Best Cheap E-Juice
By Lindsay Fox Posted May 3, 2018
The rise of the premium e-juice brand has made life a little difficult for anybody looking for the best cheap e-juice. The most-recommended brands seem to be getting more and more expensive, and it might seem like you have to spend quite a bit to find anything high-quality. But that isn’t always the case. In fact, there are tons of options out there for cheap vape juice, and many of them put out consistently delicious flavors.
Inexpensive e-juice might not sound particularly appetizing, but the truth is that you really don’t need to pay very much to get something high-quality. Here are our top 10 picks for the best cheap e-juice.
Best Cheap E-Juice: The Top 10
10 – VaporFi
VaporFi’s e-juice comes in several tiers, and although it’s one of the most expensive options on this list, the basic offerings are still far from expensive. The standard VaporFi e-juices cover a huge range of flavors, with tobacco, menthol, fruit dessert and candy flavors well-represented in the line-up. All of their vape juices come in a choice of PG/VG ratios – either 50/50, 70% PG or max VG – and either 0, 3, 6, 12 or 18 mg/ml of nicotine.
Their Caramel Tobacco (RY4) blend is a classic from the line-up, with a robust tobacco backing nicely covered with the sweetness from the caramel components. Strawberry Banana is a solid fruity option from the selection, balancing the two fruits really well and offering a sweet but fresh taste. More dessert-like options such as Peanut Butter Cookie add another dimension to the line-up, and make it a great brand no matter what you prefer to vape.
The standard e-juices from VaporFi cost $15.99 for a 30 ml bottle. This does make them expensive in comparison to some of the other options on our cheap vape juice list, but it’s still a great price for some quality e-liquid. We have a review of some VaporFi e-liquids here.
9 – The Sauce LA
The Sauce LA has a range of delicious e-juice on offer, but their dedication to low prices puts them in the running for the best cheap e-liquid on the market. With a range of fruity, sweet and beverage-inspired flavors, they have the air of a premium juice mixer but the keep the prices really suitable for vapers on a budget. Although many of their e-juices come widely-recommended, the caramel, marshmallow and Rice Krispy treat Open Road and the Froot Loops and sweet milk blend Capone are two of the most popular offerings. However, other options like Caramel Waffle Cappucino and Mango Tropical Blast are also great options depending on the type of juices you like.
The juices from the Sauce LA come in either 0, 3 or 6 mg/ml of nicotine, which is great for longer-term vapers looking for more affordable blends. The PG/VG ratio is fixed at 20/80 (so 80% VG), so they’re a great option if you have a sub ohm tank or rebuildable and are looking for some cloud-friendly e-juice to try out. If you’re brand new to vaping, these last two points might not make them ideal, but if you have some high-quality vape gear and you’re happy with lower-nicotine, they’re a fantastic mixer.
The price is why they’re on this list, though, with 30 ml for $9.99, 60 ml for $19.99 and a massive 120 ml e-juice bottle for $29.99. The buy-one-get-one (BOGO) deals are where you save the most, though, with one example offer providing 240 ml of juice for just $24.99. Check out the selection here.
8 – Mr. Good Vape
Mr. Good Vape has been around for some time, but their e-juices are as delicious as they always were. The big difference is that the juices now come in 100 ml bottles, but luckily the price has been kept really low which makes them one of the best value e-juice options in the industry today. The available line-up has decreased substantially since we reviewed the liquids, but the ones that remain are really excellent. They all come in 70% VG, with a choice between 0, 3 and 6 mg/ml of nicotine.
Moon Sugar is a blend of sugar cookie, butterscotch and toasted graham cracker, and is a truly fantastic e-juice flavor for lovers of sweetness. Sweet Lovin’ is a candy e-juice, with strawberry and watermelon candy mixed with pink bubblegum. Finally, Melon Head is a blend of cantaloupe, Hawaiian papaya, sweet mango and a touch of citrus. All of these flavors are really enjoyable, and although there aren’t any tobacco or menthol flavors, longer-term vapers in particular will enjoy at least something from the line-up.
