Vaping or e cigarettes are constantly evolving since inception. From a basic cig-a-like, to vape pens, to box mods, and now pod vapes, the product and the technology is on a constant flux. While box mods offer more vapour production and larger clouds, they tend to be more popular among advance vapers who are keen to learn more about aspects such as voltage variations and sub ohm coils, while vape pods emit less amount of vapour but are more easy to carry and use, and are preferred by vapers who want a hassle free vape experience. These pod vapes go hand in hand with nicotine salt e liquids which contain higher nicotine strength while emitting less amount of vapour per inhale.
Some people confuse nicotine salt e liquids as being more ‘salty’ in taste, however this is not true. Nicotine Salts are not salty in taste and will not increase one’s sodium intake. A salt comprises a chemical reaction which has a positive charge and a negative charge. As a matter of fact, nicotine found in tobacco leaves is in salt state. However, if this form of nicotine was added to the e liquid as is that one vapes, one would need to vape it at extremely high temperatures for the nicotine to be effective. Therefore, like in the case of freebase nicotine, nicotine salt e liquids also need some modification. This modification for nic salts is attained by adding benzoic acid or citric acid. Adding these reduce the pH level of nicotine and hence reduce alkalinity in the process, resulting in the mixture being vaped at lower temperature with higher concentration of nicotine. Nicotine is hence absorbed faster into the bloodstream even at lower temperatures as in the case of lower powered vape pods such as JUUL, Myle etc.
Here are some key points applicable for nicotine salts:
• Contain benzoic acid or citric acid
• Can be vaped at lower temperatures
• Can release higher dosage of nicotine
• Nicotine is absorbed faster into one’s bloodstream
• Typically used in low output mouth-to-lunch devices such as vape pods
• Some popular brands that use nicotine salts are JUUL and Myle
• Nic Salts typically cannot handle flavour complexities
• Low amount of vapour is produced upon inhale
• Is more expensive that freebase e liquid by volume