If you're a new vaper, you'll have several decisions to make, including what type of device you'll get and what kind of e-juice you'll enjoy the most. Your choice of vape juice nicotine content is one of the most important. Aim for a nicotine strength that is right for you because the wrong nicotine concentration can lead to you giving up vaping before even trying it.
In order to select the right vape juice strength, you need to be honest about how much nicotine you typically consume from smoking, smokeless tobacco, nicotine patches, and other methods. Choosing the right nicotine dosage for you when vaping can help you avoid future frustrations.
It is generally recommended for new vapers to start with lower nicotine levels rather than going straight for the highest levels. Nicotine strengths in e-liquid range from 0mg to 50mg; some liquids may measure nicotine as a percentage, which further complicates the issue. The following is a guide to help you choose a quality vaporizer and enjoy a satisfying vaping experience.
SALT vs FREEBASE
Understanding the difference between free base nicotine and nicotine salts is important before choosing the right nicotine strength for you. Each of these nicotine types has its pros and cons.
E-liquids containing Freebase nicotine are probably the most common. In this form, nicotine is only found in its purest form and absorbs quickly by the body. It tends to produce a very harsh throat hit, so it can typically be found in e-juices with lower nicotine strengths.
This is a newer form of nicotine that is smoother and more satisfying on the throat while providing an even absorption rate. In recent years, nic salts have gained in popularity as more vapers discover their advantages, including their ability to be used in pod systems or in situations where discretion is key (since using nic salts tends to produce fewer vapour).
KNOWING HOW TO MEASURE NICOTINE STRENGTH
Consider a scenario in which you've found an e-juice flavor and brand you like, and now you need to choose the right nicotine strength. Despite appearing simple, manufacturers tell consumers exactly how much nicotine is in their products in a confusing way. Usually, nicotine is listed either as mg/mL or as a percentage (i.e. 0.3%).
When nicotine levels are listed in mg/ml, it refers to milligrams of nicotine per milliliter, which is the most common way to display them. The amount of nicotine in the e-juice is determined by the amount of liquid in the bottle.
Percentage nicotine levels make it easier to know how much nicotine is actually in a bottle. In the case of these bottles (0.3% or 2.4%, for example), the amount listed represents the nicotine content, while the rest is the remaining e-liquid base.
Nicotine is easily converted between different types of measurements in an e-juice bottle. You can divide the mg/mL by 10 to get the percentage from the mg/ml. Hence, for example, if you have a juice bottle that contains 6mg, it is 0.6%. You can also convert percentages the other way around by multiplying the percentage by 10, so a 0.6% bottle becomes 6mg.
FINDING THE STRENGTH THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
After reviewing the types of nicotine and how they are displayed, it's time to choose the right amount of nicotine for you. Those who are heavy smokers should not necessarily choose the nicotine juice with the highest nicotine content. To much nicotine will turn you off, potentially causing nausea, headaches, eye irritation, and dehydration.
If necessary, you can always increase your strength - starting with a lower strength is the smartest move. How do we recommend starting? Smokers who smoke fewer than a pack of cigarettes per day may want to try e-liquids with a 1.2% concentration. You should choose 2.4% if you smoke one or two packs daily. This amount of nicotine is enough to allow you to replace tobacco smoking with vaping.