Nicotine salts is a relatively new term you may have seen coming up more frequently whilst browsing for juices. Invented in the USA, nicotine salts are a highly effective form of nicotine that provides a stronger hit and longer lasting satisfaction for vape users.
Freebase nicotine is a phrase referring to the standard nicotine that has been used in e-liquid for as long as it has been around, nicotine salts refers to the new type of nicotine typically sold in 10ml bottles. Freebase nicotine is used in 10ml bottles and also added as a shot to larger, high VG liquids.
What are nicotine salts?
Nicotine salts are pressed from the tobacco leaf and are designed to provide a higher bio-availability of nicotine as well as mimicking the “hit” of a traditional combustion cigarette. It takes around 5 seconds for the nicotine from a cigarette to take effect whereas freebase nicotine can take up to 5 minutes. Another side effect of the production process of nicotine salts is that the pH (Acidity/Alkalinity) levels of the nicotine is partially neutralised, providing a smooth but pronounced throat hit.
Why, and how to use them
Typically, nicotine salts are considered a good option for anybody seeking to quit smoking due to the greater similarity between traditional smoking and vaping nicotine salts. Nicotine salts are generally also used in smaller kits or pod systems for a small, complete, easy to use system which delivers plenty of nicotine. It is not recommended to use nicotine salts in a large sub-ohm tank as the volume of nicotine delivery would be uncomfortable.
Nicotine salts are ideal for the ex-smoker who wants a portable device that gives them everything they need to feel satisfied. They emulate the traditional cigarette much more accurately than freebase nicotine. However, if you are a cloud chaser or enjoy the flavour selections that sub-ohm vaping brings, our advice is to stick to the freebase nicotine!