With how quickly nicotine salts have grown in popularity, thousands of vapers have picked up a pod vape so that they too can try out some nicotine salt vape juice. Although pod vapes are a great option for vaping nicotine salts, the preconceived restrictions with salt nicotine use have left many users yearning for more. Many vapers are left wanting more battery life, juice capacity and versatility, or maybe they are simply reluctant to move on from the vape that they have used and loved for the last five years.
In this article, I am going to dispel many of these misconceptions while shedding some light on the versatility of nicotine salts, as well as the potential to revive some of your old devices from years past!
To start off, let's talk about the difference between nicotine salt vape juice and “regular” vape juice. In short, the only difference between the nicotine salt vape juice and regular vape juice is the nicotine. Regular vape juice uses whats called freebase nicotine, which is simply pure nicotine. Nicotine salt is this same nicotine, but an acid has been added in order to bring the solution to a more neutral pH. This makes nicotine salts much smoother to vape, and it allows your body to more freely absorb the nicotine. Other than that, the vape juice is completely the same!
Knowing this, the answer to the title of this article becomes pretty clear: NO! You absolutely do not need to use a pod vape to enjoy nicotine salts! This comes with an asterisk though, so let's dive a little deeper and talk about what should and should not be used with nicotine salts, and what the limitations are.
In general, a good rule of thumb is 15 Watts or less. Of course there can be exceptions to the rule, but almost everyone who successfully and responsibly uses nicotine salt vape juice is vaping at 15 watts or lower. Conveniently, even the most powerful box mods can usually be turned down to as low as 5 watts, or even 1 watt! When paired with the appropriate atomizer, this allows vapers who use nicotine salts to go days if not weeks between charges, depending on how big of a battery you are using and how frequently you are vaping.
The tank is one of the most important aspects of using nicotine salts in anything other than a pod vape. The coils need to be rated for these low wattage ranges, so you can't just take a 70-80 watt coil and turn it down to 15 watts to vape nicotine salts. Using a significantly lower wattage than the wattage range recommended on the coil can introduce a host of issues, but to summarize, it will not be a good vaping experience.
When choosing a tank to use with nicotine salts, you will want to look for tanks that offer a mouth-to-lung (MTL) draw style. These tanks will have tight airflow and small coils, typically over 1.0 ohm, that will work perfectly at lower power levels. Many of the coils used in these lower-powered tanks are virtually the same as what you might find in a pod vape, which means they will perform very similarly to pod vapes.
As far as specific recommendations go, you can't go wrong with the Aspire Nautilus 2S. The Nautilus 2S has a 1.8 ohm coil made specifically for nicotine salts, as well as a 1.6 ohm coil. Either of those will work fantastically with nicotine salt juice. On top of that, it has two airflow options: A tight airflow on one side for those seeking a MTL draw style and a wider airflow on the other side for those who would prefer a more full, direct lung draw. Plus, if you decide that nicotine salt vape juice isn't your thing, it's a fantastic tank in it's own right and has sub-ohm coils available for it that offer substantially more vapor production.
Although there are a growing number of vapes that are being released to cater specifically to nicotine salt vape juice, if you have a vape kit that was commonly referred to as a vape pen a few years ago, you most likely already own a nicotine salt compatible vape! EVOD kits were by far the most popular pen style vape ever released and, chances are, if you were vaping four or five years ago, you've had one at some point. This is a great way for vapers that have been using a vape pen with regular vape juice to try nicotine salts! Using nicotine salts in your existing vape pen is also a great way to give new life to vape pens that never quite gave you what you were looking for in the past and keep them from collecting dust in a drawer somewhere.
If you fancy yourself a hobbyist vaper, you might even use nicotine salts with a rebuildable atomizer! Rebuildable atomizers allow you to build your own coils. This style of vape is traditionally used for high-powered vaping, but some vapers are opting to set up these rebuildable atomizers for low-powered vaping, allowing the user to completely customize their nicotine salt vaping experience to their preference! Building your own coils is not a breeze though! Unless you already have experience with rebuildable atomizers or you have a lot of time on your hands and are looking to learn a new skill, I would not recommend exploring this avenue.
So now we know that you don't need a pod vape to use nicotine salt vape juice! It's still worth mentioning however that many of these pod vapes are designed with nicotine salts in mind, and they can be the easiest way to get the best vaping experience. If you choose to try vaping nicotine salt vape juice in anything other than a pod vape, just make sure to pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel like you're getting too much nicotine, you probably are. If you are not happy with your experience, nicotine salt vape juice may not be the best option for you. Vaping is a very individual experience, and you will never know what's best for you without trying a few different things!
As always, thank you so much for reading, and please let us know if you have any questions!