E-liquid calculator

E-Liquid Calculator

Welcome to Vaping Hardware’s E Liquid Calculator! Whether you want to mix e-juice by weight (g) or volume (ml), you’re in the right place! Just input your PG/VG ratio, nicotine strength and flavor percentage(s) and BOOM… our e liquid calculator will give you the perfect recipe for an awesome e-juice mix!

Just a word of warning… If you’re using the e liquid calculator to mix e juice with nicotine, please be sure to handle your nicotine with care! It’s considered a toxic substance and dangerous if not used with precaution!

If you’re a complete newbie to the world of DIY e-liquid mixing then be sure to start by reading our complete beginners guide to mixing your own e-juice. Alternatively, if you’ve come here with a Nicotine Shot or Shortfill bottle, head on over to our Nicotine Shot & Shortfill Calculator!

We’ve also included a detailed FAQ at the bottom of this page!

Recipe Inputs

Nicotine Base
Flavour Base
Nicotine Base Strength   mg/ml =   %
Target Nicotine Level   mg/ml
Amount (Bottle Size)   ml
Recipe Name
Flavour Number Supplier Flavour %
Water / Vodka Dilutant   %
PG / VG Ratio  / 
Drops / ml   drops/ml

Recipe Results

Ingredients ml grams drops %

Recipe Summary

Date Made
Nicotine Level
Water / Vodka
PG / VG Mix


All nicotine will be suspended in either PG or VG or a combination of the two.

Whether you’re buying Nic Shots or larger amounts of nicotine, its strength and the liquid it’s mixed in will be printed on the bottle.

Flavour base is the liquid that the flavour concentrate is suspended in.

Typically it will be in PG although some manufacturers are starting to suspend the flavour in VG.

Especially helpful if you have a PG intolerance – more on this later!

This is the overall strength of the Nicotine you’re mixing with.

It’s measured in mg/ml but is sometimes written as a percentage  – 18mg is the same as 1.8%.

Within Europe, the maximum strength you can buy is 20mg (2%) but is normally sold in 18mg strengths.

A good starting point when you start mixing is 50PG/50VG but personally we prefer a 30PG/70VG mix…

PG gives you the “Throat Hit” while VG gives you more vapor (bigger clouds!).

Just remember some people are PG Intolerant and may suffer unpleasant symptoms when vaping PG. If this sounds like you, it’s best to mix at 100% VG.

If you’re using a Pod system, we suggest you mix at a 50/50 ratio as this will help the wick to saturate and prevent dry hits.

AVG stands for aqueous vegetable glycol, which is essentially just vegetable glycol thinned down with 10% distilled water.  Ideal if you want to mix at a higher VG ratio without ‘gumming’ up your coil! Also especially handy for those of you with a PG intolerance!

If you want to use our e liquid calculator to mix with AVG, just set your PG/VG ratio to 100% VG and you’re good to go!

This is totally dependent on the flavor(s) you’re using and your personal preference… Some flavors are amazing at 10%, some better at 20% or even higher!

BUT a great starting point would be 15%. Just remember it’s far easier to start off low and add a little more flavor later if you need to!

Yes you can! Experimenting with different flavor mixes is one of the best reasons to start mixing your own e-liquid!

Just hit the ‘Add’ flavor button on our e liquid calculator to add extra flavors!

We’ll be adding our top picks for flavor recipes in the near future so be sure to check back soon!

Our e liquid calculator will allow you to select whatever nicotine strength you want. Knowing what nicotine strength to choose is really down to personal preference and what you’re hoping to get out of vaping. Store bought e-juice usually ranges from 3mg (0.3%) to 6mg (0.6%).

BUT if you’re a heavy smoker you’ll probably want to try a higher strength; 9mg, 12mg (0.9% or 1.2%) or maybe even higher. The limit is governed by the strength of your Base Nicotine.

Keep in mind that using a sub-ohm tank or RDA (vaping at high wattage) will mimic the effect of a higher strength nicotine.

We’ve written a detailed post to help you decide what nicotine strength is right for you so be sure to check it out!

Yes, mixing e-juice without nicotine is simple! Just set your ‘Target Nicotine Level’ to zero and you’re good to go!

Yes you can! They’re calculated in exactly the same way, just input your ‘Nicotine Base Strength’ and ‘Target Nicotine Strength’.

Generally speaking, there’s very little difference other than the ‘Throat Hit’, which is less harsh when using Nic Salts compared to the same strength of Freebase Nicotine.

We’ve written a detailed guide to Nicotine Salts which you can find here!

Whether you want to steep your e-juice is totally down to personal preference. You can just ‘shake and vape’ as soon as you’re finished mixing!

BUT if you want the best flavor possible from your e-liquid, we recommend steeping for at least a week in a cool, dark place.

