Get better flavor and a satisfying throat hit with these proven nic salt vapes
So, you’re serious about becoming a vaper, and you’re looking to kick that smoking habit for good. If you’ve heard that nicotine salt ejuices are the way to go, you’re on the right track. But what device should you use? Not all devices are meant to be used with nic salts, so that’s why we’ve put together this list of the best vapes for nicotine salts 2020.
The devices that we’ve chosen are perfect for use with nicotine salts, and are known as Pod Vapes. We’ve chosen these nicotine salt vapes based on their function, quality, performance, and appearance. So no matter which one you choose, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting a great device for nicotine salts that will help you smoothly transition to vaping.
Best Vapes For Nicotine Salts 2020: The Best Flavor & Throat Hits
Whether you’re looking for a nic salt device that is draw activated or button activated, with refillable pods or with pre-filled pods or extremely portable and stealthy, we’ve got you covered. Here is our list of the best vapes for nicotine salts 2020.
The Nord 2 features a 0.69" OLED display and adjustable wattage up to 40W. It comes with two pods and two coils: one for MTL vapers and nic salts, and one for DTL vapers and regular nicotine ejuices. The large pods hold 4.5ml of ejuice and the 1500mAh battery provides long, all-day usage — even for heavy vapers.
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1500mAh Battery Replaceable Coils Button Activated Firing
The Nord 2 is the follow up to one of the most popular nicotine salt vapes of all time. The biggest change from the original Nord is that the Nord 2 features a 0.69” OLED display as well as adjustable wattage up to 40W.
Its compact size and weighted feel make it comfortable to hold, while the curved mouthpiece keeps it comfortable to use. The Nord 2 includes two pods as well as two coils: a 0.8ohm coil that is suited for MTL-draw users and nicotine salts, and a 0.4ohm coil for DTL vapers and regular nicotine ejuices.
The Nord 2 is one of the most leak-resistant pod vapes around. It’s also extremely simple to fill; there’s a side port which is secured by a rubber plug to prevent leaking. The Nord 2 pods will hold up to 4.5ml of ejuice.
Plus, the Nord 2 houses a massive 1500mAh built-in battery that will definitely get you through a day of heavy vaping. Available in nine different designs, including resin & stabwood panel options, the Nord 2 is the ultimate combination of good looks and performance. Although relatively new, the SMOK Nord 2 has already solidified its place as one of the best pod vapes of 2020.
Super long battery life
Comes with 2 pod and 2 coils
Great throat hit with nic salts
Pod is hard to remove
Puff counter resets when you remove pod
|2ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Button Activated Firing|
The Lost Vape Orion Plus is the successor to the Orion of mid-2018 and this time it’s better than ever. It still uses the DNA GO chipset but now it has five different power levels and a 2ml pod that uses improved longer-lasting, replaceable coils.
In addition to the different power levels the Orion Plus also has an adjustable airflow ring. This allows you to tailor the draw to exactly the way you prefer.
The Orion Plus has a small and compact all-in-one design that is comfortable to use and super portable. Lost Vape are a brand that are known for their build-quality and the Orion Plus is no exception. The device is very well put together and feels premium to hold.
The Orion Plus comes with a 0.25ohm mesh coil as well as a 0.5ohm regular coil. Unlike its predecessor, these coils are replaceable. The 0.5 ohm regular coil is perfect for nicotine salts while the 0.25ohm coil is great for freebase nicotine ejuices. The device is easily refilled and packs a large 950mAh battery for long, all-day usage.
The Orion Plus will fire at a maximum output wattage of 22W and is the perfect low-powered device to use with nic salts. Its stainless steel body is durable and made to last and its performance is above what you would expect from a pod device. All things considered, the Orion Plus is certainly one of the best new vapes for nicotine salts in 2020.
Five wattage levels
Long coil life
800mAh Battery Replaceable Pods Draw Activated Firing
The Smok Novo 2 is a simple, no-fuss nicotine salt vape. It’s small, light, and comes in over 18 different designs including opalescent and resin-like patterns. It’s an easy device to use because there are no buttons or settings to adjust; just inhale on the mouthpiece to vape.
The Novo 2 comes with two pods: a 1.4ohm pod and a 1.0ohm pod. Both pods work great for nicotine salts or regular ejuices. However, the 1.0ohm pod will deliver a stronger throat hit while the 1.4ohm pod is more reserved.
Additionally, each pod will provide a different draw. The 1.4ohm pod delivers a restricted mouth to lung draw while the 1.0ohm pod is a looser MTL vape. No matter which pod you use, the Novo 2 delivers excellent flavor and vapes like a champ.
If you’re worried about leaking, don’t be; the Novo 2 is designed to be leak-free. The pods are side filled for extra security and are built in a way that leaves nowhere for ejuice to leak from. The pods will hold up to 2ml of eliquid and are clear so it’s easy to see your ejuice level.
Compared to the original Novo, the Novo 2 packs almost double the battery at 800mAh. This translates into 2-3 days of heavy vaping or longer if you’re a moderate vaper. For anyone seeking a user friendly nicotine salt vape, the Novo 2 is an excellent choice.
Pods wick great
Long battery life
Long pod life
Small & portable
Device doesn’t stand up
Can’t replace coils (disposable pods)
|3ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Button or Draw Activated|
The Crown Pod is Uwell’s bigger and better Caliburn. It has a larger 3ml pod capacity and more than double the battery power with its 1250mAh battery. The Crown Pod has a sturdy aluminum alloy body with a nice design and it comes in four different colors.
The Crown Pod will fire at up to 25W when fully charged — the perfect amount of power for nicotine salt ejuices. This maximum wattage output, along with the included 0.6ohm or 1.0ohm pods, gives an awesome vape that anybody will enjoy.
The 0.6ohm pod provides a nice DTL draw and produces incredible flavor; top notch quality for a nic salt vape. The 1.0ohm MTL pod is just as good and stands head and shoulders above similar devices.
In addition to the amazing flavor, each pod also has an airflow slider so that you can adjust the draw. This slider moves nice and smooth and can be closed or opened depending on the type of draw that you want.
The top level performance of the Crown Pod stands out from the competition. The flavor and throat hit are amazing and the design is beautiful. The Crown Pod is also extremely reliable. Together, these qualities make it one of the best vapes for nicotine salts that you can get.
Amazing flavor from both pods
MTL & DL pods
Simple to use
Excellent battery life
Pods are hard to see into.
Pods sit a bit loose in the device.
|3.7ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Button Activated Firing|
Geekvape are known for their extremely durable devices and the latest addition to the Aegis lineup is the Aegis Boost. It keeps the same styling as the Aegis Legend & Aegis Mini mods and it’s waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. It also uses the same AS chipset.
The Aegis Boost is a small and light AIO device that uses a pod and replaceable coils. The pod will hold up to 3.7ml of eliquid and uses 0.40ohm or 0.60ohm coils. The 0.6ohm coil is perfect for nicotine salts and delivers a flavorful vape with a strong throat hit that is super pleasant and satisfying.
It’s got adjustable wattage up to 40W as well as an adjustable airflow control dial which can be set for either MTL or DTL vaping. It’s also got an ample 1500mAh built-in battery for long lasting battery life.
Solid build quality
Good battery life
Good throat hit
Dark tint on pod
Fill plug is hard to remove
|2ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Draw Activated Firing|
The Caliburn is a low-profile and light pod vape made by Uwell that hits just right for nicotine salts. It has a very skinny and slim profile that is similar to the JUUL and is available in seven different colors. For such a small device, the Caliburn packs a surprisingly large 520mAh battery and functions with both draw-activated firing as well as a single firing button.
The Caliburn uses a 1.4ohm coil in its pods and fires at ultra low wattages that make it perfect for nicotine salts. But it will also work just as well with regular nicotine ejuices as well. The refillable pods will hold up to 2ml of eliquid and are easily refilled by removing the dip tip. The Caliburn will fire at a maximum of 11W, however this wattage will decrease as the battery depletes. There’s an LED battery life indicator to let you know when it’s time to recharge.
For a simple yet effective nicotine salt vape, the Caliburn is a device that doesn’t disappoint.
Flavorful, warm vape
Button or draw activation
Good battery life
Hard to remove fill cap
Not quite a MTL draw
900mAh Battery Replaceable Pods Draw Activated
We all know that Vaporesso make great mods. But they also make great vapes for nicotine salts too. The Xtra is a small and slim device that uses replaceable pods. It features a unique woven-fabric panel that is grippy and slip resistant and it looks great too.
The Xtra comes with two 2ml pods: a 1.2ohm regular pod and a 0.8ohm mesh pod. Both pods are the perfect resistance for nicotine salts but they also work just as good for vaping regular nicotine ejuices. These pods house Vaporesso’s upgraded cotton wicks. They wick like a charm, even with high VG ejuices, and produce some of the best flavor you can get on a nicotine salt vape.
The 900mAh battery seems small compared to other devices but it actually lasts a really long time. You can expect to vape two to three full pods of ejuice before having to recharge. Even if you’re a heavy vaper, that’s still at least two days of usage on a single charge.
