What Strength Nicotine e-Liquid Do I Need To Start With?

by Christina Jones on February 9, 2011

One huge and confusing question for new VapeGeeks is – what strength of nicotine liquid do I need to order at first?  Most e-liquid suppliers offer nicotine liquid in several strengths – something like this:  very high (usually around 36 mg/ml), high (around 24 mg/ml), medium (around 18 mg/ml), low (8 mg/ml) and no nicotine (0 mg/ml).

When I smoked, I was a 1-1.5 pack a day smoker.  Pretty heavy.  I chose the 24 mg/ml strength liquid to start with.  Wow.  That was way more nicotine than I was accustomed to.  Instant buzz.  Luckily, I had some 18 mg liquid that my friend had given me to try – that was perfect.  I have since moved on down to about 5 mg/ml liquid, but that’s another story for another day.

So, another of my girlfriends and I were talking today, and she had heard this:

  • If you are a 3 pack a day smoker, go with the 36 mg/ml e-liquid.
  • 2 packs a day, go with the 24.
  • 1 pack a day, go with the 18.
  • Less than a pack a day (if you are a social smoker), try the 8 mg/ml.

This sounds like a perfect place to start to me.