What Are Nic Salts?

What Are Nic Salts?

What Are Nic Salts?

They're no longer the new kid on the block, but many people still get confused with Nic Salts. They may have revolutionised the vaping industry when they were introduced, but what are nic salts?

The term ‘nic salts’ is abbreviated from nicotine salts, if you hadn’t guessed, and they’re a type of vape juice that have been created for those who enjoy nicotine consumption while vaping.

Yes, you can get nicotine (freebase) from other e-liquids, but the throat hit is less harsh with nic salts, so you can get more nicotine in your eJuice if you so please.

This makes nic slats ideal for those who wish to stop smoking as it will curb your cravings, and you can wean yourself down to zero nicotine eventually.

Let’s take a deeper dive and discover exactly what Nic Salts are.

Freebase Nicotine vs. Nicotine Salt

Nicotine Salt is different to standard freebase nicotine e-Liquids, which is extracted from tobacco leaves.

The process freebase nicotine goes through strips it of all its impurities, which means you get nicotine in its purest form. Sounds good? Well, kind of, but it also means it is high in alkaline, so the PH levels are around 7-8.

The higher the PH levels, the harsher the throat hit, so anyone who vapes freebase eJuice, will be more limited to the nicotine strength.A higher PH means it won't enter the bloodstream as quickly either.

Nic Salt is made by adding benzoic acid to the liquid nicotine. This lowers the PH levels, allowing you to comfortably vape stronger nicotine strength vape juice.

And because of its lower PH levels the nicotine in Nic Salts work through your bloodstream faster, which in turn mimics the sensation you get from smoking cigarettes.

Advantages of Nic Salts

The main advantage of nic salt is the smoother hit it gives you while you’re vaping. And because it can enter the bloodstream faster than freebase nicotine, it means it’s better for anyone wanting to quit smoking.

Not only that, but you can also vape stronger nicotine strengths, because it isn’t as harsh. This again makes it ideal for anyone trying to quit smoking


  • Vape at a lower temperature, using less e-liquid but still absorb more nicotine
  • Nic salts absorb into the bloodstream giving you more satisfaction
  • Great for Mouth to Lung vaping
  • Higher nicotine strength
  • Produces less vapour


  • Produces less vapour so you won’t get big, dense clouds
  • More expensive than freebase e-liquids
  • Can be too powerful for some vape kits

Vaping Nicotine Salts

When vaping nic salt, you should use a device that can handle the type of vape juice you’re using.

For anyone new to vaping, it’s a good idea to try disposable vape kits first. These are cheap, so you don’t need to splash out a lot of money to try it. Disposable vape kits come prefilled, and you cannot refill them.

Vaping with nic salts, you won’t really get the big dense clouds associated with vaping. For this, you should get a sub ohm vape kit, and vape juice with a high VG ratio, such as shortfills.

Once you’ve figured out your ideal nicotine strength, you can and should go for a permanent vape kit. As opposed with disposable kits, these are specialized kits, and you can really feel the difference with the inhalation and amazing tastes.

Once again, not all vape kits and tanks are suited to nic salts, so make sure you do some research before you buy.

What Are Nic Salts?

So there you have it: nic salts are just another form of e-liquid. But not just any form, nic salts are a “purer” way of getting your nicotine intake, and are a much better option for anyone wanting to quit smoking.

As with all vaping, you should really understand how it works and what are the benefits and side effects. And while there are zero benefits to any non-smoker taking up vaping, anyone hoping to stop will benefit greatly, especially if they try nic salts.

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