage. PG helps the e-cigarette to have a stronger throat hit while VG creates more vapor. According to your preference, you can use PG, VG or a mixture of both and o can also have this mixture without nicotine.
  2. Distilled water: You need to use potable purified water as other type of water contains lot of elements.
  3. Vape Liquid Flavours: You need to use a food grade, waste soluble and temperature resistant flavourings. For most flavours, you need to use approximately 5% to 20% and in case you are mixing flavours, then this percentage would be the total of all flavours. It is advisable to start with a low percentage of the flavour which you can gradually add to suit your taste.

Approximate Nicotine level for your e-liquid:

The milligram (mg) of nicotine is the amount of nicotine per milliliter (ml) of e-liquid. The standard levels of nicotine used in e-cigarettes are; 0mg to 10mg of nicotine is low, 11mg to 16mg is medium, 17mg to 24mg is high and 25mg to 36mg is extra high. You should never exceed the nicotine more than 36 mg as it is dangerous.

Procedure to make your own E-liquid:

Mixing: if you want to make 10 ml of E-liquid with 18 mg of nicotine per ml , 50%PG 50%VG  with 10% flavoring and also you have unflavored nicotine liquid, 36 mg 50%PG 50%VG. You need to mix this well by putting these in a bottle and shake well. Blend 1 ml of the flavor, 2ml of PG and 2 ml of VG or 4ml of 50%PG 50%VG mixed liquid and 5ml of 36 mg 50%PG50%VG unflavored nicotine liquid. 1ml of E-liquid is 10% of 1 ml flavor, 2 ml of PG and 2 ml of VG, the total of flavor, PG and VG is 5 ml. This dilutes the 5 ml of nicotine to half its strength.

You can also use water, Vodka or PGA (pure gain alcohol) to dilute this e-liquid depending on individual preference.

Use E-liquid syringes and empty bottles: You can use 1 ml syringes with needles, for mixing flavors and 10 ml ones without needles, for nicotine liquid and PG/VG. Also you can use small 5ml or 10 ml plastic bottles with droppers also for mixing.

If you prefer to have a thicker smoke, then you can omit mixing water. Also you need to readjust the flavor intensities by using various e-liquid bases and distinctive nicotine concentrations according to your individual preference.

How to make a DIY e cigarette?

When you want to give up regular smoking and instead try electronic cigarettes, you have to be comfortable with the after effects as well as the cost should be in your budget. Apart from the battery cost which depends upon your usage, an e cigarette approximately costs $12. So to make your own cigarette, with the combination and flavour of your choice, you need to follow certain steps.
Mixing the e liquid flavours can be fun and exciting and rewarding and it s not at all complicated as it sounds. Amongst the juices used to make an e cigarette, three main ingredients form the main constituent: nicotine, propylene glycol/vegetable glycerine and the flavour.

Nicotine is by far the most important part and you can adjust the level or the ratio as per your taste and suitability. Most of the vapers maintain somewhere between 6-24mg. If the nicotine is not flavoured, then make sure to dilute it as nicotine undiluted can be very dangerous and poisonous. Therefore protection should be taken while handling it, wear gloves and protective clothing.
In order to dilute the concentrated form of nicotine, either propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG) is added. PG is responsible for the regular cigarette like “kick” and VG is comparatively smoother, but helps in creation of more vapour. Depending on individual tastes, most vapers have a preferential mix of 20% VG to 80% PG while others go for 50:50.

You can experiment the most when you are adding the flavours as, other ingredients must adhere to exact measurements but the amount of flavour relies upon the strength of the flavour, the kind of equipment used and of course individual tastes. For some types 5% could be overpowering and lighter flavours need to be adjusted and added. Flavourings are generally mixed drop by drop to avoid contamination of the measuring equipment.

The equipment and ingredients required:

The essentials that you will need are:- nicotine, vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavouring, measuring cup, small funnel, eye-dropper, empty bottles, latex gloves, index cards and e-liquid calculator.
The mixing stage might be little cumbersome, where one needs to mix the correct proportion of nicotine with the other three or four ingredients, because the correct concentration makes all the difference. But the availability of an e-liquid calculator online has solved most of the problem. You can log onto eJuice me up, E-liquid recipe mixing calculator and many more for this correct measurement.

An e-calculator will help you to reach a consensus of the exact measurement of each ingredient to deliver the optimum result at the correct nicotine level. If we exemplify, with 5ml/36gm nicotine, 2 ml PG, 2 ml VG, 1 ml flavouring ( as recommended by the calculator), make note that half the mixture is nicotine.
Use index cards for labelling each recipe bottle, it s important to remember the contents of the bottle to enable repetition of the same mix again. The measuring cup is required to maintain the consistency of the nicotine strength and you should wear latex gloves when handling concentrated nicotine.

The Mix

After the mix, shake the bottle vigorously. Some vapes might take time to fully develop, so keep it standing for a few weeks and try going back again. You will be surprised to find the vape all the more better.