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August 3, 2018

Best Nicotine Salt E-Juices 2018

This new alternative nicotine called nicotine salt is revitalizing the e-juice industry. Here's what you need to know about it.
1st Place
Halo Ultra Salts
Halo Ultra Salts

Your favorite Halo flavors just got better. Ultra Salts contains Halo’s signature blends formulated with nic salt. Now smoother and more satisfying than ever before.

Runner-Up
JUUL Pods
JUUL Pods
Runner-Up
NKD 100 Salt
NKD 100 Salt

Everyone has been talking about nicotine salt e-juice lately. Originally developed by JUUL labs, users found nic salt to be more satisfying than regular e-juice. It wasn’t long before the rest of the industry caught up.

Smoother than regular vape juice, nicotine salts allow you to vape higher concentrations of nicotine. You consume less juice, making them more cost-efficient. Simply put, nic salts give you more bang for your buck.

These nicotine salts are the best tasting and most satisfying ones available. Read the full guide below to learn all you need to know about nicotine salt e-liquid.

Halo Ultra Salts

Halo Ultra Salts

Finally. Halo unleashes their Ultra Salts line. A nicotine salt version of their signature flavors: Tribeca is an RY4 caramel tobacco and Icy Blast is a chilling blast of menthol. In 35 and 50 mg nicotine, they provide a smooth and satisfying experience. There’s also two sweet eVo flavors available with nic salt.

JUUL Pods

JUUL Pods

JUUL is the easiest way to enjoy nicotine salts. Ideal for transitioning smokers, it’s an all-in-one pod vape that works with pre-filled cartridges containing high-nicotine e-liquid. Available in a variety of well-crafted flavors. Snap in a pod and inhale. There’s no messy filling process or buttons to fiddle with.

NKD 100 Salt

NKD 100 Salt

Naked 100 already has a reputation for their spot-on delicious flavors. NKD100 takes their classic creations and combines them with nicotine salt. They provide a strong throat hit and come in a diverse range of flavors from tobacco to tropical fruit. Available in 25 and 50 mg nic strengths. Need a refill? Get Naked.

CRFT SALT

CRFT SALT

CRFT has ten well-crafted versions of all your favorite flavors. They have something for everyone — including dessert, menthol, fruit and tobacco. All of their nicotine salts come in 30 mL bottles and contain 40 mg nic strength. CRFT offers some of the best renditions of the flavors you crave the most.

SaltNic

SaltNic

SaltNic keeps things simple. Their main focus is to provide great-tasting flavors like melon mix, dry tobacco and mighty mint. They also have luscious flavors in collaboration with VGOD which include two tobacco and two fruity blends. Comes in 30 mL bottles, in either 25 or 50 mg salt-based nicotine.

SOLACE

SOLACE

Solace offers a well-rounded line of nic salt blends. Available in 30 or 50 mg strengths, they deliver a hard-hitting dose of nicotine. There’s over a dozen varieties to choose from including strawberry, mint, mango, butterscotch, peach and other enticing flavors. Comes in both 15 and 30 mL bottles.

Mr. Salt-E

Mr. Salt-E

Mr. Salt-E has one of the largest selections of nicotine salt flavors. They are sold in 25 or 45 mg and come in 30 mL bottles. They also have a few 5 mg nic blends suitable for sub ohm vaping. From fruit to desserts to tobacco, overall a well-rounded line of thirty different exciting flavor varieties.

What is nicotine salt?

Nicotine salt is a chemical formulation of nicotine that decreases its harshness, allowing vapers to comfortably get more nicotine while inhaling less vapor. The terms nicotine salts, nic salt, salt nic, or salt nicotine all mean the same thing. It’s not table salt (sodium chloride); it doesn’t make your e-liquid salty and it won’t increase your sodium intake. In chemistry terms, a salt is a neutral charged ionic compound made from an acid and base. 

In nicotine salts, a chemical (usually benzoic acid) neutralizes the nicotine (base) molecules and creates a more stable compound that results in a nicotine that’s smoother to consume. JUUL Labs, which was the first to develop nicotine salt as a retail product, says that its formulation is like nicotine in leaf tobacco before it’s stripped out during the extraction process.

Nicotine salt vs. freebase nicotine

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Switching from a standard freebase nicotine mix, you’ll notice the difference immediately. Nicotine salts aren’t harsh on the throat like freebase nicotine.  

Another difference between the two nicotine formulations is that salt nicotine appears to vaporize well at lower temperatures. That makes it ideal for small vape devices like pod vapes which have less power.  

Many users report that nicotine salts give a sensation similar to smoking, more than regular e-liquid. That’s not magic! It’s because many of the products contain up to 60 mg/mL of nicotine. More nicotine-per-puff adds a more satisfying experience for smokers and ex-smokers. 

In 2014, before JUUL had hit the market with the first salt nicotine retail product, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos studied the effectiveness of nicotine delivery in various vapor products and determined that “nicotine levels in EC [e-cigarette] liquids should be close to 50 mg/mL in order to approximate nicotine delivery from smoking.” But due to the harshness of standard nicotine, it would’ve been difficult to make a product that was enjoyable to use at those levels; nicotine salts made it possible. Dr. Farsalinos also noted that a high nicotine concentration would also reduce the amount of liquid vapers consumed, which would reduce any unknown risks from vaping.

Is nicotine salt more addictive?

Because the strengths are typically much higher in nicotine salt, this is a legitimate question. One of the reasons cigarette smoke is addictive is the speed with which it delivers nicotine to the brain. There are questions about whether nicotine salts deliver the drug more rapidly than freebase nicotine — but the issue hasn’t been studied yet.

Nicotine expert Jacques Le Houezec, a neuroscientist and pharmacologist, thinks the only difference between the freebase nicotine and nicotine salt is that the vaper can consume more nicotine in each puff because of the reduced harshness. Due to being able to consume more nicotine likely will increase its potential for dependence, but it’s due to the amount consumed, not because it’s specifically nicotine salt.

Is nicotine salt safe?

Since the only difference between nicotine salt juice and standard e-juice is the inclusion of benzoic acid, salt nic is probably no more or less safe than freebase nicotine e-liquid. The World Health Organization International Programme on Chemical Safety advises consuming no more than 5 mg per kilogram of body weight per day, which would equal about 345 mg for a 150-pound person — probably an impossible amount to vape, considering that 1 mL of salt e-liquid contains just a few milligrams of benzoic acid.

What strength should you buy?

Most nicotine salt e-liquids come in 25-50 mg strengths. If you’re new to nicotine salts, we suggest starting with 20-35 mg first unless you’re a transitioning smoker. 

If you’re a vaper that prefers low strength nicotine with greater vapor production, some manufacturers like Mr. Salt-E offer nicotine salts in levels as low as 3-5 mg/mL.

  • 3-5 mg - Suitable for sub ohm tanks due to their low concentration. Nic salts provide a cleaner taste and is less noticeable than freebase nicotine. This is ideal for flavor chasers.
  • 20-35 mg - By nicotine salt standards, this is the middle of the road. Ideal for people who don’t want to do 50 mg, but still need a substantial dose of nicotine. In Europe, 20 mg is the highest level you can get.
  • 50+ mg - Recommended for transitioning smokers who need the maximum dosage of nicotine. Not recommended for non-smokers or low-nicotine vapers. Suitable for low-powered MTL devices only.
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