Nicotine Salt or Nic’ Salt is a type of nicotine that forms naturally in leaf tobacco and is generally considered to be a more stable form of nicotine vs. the traditional freebase nicotine found in most e-liquids.  Nic’ Salt requires a higher temperature in order to properly vaporise and the ions don’t travel to the nicotine receptors in your body as easily.  In other words, Nicotine Salts are not the most efficient way to deliver nicotine to your body… so why use it? 

Nic’ Salt rose in popularity with the release of a device called the JUUL and once that device became a staple in the industry, people demanded more and better options.  Now Nicotine Salts are readily available and rising even more in popularity.

When you vape traditional freebase nicotine, most people wouldn’t choose something over 18mg, as the hit would be much too harsh.  However, with nic’ salts, most people who vape 3mg freebase nicotine are able to comfortably vape up to 50mg and the nic’ salt e-liquids help to mimic the sensation of smoking a combustible cigarette. 

This can be confusing, and for good reason, as most everything we’ve been taught about e-liquid would lead us to believe that 50mg of nicotine would be extremely harsh and even potentially dangerous, but nic’ salt e-liquids have a special ingredient called Benzoic Acid that helps to make Nicotine Salts as smooth and palatable in higher strengths.

Benzoic Acid serves a few purposes:

  • It allows the Nicotine Salt to vaporise at much lower temperatures.
  • It lowers the pH levels in the Nicotine Salt, which in turn produces a smoother hit
  • It causes a reaction which allows Nicotine Salt to be absorbed as easily as Freebase Nicotine.

Because of this Benzoic Acid, most people are able to easily handle higher nicotine strengths and the Nicotine Salt is absorbed by your body much more efficiently.


The biggest difference between freebase nicotine and nic’ salts is the harshness that higher levels of nicotine typically lead to.  Freebase nicotine has a higher pH level which in turn affects the alkalinity, meaning that freebase nicotine gets much harsher as the nicotine level goes higher.  Because of the Benzoic Acid found in nic’ salts, they have a lower pH level and are therefore much more smooth and enjoyable.


Nic’ salts are one of the most effective types of nicotine to help aid cigarette smokers in ditching the habit.  Due to the higher nicotine content, nic’ salts more closely resemble the effects of smoking a cigarette and therefore help curb the craving. 

Another reason for using nic’ salts would be the fact that they’re designed for use in smaller, lower wattage devices like the IQ 3secsIQ Viva, and the Usonicig Rythm to name a few.  So, if you want an extremely portable device for when you’re on the go, or you don’t want to be THAT GUY blowing massive clouds in public, Nic’ salts will help to satisfy your craving in smaller and more concentrated doses. 


We cannot emphasise enough the importance of only using nic’ salts in small, low wattage devices like a pod device or IQ Viva.  DO NOT USE NIC’ SALTS IN ANY KIND OF HIGH POWERED AND/OR SUB-OHM DEVICES. If you want to use nic’ salts, our personal favourite device is the IQ OVS because it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, and there aren’t any settings like wattage to mess with + it has enough battery life and a big enough e-liquid capacity to last all day.