Salt Nics: Amazing or Scam?

by Nick Warrender on March 09, 2018

Some people think Nicotine Salts are the next big thing in the world of vaping and e-cigarettes. We do, which is why we launched our first 3 salt nic flavors: Smurf Sauce, Wutamelon and Mang O’s salts!

But what is a salt-based nicotine and how is it different from the usual nicotine found in e-liquids? Is it really worth spending a little more to try it out? Here’s everything you need to know about salt nics:

What are salt nics?

Nicotine salts, or salt nics, are a form of nicotine found in tobacco leaves. Unlike the nicotine usually used in e-liquids, these salts aren’t only made up of nicotine; they are a compound containing nicotine and other organic compounds. It can be a combination of other chemicals found in tobacco leaves, but the important thing is that a more stable molecule is formed.

“Freebase” nicotine is the form usually used in e-liquids. This nicotine isn’t bonded with anything else, and is generally preferred for vaping and other purposes because it’s a more volatile (easily vaporized) form of nicotine.

Interestingly enough, the tobacco industry jumped through hoops to increase the amount of nicotine that is in cigarettes.

But how do they work?

Companies selling salt nics claim it’s intensely satisfying, while big tobacco is claiming the exact opposite. So what gives? Who’s telling the truth here? Well, it turns out some experiments run by Pax Labs, creates of the JUUL, have shed some light for all of us. Through their experiments with different formulations, they discovered that specific nicotine salts appeared to work better than freebase nicotine e-liquid. They themselves call the finding “unexpected,” but the tests of blood nicotine levels obtained from users confirmed the results.

The key ingredient, benzoic acid, was added to control the specific nicotine salt formed in the e-liquid. By considering the reactions that occur at vaping temperatures, they were able to make a juice containing salt nics that got plenty of usable nicotine when you vaped it.

Another benefit is the effect of the acid on the pH of the e-liquid (meaning, whether it’s acidic or base/alkaline). Generally, a higher pH leads to more freebase nicotine in the smoke or vapor, but it also makes the resulting mixture a lot harsher on your throat and lungs.

Adding the benzoic acid lowers the pH of the vapor from nicotine salt e-liquids and is much less harsh to vape, however the chemical reactions occurring during the vaping maintain a high freebase nicotine content in the vapor. So you get to comfortably vape higher nicotine levels.

What are the benefits?

Stepping back from the science lesson, what does all this mean for you? Why should you try salt nics rather than just sticking to ordinary e-liquids?

  1. More nicotine, faster
  2. Less acidic, so you can use higher-nicotine e-liquids
  3. Longer shelf-life
  4. More efficient, less power needed for better results

How do you vape salt nics?

Vaping salt nics isn’t like vaping ordinary e-liquids. If you grabbed a bottle of high-strength salt nic e-liquid and vaped it from a box mod and sub ohm tank setup, it’d give you a harsh and substantially unpleasant hit of nicotine.

Salt nics are intended for use in lower-powered devices. The JUUL is an awesome example of a device that would ideally be used for salt nics. Compact and low in power output, it’s essentially similar to a well-made cigalike. Pod-style devices are also ideal for salt nics, but you can use more conventional and easily refillable devices as well. Even basic vape pens will offer more than enough power to get you a satisfying vape from a higher-nicotine salt blend.

The main advantage here is for newer vapers who will benefit from more efficient nicotine absorption and the fact that you don’t need complicated, or high-powered, gear to get the most out of it. If you do have a higher-powered device you can also get lower nicotine level salt nics.

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