We've been hearing a lot about nicotine salts providing a smoother hit and an overall better and more enjoyable vaping experience, but why?
Traditional e-Juice is made using freebase nicotine, which, as the name suggests, is a base. Salts are formed when an acid and base react with one another. The product of an acid-base reaction is a salt.
Salt nicotine has a much more neutral pH than freebase nicotine. Its pH level is much closer to that of our own bodies, resulting in less throat and lung irritation. Since its less irritable overall, we tend to see salt juices with very high nicotine concentrations for use in low-wattage, pod style devices. Since pod systems produce much less vapor, you require a higher nicotine level to get a satisfying hit.
That being said, salt nicotine juices with low overall concentrations of nicotine can still be safely used in sub-ohm devices. Many sub-ohm juice companies have already switched over to nicotine salts completely due to its more satisfying hit and less overall irritability. What vapers notice almost immediately when switching to salt nicotine is that they find a more immediate satisfaction after taking a hit, and much less irritation to the mouth, throat and lungs.
Nicotine salts are the form of the chemical as found in natural tobacco leaves. The salts are more stable than their freebase cousin; allowing them to be more safely vaped as well as making it across the blood/brain barrier at a rate which matchs the nicotine blood absorption rate of a traditional cigarette. Furthermore, when the salts are combined with acids such as Benzoic Acid (which is commonly used in the food & beverage industry, skin care as well as pharmaceutical industries with years of scientific research regarding its effect in terms of human ingestion), they approach the pH level even closer to that of your mouth and throat which is what makes the vapor much smoother on the inhale and exhale on top of allowing it to be vaporized at a lower temperature.
The reason that we’re seeing salt nicotine used in most part by pod-juice manufactures, is that since pod-systems produce much lower volumes of vapor, they require higher concentrations of nicotine to achieve a satisfying hit. Given this, it becomes all the more important that the nicotine used is as smooth as possible to avoid throat and lung irritation.
The main difference vapers will note with salt nicotine is in the throat hit -- There will be less irritation and you will also find that it carries more flavor without needing to be vaped at a higher temperature. Lower temperatures essentially mean a (generally) safer and more enjoyable and satisfying vaping experience, as well as a more consistent taste as well. On top of that, there are the added benefits of having your coils AND e-juice last longer seeing as each mL will contain a higher nicotine content( which is why you see most nicotine-salt based e-Juice floating between the 20-50mg/mL marker).
The same is true for sub-ohm vaping; however the amount of nicotine will be far lower for sub-ohm e-Juice (generally between 3 & 6 mg/mL). Smoother hit, better flavour and less consumption!
It’s a win, win, win!
So why isn’t all e-juice made with salt nicotine? The answer is that salt nicotine is still new to the market. Many of the larger e-juice manufactures have not yet adjusted their manufacturing processes for salt-nicotine. Additionally, many vapers are still not fully educated on the benefits of salt nicotine over freebase; and for this reason, companies are wary to make the switch so as not to provide cause for concern to their loyal customers who are happy with what they are already vaping.
Our e-Juice takes full advantage of this and really sets itself apart from a vast majority of juice on the market today! Just to be clear, our e-juice has a nicotine content that is appropriate for sub-ohm use. Most salt-nicotine e-juice on the market will contain concentrations which are tenfold of what would be considered safe or appropriate for sub-ohm vapes. We URGE you not to mistake this blog post to imply that all salt-based e-juice is appropriate for sub-ohm use. Your sub-ohm salt-nicotine should still be at a concentration similar to that of its freebase counterpart to prevent consuming too much nicotine all at once.
Use less, get more! We hope you found this second entry of our Warped Blog insightful, and we encourage to leave a comment with any questions you may have, or to leave a commentary on YOUR experience with our sub-ohm nicotine salt e-juice!