You can pick up a 100 ml bottle of Mr. Good Vape e-juice for just $19.95, which makes it an awesome deal for bulk e-juice purchases in particular. It’s easily one of the top cheap e-liquid brands around today. We have a review of Mr. Good Vape’s juices here (from 2015).
7 – Vape Craft, Inc.
Vape Craft Inc. was founded in 2013, and although they’re not the biggest name in the industry, they’ve earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best places to pick up inexpensive vape juice. With a selection of 25 e-juice flavors covering candies, beverages, fruits, tobacco, menthol and desserts, you’re bound to find something you enjoy in the line-up, and the prices are always impressively low. All of their juices are 70% VG, and come in either 0, 3, 6 or 12 mg/ml of nicotine.
Some of their most popular flavors include Nectar Custard, a vanilla custard e-juice mixed with a sweet nectar that adds a unique sweetness to the flavor, and Strawberry Milk, which is self-explanatory but still really delicious. They only have one tobacco e-juice on offer – Rich Tobacco – but it’s a great option for any just-switching smokers or vapers looking for an affordable tobacco blend. If you’re looking for cheap e-liquid, there are some really impressive options in the line-up.
Vape Craft, Inc. makes this list because of this quality combined with fantastic prices. A 15 ml bottle costs just $3, but the best deal is for 120 ml e-juice bottles, which are just $15 each.
6 – FuZion E-Liquid
FuZion E-Liquid isn’t the most affordable option on this list, but it’s much more affordable than many of the e-juice brands in the industry. The quality of the e-liquids is also great, with a line-up of 26 flavors in total, with the Standard and Basics line-ups in particular offering excellent value-for-money. The Standard and Basics e-juices come in a 50/50 PG/VG mix as standard, but the more expensive Premium juices are a higher-VG blend. The nicotine levels included in the Standard line juices are 0, 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 mg/ml, but the Basics line only has from 0 to 12 mg/ml and the Premium ones only come in 0, 3 and 6 mg/ml.
The Basics e-juices are simple, one-note flavors like those new vapers start with, including Grape, Raspberry and Strawberry. These aren’t particularly exciting, but they’re definitely a viable option if you’re looking for cheap ejuice but don’t need big bottles. The flavors in the Standard line-up are more interesting, though, and are the best choice if you’re looking for bulk e-juice at a reasonable price. Some of the most well-known flavors include Unicorn Blood, which is modeled after fruity rainbow drops, and Krankberry, a blue raspberry candy blend.
The Standard line e-juices come in 30 or 60 ml bottles, with the bigger bottles costing $16.99 direct from FuZion or $19.99 from VaporDNA. The Basics line only come in 30 ml bottles, but the $8.99 price-tag makes them a good option if you’re looking for cheap e-liquid.
5 – Jam Monster
Jam Monster is a premium-style mixer with affordable prices and a simple goal: to produce the best jam and toast e-juices you’ve tried. The e-liquids make this list thanks to the huge 100 ml bottle size combined with very reasonable prices all-round. The classic line-up includes three flavors, but they’ve recently added a fourth too. All of the e-liquids are 75% VG, making them a fantastic option for cloud-chasing vapers looking for a place to pick up bulk e-juice. They come in either 0, 3 or 6 mg/ml of nicotine.
The flavors all have a toast and butter backing, and the main thing that separates each flavor is the type of jam flavor used in the juice. The names tell you everything you need to know: Strawberry, Blueberry, Apple and the new blend Grape. Although all of the options are tasty, the Strawberry option is really the stand-out option from the selection. We’ve reviewed the three original e-liquids here if you’re interested.
Jam Monster’s e-juice comes in 100 ml bottles, and they cost $29.99 each. This makes them a competitive option even among cheap vape juice brands, but the flavors are really hard to fault, so you won’t miss out on quality either.
