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What’s in your eLiquid?

23 November 2019

Vuse NZ - What’s in your eLiquid?

It’s easy to get a bit lost amongst all the different eLiquid flavours and vaping devices, not to mention the terminology around them. And if you’ve just started vaping it’s a whole new world.

One important thing for first-time vapers to understand is what a nicotine salt is and nicotine strength – how much nicotine you’re taking in when you vape. Different people prefer different strengths, so you need to find the one that suits you.

What are eliquids made of?
Vuse eLiquids are all made from almost exactly the same 5 ingredients: vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), flavourings, nicotine and water. Different flavoured eLiquids contain different flavourings of course, and some eLiquids are made without water or nicotine. Otherwise, the only variation is the quantities of each ingredient used.

Our eLiquids have been developed bespoke to the Vuse ePen and the ePod and formulated specifically to offer the most satisfying vaping experience. These are how they vary in our different eLiquids:

The nicotine strength of our eLiquids and flavour cartridges are clearly marked on each pack. We have 2 different strengths for our Vype ePen: 1.6% (18mg/ml) and 1.1% (12mg/ml). Our Vuse ePod flavour range comes in 3%(34mg/ml) and 5% (57mg/ml) strength.

What are Nicotine Salts?
Traditionally, nicotine in e-liquid is ‘freebase’ in liquid. Nicotine salt is the natural form of nicotine found in tobacco – nicotine is protonated with an acid. Nicotine salt is the result of a chemical reaction (freebase nicotine + Benzoic acid = nicotine salts). In tobacco leaves this occurs naturally. eLiquids do not contain tobacco, so we need to form nicotine salts by adding the acids back into freebase nicotine.

The state of nicotine influences the sensory perceptions and degree of absorption. Salt form generally delivers a smoother throat catch and superior satisfaction compared to freebase.

What is a nicotine salts pod?
Our line of nicotine salts pods, currently available for the ePen and ePod consist of pods that contain nicotine salts.

What Does 6% Nicotine Strength Mean?
Many open system vapers will be used to lower numbers of nicotine labelling on their bottles – because they are used to high powered, larger devices and lower levels of freebase nicotine required (eg 3-6 mg/ml)

Generally, the larger the device, the lower nicotine content required to deliver a satisfying experience – and equally for modern, small pod systems with much less battery power or wattage, you’ll see them opting for higher nicotine concentration.

Don’t be confused by a % figure and think that means mg/ml. 6% means nicotine volume by weight and generally contains 50-59mg/ml.

Nicotine content is usually stated on vaping products as a concentration (i.e. how many milligrams (mg) of nicotine per millilitre (ml) of liquid). An example of this can be seen in how 18mg/ml means there is 18mg of nicotine in every 1ml of eLiquid. This being said, an alternative way to state nicotine or nicotine salts concentration is in percentage. A 18mg/ml eLiquid could therefore also be correctly stated as containing 1.5% (w/w) nicotine.

Hence, the “w/w” means the percentage is based on the weight (w) of nicotine contained in the total eLiquid weight (w). Therefore, 1.5% (w/w) nicotine strength means that 1.5% of the total weight of the eLiquid is nicotine.

Either way of stating concentration is correct, however many leading pod systems containing nicotine salts are adopting the percentage approach.

It’s difficult to suggest which strength will work best for you. A whole range of factors influence how much nicotine a person will take in with a single puff – from which device you’re using, to how much vapour you take in per inhalation, to the user’s metabolism.

Where to start?
If you’re used to nicotine, you might want to start off with something like our 5% eLiquids. Nicotine is absorbed differently when vaping, and affects people at a different speed. The key is to try out some different strengths and work out which one you prefer.

Now that you know what the numbers on the bottle mean we hope you’ll be able to find the right Vuse flavour for you.