The standard nicotine you will be used to in regular e-liquid is commonly called freebase nicotine. This style of nicotine is not bonded to anything else so it is quite volatile, meaning it is an easily vaporised form of nicotine.
Often freebase nicotine is much harsher on the throat than nicotine salts, thus freebase nicotine levels are generally much lower than in nicotine salts.
A nicotine salt is a more natural state of nicotine - closer to the form that nicotine is found in tobacco leaf. It is made up of freebase nicotine bonded with one or more organic compounds to create a more stable molecule.
This more natural make up of nicotine creates a molecule with a different pH compared to freebase nicotine. pH corresponds to throat hit so a more neutral pH (as found in nicotine salts) can create less of a throat hit - even at high nicotine levels.
Different salt nicotine solutions may have varying amounts of throat hit at the same strengths - 25mg nicotine salt eliquid might be super smooth on one flavour, but another flavour with the same strength might have more throat hit.
Benefits of Nicotine Salts:
Nicotine Absorption: Nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream faster than regular 'freebase nicotine' meaning you get a more satisfying vape faster and without having to vape as often.
Extended Shelf Life: As the nicotine salt is a more stable molecule, shelf life for the product is longer than standard freebase nicotine.
Portability & Convenience: Because nicotine salts allow for higher nicotine levels, devices can be much smaller and compact compared to standard vaping devices whilst still providing an extremely a satisfying vape!
Sub-ohm devices: High-strength (20mg+) nicotine salt products should never be used in conjunction with a 'sub-ohm' device. Using these more powerful devices with high-strength nicotine salt delivers too much nicotine at once and can cause side effects such as headaches, nausea, and erratic heart rate.
Closed system devices: If you're new to nicotine salts, we recommend starting with a closed pod system device. The advantage of closed systems is that pods come pre-filled at an appropriate nicotine strength to match the device's output. You don't need to refill the pod, or change any coils! Simply dispose of a pod once it's empty and pop in a new pre-filled pod.
Recommended closed system device: For the very best in nicotine salt devices check out our very own HAIZ. For more information on the HAIZ and Nicotine Salts check out this blog article.
Open system devices: Open systems (also called refillable pod systems) need to be refilled once empty. Depending on the device, the coil may also need to be changed over time. The advantage of open systems is that any freebase nicotine or nicotine salt products can be used with them, meaning a larger range of brands and flavours.
If you're already experienced with nicotine salt, or wish to upgrade from a closed system - we have plenty on offer! Check out our range of refillable pod system products here. If you'd like to use nicotine salt eliquid with any of these devices, remember to make sure they have a coil/pod with a resistance of 1 ohm or higher!
Nicotine salt e-liquid for open systems: If you wish to use nicotine salt eliquid with a refillable pod, we have some of the most popular international brands available right here in NZ. Check out our range of nicotine salt eliquid here.
Who should use freebase/regular nicotine?
Users who want less nicotine and mainly flavour
Who should use nicotine salts?
Pack a day smokers
People highly dependent on nicotine
What is the best vape for nicotine salts?
VAPO NZ has plenty of options that will appeal to ex-smokers in order to help them transition smoothly into vaping. Here are some!
alt. Pod Vape Kit The alt. is a closed pod system that smoothly delivers nicotine salts to the user, it is a simple yet effective device that helps smokers transition away from cigarettes. You can find your local stockist here.
HAIZ Pod Kit The HAIZ is another closed pod device that is easy to use with pre-filled pods that allow you to simply pop in a new pod and carry on vaping! Simple, mess free and easily available. You can find your local stockist here.
solo Recyclable Vape Device The Solo is the newest and friendliest recyclable vape device to hit the NZ market. This device is a single-use disposable device and is the only one of it’s kind that is recyclable!
Crush Nic Salts Crush is our newest e-liquid brand that is made right here in NZ! It features 6 unique and delicious flavours that will surely satisfy your nic salt cravings. These nic salt can be used with any open pod system. Check them out here.
Mouth to Lung Devices Mouth to lung devices, especially pod kits are specifically designed to be used with nicotine salts.
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