What is Salt Based Nicotine? 

This is a short and sweet explanation of what salt based nicotine is, why it is different, and how to use it. Without going too deep into a scientific explanation freebased nicotine is the most commonly used form of nicotine in e-liquid. However freebased nicotine is absorbed by the body differently than a natural form of nicotine. Tobacco companies began adding freebased nicotine to cigarettes in the 1960's to make them more satisfying, and addictive. Freebased nicotine is considered a purer form of nicotine entering the bloodstream at a faster rate, and giving a better “nicotine rush.” Freebased nicotine is also considered easier to vaporize, making it the preferred form of nicotine to add to e-liquid due to the way it is removed from tobacco leaves. For a more detailed explanation click here. However to due to high alkalinity of freebased nicotine the inhale is much harsher with higher nicotine levels. Add the high wattage mods, and sub-ohm tanks it makes vaping higher nicotine options of e-liquid a very unpleasant experience. This is where salt based nicotine comes to the rescue!


In recent studies Pax Labs has concluded that salt based nicotine may be a more satisfying way to vape higher nicotine e-liquid. Salt based nicotine is closer to nicotine in its natural form, but by adding certain acids to the formula it makes salt based nicotine smoother to vape at a low wattage, and a higher nicotine level without the harsh throat hit.   

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Benefits of Salt Based Nicotine

If you’re an ex-smoker, like me, salt based nicotine might be beneficial for you. Salt based nicotine gives a much higher nicotine content with a smoother throat hit compared to e-liquid with freebased nicotine. Another perk of using Salt based nic in a low wattage system is you don't burn through e-juice nearly as fast as a sub ohm setup, because the wattage is much lower therefore not vaporizing the e-liquid as quickly. Salt based nicotine is specifically designed for closed pod systems, and low wattage devices. It is not recommended for use with Sub Ohm tanks or high wattage mods due to the heat of the coils releasing too much vapor,and nicotine, which affects the flavor, not in a good way. In theory salt based nicotine is more satisfying due to the higher nicotine levels, therefore vapers will not need to vape as much. Salt Based nicotine e-liquid is definitely worth consideration if the goal is a nicotine rush similar to smoking.

 How to Vape Salt Based Nicotine

Salt based nicotine is formulated to vaporize at lower temperatures therefore a low wattage device is perfectly paired with this type of e-liquid. Here are a few of my personal favorites, and a little information about each one.


Phix, created by Brewell is a closed pod system similar to the Juul. The Phix pods contain 1.5ml of salt based nicotine and is equivalent to 2 packs of cigarettes. This kit is easy to use and only takes 20 minutes to fully charge. The Phix pods have several flavor options from Original Tobacco, Hard Strawberry, Tobacco Butterscotch, Spearmint, Tobacco Ice, and Cool Melon.

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Juul has paved the way for closed pods systems with many other manufactures following suite. Designed by James Monsees, and Adam Bowden with smokers in mind Pax Labs created the Juul. The Juul is a closed pod system that has gained popularity, and demand since its release. This kit is compact, easy to use, and satisfying. There are several flavors to choose from including Virginia Tobacco, Mango, Cool Mint, Fruit Melody.

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Suorin Air V2 Starter Kit is a closed pod system that can be refilled. It is easy to use. The slim design makes it a great addition to any vapers collection for on-the-go-use. This simple yet elegant kit was designed by Foxxcon which worked on iPhone, and Apple Designs. The best feature is the refillable pod that holds a whopping 2ml of e-juice with replacement pods at a very reasonable price. This is truly a personal favorite.

The Best Salt Based Nicotine

Here are a few new, and classic flavors available at E-Juice Plug!

Ruthless Salt Nic

Ruthless Vapor has just launched a salt based line with the top classic flavors.

  • Swamp Thang, a green apple candy e-juice to die for!
  • Grape Drank, think grape soda, infused with a mouth full of grape skittles, also available in a menthol version Grape Drank on ice.
  • EZ Duz It, is Strawberry-Watermelon candy heaven, and EZ Duz It on ice for a refreshing menthol twist.

Naked 100 Salt

Naked 100 also released a salt based nicotine line called Naked 100 Salts with classic flavors.

  • Lava Flow- a strawberry, pineapple, and coconut tropical delight.
  • Brain Freeze- a ice cold strawberry, kiwi, pomegranate treat (menthol) 
  •  American Patriots-tobacco flavor inspired by full bodied tobacco that cowboys from the wild west smoke.
  • Really Berry is blueberries, and blackberries with a zesty lemon twist.....it's really berry!
  • Frost Bite is a refreshing blend of melons and pineapple chilled to perfection. 


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Mr. Salt-E has an extensive flavor selection of e-juice our top sellers. 

  • Blue Razz, a tart yet sweet blue raspberry candy.
  • Mint, a simple and delicious winter wonderland.
  • O.M.G. is Orange, Mango, and Guava, OMG it is good!