Freebase Nicotine VS Nicotine Salts

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Freebase Nicotine VS Nicotine Salts

For some, vaping has been a great way to get off cigarettes and for others it’s about enjoying the pleasure of vaping. No matter which camp you reside in, you’ve probably not given much thought about one of the main ingredients found in e-liquids: nicotine. 

Nowadays you have two choices; freebase nicotine or nicotine salts. And no, the ‘salts’ doesn’t stand for table salt. Your juice won’t taste salty, we swear! Choosing the right one can level up your entire vaping experience. 

So what’s the difference anyway? Here’s a quick look at what makes them the complete opposite of each other.

Differences Freebase Nicotine Nicotine Salts
Throat Hit Strong Smooth
Nicotine Strength Low High
Head Buzz Slow Fast
Ideal Wattage Low & High Low
Flavours Complex Simple

Throat Hit

Throat hit is the feeling it gives you on the back of the throat as you inhale.

Freebase nicotine has a lower acidity level which makes it much harsher when inhaled. Nicotine salts on the other hand will have a more mellow throat hit with its higher acidity level. So if you are looking for something smooth that won’t make you cough every time you vape, bolehlah try nicotine salts.


Ninjaman 6mg & Ninjaman 35mg


Nicotine Strength

Nicotine salts typically start from 25mg and can go all the way up to 50mg, which makes it ideal to get your fix. Freebase nicotine however, comes in a much lower concentration typically ranging from 0mg (no nicotine) to 18mg. With a wider variety of lower nicotine levels, freebase nicotine makes it much easier to taper off your nicotine intake!

Generally if you were to smoke half a pack of Marlboro Lights cigarettes in a day, a 6mg freebase nicotine juice would do you just fine. If you’d prefer the nicotine salt option, the 30mg juices would work well too! But if you’re still unsure, go ahead and click that little bubble on the bottom right and we’ll help you out!

Head Buzz

Nicotine salts will do the job just right. With the high concentration of nicotine and the fast absorption into your bloodstream, the head buzz you’ll get feels very similar to having your first puff of cigarette in the morning. 

Freebase nicotine is much more delicate. It doesn’t hit you as hard but because of it, you’re able to vape more frequently and enjoy the flavours much more. 

Ideal Wattage

This can really depend on the setup you’re using and your own personal preferences. But as a rule of thumb, nicotine salts would be best used with lower wattages as having too much nicotine in one go can be quite uncomfortable.

It’s counterpart however, can be vaped at low or high wattages! If you don’t like your vape to be too warm, have your setup on a lower wattage and if you want to have huge plumes of clouds instead, go ahead and set it higher! It all comes down to what you enjoy.


This is definitely one of the most important factors when it comes to vaping!

Nicotine salts have straightforward and simple flavour profiles due to being typically used with lower powered setups. This makes it slightly harder to bring out the subtlety in complex flavour profiles. Freebase nicotine would be the best option if you’re all about the flavours.


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Which should I choose?

Get Freebase Nicotine Juices If : Get Nicotine Salt Juices If :
  • You're a social vaper/smoker
  • You want to vape complex flavours
  • You want to have lots of vape clouds
  • You're vaping/smoking out of habit
  • You want to quit smoking
  • You've tried vaping before and it didn't work
  • You want a small, compact device
  • You want a quick fix for your nicotine cravings


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