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How To Choose The Right Nicotine Strength E-Juice – A Simple Guide

Key Takeaways

  • Vape liquid is available in a wide range of nicotine strengths. Nicotine content in e-liquid can vary, depending on the country you live in, from zero nicotine to as much as 60 milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml).
  • There are two types of nicotine: freebase and nicotine salt. Nic salts are made in a slightly different way, but the main difference is that nic salts can be used in strong liquids without producing harshness on the throat. 
  • Regular nicotine e-juices generally come in strengths ranging from 1.5mg/ml all the way up to 24mg/ml. Nicotine salts can range from 10mg/ml to 60mg/ml. 60mg/ml freebase liquid would be very harsh. 
  • Social smokers might want to go with an e-liquid strength between 3-9mg/ml. If you smoke 20 a day, nicotine strength around 12-20 mg/ml will be better. Heavy smokers should consider 20 mg/ml and above liquids. 

Choosing the right nicotine strength can be the difference between sticking to vaping or giving up on the spot. If you choose an ejuice where the nicotine strength is too low, it may not be satisfying enough and will leave you craving for more. Choose an ejuice where the nicotine strength is too high, and it may be too intense and harsh on the throat, causing coughing.

Picking just right will give you the satisfaction your body craves while delivering that relaxing, calming feeling that you’re used to. It sucks to buy a bottle of ejuice, only to find out that it either isn’t satisfying enough, or is too harsh on the throat to vape.

We’ll go over the different types of nicotine as well as the different nicotine strengths so that you can choose the perfect nicotine level ejuice that will work for you.

Nicotine Strength Levels

Ejuices come in various nicotine levels that are described in mg/ml or milligrams per milliliter. This means that for every milliliter of eliquid, there is x amount of nicotine.

For example, if an ejuice is 6mg/ml, that means that there are 6mg of nicotine in every 1 milliliter of eliquid. So if you have a 3ml tank filled with a 6mg/ml nicotine strength then you have: 3 X 6=18mg of nicotine in your tank.

Regular Nicotine or Nicotine Salt E-Juice?

There are two types of nicotine: regular nicotine and nicotine salt. Nicotine salts use a compound called benzoic acid which reduces the harshness of the nicotine. This means that nicotine salts are able to deliver higher concentrations of nicotine without the harsh throat hit of regular high nic ejuices. Regular nicotine ejuices come in strengths from 1.5mg/ml all the way up to 24mg/ml. Nicotine salts go from 10mg/ml to 60+mg/ml.

If you’re a heavier smoker, you’ll probably want to pick up a nicotine salt ejuice. Anything above 12mg/ml with a regular nicotine ejuice will deliver a very harsh throat hit that can induce coughing. For most people it will be a painful draw. Nicotine salts will allow you to vape 30-60mg/ml strengths while providing a much smoother and more pleasant draw.

Choosing the Right Nicotine Strength

Choosing The Right Nicotine Strength Level

Choosing the right nicotine strength depends primarily on how much you smoke and on what type of device you’re going to be using.

If you’re a social smoker or smoke 10 cigarettes or less a day, you’ll want to go with a lower nicotine strength. If you smoke around a pack a day, you’ll want to go for a medium nicotine strength. Two packs a day or more means you’ll want a high nicotine strength.

Higher strength nicotine ejuices are better with low powered devices as anything else will deliver too much nicotine per puff. This also means lower cloud output with high strength ejuices. On the other hand, lower nicotine strength ejuices can be used with sub ohm tanks and higher powered devices to deliver larger clouds without getting too much nicotine.

Low Nicotine Strength

  • Regular Nicotine: 1.5-6mg/ml
  • Nicotine Salts: 10-20mg/ml

If you’re a social smoker, or someone who smokes less than 10 cigarettes a day, then you’ll want to go with a low nicotine strength ejuice. This falls in the range of 1.5-6mg/ml for regular nicotine ejuice and 10-20mg/ml for nicotine salts. These nicotine strengths can be used with all sorts of devices, but sub-ohm tanks and other high-powered devices will deliver the best experience.

Lower nicotine strength ejuices are also great for those looking to blow huge clouds. You’ll get satisfaction from vaping, but still be able to vape a lot and blow huge clouds without feeling nic sick.

Medium Nicotine Strength

  • Regular Nicotine: 6-12mg/ml
  • Nicotine Salts: 20-30mg/ml

Medium nicotine strength ejuices are best for those who fall somewhere in the middle range of smokers of around a pack a day. Strengths of 6-12mg with regular nicotine or 20-30mg/ml with nicotine salts will work best and will provide the most satisfaction. These ejuices are best used with medium powered devices, but will work great in pod vapes as well.

High Nicotine Strength  

  • Regular Nicotine: 12-18mg/ml
  • Nicotine Salts: 30-60mg/ml

On the far end of the scale, high nicotine strength ejuices are best for those who smoke two packs a day or more and will provide the maximum nicotine satisfaction in an ejuice. This will be around 12-18mg/ml with regular nicotine and 30-60mg with nicotine salts.

Pod style vapes or vapes with a tight mouth to lung draw will work best for high nicotine strength ejuices. High powered devices are not recommended with high nicotine strength ejuices as they will deliver too much nicotine per puff.

Adjusting Your Nicotine Strength

If you’re not feeling satisfied after vaping a certain nicotine strength you should try adjusting it one strength at a time. For example, if you’re vaping a 3mg ejuice and aren’t feeling satisfied enough, try a 6mg/ml ejuice. On the other hand, if you’re feeling the throat hit is too harsh from a 9mg/ml ejuice, try a 6mg ejuice.

That’s All There Is To It!

Now you know how to choose the correct nicotine strength for your needs, you’ll never choose wrong again! Stay Versed

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  • I like the tip that you gave to use high nicotine liquid in low powered devices. My wife and I have been talking about finding new vape juice with a higher nicotine content than the one that we have right now, and it would be important for us to know that we could use it correctly. If we decide to get new vape juice, I will be sure to use it in the right powered device.

  • Thanks. I’ve been trying to move to salts and received lots of conflicting advice. 20mg seemed way too low when 18mg of nic was a bit too low. Now I’ll just have to try it out but start around 30mg and work upwards.