E cigarettes, the popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes are sold with your choice of nicotine level contained within in the cartridge – the part that holds the e liquid. If you’re an intermediate or seasoned vapor and you buy e liquids for a vaporizer or eGo style e cigarette, you probably already know that you can choose your nicotine level; but not everyone realizes that nicotine almost always gives you a stronger vaping experience and it can alter the flavor.
How High is High?
Some nicotine e liquid levels (like those from Mister Smoke) are sold as high as 36mg, similar to a filterless cigarette, but most vapers find that no matter what flavor you choose, that level and those above 36mg can make for a harsh throat hit. Heavy smokers who crave a heavy throat hit, will enjoy that kind of vape.
On the lower end of nicotine levels, if you choose 0.6% nicotine, 0.3% 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.
Do Nicotine Levels 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 have learned that the nicotine level does have an affect not only on the 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.
Where To Begin When Choosing Your E-Cigarette Nicotine Level
First, get familiar with how e-cigarettes describe and compare nicotine levels. We see these guidelines on most e-cig websites:
Very Strong (36mg) – 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.