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Nic Salt Vape Juice - A guide

Vapers used to have to choose between very few flavours and even few nicotine strengths. The vaping world moves quickly and along with the innovation comes even more choice for those who vape. Nic salt vape juice is one of those innovations.

Recently it has become apparent that some vapers have come full circle. People want more choice when it comes to personalising their e-liquid. Even more vaping satisfaction without having to settle for just what was available.

Let's take a look at the advancements in nicotine containing e-liquid and the latest trend that is ensuring even more vaping satisfaction for vapers. Nicotine salts.

What are nic salts?

If you are vaping a nicotine containing e-liquid now, it will probably use something called ‘freebase’ nicotine. Freebase nicotine is the most widely used, the ‘go-to’ nicotine in most vape juices and nicotine replacement therapies such as gums, patches and sprays.

Nicotine salts are the same form of nicotine, just in a different chemical state. Nic salts are more like the nicotine naturally present in the tobacco leaf. But what difference does this make? Leaving most of the jargon aside, the nicotine salt chemical structure means you get smoother nicotine satisfaction with much less throat hit.

Nic salts are also absorbed by the body differently. They are taken into the blood stream much quicker than traditional freebase nicotine. This sensation is much closer to the sensation of smoking.

Nic salts for Smokers

Why might smokers want to make the switch to vaping by using nic salt vape juice? The main reason is to stop the ‘new vaper cough’.

When you first move from smoking to vaping, one thing that can happen is a cough. This is completely normal and usually passes within a few days. It happens because the sensation of vaping is extremely different to smoking, it can take a little while to get used to this feeling.

But for some new vapers, they need a higher nicotine strength to combat their nicotine cravings. But this higher ‘freebase’ nicotine strength consistently makes them cough. Nic salt e-liquids are ideal in this situation.

It means you can still vape a higher nicotine strength, but by using a nic salt vape juice the throat hit sensation is almost entirely eliminated, thus no new vaper cough.

One other reason was touched on above. As nic salts are absorbed much quicker into our bodies, you can experience the same ‘nicotine rush’ that you would have with traditional cigarettes, so the sensation is much closer to that of smoking.


Nic Salt and sub-ohm coils

As mentioned above, it is recommended that you use nic salt vape juice in a lower wattage, higher resistance coil vape.

Sub-ohm vapes are designed to be used at much higher powers. This means they produce much more vapour and throat hit; in turn this means you are getting more nicotine per vape.

One of the pros of nic salts is that the vape is much smoother, the throat hit part of your vaping experience is almost completely gone. This also means that if your nicotine strength is too high, that sensory feedback is gone. Let me explain.

Imagine you are using a regular e-cig starter kit and a regular ‘freebase’ nicotine e-liquid. If you vape a nicotine strength that is too high, there will be a sensory response. The throat hit will be too harsh or you might cough.

Now imagine you have a sub-ohm coil and a nic salt e-liquid. If your nicotine strength is too high, you don’t have the same sensory responses to trigger you. As there is no throat hit and no cough. Also, nic salts are taken up by the body much quicker, similar to when we smoke. This means you can vape too much in just a few draws as sub-ohm vape kits produce so much more vapour per vape.


Best vape for nic salt vape juice

Taking into account everything we have learnt above about nic salts, the lack of throat hit, quicker nicotine delivery, ‘nicotine rush’ affect. These all tell us that the best type of vape to use with your nic salt e-liquid is something low powered with a higher resistance vape coil. E-cigs with a vape battery and vape tank that have coils above 1.0ohm.


We recommend – arc Slim | Skope S | Tornado EX2

arc Slim E-cig
Skope S Vape Pen
Tornado EX2 e-cig


Alternatively, you might opt for a vape pod. This can either be pre-filled with a nic salt vape juice, or be empty to fill with your own. These e-cigs are extremely easy to use and are great to transition from smoking to vaping.


We recommend – byte | Skope Air

byte Vape Pod
Skope Air Vape Pen


What are ‘next gen’ nic salts?

