Right nicotine strength is like the right perfume for your date or other significant occasions. Sometimes we need more nicotine to clear the mind, sometimes we just practice vapor tricks with less nicotine. When vaping, we enjoy not only the cloud exhaled from our mouth or immersing ourselves in our favorite flavor, but also feeling the hit in the lungs and throat. As the different nicotine strengths can bring various vaping experiences, these are some reasons to choose the right nicotine strength for our own preferences.
Nicotine strength has two factors, throat hit and satisfaction. A stronger throat hit is provided by higher a nicotine concentration. In contrast, the smoother throat hit can be due to lower nicotine levels. It is not as simple to say that either high or low nicotine concentrates are better than one another. However, the nicotine level is determined by what level we are used to inhaling. As for satisfaction, the nicotine strength might be too low to satisfy nicotine addicts such as ex-smokers, or too high, which cause headaches and nausea.
Nicotine strength in E-juice and nicotine salt
- juice has nicotine levels from zero nicotine, 3mg/mL, 6mg/mL, 12mg/mL, and 18mg/mL, some brands or flavors also provide 24mg/mL and even 36mg/mL. Occasionally, the strengthsare shown in the percentage rather than in concentration, which is easy to understand. From percent to ‘mg/mL’, you can multiply percentage and total volume.
Nicotine salts, or nic salts, are also popular choices among vapers. It has higher nicotine strength without harshness factor, but can have less flavor and vapor production because it is relatively new. Beginners usually prefer to choose it since the nic salt typically comes with pod systems rather than sub-ohm vaporizers. Most ex-smokers start with the 6-12mg/mL because this volume is similar to the tobacco cigarette. If you are determined to quit smoking, I suggest you to start from lower nicotine concentrations.
If you are new to vaping, you should consider two factors when picking nicotine strength: existing smoking habits, and the type of device you are using. Since the nicotine is consumed at each puff, I will suggest vapers choose according to the vapor output.
As for ex-smokers who treat vaping as a replacement nicotine product, your crucial task is to have a successful transition. In the beginning, you can find the e-liquid which contains the same amount of nicotine as you have been used to. Then you are able to reduce the nicotine level gradually. If you cut down the nicotine immediately, you may vape more often to satisfy your cravings.
Taste and throat hit. Higher nicotine levels can give vapers a harsher taste and throat hit. Some people who choose a lower nicotine level normally prefer to enjoy more flavor and a smoother throat hit.
Here is a list illustrates the nicotine strength according to volumes and percentages:
- 3 mg/mL or 0.3% = super low
- 6 mg/mL or 0.6% = low
- 12 mg/mL or 1.2% = low to medium
- 18-24 mg/mL or 1.8%- 2.4% = medium to high
- 36 mg/mL or 3.6% and above = super high
Stealth vape / Tight draw / MTL
Lower vapor production is almost equal to the amount produced by a cigarette. Most pod system as well MTL tanks on the market include tight airflow. High levels of nic salts are popular in this classification since many e-juice companies have ceased the manufacture of regular nicotine liquids over 6mg/mL. Many new vapers who quit smoking prefer this method of vaping, the tight draw and throat hit will take them back to the old smoking days. Again, I suggest they can begin with a lower nicotine level, compared with nicotine concentrates they were used to.
Not massive or discreet clouds
Most vape devices, range from sub-ohm tanks to MTL tanks, can generate medium vapor production with medium nicotine concentration, such as 6-9 mg/mL of regular nicotine or 20-30 mg/mL of nicotine salts.
Aspire Tigon Kit can be used as an MTL or a restricted DTL vape, mimics their feel for cigarettes. A longer drip tip is more suitable for MTL, a wider drip tip is more frequently used for DTL. Its coils, 0.4 ohms and 1.2 ohms, provide more choices for vapers who are indecisive. Especially 1.2 ohms, it is more applied to nic salts e-liquid.
Cloud chaser / Sub-ohm tank / RDA
Sub-ohm vapers are likely to choose low nicotine e-juice. Because greater vapor production means vapers have to ingest more nicotine. People may develop a headache if they take in too much nicotine at one time. Nic salt for this category is no longer appropriate. It is said that 0.3mg/mL or lower nicotine concentration is suitable for such vape devices. On the other hand, the high wattage mode is not recommended to use high nic salts e-juice, due to possible nicotine overdose, which usually happens when high power settings vaporizes the nic salts immediately.
Therefore, the Aspire Revvo Mini tank with 0.23-0.28 ohm coils is more suitable for low nicotine e-liquid. The other kits with Revvo mini tank include the Aspire Cygnet Revvo (0.23-0.28 ohms), the Feedlink Revvo (0.10-0.14 ohms), the Typhon Revvo (0.10-0.16 ohms), etc. The Cleito tanks are the classic sub-ohm tanks on this list.
ASPIRE vape devices for nicotine salts
Aspire has offered user-friendly vapes for nic salts, they are almost pod system. The newly launched Aspire K1 Stealth kit comes with two types of coils, one is standard BVC coil, another is ‘nic salt’ BVC coil. The Nautilus AIO also has the coil for nicotine salts which rated at 1.8 ohms.
Other Aspire vape devices such as the Breeze 2, the Spryte, the Cobble and so on are designed with low wattage and high ohm ratings (1.2 ohms and above). They can be filled with e-liquids of lower nicotine levels as well.
Furthermore, the Odyssey kit combining the Triton 2 tank and the Pegasus mod, can fill the both low and high nicotine concentrations since the tank and the mod meet the demands of both. The Pegasus mod can power 0.10-3.0 ohms coils. The Triton 2 also covers mouth-to-lung and direct-to-lung due to airflow control and coil selection. The tank has optional RTA system that allows vape masters to build their own coils.