Once you have made the decision to transition from smoking to vaping, and have chosen the device you want to use, then the next step is to find the right nicotine strength for you.

When it comes to vape pods, the strengths available are currently slightly more limited than with freebase E-Liquids and tend to favour vapers who want a higher-strength vape experience.

Here at nzo Vape, we offer vape pods in 0mg (nicotine-free), 10mg, 18mg and 20mg strengths.

Why It’s Important to Choose the Right Strength

There are a few reasons why it is important to choose the right strength of E-Liquid for your vape.

Keeping Cravings at Bay

If your E-Liquid is too weak for you, then it may not do a sufficient job of keeping your cravings at bay. E-Liquid that contains nicotine is used to help sate nicotine cravings and allow you to live a smoke-free life.

If there isn’t enough nicotine in your chosen E-Liquid, then you may begin to experience intense cravings for a cigarette, and it could cause you to cave and break your no-smoking streak.

Making You Feel Ill

The other end of the E-Liquid strength spectrum is feeling ill due to having used too high a strength. If your E-Liquid has too much nicotine for you, then you may experience headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Luckily, it should pass after a couple of hours, but it is still something that is best avoided!

How to Choose the Right Strength E-Liquid Pod

When we talk about the strength of E-Liquid, it is usually recommended to base your chosen strength on the number of cigarettes you smoke.

As you become less dependent on cigarettes and more confident with vaping, you can begin to decrease your nicotine intake. Many vapers even go on to quit nicotine completely!

To give you an idea, we will use the strengths available for nzo pods as an example:

0mg E-Liquid Pods

0mg E-Liquid contains no nicotine; it will offer you great flavour, as well as replicate the physical experience of smoking. These 0mg pods are good for vapers who are trying to reduce their nicotine intake and for social smokers who want to replicate the act of smoking, without the intake of nicotine.

10mg E-Liquid Pods

These pods are perfect for the average smoker - those who would normally smoke around 5-10 cigarettes a day.

18mg E-Liquid Pods

18mg E-Liquids are ideal for those who smoke between 15-20 cigarettes each day.

20mg E-Liquid Pods

20mg is the highest strength of E-Liquid that can be sold in the UK. These pods will be best for those who smoke a pack or more of cigarettes each day.

Why Use Vape Pods?

Vape pods have a few advantages over freebase E-Liquid, especially for those who want to vape at higher strengths.

Nicotine Salts

One of the main benefits of vape pods is that many use nicotine salts instead of freebase E-Liquid. Nicotine salt is a form of nicotine that makes using higher strengths of nicotine more pleasant.

This is due to:

Smoother Throat Hit

At higher strengths, freebase E-Liquid can be quite harsh and can have a throat hit that some find too strong. Nic salts have a smoother throat hit, allowing you to vape higher strength E-Liquids more comfortably.

Better Absorption

Another advantage of nic salts is that they are better absorbed into the body. This means that your nicotine cravings will be sated far quicker than if you were to vape with a different form of E-Liquid.

This is good news for those who are heavy smokers. Due to restrictions on selling E-Liquid in the UK, the maximum strength for nicotine is 20mg. Because nic salts are better absorbed by the body, the actual nicotine hit you experience is greater than you would get from a comparable strength freebase vape juice.

When a Pod Vape Isn’t Right for You

Vaping is a very personal experience, and the best way of vaping for you will depend on your preferences, lifestyle and smoking history.

While pod vapes are a great choice for beginners due to their ease of use, they may not always be right for you.

For example, if you are a light smoker, who is smoking around five cigarettes a day, then 0mg is too little, but 10mg may be too much. While there are continual developments in the production of E-Liquid pods, currently, low-strength vape pods are less common. Instead, you may be better off with a vape pen device and a lower strength freebase E-Liquid - around 3mg to 6mg.

If you love the flavour experience of nzo pods but find them a bit too strong for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve launched our best-selling flavours as 10ml bottle versions! These nzo Vape 10ml E-Liquids are available in 6mg strengths (as well as 12mg and 18mg), allowing you to vape at a better strength for your needs!

If you’d like more advice on finding the right nicotine strength for your vape pod, then please feel free to get in touch with us! Having personally experienced the challenges of stopping smoking, we are aware of the questions and concerns you may have and are happy to help!