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I was looking for a similar scale a couple years back for making e-juice. The issue that I had with local places is that most scales only display 1 decimal place (when weighing in grams), you need two. Also any scales I found locally had very limited weight capacity at that sensitivity level.
I know you are looking locally, but the one I settled on was from Amazon.
Thing works like a champ! It does not weigh directly in mg but will weigh in grams with two decimal places.
nic river has a pretty great starter kit, but since you seem like you are already mixing I would suggest looking into mixing by weight rather than mixing by volume.
the lb-501 is probably the most popular. good capacity for large batches, but still accurate down to .01 g's. You can mix right in the bottle and cut out a lot of other steps.
He probably got a small vial of nic and 250ml or so of PG&VG.
Nude Nic is HIGHLY recommended, it's all I use. I started w/ Wizard Labs nic and had a harsh peppery taste. None of that w/ NN.
I recommend skipping syringes and grabbing a decent scale and just doing it by weight. This scale weighs to two decimal places, has a 5 minute auto-off (60 seconds is TERRIBLE) and is very robust.
This is what I have. It does the job quite nicely. No drawbacks I can think of. I lasted a week with syringes and the endless frustration of cleaning and inaccurate measurements before I got the scale.
The 1 mL pipettes I have are graduated by .25 mL increments. You could eyeball .125 mL (1/8 mL) increments.
If you are going to stick with DIY I would recommend mixing by weight. In my opinion its much easier and more accurate.
This scale is only $30 and does 1/100ths of a gram.
Definately .01g. Auto shut off doesnt matter much. Once you hit the tare button it resets the timer anyways. Atleast it does on mine. I have this one
Yep, just like that! In particular, this one: [link]
This is the particular model that a lot of us around here are using. It does everything we need it do, and it does it well, for right around $30
Here is the scale I use for my juice ($33), and I love it. It does up to 500 grams, about 400ml in volume (Pure VG weight).
The reasons I think its best are:
It goes to a hundredth gram for very fine measurements.
It comes with a DC power supply so it will never shut down on you in the middle of a mix, potentially ruining what your working on.
I found it through an earlier post and couldn't see any better options in the price range online. I use this with some glass/rubber droppers i bought at a labware store in my area. I always go max vg and using weight means i just pour, no more constantly cleaning syringes, just the droppers for flavorings.
What you might think of doing is purchasing your own scale. That way you can start measuring by weight. it actually makes thins a lot easier to get an accurate measurement when mixing juices. then you dont need to worry about how much the bottle weighs cause you can always zero the scale after you put it on.
Here is the scale i use. My suggestion is to get the 1000g one if you are ever thinking of mixing in higher quantities. I actually out grew the 500g version. [link]
As many others have said, get a scale, I mixed for several months using syringes and then switched to mixing by weight. It is much faster, more accurate and much less clean up. I highly recommend getting a scale that is sensitive to .01g and either has no auto-shut off or one that can be disabled. Here is the one that I use. It uses batteries or a plug in adapter that comes with it. Also comes with calibration weights to make sure its accurate.
I use the AWS LB-501 it's 500g x .01g I like being able to go up to 500g becasue I usually mix 200ml into glass jars. No auto shut off, comes with an ac adapter and calibration weights.
I wouldn't suggest that scale as it only goes to 0.1 you really need at minimum a 0.01 scale to get a accuracy good enough for sub 100ml mixes. [link] thats the most common one you'll find recommend at /r/DIY_eJuice and what I personally use. Any 0.01 scale will work, this one just has a incredibly long auto off on battery and no auto off on AC power.
I got the American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale from Amazon.com (rather then amazon.co.uk) and they came in at under £35 with shipping.
Which scale did you get? I got the recommended one from the guide /u/Maddawg29501 posted and it works great. [link]
Mixing is easy. I just took the weights from the juice calculator and added items in this order; flavor, nic, pg, vg. You press the tare button after each item to set it back to 0.00. When done just toss the pipette, cap your juice, and shake the hell out of it.
Something I need to get is clear condiment bottles to dispense the PG and VG. Adding 8 ml of VG with a disposable pipette is a pain in the ass.
Again... I can't take the credit for this specific scale. That goes to u/Botboy141. He recommended this specific unit because of the longer auto-shutoff feature that helps when you're mixing.
I bought this scale: LB-501
I took the batteries out and only use the AC adapter to power it. I too had a problem with a nearby outlet as the supplied cord is pretty short. I just got a household extension cord and ran to the outlet on the adjoining wall. Gave me the flexibility to get the scale in the most convenient spot for me.
It is my understanding that this scale has a 10-minute auto shut-off when using battery mode, but it is disabled when using AC power. I didn't verify that... but mine didn't shut off while I was mixing.
Edit: Gotta' give credit where credit is due... It was the recommendation of /U/Botboy141 that caused me to purchase the above scale specifically because of the longer / nonexistent auto shut-off feature.
This one has everything you need and is one of if not the most recommended on /r/DIY_eJuice
Comes with calibration weights, has a very long auto off (none if you plug it in) and does 0.01 accuracy.
Using syringes is definitely fine for getting started, but take my advice, get yourself a scale to measure by weight if you can afford it...it's much easier than dealing with syringes and more accurate as well.
Here's the one I ordered from Amazon: [link]
The most popular scale and as for flavours there is a section in the side bar "My First Order" use that as a basis.
Hey /u/Xexist, this is the scale I picked up and so far am VERY happy with...[link]
I saw it referenced in several posts and on several sites before I bought it and I am so glad I did! After mixing my first few batches with a syringe, this thing is a time-saving god-send. :)
How good a scale do I need? This one costs me about $52 on amazon.ca, can I get away with a cheaper scale or should I stay away from ones with lesser quality?