4 – Naked 100 E-Liquid
Naked 100 is a very popular mixer, and although they’re highly-ranked even if you don’t consider price, they’re one of the top e-juice brands for vapers on a budget. The e-liquid comes in 60 ml bottles as standard, and as well as the price remaining low, the flavors themselves are consistently delicious. It’s a lot more like a premium e-juice brand than a discount e-juice, but the prices are really great regardless. The Naked 100 e-liquids are all 70% VG, and come in either 0, 3, 6 or 12 mg/ml of nicotine. This is really great for everyone, with the highest level even being enough to satisfy vapers just switching over from smoking.
There are 18 e-liquids in the line-up in total, with a standard line, some menthol options and a selection of candy blends. The standard line is heavily focused on fruity combinations, although there is one tobacco option in there too. Some of the popular options from the line-up include Hawaiian Pog, a blend of pineapple, orange and guava, Go Nanas, a banana and cream mix, and Frostbite, a pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and menthol blend. That said, all of the flavors are really well-captured, so even if these don’t appeal to you, there will be some that do.
Naked 100 makes this list because their 60 ml bottles are priced at just $21.95 each. They aren’t the most affordable e-juice on the list, but for a balance between affordability and quality, they’re really hard to beat. You can check out our review of Naked 100 here.
3 – Vista Vapors
Vista Vapors is one of the kings of cheap vape juice. Like many cheap vape liquid companies, they offer a substantial range of flavors that get the job done. Although the flavor combinations aren’t as impressive as you’ll find with some of the more premium e-juice brands, the juices cover most common types of flavor and the prices are always low. They offer you more mixing options than many brands in the industry, with a choice between 50/50 PG/VG or max VG blends, and a huge range of nicotine levels on offer: 0, 1.5, 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18 mg/ml. You can also add extra flavor shots if you like your flavors strong.
The flavors available from Vista Vapors span tobaccos, menthols/mints, fruits, beverages, desserts, candies and others. The range is really too big to do justice to here, but the selection is really extensive and a great offering from one of the best cheap e-juice companies on the market. Some of the most popular juices include Cinnamon Roll, Strawberries n’ Cream, and Shamrock (modeled after Shamrock shakes from McDonald’s), but there are tons more great options in the selection too.
Vista Vapors is one of the best places to pick up cheap e-liquid, with 17 ml bottles costing just $4.99 each, 30 ml bottles priced at $7.49, 102 ml bottles for $16.99 and massive 128 ml bottles for $23.99. You can buy the juices here and read our review here.
2 – Mt. Baker Vapor
Mt. Baker Vapor is a vaping institution. They’re so well-known it’s hard to imagine any longer-term vapers who hasn’t at least tried some of their flavors, but they’re a close contender for the title of best cheap e-juice mixer thanks to their always-low prices. They do a really good job when it comes to mixing options, offering you a choice between 0, 3, 6, 12, 18 and 24 mg/ml of nicotine, and either 50/50 PG/VG, 70% PG, 70% VG or max VG. This is really impressive, suitable for basically any setup or any level of nicotine use.
Mt. Baker Vapor’s cheap e-liquid covers tobaccos, menthols, fruits, beverages, candies, desserts, cereals, and nuts and spices, making them a suitable mixer for pretty much anybody, regardless of your personal tastes. There are so many Mt. Baker Vapor flavors that it’s hard to cover all of them, but Hawk Sauce, Cinnamon Roll and Moo Juice are all popular options. Hawk Sauce combines blackberry, raspberry, sweet and sour gummies, and a touch of menthol for a really unique taste. Cinnamon Roll is self-explanatory but really delicious, and Moo Juice is an amazing strawberry and cream blend.
The prices of Mt. Baker Vapor’s juices cement its place as one of the most popular cheap e-juice vendors in the industry. A 30 ml bottle costs just $7.99, a 60 ml bottle costs $13.99 and a massive 240 ml bottle is just $39.99. This makes it a particularly good place to place bulk e-juice orders, and you can find the juices here.
1 – Vape Wild
Vape Wild takes the top spot on this best cheap e-juice list for their substantial line-up of e-juices, their always-high quality, and the fantastic prices for their juice. In many ways, they’re comparable to Mt. Baker Vapor, but they have a dedicated following of vapers for their arguably better flavors. They give you plenty of options when it comes to your mix, with a choice between 0, 1.5, 3, 6, 9 and 12 mg/ml of nicotine, and either 50/50 PG/VG, 65% VG or max VG (which is 80% or more). Again, this is suitable for the vast majority of vapers, and you can tailor your order to suit your device really easily.
