What Are Short Fill E-Liquids?
Have you ever heard the phrase Short Fill liquid and wondered what it is and how it may differ from the standard 10ml bottle of e-liquid? What are nic shots, and how do I use them? We explain it all below.
How to Use Short Fill e-liquid:
'Short fills' are VG-based e-liquids with zero nicotine content. They are sold in larger bottles (50ml, 100ml or sometimes 200ml) and filled to around 80% capacity. The bottle's remaining space allows you to add a 10ml nicotine shot (or more) to boost your preferred nicotine level. Or you can vape without added nicotine to your e-liquid.
* Remove the tamper-proof lid and drip cap from the e-liquid bottle
* Pour in the nicotine shot to suit your desired strength.
* Replace the drip cap and lid and shake the bottle vigorously to ensure it's evenly combined.
* Top up your vape tank, and you're good to go!
How is it different from buying pre-mixed liquids?
Back in the early days, you could purchase e-liquid in any size bottle, and this would contain the nicotine strength you required. But in 2016 new regulations came into effect which meant that bottles of e-liquid containing nicotine were limited to only 10mls in size. The nicotine content was also restricted, making the highest dose only 20mg/ml, and this changed the way e-liquid would be able to be sold in vape shops.
Adding Nicotine Shots.
Adding your nicotine shots is DIY mixing. They are bottled in various ratios from 100% VG or PG to 50/50 & 70/30 mixes. Nicotine shots are generally 18mg in nicotine strength and have no flavour.
How much is needed?
3mg in a 30ml bottle – the bottle will contain 25mls of e-liquid. Add 5mls of nicotine shot.
3mg in a 60ml bottle – the bottle will contain 50mls of e-liquid. Add 10mls of nicotine shot.
3mg in a 120ml bottle – the bottle will contain 100mls of e-liquid. Add 20mls of nicotine shot.
3mg in a 240ml bottle – the bottle will contain 200mls of e-liquid. Add 40mls of nicotine shot.
6mg in a 30ml bottle – the bottle will contain 25mls of e-liquid. Add 10mls of nicotine shot.
6mg in a 60ml bottle – the bottle will contain 50mls of e-liquid. Add 20mls of nicotine shot.
6mg in a 120ml bottle – the bottle will contain 100mls of e-liquid. Add 40mls of nicotine shot.
6mg in a 240ml bottle – the bottle will contain 200mls of e-liquid. Add 80mls of nicotine shot.
Always make sure that once you've replaced the lids on the e-liquid that you give the bottles a really good shake to ensure it's all mixed properly. Once you're sure it's mixed, leave for approximately 20 minutes to settle. Short fills with added nicotine shots are a great compromise. Being able to carry around one larger bottle to top up your tank throughout the day is far less complicated!
Top five reasons to use a Shortfill
1. In the long term, short fills work out cheaper, so you're saving money.
2. It's ideal for travel and easier to carry around one bottle of e-liquid.
3. It's better for the environment. One bottle takes less energy to produce and is far less packaging.
4. You are in charge of your nicotine content and desired strength. 5. You can find a flavour you like before committing to a short fill.