So you might have heard people vaping this new type of e-liquid known as nicotine salts or sometimes known as salt nic’s or salts.
Nicotine Salt is a type of nicotine that is generally considered to be a more stable and purer form of nicotine versus traditional ‘freebase’ nicotine that is found in most common e-liquids. Nicotine salts are similar to freebase nicotine in that both forms of nicotine comes from the same tobacco leaf.
If you have been vaping 3mg/6mg/12mg etc.. liquids, you will have experienced vaping ‘freebase’ nicotine. We’re sure you are familiar with the throat-hit sensation you get if you vape higher nicotine amounts i.e 6mg/12mg. This throat hit sensation is due to the PH level of freebase nicotine. Freebase nicotine has a higher PH level and thus you get a harsher throat hit. Most people won’t vape something over 12mg (but there are exceptions).
The key difference is that nicotine salts contains benzoic acid - this lowers the PH levels of nicotine and allows for a smoother throat hit. In traditional ‘freebase’ nicotine, this key ingredient is missing and this is why nicotine salts give you a smoother throat hit while being at a higher nicotine level ie. 25mg/30mg or even as high as 50mg. The characteristic of nicotine salt is that it also vaporizes at much lower temperatures - hence the reason why it is primarily enjoyed using pod devices that are small, have small batteries and fire at lower temperatures. So for example, vaping nicotine salts that is 25mg/30mg at a lower temperature, results in giving u a nicotine ‘hit’ or ‘buzz’ after only a few puffs.
Nicotine salts rose to fame thanks to the popularity of the JUUL pod device which started selling around 2017. Once JUUL became popular, many people in the vaping industry closely studied their nicotine salt formula and now have successfully replicated it. Now, many brands out there have their own formula of nicotine salts offering a variety of flavors (great!). Pod device manufacturers have also studied the JUUL device and now produce all types of devices with different features to cater for all types of vapers.
Only you can answer that tricky question, but it’s helpful to ask yourself the following questions: