Shortfill or 10ml? Which one is best for you?

If you are new to vaping or a regular vaper with a small powered device, you will be familar with 10ml eliquid. These are the small bottles with nicotine already added and come in strength variations of 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg. There are a lot of flavours of 10ml out there, some good, some bad, and some very expensive!

So what’s the difference between shortfill and 10ml?

10mls explained

When you start vaping, you will more than likely start with 10mls. These are easy to find and easy to use bottles. All you need to do is pour the 10ml into your tank (the part of your ecig that holds liquid) and start vaping. Usually these bottles will last you a couple of days with low-powered starter-devices but can easy be used up within a day with high-powered devices. There are a lot of 10mls on the market and getting a good quality flavour is essential along with finding the best price! Vapoholic produces a range of tried and tested flavours for only £1 a bottle.


Easy to use and available in high strengths of nicotine such as 16mg/18mg
Suited for new vapers and low-powered starter-ecigs
Only £1 per bottle exclusively from Vapoholic


10ml is not a lot of eliquid, especially for higher powered devices
Might need to carry around a couple of bottles at a time.

Shortfills explained

Once you have been vaping for a while, you will start getting through 10mls quite quickly. Shortfills are the saving grace to save money and have a larger variety of flavours to choose from! Shortfills have been given their name because they are ‘short filled’. This is to leave room for nicotine shots to add your own nicotine. Due to EU regulations, we cannot produce eliquid with nicotine already added in anything larger than over 10ml. This is why you have to add your own nicotine yourself that we send you with your shortfill bottles.


Very economical as you can order more eliquid in one bottle.
50/50 or 70/30 ratio so you can use them in all devices
Better flavour profiles when using a higher powered device


Shortfill eliquid is usually only available in 3mg or 6mg
Larger bottle sizes are more cumbersome to carry around

50VG/50PG or 70VG/30PG?

Most 10mls will be in a mix of 50% VG (Vegetable Glyerin) / 50% PG (Propylene Glycol). This is a thin consistency which is suited for low-powered pen-like devices. The thinness allows the eliquid to vapourise without clogging up your coils.

70VG/30PG eliquids are thicker and allows you to vape it at a much higher wattage. The higher wattage and increase in vapour gives you a much better flavour profile experience, however, you need to have a more powerful ecig to be able to heat the eliquid up enough.

So if you have a pen-like device like an Aspire PockeX or an Innokin Endura, you will need to use the 50/50 eliquids for the best performance. If you ecig is more powerful than those, you can use both 70/30 and 50/50 eliquids. Please keep in mind that 50/50 eliquids at a high wattage will vapourise very quickly and you will need to ensure that your tank is always full to avoid burning your coils.