What Strength E-liquid Should I Use?

The strength of vape e-liquid is not the same as the strength of your preferred cigarettes. When selecting the strength of your e-liquid it is important to consider:

  1. The device you are using, whether you are using a Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) device or a Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) device. Fore more information visit: What’s The Difference Between Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) and Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) Vaping?
  2. The type of nicotine concentrate you are using, whether you are using Freebase Nicotine or Nicotine Salts. For more information visit: What’s The Difference Between Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts?

Nicotine Strength for Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) Vaping

Using Freebase Nicotine With a Mouth-To-Lung Device

When using Freebase Nicotine e-liquid for Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) vaping, the typical range is from 6mg through to 18mg. Freebase nicotine is strong and has a noticeable throat hit, so higher levels (above 12mg) are less common than lower levels. Use the table below as a guide for choosing your strength.

Use the table below as a guide for choosing your nicotine strength when using Freebase Nicotine with a Moth-To-Lung (MTL) device.

weak 6mg or less
medium 6mg to 8mg
strong 8mg to 12mg (or as high as 18mg)

To assist in mixing your e-liquid, use the calculator shown at the bottom of this page.

For more information about Nicotine Salts, visit: What’s The Difference Between Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts?

For more information about mixing e-liquid, visit: How To Add Nicotine Concentrate To Your E-liquid

Using Nicotine Salts With Mouth-To-Lung Device

When using Nicotine Salt e-liquid for Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) vaping, the typical range is from 20mg through to 50mg. Nicotine Salt e-liquid is less noticeable (less harsh) on the throat and due to its molecular characteristics, it can be used at much higher concentration compared to Freebase Nicotine.

Use the table below as a guide for choosing your nicotine strength when using Nicotine Salts with a Moth-To-Lung (MTL) device.

weak 20mg
medium 20mg to 30mg
strong 30mg to 40mg

To assist in mixing your e-liquid, use the calculator shown at the bottom of this page.

For more information about Nicotine Salts, visit: What’s The Difference Between Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts?

For more information about mixing e-liquid, visit: How To Add Nicotine Concentrate To Your E-liquid

Nicotine Strength for Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) Vaping

Using Freebase Nicotine With a Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) Device

When using Freebase Nicotine e-liquid for Diect-To-Lung (DTL or DL) vaping, the typical e-liquid strength range varies from 2mg or 3mg through to 6mg and in some rare cases as high as 8mg. 

In general the general the strength of nicotine used for Direct-Lung (DL) vaping is lower than the strength used for Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) vaping. This is due to the fact that Direct Lung (DL) devices use a higher wattage, with maximum airflow and they deliver much more vapour than a MTL device. 

For more information on DL vaping, visit: What’s The Difference Between Mouth-To-Lung (MTL) and Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) Vaping?

Use the table below as a guide for choosing your nicotine strength when using Freebase Nicotine with a Direct-To-Lung (DTL) device.

weak 3mg or less
medium 3mg to 6mg
strong 6mg to 8mg

To assist in mixing your e-liquid, use the calculator shown at the bottom of this page.

For more information about Nicotine Salts, visit: What’s The Difference Between Freebase Nicotine and Nicotine Salts?

For more information about mixing e-liquid, visit: How To Add Nicotine Concentrate To Your E-liquid

Using Nicotine Salts With a Direct-To-Lung (DTL or DL) Device

It is not common for people to use Nicotine Salts when Direct-Lung vaping. However, recently there have been a number of e-liquid companies that are developing nicotine salt based e-liquids for Direct-Lung use. Typically people are using strengths similar to Freebase Nicotine e-liquids and in some cases slightly higher. However, if you are planning on using nicotine salts for DL vaping it is recommended to use the above Freebase Nicotine table as a guide. 

Nicotine Calculator

Use the calculator below to calculate how much of the nicotine concentrate needs to be added to your bottle of e-liquid to make your target strength (required strength). The first cell ‘Target Strength (mg/ml)’ is the strength you would like to make your e-liquid. The second cell ‘Nicotine Concentrate Strength (mg/ml)’ is the strength (concentration) of your nicotine concentrate. In most cases this will be 100(mg/ml). The third cell ‘Bottle Size (ml)’ is the size (or volume) of your bottle of e-liquid. 

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AddMilliliters to your bottle of e-liquid. Also, remember to remove this amount from your bottle of nicotine free e-liquid before adding this amount of nicotine concentrate to your bottle of e-liquid.