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Nic Salt vs. Regular eJuice: What’s the Difference? - eJuiceDirect

Nic Salt vs. Regular eJuice: What’s the Difference?

In the vape world, things can get complicated; from coils to ohms to wattage, it seems like there is a never-ending stream of information to keep up with. When it comes to vape juice, thankfully there are only two types, and their differences are significant yet easy to understand.


Here at eJuice Direct, we want you to feel confident in your knowledge of the vape industry and vape products, so we are here to inform you on the differences between nicotine salt e-juice and regular e-juice, so you can keep your tank full and have a safe, flavorful vape experience.

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Nicotine Salt e-Liquid refers to the type of nicotine as it is in the Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) that make up the bulk of the liquid. Nic salt is the natural state of nicotine in tobacco leaves that lends itself to a similar feeling of traditional cigarettes, so most vapers claim they experience a less harsh throat hit on the puff. Nic salts are generally available with higher nicotine concentrations and the nicotine is more bioavailable, meaning it absorbs more quickly and easily into the body for a faster “nicotine rush” feeling. This type of e-juice produces less vapor than regular e-juice, which is why disposable vape pens, which use nicotine salt as well, produce low-profile clouds. Vapers looking for smoking cessation, higher nicotine percent by volume, or small and discreet vape clouds often reach for nic salt e-juices. It is vital to use the correct device to get the intended results from your e-Liquid of choice, so make sure you only pour nicotine salt e-juice in a pod mod, refillable pod system, or a low-wattage vape device.
Regular ol’ e-Liquid is a little bit different from nicotine salt. The technical term for regular vape juice is Freebase Nicotine, meaning the nicotine is in its purest form chemically. This e-juice vaporizes at a lower temperature, so the absorption into your body is slower and you won’t feel that “nicotine rush” quite as soon as with traditional smoking or with nicotine salts. This type of e-Liquid also offers a stronger throat hit and bigger clouds, so cloud chasers and vape trick enthusiasts everywhere often reach for this over nicotine salts. Additionally, if you are looking for smoking cessation and want to wean off nicotine entirely, most (if not all) regular e-juice flavors are available in zero milligrams, so you can keep the puffing habit nicotine-free, or combine different nicotine strengths in your tank for a customized blend. Make sure you only use regular e-juice in sub-ohm devices, such as vape kits or box mod vape devices. The most important thing to remember is that you must use different devices for different vape liquids for your safety and to get the most flavor out of your vape experience. Using the wrong e-juice for your device could lead to a damaged device, burnt coils, and in worse cases, nicotine poisoning! Vaping nicotine is a generally safe habit when done correctly, but please use caution when choosing a vape juice for your device.
Nic salts offer higher nicotine concentrations, smaller clouds, and a harsher throat hit. You can use nic salts in: Regular e-Liquid offers varying nicotine strengths, bigger clouds, and a lighter throat hit. You can use regular e-juice in:

There are a few important things to keep in mind when considering which e-Liquid is right for you:

  • Some new vape products are referred to as sub-ohm safe nic salt e-juices. These are nicotine salts that have been formulated to work safely in regular box mods and vape kits, but these unique vape juices are fairly uncommon.
  • If you aren’t sure about which e-juice you can use in your device, the product package and/or description should denote if it is sub-ohm safe or not.
  • Some brands may switch the form of nicotine they use in their flavors, in which case the brand should also note this on their packaging.
  • If you still aren’t sure, our Customer Support Team is always happy to help answer your questions.
Ultimately, the difference between e-juices means that you will always have options! All you have to do is decide what you are looking for in a vape experience, maybe a strong throat hit, dense clouds, or fast-absorbing nicotine, and choose the devices and bottles of e-juice that fit your needs. With this information, you can make an educated decision on which type of e-juice is right for you. Our team at eJuice Direct thanks you for staying informed on these safety precautions and proper usage of vape juice and devices, and we wish you a happy and delicious vaping experience!
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