What are shortfills? The short answer is that shortfills are large bottles of e-liquid that do not contain nicotine at the point of sale. They do, however, have extra space within the bottle for adding nicotine shots. For a more in-depth explanation of shortfills, why vape juice manufacturers produce this type of e-liquids, and how to use them, read on.
What is A Shortfill E-liquid?
A shortfill e-liquid is a type of vape juice that is short-filled, meaning it is not filled all the way to the brim. That extra space in the bottle is allocated for nic shots (should you choose to add one.) And, yes, that means shortfills are nicotine-free from the point of sale.
So, why does this vape juice exist? Well, in the United Kingdom, it is illegal to sell e-liquids with nicotine larger than 10ml. This restriction is called the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). To bypass it, vape juice manufacturers produce nicotine-free 50ml shortfill or 100ml shortfill e-liquids that have enough room for the consumer to add nicotine shots.
What Is the Difference Between Shortfill and 10ml?
The difference between shortfill and 10ml is the permitted nicotine content. A 10ml bottle of vape juice can be sold with a nicotine strength of up to 20mg in the United Kingdom. Any larger container than this cannot legally contain nicotine at the moment of sale. However, the customer is legally permitted to add as much nicotine as they wish once the shortfill has been purchased.
How Do Shortfills Work?
Shortfills will often be sold with complimentary nicotine shots, which are flavourless 10ml bottles of nicotine concentrate.
Once the shortfill is your property, you can remove the lid of the shortfill bottle and add the nic shots, giving it a shake to ensure the nicotine solution spreads throughout all the e-liquid within.
This will result in a large bottle of nicotine-infused e-liquid that you can legally own and vape.
How Many Nicotine Shots Should You Add?
The amount of nicotine shots that you should add into a shortfill will depend on the bottle size, nicotine shot strength that you will be using, and your desired final nicotine strength. If this seems intimidating, don’t worry; it’s easy to get your head around how many nic shots you should add to your short-fill e-liquid. To help you with your shortfill calculations, you can refer to the table below:
|Number of 18mg Nic Shots
|Total Nic Strength
|60ml (containing 50ml of 0% e-liquid)
|60ml (containing 20ml of 0% e-liquid)
|120ml (containing 100ml of 0% e-liquid)
It is worth noting that the majority of shortfills only provide enough free space and nicotine shots to reach 3mg. This is because most shortfills are intended for low-strength, high-VG vaping. This isn’t universal, however, and the MIST MTL Shortfills range offers bottles with room and nic shots to reach up to 12mg in nicotine strength.
Do I Need to Steep After Adding Nicotine Shots, and for How Long?
Yes, you will need to steep after adding nicotine shots to the shortfill. You should steep for at least 24 – 48 hours to allow the flavour concentrates to develop across the newly added nicotine shots.
Keep in mind that you can technically vape your shortfill as soon as the nic shots have been added, but you will notice improved flavour by the next day. This is especially true for shortfills that take more than a single nicotine shot.
Those who produce their own homemade shortfill e-liquids will sometimes steep them for up to 2-3 weeks, matching the brewing times used by traditional vape juice manufacturers.
We have more detailed information in our guide on how to steep e-liquid.
Can You Vape Shortfill Without Nicotine?
Yes, you can. You don’t necessarily have to add a nicotine shot to shortfill to enjoy the great flavours. You will, of course, not gain any nicotine relief from doing so. Still, many vapers who are reducing their nicotine intake will eventually begin vaping nicotine-free e-liquids to satisfy a mental habit even after the physical one has been overcome.
Can You Use Shortfills in Pods?
Technically, you can use shortfills in pods, but you have to double-check the VG/PG ratio of the shortfill and your coil’s homage. MTL coils (with resistances of 0.8ohms or higher) can capture and atomise 50/50 and high-PG e-liquids without issue but won’t be able to soak up high-VG e-liquids.
Similarly, DTL coils (with resistances of 0.7ohms or less) will soak and atomise high-VG e-liquids but are likely to experience spills and leaks if you try and use 50/50 or high-PG e-liquids with them.
Acquiring one of the best sub-ohm vape kits is essential if you’d like to use high-VG shortfills to enjoy producing large clouds from high-powered devices.
What Are the Best Shortfills?
With hundreds of shortfills available, it can be hard to tell which are worth your time, money, and taste buds. Luckily, we’ve used our long vaping experience to assemble a roundup of the best shortfill e-liquids.
The Best Shortfills Are:
- Fugly But Sweet Caramel Blondie
- Dr. Vapes Black Custard
- MIST Carabaco
Need More Help?
We hope you’ve found this explanation of shortfill e-liquid helpful. You should now be equipped with all the knowledge necessary to acquire a large container of your favourite e-liquid. If you’re ready to buy a shortfill vape juice, visit the MIST online store.