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Freebase Nicotine 

Freebase' nicotine is the traditional form of extracted nicotine and has been used by tobacco companies since the 60s. Freebase nicotine provides a noticeable 'throat-hit' & carries the flavour of your e-liquid well.

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What can we say about Zeus Juice other than it’s been our best selling e-liquid range since the day it hit our shelves.

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Zeus Juice has been our best selling e-liquid brand ever. Here we have their Tobacco Blend range which features authentic tobacco flavours

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The Vampire Vape 10ml e-liquid brand is one of the most famous in the UK with flavours like Heisenburg & Pinkman which put them on the map.

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Add a cool hit to any flavour with these ice nicotine shot from NicNic. Available in 18mg, 70/30 VG/PG mix in a 10ml bottle.

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10ml Zeus Juice Nicotine Shot (18mg) - 70%VG/30%PG Blend by Zeus Juice. Perfect for any shortfill e-liquid.

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Aramax is a staple 10ml e-liquid range that has been a customer favourite at Oxford Vapours for a number of years with a wide range of flavours.

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Red Astaire 10ml E-Liquid by T-Juice is a blend of Berries, Menthol & Aniseed, that will stay dancing on your tongue long after exhalation.

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These compliant nicotine shots from Top Shot are suitable for adding to Shortfill E-Liquids. Adding one to a 50ml or two to a 100ml will make 3mg.

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Freebase Nicotine

Freebase nicotine is the traditional form of extracted nicotine and has been used by tobacco companies since the 1960s. Freebase nicotine provides a noticeable 'throat hit' and carries the flavour of your e-liquid well. 

First used in cigarettes, freebase nicotine has been the preferred type of nicotine for decades. Nicotine exists in the tobacco plant in its original form as nicotine salt. To make it easier for our bodies to absorb, tobacco manufacturers started adding ammonia, a base, to deprotonate this form of nicotine. As a result, freebase nicotine can pass through membranes in our bodies more easily, allowing the absorption and nicotine hit that many smokers and vapers enjoy. 

As the dominant form of nicotine for decades, it's no surprise that early vape juice also used freebase and continues to do so to this day. However, in recent years, a new form of nicotine has burst onto the scene...   

Freebase nicotine vs nicotine salts

Nicotine salts, also known as nic salts, salt nic, or nicotine salt e-liquids, are a new type of vape juice that contains a different form of nicotine to freebase. Unlike freebase nicotine, it has not been mixed with ammonia to deprotonate it. Instead, the original form of nicotine from the tobacco plant is mixed with benzoic or citric acid to create nic salt e-liquid. Benzoic acid, often used as a preservative in food, reduces the alkalinity of the nicotine and allows it to be vaped at lower temperatures with a smoother throat hit. 

Nicotine salts have a range of benefits over freebase vape juice. They are absorbed rapidly into the body, providing a more rapid nicotine hit than freebase. This makes them perfect for former smokers who need a quick fix, helping them reduce nicotine levels because of the quickly satisfying hits. They are also perfect for vaping using low-powered setups such as pod kits because they can be vapourised at low temperatures. 

However, if you enjoy a stronger throat hit from your nicotine, or want to use high VG juice for bigger cloud production, freebase nicotine may be the better option for you. These provide more variety in VG and PG levels and are more suited to sub-ohm vaping. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy bottles of e-liquid with freebase nicotine in bigger bottles than 10ml?

No, in the UK and EU it's not possible to buy freebase nicotine e-liquids in volumes of more than 10ml. This is due to regulations set by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Since May 2017, TPD regulations have made it illegal to sell e-liquids containing nicotine in quantities larger than 10ml at a time. This is why both nicotine salts and freebase nicotine vape juices are only sold in 10ml bottles in the UK.

If you want to buy larger quantities of vape juice at a time, we recommend opting for shortfills. Shortfills are larger bottles of nicotine-free e-liquid that come in 50ml, 100ml, and sometimes even 200ml sizes. Because these contain 0mg of nicotine, vapers who enjoy a nicotine hit can mix a nicotine shot into the bottle to achieve their desired nicotine strength before vaping. Nicotine shots are sold in separate 10ml bottles, complying with TPD regulations.

Does Oxford Vapours stock the same freebase e-liquids as shortfills?

If you want to buy larger quantities of e-liquid, many of our 10ml freebase nicotine e-liquids are also available as nicotine-free shortfills. For example, one of our favourite e-liquids, Vampire Vape's Heisenberg, is available as a 10ml freebase e-liquid or in a 50ml shortfill bottle to be mixed with a nicotine shot. This gives you more freedom to choose the type of e-liquid that is perfect for you. 

What nicotine strength should I be vaping?

It can take a little trial and error to find the ideal nicotine strength for your vape, especially when you first make the transition to vapes. As a general rule of thumb, here are how many milligrams of nicotine you should be vaping based on how much you're used to smoking. 

We have previously written a blog on our recommended nicotine levels for different types of vapers, check it out here. 

Nicotine affects everyone differently so we recommend taking some time to figure out what amount is best for you. It's always better to choose an e-liquid with a lower percentage than you think you need than to go for something with higher nicotine levels and risking becoming unwell. 

Also keep in mind that freebase nicotine is absorbed more slowly than nic salts, meaning that if you switch from nicotine salts to freebase you may have to wait longer to get the same hit. 

How long is the shelf life of freebase nicotine e-juice?

Most e-liquids have a shelf life of around 2 years if stored correctly in dark and cool conditions. Nicotine salts tend to last slightly longer than freebase nicotine because of their chemical nature as a salt rather than a base. Keep in mind that some flavours of e-liquid tend to degrade faster than others - for example a fruity or floral flavour will probably degrade at a faster rate than a more complex flavour. 

Do freebase nicotine e-juices or nic salts have better flavours?

Many vapers argue that freebase nicotine can carry complex flavours better than nic salts. Often, it comes down to personal preference - why not try both for yourself to find out? 

What are VG and PG?

VG and PG are two of the main ingredients in a freebase e-liquid, alongside the nicotine and the flavourings that give the juice its delicious taste. VG or Vegetable Glycerine is a thick, slightly sweet substance that helps provide the satisfying clouds of vapour that many people love from their vapes. PG or Propylene Glycol is a thinner flavourless substance that carries the flavour of the vape liquid. Both are completely safe to vape - they're often also used as ingredients in foods and cosmetics. 

What flavour freebase nicotine e-liquid should I choose?

The choice is entirely up to you - with a huge variety of different flavours available at Oxford Vapours the possibilities are endless. For fans of classic flavours such as menthol and tobacco, try the Vampire Vape Ice Menthol, Doozy Vape Menthol, or the Zeus Juice Menthol Tobacco or Vanilla Tobacco flavours. If you prefer fruity flavours check out the Doozy Vape Strawberry or Mixed Berries, or for classic dessert flavour vapes try Vampire Vape's Banoffee Pie or Strawberry Milkshake. It's up to you!