Guide to Nicotine Salts
The term ‘Nic Salt’ (Nicotine Salt/Salt Nic) comes from the natural Nicotine Salts found in tobacco plants. Over the past few years, Nic Salt E Liquids have grown in popularity due to the smoother vaping experience and higher possible nicotine strengths when compared to regular E Liquids. This has led to some confusion as to what exactly Nic Salts are, so we have put together a comprehensive guide with all your questions answered.
There’s a simple and scientific answer to the question “What Is Nic Salt?”.
Simply put, Nic Salts are E Liquids with a ‘new’ type of nicotine which is smoother when inhaled, and is absorbed much more easily by the body.
The more scientific answer requires some knowledge of standard nicotine (freebase). If you’re a bit of a vaping enthusiast you’ll no doubt find this as interesting as we do. If you’d rather just get the basics though, feel free to pop to the next section.
Salt Nic on the other hand is made from the same naturally occurring nicotine salts found in tobacco leaves, but it isn’t refined with the same harsh chemicals. Instead of extracting the salts and then enhancing the potency of the nicotine with ammonia, natural acids are used which react to the nicotine salts utlimately changing their chemical composition.
Instead of increasing the PH levels of the nicotine with harsh chemicals, the reaction with the natural acid actually lowers PH levels and allows the body to absorb the nicotine salts at much lower temperatures. This results in a much smoother throat hit, meaning higher dosages can be used in E Liquids.
Manufacturers have found you can add as much as 50mg Nic Salt to an E Liquid with no noticeable change in vapour production, taste, and with no increase in harshness. This is why Nic Salt is becoming a superior choice for nicotine delivery when compared to freebase nicotine.
What are the Benefits of Nic Salt?
Most Nic Salts are manufactured with a 50% PG/50% VG Mix, which is already the smoothest E Liquid mix available (if you want to know more about PG and VG, and how they affect E Liquids, visit our guide ‘What Is Vaping And How To Get Started’).
As Nicotine Salts are created using a much less invasive method, it avoids the unpleasant ‘harsh throat hit’ that’s associated with higher strength nicotine E Liquids. This means you can have as much as 20mg nicotine strength in a 10ml bottle!
It also means you can add as much as 50mg of Nic Salts to a Shortfill E Liquid bottle without any noticeable increase in harshness (but you will of course be diluting the taste of your E Liquid with each Nic Shot added past the second).
Nic Salts are absorbed into the body much faster than freebase nicotine too. People commonly think that by using lower nicotine doses they’ll vape less and therefore, save money. Considering the much faster absorption rates of Nic Salts, you may actually find that you vape less since with nicotine salts as you’re given a satisfying amount of nicotine to begin with.
Most Nic Salt users find a 10ml bottle lasts twice as long as their regular E Liquid mix.
They’re also ideal for ex-smokers who have just made the change to vaping so you can continue to get the high levels of nicotine you’re used to, without all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals found in regular tobacco.
Is Nic Salt Safe?
What Coil/Device should I use for Salt Nic?
You can vape Nic Salts with pretty much any device, however due to the 50% PG / 50% VG mix they work best in POD Systems and Starter Kits (Vape Pens). It’s not recommended to use a Sub-Ohm device with Nic Salts as they’re designed to intake massive amounts of vapour in a single hit, which could lead to a dosage of nicotine far beyond what you needed or expected.
Ideally, you would want to use a POD System for your Nic Salt needs such as the Drag X Nano POD Kit or the VOOPOO Drag S. These POD devices were designed specifically to be used with 50/50 E Liquids and as such are ideal for Salt Nic mixes.
Starter Kits and Vape Pens are suitable alternatives if you’d rather not delve into the world of POD Systems just yet. Devices like the Innokin Endura T-18E will still deliver the smoothest vape you’ve ever had when paired with Nic Salt E Liquids.
And as stated, vaping Nic Salts with a Sub-Ohm device is not advised. 50/50 E Liquids are much thinner than the 70/30 E Liquids you’d usually use, so your coils will burn out more quickly. And not to sound like a broken record, but I’m sure we all know it feels to take in too much nicotine in one go. It’s probably best to stick to your regular 70/30 E Liquids when using your cloud machines.