Nic salts are used by many types of vapers, but primarily people who have just quit smoking or are dual using. Nic salts work well for people who want a smoother throat hit and a higher nicotine strength. If you enjoy the hit disposable devices like the Elf Bar and the Lost Mary give you, then nic salts are right up your alley. Disposable devices contain 20mg of nic salts pre-soaked into the coil, so filling up your device with any nic salt of the same strength will give you a similar vaping experience. Nic salts will work efficiently if you’re using a lower-powered device, like a pod device. Using a higher-powered device with nic salts can provide a bad vaping experience. Big kits like this heat the e-liquid up too hot and can make you feel ill as you’re inhaling a lot of nicotine in one puff.
Nicotine salt is created by pairing regular nicotine with (usually) benzoic acid. This changes the formulation and PH of the nicotine allowing it to absorb into your bloodstream quicker and deliver a nicotine hit quicker. Regular e-liquid, known as freebase, contains the original type of nicotine. E-liquid that contains freebase nicotine is usually lower in concentration. This is because the nicotine hit takes a bit longer to reach your bloodstream so it’s easier to overdo it. Also, freebase nicotine gives a stronger throat hit than nicotine salt, meaning freebase liquids are much harsher on the throat than a nicotine salt based vape juice.
The best flavoured nic salts are subjective, however, depending on the type of vaper you are there will be more popular flavours. People who have just quit smoking find fruits, tobacco, and menthol e-liquid to suit them best. If you are dual-using (smoking and vaping) tobacco flavoured e-liquids can help you switch fully to vaping. Some people note that tobacco-flavoured e-liquid reminds them of smoking too much, so go the opposite and start on sweet fruits and candies. This allows you to separate vaping and smoking, and maybe quit sooner. People who have been vaping for a while may have dabbled in many flavours, with delicious desserts and drink flavours. If you love disposables (like blue razz lemonade) and want a nic salt that matches that, fruity and icy nic salts are the best bet. Companies like Bar Juice 5000 and Elfliq have created nic salts that match the disposables highly so you can start vaping in your own kit.
With so many brands of nic salts available it can be hard to decide, with conflicting reviews online, choosing a brand you like requires a lot of trial and error. There are a few big players with nic salts that are highly rated and regarded, you may have heard of some:
But, some smaller brands create a huge impact on the tastebuds of vapers. Whether a brand is hugely popular or an independent company, the quality varies. You’ll find some brands cater towards certain types of vapers. For example, Bar Salts create e-liquids solely based on disposable flavours, so if you like e-liquids with layers of flavour this brand may not be for you. Finding the best brand for you requires a lot of trying, too. For example, Doozy Vape Co create many types of e-liquids, from simple fruit mixes to indulgent desserts. Maybe you’ll love their dessert range but find the fruits horrible. A brand itself doesn’t define whether you’ll love the e-liquid, so the best bet is to try a few from different brands and find your favourite flavours.
Nic salts require low-powered devices that heat the e-liquid at a lower temperature. The wattage used also varies with nic salts. When you purchase a device or coil the recommended wattage is usually stated. Usually, nic salts work best around 8W-25W depending on the coil resistance. If you want to know our best recommendations for the best pod kits you can check out a few of our blogs that explain our favourite pod kits and nic salts for every flavour. Most nic salts are 50VG/50PG ratio, meaning MTL kits and coils suit the e-liquid well. This ratio of e-liquid is commonly found in nic salts.