NIC SALTS VS FREEBASE.. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
If you’re new to vaping, or just looking for a more in depth understanding of the process, a great place to start is understanding the difference in e juices for mouth to lung devices and direct to lung devices.
What are e liquids? E liquids is just a short way of saying electronic liquids which are liquids made for e cigarettes. E liquids are usually made up of 3 basic components: nicotine, propylene glycol (Pg) and vegetable glycerin (Vg).
MTL VS. DTL
For quick reference, mouth to lung vaping has a smaller volume of vapor, whereas direct to lung creates a much larger volume on your initial hit. The biggest difference in these two methods is the way in which the vapor is inhaled. With a mouth to lung vape, your best bet is to clear the vapor like you would a cigarette, where you would inhale into your mouth and continue by taking a second inhale to the lungs. Direct to lung would be inhaled, as described, directly to the lungs in one hit.
Because of the difference in volume of vapor and the way the vape will be inhaled, the e juices for these 2 types of devices should also be adjusted accordingly, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Nicotine salts, by standard, have the same amount of nicotine found in an actual tobacco leaf. Nicotine salts use benzoic acid, which then lowers the pH. This reduces the alkalinity, allowing vaping at lower temperatures. Salts tend to be 50/50 when it comes to the ratio of vegetable glycerin (Vg) and propylene glycol (Pg). This makes the consistency of the e juice less syrupy which creates a cleaner hit for mouth to lung vaping. Salts also come in mostly 2 different nicotine levels which tend to be from 10-20 mg.
MTL DEVICES AND E LIQUID:
Let’s start by diving into mouth to lung devices. Again, mouth to lung devices have a smaller volume of vapor. The best type of vape juice for these devices are nicotine salts. Nicotine salts are have more nicotine in them, allowing them more closely compare to a cigarette. Because MTL devices have a less intense hit, these higher concentrated e juices are perfect and won't be too harsh. Despite this, there is nothing to say you cannot use salt nics in any device, just be prepared for a harsh experience.
ADVANTAGES OF NICOTINE SALTS:
Some advantages of salts are said to include: satisfaction, smoother hits, richer flavor, and tend to be less expensive. For some though, salts may be too strong and also come in fewer flavor options. They also lack the ability to create massive vapor clouds, making freebase e juices your first choice when it comes to fun.
Freebase e liquid:
Freebase is the more traditional form of e juice, with nicotine that is closer to its purest form, thus having a higher pH. Freebase e juices have a different proportion of Vg to Pg because of this, so instead of 50/50 like salts, they are 70/30. Seventy percent Vg and 30 percent Pg. This allows the vapor, when going directly to the lungs, to be completely enjoyable, even in large amounts. The nicotine levels for freebase e juices come at 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, and 12 mg.
DTL DEVICES AND E LIQUID:
On the other hand, direct to lung vaping tends to create thicker clouds, and a higher volume of vapor. If one were to use nicotine salts with a direct to lung vaping device, they’d find that the vaping experience would be much less enjoyable and way harsher than necessary. Thus, the best type of e juices for direct to lung vaping are called freebase e juices. Direct to lung devices make a lot more vapor. Freebase e juice will be completely enjoyable, even in large amounts. The nicotine levels for freebase e juices come at 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg & 18mg. Freebase liquids are not best for POD devices because of its thickness due to it’s ratio of Vg to Pg, however as time goes by, more and more pod devices are becoming capable of using higher VG liquids.
ADVANTAGES OF FREEBASE E JUICE:
These vape juices are flavorful and great for large amounts of a vapor with a smooth hit.
CHOOSING WHAT E LIQUID IS BEST FOR YOU:
When deciding which e liquids are right for you, keeping the following in mind:
- What kind of device do you have?
- How much nicotine is right for you?
- What flavors interest you most?
Keeping these 3 key factors in mind will lead in you in the right direction when purchasing e liquids!
If you’re new to vaping and trying to understand what type of e juice your new vape should be locked and loaded with, take a moment to consider what type of device you have. If you have a mouth to lung device, your best bet is to go with nicotine salts and if you have a direct to lung device, it would be freebase juices. These 2 types of e liquids are made specifically to cater to your device model, so be aware when choosing your device and its companion e juices to ensure the most positive experience.