E-Juice Nicotine Levels Explained

Posted by Make My Vape 11/08/2015 20 Comment(s) Guides & How-to's,
One of the most common questions we are asked both by email and on the phone is:How much nicotine should I put into my e-juice?”When trying to explain e-juice nicotine levels, it is important to remember that it is entirely down to preference. There is no ‘correct’ level of nicotine, and you should experiment to find the amount that suits your needs and will help you to achieve the ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

What is nicotine?

Nicotine is a colourless or slightly yellow oily liquid which is the main constituent of tobacco. It is absorbed through the skin and the mucosal linings in the nose, mouth and lungs, travels through the bloodstream and reaches the brain in about 7 seconds. In small doses, it acts as a stimulant however it can block the action of nerves and skeletal muscle cells in high quantities.It is highly addictive and is mostly consumed through cigarette smoking; which is why you are on this page right now, making the switch to vaping! We all know how dangerous cigarettes are due to the tar and sheer quantity of extra chemicals added to them from horrid sources, but an e-cig containing just 4 ingredients including nicotine, which wouldn’t cause you serious health problems in the quantities you would be consuming without the combustion process? Not so bad.

Explain the numbers to me.

Okay, if you are asking this question, you probably will be confused when you read something like ‘50ml VG Nicotine 72mg’. While it may look like a terrifying string of symbols which don’t make much sense, it’s easy to understand once you break it down.‘50ml’ is simply how much you have in your bottle; but I’m sure you already got that one. ‘VG’ means that the nicotine is based in vegetable glycerine; it could also be based in PG, or propylene glycol. This is done so that you do not have to handle raw nicotine, and so that it comes in liquid form. The nicotine is diluted to create a more manageable solution to add to your vape, the same way you would dilute squash in water before you drink it (but please do not drink nicotine!).‘72mg’ is how much the nicotine was diluted. It is given in terms of how many milligrams of nicotine there are in a millilitre of the solution. Thus, 72mg means there are 72 milligrams of nicotine in 1 millilitre of the nicotine solution. So to summarise, ‘50ml VG Nicotine 72mg’ means ‘50ml of nicotine which has been diluted in VG enough for there to be 72mg of nicotine in each ml’.

Nice! So how much nicotine do I need?

If you have gotten to the point where you are ready to add your own nicotine and get the right e-juice nicotine levels, you probably already know the nicotine strength you like to vape at. For reference, in a cigarette there is roughly 8-24mg of nicotine, which averages to 12mg. However, you only absorb around 1-2mg of this, so that might give you a good idea of where to start. Right now, my preference of nicotine is 3mg.So let’s say I’m making 10ml of e-liquid. What you are essentially doing here is diluting the nicotine further until it reaches the strength that you want. If I added 10ml of my nicotine, I’d still have 72mg strength because nothing has changed. Now if I fill my bottle with 5ml of other ingredients and then have 5ml of nicotine, I have halved the strength to 36mg, and so forth. So how do I work out how much to add in order to get 3mg?The formula for working this out is (target strength / base strength) * amount of e-liquid to make. The target strength / base strength tells us how much nicotine there would be in 1ml in order to have a 3mg strength, so we need to multiply that by 10 to tell us how much nicotine needs to be in 10ml in order to have a 3mg strength. The calculation we would do in this situation is (3 / 72) * 10, which is 0.42. So I will add 0.42ml of nicotine into my solution, and hoorah! I have a 3mg nicotine strength.

Phew, that was a lot to take in!

It might seem daunting, but it’s so simple once you’ve given it a go. To make things even easier, there are plenty of online e-liquid calculators ready for you to punch in the numbers and do the ‘heavy lifting’ for you.At the very least, you have some idea of how e-juice nicotine levels are calculated for e-liquid. If this helped you, then help others by sharing! Also, if you have any further questions about nicotine levels then don’t hesitate to ask away in the comment section.

20 Comment(s)

John Smith:
13/06/2016, 03:33:30 PM

Hi,Is 3MG the same as 0.3MG. I just want 0.3MG of nicotine in my liquids.Thanks

Make My Vape:
13/06/2016, 03:50:20 PM

John, Yes it is

Andy Dunn:
03/11/2016, 06:33:12 PM

If I want to make a 30ml bottle do I work it out for a 10ml bottle then just times it by 3 ?

