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Nicotine Salts or Freebase, You decide!
March 16th 2018 | Revised July 25th 2023
Nicotine Salts or Freebase, You decide!

Any flavour, any strength, any nicotine.

DashVapes is adding another revolutionary option when purchasing e-liquids. We have introduced the ability to select what kind of nicotine you want in your e-liquid for our entire catalog. 

Available Options

  • Freebase Nicotine (Regular Nicotine)
  • Nicotine Salts

What is Nicotine Salt?

Salt-based Nicotine forms naturally in leaf tobacco and is considered a more stable form of nicotine than its freebase counterpart. It's taken lots of research to perfect how we use Nicotine Salts in vaping products today. 

Salt Nicotine requires higher temperatures to vaporize, and the ions don't easily travel to the nicotine receptors in your body.

In layman's terms, salts are not the most effective way to deliver nicotine to your body compared to the traditional freebase form, so why is it so popular?

When you vape freebase nicotine, 12-18mg would put you on your bum for most people; with Nicotine salts, most people that vape 3mg would be able to handle 25-40mg. This helps mimic the sensation of smoking a cigarette as closely as possible.

You may be a little confused right now; everything we know about e-liquid leads us to believe that 40mg of e-liquid would be extremely dangerous! Benzoic Acid is the secret ingredient that makes nicotine salt palatable at such high strengths. Benzoic acid serves multiple purposes:

  1.  It helps the nicotine salt vaporize at lower temperatures as well as it lowers the pH levels in the salt nicotine, which produces a much smoother throat hit.
  2. It produces a chemical reaction that makes the salt nicotine more absorbable- like freebase nicotine.

This allows you to vape high nicotine levels comfortably and makes it easier for your body to absorb nicotine, contrary to the nature of nicotine salts.

Pax Labs created a graph that shows that nicotine salt e-liquid can help you deal with your cravings more effectively than freebase nicotine e-liquids.

Freebase Nicotine vs Nicotine Salt

When you compare Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salt in vaping, the most significant difference is how it affects your vaping experience.

One noticeable difference is the harshness created by higher nicotine levels. Freebase nicotine contains a higher pH level which affects the alkalinity; this makes freebase e-liquid harsher as you raise your nicotine strength. Nicotine salts have a lower alkalinity due to the added benzoic acid, which gives you a smoother throat hit and makes vaping 40mg of nicotine enjoyable.

One other difference is that although salt-based nicotine is not the most effective way to deliver nicotine to your body, the Benzoic Acid makes the Nicotine Salt absorb even more effectively than freebase.

Why would I use Freebase if Nicotine Salt is so good?

Nicotine Salt e-liquid should only be used on low-powered devices. It would be best to never use Nicotine Salt e-liquids in a high-powered device (or in a sub-ohm setup).

Nicotine salt is tough to chain-vape; you'll quickly start feeling over-nic effects when you do.

Who should use Nicotine Salt?

Nicotine salts are an excellent alternative for smokers having trouble kicking the habit. Nicotine Salts resemble the experience of smoking a cigarette more closely than freebase nicotine.

Suppose you want a low-power inconspicuous device that you can easily take. In that case, nicotine salts are effective in curbing your cravings in such devices, whereas freebase nicotine may feel unsatisfying.

As mentioned above, avoiding high-powered devices to vape salt nicotine is strongly recommended. Using sub-ohm setups to vape salt nicotine at 20mg will give you excessive amounts of nicotine and be highly unpleasant.

Salt Nicotine is designed to be used in lower-wattage, high-nicotine setups. Not only are these devices low profile and sleek, but most of the low-wattage devices also are button-less and fire when you inhale (similar to a cigarette), which makes it a user-friendly alternative for new vapers.

You can consider using low levels of nicotine salt in sub-ohm setups. However, research has shown that nicotine salts only provide benefits at high concentrations, and you would be better off using freebase nicotine in these instances.

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