by Agnese J

Nicotine e-liquids vs Nic Salts

In recent years, e-liquids have included nicotine salts (abbreviate...
Nicotine e-liquids vs Nic Salts

In recent years, e-liquids have included nicotine salts (abbreviated as "nic salts") as a products that's been appraised by many vapers.

However, they have only recently become a major development in the vaping industry.

To be clear, Nicotine Salt does not contain any sodium, so it will not affect your sodium intake.

The closed vaping pod system and disposables have gained popularity in the United States and Europe - nic salts that contained 50 percent VG/PG can be found up to 20MG/ML strong Nic salts in the UK and up to whooping 50MG/ML in the states.

Let’s take a look at what Freebase Nicotine is.


In your e-liquid, you'll find a substance known as freebase nicotine. Compared to other nicotine compounds, freebase nicotine e-liquids it is the purest type of nicotine where no other chemicals are added to make a reaction with nicotine. When heated, nicotine becomes more active and can be absorbed more quickly into the lungs and the brain.

Phillip Morris, the corporation that owns Marlboro, discovered this approach in the 1960s and it has been used ever since. To make Marlboro cigarettes more addictive, they realized that by manipulating nicotine's pH levels, they could increase the nicotine's kick without raising the dose. As a result, Marlboro was able to maintain its position as one of the world's most popular and addictive cigarette brands for many years.


To understand what Nicotine Salts are, let’s do a recap of what Freebase nicotine is. Freebase nicotine is the purest type of nicotine and may be found in the majority of today's e-liquids. Freebase nicotine can only be tolerated at very low concentrations. An organic acid, such as benzoic acid, is mixed with the purest form of Nicotine to create nicotine salts although other organic compounds may also be used. Salts are formed as a result of a chemical reaction sparked by this unusual mixture. These e-liquids with nicotine salt typically gives a smoother reaction to trout. 


The major difference between the two is in how they affect your vaping experience.

There is a distinct difference in the harshness generated by greater nicotine concentrations. Because freebase nicotine has a higher pH value, it has an impact on its alkalinity. Freebase e-liquids taste harsher as the nicotine level rises because of this. You can vape at 50 mg/ml nicotine with salt nicotine because of its decreased alkalinity, which provides you with a smoother throat hit and allows you to do so comfortably.


  1. Typically comes in 50/50 pg vg and Uses less e-liquid as it’s vaped through the ‘mouth to lungs’ device: The greater nicotine levels and better absorption of e-liquids mean that you will need to use less e-liquid. 
  2. Vapour production is reduced, which might be a huge positive for those who want a more discreet gadget that provides a greater nicotine hit. 
  3. Better Taste: Some people prefer nic salts because they do not alter the flavour of the e-Liquid in the same way that freebase nicotine does. This is in part because nicotine salt's alkaline concentration is lower.
  4. Longer Shelf Life: As a result of being in its natural state, nicotine salt has a longer shelf life since it is less susceptible to oxidation.

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