The cheap vape juice from Vape Wild covers the most common types of flavor in the industry: fruits, desserts, tobaccos, candies and menthols, with tons of options in each category so you’ll be guaranteed to find something you love. Some of the most popular Vape Wild e-juice flavors are (S + C)2, a strawberries and cream blend with more robust flavors than the original mix, and On Cloud Custard, which is widely-regarded as one of the best vanilla custard e-juices you can find. Smurf Cake is another classic, which is a blueberry cheesecake blend, and we could go on. Vape Wild may offer cheap e-liquid, but the quality is really excellent.
Vape Wild has the best cheap e-liquids, and the prices are as good as you’d expect from a mixer earning that title. 10 ml bottles cost $2.99, 30 ml bottles are $6.99, 60 ml is $11.99, 120 ml e-juice bottles are $19.99, 240 ml is $34.99, and a huge 480 ml is $59.99. All sizes bigger than 30 ml come with multiple bottles, but the prices are exceptional regardless. You can read our review of Vape Wild here, and pick up the juices direct from the mixer.
Cheap Vape Juice: Everything You Need to Know
Finding a high quality cheap e-juice is the most important thing if you’re wanting to vape as affordably as possible, but you might be left with several questions. How much does e-juice cost most of the time? Is there any benefit to expensive e-liquid at all? How much do vapers spend on e-liquid on average? Is it worth getting into DIY e-liquid if you want to save money? We’ve collected some information here to answer these questions and more.
How Much Does E-Liquid Cost?
The cost of e-liquid varies quite substantially, depending on what type of e-liquid you vape. The cheapest e-liquid really doesn’t cost much at all. For example, the Dollar E-Juice Club has 200 ml bottles for just $25.99, about 13 cents per ml, and the Sauce LA’s BOGO deal offers 240 ml for $24.99, just over 10 cents per ml. However, this is towards the bottom end of the cost. At the other end of the scale, expensive e-liquids like Five Pawns’ offerings cost $27.50 per 30 ml (about 92 cents per ml) and Black Note’s Quartet is $35 per 30 ml (about $1.17 per ml).
However, as a general answer to “How much does e-juice cost?” a figure in the middle is about right. For Cosmic Fog, for instance, the price of $23.95 per 60 ml bottle comes out to 40 cents per ml, and Element E-liquids are a bit more expensive at $24.95 for 60 ml, about 42 cents per ml. There is a lot of variation, but for tasty e-juice outside of the most affordable e-juice brands, about 40 cents per ml is a decent estimate.
How Much Vapers Spend on E-Liquid on Average
The question of how much vapers spend on e-liquid on average isn’t an easy one to come up with an answer for. As noted above, the cost of a bottle of e-liquid varies wildly, and on top of this, the amount of e-liquid vapers get through per day varies quite a lot too. There aren’t any recent surveys on the topic, so the best we can do is look at ECF and Reddit posts on the topics and the responses. While it varies substantially, especially depending on the type of e-cig you’re using, between 5 and 10 ml per day is a good estimate.
Using the 40 cents / ml “average” cost of vapor juice, this can be used to work out how much vapers spend on e-liquid on average. At a 5 ml per day consumption over 30 days, it would work out to $60 per month on e-liquid. For a 10 ml consumption, this would be $120 per month.
These estimates are very rough, and of course they would vary depending on the specific e-liquid you’re vaping. With the cheapest e-liquid, a 5 ml per day consumption would be $15 per month, and 10 ml per day would be $30 per month. For the most expensive e-juice, 5 ml per day would be $175.50 per month and 10 ml per day would be $351 per month. Of course, nobody would really vape so much expensive e-juice per day, but this shows how much variation there can be depending on your habits and choices.
