July 16, 2019 5 min read

Nicotine Salts What You Need To Know

 Over the years there have been heaps of advances and trends within the vaping sphere Nicotine Salts has in many ways taken the industry by storm. It has been able to address some of the big hurdles for new vapers and given new hope for those that have tried and failed to make the switch to vaping. 

 

Weve come a long way from the cheap and cheerful‘’cig-a-likes’’, that in fairness, paved the way, But lets be honest, didnt offer a whole lot of satisfaction. Weve seen pens style vapes, mod style and most recently the surge of the Pod Vape. The popularity of nicotine Salts has coincided nicely with that of pod vapes mainly because the two products work so well together. 

 

However its not a silver bullet So are nicotine Salts right for you? In this article well take a look at what nicotine salts are and whether are not you should consider giving them a go!

Freebase Nicotine: The Current Standard


Every vape juice up until now has used the traditional form of nicotine known as‘’freebase nicotine’’ mixed with varying percentages of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavorings. It's also what we use in nicotine replacement therapieslike gums, patches, sprays, and lozenges. 

Free base nicotine was developed by the big tobacco in the 60s after considerable research. They were attempting to find a form of nicotine that would give the smoker the greatest hit of nicotine and therefore the greatest satisfaction. 

 

Nicotine Salts


So Free base nicotine is effective and does the job then why develop something different? First thing its worth considering exactly what nicotine salts are and how its produced. 

 

What are Nicotine Salts?


The answer to this lies in chemistry but we dont want to get too deep on this topic and its really not necessary to understand how they can benefit you. 

Put simply nicotine salts are free base nicotine with an acid added.

 

Ok as were here lets talk a little chemistry. Free base nicotine is inherently alkaline (sits on the right of this scale). By adding an acid such as benzoic acid it move the pH of the juice closer to the center and therefore makes it more neutral. 

This process of adding benzoic acid to free base nicotine and making it more neutral was developed by PAX Labs in the USA and was the juice added to their popular brand of pod vapes The Juul! 

Sometimes the name causes confusion and people expect the juice to taste salty this is definitely not the case. In chemistry terms a‘’Salt’’ is any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, with all or part of the hydrogen of the acid replaced by a metal or other cation.

   

Advantages and Disadvantages


Ok so now we know the difference between‘’Traditional Nicotine’’ and‘’Salt Nicotine’’. Lets talk about what this means for you and explore why you might choose to use these products

 

Advantages


Satisfaction: Salt Nicotine is more bio available this means that it is more easily absorbed into the blood steam and in this way is really effective at satisfying the users nicotine cravings. If youve found yourself incessantly vaping on your device then you wont have have this problem as much with nicotine salts as they really do satisfy But beware too much nicotine and you can get light headed. 

 



Smoother nicotine hit: So weve seen earlier that salt nicotine is less alkaline. Because this nicotine is more neutral it means that there is far less throat hit and its a much smoother vape. Especially if you have been vaping high nicotine levels (12mg or higher) you have probably noticed it can become quite harsh on your throat. ECigOz offers Salt Nicotine in 20mg & 30mg and these vape very smoothly. Some may see this as a disadvantage because they enjoy the throat hit Its personal preference.

Less flavor impact: Nic Salts really have very little impact in the flavour profile of your juice. You may have noticed that when vaping juices at nicotine levels 18mg and above that the throat hit can somewhat impact on the overall flavor of the juice. With Nic Salts you dont get this. This makes Nic salts perfect for those previously using high nic juice

Cheaper: Although Nic salts are generally more expensive when comparing ml vs.ml. Because these juices are more satisfying to vape and generally used in low power pod style devices, users vape far less juice. 

 

Disadvantages


Too much for some: This is definitely something to consider Nicotine Salts are NOT suitable for large sub ohm style devices. Any device that is high powered designed for producing clouds is not going to be suitable for nicotine salts. You will find your head spinning if you take a big hit if this stuff. Most Nic Salts come in 20mg (20%) or 30mg (30%) strength. So Nic salts are best used with pod style vape devices or pen style vapes Weve included some great options below.  


Lower fun factor: Ok sure we better include this point in here. Some people love the big clouds produced from their Box Mods. If this is how you get your kicks then probably best to stick with low nic free base juice. 

 

Are Nicotine Salts Right for You?


Its basically down to personal preference For some its a No and others its a definite Yes. Here are some questions to help guide your thoughts:

  • Am I a heavy smoker (one or more packs a day)?
  • Do I want a more genuine smoking experience, or am I looking for something new?
  • Will I want smooth vapor and high nicotine?
  • Do I need a stronger or more subtle nicotine"punch" (buzz)? 
  • Is discretion important, or are massive clouds my thing?
  • How much money do I initially want to spend?


Basically if you are someone who wants a small compact device and not interested in pumping out killer clouds then nicotine salts are probably for you. 

  • If your just quitting cigarettes or recently quit then nicotine salts will better replicate the smoking experience as well as make sure your cravings are satisfied
  • You love great flavours and not interested in overpowering throat hit. 
  • If your vaping 18mg juice or higer you shoud certainly consider trying Salt nicotine. 

 

If you have any further questions use the live chat to get in touch with someone at ECigOz!!

 

 

 


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