Last updated on July 18th, 2018
If You’re Wondering Whether Nicotine Affects the Flavor of Your E-Cigarette’s E-Liquid, Here Are the Facts.
If you’re buying e-liquids for a vaporizer, vape Mod or vape pen style e-cigarette, you already know that you can choose your nicotine level; but not everyone realizes that nicotine almost always gives you a stronger vaping experience. What’s more, it can alter the flavor.
When I started vaping over six years ago I was unsure which level of nicotine would be right for me. Then I found a nice 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.
But How High is High?
Some nicotine e-liquid levels (like those from VaporFi) are sold as high as 3.6%, similar to a filterless cigarette. JUUL vapes are known for their super-high nicotine content of 5.0%. I’ve tried those, and now know why it’s helped smokers get off cigarettes. The good news it doesn’t affect the flavor and the design is awesome.
On the lower end of nicotine levels, if you choose 0.6% nicotine, 0.33% 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.
Why Does Nicotine 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 your 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. Here’ what we found.
With South Beach Smoke and VaporFi a low nicotine level can make certain flavors more enjoyable.
With JUUL and V2, a higher nicotine level produces a more intense flavor.
If you get your e-Juice from Mt. Baker Vapor, you may notice that a lower nicotine level reduces the flavor of your vape. That’s one reason Mt. Baker Vapor lets you add extra flavor shots to their many custom e-juices.
We noticed nicotine level didn’t make much difference with Halo E-liquids. It all depended on the atomizer’s Ohm level or the flavor. For example, Halo’s tobacco flavors got harsher with more nicotine, but it didn’t affect the sweeter flavors like Belgian Cocoa.
As mentioned earlier, the super high nicotine level in a JUUL vape does not seem to affect the flavor of the “flavor pod”. Since you can only buy one level of nicotine, the company has formulated it’s e-liquid flavors accordingly.
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’re seeing 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 V2), 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 V2 a 9.8 star rating if you’re buying a cig-alike or vape pen.
My absolute favorite e-Liquid company, Vaporfi offers a combination of over 30,000 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.”
Whatever level you choose, I hope this post helps get you started. Remember tastes are always subjective and we always appreciate your feedback so 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.
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