E-Liquids, also referred to as vape juice, eJuices, or nicotine liquids, typically comprise four key components: vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavoring, and nicotine.
The choice of nicotine in eJuice significantly influences the selection of vaping devices, impacting how effectively nicotine is delivered to the body.
Nicotine Salts are designed for smaller, low-power devices, while Freebase is intended for larger Box Mod Kits.
Freebase E-Liquid, extracted directly from the tobacco plant, results in unbalanced alkalinity, providing a stronger throat hit at higher nicotine concentrations. E-Liquid manufacturers typically stick to the 0mg to 6mg range due to the harshness of higher concentrations.
Nicotine Salts, a modification of freebase nicotine with added benzoic acid, reduce harshness levels, offering a smoother experience despite higher nicotine concentrations. Nicotine Salts are commonly used in lower power devices, such as pod systems.
Sub-Ohm Salts, or Sub-Ohm Nicotine Salts, are exceptions where Nicotine Salts are formulated for higher power devices. These E-Liquids, labeled as “Sub-Ohm Salts,” are suitable for Box Mod Kits and higher power devices, offering a smoother throat hit than traditional freebase formulations.
Freebase E-Liquids pair well with sub-ohm devices, producing substantial clouds due to their lower nicotine concentration. Sub-ohm devices, with larger coils and lower resistances, are optimized for vaporizing freebase nicotine effectively.
Nicotine Salts work best with pod systems, utilizing lower power output and higher resistance to create discreet vapor clouds. High nicotine strength Nic Salts should not be used in sub-ohm devices, as the stronger vapor output may lead to discomfort.
Certain pod systems, like Pod Mods, accommodate both nicotine salts and freebase eJuice, depending on the installed coil or pod. A general rule is to use nicotine salts with higher resistances (1.0ohm and above) for safe and efficient dosing of higher nicotine, while sub-ohm devices (below 1.0ohm) are suitable for freebase nicotine, ensuring safer vaporization with lower nicotine concentrations and larger vapor output.