Guide to shortfill e-liquid - what is it and how to use it

There is a truckload of problems for a novice vaper first stepping into the world of vaping. What type of vape should I use? What kind of e-liquid should I use? I think these two questions are the fundamental questions you should consider before you start vaping, and they are quite confusing indeed, especially for a novice vaper. However, no one is born a teacher, everything is not that complicated as long as you begin to learn. Today our topic is shortfill e-liquid, and we will tell you what is it and how to properly use it.

What is shortfill e-liquid?

Shortfill e-liquid is a larger bottle of e-liquid in 0mg nicotine strength, including 50ml and 100ml e-liquid capacities which are accordingly packed in a 60ml bottle and a 120ml bottle. The remaining space allows you to add a 10ml nicotine shot or 20ml nicotine shot to increase the nicotine strength to your desired level.

“What is a nicotine shot?” you might ask at this point. A nicotine shot is a tasteless bottle of nicotine that is made for being added and mixed into a shortfill e-liquid bottle. Generally speaking, the nic shot is not made to be vaped on its own, and it often comes in a 10ml bottle available in 18mg or 20mg nicotine strength.

For a shortfill e-liquid, there are several PG/VG ratios to choose from. The majority of shortfills are blended in a 70VG:30PG ratio, and you can also find higher VG blends with an 80VG:20PG ratio which would bring you even bigger clouds of vapour. What’s more, you will have so many choices when it comes to the flavours of shortfill e-liquid. There are over hundreds of different flavours to choose from in shortfill e-liquid, including fruit range, dessert range, beverage range, dessert range and so many more unusual and interesting flavour combinations to try.

Why do we need to use shortfill e-liquid in the UK?

As a matter of fact, shortfill e-liquid is popular in the UK vape market mainly due to the laws and regulations enacted by TPD EU which came into effect in 2017. These regulations prohibited the selling of bottled e-liquids containing nicotine of more than 10ml, and TPD also made the bottles cannot have more than 20mg of nicotine strength in the bottles. That’s why you can only see 10ml bottled e-liquid which contains nicotine in the UK vape market, such as nic shot e-liquid and nic salt e-liquid. Consequently, shortfill e-liquid was born. Since shortfill e-liquid is nicotine free, there is no regulation on the size of the shortfill e-liquid bottle.

As we mentioned above, there are 50ml and 100ml e-liquid capacities of shortfill e-liquids which are accordingly packed in a 60ml bottle and a 120ml bottle, so there is a small space in the bottle for vapers to add their own nicotine shot to create a bottle of e-liquid larger than 10ml with nicotine.

In short, the combination of shortfill e-liquid and nic shot e-liquid is a much more cost-effective way to vape, especially for sub-ohm vapers. In this way, you can not only enjoy a vast selection of flavours that shortfill e-liquid brings but also save you much money in the long term of use. What’s more, a powerful sub-ohm vape kit is highly recommended to use with the shortfill e-liquid, and you can customize your own nicotine strength to create an impressive sub-ohm vaping experience.

How to mix the shortfill e-liquid with nic shot e-liquid?

It is quite easy to mix the shortfill e-liquid with nic shot e-liquid. First of all, let’s see the illustration.


There is a small space in the shortfill e-liquid bottle for you to add the concentrated nicotine into it, and most of the unicorn bottles have child-proof caps, so you’ll need to take some techniques to open the caps;

  1. Firstly, press down the cap while twisting the cap, then you can pop the top open on your shortfill e-liquid bottle;
  2. Secondly, open your nic shot e-liquid bottle, then squeeze the nic shot e-liquid into the 0mg nicotine shortfill e-liquid;
  3. Once you’ve squeezed all the nic shot e-liquid into the 0mg nicotine shortfill e-liquid, you can put the cap back on the shortfill bottle and tighten up, then shake the bottle, it will help the two e-liquids mix fast and evenly. Since shortfill e-liquid is blended with high VG, it is thick and takes more time to be well mixed.

Is shortfill e-liquid right for me?

If you have no idea whether shortfill e-liquid suits you or not, ask yourself if you want to be a big cloud chaser or just an MTL vaper. Shortfill e-liquid is made for producing a large amount of fluffy vapour, along with sweeter flavour and intense lung hit, and it is often used with high wattage mod vape kits. Consequently, if you are interested in creating big clouds and willing to spend more initial cost on sub-ohm vaping, then shortfill e-liquid is a perfect choice for you; if you just want to get your nicotine cravings satisfied, then shortfill e-liquid may not suit you, you can choose nic salt e-liquid or disposable vapes as a try.

How to make the right nicotine strength of a shortfill e-liquid?

It seems complicated to make the right nicotine strength of a shortfill e-liquid, actually, that is not the case. Here is a simple example, filling a 50ml bottle of shortfill e-liquid with 18mg nic shot will bring an e-liquid with 3mg nicotine strength. While for the 100ml bottle of shortfill e-liquid, there is 20ml space for 2 nic shots to be added into that bottle to create an e-liquid with 3mg nicotine strength.

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