Can I put normal standard nicotine vape liquid in my POD Device?

Can I put normal standard nicotine vape liquid in my POD Device?

We get a lot of questions as to if you can use normal non-salt e-liquid in pod devices, so in this blog, we are going to cover they a few aspects around pod devices when it comes to e juice.

Nicotine Type

First of all the rumour that you have to only use nicotine salts in Pod devices is a myth, you can use any nicotine you like the only difference being nicotine salts can be vape at a higher smoother level in comparison to freebase nicotine. You can find more about freebase nicotine vs salt nicotine in our other blog here

Base Ratio

This is the most important factor when it comes to being able to put non-nicotine salts in a pod device. Most refillable Pod devices are designed for 50VG/50PG however this does not mean you cannot add in different juices. Below is a list of different base ratios and how it will affect most pod devices that are on the market today.

100% VG – 100% VG means that the whole bottle of vape juice is sourced from Vegetable Glycerine from flavours to nicotine. Although 100% is very rare to find nowadays its most commonly found in organic vape juice. These are not suitable for pod devices at all as the liquid is far to thick for it to process through the tiny coil in the pod device, the result being the coil burning out within the matter of the first few puffs.


Max VG - Max Vg generally refers to the e juice having the maximum amount of vegetable Glycerine before the Nicotine and Flavoring are added (generally these are PG based) leaving you with a juice somewhere around 90% to 80% Vegetable Glycerin. Again as similar to 100% VG this juice is to thick and will not absorb into the coils of your pod device.

70VG/30PG – this one is kind of self-explanatory. This juice has 70% Vegetable Glycerine and 30% Propylene Glycol, the 30% Propylene Glycol is comprised of the flavouring, nicotine and then added Propylene Glycol to reach the percentage amount. Propylene Glycol has almost the same viscosity as water, which in return thins down the liquid making it easier to pass through the cotton in the coil. Now for pod devices, you can use e liquids containing this mixture. However, it would pay to sample it on your vape pod device first or read the manufacturers instructions. Most will say suitable for 50/50 e liquids however they are also saying at the same time they are not ruling out higher mix ratios be used in the device.

So, if you dare to indulge to experiment with your non-salt vape liquids then you can find a range of them here at Mist NZ. We also have a small range of salt devices.
Find out more about Mist NZ Base ratio and E Liquids Here

  • Apr 29, 2020
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Scott Byrnes January 13, 2022

It seems you are stating that 100% of flavorings are in a PG or VG carrier. Unfortunately, you have missed the mark and left out a vast swath of assorted eLquid. Now to some extent the flavoring I will share about is used in organic or partially organic eLiquid. This is the flavoring created naturally and often is an organic flavoring used in high quality prepared foods. Alchohol!!! Alcohol derived from grape, grain and sugar that is pure, such as Everclear and others made more specifically for food and beverage is 95% or 190 proof. This concentration is powerful enough to extract flavor from virtually anything. When used in food and beverage the majority of alcohol evaporates during the production process, however, we don’t cook or boil our eLiquid. However, we can boil the flavoring or at the least allow for “off-gassing” of the alcohol in the flavoring which leaves a very strong flavoring in a water base that still contains a small amount of alcohol. When this type of flavoring is utilized, not unlike the use of a small % of distilled in organic VG eLiquid when viscosity is desired to be thinner-so that type of organic VG “only” eJuice may also work in pod systems. A unique quality of alcohol is that it is lighter and thinner than water, this is in your favor when wanting to use a high VG eLiquid. I have made my juice for about a decade now. I use 10% alcohol extracted flavoring, 10% PG and 80% VG, since water and carriers other than VG and PG are rarely, if ever counted in the PG/VG breakdown, that majes the PG is technically 12.5% of the PG/VG solution, with the VG being 88.5%. This ration has worked fine in no less than 15 different pod devices.

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