This month we catch up with the admin team from /R/ECR_EU. In the coming months they’ll be bringing our readers a selection of the most asked DIY questions. You can add your own questions and answers in our monthly “Subohm DIY Questions” thread.
Q: Is it still legal to purchase your own Nicotine?
A: It’s still completely legal to purchase your own nicotine. You are restricted to 10ml bottles, and no stronger than 20mg, but purchasing nicotine for your own use is still allowed under the UK’s interpretation of the TPD.
Q: What are One Shots?
A: ‘One Shots’ are pre-mixed flavour concentrates – companies sell either their own unique flavour combinations, or well-known recipes. Their popularity stems from their ease of use. They are highly recommended for beginners
Q: Should I use sweetener in my juices?
A: Manufacturers have been known to use sweeteners, clearly, it’s something that’s quite palatable for some people, we wouldn’t recommend it though, it has a tendency to reduce the lifespan of your coils.
Q: How long should I steep my juice for?
A: Most fruit flavoured E Liquids are “shake and vape” meaning they can be vaped almost instantly but in our experience they taste better after 3-5 days. Dessert flavours, on the other hand, need to be steeped for at least two to three weeks to let the flavours mature otherwise the juice is far too bland.
Q: What’s the best way to store PG/VG?
A: You can store PG/VG bases in common E Liquid bottles. It should be stored in a cool dark room. We recommend you store your PG/VG base inside the bottles you intend to mix with.
Q: What’s the best way to store nicotine?
A: Store your nicotine base in glass bottles with an air-tight cap. Allowing your nicotine to react with air will render it unusable. Do not store your nicotine base in large bottles as this has the tendency to trap air inside. Nicotine does not freeze so we recommend you store in a freezer.
Q: What kind of bottles should I buy for mixing?
A: HDPE Bottles are great for your PG/VG base, since they are easily available in 250ml and 500ml with your preferred nozzle. They usually come with either a 24mm or 28mm neck. LDPE bottles are most commonly used to store E Liquid.
Q: Is it easier to mix by weight or percentages?
A: Mixing by weight will almost always be more accurate. Weighing your ingredients on a good digital scale is much easier than trying to work out 2-3% of a concentrate.