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    A Guide to Nic Salts

    When you transition from smoking to vaping, the E-Liquid you choose will typically depend on the strength of nicotine you need.

    If you are in need of a higher strength E-Liquid, then nicotine salts could be a better choice for you than other forms of E-Liquid.

    At RED Box Vape, we have a wide range of nic salts online, so we take a look at what nic salts can offer and why they can be a better option for you.

    Nic Salts vs E-Liquid

    Standard E-Liquids will contain a nicotine solution that is known as a ‘freebase’. As more of this is added to create a higher strength E-Liquid, the throat hit can get pretty intense, and some find this to be too harsh.

    Nic salt is made from freebase nicotine with added benzoic acid. This helps to neutralise the pH of the freebase nicotine, which provides a neutral flavour and gentler throat hit.

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    Benefits of Nic Salts

    Nic Salts Last Longer

    Another benefit of nic salts is the fact that it typically lasts longer than freebase nicotine. On a molecular level, nic salts are more stable than freebase nicotine. This means that it takes longer to break down or oxidise, so it has a longer shelf-life.

    Nic Salts Absorb Differently

    The differences in the chemical composition of nic salts mean that it gets absorbed into your body differently than a freebase nicotine.

    Nic salts are absorbed into the bloodstream far quicker than other E-Liquids – usually within six seconds!

    This gives you the feeling of a nicotine rush, as you would experience with a cigarette. By having the nicotine so quickly absorbed by your body, your nicotine craving will be sated quicker than with a freebase E-Liquid.

    Because you get an instantly satisfying hit of nicotine from nic salts, you’ll also likely take fewer puffs on the vape.

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    Nic Salts Flavour

    Freebase E-Liquids can have a slightly peppery taste, so higher strength E-Liquids that use more can have their flavour impaired a little by this factor.

    On the other hand, nic salts are more neutral, so won’t affect the flavour of your vape, even at higher strengths.

    Nic Salts Have a Gentler Throat Hit

    As mentioned, freebase E-Liquids at a higher strength can give quite a harsh throat hit that not everyone enjoys.

    Nic salts are much softer on the throat, without impacting the strength or flavour of the E-Liquid.

    As an example, a 20mg nic salt vape will give you around the same level of throat hit as a 3mg freebase nicotine, but with a far higher nicotine strength! 

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    Who Are Nic Salts For?

    Nic salts can be enjoyed by many types of vapers. The ability to enjoy 20mg strength without impacting the flavour or making the inhale uncomfortable makes nic salts a brilliant choice for heavy smokers transitioning to vaping.

    If you are or were a heavy smoker, then the likelihood is you are after a high strength hit of nicotine that satisfies your craving quickly. Nic salts are good for this, as not only is it strong, but its quick absorption means you won’t feel tempted to have a cigarette while waiting for effects to kick in.

    With nic salts growing in popularity, many brands have also started to produce lower strength versions, with 10mg nic salts available here at RED Box Vape. These lower strength nic salts can help lovers of this type of vaping wean themselves off nicotine, without compromising on flavour and the throat feel.

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    Unsuccessful Previous Attempts

    If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past but have not felt satisfied with a vape pen, then nic salts could be the answer for you. It helps sate your craving quicker, gives you high nicotine strength and gives a good replication of the action of smoking.

    All of these factors can make the switch to vaping a little easier and reduces the number of problems that could cause you to abandon your attempt to quit smoking.

    If you need more advice on quitting smoking using nicotine salts, then please get in touch with our team for more support and information.

    Many of use here at RED Box Vape are ex-smokers who used vaping as a helpful tool on the journey to becoming smoke-free. We understand the challenges that stopping smoking presents and can offer advice to suit your needs. 

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    What Vape Kit to Use With Nic Salts

    Nic salts need to be used with a low powered vape device. An open pod vape or vape pen is ideal, as long as the coil is at least 1.0ohm in resistance. Nic salts are used for mouth-to-lung vaping, as they are too strong for direct-to-lung.

    High wattage vape devices produce more vapour. Therefore, low wattage devices should be used with nic salts as you do not need to consume as much vapour to get the impact of the nicotine as you would do with standard E-Liquids.

    If you used a high-powered or sub-ohm device, then you could end up consuming far too much nicotine.

    Pod Devices

    Pod devices are brilliant for new and experienced vapers alike. Pod kits are excellent choices for nic salt vaping and work well with high strength 20mg nic salts.

    Open pod kits, which are refillable, are a great choice for nic salt vapers, as they are convenient and you can choose the flavour of your E-Liquid.

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    Vape Pens

    Vape pens are another option for nic salt vapers, as long as a coil of over 1.0ohm is used. Vape pens offer the benefit of having an adjustable airflow, which means you can enjoy a looser inhale and a more intense nicotine hit with a little extra airflow.

    We hope this guide has given you a greater insight into how nic salts work, and why you may choose to use them. If you would like more information on finding the right vape experience for you then, check out our blog for more resources, or get in touch with our team here at RED Box Vape!

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