How e-liquid companies reinvented nicotine
In the world of vaping, e-liquid is at the heart of every e-cigarette. It is the e-liquid that mainly determines the flavor of the vapor produced by an e-cig. This is also where nicotine is found when present. In the years since vaping entered the mainstream, the nicotine used by e-liquid companies to produce their flavored vaping liquids has changed, resulting in a new generation of e-liquids. flavored.
Next-gen nicotine finds use in making e-liquids
Early e-liquid manufacturers used a type of nicotine known as freebase nicotine to create their products. Today, another variation of nicotine has emerged and is rapidly gaining popularity among e-cigarette users, in part due to the popularity of pod vapes, which are one of many popular types of e-cigarettes on the market. current market.
Unlike some of the other types of vaping devices available today, pod vapes are often used in conjunction with e-liquid containing a type of nicotine called nicotine salt. Not all vaping devices are equipped to handle nicotine salts as they are typically used, i.e. in relatively high concentrations such as 50mg/ml.
Why Nicotine Salts Have Found Their Place in Vaping
One of the aspects of nicotine salts used in vaping liquids that sets them apart from freebase alternatives is their ability to be vaped at higher concentrations without becoming too harsh. This has allowed vape juice manufacturers to use more of it in their products, allowing vapers to purchase e-liquids with higher concentrations of nicotine than freebase e-liquids allow.
Nic salts are marketed by some vape companies who use them in their e-liquids, such as the Vaper Empire company whose Viggo Series pod system uses pre-filled vape pods infused with nic salts, such as:
Where science and vaping intersect
The reason nickel salts are less aggressive at higher concentrations has to do with their alkalinity. Freebase nicotine has a relatively high alkalinity, which makes the throat hit of freebase e-liquids more intense. By infusing freebase nicotine with acids, the pH level is lowered, which has the benefit of reducing the severity of the throat hit. As a result, nickel salts are milder for their users and it is this factor that allows them to be used to create more potent e-liquids.
While nicotine salts are found naturally in tobacco leaves, the latest nicotine salt formulations used by vape juice manufacturers are designed to not only allow for the production of more potent e-liquids while remaining smooth for vapers, but also to provide better flavor when vaporized by minimizing the impact of nicotine on the taste of the vapor. With an e-liquid made from freebase nicotine, the nicotine has a noticeable impact on flavor.
To create the nicotine salts used in e-liquids, a weak acid such as benzoic acid, which is the acid most commonly used to create nicotine salt, is mixed with a nicotine base.
With growing popularity comes increased availability
Nicotine salt e-liquids, now popular with many vapers, are available in a wide range of flavors. They can be purchased not only in vape pods used with the pod systems that have helped boost their popularity, but also in bottles.
With different flavors, a range of strengths, and pre-filled pods and bottles to choose from, today’s vapers have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to e-liquids containing nicotine salts.
Sub-ohm vaping devices, which were previously incompatible with nic salt e-liquids, even have their own nic salt e-liquids these days. These sub-ohm compatible nic salt e-juices typically have much lower nicotine levels than those often purchased for use with pod systems.
The Pod Vapes that helped popularize nicotine salts
Nicotine salts first found great popularity with vapers when they were introduced to the market by e-cigarette companies in the form of pre-filled vaping products, such as disposable e-cigarettes and vape pods. . Juul Labs, a vaping company whose namesake product, the Juul device, has gained international recognition, was an early adopter of nickel salts in e-liquids.
Today, there are many bottled e-liquids, disposable e-cigs, and pre-filled vaping pods that contain nickel salts. This is, in large part, the result of the sudden rise in popularity of pod vaping, which propelled nickel salts into the mainstream with vapers around the world.
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