What's the right nicotine level for me?

February 20, 2018

What Nic Level Is Right For Me?

For some of us vapers out there, choosing our nic level once we've found the right one to our liking is a breeze but for others, choosing the right nic level can be confusing. 

So what's the big deal about what nicotine level we vape on?

It's actually quite simple! You see your nic level is not only what level of nicotine you're inhaling but also decides the amount of throat hit or harshness you will experience throughout every drag. When it comes to nic levels, there's a few things you want to look for: is this being used in a standard resistance clearomizer (tank) or a sub ohm resistance clearomizer (sub ohm tank), how do I drag on my vape (mouth to lung or direct lung inhales), and how strong do I like the throat hit? (Light tension or a harshness that slightly kicks)

In today's vaping industry, the vast majority of thousands of ejuice companies are using these commonly seen nicotine level options: 0mg-3mg-6mg-12mg-18mg-24mg

You will find that most brands that are premium or gourmet juices that come in fancy glass bottles or unique containers are only offering 0mg-3mg-6mg-12mg and 18mg. Even then many also do not offer higher than 6mg. Why is that? Because due to the boom of the sub ohm tank and the impact it's had on how a beginner vaper or even intermediate vapes, juices that are higher than 6mg would be too strong for most people and the vaping experience they seek. 

This chart can easily help you understand what nicotine level would be right for your preference or at least give you an idea of which 2 levels could do well in your tank.


Standard Clearomizers/Tanks (ex: aerotank,nautilus,Ce-4,evod)

only use juices with 65%-70% VG or LESS in these type of tanks due to most coils for these tanks not having very large or enough juice ports in them causes the juice to not wick properly to the coil and thus producing those nasty dry hits ever vaper dreads. When using a sub ohm tank, almost all sub ohm tanks can use juices with VG as high as 99% with most popular juices now and days using one of these 4 VG/PG ratios: in percentage: 70/30-80/20-90/10- Max VG 90+

these tanks are ideally for mouth to lung inhales like the inhaling sensation of a cigarette. Some do offer enough airflow but not really enough to get a deep direct to lung inhale.

0mg: non-smoker, there is no nicotine added to the juice and you are purely vaping vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). The sestion of the inhale is very light and you are only feeling a very minuscule throat hit due to the vaper passing through your mouth.

3mg: very light smoker or someone who smokes approximately 1-4 cigarettes in a day. The throat hit will be very light and almost produce no throat hit but does provide a slight amount of nicotine.

6mg: casual/social smoker or someone who smokes roughly 5-9 cigarettes a day. The throat hit will be intermediate and give enough of a throat hit for most people and provides a slightly less than average feeling of nicotine.

12mg: standard smoker or smoker who smokes roughly around a pack a day or slightly less. This throat hit is to most ideal and is one of the most popular nic levels purchased amongst many capers but most commonly beginner or intermediate vapers.

18mg: heavy smoker or a smoker who smokes a pack a day but typically less than 2. This throat hit is very strong considered harsh to most vapers or typical cigarette smokers who choose to make the smart choice and switch over to vaping. The amount of nicotine consumed even though the throat hit is too harsh for most is the closest to a typical pack a day smoker.

24mg: very heavy smoker also known as a chain smoker. A smoker who smokes rough a pack and a half to 2 packs a day. This throat hit is considered to most as unbearable and very few companies still offer juices in 24mg nic levels. The amount of nicotine inhaled at this amount is substantially more than average.


Now I won't need to go in detail honestly for anyone using a sub ohm tank or a rebuildable atomizer (RDA/RTA) as the simple rule of thumb is: Whatever nicotine level you put in a Sub-Tank/RDA doubles in sensation and somewhat in amount nicotine inhaled due to the fact that those forms of vaping produce significantly higher amounts of vapor and are used at higher powered wattages or even in sum cases unregulated wattages the likes of mechanical mods.


So there you have it, a quick guide on how to pick the proper nicotine level in your juice. Now it's your turn to tell us what nicotine level you prefer to use and why!


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