Giving you generous portions of your favourite flavours, shortfills offer exceptional convenience. They can also represent better value for your hard-earned cash. At Vapekit, our range features a wonderful array of shortfill e liquids but what are they and would shortfills be right for you? Read more below...
Shortfills (short fills) are bottles of e liquid that are underfilled to leave room to add your nicotine shots. For instance, a 50ml shortfill is a 60ml bottle containing 50ml of e liquid. Shortfills were introduced by e liquid brands to enable vapers to purchase their preferred flavours in larger volumes than the usual 10ml. When the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) came into force, the volume of e liquid bottles containing nicotine was restricted to 10ml. Shortfills don’t contain nicotine and so are available in larger volumes, but you can add the nicotine to complete the vape juice.
To mix your shortfill, begin by removing the cap and nib of the bottle. Then, remove the caps of your nicotine shots and squeeze the contents into the e liquid. You should add one 10ml shot to a 50ml shortfill and two 10ml shots to a 100ml short fill. Always ensure that you have chosen nicotine shots of the right nicotine strength. This would usually be 18mg as that strength will give you completed e liquid with a strength of 3mg. After adding the shot, replace the nib of the e liquid bottle and check that the bottle is properly sealed. Replace the cap and then shake the bottle vigorously for 5-10 minutes to mix the liquids. Leave the juice for 24 hours to allow the nicotine to blend properly and then you can vape it.
Shortfills are simply nicotine-free e liquids that are supplied in bottles that provide room to add your nicotine shots. You add your nicotine shots to the bottles, shake them and then vape the juice in the same way as any other.
Shortfills are nicotine-free e liquids. The bottles are designed to provide room for you to add nicotine shots, but you don’t have to. You can vape the short fill e liquid just as it is.
Shortfills are bottles of e liquid that are underfilled to leave room for you to add nicotine shots. They are sold in volumes of 25ml, 50ml and 100ml (and occasionally 200ml). A 100ml shortfill eliquid is a 120ml bottle containing 100ml of e liquid plus space to add two 10ml nicotine shots.
It can be tricky to open shortfills. First, you need to remove the cap (lid). This will usually be childproof and is opened by pushing down before twisting it. You must then remove the nozzle (nib) from the bottle so that you can add your nicotine shot. Nozzles can be difficult to remove as they must fit tightly to prevent leakage. You may find that you can lift the nozzle using your fingernail or by flipping it off with a knife. Alternatively, try pulling it off using pliers while holding the bottle at the neck. Don’t yank too hard or squeeze the bottle, otherwise e liquid will escape. It is possible to purchase a tool designed specifically for removing the nozzles of e liquid bottles, if you find them difficult to deal with.
Shortfill bottles provide room to add one 10ml nicotine short per 50ml of nicotine-free e liquid. Many nicotine shots have a strength of 18mg but this strength is diluted when the shot is added to e liquid. A single 18mg shot added to 50ml of juice will result in your completed e liquid having a nicotine strength of 3mg. By law, the strength of a nicotine shot is restricted to a maximum of 20mg and so it isn’t possible to create 18mg e liquids in shortfill bottles.
Shortfill bottles provide room to add one 10ml nicotine shot for each 50ml of e liquid. In other words, you can add one nicotine shot to a 50ml shortfill and two nicotine shots to a 100ml shortfill. The nicotine strength of your completed juice will depend on the strength of the shot. That strength is diluted by the nicotine-free e liquid. An 18mg shot added to 50ml of juice will give you e liquid with a nicotine strength of 3mg.
Nic shots are available in a variety of nicotine strengths and with a variety of bases. You would usually add an 18mg shot to a shortfill as this is a high strength shot but will be diluted by the e liquid to give you finished vape juice with a strength of 3mg. You should choose a shot with a base that has the same VG/PG ratio as your shortfill. So, if your shortfill is 70VG choose a 70VG shot. You can also choose between freebase nicotine shots and nic salts shots. Freebase nicotine gives you a more noticeable throat hit while nic salts give you smoother hits and quicker relief of your cravings.
A long fill is a bottle containing flavour concentrate plus room to add your base liquid and nicotine shots. Long fills enable you to create e liquids with your preferred flavour concentration, base liquid ratio and nicotine strength. They provide a user-friendly introduction to DIY e liquids.
It is possible to purchase nic salts nicotine shots and add these to shortfills.
Nic shots are bottles of base liquid containing nicotine that you add to your e liquid. They may feature freebase nicotine or nic salts. Salt nicotine (nic salts) is a type of nicotine that gives you smooth throat hits and almost immediate relief of your cravings.
E liquid can get darker in colour or turn brownish over time. This change of colour is caused by the nicotine in the juice oxidising. The process of oxidation becomes quicker when e liquid has been exposed to the air and so bottles that have been opened turn darker more quickly than those that have remained sealed.
Nicotine shots are not designed to be vaped. They are designed to be added to nicotine-free e liquids. However, as they feature only VG, PG and nicotine, they could technically be vaped just as they are. We wouldn’t recommend this as nicotine shots are not flavoured.
Steeping is the process of allowing the flavour of an e liquid to develop. Shortfill e liquids will generally have been steeped before despatch. However, it is advisable to steep them for around 24 hours after adding your nicotine shots to allow the nicotine to fully blend with the juice.
E liquids feature flavourings and a blend of vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). The VG/PG ratio of e liquids varies as those high in PG are suitable for high resistance vape coils, such as hose in many vape pens, while those high in VG are ideal for low resistance (sub ohm) coils. Shortfill e liquids tend to be high in VG. This is because they are favoured by sub ohm vapers who consume larger volumes of juice. In addition, it is only possible to create low nicotine strengths with short fills. When vaping sub ohm, you inhale more vapour and therefore more nicotine with every puff. For this reason, high nicotine strengths would deliver too much nicotine.
Most shortfill eliquids are high in VG. This is because they are favoured by sub ohm vapers with vape tanks that vaporise large amounts of juice and that are compatible with high VG e liquids. However, it is possible to find shortfills that have lower proportions of VG than the usual 70%.
How long your e liquid will last will depend on how intensively you vape and the nature of your vape kit. The more puffs you take per hour, the quicker your e liquid will be exhausted. The lower the resistance of your coils, the hotter they will get and the more e liquid they will vaporise each time you fire your device. 50ml Shortfill eliquids could last you a few days or a few weeks.