Tips For Selecting The Right Nicotine Strength

by Andrew Livermore on April 19, 2018

If you’re new to vaping and looking to purchase some e-liquids for your electronic cigarette, you may have noticed that you have the option to select the nicotine-strength in your e-liquid. At Lifted Liquids, you typically can choose between 0, 3, 6, or 12 mg for most of the flavors and tobacco-flavored e-liquids also have an 18 mg option. What do these numbers mean exactly and which one is right for you? Read on to learn more.

What the Numbers Mean

Nicotine strength is measured in milligrams (mg) per milliliter (mL). This guide to choosing the right nicotine strength for you will use the mg/mL measurement and not the total amount of nicotine in a bottle of e-liquid. Keep that distinction in mind when shopping for e-liquids.

A Note about Nicotine Strength and e-Cigs

When your e-liquid is heated, turned into a vapor, and inhaled, you won’t get 100% of the nicotine into your body. Some of it is evaporated and lost. The reason this is important when it comes to selecting nicotine strength is because the amount that is lost varies by the type of e-cigarette you’re using. High end vape mods use the latest atomizer technologies which can maximize the amount of nicotine you’re getting with each inhale while smaller vape pens and older e-cigarette varieties will use older atomizers that waste more of the nicotine. Once you find the right nicotine strength, you have to account for the device you’ll be using to vaporize your e-liquid and you may want to select a lower nicotine strength if you’ll be using a high-end e-cigarette or a higher nicotine strength if you’ll be using an older style atomizer.

Now, onto the numbers.

12-18 mg Nicotine Strength

The highest nicotine strength e-liquids that Lifted Liquids offers are intended for heavy smokers (pack-a-day or more) making the switch to vaping or people who want to get their nicotine fix with fewer puffs. Heavy smokers who start with a lower nicotine strength probably won’t experience the satisfaction of their craving and may find themselves drawn back to cigarette smoking or they may have to vape constantly to stay satisfied. Lighter smokers who choose this nicotine strength are likely to get too much of a buzz.

6 mg Nicotine Strength

This is the recommended starting nicotine strength for more casual smokers making the switch to vaping. It’s a good middle ground for all kinds of e-cigs though it may still deliver too much nicotine for the casual smoker-turned vaper if he/she is using a higher-end device.

3 mg Nicotine Strength

The most popular nicotine strength for “drippers.” Some people like the act of vaping as much as—if not more than—the nicotine itself. This nicotine strength is ideal for light smokers turned vapers or people who want to vape frequently without overloading on nicotine.

Zero Nicotine

Finally, there is the zero-nicotine option for people who like to vape but don’t want any nicotine. Many vapers start with higher nicotine strength and work themselves to this level gradually. Note that if you jump to zero nicotine too quickly, you will experience nicotine withdrawals and may end up back on cigarettes. It’s better to take it slow.

One Final Note

When you first begin vaping, you will have to do some experimentation to see which nicotine strength is right for you. Depending on your device and how often you use it, you may have to go with a higher or lower strength than you anticipated. Your body will let you know what’s right for you.