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A Guide To Nicotine Shots

Published November 26th 2020
A Guide to Nicotine Shots

Mixing your own e-juice doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own nicotine-based juices, you’ve come to the right place Learn more about IndeJuice products . In this guide, we’ll tell you about nicotine shots and how to use them.


Life Under the TPD


In 2017, the TPD (Tobacco Product Directive) implemented a set of regulations to inform and ensure the safety of nicotine users. These regulations stipulated that nicotine-containing e-juices could not be sold in bottles bigger than 10ml, and that nicotine content could not exceed 20mg per milliliter. Additionally, tanks can have a maximum capacity of just 2ml.


What are Shortfills?


A shortfill is an e-juice bottle with a 20-100ml capacity. These bottles contain nicotine-free liquids, with enough headspace to allow for the addition of nic shots.


What Are Nicotine Shots?


Nicotine shots, otherwise known as nic shots or nicotine boosters, typically come in 10ml bottles. They’re mixed with VG (vegetable glycerin) or PG (propylene glycol) to form flavorless substances that can be mixed into e-juices without nicotine. Adding a nic shot to your favorite e-juice will yield varying nicotine strengths; the most common include 3, 6, 9, 15, and 18mg.


Who Can Use Nicotine Shots?


Our nic shots are ideal for mature vapers who want to add pure nicotine to their shortfill e-juices. One of the biggest benefits of our shots is that they’re flavorless, which means they can be added to any e-liquid you choose. We carry a range of e-juices and nic shots, so come and browse our wide selection today.


Why Nic Shots Are Great for Today’s Vapers


The TPD and its 10ml limit have made life harder for vapers. Larger e-juice bottles are typically more convenient, as most users don’t like lugging around multiple bottles of one flavor. Nic shots work around the limit without violating the letter of the TPD law. Our nic shots are cost effective, they don’t use as much plastic, and they’re a great option for sub ohm vapers.


Adding Nicotine Shots to E-Juices


By now, you may be wondering how many shots it would take to mix an e-juice in your preferred strength. Thankfully, it’s easy to figure out once you’ve determined the size of the shortfill.

  • For a 25ml shortfill, add 5ml of an 18mg shot to create a 3mg e-juice.
  • For 100ml shortfills, mix in two 10ml, 18mg shots.
  • For a 500ml shortfill, add one 10ml, 18mg shot.


Here at Indejuice, you can count on us to provide nic shot recommendations and buying advice.


Mixing Shortfills and Nic Shots the Right Way


Here’s how to create the perfect e-juice with nicotine.

  1. Ensure that you’re adding the nic shot to the right e-liquid.
  2. Remove the cap and the nib from the bottle.
  3. Repeat that step with the nicotine shot bottle.
  4. Gently squeeze the nicotine shot into the e-juice, taking care to avoid spillage.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  6. Put the lid back on the e-juice bottle and shake it vigorously.


It’s that easy to create nicotine-based e-liquids with the right strength and flavor for your needs.


Nicotine Salts: What Are They?


Nicotine salts, also known as nicsalts or nic salts, are another form of nicotine that is derived from tobacco leaves. During the extraction process, nicotine salts are converted to freebase nicotine, which is the type we’re all familiar with. To get nicotine salts, manufacturers add a certain acid to the freebase form of nicotine.


Nicotine salt’s properties depend on the acid used in the conversion process. Generally, nicotine salts are lower in pH than freebase nicotine, and reduced alkalinity allows users to vape stronger e-juices without harshness. Nicotine salts are absorbed quicker, giving the user a hit comparable to that of a traditional cigarette.


Nic Shots or Nicotine Salt Shots?


The answer to this question depends on the user’s preferences and vaping style. Some vapers like the throat hit, while others want a smooth experience. Some like strong e-juices, and others like more diluted liquids. Below, we’ll guide you through the characteristics and features of freebase and nicotine salt shots.


A nic salt shot may be better if:

  • You’re quitting cigarettes and need a strong nicotine hit
  • You’re using a pod or MTL device instead of a sub ohm tank


A conventional nic shot is good for those who:

  • Vape just for the fun of it
  • Have managed to lower their nicotine consumption
  • Prefer sub ohm tanks and high-powered devices


As always, our experts can help you choose the right type of nicotine shot for your needs and your lifestyle.


Are Nic Shots Safe?


Vaping safety has been a controversial topic among advocates, government entities, and physicians. Though nicotine salt shots and freebase nicotine are comparably safe, there’s one important thing to remember: salts aren’t as easy to blend into e-juice, so benzoic acid is used.


Numerous toxicology reports have found no risk associated with the inhalation of benzoic acid, but more research is needed. Whether your nic shot is freebase or salt, it’s been found that vaping is much less risky than smoking. Count on the team at Indejuice to help you find the safest, cleanest way to enjoy your e-juices and nic shots.


Choosing the Right Nicotine Level


As with other aspects of vaping, the level of nicotine you use will depend on your preferences and how much you smoked in the past. Everyone is different, and each user will prefer a different amount of nicotine. As a rule:

  • 0mg/ml is best for those who did not smoke and those who want to eliminate nicotine completely.
  • 3mg/ml is good for previous light smokers and those who want to cut back on nicotine usage.
  • 6mg/ml is suggested for moderate smokers and those who want to step down gradually.
  • 12mg/ml and above is appropriate for heavy smokers and users who want to maintain high nicotine usage.


Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or you simply like the flavor and enjoyment of vaping, we can help you find the perfect e-juice. Visit us online today!

Written by Steven

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