When you are looking at moving to using an electronic cigarette/personal vaporiser the first thing you will want to get is liquid nicotine. Unfortunately Australian Legislation prohibits any company or person from supplying you with liquid nicotine, not all is lost, you can purchase nicotine from a number of sources around the world legally. You’ll find a list at the end of this post.
Yes it’s crazy, the Government will allow any foreign company to sell you the chemical but not a local company. Australia doesn’t need the taxes I guess.
Australian Customs Law states that you are able to import up to a 3 month supply at any one time with a total of 15 litres per year. The 3 month supply is not stipulated which gives customs an open book as to what the deem too much. Personally I have imported at most half a litre, I don’t see a need to import more than this anyway, it will go bad before you actually use it all unless you freeze it.
So, the question now is, how much is enough?
Well this depends on the strength you will be using. I personally purchase 120ml of 100mg/ml of 99.995% nicotine diluted in Propylene Glycol from FreedomSmokeUSA and this will last me almost 12 months at a further dilution of 12% which is a 12mg cigarette. The cost to import it is about $100. There are many other suppliers around the world that will supply you for much cheaper, but I went with this company for it’s high reputation and quality, not price. In the scheme of things, $100 over 12 months is nothing compared to what I spent on smokes and I have peace of mind that the quality is what they say it is.
The issue you have to remember when purchasing your nicotine from a supplier overseas is the quality and stated strength. If there are no stringent quality control processes in place you could end up getting a strength that is not what is stated, for example, you could be getting a strength of 35mg rather than 32mg, or 28mg rather than 32mg, or 120mg/ml rather than 100mg/ml.
Determining The Strength of Nicotine
This is a tricky one, even more so now they have removed the nicotine strength from cigarettes. If you are a long term smoker you should be able to remember the strength you were smoking, if not, then you are going to have to experiment to get it right. Don’t worry it’s not all that hard.
How I found my strength, first I tried using the same strength I used when smoking cigarettes but, I found that I was still getting the cravings and all the other feelings that come with giving up smoking. I then increased this by 1 mg/ml until I found the point that I didn’t want a cigarette anymore, my spot was 12mg. I use to smoke 8mg cigarettes.
I say if you use to smoke 8mg then you might try vaping 12mg, if you smoke 16mg, then I say you should try 16mg liquid nicotine, why? because 16mg is quite strong and generally your body shouldn’t need more than this, however, if you feel like you want a cigarette, then by all means try vaping 20mg.
How Much Nicotine Is Too Much
This is pretty simple to work out. If you feel sick to the stomach, are getting headaches, sweating, or getting any one of these on its own, then it’s likely you are using too high a nicotine strength. To work out if it’s the nicotine, stop for an hour and if the symptoms go away, then you know it’s too strong and you need to reduce the strength. It could take longer than an hour, but the likelihood is that it’s too strong if you get these symptoms.
What Personal Vaporiser To Get
This is subjective and depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a different answer each time.
In all reality though, all you need is a battery and a delivery system such as a clearomiser, cartomiser or a tank system. They all have their merits and they all work with the same principle of heating up the liquid.
If you are just wanting to test vaping, then I suggest you go with a very simple kit. We have created such a kit at a very reasonable price, we call this the Cobra Kit D Starter Kit and it can be found in the starter kit section of our shop.
This is all you need in way of hardware, you might want to look at getting additional CE4 Clearomisers for different types of flavours, but it’s not a requirement.
To mask the disgusting taste of nicotine you will want a few flavours to get you started, the flavours you chose will be the deciding factor on whether you continue to use an electronic cigarette or not, get the wrong flavour and you may very well stop using it all together.
Many people use flavour concentrates which they then mix with Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and Liquid Nicotine. This is not a difficult process and we have developed an online e-liquid calculator to help you with working out all the required amounts for each ingredient.
The first thing you are going to want to work out is the strength of flavour you want to use, each person is different so don’t go on what others have stated because 9 out of 10 times it will not be suited to your taste.
I have come up with a very simple system to working out what the right percentage of flavour is right for you. What you want to do is place 20 drops of PG or VG, or a combination of both, such as 10 drops PG and 10 drops VG into a small dropper bottle (we supply these in the DIY section of our shop), you will then place 1 drop of flavour into this mixture, 1 drop is equal to 5% (5% of 20 equals 1), once you have done this give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients and place the entire solution into your clearomiser and give it a test.
If you find that the flavour is weak, add another drop directly into the clearomiser, this will bring the flavour percentage to 10% (10% of 20 equals 2) and give it another test. Keep adding drops till you find the desired strength. Once you find the percentage you like, then you can move onto making a larger quantity using the online e-liquid calculator.
Propylene Glycol (PG) & Vegetable Glycerin (VG) Percentages
This is different for everyone. However, most people go for a mix of 60/40 or 70/30. 60% PG and 40% VG, 70% PG and 30% VG.
Vegetable Glycerin is the ingredient that is responsible for giving off the plumes of smoke when you exhale, while Propylene Glycol is used primarily to thin down the VG and add what is called Throat Hit (TH), however PG doesn’t add as much TH as nicotine. VG is rather think and needs to be thinned down in order for the delivery system to function effectively. Using 100% VG in your flavours will cause your clearomiser, atomiser or some other system to clog up with gunk really fast and you will get what is called a dry hit.
Dry hits are disgusting tastes, they feel hot and have a very burnt taste to them.
Some people have reactions to PG, so they will use some other thinning agent such as distilled water. Normal tap water is not recommended because of all the chemicals that are in it that can damage your delivery system.
What you will need to get started using a personal vaporiser or otherwise known as an electronic cigarette is.
- Personal Vaporiser/Electronic Cigarette
- Propylene Glycol
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Liquid Nicotine
- Food Flavours