I played with various kits for a few years but didn't actually make flavors I liked until I bought the setup I have now. I recommend you buy these:
This scale. Worth every penny. Or any scale that measures down to a hundredth of a gram, but this one is nice as it doesn't have auto shut-off. [link]
Maybe a few pipettes or syringes.
Get your VG, PG and nicotine from a trusted source.
For flavors, go find a few recipes you like and order those flavors. I found a bunch of TFA only recipes since they're very cheap, shipping was very cheap, and it was nice only having to get concentrates from one website. And I don't know if other vendors do this, but TFA sends you these cute little pipettes (I think they look like little sperms) with every order.
This scale (the 500g model) is highly recommended around the electronic cigarette community for measure very small amounts (drops or grams) of liquid in e-juice production. It measures to the hundreths for grams, in my experience is extremely accurate, and it comes with two 200g weights so you can verify it's accuracy.
I've ended up primarily using it for macro counting for my meal preps.
Edit: And that's why you read the post text and not just the title. Sorry, I was overly excited to offer my recommendation.
AWS LB-501. $25. 500 g capacity. Don't bother with anything cheaper. It can mix up to ~360 mL of high VG juice, and has no shut-off when plugged in and a generous 2-minute shutoff on batteries. [link]
American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale is highly recommended.
Drops also vary in size depending on the bottle spouts. CAP bottles have big drops, FA bottles have small drops.
The link in the guide does go to a page with options, [here](www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Scales-LB-501-Digital/dp/B005UGBG20/). 500g, 1kg, and 3kg. As I'm sure you're aware, the 1 & 3 kg versions have a 0.1g resolution.
^^And ^^I ^^have ^^no ^^idea ^^why ^^the ^^link ^^is ^^displaying ^^that ^^way. ^^:(
Mix each flavor up by themselves (look for the average percentage they are used at) at your preferred vg/pg ratio and nicotine. Shake and vape them, take notes, then let them steep. Find some popular recipes on here that you can make with the flavors you purchased and mix them up.
Also, if you want to make your life ten times easier, buy a scale.
That's just one scale, not a set. Regardless, be careful of the auto-off feature. I think one of the reviews said that the auto-off happens after two minutes of no use.
Also, you might want some calibration weights to ensure that it is measuring properly. This is the scale most of us have and it comes with calibration weights and the auto-off function is disabled when plugged in. If you can grab that scale, I can guarantee you'll be set.
As far as the scale goes, I would pick up the American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale from Amazon. It is a bit more, but worth it.
Just buy a scale! Your making this way to difficult! Trust me I done went down that road, just get this... It will change your life lol
American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale [link]
Hey man, I've been there. Best advice is to got alltheflavors.com and search the top recipes, figure out which you would like to vape and purchase the flavors for each recipe. When it comes to pg/VG it's whatever you prefer, store brands are usually 70% VG and 30% PG. With nic, I started at 100mg and still use it. Best scale to buy is this one. American Weigh Scales LB-501 Digital Kitchen Scale [link]
When you look up the recipes u like and click on each flavor, there will be a link to where u can purchase.
I am typing this on my mobile, excuse any typos.
I use the LB-501, you could find a DC adapter with the same specs with AU prongs, or just get a cheap prong adapter, the DC adapter it comes with accepts 100-240v. If you get the AW LB-501, you have to make sure to get the one that does 500g, not the 1000g, not the 3000g. This on Amazon is around 64 AUD with shipping, so it says: [link]
Yeah I was starting out and browsing a site and ordered stuff, and syringes seemed straight forward. It was awful, so get a scale. A scale that plugs in and does grams to 2 decimal places.
The AWS LB501 is (was?) a popular recommendation, because cheap, on amazon, and very adequate. It's sensitive enough that if you exhale onto it it'll register, or if you have windows open and the breeze changes pressure in the room. Just needs calliberation sometimes and the top cover flap is stupid. Anyway look around regarding scales.
This is the best scale I've ever owned, and I've owned and lost a lot. I highly recommend it. It even has a backlight, you know if you ever want to weigh something in the dark. [link]
Edit: comes with calibration weights and a 10 year warranty.
Edit2: most cheap ones will weigh .01 increments, but getting them to register a change is usually frustrating. The one I linked will register the difference from just a drop.
Thanks all for the advice
As far as I can tell there's no airflow, it's on a hard surface, but the calibration might be wrong (but again I wouldn't have thought that would make the scale go up or down).
I may have to bite the bullet and buy the AWS
This AWS LB-501 is a great scale, accurate to 0.01g/0.001oz, is powered via batteries or AC adapter, and comes with calibration weights. I use mine for e-liquid recipes, weighing hops for homebrewing, and (ahem) other herbal items closely realated to hops. No shill, just a satisfied end user.
I went for the AWS 501 but it was 10 dollars cheaper when I bought it. It is the recommended pick over on /r/diy_ejuice. Half of why I got it is so I can conceivably make well more than a 120ml bottle at a time if I choose to do so.
I think the one you linked is identical to what DJLSB uses for his mod weights. Should be fine.
I have this one that I bought for kitchen stuff and making vape juice, it is on year 4 of service and I am rough on things. There are lots of cheaper ones but I can for sure vouch for the one linked.
Sheng cakes are so all over the place that the first time I am tasting something I want to be sure I am accurate with my measurement. Helps me gauge how good something is at a given price point.
Yeah, if you can wait a couple days for delivery then this one from Amazon is the cat's fucking balls:
I bought it to weigh pipes I'm selling and got this one that measures to hundredths of a gram to mix my DIY ejuice. I'm really impressed with it.
The head shop ones are toys in comparison.