What are Nicotine Salts?
We as vapers have come a long way since the days of vaping cheap convenience store cig-a-likes and home made e-juice mixtures brewed in a bathtub. While the standard of e-liquids over the last few years have essentially created what the world thinks of as a vaper; this flashy, cloud-chasing individual that would flaunt their sub-ohm setup without a care in the world, this new standard of vaping returns to its roots as to how our industry became popular in the first place: to deliver a safe and discreet, yet generous amount of nicotine to those that are taking part in the experience specifically for that.
Enter Nicotine Salts, the pen-ultimate form of nicotine delivery for those that wish to return to the original form of smokeless-tobacco consumption.
Freebase Nicotine vs. Nicotine Salts
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “how would one differentiate the characteristics of traditional e-liquid and nicotine salt e-liquid?” To answer it plainly, it’s all about the experience.
Freebase nicotine, such as our BLVK, WYTE, FRZN, CHBY, and MILK collections are considered to be the purest form of nicotine and has proven to the be most popular avenue of nicotine delivery since the industry took off several years ago. To create freebase nicotine, the compound if added to a mixture of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) which effectively carries the nicotine when vaporized at higher temperatures.
Similar to freebase nicotine, nicotine salts also stem from the purest form of the compound. Without throwing in an overwhelming amount of biological jargon, the only difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salts lies in a chemical modification done to the ph and alkalinity levels. When a chemical compound such as benzoic acid is introduced to the equation, the chemistry of the nicotine compound is altered.
The result? Nicotine Salts are able to be consumed at much higher potency levels off of much lower temperature levels; thus returning to an option for the vaper to enjoy the near endless-supply of premium e-liquids off more-discreet (and often more affordable) devices such as open-pod delivery systems.
So why the “Nicotine Salt”
Vapers, especially new vapers that began their journey off freebase blends have often found it difficult to get the same satisfaction or “punch” from their nicotine. Nicotine Salt blends solve that due to the chemical process behind development. The end result is a higher concentration of nicotine delivered in devices with a lower power output allowing for that extra “umpf” to your vaping experience.
A huge turn-off for many “would be” vapers is that conventional e-liquids are too harsh, and to a certain extent, nicotine is to blame. Traditional freebase nicotine blends tend to increase in unpleasant experience the higher the temperature and nicotine level. Due to nicotine salt consumption almost entirely secluded to lower-wattage devices, the result is a smoother vape regardless of nicotine level.
Lower displaced flavor:
For those that have kicked the habit and vape 0mg, you might have noticed a significant difference in flavor due in large part to freebase nicotine possessing a rather large footprint in the overall composition of the blend. With the development and popularization of nicotine salts, the chemical footprint is smaller, leading to a well-rounded, flavorful, and more enjoyable vaping experience.
Nicotine Salt blends are generally less expensive than traditional blends. Due to in part of the delivery system required. Looking at the total cost of a full setup to vape traditional blends, factors such as a device, a sub-ohm tank, building supplies and/or replaceable coils, batteries, and respective chargers can easily run you an upfront cost of $100 with a recurring charge of anywhere from $20-30 to restock on your favorite e-liquid blends. Now take the startup cost required for a nicotine salt blend – the comparison is significant.
Author,BLVK May 22, 2018.NICOTINE SALTS VS. FREEBASE NICOTINE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!Article. Retrieved from https://blvk.com/blogs/blvk-blog/nicotine-salts-vs-freebase-nicotine-what-you-need-to-know-2019