When trying to choose the right vape juice, you may run into a consistent issue—which nicotine strength is the right one for you? There are a lot of choices available to accommodate different levels of nicotine preference, so finding the best option for your needs is easier than you may think.
Before diving headfirst into the different nicotine levels available, let’s start with a few questions that you should consider when searching for the perfect nicotine level in your ejuice.
How Much Do You Currently Smoke?
If you’re a pack-a-day smoker, your nicotine tolerance is going to be higher than a non-smoker or someone who smokes every once in a while. But the nicotine in vape juice is much different. While you may be accustomed to high levels of nicotine, cigarettes include additives that help your body hold onto nicotine longer. This gives you a higher tolerance, resulting in needing more to get the same feeling.
With vaping, those additives are not found in eliquids. This reduces your body’s ability to hold onto that tolerance, even if you vape often throughout the day. Because there are no additives, you may find yourself smoking a higher nicotine amount early on but find that the inhales become harsher over time, leading you to reduce the nicotine strength of your eliquid.
Which Vape Device Are You Using?
If you’ve already chosen the best vaping device for your needs, that’s great. But keep in mind that the device will play a role in which nicotine level is right for you. One such difference is whether you’re going to use a sub-ohm setup or a more standard setup.
With a sub-ohm setup, the coils inside the device have a resistance below 1 ohm. This “sub-ohm” resistance allows more energy to pass through the coils, which results in more heat being generated. With more heat, you get more vapor. That means you’ll get a more direct-to-lung (DTL) inhale, which may not be optimal for a higher nicotine level, but it will provide more flavor.
More standard setups—which you may find referred to as above-ohm tanks—house coils that have a resistance of 1+ ohms. With a higher resistance, you’ll see less energy being used to heat the coils, resulting in less vapor but allowing for higher nicotine levels, as a mouth-to-lung inhale is almost all-but required.
TIP: The more vapor a device creates, the lower the nicotine level in your eliquid should be.
Best Nicotine Levels for High-Resistance Devices
If you plan on using a high-resistance device, such as a pod system (e.g., Suorin or Juul) or an all-in-one starter kit like Aspire Breeze, you’ll have the benefit of being able to choose higher nicotine levels. This is one reason why pod devices and starter kits are great for anyone looking to quit smoking. They’re designed to have a more restricted inhale—much like a cigarette.
- Light smokers (12-18mg)
- Moderate smokers (25-35mg using Salt Nicotine)
- Heavy smokers (35-50mg using Salt Nicotine)
Best Nicotine for Low-Resistance Devices
For any sub-ohm, low-resistance setups, you need to use lower nicotine levels in your vape juice of choice. Regardless of how your body handles nicotine, sub-ohm vapes require you to use low nicotine vape juices because you’re inhaling more vapor. But don’t worry—with lower resistance devices, you can still find good nicotine levels (6-12mg) in your favorite eliquid flavors.
- Light smokers (3mg)
- Moderate smokers (3-6mg)
- Heavy smokers (6-12mg)
Best for Non-Smokers – Nicotine-Free Vape Juice
For some, vaping has never been about quitting smoking or getting into smoking. It’s just a hobby. And while there are many choices to consider in terms of nicotine levels, the vast majority of vape juices offer nicotine-free options. These are perfect for both high-resistance and low-resistance devices and come in almost every flavor imaginable.
No matter which vape device you use throughout the day, your nicotine requirements, or your flavor preferences, there are eliquids for everyone. Find the ejuice that fits your needs today with JSD’s incredible product selection.