Perfect MTL draw
Small & compact
Long battery life
Hard to remove pod
Minor leaking with 50/50 ejuice
900mAh Battery Replaceable Coils Button & Draw Activated
It’s one of the newest additions to our list but the Vinci Air has quickly become a favorite for nicotine salts. The Vinci Air has adjustable wattage, two airflow modes and button or draw activated firing; it’s a very versatile vape for nicotine salts.
The pods will hold up to 4ml of eliquid and come with both a 1.0ohm and a 0.6ohm coil. The Vinci Air can be set to a maximum wattage of 40W and the airflow can be changed by flipping the pod around 180°.
When used with the 1.0ohm coil at 10-15W, the high resistance and low output wattage will use less power than a lower resistance setup which saves you both ejuice and battery life. The flavor and vapor quality from the Vinci Air are top-notch and set the bar for other nic salt vapes.
One thing we love about the Vinci Air is that the pods are transparent. This lets you see exactly how much ejuice you’re filling and allows you to check on your ejuice level as you vape. Nobody wants a dry hit!
Small & light
Great MTL draw with 1.0ohm coil
Beautiful design & build quality
Fill plug is hard to remove
Short battery life with 0.6ohm coil
No pass-thru charging
2ml Eliquid Capacity
550mAh Battery Replaceable Coils Draw Activated Firing
The Freemax MaxPod is a small pod-style nicotine salt vape. It’s one of the easiest to use devices out there but it still performs at a high level. This super portable nic salt vape is draw activated and delivers some of the best flavor and performance available. Because the MaxPod works on a constant output voltage the draw stays consistent and doesn’t get weaker until the battery is nearly dead.
The MaxPod comes with two coils in the package: a 1.0ohm mesh coil and a 1.5ohm mesh coil. The 1.0ohm coil is a mesh coil with a wick made of 66.66% flax cotton & 33.34% organic cotton. Freemax states that this coil works best for nicotine salts between 20-30mg and for regular nicotine ejuices between 3-12mg. Because the Maxpod fires at a constant voltage output of 3.3V, this coil will fire at a constant 11W. This coil gives a nice MTL draw.
The 1.5ohm coil is also a mesh coil with a wick made of 44.44% flax cotton and 55.56% organic cotton. It’s best for nicotine salts between 30-50mg and for regular nicotine ejuices between 12-24mg. This coil will fire at a constant 8W and gives a tight MTL draw.
The mouthpiece on the pod is a duck bill shape that is very comfortable to use. Each pod will hold up to 2ml of eliquid and uses a deep silicone stopper to plug the fill port.
The MaxPod has a built-in 550mAh battery. It uses Micro-USB charging but still has quick recharge times; it takes just about 45mins to fully recharge. All-in-all, the MaxPod is certainly one of the best vapes for nicotine salts to be released in 2020.
Excellent flavor & MTL draw
Pocketable & portable
Dark tinted pod
Panels hold fingerprints
|1.5ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Draw Activated Firing|
Suorin are known as one of the best manufacturers of pod-style devices in the industry. The Suorin Air and Suorin Drop were already two of the best nicotine salt devices available and now they’ve been succeeded by the Suorin Edge. The Edge is very slim and sleek and is unlike any other nicotine salt vape on the market thanks to its removable and rechargeable 230mAh battery. The device comes with two batteries so that you can quickly swap them out and continue vaping even if you’re without a charger. Plus, the Edge uses USB-C charging for faster charging than any other nicotine salt device on the market.
The Edge uses refillable and replaceable pods that will hold up to 1.5ml of eliquid. These pods use a 1.4ohm coil that is perfect for nicotine salts and the Edge provides a perfect MTL draw. The Suorin Edge is undoubtedly one of the most well-built and best performing nicotine salt vapes of this year.
Can swap batteries
Small 1.5ml pod
No pods included in kit
Hard to fill pods
|3.5ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Draw Activated Firing|
You might mistake it for a credit card, it’s nearly that thin. The Suorin Air Plus is a versatile card-style nicotine salt vape that includes two 3.5ml refillable pods; one that will fire at 0.7ohm for freebase nicotine ejuices and one 1.0ohm pod meant for nicotine salts. The sleek and compact profile is one of a kind and the device’s low power output makes it perfect for vaping nic salts.
For its small and thin body, it packs a rather large 930mAh battery inside it. Of course, the device features an LED battery life indicator with five lights so that you know exactly where your battery is at.
