DIY E-liquid: the Cheapest Way to Vape

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DIY mixing your own e-liquids from your own ingredients is one of the cheapest ways to vape and can save you literally hundreds of pounds a year on vape juice.


Here is a guide to show you how cheap DIY e-liquid making can be, and just how much money you can save by mixing e-liquid at home.

How much does DIY mixing cost?

On average, the cost of DIY mixing your own e-liquid works out at around £12.50 per month – or £150 per year.

Contrary to what your vape juice supplier might have you believe, commercial off-the-shelf e-liquids are made from low cost ingredients, all of which you can get hold of yourself without spending much money at all.

DIY-mixing means you can make very inexpensive e-liquid for yourself by buying and mixing all these ingredients yourself at home.

How cheap is DIY vape juice compared to premixed e-liquid? 

Compared to the cost of buying pre-mixed 10 ml bottles of e-liquid at the rate of one bottle a day (annual average cost £1,460), mixing your own cheaper DIY vape juice instead could save you a grand total of £1,315 over a year, based on estimated amounts and costings explained below.

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? 

While it’s true that potential savings on shortfills are excellent compared to buying bottled e-liquid, DIY-mixing is still by far the cheapest way to buy e-liquid and vape on a budget in the UK, and here’s why:

A year’s supply of shortfills (and extra nic shots) will cost you around £50 per month – or £600 a year – still pretty cheap, but no way near as much of a saving as DIY mixing your own e-liquid.

Compare these outgoings with the cost of buying DIY mixing ingredients (£12.50/month; £150/year), and you can see that shortfills are over three times more expensive.

It’s crystal clear that making your own e-liquid is much cheaper than buying shortfills.

DIY costs over one year: breakdown of ingredients and UK prices

Here’s a quick cost breakdown of stuff you’ll need to start saving money by DIY mixing your very own tailor-made vape juice. All of these ingredients are used in commercial e-liquid and will give you very similar results – if you can 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, depending on how much nicotine you use:

  • 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

Are DIY savings worth the extra work? 

Absolutely. Of course, you’ll need to find out how to DIY mix before you can start saving money, but mixing is very straightforward and thankfully there is a wealth of information about it on online vaping forums.

Check that all ingredients you buy are “food grade” or intended for vaping before you place your order, and of course, keep all mixing stuff out of reach of kids / animals etc at all times.

If you’re not fazed by a little extra work, you’ll find that mixing your own e-liquid is not only a lot of fun, but that it’s also hands down the cheapest way to vape in the UK right now.

Happy mixing!

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