Here is a quick guide to how to select e-juice nicotine strengths and bottle sizes so you get what you need in a way you can afford, and easily use. There are some very tempting discounts for larger size bottles of e-juice, but that has its own downfall too. Likewise, being aware of the nicotine level is also important.
The beauty and tragedy of the gallon size
When you are shopping for e-juice you are sure to come across a listing for your flavor in a gallon bottle. The cost savings for this can be amazing, which is a beautiful thing. The tragedy is that having a gallon bottle can make it hard for you to fill your e-cig. Not only do you have to get the e-juice out and into a smaller bottle and then into your tank or atomizer – you have to store the liquid safely. One gallon of e-juice can be a dangerous thing to have around if you have small children. Only purchase in bulk if you have a way to store it properly.
Making sure you have a bottle for storage and use
Buying e-juice in a larger bottle than the standard 10 and 30ml bottle can save you money. What you need to make sure of is that you have a bottle to store the liquid, a bottle to use the liquid from, and a means to fill the smaller bottle from the larger. For any bottle over 30mls you need for it to be in a food grade shaded bottle that blocks UV light. Using a clear food grade plastic bottle as your carrier bottle is fine. You do want to make sure that the bottle is squeezable. Forget using a funnel to fill your smaller bottle, get a small baby medicine syringe. This is the cleanest way to transfer liquid from your storage bottle to the smaller one.
Typical sizes and how long they last
One the average, a 10ml bottle should last you about a week and a half. The 30ml bottles can go almost a month. To find out how much you really use just pay attention to how long each type of bottle lasts you and then you will know that you need. Most catalogs offer 10, 30 and 100ml sizes. If you are using more than a 30ml bottle in one month you should consider buying a larger amount and then a smaller “weekly” bottle that you can refill.
What nicotine strength should you get?
There are three main levels of nicotine strength that you can buy – low, medium (regular) and high. While they are meant to mimic the equivalent nicotine amounts in a light, regular or heavy tobacco cigarette – there is no industry standard to define each level. Low may range between 5 and 8 mgs, regular can fall between 14 and 18, and high can go up to 36. There are some catalogs that will sell you much higher levels of nicotine but that is not recommended. As you get higher than 36mgs you are beginning to take a clinical dose of liquid nicotine. At these levels it is used to relieve Parkinson’s and other disorders. If that isn’t a problem you have, that is going to be too much nicotine. If you want to use e-juice to help you quit smoking, it is advised that you stay at each level for 3 or 4 weeks before moving down to the next. You can also buy e-juice with no nicotine at all.