Gil ferreira:
21/11/2016, 10:24:29 AM

Hi yes x3 but if you use the online calculator here on the website will be easy for you no way to mess it up

Chris Trimi:
13/11/2016, 10:16:26 PM

hi, mate can u explain what is the difference for nic(VG base) and nic(PG base) please ??thanks

Gil ferreira:
21/11/2016, 10:23:21 AM

Hi mate diference between vg and pg nicovine is that the pg nicotine is way easy to work has is not so tick and easy to suck with serinjes but if you go 100%vg then use vg base nicotine in final product vg or pg nicotine is the same is just the thickness of the Nicole that is diferent people often like vg base is easy to work

01/12/2016, 10:17:49 PM

so if I have 100ml of 72mg (7.2%) nicotine, I can make 3mg strenght 2400ml of liqiud>? Thanks :))

Make My Vape:
02/12/2016, 09:31:39 AM

Hi,Yes, you can use 72mg strength nicotine. To get correct calculations of how much you need to add, please use the e-calculator available on our website. Adjust sliders for correct ratio and flavours percentage, than enter the total amount of liquid you want to make and details of nicotine you have.

10/12/2016, 06:09:20 PM

Hi, can you tell me the difference between 50mg nicotine, 72mg Nicotine and 100mg Nicotine? They all come in different doses of 50ml-100ml but whats the difference between using each one if they are going to be diluted down to 3mg (0.3)? Thanks

Make My Vape:
12/12/2016, 05:01:07 PM

Hi,The 50 mg and 72 mg is a different strength of nicotine diluted in PG or VG base. So simply, 72 mg nicotine is the strongest we sell. You will use less of it, but for your 3 mg nicotine strength e-liquid, bottle of 50 mg nicotine strength will be ok.

10/01/2017, 07:47:05 PM

I'm on 4mg of nicotine in a 10mil bottle. Is this quite low nicotine.

Glenny deee:
12/01/2017, 07:10:03 PM

How much nicotine do I add to a litre of 50/50 ?? I'm using 3% nicotine

Make My Vape:
13/01/2017, 09:44:14 AM

Hi I wouldn't recommend to start making your e-liquid in such a large amount. Make smaller batches for example 50ml or 100ml. Use our E-liquid calculator to get exact numbers in ml for each liquid. On calculator you have to select the base of nicotine you're using, so PG or VG as this will affect your ratio. Then select your desired nicotine strength, so 3 mg.

Youdont needmyname:
10/02/2017, 04:59:17 PM, None

I have 12mg of nicotine for a 100ml of eliquid so how much nicotine is in 1 ml of ejuice?

05/03/2017, 07:22:33 AM

Do you still have to add pg when using a pg nicotine base?

Make My Vape:
06/03/2017, 05:04:21 PM

Hi Zoe! It's all depend on what ratio you want to achieved in your e-liquid. Is it a high VG, so cloudy vapour? Or you preferred 50/50 e-juice. Just remember that all of our flavour concentrates are based in PG.

Clive Bilham:
09/03/2017, 09:28:10 PM

Hi if i mix 2 10ml nic shots (72mg each) to 80ml of base what will the overall strength be ....thanks

Make My Vape:
10/03/2017, 09:53:35 AM

Hi,What is the nicotine strength, is it 72mg per each ml? What strength you would like to achieve in your e-juice? To help you calculate the amount of nicotine and flavourings, I would strongly recommend to check our e-liquid calculator page. You might find this article helpful http://makemyvape.co.uk/blog/how-to-use-our-e-liquid-calculator.

12/03/2017, 09:45:33 AM

Hi my son started using vapes. The bottle says 3mg. Is this completely safe or adfictive? Does it mean nicotine. The ingredients say uspvegetabe glycerine USP propylene glycol and natural and artificial flavours. Please advise. Thank you

Make My Vape:
13/03/2017, 05:24:11 PM

Hi Joanne,3 mg on the bottle simply mean the amount of nicotine in the e-liquid. 3 mg is the lowest available level of nicotine offered by most popular e-liquid brands. Nicotine itself isn't addictive. Many of well known health and pro health organizations recognized vaping as an healthier alternative to cigarettes and recommends e-cigarettes as an effective way to quit smoking. You can read more here http://annals.org/aim/article/2599869/nicotine-carcinogen-toxin-exposure-long-term-e-cigarette-nicotine-replacement or on our blog http://makemyvape.co.uk/blog/research-vaping-is-safer . The flavours used to produce the e-liquid are the same as those being used in food production. We would only recommend to use the UK made e-liquids and the best pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

21/05/2017, 12:40:35 AM

Nicotine does react with brain chemistry and result in pleasurable feelings that can become very difficult to give up. Habituation, dependency, and addiction are closely linked. It is so far found that physiological dependency for nicotine is far less of an issue than psychological dependency.

