If you’re using a vape device you may be looking at mixing your own concentrated nicotine liquid into your ejuice.
This simple nicotine calculator below with help with that process.
Use our nicotine calculator above to find out how much nicotine base you will need to add to your 0mg ejuice. All you have to do is enter:
- The the size of your bottle of flavoured ejuice that you’d like to add the nicotine to
- The strength you’d like to achieve eg: 3mg, 6mg, 9mg
- The strength of your nicotine base eg: 100mg/ml
Once you’ve entered these specifics, the nicotine mixing calculator will tell you how much nicotine base to add to your ejuice.
This calculator is suitable for measuring both Freebase and Salt Nicotine
These different nicotine products are calculated in exactly the same way.
Generally speaking, with the two, there’s very little difference other than the ‘Throat Hit’, which is less harsh when using Nic Salts compared to the same strength of Freebase Nicotine. A salt therefore can be used at a higher concentration of nicotine to deliver the nicotine to your system at a faster rate without the harshness “hit” on the throat. Some find this a suitable method for giving up the cigarettes. Whereas others find the throat hit of the freebase a better fit for them. There’s no right or wrong, it’s just personal preference.
The most important thing to know about nicotine is that it’s extremely toxic and must be treated with respect! Concentrated nicotine is extremely poisonous and must be diluted to safe levels using PG and/or VG before vaping.
Nicotine should also be of pharmaceutical grade quality and purchased from a reliable source.
Always make sure when handling nicotine that you wear gloves and a protective face mask. Nicotine can be fatal if it comes into direct contact with the skin.
Your nicotine will come in a base of either PG or VG or a combination of the two. We recommend a base of 100% PG as it will last longer in this base.
Concentrated nicotine to be diluted down into ejuice will typically come in a strength such as a 52mg/ml, 72mg/ml, or 100mg/ml. You will find this written on the bottle.
Nicotine will always be expressed in terms of the milligrams of nicotine per milliliter or mg/ml for short.
To get the most enjoyment out of your vape, it is important to choose the right nicotine level. To select the right level, you should ask yourself two questions:
What type of cigarette do you smoke, ie. light, mid, strong?
What type of device are you using ie. low powered or high powered?
Equating tobacco nicotine levels to e-liquid nicotine levels is not a case of looking at the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. It is more about the kind/strength of cigarettes that you smoke.
Cigarettes do not contain an exact level of nicotine, and nicotine levels are not listed on cigarette packaging. However, their levels are generally indicated by colour. So for example the Winfield brand uses this system:
Light blue – approx 6mg
Gold – approx 8 – 10mg
Dark Blue – appox 12mg
Red – approx 16mg
What Nicotine Strength Should I Choose:
We suggest when transitioning from cigarettes to vaping, to keep it same for same as much as you can. This is becuase you want your vape to be satisfying, so you will stick with it. If you aren’t receiving the correct amount of nicotine into your blood system, you’ll start craving and looking for that old cigarette. You don’t want to be left with the feeling that your vape just didn’t ‘do it for you’.
We have a lot of customers say, ‘the point of vaping for me is to move my nicotine down, so shouldn’t I start lower?’ We don’t see a lot of success with this line of action. By all means move your nicotine down, but allow your vaping transition to be successful and satisfying first.
For reference, imported premixed e-juice usually ranges from 3mg (0.3%) to 12mg (1.2%) for Freebase nicotine. And 20mg (2%) – 50mg(5%) for Nicotine Salts.
We’ve set up a guide below. It provides a point of reference of where to start. Of course it all comes down to personal preference and what works for the individual to keep them off the cigarettes.
Freebase: 9mg, 12mg (0.9% or 1.2%) or maybe even higher if you have a low powered device like a pod system.
Nicotine Salts: 30mg – 50mg which should only be used at this strength in a low powered device. Personally we at AVS, we don’t like recommending a salt over 36mg as it is a lot of nicotine.
Freebase: 6mg – 10mg
Nicotine Salt: 30mg
Nicotine Salt: 3mg – 20mg
Keep in mind higher strength ejuices are often used for lower wattage devices. You wouldn’t want 9mg of nicotine in a subohm tank.
Does My Device Type Matter?
Yes. Device type matters because different vape devices have different power levels, produce different amounts of vapour, and deliver vapour differently.
For instance, there are two main categories of vapes: mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DTL). Vapers tend to use different strengths for each as DTL vapes are much more potent in their delivery.
For people using lower powered devices such as pod systems or vape pens or even box mods meant for mtl, it’s easier to choose a nicotine strength because you can more closely match it to your tobacco usage. For example if you were smoking a Winfield Red you may like to make your eliquid a 12 – 16mg strength to mimic that same throat and body feel.
However, people using more powerful devices like the box mods or Subohm tanks have a slightly harder time. This is because these devices are able to deliver higher amounts of nicotine to the bloodstream than lower-power devices.
For example, if you used a 12mg/mL e-liquid in both a basic vape pen and a powerful box mod, the subohm tank is likely to send more nicotine to the blood. This is because the higher power levels used to power the subohm vape use more vape juice in a single sitting, subsequently delivering more vapour and nicotine.
If you’re using a more powerful device, then we recommend halving what you might use in a Mouth to Lung device.
Knowing what nicotine strength to choose is really down to personal preference and what you’re hoping to get out of vaping. There’s a bit of trial and error.