Take a look at our detailed Steeping Guide to learn how to steep and what you can do to speed up the process!

Dilutant can be added (distilled or pure water, even vodka!)  to ‘thin’ your e-liquid. This is mainly done when using high or Max VG e-juice due to its thick consistency.

Diluting thick e-juice helps your wick saturate more efficiently and even helps prolong your coil!

Yes, we recommend mixing by weight for greater accuracy. It’s far easier to hit specific weight measurements to 3 decimal places than it is ‘eyeballing’ the line when using a measuring beaker!

However, we’ve included both options on the e liquid calculator so you can pick and choose depending on your mixing style!

We would recommend choosing a scale with an accuracy of 0.1% tolerance and weighing capability up to 500 grams.

It’s also important to get a scale with a ‘tare’ function! This enables you to zero the measurement display after adding each ingredient, ready for the next. We highly recommend this scale on Amazon.

Hopefully by now you’re well on your way to mixing your own e liquid. Don’t forget to take a screen shot or copy of the ‘recipe summary’…  just in case you want to create the same mix again!

If you’ve had any problems using our e liquid calculator, please feel free to check out the full user guide here!

Please also feel free to drop us a comment below!

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Lindsay Fox

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Comments 34

  1. Hey there. I think there is one thing missing in this calculator. As flavours also come in different PG/VG ratios it would just make sense to be possible to determine the ratio of the flavour like with the nicotine base.

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      Hi Kuste, thank you for your comment. However I’m not aware of any flavour concentrate that comes in different PG/VG ratios. 95% of flavour concentrates are suspended in PG with a few that are suspended in VG, not a combination of the two. Our calculator covers the two PG or VG options. Even pre-mixed eliquids, i.e. Shortfills use one or the other base.

  2. Hi, I’ve read and watched many reviews on the La Tabaccheria E-Cig Organic 4Pod and I am desperate to give it a try but even with the calculator I am very nervous about trying to make a 20mg strength e liquid, could any of you kind people just tell me what I need to buy and in what amounts to make ready to vape e liquid? thank you very much

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      Hi Rita, I’m not aware of that particular pod but making your own e-liquid will work in any device that allows you to fill a pod/tank with e-liquid.
      The 4 ingredients you need to buy are VG, PG, Nicotine and Flavor Concentrates. The quantities you require depends on how much you intend to mix up? To achieve a 20mg nic strength you will need to buy 48mg or 72mg nicotine. We have written guides on how to mix e-liquid so do take a look at those to give you some useful information. You will also need to use our e-liquid mixing calculator which will tell you the exact quantities of each of the 4 different ingredients you need to add to achieve your desired mix.
      If you need anymore help then please come back to us.

      1. Thank you very much for quick and helpful reply, Your eliquid calculator was featured on a website that was reviewing the La Tabbacceria extra dry range of shortfill liquids made especially for pods, which is why I thought you were somehow affiliated with that brand, I’m sorry for my error in that respect but do appreciate your reply

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          Hi Rita, no problem and you’re very welcome. Quite a few different sites put links to our suite of calculators. If there is anything we can do to help please ask.

  3. Hello,

    Your calculator differs by weight from other calculators found on Google.

    My recipe is simple.
    500 ml batch, 100% VG base, that contain 3% flavour and 100mg VG nicotine until the desired 8% .
    Your calculator shows 40 grams, all the others show 50 grams.

    I’m mixing tommorow and I would like to know your thoughts.

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      Hi dvdrw,
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

      We’ve checked the coding on our calculator and found that during our last update in providing a custom nicotine base drop down menu, the specific gravity calculation of VG wasnt functioning correctly. It defaulted to the specific gravity of nicotine and didnt include the VG value.
      We have rectified this error and our calculator is now functioning correctly again.

      Thank you so much for bring this to our attention. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know.

    2. KISS! (Keep It Simple Stupid)
      The majority of mixing programs convert the Nicotine into the Nicotine’s base carrier, to determine PG & VG requirements.
      Your website’s mixing method follows this same method. “KISS”
      There is no error in the amount of Nicotine required. The error in such programs effects the true finished PG/VG ratio.
      It doesn’t shock me that many who mix don’t know mathematics.
      Thank you for allowing me to vent.

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        Hi Killebrew, thanks for your comment and no problem with venting, always happy to hear different views.
        I designed our calculator to work out the different quantities of Nic, Flavour, PG and VG to make a desired mix. Both the Nic and Flavour are suspended in a base carrier which are known PG or VG ratios. To achieve a PG/VG final ratio, varying amounts of PG and VG are then added to make up that mix.
        The Nic, Flavour, PG and VG amounts will give you the exact mix that’s needed from the user requirements.
        I would be interested to hear why you feel the PG/VG ratio is not a true ratio.

