Like almost any technology, trend, or hobby, vaping has very basic roots. We’ve come a long way since the days of cheap gas station cig-a-likes and vape pens that were feeding us crude, PG-laden e-liquids.
Nowadays a lot of us love the feeling and taste of a high VG type liquid with huge clouds in a sub-ohm tank but almost everyone I know started vaping as a means to quit smoking, myself included, moving up to the likes of the big 200 watt devices like the Aspire Skystar Revvo kits that are available now.
Some of us though prefer to just stick to the smaller devices like the Aspire Breeze, an awesome little MTL (mouth to lung) pod system.
However a lot of the liquids out there aren’t so suited to these pod systems the higher VG is like living on a tiny island and owning a huge super car when all you need is a moped or e-bike! Looks great, but not very practical.
That’s where nicotine salts comes in. How you may ask? Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of nicotine salts.
Satisfaction: Many vapers who try conventional liquids for the first time often find that they don’t get the same satisfaction or “punch” from their nicotine. In addition, it may not be enough to satisfy their cravings.
Smoother nicotine hit: A big turn-off for many “would-be” vapers is that conventional e-liquids are too harsh, and nicotine is to blame. Cigarette companies use anesthetics like menthol to cover-up and mask the harshness. E-liquids don’t, so the smoother feeling of nicotine salt liquids makes a huge difference.
Less flavor impact: Some of us who have now kicked the habit and prefer nicotine-free e-liquids may notice a marked difference in flavor, despite vaping the same product. This is because nicotine affects the liquid’s overall flavor. Salts have next-to-no effect in this area, leading to a richer, flavorful, and more enjoyable vaping experience.
Cheaper: Let’s face it—a great sub-ohm tank and box mod like the Skystar Revvo kit, though great, is significantly more expensive than the small but still awesome Breeze AIO, as well as the many premium e-liquids that go into it. If all you need is an inexpensive and discreet vaping experience like the Breeze that helps you get just the right amount of nicotine, then salts are for you.
Far too many for some: While heavy smokers need a heavy dose of nicotine, lighter smokers can make do in the 3-6mg nicotine range. This also happens to be the ultimate sweet spot for sub-ohm devices. As a result, people can use smoother, high-VG e-juices in their sub-ohm tank and feel completely content with the experience they get. This is due in part to volume, due to the amount and density of the vapor produced by the bigger more powerful devices its easier to get the nicotine hit hey need
Fewer options: Nicotine salts are limiting because you’ll generally have to stick to vape pens and pod systems. The more traditional mods and sub-ohm tanks allow for nearly endless tank/mod combinations—each pair allowing for their own unique cloud production and flavor experiences. Not to mention the coil combinations and styles of the more advanced re-buildable atomizers – you get the idea.
Lower fun factor: A great way to describe normal e-liquids compared to nicotine salts is “fashion over function” (again, think huge sports car vs. moped).
Nicotine salts seem to be the perfect choice if you need a strong dose of nicotine and prefer a more cigarette-like experience. They are generally 12mg sometimes as high as 50mg! and are becoming available in almost all the flavors that are accessible to, dare I say it, mainstream vapers.
Nicotine Salts Right for You?
Only you will know the answer. So when you’re deciding what to do, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I a heavy smoker (one or more packs a day)?
- Do I want a more genuine smoking experience, or am I looking for something new?
- Will I want smooth vapor and high nicotine?
- Do I need a stronger nicotine “hit”?
- Is discretion important, or are massive clouds my thing?
- How much money do I initially want to spend?
Starting off with a small device and using nicotine salts is a good approach to attempting to quit smoking with a vape device such as the new Aspire Breeze 2 and you can always switch to high-VG/lower-nicotine sub-ohm setups like the Aspire box mods as you wean yourself off and start to branch out. In fact – salt or no salt – it’s better to grasp the basics with a simple Device like the Breeze 2 before navigating through the different types of coils, tanks, and settings available in other more expensive devices.