How to Determine Your Vape Juice's Best Nicotine Strength

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E-juice in the UK is starting to gain mass appeal. As it gets more popular, more and more beginners are trying out e-liquid. To truly enjoy their first e-juice experience, a beginner has to find the right nicotine strength. Should one use too much nicotine or too little, it will ruin the experience. To find the right amount of nicotine for yourself, you should consider your current nicotine usage. It doesn’t matter if it is through cigarettes, nicotine patches or other methods. Err on the side of less should you be unsure of what dosage to have.

How is the right amount of nicotine determined?

The two most important factors to consider when choosing a nicotine strength for your vape juice are the type of vape you are using (Mouth to Lung or Direct to Lung device) and how much nicotine you currently consume. 

Here’s a rough guide to help you figure out how much nicotine you should be using:

  1. 10 cigarettes a day = low nicotine strength
  2. 1 pack a day = medium nicotine strength
  3. 2 packs a day = high nicotine strength.

Vapour Output

Vapour output is an easy way to quantify nicotine per puff. Here are a few suggestions based on vapour production. Remember, you can always adjust your nicotine dosage. These are merely suggestions. Should you find a nicotine strength that works for you, feel free to ignore them.

Small Vapor Production

Small wispy clouds define small vapour production. These devices create smoke similar to a cigarette. More often than not, these devices are pod-systems and mouth-to-lung tanks with highly restricted airflow. Nicotine salts are the primary nicotine source for these devices, though you can use freebase e-juice should you wish.

  • Freebase nicotine: 9-18 mg/mL
  • Nicotine salts: 30-60 mg/mL

Medium Vapor Production

A fair-sized cloud is what you should expect for medium vapour production. Usually, the devices that produce this amount of vapour or smoke are sub-ohm devices and most vape mods. Devices under this category can include airy pod-systems, airy MTL tanks and certain sub-ohm tanks.

  • Freebase nicotine: 6-9 mg/mL
  • Nicotine salts: 20-30 mg/mL

Large Vapor Production

Gigantic clouds are what you should expect from this category. The devices that produce this large amount of vapour include the more powerful sub-ohm tanks, rebuildable dripping atomisers (RDAs) and rebuildable tank atomisers (RTAs) with a more open airflow. Do not use nicotine salt e-liquids because it may be dangerous to take in this much nicotine at one time.

  • Freebase nicotine: 1.5-6 mg/mL

Nicotine Measurements

Should you find an e-liquid in the UK that you enjoy, determining what nicotine strength is best for you can be complicated. Some manufacturers list nicotine content by milligram/millilitre (mg/mL), while others list percentage. Milligram/millilitre simply means that for every millilitre of e-liquid,  there is a certain amount of nicotine in milligrams. Percentages meanwhile show how much nicotine is contained in the vessel as a fraction of the total liquid. 


Though terminology and measurements may be a bit obscure in comparison to smoking a cigarette, e-juice is here to stay. Hopefully this article has informed you about nicotine measurements and has helped you find the right amount of nicotine for your enjoyment.

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