With a variety of e juice options available on the market to choose from, should you consider shortfill e liquids? From their characteristics and their origins to the pros and cons to using them, here at Drip Hacks, we’ve created a guide to all you need to know about e liquid shortfills to help you decide if they’re the right choice for you.

So, what are shortfill e liquids?

Shortfill e liquids are slightly underfilled bottles of nicotine-free e-juice that leave space (usually 10% or 20% of capacity) to accommodate a nicotine shot. It’s this characteristic that gives them their ‘shortfill’ name.

Shortfill e liquids were created in response to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) passing a law in 2007 that restricts the size of e liquid bottles that contain nicotine to 10ml. As shortfill e liquids don’t contain nicotine and require the separate addition of a nicotine shot, they provide a solution that keeps in line with the law, while enabling vapers to continue using bottles larger than 10ml.

And how do I use them?

There isn’t a complicated method to shortfill e liquids; once you’ve added your nicotine shot, simply shake the bottle to mix!

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What are the pros of using shortfill e liquids?

There are several benefits to using shortfill e liquids that make them a popular choice for many:

  • Larger bottle size
    As mentioned, one big factor is the fact that they prevent vapers from having to buy multiple 10ml bottles. Here at Drip Hacks, our shortfills are in a 60ml bottle containing 50ml of liquid to add your nic shott to.
  • Price & Convenience
    This, in turn, means shortfill e liquids are often cheaper to buy than purchasing several smaller 10ml bottles and are generally more convenient.
  • Great for vape clouds
    Shortfills typically have high VG levels, which, combined with the larger bottle, makes them a great choice for cloud chasers who get through a lot of liquid! At Drip Hacks, our shortfills are 70/30 VG/PG.
  • Optional nicotine
    As shortfill e liquids don’t contain nicotine, they’re a great choice for the many vapers who avoid nicotine and vape for the flavours and fun alone.


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And what are the cons?

There are, however, a couple of factors to consider when deciding if shortfill e liquids are the right choice for you:

  • Low nicotine percentage
    As EU regulations specify that the maximum strength of nicotine shots is 20mg (2%), if you do want to use nicotine and prefer a good throat hit, shortfill e liquids may not be the best option.
  • Not suitable for all vape types
    As shortfills are typically high in VG, the thicker liquid produced is not always suitable for low-power vapes and coils with high resistance.

Should I opt for shortfill e liquids?

Shortfill e liquids are a convenient and ideal choice for many vapers. If your vape can handle those sought-after clouds and you’re looking for low-level or optional nicotine, shortfill e liquids could be a great choice for you!

Want to give shortfill e liquids a try? Explore an extensive range of delicious shortfill flavours to choose from here at Drip Hacks.