Dear Summit: What Nicotine Level Should I Vape?
Hey there, vape fans! I’m back again to answer your questions about all things vaping.
As the vaping industry grows, devices previously reserved for advanced vapers have become more user-friendly for novice and intermediate vapers. It can also be difficult for former smokers to decide what nicotine level they should select. Like a dog without a bone, uncertain vapers can feel unfulfilled. Let’s “dig” into some Q&A!
Q: I’m a heavy smoker and I want to start vaping, what nicotine level should I vape?
A: We offer several nicotine strengths to cater to smokers from all walks of life. Some folks have a friendly relationship with nicotine, while others want to phase away from it entirely. A lot of vapers cut back on nicotine because it has an effect on the flavor of the vapor.
24 mg/mL – Recommended to heavy smokers or people who used to chew tobacco. Not advised for sub-ohm vapers and powerful mods.
18 mg/mL – Recommended for mid to heavy smokers. A great level for phasing off cigarette-level nicotine.
12 mg/mL – Good middle ground for moderate and heavy smokers who may be looking to eventually taper down their nicotine strength. Still might be a bit harsh for sub-ohm vapers.
6 mg/mL – Recommended for light to moderate smokers and people using a sub-ohm device.
3 mg/mL – Recommended for those who “socially smoke” or are using a sub-ohm device.
0 mg/mL – For anyone who appreciates pure flavor with no nicotine.
These rules are general, and exceptions can be made. While sub-ohm vaping continues to grow in popularity, most electronic cigarette users still use ego-style and cigalike devices.
Q: What is sub-ohming?
A: An easy way to identify a sub-ohm vape device is too look at the ohms. Sub-ohm vaping means to vape with an atomizer, that has a coil with a resistance value of less than 1.0 ohms.
Q: I’m considering buying a sub-ohm vaping starter kit, what nicotine strength should I use?
A: Because sub-ohm devices are more powerful than pen style batteries, everything about the vape is intensified. Don’t let that scare you! This also means you’ll get to enjoy more flavor and vapor production. However, the “throat hit” from nicotine and PG will intensify. Throat hit is that sensation at the back of your throat you feel when vaping. We typically recommend using no more than 6mg of nicotine when you sub-ohm.
Q: I have a sub-ohm starter kit and I’m using 3mg of nicotine but the throat hit is still really intense. What am I doing wrong?
A: If you’re currently using a sub-ohm device with 6mg or less of nicotine and you’re still getting an uncomfortable throat hit, it may be time to examine your PG/VG blend. We offer several different PG/VG blends for every vaper’s flavor strength preference.
The PG/VG Ratio for e-juice is used to refer to the amount of PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerin) used within a mixture of e-juice. PG contributes to the ‘throat hit’ or harshness felt on the draw of the e-cig and flavor production, where VG is the component providing the vapor or visual part of the exhale.
Also, be sure to check your coil/wick for any imperfections. You’d be amazed at how much a fresh coil and wick can improve your vaping experience!
Remember that when you go sub-ohm, everything about your vape is intensified. So, if are using a high PG blend and make the switch to a sub-ohm device, or even if you’re using a pen style device and you’re feeling an uncomfortable throat hit, you’ll likely want to lower your PG percentage. When using a higher VG blend, which has a thicker quality, you will want to let your e-juice sit in your tank a bit longer before vaping. It’s recommended that a blend of 20PG/80VG or higher is used in sub-ohm devices. For pen style batteries, it’s recommended that you start with a 50PG/50VG blend.
There’s a lot of information to take in when making the switch to vaping or deciding to delve into the world of sub-ohm. Unlike a trip to the vet, cats and people who may not have treats, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Mt Baker Vapor will always be by your side through every step of your vaping journey.