DIY E-liquid: the Cheapest Way to Vape

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Mixing your own DIY vape juice from your own ingredients is by far the cheapest way to vape in the UK. If you’re buying branded vape juices right now, then DIY mixing could save you literally hundreds of pounds a year on vape juice.


Not convinced? Here’s a guide to show you how inexpensive home-made vape juice making can be. Hopefully, you’ll see just how much money you can save by mixing your own delicious vape juice at home.

What is DIY vape juice?

Essentially, DIY vape juice just means vape juice that you make at home. You do this by buying ingredients and DIY vaping supplies from local suppliers.

These might include nicotine liquid, flavouring additives and mixing equipment. Then all you have to do is just mix the ingredients together and enjoy!

But how much will it cost you?

Cost of making your own vape juice

On average, the cost of DIY mixing your own vape juice works out at around £12.50 per month in UK. That’s around £150 per year in total.

Contrary to what your vape juice supplier might have you believe, branded off-the-shelf e-liquids are made from low-cost ingredients. And the good news?

Well, the good news is that you can get hold of all of these supplies easily in the UK. What’s more, you can buy them without spending much money at all.

Is DIY vape juice cheaper than bottles?

So, let’s compare the cost of buying pre-mixed 10 ml bottles of e-liquid and DIY vape juice.

The annual cost of getting through one 10 ml bottle of branded vape juice per day is £1,460.

By contrast, vaping 10 ml per day of your own cheap vape juice will save you a grand total of £1,315 over a year. This is based on estimated amounts and costings explained in this table:

Average DIY e-liquid cost per month / year

10 ml bottles of premixed e-liquidShortfillsDIY E-Liquid
Cost per month£120£50£12.50
Cost per year£1,460£600£150

Is DIY e-liquid cheaper than shortfills? 

Making your own is 4 times cheaper than buying shortfills.

No one would deny that savings on shortfills are excellent compared to buying bottled e-liquid. However, DIY-mixing is still by far the cheapest way to buy e-liquid and vape on a budget in the UK.

A year’s supply of shortfills (and extra nic shots) will cost you around £50 per month – or £600 a year. That’s still a big saving compared to 10ml  bottles. But it’s no way near as big a saving as DIY mixing your own e-liquid.

Just take a moment to compare shortfill expenses with the cost of buying DIY mixing ingredients: £12.50/month; £150/year. As you can see, shortfills are about four times more expensive than DIY vape juice.

So, yes, it’s beyond doubt that making your own vape juice is much cheaper than buying shortfills.

Cost of DIY vaping supplies

So, here’s a quick cost breakdown of stuff you’ll need to make your very own tailor-made vape juice.

All of these ingredients are used in commercial e-liquid, and all will give you very similar results. All you need to do is to get the flavour balances right.

Quantities and prices of ingredients and basic equipment listed here should give you enough home-made vape juice to last you about a year. However, this will of course depend on how much nicotine you use, and where you get it from.

DIY vape juice cost uk – breakdown

  • Propylene glycol base liquid  – £5 for one litre
  • Vegetable Glycerine base liquid  – £5 for one litre
  • Nicotine liquid shots – (freebase or salts)  – from £50 – £100 for one litre depending on whether you are buying a single bulk-container or multiple 10ml shots
  • Vape flavour drops –  around £15 for ten 10ml bottles
  • Syringes, empty mixing bottles, etc – max £15
  • Distilled water (optional) –  £5 for one litre

Custom vape juice

Mixing your own less expensive vape juice gives you the freedom to create whatever custom flavours and recipes you want. This means you’re no longer stuck with off-the-shelf flavours,and really start to customise your juice. With DIY, you can control how sweet, strong, smooth or harsh you want your vape juice to be, and this is what makes it so much fun!

Is DIY juice making really worth the savings? 

Of course, though, you’ll definitely need to find out how to DIY mix your own vape juice before you can start saving money. But then again, DIY mixing isn’t rocket science.

On top of this, there’s a wealth of information about the subject on online vaping forums, so it’s hard to go too far wrong with it.

DIY vape is cheap to make – but is it dangerous?

DIY vape juice is not necessarily dangerous, as long as you take sensible precautions when buying ingredients and mixing your liquids. That way you can enjoy your super low-cost vape without endangering your health in the process!

  • Check that all ingredients you buy are “food grade” or intended for vaping before you place your order. If ingredients are REALLY cheap, the seller might be trying to pass off an inferior product – buyer beware.
  • Buy only DIY-grade nicotine, and avoid high nicotine strength liquids. It’s safer not to buy or mix any liquid with a concentration stronger than 7.2% (72mg)
  • Wear goggles and gloves when handling nicotine concentrates
  • Use a DIY mixing calculator to work out safe nicotine and base liquid ratios
  • Follow a “tried and tested” vape juice recipe before you start to design your own flavours
  • Keep all mixing ingredients and equipment well out of the reach of children and animals at all times


As long as you’re not fazed by a little extra work, you’ll find that mixing your own vape juice is a lot of fun. Besides this, it’s also hands-down the cheapest way to vape in the UK right now.

Happy mixing!


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