Cheap E-Liquid vs. Expensive E-Liquid: The Pros and Cons
So if you’re wondering whether it’s worth picking up the best cheap vape juice, or whether you should just focus on quality without worrying much about cost, what should you do? Here, we’ll go over some of the pros and cons of cheap e-liquid vs. expensive e-liquid.
- Wide selection of flavors. Ordinarily, cheaper e-liquid brands have more e-juice flavors on offer than more expensive mixers.
- Less cost per month. This is obvious: if you want to save as much money as possible, cheap e-juice flavors are the way to go.
- More variety in PG/VG and nicotine. As a general rule, more affordable e-juice companies offer a selection of PG/VG ratios and a wider selection of nicotine levels. This means you’ll have an easier time finding e-juice that suits entry-level devices and just-switching smokers.
- They can still be delicious. Just because you get cheap e-juice doesn’t mean you’ll get bad e-juice. There is plenty of cheap good e-juice (such as the options listed above), so as long as you do your homework you’ll still get something great.
- Simpler flavors. As a general rule, you’ll find simpler, one-note flavors if you’re buying e-juice for cheap. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but some vapers prefer unique and complex flavors.
- Bigger risk of low-quality. You can find affordable e-juice that’s tasty, but there are many more crappy options than you’ll get with more expensive e-juice.
- Some flavors are often disappointing. Some flavor types work better than others with inexpensive e-juice. Cheap tobacco e-juice, for example, rarely captures the nuance and complexity of tobacco, and often tastes unpleasant.
- Minimal packaging and crappy bottles. One way to cut costs is to spend less on things like bottles. This means you’re more likely to get your e-juice in a basic plastic bottle with affordable brands.
- Complex flavors. In general, more expensive e-liquid has more complex and unique flavor combinations than inexpensive e-liquid. You’re much less likely to find a basic, one-note flavor in a premium line-up.
- Specialist mixers. More expensive e-juice brands are more likely to specialize in a specific type of flavor. This can be really good if you have a favorite flavor type, because you get find a mixer that’s solely dedicated to those flavors. For example, Black Note is a tobacco specialist and Mad Hatter focuses on candy and dessert flavors.
- Higher-VG mixes. As a general rule, expensive e-liquid from premium brands are more likely to be high-VG, cloud-friendly blends. This is great for vapers using sub ohm or rebuildable devices and any cloud-chasers.
- More robust flavors. You’re much more likely to find a really flavorful vape juice from more expensive mixers.
- Less viable as “everyday” e-juice. The cost of expensive e-juice makes it a bit difficult to only use high-quality e-juice as your “everyday” e-juice.
- Prices can get really high. You know you’ll be paying more for “premium” e-juice, but sometimes the prices are so high it’s almost as if you’re paying for the “label,” rather than the quality. Castle Long Reserve by Five Pawns is a great example of this.
- Less choice in nicotine level and PG/VG ratio. You’re rarely given a choice of PG/VG ratio with premium juices, and nicotine levels tend to be lower, making them a less viable choice for just-switching smokers.
- Fewer flavor choices, especially smoker-friendly options. The downside to the widespread specialist mixers is that some flavors – tobaccos in particular – are harder to find in premium vapor juice brands.
Guide to Buying Cheap Vape Juice
If you’re looking for the cheapest vaping liquid you can find, it can feel like you’re entering a bit of minefield. How can you be sure you’ll be getting something delicious, rather than a basic flavor that will ultimately disappoint? Is it really worth taking the risk? Here’s a brief guide to buying affordable e-juice to help you make sure you get something you’ll enjoy.
- Look for guarantees of quality. No matter how inexpensive an e-juice is, it should use USP-grade nicotine, PG and VG, and ideally have lab results available to verify that the nicotine strengths are accurate and to show whether diacetyl or acetyl propionyl is present.
- Choose brands that offer choice. More PG/VG options and more nicotine level options are generally a good sign for budget e-juice companies. Since companies like Vape Wild and Mt. Baker Vapor do really well on this front, there is no reason to choose a company that doesn’t offer the sort of mix you’re looking for.
