What is Short Fill Eliquid?
When the TPD came into effect in May 2017, it banned the sale of eliquids containing nicotine in bottles bigger than 10ml.
Cue the short fill. A short fill is defined as an underfilled bottle of eliquid that a Nicotine Shot (10ml bottle of 18mg flavourless e-liquid) can be added to. For example, a 60ml short fill eliquid would contain 50ml 0f 0mg e-liquid to which you could a 10ml 18mg nicotine shot. When mixed you would have 60ml of 3mg e-liquid.
How Does it Work?
It’s simply a case of adding your chosen nicotine shot into the short fill bottle and shaking vigorously (remember to put the cap back on first) – this will make sure that the nicotine has mixed properly with the eliquid. Mixing is easy once you know how, check out the handy chart below to help you get the correct ratio of nicotine and eliquid for your short fill.
Good or Bad?
On the face of it, the short fill is a great idea – big bottles equal big fun. In a lot of cases one 50ml short fill is cheaper than six 10ml bottles. There is a question of ease of use. Short fills can get a bit messy one slip of the hand when adding your nicotine shot can cause an irritating spill.
Where safety is concerned, short fills are much much safer than pure DIY mixing where it is common for large quantities of raw nicotine to be purchased and used, always take extra care when handling your nicotine and eLiquid.
For those of you who vape 0mg of nicotine and want to use short fills – one word of warning, short fill eliquids often include extra flavour to accommodate for when the nicotine has been added (a bit like fruit squash before you add water), it has been reported that 0mg short fills may be too intense in flavour and may shorten the life of your coils.
The best thing to do is add 10ml of flavourless eliquid (or straight PG, straight VG or a combination of the two) to offset this.
We always advise that you buy high quality nicotine shots and e-liquids; as poor quality nicotine shots can wreck the flavour of your e-liquid. We recommend that you match the VG / PG ratios of your eliquids and nicotine shots for the best experience.
Overall, short fill eliquid is popular and for good reason, it’s far easier to carry one large bottle around if you’re vaping consistently throughout the day, more so if you’re dripping or using a high wattage sub ohm set-up. They also allow vapers to accurately measure for themselves how much nicotine is going into their e-liquid and most importantly have convinced companies to bring out new ranges of juices, which means more flavours for us!