        1. What needs related is Nicotine is figured into the PG/VG ratio, as is flavoring.
          Mixing one’s own e-liquid has many advantages. Being consistent on one’s mixing methods is best habit.
          Thank you for a decent mixing program.

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            Hi Killebrew, thanks for your reply and thank you for saying it’s a decent E-liquid Calculator.
            When an E-liquid or Nicotine supplier sells their product it will state the ratio of PG/VG that it’s suspended in. Flavoring is easy as it will be suspended in 100% VG or PG. Nicotine is slightly different as it can be suspended in any ratio of PG or VG.
            For example, a bottle of 100ml of 72mg nic suspended in 50/50 PG/VG will give you that nicotine strength in 50ml of each base mix. To achieve a desired final PG/VG ratio, our calculator takes any and all of these ratio’s into account and prompts you to add different quantities of each base mix to obtain your final mix.
            This results in an accurate and true nicotine strength, flavor percentage and PG / VG ratio.

  4. As a newbie to diy e juice,finding this calculator has been a godsend.Have only tried single flavours so far.Am looking forward to combining different flavours.

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      Hi Leslie,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments, am glad you found our calculator helpful. DIY is great fun and of course a lot cheaper. Multi-flavours can be challenging but always great when you achieve that perfect combination. Don’t forget to keep a good record of your mixes so you can repeat or tweak on what you’ve already done. Good luck.

  5. Why can we still not save recipes? You would be the gold standard for juice mixers if you allowed us to save our recipes. As is you have a great, easy to use recipe guide. But we are forced to either forego it completely, or transfer it to another site once we make it. Adding the ability to save recipes would make you by far the best recipe making website.

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      Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your great feedback. Am very pleased you rate our calculator but for that one issue of saving recipes. This is something I’ve planned to implement for a while now but to be honest have not achieved yet. I will definately give this my attention and try to get this working in the next update.
      Thanks again Michael.

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          Hi Raven, thanks for your comment, that’s the easiest way which is what we do. I use the snipping tool to save the bit that’s needed. Creating a log in page and the implication that go with it have caused us a head ache in the past.

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      Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your nice comment and feedback, really appreciated.
      It’s always nice to hear that people find the calculator useful and like the look and feel of it.
      We tried to keep all our calculators as clean and straightforward as possible, following the same format across them all.
      Thanks again Mark, comments like yours make it all worth while.

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      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for the feedback. We will be looking at whether we can add this in a future update. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to add this functionality in previous updates but it’s always useful to hear feedback from our visitors. Many thanks Randy and happy vaping!

    2. Right click and highlight everything you want from the page and save it in word document.
      Then you can edit the page and make it your own.

  6. I have 50 ml of nicotine and 120 raspberry French. I want 16 mg of nicotine can anyone help me with the ratio. Thank you

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      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for the comment. We can certainly help you with the amounts you’d need to mix to make a 16mg strength e-liquid. However, first we’ll need a bit more information on what you’re using.

      Are you trying to add nicotine to 120ml of e-liquid that has zero nicotine currently in it? Also, what is the base strength of your 50ml of nicotine? Is it 18mg, 20mg or a higher strength? The strength of the nicotine can typically be found on the nicotine bottle.

      If your 120ml of e-liquid has no nicotine currently in it then it’s most likely a ‘shortfill’ bottle. If this is the case then you might find our ‘Nicotine Shot / Shortfill Calculator‘ useful.

      If you can give us a bit more info on what you’re using we can help with some actual figures and amounts 🙂

  7. Used your calculator for the first time. Thank you for this service. I still get nervous using the nicotine and never trust my own calculations when mixing up a batch of e liquid.

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      Hi Mas,

      We’re really glad you like the calculator and thanks so much for letting us know 🙂 When you’re mixing e liquid and using nicotine its always nice to know the calculations are taken care of for you. I must have mixed hundreds of batches of e juice over the past 6 years but I still come back to our calculator every time! Happy Vaping 🙂

  8. Where do u find the percentages on the nicotine cause mines says nicotine solution 4.8% 125 mg/4.22oz what would I put in the nicotine spot I want 3 mg of nicotine please

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      Hi Mimi,

      Thanks for the comment. The ‘4.8%’ on your bottle refers to the strength of your undiluted nicotine. On the calculator you can put in 48 mg/ml in the ‘Nicotine Base Strength’ section. Then select a ‘Target Nicotine Level’ of 3 mg/ml and you’re good to go 🙂

      Hope this helps Mimi, anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask. Happy vaping!

  9. Hi Guys just used your e liquid calc again and was pleased to see you’ve now included the option of mixing by weight. Great calculator does everything I need. Thanks.

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