The Suorin Air Plus is the perfect device for those in search of a tight mouth to lung draw and the draw activated firing makes it very simple to use. For a sleek, covert, all day vaping device, check out the Suorin Air Plus. Just be careful that you don’t try to accidentally pay with it!
Huge 930mAh Battery
Slim & ultra-portable
Hard to see battery LEDs
Large but thin
|3ml Eliquid Capacity|
|Button Activated Firing|
The Aspire Breeze 2 is the update to the original and highly popular Breeze AIO. Improving on an already great all-in-one device, the Breeze 2 is a compact, portable and very user friendly nicotine salt device. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, you’re sure to find one you like.
The pod on the Breeze 2 is easily refillable and will hold up to 3ml of ejuice. The pod is easily removable and clicks back into place upon reseating. The Breeze 2 uses 1.0ohm coils that are perfect for nicotine salts. The Breeze 2 also has a massive 1000mAh battery and features an LED battery life indicator.
The Breeze 2 has a direct voltage based output and this means that the device will perform best when above a 50% charge. To use the Breeze 2, simply press the fire button and draw. Leak free and discreet, the Breeze 2 is a prime pick.
Convenient pod system
Improved 1000mAh battery
Compact & portable
Drip tip is hard to remove
Battery LED is difficult to see through the pod
What Makes These Devices The Best Vapes For Nicotine Salts?
Not all devices or tanks are meant to vape nicotine salts. Most device and tanks aren’t. The main reasons these devices are perfect for vaping nicotine salts is because of their high coil resistance and low wattage output, which results in a smooth draw. Other things that make the devices on our list perfect for vaping nicotine salts:
- Simple and Easy to Use
- Low Liquid use – Will save you eliquid
- Low Power – Won’t deliver too much nicotine
- Easy to Maintain
- Tight Mouth to Lung Draw – Perfect for those transitioning to vaping.
What are Nicotine Salts?
Nicotine salt is the same type of nicotine that you would find naturally in tobacco leaves. It isn’t possible to vape this form of nicotine by itself without extremely high temperatures, but the researchers at Pax Labs (the creators of the JUUL) discovered a solution — benzoic acid.
By carefully considering the conditions in which the nicotine salt would be vaped, such as temperature, the researchers at Pax Labs used benzoic acid to create a nicotine salt ejuice that delivers a high concentration of available nicotine that is more easily and readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Benzoic acid also serves another important purpose in nicotine salts. While unpaired nicotine salts are naturally high in pH (acidic) and thus produce vapor that is harsh to inhale, benzoic acid reduces the pH of the nicotine salts while still providing a large amount of available nicotine.
The end result is a more satisfying vape, without the harsh throat hit that you would get with high freebase nicotine ejuices.
Benefits of Nicotine Salts
- More nicotine that is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream: Compared to traditional freebase nicotine, nicotine salts deliver much more nicotine into your bloodstream much more quickly. This means that you’ll satisfy that nicotine craving a lot faster than you would using traditional freebase nicotine eliquids.
- Smoother hit at higher nicotine concentrations: Unlike the harsh throat hit from a high nicotine ejuice, nicotine salts deliver all the nicotine you need but in a smooth hit that doesn’t hurt.
- You’ll use less ejuice, and save more money: Because nicotine salts have a higher concentration of nicotine that is more quickly and more easily absorbed when compared to freebase nicotine ejuices, you’ll use less juice to get satisfied. In turn, you’ll be vaping less and going through less juice — it’s a win-win!
- You don’t need an expensive/powerful mod: Because nicotine salts are best vaped at lower wattages, you don’t need to have the most expensive or powerful mod in order to get the most out of them. A device like the Aspire Breeze is great for nicotine salts, and fires at 0.6ohms at a low wattage.
Are Nicotine Salts Safe?
From all of the information that we currently have available, nicotine salts appear to be as safe as traditional freebase nicotine. Because the nicotine will affect the body in the same way, there appears to be no difference in risks and effects.
However, there is one key difference from freebase nicotine eliquids, and that is benzoic acid. While benzoic acid is generally recognized as safe for ingestion and has a very low toxicity (benzoic acid occurs naturally in many foods such as: cranberries, prunes, plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and most berries), there isn’t much research concerning inhalation.
Despite this, nicotine salts are still going to be a much safer option than smoking cigarettes. If you’re currently struggling to stick with vaping traditional ejuice, you should still give nicotine salt ejuices a try.
One way that nicotine salts may possibly be safer than traditional freebase nicotine eliquids is that you inhale less vapor. Because you’re getting more nicotine with each draw, you won’t be vaping as much.
For more information, check out our full guide to nicotine salts.
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