There are pros and cons to nicotine salts. Yes, they are great for people who may not like traditional nicotine, or who may cough when they vape. But they aren't a catch all for everyone.

One thing to consider with nic salts, is they have a complete lack of throat hit. This means that vaping an e-liquid with a high nicotine strength, such as a 1.8% (18mg/ml), feel no ‘kick’ at all. For some vapers this is perfect and exactly what they need, but some heavier smokers who are just making the switch may not. They may become frustrated as they are missing the ‘throat hit’ that they are used to from traditional cigarettes. Also, without the control of the throat-hit “kick” it is very easy for vapers to accidently get too much nicotine.


Nic salt vape juice at Totally Wicked

At Totally Wicked we produce our own brand of ‘next gen’ nic salts.

The Totally Wicked next generation nic salts strike the ideal balance. They tick all the boxes from both types of e-liquid. There is the smooth vaping experience found with nic salts, with just enough throat hit to keep vapers satisfied.

Symphonic nic salt vape juice

Symphonic E-liquid takes all the latest e-liquid technology that we have created, taking it to the next level. 

This is a next generation nicotine salt e-liquid, with a high VG base created specifically to work in almost all e-cigs. In the past high VG e-liquids were only recommended for high powered, sub-ohm e-cigs. Symphonic is different, even with an everyday kit such as the arc 5, Symphonic will provide you with a fantastic vaping experience. Twelve intricate flavours have been through vigorous customer testing to truly pin down their profiles.


 Symphonic Nic Salt Vape Juice

The twelve flavours of Symphonic are:

All of the ingredients in Totally Wicked e-liquid are sourced from suppliers that we have long standing relationships with. They are all the highest quality ingredients available and we will never compromise on quality. Four next generation nic salt strengths cover bases for all vapers, with its controlled nicotine delivery and great-tasting vaping experience. The four strengths are 0.3% (3mg/ml) 0.6% (6mg/ml) 1.0% (10mg/ml) 1.6% (16mg/ml)


Switz Smooth nic salt

Switz Smooth next gen nic salt e-liquid was designed specifically for smokers. It is ideal for a first e-liquid and even better for smokers who may have tried vaping in the past and struggled with choosing an e-liquid that worked for them.

The tempered nicotine delivery and smooth hit means that even at higher nicotine strengths, this is a fantastic vaping experience.

We keep it simple with Switz Smooth. There are four flavours that are perfect for a new vaper.


 Switz Smooth Nic Salt Vape Juice

The four flavours of Switz Smooth are:

Menthol - A clean, fresh menthol.

Mixed Fruit - A subtle summer fruit salad.

Roll-Up Tobacco - Tastes just like a roll up.

Tobacco - The ultimate tobacco substitute.


Disposable Vape Pen

The Totally Wicked Disposable Vape Pen is the latest addition to out nic salt range. This isn't just an e-liquid though, this is a pre-filled disposable vape.

The Disposable Vape Pen is an ultra-portable disposable e-cig with 2ml of our own designed and produced Totally Wicked e-liquid in a 16mg nic salt strength. This ensures that you get the same quality flavour experience as you do if you chose our 10ml bottles of e-liquid. This is fuss free vaping. Once the battery or e-liquid has run out, simply stop vaping and then start a new one, and they come in eight outstanding flavours.


 Disposable Vape Pen

The eight disposable vape pen flavours are:

  • Iced Blackcurrant - Fruity blackcurrant with a cooling exhale.
  • Lemon Pie - Buttery pastry and tart citrus.
  • Menthol - Cooling menthol with a hint of sweetness.
  • Mixed Fruit - A medley of berries.
  • Orangeade - Sweet sun ripened orange.
  • Pink Lemonade - Fizzy and sweet with zesty raspberry.
  • Strawberry - Juicy natural strawberry.
  • Tobacco - Earthy and smooth like a roll up.

Questions about nic salts?

We are here to help. If you have any questions about what type of e-liquid to choose or what nicotine strength is best for you, talk to us.


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