Have you noticed how popular nicotine salt e-liquids have become at your favourite local and online vape shops? Many vape shops have converted roughly half of their e-liquid selections to nicotine salt, and there’s a significant number of vapers who have never used anything but nic salts.
If you were already vaping before nicotine salt e-liquid hit the market, though, there’s a good chance that you aren’t using nic salts. Instead, you’re using vape juice with freebase nicotine because that’s what you’ve always used. Would it be worthwhile for you to consider switching to nicotine salt? Why is nicotine salt e-liquid so popular? In this article, we’re going to answer your questions.
Before we go into detail about how nicotine salt e-liquid can potentially improve your vaping experience, let’s discuss the main benefit that has made it so popular.
Nic Salts make higher nicotine strengths easier to use
The reason why nicotine salt e-liquid exists is because historically, new vapers sometimes found it difficult to switch fully to vaping and quit smoking because they had difficulty using high-strength e-liquids. You need to use a strong e-liquid for vaping to feel as much like smoking as it can. The problem, though, is that freebase nicotine – which was the type of nicotine used for all e-liquids in those days – is quite alkaline, and that causes throat irritation and soreness at high strengths.
The conversion from freebase nicotine to nicotine salt is accomplished with the addition of a mild acid. The acid lowers the pH of the nicotine, and the reduced alkalinity has the effect of making the e-liquid smoother and easier to inhale. Replacing freebase nicotine with nicotine salt makes it possible for an e-liquid to have a cigarette-like nicotine strength without causing irritation, and that enables users of smaller vaping devices to have an experience that’s just as enjoyable and satisfying as smoking a cigarette.
Nic Salts help you reduce your E-Liquid consumption
If you’re currently using e-liquid with freebase nicotine, what are the potential benefits for you if you switch to nic salts? For starters, it’s important to understand that nicotine salt e-liquid typically comes in much higher nicotine strengths than freebase nicotine vape juice. Most people who use freebase e-liquid use a fairly low nicotine strength in the range of 3 mg/ml. In contrast, nicotine salt e-liquid typically comes in strengths of 10 mg/ml and higher. Switching from freebase nicotine to nic salts will almost certainly necessitate buying a smaller and less powerful vaping device.
Switching to a smaller vaping device, however, has a benefit that’s potentially very significant: Since you’ll get more nicotine per puff, you’ll naturally start using less e-liquid. Instead of refilling a large vape tank several times every day, you’ll use a smaller tank or pod and will probably only need to refill it once or twice per day at the most. That means you’ll end up spending much less on vape juice than you currently do.
Have you noticed that your vape coils never seem to last very long before they start tasting burnt? That’s because many of today’s e-liquids are heavily sweetened, and sweeteners leave a thick, dark residue behind that shortens coil life. If you use less e-liquid, though, you’ll get less residue. Switching to nicotine salt, therefore, will mean that you won’t need to replace your coils or pods nearly as often as you currently do – even if you continue to use a heavily sweetened e-liquid. These days, many people spend as much money on replacement coils as they do on e-liquid, so switching to nic salts can potentially help you save an enormous amount of money.
Nic Salts bring throat hit back to your vaping experience
If you’re currently using a sub-ohm vaping device with a powerful vape tank, there’s a good chance that your vape mod is by your side just about all of the time. You probably puff on your device mindlessly all day without ever really thinking about it – and if that’s the case, it’s worthwhile to pause and ask yourself if you’re truly satisfied. Do you really enjoy your vaping experience as it is, or are you actually just puffing on your device all day because it’s something to do?
When you use a low-strength e-liquid, you don’t feel much of anything when you vape – so it’s very easy to consume a surprisingly high amount of nicotine without realizing it. With nic salts, on the other hand, that’s not likely to happen because you’ll feel a more assertive throat hit when you inhale the vapour. You may find, in fact, that throat hit is exactly the thing you’re missing with your current vaping experience. You may even find that the increased sense of satisfaction causes you to cut back on vaping a bit.
Nic Salts are ideal for new vapers
Because of the benefits mentioned above – particularly the fact that nicotine salt is completely smooth even at high nicotine strengths – it’s now the default nicotine type for beginner-oriented devices like disposable vapes and pre-filled pod systems. Many people start vaping with nic salts and never feel the need to switch to higher-output vaping devices because they’re completely happy with their experience as it is.
So far, we’ve used most of the space in this article to discuss the potential benefits that could be in store to you if you’re already a vaper and switch from freebase nicotine to nic salts. It would be unfortunate, though, if we failed to put emphasis on the fact that nicotine salt e-liquid is almost always the best type of vape juice to buy if you’re new to vaping. If your first vaping device is one that’s already filled with e-liquid – such as a disposable vape – there’s no need to worry because the choice is already made for you. If you decide to buy a refillable device as your first vape, though, you should almost definitely fill it with nicotine salt e-liquid because it’s going to give you a cigarette-like experience that makes switching to vaping as easy as it can possibly be.
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