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If you've been following the latest vape trends, you would know about nicotine salts. VIOLET YUEN made the switch earlier this year and after about six months is ready to share her experience with us.
I started using a pod device at the start of the year, sometime during the Lunar New Year. I was at a party for vapers (organised by Vape Club, of course) and was given a relatively tiny vape device with a removable pod.
Having seen some of these devices – like the Suorin Air and the Juul – I knew it was a vape and was excited to give it a go.
One question I had was, would the nic salt e-liquid flavours be as tasty as the e-liquids in the usual mod & tank setup? Would I be able to switch over from the setup I was so accustomed to? And since it was a closed system, I also wondered how long one pod would last me.
There was only one way to find out. Use the device exclusively for as long as I could.
Here's what I discovered:
The first thing I noticed about vaping on a pod device was that it produced considerably less vapour than the setup I usually used ie. Supertank on a 200W Snow Wolf.
If you're a cloud chaser, the level of vapour produced on these pod devices would be a deal breaker.
Nic salt devices tend to be low-powered and portable. Since nic salt e-liquids usually have very high nicotine levels (in the range of 24-50mg), using them in tandem with a high-powered device could cause nicotine over-consumption.
Of course, if you're really desperate, it's still possible to get nic salt e-liquids in lower nicotine levels for use on your sub-ohm tank. Although, if you ask me, this defeats the purpose of nic salts. Just keep it simple and vape your typical high VG e-liquid.
To be honest, in the first week, I cheated and went back to my usual vape for a few puffs here and there. There's something therapeutic about exhaling big af clouds. 😬
When it comes to flavour though, I had no complaints. Like with typical e-liquids, there are good flavours and not so good ones.
Since picking up that first device, which I should probably reveal was the MiPod, I've gone on to try several others, including the VGod Stix, Smoant S8, Teslacigs Sliver and Fantasi Nanostix.
What you need to know however, is that with some of these nic salt devices, your flavour choice might be limited.
There are two types of devices – closed system devices and open system devices.
Open systems come with refillable pods and using these are very similar to using an OCC on a sub-ohm tank. Closed systems, on the other hand, only come with pre-filled pods that you have to dispose of once the liquid is depleted.
With open systems, there's a variety of flavours to try. You could even use your normal vape juices (but they may be less flavourful). With closed systems, however, you're limited the the range of flavours offered by the device manufacturer.
If you're looking for new nic salt flavours to try, check out these nic salt e-liquids listed on our store. We're adding new brands and flavours all the time!
The thing about nic salt e-liquids is that they allow for a much higher nicotine concentration without a harsh throat hit.
Before I began using nic salt devices, I was vaping e-liquids that came at 3mg and 6mg levels. As you can imagine, whenever I was sitting at my desk at work, I was vaping almost the entire time.
With nic salt e-liquids, I found that even taking three puffs was enough to satisfy my nicotine cravings. I ended up vaping a lot less than I usually do, which I liked. At the same time, I got the increased nicotine feel that creates a sensation that's similar to cigarette smoking.
It hasn't been a difficult transition. It was surprisingly easy to switch from my usual vape to a pod device. There's the added convenience of the device being really tiny as well. In the case of the MiPod, I even got a chain to hang it around my neck.
If you're a smoker looking to switch to vaping, I'd recommend getting a pod device. It's a lot simpler compared to the mods and will give you the strong nicotine kick that you're probably used to.
Have you started vaping nicotine salts? What's your favourite flavour? Let me know in the comments or tweet me at @ultravioletyuen
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