Nicotine Salts – What Are They?

Nicotine Salts - What Are They?

For years there has only been one choice for vapers regarding e-liquid. Now, vapers have another choice: nicotine salt based e-juice. This new form of nicotine is new to the market but has gained popularity in all areas of vaping. There is not a great deal of information about nicotine salts yet. Stick around to find out all you need to know about salt nicotine.

Freebase Nicotine

First, we must discuss freebase nicotine to understand the difference. Freebase is the technical term for the standard version of nicotine used in e-juice. Freebase sounds bad but it just means the nicotine is in its purest form.

Nicotine Salts - What Are They?This form is made by adding ammonia to the raw ingredient, stripping away protons from the nicotine. This separates the protons from the nicotine and allows it to be extracted with steam. This creates a bioavailability of nicotine in the lungs and brain.

The way this nicotine is processed by the body means the “fix” last longer than nicotine salts. Simply put, it lasts longer before you feel the need to go back for more.

Salt Nicotine

Nicotine Salts form naturally inside tobacco.

This form of nicotine involves more work to become absorbable by the body. It must be heated significantly and is more volatile which requires more heat for vaporization.

Because salt nicotine requires much more heat to vaporize, it is combined with certain chemical compounds. These compounds are safe for inhalation and make vaporization much more effective.

Nicotine Salts Applications

Salt nicotine first appeared with the rise of closed pod systems like the Juul. The reason that salt nicotine is great for this type of system is, the salts are absorbed into the system much faster than freebase. Also, nicotine salts are very smooth in comparison to freebase. This allows the user to select a much higher concentration than normal. Resulting in a feeling of satisfaction much faster and consuming less liquid in the process.

Over the last year and a half micro portable mods have become very popular. Systems like the Eleaf Icare and Aspire Breeze. These systems are fitting for nicotine salts because they do not drive a large amount of vapor and work at high resistances and low wattage.

Nicotine Salts - What Are They?Nicotine salts started in commercial e-juice companies but it has also branched out since then into another category.

Nicotine Salts in DIY EJuice

The DIY community has been raving about the addition of salt based nicotine to their collections. The main reason because of how smooth it is. DIYers are able to mix at their normal levels and obtain a much smoother e-juice in the end. While most commercial juice companies manufacture with high concentrations, DIYers are simply substituting one for the other at the same levels.

Nicotine salt in DIY can be directly substituted 3mg/3mg, 6mg/6mg etc. The other added benefit is if a user wants to increase their concentration slightly they will not notice the difference.

Nicotine Salts Final Thoughts

Nicotine salts are a superior alternative to freebase nicotine. If there is a single purpose that makes it a better product, it is the effectiveness. Looking at a potential vaper, often times they give up due to poor nicotine delivery. This can be because of incorrect nicotine levels. Salt nicotine is offered at much higher levels which creates a more effective experience. This is more likely to keep a new vaper vaping rather than giving up and returning to smoking.

Nicotine salts are here to stay. The vaping community has embraced its abilities to perform better than freebase. With all the closed pod and pocket mod systems, nicotine salt remains in high demand. Anyone considering making the switch should not hesitate.

John Pietersma

I am John Pietersma, a 30-year-old husband and father of three children who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Having vaped and built coils for four years, I am very passionate about vaping and writing product reviews for everyone to read.