For vapers, finding the right nicotine level is absolutely essential for making sure the vaping experience is safe and enjoyable. Sometimes, however, the numbers on the side of the bottles or on manufacturers’ websites can be slightly confusing. What exactly does it mean if a vape juice has a 3mg nicotine level and 30ml syrup? Our handy guide will help you understand this important piece of information. Understanding nicotine strength and what level suits you best is one of the main hurdles to enjoying a great vaping experience.

First, we need to understand some basic terms and figures.

The amount of nicotine contained in an e-liquid is written as a number of milligrams. The higher the amount of nicotine in an e-juice, the stronger the vape and the "throat hit" it will bring. An e-liquid that contains 0mg of nicotine, as you might expect, has no nicotine in it at all. Other common nicotine levels available are 3mg, 6mg and 12mg. Nicotine levels of 18mg and 24mg are also available but are less common and are often used by those who were once heavy cigarette smokers. The nicotine level you select for your vape is determined by the throat hit you want to get, the taste you want to achieve and, if you used to smoke cigarettes, how many you had each day.

The nicotine levels available do vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Nicotine strengths of 3mg, 6mg and 12mg are considered the standard levels in the vaping industry.

Sometimes the nicotine strength can be expressed as a percentage, although this is becoming less common. This means a 0.3% nicotine strength e-juice has 3mg, while 0.6% refers to a 6mg strength and so on. To convert nicotine level from a percentage, simply multiply it by 10.

A liquid that contains 3mg nicotine has 3mg of nicotine per ml of liquid. This means that in a 20ml bottle, there are 20ml of liquid, with 3mg of nicotine in each ml. 3mg nicotine is a good choice for vapers who were once light smokers or who are in the process of reducing their nicotine intake.

If a vape juice has 30ml of syrup and a nicotine level of 3mg, it means there is 3mg of nicotine for every 1ml of liquid.

30ml x 3mg= 90mg.

This means that altogether, that 30ml of syrup contains 90mg of nicotine.


Some people who simply want to enjoy vaping without the addictive qualities of nicotine will want to choose a 0mg nicotine strength product. This is ideal for people who do not smoke but simply want to enjoy the range of unique and interesting vape flavors available, such as All Chocolate Cake Vape Juice, Raspberry Lemonade Refreshing Vape Juice or Dark Espresso Morning Latte Vape

If you are turning to vaping as a healthier lifestyle choice than cigarettes, you may want to base the nicotine strength on how many cigarettes you smoked each day. Those who smoked just a few each day will likely be happy with 3mg or 6mg nicotine levels, while those who smoked more heavily may wish to start with higher nicotine strengths, such as 12mg. Interestingly, the nicotine content of a cigarette can range from 8mg to 20mg, with the average standing at about 12mg.

Some vapers may want to start at a higher nicotine level and work their way down as a way of reducing nicotine intake.

Keep in mind that the device you use can impact the strength of the hit, and some nicotine levels may feel stronger in certain devices than in others. This depends on whether the device gives you low, medium or high vapor production. High-strength nicotine products tend to be more popular in low-vapor devices, while lighter nicotine strengths seem more compatible with high-vapor-producing devices.

It may take time and some trial and error to find the nicotine strength best suited to you, but making the effort to understand nicotine strength and finding your perfect one will lead to a happy and enjoyable vaping experience in the long run.