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From Pods to Mods

November 20, 2018 3 min read

From Pods to Mods

Why not just stick with pods?

So you moved from traditional nicotine products to pod systems. That’s awesome! Really, we couldn’t be happier for you. Although now you’re vaping something with a 50mg nicotine level. That is 3-6x as much nicotine as a traditional analog combustible product would deliver. While you may feel better and the taste is undoubtedly better, you’re also adding a lot of nicotine into your system that you have to acclimate to which will contribute to your need to have more. Most pod systems come in a 30mg or 50mg range, which varies from product to product. Jumping down to a 30mg from 50mg can be difficult on it’s own, which is where mods, tanks, and RDA’s come in.

Where do you start?

If you’re trying to reduce your nicotine intake and lower that constant urge to take in nicotine, the best chance you’ll have is to move to a regulated mod. While this is undoubtedly more difficult than the common pod system, it’s the best option for a smooth transition to lower nicotine levels, and can actually save you money. There are thousands of articles online that detail how to operate a mod, how to care for your tank and coils, and how to maintain a Rebuildable Drip Atomizer (RDA).

The first thing to do is to educate yourself on these products and decide which one you would like to use. Our strong recommendation is to get a basic mod that can reach at least 120 watts, and a simple tank that allows for replaceable coils to be used. This is the easiest option as maintenance is fairly simple, and you can even find mods with integrated batteries so all you need to do is recharge it like you would your phone.

That’s great, but how do I reduce my nicotine levels?

That is the beauty of having juice that is independent from the device you use to vape it. To make things a little clearer, the nicotine MG level is a measurement of milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of juice. That means 3mg of nicotine is 3 milligrams of nicotine for every 1 milliliter of juice, which also translates to a .3% nicotine level by volume. So your 50mg pod system is actually rocking a whopping 5% nicotine by volume. As a general rule, the higher the nicotine, the more it will burn your throat when you vape as well, so moving down to a lower nicotine level can certainly contribute to a smoother vape experience.

What this means for the person trying to reduce their nicotine intake is you can actually use math to adjust nicotine levels in your own juice. For example, if you have a 60ml 50mg nic salt juice, and you also get a 60ml 30mg nic salt juice (of the same flavor) you can use a separate 120ml to combine those two bottles and the result would be a 40mg nicotine level by volume. This would be a much smoother transition from a 50 to a 40, and would increase your chances of acclimating to the new nicotine level and contribute to the overall chance of success in your goal of reducing nicotine intake. These options aren’t available to pod users as the nicotine levels are already set and the pods are prefilled, not allowing for refills.

Alright, Mr. Know-It-All, what should I be aiming for?

That’s simple, aim for where you want to be. Move from that 50 to a 40, then to a 30, then mix an 18mg with a 30mg and hit that 24mg mark, down to an 18, 12, 6, 3, and possibly even end up at a 0mg. It’s entirely up to you, this article is meant to help you make a decision that may positively affect your life. Reducing your reliance on any substance can help you feel less enthralled by that substance and build confidence in your ability to control it, and also contribute to how much you enjoy it.

Reaching a goal of a 3mg nicotine could easily make the vape experience so much better, the reduced nicotine will certainly contribute to a better flavor, and smoother vape hit which I can’t imagine is ever a bad thing. It will also mean you may be able to go longer without having the urge to vape, making vaping more of a hobby than an imperative, reducing its overall control over your life. I’m not telling you how to vape, it’s your life and your decision. I’m just trying to provide a tool to make a more informed decision.


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