Shortfill E-liquids are essentially nicotine free e-liquids that are intentionally part filled, the reason for them being only part filled is to allow extra space in the bottle for the customer to add nicotine. Shortfills are typically over flavoured as standard, accounting for the extra dilution when adding nicotine.
Shortfills are an attractive choice for a few reasons; Firstly, its much more convenient to carry around one single bottle of liquid than multiple smaller bottles. Secondly, they are much more cost effective compared to smaller bottles. And finally, Shortfills produce less plastic waste compared to multiple smaller bottles, ultimately they are more environmentally friendly.
Shortfill manufacturers produce their products with the intention of then end user adding their own nicotine, for this reason it’s super simple to mix them. You’ll simply need to remove the cap and nib, pour in one nicotine shot for a 50ml shortfill, or two nicotine shots for a 100ml shortfill. You can then replace the nib and cap, give them a very good shake, and you’re done. Always remember to wear gloves and eye protection when handling nicotine and to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished.
The majority of shortfills tend to be 70VG/30PG ratio, however some manufacturers produce 50VG/50PG and 80VG/20PG ratio options, too.
Shortfills are typically sold in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml. The 100ml size bottles are usually the best value for money when calculating the cost per ML, however, many manufacturers nowadays offer very competitive pricing on both sizes.
Shortfills are typically VG heavy, for this reason they are best enjoyed in a sub ohm vape kit, this style of kit features large coils which are capable of absorbing the thick liquid that shortfill liquids typically are supplied in.
Shortfills are typically intended to be mixed to 3mg nicotine. This is easily achievable by adding one whole bottle of 18mg nicotine shot to a 50ml shortfill, or two whole bottles to a 100ml shortfill. The 18mg nicotine shot is diluted with the zero nicotine shortfill, which then produces the final 3mg strength.
Some vapers do mix Shortfills to 6mg, this is possible however the liquid will be diluted more than intended. As a result of this, the flavour is likely to be less intense.
Shortfills are widely available in almost any flavour you can think of, they are typically split in to several flavour profiles. Dessert shortfills, fruit shortfills, tobacco shortfills and custard shortfills.
Fruity flavours tend to be the popular choice for many, although there is often E-liquid bundle discounts and multi-buy discounts on many brands, so it doesn’t need to cost a fortune trying out several flavours to find which suits you best.