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What is Short Fill E Liquid and How Is It Used?

Short Fill E Liquid

E-juice or Vape juice is the liquid used in vaporizers and electronic cigarettes that create the actual vaper. It contains nicotine but can be crafted according to personal preference. It is a mixture of water, food-grade flavouring, a choice of nicotine levels or zero nicotine and Propylene Glycol (PG) or Vegetable Glycerine (VG).

Usually, when the term E-liquid is used, there’s always a mention of Short Fill E-liquids. With that many questions arise in one’s mind like, what is a short fill e liquid, how is it used, and so on.  Let’s learn more about Short fill e liquids.

What is Short fill E LIQUID?

Shortfill or Shake n’ Vape e-liquids are larger bottles of vape juice that are made without nicotine. These e-liquid bottles are called short fills simply because they are not filled to the top. The space at the top is for an additional nicotine shot (or nic shot) – usually a high nicotine strength, unflavored e-liquid.

How to use a Short fill E Liquid?

With short fill e liquids, you get a large bottle which is only partly-filled with 0mg e-liquid. There’s enough space left for you to pour in one or two 10ml bottles of high-strength e-liquid so that it balances out to your desired strength. This is so users can add their own nicotine to the bottles.

Known as nicotine shots, these bottles are sold separately and are made of concentrated nicotine liquid. You can add as you pleas. Most users add around 10 ml of 18 mg nicotine to every 50 ml short fill bottle before shaking well to allow the two liquids to mix creating a 3mg e-liquid blend. This varies from person to person, each having their own taste when it comes to nicotine hits in their vape juice.

Why do people use short fills?

Short fills fulfill a specific need, the juices being used have a wide range of flavors and the possibility for flexible nicotine intake.  Here at Smokeless Vape we stock a huge range of e-liquid flavours to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Flexible nicotine:

With so many ex-smokers possessing a varied level of nicotine addiction, the usual nicotine contents of pre-filled vape juices range from 3 mg per 5 ml up to 20 mg. The amount of nicotine is directly related to the way ex-smokers used to smoke.  With nicotine in prefills consisting of 3 mg, 6 mg, 12 mg, 18 mg, and 20 mg, there are bound to be some vapers are looking for something that falls between these two categories. Instead of settling for the pre-filled juice, they may want to mix and match to personally craft their perfect concentration.

Nicotine-less vape juices:

Some people may buy pre-fills because they do not want any nicotine in their vape juices. While e-cigarettes were originally designed as a smoking cessation tool, vape juices have begun to be used by non-smokers who enjoy the taste and sensation alone, disregarding the nicotine. The safest option for these vapers, who may not want to risk addiction, is to go for the nicotine-free short fills and use them as is.

TPD laws and short fill liquids:

Another reason for the use of short fills is to bypass the Tobacco Products Directive, a set of laws which were laid out last year in the UK. The use of short fills bottles allow vapers to carry larger amounts of e-liquid instead of the smaller 10ml TPD bottles. It can also work out to be cheaper to purchase short fill bottles instead of the 10ml variation.

Who are Short fills for?

Anyone looking to stock up on a lot of e-liquid for as cheap as possible alongside having the flexibility of carrying one larger bottle instead of multiple 10ml ones. Short fill e-liquids work out to have the lowest price per 10ml, making them an ideal choice for any heavy vapers or those of you using juice-hungry sub-ohm tanks.

However, because short fill e liquids are mostly made from nicotine-free e-liquid, this means that they are limited to the lower nicotine strengths. If you use 6mg e-liquid or lower, then a short fill e liquid is a great choice.

Pros of using short fills

  • Great for cloud chasing
  • Often cheaper per ml
  • Fewer bottles to lose
  • Uses packaging making it more environmentally friendly

Cons of using short fills

  • Low nicotine strengths – we would recommend a maximum of 2 x 10ml nicotine shots per 50ml of e-liquid which would create a 6mg blend
  • Not usually right for low power devices due to the higher PG concentration however 50:50 PG VG blends are also available
  • Nicotine needs to be added separately

Using short fills isn’t rocket science. Simply remove the top of the short fills bottle, add your nicotine shot/s and shake vigorously before use; get a complete and satisfying vaping experience.  

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