19/03/2017, 03:26:52 AM

Hi,In your calculator it tells me the amount of VG-PG and nicotine that i have to add,but my nicotine is in my VG.Why is it telling me to add the 3 of them? OR is it just stating the amount of nic that will be in my e juice?

Make My Vape:
20/03/2017, 05:26:37 PM

Hi,You can select PG or VG based nicotine in our e-calculator. Please remember also to select the right nicotine strength you have, so 72mg or 50mg. Select your desired strength, so how strong you would like your final product. For example 3 mg or 12 mg, etc.

angie stoker:
21/03/2017, 01:45:57 PM

Hi im using a shop bought mix with 18mg how do i copy this using my kit,its al so confusing for me any help would be appreciated.

Make My Vape:
21/03/2017, 03:31:22 PM

Hi,Try to google the name of your e-liquid and add copy or diy recipe :) If not, try to describe the flavour and maybe we can help.Is it high VG e-juice? Or PG based? Those ratio in percentages you should apply to our e-liquid calculator, in order to get the right amount of VG, PG and nicotine in your final product. 18 mg is your 'desirable nicotine strength' in calculator. Have a look at this article in case you have any questions on how to use e-calculator http://makemyvape.co.uk/blog/guides-how-tos/how-to-use-our-e-liquid-calculator . Let us know if you have any more questions!

29/03/2017, 12:15:00 PM

Hi you say 72mg of nicotine in 1ml of solution, how is that possible when 72mg of nicotine is about 72ml at standard room temperature and pressure? please if ive got a 7.2% of 100ml and it says 72mg how much nicotine in mg is actually in the solution?thanks

01/04/2017, 08:53:07 AM

Here's where I am confused. I understand the concept with the nicotine solution being diluted when it's pure nicotine mixed with VG/PG but where I get confused is when I run out of my 36mg/PG Nicotine solution and I grab a premixed bottle of say 500ml 70vg/30pg at 3mg NIC and I want to make a 10ml bottle of 3mg e-juice. Now this is not nicotine solution rather a 500ml bottle of 70/30 premixed at 3mg NIC. Where I get confused is from what if I have that premixed base is it still 3mg NIC per ml? If so and I go 3mg X 500ml = 1500mg NIC ??? If it's in a bottle of premix like this and already at 3mg NIC, to make a 3mg nic solution for a 15ml bottle of this premixed solution and I want flavor of 10% I put 1.5ml of flavor and then fill the 15ml bottle with 13.5 of my premix is it still 3mg ? If so I guess once it's diluted it's at 3mg NIC not matter how big the bottle right ? In other words if I took my 500ml 70/30 3MG NIC base and poured it into a 10 ml bottle would I have 10ml of 3mg 70/30. The NIC would not increase if it's already pre-mixed right? Don't know why this confuses me. If I vaped a 60ml bottle of 3mg NIC 70/30 base It would still be 3mg NIC right. Not 3mg per ml of base?

Make My Vape:
04/04/2017, 10:05:40 AM

Hi!I must say it does sound confusing... None of our pre mix bases contains nicotine. We sell nicotine in two different strength; 50mg and 72mg and it is the milligrams diluted in each milliliter. I'm not sure were you've bought this premix that contain nicotine, but it would be worth it to contact seller if that information is not written on the label. I would assume it would be 3mg strenght 500 ml bottle of ready liquid and all you have to do is just to add flavouring.

Noel blunt:
06/04/2017, 10:42:21 AM

Hi wondering if you can help if I wanted to make 1 litre of 3mg vape what would I need to order off your site say rhubarb and custard flavour?

Make My Vape:
11/04/2017, 09:35:34 AM

Hi!It would depend what ratio you're aiming to achieve... Try the X Large DIY Kit at first, and maybe get an extra 500ml base of VG. I would also recommend the strongest 72mg nicotine in 100ml. Use our e-calculator to get exact amounts.

01/05/2017, 12:08:05 AM

Hi I have bought a 70ml bottle of liquid and they gave me a 10ml bottle of nicotine shot, I like my nicotine at 3mg and they said to put the whole 10ml into the liquid bottle which is what I have done, have I done it right? or have I put in too much nicotine? please help as I am scared to vape it!!!!!!!

Make My Vape:
11/05/2017, 09:27:04 AM

Hi Molly!If the nicotine shot you've bought was 18mg strength, then yes add the whole bottle to get 3mg. Check our e-calculator! We have already add the 18mg feature to it :)

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