- Look for the flavors you like, not the raw number of options. E-liquid companies offering inexpensive e-liquid often have huge ranges of flavors, but don’t be drawn in by the raw numbers alone. It’s better to look at the selection for the types of flavors you like than the total number of flavors altogether.
- Read e-juice reviews. The most important piece of advice is not to be sold based on price alone. Yes, the e-liquid might be cheap, but checking out e-juice reviews from reputable reviewers gives you the full story about whether the brand is worth trying out.
- Consider bulk e-juice purchases to save money. Even if the juice isn’t particularly cheap when you buy a small bottle, you can often save money with bulk e-juice, even from more expensive brands. This is a great way to get value e-juice without sacrificing quality.
- Don’t choose the cheapest just because it’s the cheapest. You can still save a lot of money without choosing the very cheapest e-juice on the market. As long as you aren’t paying much more, prioritize quality over cost.
DIY E-Juice Guide: The Best Way to Save Money
If you’re serious about saving money and getting the best value e-liquid to suit your preferences, DIY mixing is definitely worth considering. Instead of pre-mixed flavor combinations with premiums slapped on, you simply buy the ingredients individually and mix them yourself. PG, VG and food flavorings are all really cheap, and nicotine base is also much more affordable than you’d imagine. The only downside is that you have to put a bit of time into planning your mixes and there is an up-front cost to buy everything you’ll need.
So what do you need to make DIY e-juice? Pick up some nicotine base (72 mg/ml is ideal, but lower is OK for most purposes too) from a reputable seller (such as Nude Nicotine), and use a store such as EcigExpress to pick up PG and VG, or alternatively you can find some on Amazon, Ebay or various other places online. Just make sure you get USP quality and you’ll be fine. The main thing left to pick up is flavorings. You can go individually to companies such as the Flavor Apprentice, Capella, LorAnn Oils, Flavor West and many others, but stores like EcigExpress which cater to DIY mixers carry many of these flavorings all in one place.
Finally, pick up some empty bottles and blunt-tipped syringes (for adding precise quantities of ingredients) for your mixing. You can mix by weight instead of by volume if you pick up some accurate scales too. If you get some that are accurate down to 0.01 g you’ll be able to mix very precisely.
It’s a good idea to check out recipes for DIY e-juice, and really we could make this DIY e-juice guide much longer if we went into this in detail. However, the DIY_ejuice subreddit and E-Liquid-Recipes.com are both great sources of recipes. You can use these to guide your flavoring purchases in particular. They’re also a great resource for “clone” recipes, which are mixes designed to approximate popular e-juice flavors. In particular, clones make DIY mixing a fantastic way to make the best cheap vape juice for yourself.
When you’ve got your equipment and your ingredients, you’re ready to mix. If you’re using a recipe, it will probably provide you with percentages for each of the flavorings, and you can choose your nicotine level and PG/VG ratio to suit your preferences. The best advice is to use a calculator like that offered by Steam Engine. You enter how much e-juice you want to make, your target nicotine strength and PG/VG ratio, the details about your nicotine base (how strong and whether it’s PG or VG based), add your flavorings and their percentages, and it tells you exactly how much to add.
The only thing left to do is to go through the actual mixing process. Make sure you measure everything accurately using your syringes and/or scales, because precision is vital to getting the finished product you’re looking for. Use a separate syringe for your nicotine to avoid cross-contamination. Once you’re done, place the cap on your bottle firmly and shake it up to make sure it’s thoroughly mixed. You can vape it right away if you like, but most mixes benefit from a short steep before you vape.
DIY mixing has tons of advantages, and although bulk vape juice purchases can be pretty inexpensive, there is no other way to make affordable vape juice to suit your specific preferences so closely.
Getting the best cheap e-juice can be as easy as choosing one of the brands from our list and placing an order, or as complex as getting all of the ingredients and making it yourself. But the key point is that there are tons of ways to save money when you’re vaping, and you can do it without sacrificing the quality of your e-liquid. If you’re in the market for cheap e-liquid, take a bit of time over your choice if you’re buying pre-made, or learn the basics for yourself and go DIY. If you do either of these right, you won’t be disappointed.