Shortfill E-Liquids

This article has been updated in our guide What Are Shortfill E Liquids?.

After a while, going through bottle after bottle of TPD-compliant 10ml e-liquids with nicotine becomes tiresome. A much more cost-effective way of using e-liquid is by moving onto shortfill e-liquids…it’s better for the environment too!

In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the wonderful world of shortfill e-liquids to help save you time and money!


What are shortfill e-liquids?

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has, since 20 May 2017, prohibited the sale of nicotine-containing e-liquid in containers over 10ml. When you purchase a 10ml bottle of e-liquid, it will come with the amount of nicotine you chose already added.

That’s all well and good, but it’s not exactly buying in bulk. A typical vaper will go through a 10ml bottle of e-liquid every few days and perhaps more with a modern sub-ohm tank…that’s a lot of bottles over the course of a year!

Now, we’re not saying 10ml e-liquids are bad; they suit some light vapers, but if you really want to stretch your money and be in more control over your nicotine strengths you should look into shortfill e-liquids.

Shortfill e-liquid is still the same high-quality vape juice you’d expect to find in 10mils but it comes without added nicotine. This means it can be sold in sizes of 60ml, 100ml and 120ml and remain TPD compliant.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you vape nicotine-free e-liquid if you buy a shortfill. The bottles are purposely filled with some to spare for you to add separate 18mg/ml nicotine shots to your desired strength hence the name ‘shortfill’.

This gives you much more control of your nicotine strength, and as long as the nicotine shots come in 10ml TPD-compliant bottles, everything is well within the law.


How many nic shots do you need to add to shortfill bottles?

This is a question we get a lot. The number of 18mg/ml nicotine shots that you will get will depend on your chosen nicotine strength. Here’s a table to illustrate:

3 or 6mg/ml of nicotine tend to be the most popular strengths for vapers and are most suited to modern sub-ohm tanks. For more information on nicotine strengths, see our Beginner’s Guide to Vaping.

Don’t worry about diluting the flavour of your e-liquid with the added nic-shots either; shortill e-liquid is supplied in a concentration to match the amount of nicotine to be added. The more nicotine shots to be added, the higher the concentration of the e-liquid.

Another benefit of shortfill e-liquids is that you can also get to choose between standard (freebase) nicotine or nicotine salts. See our post on Nicotine Salt vs Freebase to learn more about the differences between the two.


How to vape shortfill e-liquid

So, now you know what shortfill e-liquid is, what do you do when you get it?

Well, it’s easy!

  • Open the shortfill bottle
  • Remove the nozzle
  • Pour in the supplied nicotine shots
  • Pop the nozzle back into place
  • Close the lid and shake vigorously for 60 seconds

You can vape straight away, although some people prefer to let the e-liquid steep for 24-48 hours, especially for 6mg/ml strength, for the taste to become smoother and reduce any harshness caused by the nicotine. Letting the bottle steep with the top removed can help speed up this process.

Watch our quick video tutorial where we show you how to mix a nicotine shot into e-liquid. In this video, we will mix one 10ml 18mg/ml nicotine shot into a 50ml shortfill e-liquid to create a perfect 60ml of 3mg nicotine vape juice.

Get shaking and vaping today!

Shortfill e-liquids are a great step up from 10mils. Not only do they save you time and money and give you more control over your nicotine, but they’re also much better for the environment. So what are you waiting for? Get shaking and vaping today!

P.S. If you would like to try out an e-liquid flavour before buying a shortfill, pick up one of our tester bottles here.

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