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Why Do Disposable Vapes Taste And Hit Better?

Published 29 March 2022, Updated 9 April 2024

Why Do Disposable Vapes Taste And Hit Better?

In the last two years, the disposable vape market has set its mark on the vaping industry and has taken off with some style. Disposable vape devices such as the Elf Bar and Puff Bar are very popular because of the way they taste and hit.

So why do some report that disposable vapes taste and hit better than the standard vape pens or e-liquid in a vape tank?

Why Do Disposable Vapes Taste Better?

The four main reasons that disposable vapes taste better than refillable vape kits are listed below.

  1. Disposable vapes contain nicotine salts, which lower the pH of the e-liquid, neutralising the alkali and resulting in a smoother taste with stronger flavours. This allows for a more enjoyable consumption of higher nicotine levels without the harshness typically associated with freebase nicotine in refillable pod kits.
  1. Disposable vapes contain pre-soaked cotton wicks that ensure optimal e-liquid saturation from the start, providing a consistent and flavourful vape experience from the first puff. They also prevent dry hits, which can occur when the wick is not adequately saturated, resulting in a harsh and unpleasant taste.
  1. Disposable vapes contain pre-steeped e-liquid, which has had time to mature and develop its full flavour profile. This maturation process enhances the overall taste and quality of the vape, making each puff more enjoyable.
  1. The coils in disposable vapes are pre-primed, meaning they are pre-saturated with e-liquid, ensuring optimal performance and flavour from the first use.

1. Disposable Vapes Contain Nic Salts

Nicotine salts make disposable vapes taste better as they lower the pH of the pre-filled e-liquid, neutralising the alkali and resulting in an incredibly smooth taste with stronger and smoother flavours. This is achieved by combining benzoic acid with nicotine during manufacturing.

The main benefit of nic salts in disposable vapes is that they allow for a more enjoyable consumption of higher nicotine levels without the harshness typically associated with freebase nicotine in refillable pod kits.

Refillable pod kits typically use freebase nicotine, which can be harsher on the throat, especially at higher concentrations. This frequently leads to a less enjoyable vaping experience, especially for those who prefer higher nicotine levels but dislike the strong throat hit of freebase nicotine.

2. Disposable Vapes Contain Pre-Soaked Cotton Wicks

Pre-soaked cotton wicks make disposable vapes taste better because they ensure optimal e-liquid saturation from the start, providing a consistent and flavourful vape experience from the first puff. Additionally, they prevent dry hits, which can occur when the wick is not adequately saturated, resulting in a harsh and unpleasant taste.

The difference between a pre-soaked cotton wick in disposable vapes and a non-soaked cotton wick in refillable vape kits is the readiness for use and flavour consistency. The cotton wick is pre-soaked with disposable vapes, meaning it's already saturated with e-liquid when you start vaping. This ensures a consistent and flavourful vape experience from the first puff and eliminates the risk of dry hits.

In contrast, the cotton wick is not pre-soaked in refillable vape kits. This means you need to manually saturate it with e-liquid before you start vaping and wait for the e-liquid to fully soak into the wick to avoid dry hits. This process usually takes about 15 minutes, and the flavour might not be as consistent, especially if the wick is not adequately saturated.

3. Disposable Vapes Contain Pre-Steeped E-Liquid

Pre-steeped e-liquid makes disposable vapes taste better because it has had time to mature and develop its full flavour profile. This maturation process enhances the overall taste and quality of the vape, making each puff more enjoyable.

Steeping is a process that involves allowing the e-liquid to rest for a period of time (ranging from days to months) to improve its flavour, similar to how wines and teas are steeped. During this process, the ingredients in the e-liquid blend together, and any volatile, harsh-tasting compounds have time to evaporate. This results in a smoother, more balanced flavour. The e-liquid is pre-steeped in disposable vapes, meaning this process has already taken place before you start vaping. This ensures that you get the best possible flavour from the first puff.

4. Disposable Vapes Coils Are Pre-Primed

Pre-primed coils make disposable vapes taste better because they are pre-saturated with e-liquid, ensuring optimal performance and flavour from the first use. The process of priming a coil usually involves manually saturating the wick with e-liquid to prevent dry hits and prolong the coil's lifespan. However, this step is already taken care of in disposable vapes, providing you with a hassle-free and consistently satisfying vaping experience.

Reasons For Better Hit with Disposables

All disposable vapes on the market today use nicotine salt e-liquid. Nicotine salts give you a smooth throat hit at higher nicotine concentrations such as 20mg and 10mg nicotine strength.

The nicotine salt in disposable vapes contains benzoic acid, which lowers the liquid's PH level, allowing the nicotine to enter the bloodstream much more quickly than regular vape juice, resulting in an instant nicotine hit to satisfy those cravings.

The disposable vapes on the market today use a coil resistance of around 1.2 ohms, which is the perfect resistance for smooth and better nicotine hit with nicotine salt e-liquids.

More about Disposable Vapes

We have given a few reasons why a disposable e-cig may taste and hit better. However, this can sometimes be subjective, and vapers may find that the suitable refillable device, with the ideal resistance and e-liquid, gives a better vape experience.

What's So Great About Disposable Vapes?

Disposable vapes are a great alternative to other tobacco or nicotine products, they provide you with an instant nicotine hit, they are easy to maintain, small, compact and are available in a wide range of e-liquid flavours.

The vape juice present in disposable vapes is nicotine salts, which provide you with a smooth throat hit at higher nicotine concentrations resulting in a better vaping experience. For more information on the health implications of disposables, check out our recent article on whether refillable vapes are safer than disposable vapes.

What Can Go Wrong With Disposable Vapes?

At some point, you may experience a burnt taste when you start vaping disposables. This can be due to chain vaping, resulting in burnt hits as the cotton wick is not completely saturated with e-liquid. If your vape begins to taste burnt, then leave for a few minutes to allow the vape juice to soak the dry cotton.

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