As you all may have noticed, salt e-liquid in the vaping industry has increasingly become more popular than freebase e-juice. What’s the difference, really? Well, we’re gonna fill you up with some facts and let you know exactly what the major differences are between the liquids. Remember though, one is not necessarily better than the other. We at CSVAPE celebrate both types of vaping experiences based on location and circumstance. That is just how versatile vaping has become. But, what it really comes down to is personal preferences based on nicotine strength, the type of devices you enjoy using more often than not and where you are on your vaping journey.
In understanding the differences between freebase e-juice and salt e-liquid, we have to dig into some science. We will try to make this as clear as possible without going into too much detail. But, for all you who would like to dig deep, we encourage you to ask us any questions that pop into your head while reading the information below in the comment section and we will be more than happy to respond asap.
For starters let’s talk about nicotine. Nicotine is found on tobacco leaves with a chemical composition similar to that of salt. It can react with a positive or negative charge. The positive charge is considered to be an acid and the negative charge is the base. Now, freebase nicotine is de-protonated, which means that chemists remove its positive charge and it is then in a free state. Hence, freebase e-juice. Freebase e-juice was found to be pretty potent. Plus, it is enjoyable due to great flavor, smooth throat hits and vapor production. However, freebase e-juice has been found to have limitations and the downside to is that if you increase the nicotine content, the e-juice tastes terrible, becomes extremely harsh and does not offer an enjoyable experience.
This is when folks out there put their thinking caps on and figured out they could increase nicotine content without adversely affecting flavor and smoothness. So, how did they do it? Well, as we said before, nicotine salt is the original state that nicotine is found in tobacco leaves, right? The only downfall is that salt nicotine requires higher temperatures to vaporize and it doesn’t absorb as well in the human body as the freebase version. Of course chemists somehow found benzoic acid to be the key that would solve these issues. Through chemical reactions, the benzoic acid helps the nicotine salt vaporize at lower temperatures, to become more absorbable in the human body, to not negatively affect flavor and lowers ph levels, which result in much smoother throat hits that resemble the experience of smoking.
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The takeaways here are that freebase e-juice has great flavor, smooth throat hits, can produce copious amounts of clouds and is great for sub-ohm devices, but has limits when it comes to higher nicotine content. Salt nicotine e-liquid has the capabilities to have greater nicotine content without ruining the great flavor. It too offers smooth throat hits, can produce decent vapor, but is for low wattage devices only.
In another blog post, we will discuss why nicotine salts is a good place to start your vaping journey if you want to cut out smoking and how to eventually reduce nicotine concentration too. Again, if you have any questions or comments, leave them below and we will be happy to discuss and help you out in any way we can!