Freebase vs Nicotine Salt vs Hybrid Salt

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Freebase vs Salt Nic vs Hybrid Salt

What’s Freebase nicotine? 

It originates from the 1960s when Phillip Morris found that if they manipulate the pH levels in nicotine, it can provide more of a kick without increasing the dose. This was a major breakthrough for the company that owns Marlboro and it became one of the most popular and addicting cigarettes in the world. 

Freebase means that the nicotine is in its purest form compared to the other nicotine derivatives. The way freebase is delivered to your system is slower and in order for you to be satisfied you may require to vape more or use larger wattage devices to create bigger clouds. 

Freebase is most optimal with Sub-Ohming as it can create huge clouds of vapor. It’s the real deal for cloud chasers. Sub-Ohm vaping also increases the overall flavour, possibly because you are inhaling a lot more vapor, which in turn will provide a stronger hit.  

Nicotine levels vary from 0 to 24mg but most companies will have products up to 12mg; moreover, the majority of users prefer levels under 6mg. 

Freebase suitable if you are looking for flavours, throat hit and large clouds. 

What is Nicotine Salt? 

I can tell you that it is NOT your regular table salt! 

Nicotine salt allows you to vape at a higher nicotine strength without getting the rough throat hit you would’ve with freebase. If you love that light headed feeling but don’t want to vape all day, nic salt might be right for you. In essence, nicotine salt products are probably the easiest way for you to transition from cigarette smoking to vape for a few reasons. Devices are easy to use, compact, discreet and you will likely get that same nicotine fix you are used to with cigarette smoking. 

As you may already know, the higher nicotine level you go, the throat hit becomes harsher. Nicotine salt has smoother hits than freebase, so you can enjoy the higher nicotine level without that harsh throat hit.

Highest dosage of nicotine salt currently in the market is anywhere from 3 to 60mgs and most uses between 10 to 50mg. For cloud chasers who wish to use nic salt, we recommend nicotine levels between 3 to 12mg.  

Nicotine salt is suitable if you want to quit cigarette smoking, tried vaping but didn’t work out, ex-heavy smoker who needs a quick nicotine rush and wants to try vaping but doesn't know where to start.

What is Hybrid salt?

Hybrid nic salts are an infusion of freebase nicotine and nic salts. Many vapers found the throat hit of nic salts are too smooth, yet freebase nicotine e-liquids are too harsh on the inhale. Hybrid nic salts offer you the best of both worlds with a perfect throat hit, coupled with a more satisfying nicotine intake. Hybrid nic salts closely replicate the sensations of a conventional cigarette, making them a popular choice amongst ex-smokers. 

What are the differences between Freebase and Nicotine Salt?

From a vaping perspective, the difference between freebase nicotine and nicotine salt is a matter of how it affects your vaping experience.

One noticeable difference is the harshness induced by higher nicotine levels. Freebase nicotine has a higher pH level which affects the alkalinity. What this does is that it makes freebase e-liquid taste harsher as you climb the nicotine ladder. Whereas, salt nicotine has a lower alkalinity due to the benzoic acid which gives you a reportedly smoother throat hit and makes vaping at 50 mg nicotine bearable.

The second difference is how the two travel through your body. Even though nicotine salts are known to be not the most effective way to deliver nicotine, Pax Labs have supposedly figured out a way to make it more effective than freebase nicotine. This is due to the benzoic acid added to the salt nicotine as the nicotine becomes much more readily available and more effective than traditional freebased e-liquids.

There are no right answer to what right for you as your expectation and experience different than person next to you. However, we hope these guidelines can help you to make the transition smoothly.

Feel free to share your successful stories, opinions or experience with which one was a more successful case. 

Vapingstory and Smoke carries all 4 different types of E-Juice, and has collections of over 500+ flavours.

💚 - Shop => Freebase E-Juice ──💭

🧡 - Shop => Salt Nic E-Juice ──💭

💜 - Shop => Sub Ohm Salt Nic E-Juice ──💭

💙 - Shop => Hybrid Salt Nic E-Juice ──💭

  • Slower absorbing in bloodstream
  • Purest nicotine form
  • Throat hit
  • Cloud chasing with Sub-ohm vaping
  • Requires more technique and maintenance
  • Nicotine level 0 to 24mg
  • Big clouds 


Nicotine Salt
  • Faster absorbing in bloodstream
  • Available in high nicotine strengths from 3 to 60mg
  • Has smoother throat tasting
  • User friendly device, no maintenance 
  • Quick puff for cigarette like nicotine hit
  • Great transition option for cigarette smokers 

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