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Vaping can get complicated, especially for beginners. However, aside from choosing your device and coil, you must find a nicotine ratio for your e-liquid. While some vapers mix their nicotine and others buy pre-mixed juice, the nicotine ratio greatly impacts the overall vaping experience. 

To help you find nicotine e-liquid in NZ, we share everything you need to know about nicotine strengths and ratios. Learn whether 50mg nic salt is too much, how the ratio impacts your vape experience and everything else you need to know about sub-ohm e-liquid and nicotine ratios.

Does All E-Liquid Contain Nicotine?

Despite what many believe, not all e-liquid has nicotine. Although vapers typically look for a nicotine hit from their vape, others are looking to lower their intake. The final step to cutting out nicotine is 0mg of vape juice. Only freebase e-liquids are available as a nicotine-free option.

What are the Typical Nicotine Ratios?

Although the nicotine ratio differs depending on your brand and e-liquid type, you can expect to find the following ratios at your local vape store.

Freebase E-Liquid

Larger vape modsoften use freebase nicotine. Depending on your chosen brand, you can expect 0mg (nicotine-free), 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 20mg (the legal limit) nicotine ratios in NZ vape stores. For beginners, 3mg to 6mg is the ideal starting point. However, if you have quit smoking and smoked more than ten cigarettes daily, you should consider 12mg or higher.Freebase nicotine can be characterised by its hard-hitting feeling on your throat. If your vaping experience isn’t satisfying your nicotine cravings, increase your e-liquid ratio.

Salted E-Liquid

Salted nicotine, or nic salts, are a bit different to freebase e-liquids. The starting point for nicotine salt is typically between 20mg and 35mg, rising to 50mg and 60mg for the stronger options. These e-liquids are safe, even though the numbers exceed the legal freebase limit.Is 50mg nic salt too much? Well, no! The higher number is due to the form of nicotine. Nicotine salt is considerably more mellow than freebase nicotine. E-liquid manufacturers use higher concentrations of nic salt to create a smooth but satisfying vape experience.

Mixing Your Own Nicotine & E-Liquid

Mixing your own vape juice offers a customised experience that allows you to choose whatever nicotine strength suits you. Mix your nic salt or freebase juice – the choice is yours. However, dealing with high nicotine concentrations can be dangerous and must be handled with extreme care. Mixing nicotine and e-liquid is best left to more experienced vapers, and pre-mixed e-liquid is recommended for beginners. If you choose to mix it yourself, follow the guides and stick close to the familiar strengths relevant to the type of nicotine you’re accustomed to.

What Strength Do I Choose?

Your choice of strength comes down to personal preference. Experiment with different strengths if you have trouble correlating nicotine strength with your previous smoking habits. Start with a low to moderate strength (3mg or 6mg freebase or 20mg to 35mg for nicotine salts). If you find the throat hit and overall experience too weak and unsatisfying, move up to the next available strength.For sub-ohm vapers, it’s best to stick with freebase nicotine unless you’re using a specialised sub-ohm nicotine salt mix. Nicotine salt is most suitable for smaller pod or pen-style devices. It’s a popular thought among vapers that nicotine salt (specifically around 50mg) is a comparable experience to smoking a traditional cigarette.That’s the basics of nicotine strength. Take this knowledge and start your search for the perfect vape juice. You can find freebase and nicotine salt e-liquids in various nicotine strengths at HiVape! Shop our full product range in-store or online today.

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