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Full Reasons to Never Blend a Salt-Based E-Liquid with a Freebase E-Liquid

Full Reasons to Never Blend a Salt-Based E-Liquid with a Freebase E-Liquid

If you’re new to the world of flavor blending, you’re probably considering mixing a salt nic vape juice with a freebase e-juice to see what happens.  But, before you try out that experiment, know that it’s basically impossible to vape an e-liquid that contains both types of nicotine.  Basically, if you attempt to mix these two together, you’ll end up with a batch of vape juice that might as well go into the garbage.

The reason why these two types of nicotine are incompatible with each other has to do with the unique needs that each one has.  While freebase nicotine is used with a sub-ohm setup, salt-based nic is made for a pod mod system.  We’re going to break down the reasons why you should never attempt to combine these two types of nicotine.  While the results won’t be dangerous, they won’t be pleasant either.

Can You Blend a Salt Nic with a Freebase Nic Vape Juice?

For those who don’t know, flavor blending is a process that involves combining two or more e-liquids together in order to create a more complex, layered flavor profile.  It’s quite a fun hobby that isn’t nearly as much of an investment as making e-liquid from scratch.  Plus, it allows you to get creative and be in charge of your flavor experience.

However, when flavor blending, it’s important to stick to one type of nicotine at a time.  If you’re trying to combine freebase nic and salt nic vape juices together, you’ll only end up disappointed.

Coil Incompatibility

One reason why these two types of nicotine can’t be blended together is because they each require different coil resistance levels.  While freebase e-liquids need to be vaped at lower resistance levels, nic salts need higher ones.  That’s because freebase nicotine must be vaped at a higher wattage, and the higher the wattage, the lower the resistance level of the coil.  Meanwhile, salt-based nicotine is mixed with benzoic acid so that it can work with low-wattage devices that utilize coils with higher resistance levels.

Device Incompatibility

Vape juices made with nicotine salts can only be used with pod mod systems.  These low-wattage devices are specially designed to preserve the chemical integrity of the nicotine salts.  Their output settings prevent the nicotine from becoming unpleasantly harsh thanks to their technological design.

Meanwhile, vape juices made with freebase nicotine need more robust box mod systems.  Otherwise, they won’t produce enough vapor to satisfy. 

So, combining a salt nic e-juice with a freebase nic e-juice is going to be quite an issue as one type of nicotine makes your juice incompatible with the device that you’re using.

Poor Nicotine Experience

Many of us go to great lengths to determine the type and strength of nicotine that we need in order to feel satisfied.  Salt-based and freebase nicotine are so incredibly different from each other on a chemical level that you’re not going to feel satisfied after vaping a blend of the two.  One is going to prevent the other from giving you the dose of nicotine that you crave.

Incompatible VG/PG Ratio

Another problem with combining these two types of nicotine is that their ratios will clash with each other.  Your vaping setup has output settings that best accommodate the VG/PG ratio that you prefer.  Most freebase nic e-liquids have a 70/30, 80/20 or MAX VG ratio.  However, practically every salt nic vape juice has a 50/50 ratio because this base seems to best support salt-based nicotine.

Mixing the two nicotine types together means that you’re changing the ratio of your e-liquid.  Therefore, you won’t have the vaping experience that you want.  For instance, if you’re a cloud chaser, a max VG e-juice is best.  Adding a nic salt juice with a 50/50 ratio into the mix will basically eliminate your cloud-chasing abilities.

These Two Just Won’t Work Well Together

Mixing salt-based and freebased nicotine e-liquids is essentially a waste of time and money as the two just aren’t compatible with each other.

 

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17 comments

  • It’s really quite hilarious how everyone and their dog think they’re experts on salt nicotine vs freebase nicotine.

    Everyone is wrong, and this article is wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

    The reason that salt nicotine and freebase nicotine are not compatible is that they both require different pH levels in order for the nicotine to be soluble in the relevant solvent (in our cases, we use vegetable glycerine and/or propylene glycol).

    In order for nicotine benzoate to be able to fully dissolve in the solvent we use, the ph level of the solvent needs to be much lower than would be required in order for freebase nicotine to dissolve.

    That is it, that is all. Any talk about a device or coil being “designed” for a type of juice is hogwash. The specific heat capacity and the boiling point of nicotine benzoate vs nicotine freebase is similar enough that it really isn’t going to make a difference to the way it turns to a vapor on the coil.

    Try it. Grab a fresh pod and load it up with your favorite freebase juice, but be sure it has the correct pg/vg ratio for the pod/coil you are using. It will work fine.

    Now try grabbing a nice old tank or RDA setup and throw some salt nic juice of the correct pg/vg ratio for the device and coil, and let er rip. It will work fine.

    Yes, before anyone mentions it, salt nic does tend to have lower levels of VG compared to freebase nicotine, but this has nothing to do with the type of nicotine that is used, and instead is determined by the intended use of that juice. Since most people who vape salt nic do so in an MTL pod type of device, most companies make salt nic juice in a ratio that will work well in those systems. It has nothing to do with salt nic being better or designed for one coil or tank over the other though. Nothing at all.

    Kevin Price
  • new to vaping. just purchased 100ml of 70/30 freebase thinking it was salt nic. Mixed it 50/50 with salt nic in my rpm mod for my smok nord 4. It vapes perfectly with the .4 ohm rpm coil. i’m a week in and the coil atomizes flawlessly. So yes this article is very misleading . It won’t hurt your coil and the flavor is awesome. It can be done. Should get another week or so easily with the coil.

    pimpyphil
  • Here’s the thing.
    If you vape nic salt in a sub ohm coil and inhale it direct to lung like you do freebase , you will feel like your in a room with no oxygen for a couple (too many) seconds. Or a vacuum , like you just stepped out into space save the whole-body explosive decompression you’d experience.
    It’s very disconcerting.
    It’s not pleasant. Especially for an ex smoker. I’m not even mentioning the nicotine toxicity problem. That’s a whole other subject that should be obvious to anyone.
    Stick to the reasoning behind the design combos. And definitely listen to what your body is telling you. Sometimes it’s yelling and sometimes it’s barely whispering but it’s always telling you something useful.

    Binthere
  • I mixed 3mg Naked e juice with 35mg salts (both Naked brand) at 50/50 ratio for years. I was using a Vaporesso Aurora Play vape with the 1.3 pods. Absolutely perfect! No sore throat & good flavor. Perfect hit for an ex heavy smoker. The vape I used is no longer made. I now use a Smok Nova X. This vape’s pods just won’t hack it. So, YES!, it can be done, but the newer pods aren’t as forgiving. It’s all in the pods you’re using. Probably coil related. Now I’m after a vape with pods & coils that can handle the mix I always used. I’ll get it sorted soon enough. Hype is a huge part of the industry. Smok vapes are so praised these days, but my old Vaporesso was infinitely better. Those pods lasted 2 weeks & I smoke alot. My Smok pods last about 4 days & can’t handle the salt/juice mix. Of course you can mix the salts & juices. This article was very misleading. But be careful about the pods you’re using. That’s the only drawback I’ve found. Smok vapes only seem to work well with salts. That’s too much nicotine for me (35mg).

    Steelyman
  • The amount of guys here looking for an ego stroke is amazing lmao. I can sit here and make stuff up to guys, using non salt on MTL does burn up faster and uses coils quicker, difference with me is I don’t lie and hope to make friends on the net like the other 12 guys here 🤣

    Nick Cottrell

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