The vaping sector has a track record of embracing innovative technology and applying it to next-generation nicotine delivery. Aquios Labs is looking to introduce an entirely new product category to the industry: water-based vaping.
Most traditional vaping devices and e-liquids contain no water at all, and in those that do, the water content is restricted to 3% or less. Until now, the low viscosity of water made it unsuitable for use in vaping devices at any meaningful level.
Aquios Labs is positioning itself as a technology company, rather than a consumer-facing brand, hoping to integrate water-based vaping into existing product portfolios. The first generation of its technology, dubbed “AQ30”, can support up to 30% water content, using a combination of specially formulated e-liquid and hardware design. The first commercially available water-based vaping devices will come to market at the end of April. Aquios says it is already developing the capability to support even higher levels of water content.
Water-based vapes perform differently from their traditional counterparts. The water content reduces dehydration and irritation, helps to deliver nicotine more efficiently, and produces a more natural flavor. In addition, the operating temperature of water-based vaping is much lower than traditional vaping, which greatly enhances the chemical stability of the vaping process.
Aquios Labs Founder Jack Sanders said: “We founded Aquios Labs because there’s still a long way to go in terms of improving the vaping experience. We believe that water-based vaping is the new frontier of nicotine delivery and AQ30 is already demonstrating this by drastically reducing the dehydrating effects of vapor while delivering clean flavors. We welcome new and existing vape brands to consider how this technology can be adopted as part of a growing product offering.”
Industry titans Innokin are already placing a significant bet on the future of water-based vapes, with plans to integrate Aquios Labs technology into a wide range of their entry-level devices. Consumers can expect to see Innokin devices with AQ30 technology debut in Q2 2022.
Innokin Co-Founder George Xia said: “Innokin has always believed that new technology has the power to eliminate the need for combustible tobacco. When we were introduced to Aquios, our product development team was immediately sold on the unique advantages of water-based vaping. We look forward to hearing feedback about our range of water-based devices when they launch this April.”