Nicotine Salts and Pod-Based Systems

Nicotine Salts and Pod-Based Systems

Have you seen the Juul? Heard of nicotine salts and don’t know what they are?

The Rising Popularity of Nicotine Salts

Guest post and Feature image from Andy Capaldi

What Are They and Why Are They so Popular?

Vaping has become a rapidly-growing trend and businesses are jumping on board to innovate the strong competition. In the beginning of the decade, e-cigarettes started to hit the market to target those who are looking to quit cigarettes using a safer, newer method.

After more products hit the market, companies started to create box mods, that have increased output over smaller, cheaper e-cigs. More output on box mods create stronger hits that allow users to get the feeling of nicotine quicker.

A lot of beginners tend to avoid box mods as they are large and heavy, making it difficult to carry around and especially to use in public.

The Rise of Nicotine Salts

Soon after the popularity of vaping grew rapidly, more recently, vape e-liquids increased in nicotine strength. Sometime in 2015, Pax Labs, the manufacturers of the popular dry herb vaporizers, sent their e-cigarette to the market called Juul.

The Juul uses a pod-system that users can switch out for changing flavors at any time, and purchase more packs of flavors when empty. What makes the Juul so different from other e-cigarette products is the nicotine that is used in the juice of the pods.

Liquid salts are derived from the nicotine found in tobacco leaves. Compared to common free-based liquids, it isn’t just nicotine. Salts contain other organic components from tobacco that provide a stronger nicotine level, which is perfect for those trying to quit smoking.

Juul also has a Savings Calculator so you can see how much money you’ll save when you switch from smoking to “Juul-ing”.

Pax Vapor’s target customer is those who are trying to quit cigarettes, and the nicotine salts provide more satisfaction than free-based liquids.

nicotine salts graph

Juul has become widespread to more than those trying to quit; its hassle-free, low-profile, and user-friendly design caused vapers of all demographics to switch to the new system.

Pax Labs did not invent nicotine salt liquid, however it popularized the new method of creating e-juice. Since Juul’s popularity, more companies have joined the bandwagon to create liquid nicotine salts. This has created more flavors than before, and more importantly, more devices to choose from.

The strength of nicotine salts is incomparable to previous e-liquid strengths. Nicotine salt liquids are not designed for sub-ohm (high-strength box mod) use, as they are so high in strength.

Pod-system devices are best to use, as they are low in power-output. Having higher nicotine strength and lower device strength is growing in popularity over higher strength devices.

This is great for beginners who will benefit from the ease-of-use and portability. The vapor-production is extremely less than high-output devices, which is great for use in public.

The Rise of Pod-based Vapes

Similarly to the influence on salt-based nicotine, Juul’s rising trend has caused many existing companies to compete with the new pod system. New companies were also formed as more and more vapers were switching from box mods.

The competition starts with Juul’s biggest disadvantage: prefilled pods. The disadvantage to the prefilled pods are its limit to nicotine strength and flavors. Juul only has eight flavors, with three being limited edition.

Also, being restricted to using only Juul’s pods comes with a cost. However, companies such as Eonsmoke provide pods that are compatible for the Juul, at a lower price. With other pod mods, some use an open-pod system which allows for refilling when needed.

The value to these products are that you can choose from a number of flavors, including many from your preferred e-juice company. Once the pod is empty, it can be refilled a number of times before it needs to be replaced.

The only downside to open-pod systems is a minor decrease in ease-of-use. Refilling a pod requires a bottle of e-liquid which isn’t as easy on-the-go. This is why many users will fill the pods they need and take them for the day.


If you want a product that is simple to use, discreet, and will get you going quickly, then nic salt and pod systems are the way to go.

If you want to flavor chase and blow thick plumes of vapor without a care, these products may not fill your needs.

At the end of the day, choose whichever product provides the best alternative to smoking for YOU.

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