E-Liquid 101: A Closer Look at Salt Nicotine (Part 2)

You have learned so far that most nicotine extraction is performed in the presence of an alkaline solvent, as this converts nicotine to a free base. Freebase nicotine is the basis of all vape juice, and it can be changed back to salt through the process of adding an acid. As you can see, there are three ways this can be done: adding potassium hydroxide (a.k.a., lye), adding an acid like citric acid, or adding tartaric acid. If a company decides it wants to use potassium hydroxide, it must ship the product out of state or send its customers online to purchase it. Many companies add citric acid or tartaric acid directly to their retail products and sell them in person or online.

Nicotine salt e-liquid contains the same components as any other e-juice; the only difference is that a small amount of acid catalyzes the transformation of the nicotine into a salt. This enables nicotine salt liquids to deliver nicotine more efficiently than traditional e-liquids. 

Here, V8PR shares more information on this topic:

Benefits of Nicotine Salt Vape Juice

There are several benefits of salt nicotine e-liquid. The most important one is that it delivers nicotine more effectively than standard e-juice. Depending on the sort of equipment you use, you may need to vape more e-liquid to get the same effect as with nicotine salt vape juice.

Nicotine salts also have the added benefit of making the nicotine inhaled more similar to traditional cigarette nicotine. This makes switching from cigarettes to vaping easier for those who are looking to quit smoking.

How You Can Identify the Best Vapes for Nicotine Salt

There are a few ways to tell whether your vape pen or box mod handles salts well. If it has a sub-ohm tank, you can look at the box or on the tank itself. It should indicate whether or not it can handle salt nicotine. If it has a pre-built tank or atomizer, or it is a pod mod, then it definitely can handle salts.

If you want to make sure you’ve got a salt-friendly vape, or maybe you need to break in a new vape, then the best way to do so is to try vaping a little bit of salt juice. Many hardware companies offer nicotine salt samples, and they can give you a good idea of what to expect with nicotine salt vape juice.

It is important to remember that your throat will probably feel a little more burned, as well as your lips, depending on the amount of nicotine you use.

Buying from a Reputable Vape Shop Matters

We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again — it’s important to buy products from a reputable source. As we’ve just seen, nicotine salts are more complicated than other e-juice. The process of extracting nicotine from tobacco is an intricate one that is hard to get right. It may be tempting to buy e-liquid from just any online retailer, but it’s best to go with a company that has a good reputation.


Nicotine salt e-liquid has a short history, but it’s been a huge hit for vapers. Unlike traditional e-liquids, nicotine salts provide a nicotine hit that feels more like a cigarette, and the same can be said of the throat hit. While this may not appeal to all vapers, it is an option that many people enjoy.

If you’re looking for a way to make the switch from smoking to vaping easier, nicotine salt e-liquid is a great choice. You can get it from a reputable online vape shop like V8PR.

V8PR is a trusted online vape shop in the UK where you can get all your vaping needs, from kits to e-juices. Check out our selection of products today!