Nicotine in Vape Products - Essential Information
In this page we will aim to cover some basics of Nicotine and answer some common questions regarding it. First of all let's get this out of the way...
- We DO NOT SELL nicotine by itself or in any of our e-liquids.
- We WILL NOT MIX it into e-liquids you purchase from us.
The Australian Govt has banned all sales of Nicotine e-liquids in Australia, and as of Oct 1 2021, the only way to obtain nicotine is to get a prescription for it from your doctor or GP, and then either import it yourself using the TGA personal importation scheme or obtain it from an approved pharmacy.
Please do not try to import it yourself without a valid prescription as you will risk getting a large fine, or having your goods destroyed.
FROM THE TGA WEBSITE:
From 1 October 2021, consumers require a valid prescription from an Australian doctor to legally import a nicotine vaping product from online suppliers.
A valid prescription continues to be required to purchase nicotine vaping products from Australian pharmacies.
It remains illegal for other Australian retailers to sell nicotine vaping products to consumers.
The TGA has published information for consumers on how to legally access nicotine vaping products, following consultation and a prescription from their doctor, as a treatment to help stop smoking.
For more information please see the TGA website here:
Freebase VS Salts
Liquid nicotine for mixing into e-liquids is available in two different types which are Freebase, and Salts. The most common is freebase but recently salt nicotine has risen in popularity especially with Pod devices.
So whats the difference? Let's not get into technicalities and chemistry because I just want to simplify things. Instead, have a look at the chart below and see how it delivers nicotine into your system.
Key Points Comparison
- Slower absorption rate
- More throat hit the higher the mg
- More clouds
- More flavour variety
- Less expensive
- Shorter shelf life
- For MTL, DTL or Pod vapes
- Better suited for low-medium mg vapers
- Faster absorption rate
- Less throat hit even at high mg
- Less clouds
- Smoother flavour
- More expensive
- Longer shelf life
- For MTL and Pods
- Better suited for medium-high mg vapers
Neither is better or worse, and this comes down to personal preference again. However one thing you want to avoid is vaping high mg nicotine salts in a DTL (Sub-ohm) tank, as that will send your head above the clouds and not in a good way.
Some people will use both depending on what devices they have. For example someone may vape 6mg in their DTL vape, but then use 24mg salts in their pod when they go out.
My advice is that when using <6mg use normal freebase but if you are over use salts. You can use <6mg salts too but I find it does not give me throat hit I desire. This is purely my own personal preference.
Purchasing and Mixing Advice
Which Nicotine do you recommend to purchase?
We recommend getting the 100mg flavourless nicotine in 100% PG. You can choose whether you want freebase or salts, that's up to your personal preference.
Where can I purchase it from?
Overseas vendors. New Zealand is the quickest because of proximity. If you google "100mg flavourless nicotine" there will be many results. You will need a valid prescription to attach to your order when purchasing nicotine online, otherwise it will not pass Australian customs.
What do I need to mix Nicotine?
Mixing/handling nicotine should come with extreme care as it can be absorbed through the skin easily, and if not handled or mixed correctly it can be poisonous. You will need gloves, a measuring syringe, and proper calculations (use the mixing chart below).
When mixing nicotine into e-liquid bottles, depending on the amount you need to put it, you may need to pour some e-liquid out of the bottle to prevent it from overfilling. When the bottle is too full, you wont be able to shake it up to let the nic mix through. So either tip some liquid out or pour it into another bottle before mixing it.
Does mixing Nicotine change the flavour profile of the juice?
Because Nicotine has its own flavour, it will slightly alter the taste of the juice depending on how much you mix into it. The burning sensation in the back of your throat is from the nicotine (freebase), so the more you put in there the stronger that sensation will be. If it is too strong, try using salts instead.
Do you recommend I put nicotine in the juice?
It depends, if you are a non smoker, then definitely not. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and I don't recommend it to non smokers. But if you are a smoker, then you are already familiar with it and know its effects. The idea is to gradually reduce the strength of nicotine in your e-liquid, until you dont need it at all. Personally I started on 8mg 2 years ago, now I'm using <1mg, but everyone is different.
What nicotine strength should I use?
This is just a rough guide and should not be taken as gospel. Everyone will be different and you will eventually find the number you are comfortable vaping with. The following below assumes usage of freebase nicotine.
- 0mg - for non cigarette smokers to vape recreationally
- 3mg - 5-10 smokes a day, light to medium strength cigarettes
- 6mg - 10-15 smokes a day, medium strength cigarettes
- 9mg - 15-20 smokes a day, medium to high strength cigarettes
- 12mg - A pack or more a day, medium to high strength cigarettes
- 18mg+ - Smokes like a chimney, high strength or unfiltered cigs
Using salts you may find yourself using a high concentration than normal freebase nicotine. Your vaping habit may change when using salts in a pod device so it's not unusual to see people who use 6mg freebase use 24 or 35mg in their salts. This is because it is used in a lower power device and not chain-vaped.
How much Nicotine should I put in my e-liquid?
Here is a mixing table which will help with the measurements in adding nicotine to your 0mg E-liquids. The same measurements can be used for Freebase and Salts.
Mixing chart for mixing 100mg Nicotine into 0mg E-liquid
Check out our beginners guide to wrap your head around vape devices.
Last Updated 23/11/2021