Freebase vs Salt: what's the difference and how much do I mix?

Freebase vs Salt: what's the difference and how much do I mix?

If you're new to the world of vaping, you may be wondering how to get nicotine and how to mix it once you've received it.

In Australia, it is illegal for any vape shop to sell you pre-nic'd flavours over the counter. The vape shops may have offered you doublers and ready to vape bottles of e-liquid. We've broken it all down for your convenience.

A standard e-liquid bottle has anywhere between 10-20% of flavouring, 10-30% propylene glycol (PG) and 50-80% vegetable glycerin (VG). The PG helps carry those flavours and brings them to life. The VG is the vapour production, a thicker solution to get the vape effects, also smoother and sweeter. Without the VG, the bottle of liquid looks watery -  With the VG, it has a oil-like thickness.

RTV (Ready to Vape) flavours are exactly what it says: it's ready for you to vape. A beautiful flavour of e-liquid that you can fill up inside your tank with a fresh coil and vape away.

Doublers are a little different. There are 3 reasons doublers are purchased:

  • Customisation. Most doublers are 50VG/50PG. With those bottles of VG and PG you have, you can turn it into a 60VG/40PG or 70VG/30PG, 80VG/20PG, and everything in between.
  • You accidentally purchased 6mg - 50mg nicotine overseas thinking it was the strength you were after.
  • It was an accident; you simply didn't know because it's all so new to you. Solution: purchase VG to make it an RTV bottle.

What's the difference between freebase nicotine and salt nicotine?

  • Freebase - These are easier to mix for lower milligrams of nicotine content. Anywhere between 3mg to 12mg of strength for your sub-ohm devices.
  • Salts - This was designed to enter your blood stream a lot faster than just your standard throat hit. You can easily use salts to make your 3mg - 12mg, but they are more catered to pod devices at 25mg to 50mg in strength.

I don't know how much to put in! Follow this chart to get an accurate strength of e-liquid. Remember, we recommend you purchase 100mg/ml of solution so you're only using a small amount without diluting the flavour.

If you can't be fussed to mix your own nicotine and you're purchasing pre-nic'd flavours from overseas, follow these percentages to gauge what strength you're looking for:

  • 0.3% = 3mg
  • 0.6% = 6mg
  • 1.2% = 12mg
  • 2.4% = 24mg
  • 5.0% = 50mg
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