How Nicotine Levels Work In Short Fills

How Nicotine Levels Work In Short Fills
How Nicotine Levels Work In Short Fills

The TPD (Tobacco Products Directive) does not allow the sale of nicotine-containing e-liquids in bottles larger than 10mls. In response to this, ‘short fill’ bottles have been introduced to allow vapers to get more of their favourite e-liquids in bigger bottles with the most popular and short fill size being a generous 50ml.

Short fill bottles can actually accommodate 60mls of e-liquid, but they are sold with 10mls of available volume to allow you to add a nicotine shot later.

What Is A Nicotine Shot?

A nicotine shot or nic shot, is a 10ml bottle of pure nicotine which is generally unflavoured. This pure nicotine shot is then added to a 50ml bottle of 0mg flavoured e-liquid to create a nicotine-containing blend of your preferred strength.

Why Short fills?

Short fills are a great way to get your favourite juices in bigger bottles so that you don’t have to keep re-purchasing the same e-liquids so often. This is a much more economic method of keeping well-supplied with your most-used liquids, as each 50ml bottle provides as much e-liquid as five standard bottles.

How Does The Nicotine To E-Liquid Ratio Work When It Comes To Mg?

Most short fills don’t tend to cater for those who need higher nicotine levels, with the common strength of short fills generally being 0mg, 3mg and 6mg. The most common nicotine shot is normally 18mg of nicotine in a 10ml bottle. Most websites will offer to add a nic shot to your basket when you’re buying short fills.

For example, if you want to purchase a short fill of Double Drip Raspberry Sherbet (because who wouldn’t?) and you want the nicotine strength to be 3mg, you will need to add ONE 10ml 18mg nicotine shot to the 50ml of e-liquid to get an overall nicotine strength of 3mg.

Here is a simple table of nicotine shot mixes:

Amount of 0mg E-Liquid Amount of 10ml 18mg Nic Shots Added Overall Liquid ml and nicotine mg
50ml 1 60ml of 3mg e-liquid
100ml 2 120ml of 3mg e-liquid
40ml 3 60ml of 6mg e-liquid
80ml 4 120ml of 6mg e-liquid


It is important to remember that adding more nicotine shots to your 0mg of e-liquid will dilute the flavours, which no one wants!


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