Nicotine Level Does Have An Affect on Cartridge and E-Liquid Flavors
When I started vaping over six years ago I was unsure which level of nicotine would be right for me. Then I found a handy chart on the V2Cigs website which I’ve shared below. It’s a helpful beginner’s guide to choosing the right e-cigarette nicotine level for your taste preference.
E-cigarettes, the popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes are sold with your choice of nicotine level contained within in the cartridge – the part that holds the e-liquid. If you’re an intermediate or seasoned vapor and you buy e-liquids for a vaporizer or eGo style e-cigarette, you probably already know that you can choose your nicotine level; but not everyone realizes that nicotine almost always gives you a stronger vaping experience and it can alter the flavor.
How High is High?
Some nicotine e-liquid levels (like those from VaporFi) are sold as high as 36mg, similar to a filterless cigarette. JUUL ecigs are known for their super-high nicotine content of 50mg. I’ve tried those, and now know why it’s helped smokers get off cigarettes.
On the lower end of nicotine levels, if you choose .6% nicotine, 3% or Zero nicotine, the vapor will still produce good volume and flavor. People who were heavy smokers usually have to wean themselves down to this level, although some former smokers feel that the vaping “flavor” experience outshines the need for nicotine and they go with low or zero nicotine.
But Do Nicotine Levels Affect the Flavors of Your Vaping Experience?
In testing so many different e-cigarette products including different levels of nicotine, I along with the other testers at BECG have learned that the nicotine level does have an affect not only on the throat hit experience, but also on the cartridge or e-liquid flavor. The difficult part in reviewing nicotine levels is that different brands of e-cigarettes and/or e-liquid manufacturers will give you a different experience.
I’ve found that with South Beach Smoke and Vaporfi, a low nicotine level can make certain flavors more enjoyable, while with V2Cigs, a higher nicotine level produces a more intense flavor. If you get your e-Juice from Mt. Baker Vapor, or Halo Cigs, or you use a JUUL you may notice that a higher nicotine level reduces the flavor of your vape. That’s one reason MBV lets you add extra flavor shots to their many custom e-juices. It all depends on the e-cig brand, your atomizer’s Ohm level, the flavor and even your vaping habits.
Reviewing how specific e-cigarette flavors taste will always be subjective. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure so use our review objectively and only as a guide.
Where To Begin When Choosing Your E-Cigarette Nicotine Level
First, get familiar with how e-cigarettes describe and compare nicotine levels. We see these more detailed guidelines on most e-cig websites:
Very Strong (36mg – 50mg) – Compared to a non-filtered cigarette.
Strong (24mg) – Compared to a strong cigarette such as Marlboro Red
Full (16 – 18mg) – Compare to a full flavored cigarette such as Benson & Hedges
Light (12mg) – Compare to a light cigarette such as Marlboro Lights
Ultra Light (6 – 8mg) – Compare to an ultra light cigarette such as Winston Ultra Lights
Zero (0mg) – Same great taste – without any nicotine.
Mixing and Matching Flavors with Nicotine Levels
Some of the top e-cigarette companies, (Halo Cigs for example), offer variety E-Liquid packs. That’s always helpful for choosing a favorite flavor for your vaporizer, but since they come packaged in one box, you can’t choose the nicotine level for each flavor. That’s a downside for me.
Other popular e-cigarette companies (such as V2Cigs), have Starter Kits in which you can choose 5 flavors PLUS you can choose one of 5 different nicotine levels for each flavor. That’s one reason I still give V2Cigs a 9.8 star rating if you’re buying a cigalike.
My absolute favorite e-Liquid company, Firebrand offers flavors designed for maximum vapor production and Sub-Ohm vaping. It’s recommended that if you are using a Sub-Ohm atomizer you lower your nicotine level. 6mgs tastes like 18mgs so be prepared for a nice throat hit and major clouds.
What Affects ECig Flavors the Most?
Sometimes your vaping style as well as the nicotine level can affect taste.
Here’s tip we received from VaporFi .
“Rich flavors taste better with a long, savoring draw, while fruity and sweet flavors taste better with a swift yet deep draw.”
Our Own Taste Test Review of Flavors and Nicotine Levels
1- VaporFi is best known for their Vaporizers where you add your own e-liquids. They let you custom blend your flavors and add extra “shots” of flavor as well as up your nicotine levels. Those extra shots of flavor will balance a higher nicotine level. I think Vaporfi’s standard flavors tend to run sweeter, but you can definitely have a bit of fun experimenting with the unlimited flavor cocktails you can create for your own perfect blend of flavors and nicotine levels. Their newest line of e-liquids – the Reserve Collection is pre-steeped (better tasting than their standard line IMO, and has 60% VG. This line is less sweet, especially with with a higher nicotine level.
2- V2Cigs fruit and other flavored cartridges are made with both vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol (the PG is dominant), so they’re not as sweet as a mostly VG e-liquids or cartridges. I’ve found that the nicotine level with V2 affects what vapers call a “throat hit” with the higher levels giving a stronger hit, but with diminished flavor. I still recommend their variety flavor cartridge pack.
Whatever level you choose, I hope this post helps get you started. Remember tastes are always subjective and we always appreciate your feedback. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think about how nicotine levels affect e-cigarette flavors.
All of the E-Cigarette companies mentioned in this article are among the best selling and have tested their e-liquids for purity. All are diacetyl free as well.
Editor’s Note: It’s rare, but if you encounter an unwanted, unpleasant, or adverse reaction to products, we suggest lowering your nicotine level, or choosing NO nicotine.
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