Shortfill E-Liquids Guide

NE-Vapes Guide to buying short-fill E-Liquids

When people decide they want to stop smoking and choose vaping as their way of kicking the habit it can be very daunting to begin with, so we have made a brief guide in order to help anyone that feels unsure about starting to vape.

What are Shortfill E-Liquids?

Shortfills are bottles of electronic cigarette vapour liquids that come with 0mg of nicotine with enough room in the bottle to add a separate shot of nicotine. Shortfill bottles are usually filled to five-sixths capacity. So for example, if you were to buy a 50ml shortfill it normally comes in a 60ml bottle so that you have just enough room to add a single 10ml nicotine shot. 100ml short-fill bottles normally come in a 120ml bottle size, big enough to add 2 nicotine shots, and so on.

Shortfill bottles were originally created in response to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), an EU law that made it illegal for vape shops to sell any “nicotine-containing liquid” in bottles larger than 10ml. Shortfills contain no nicotine whatsoever, so it’s absolutely legal for any UK vaper to buy a 25ml, 50ml, 100ml or 200ml bottle, then add their own shot of nicotine themselves.

Nicotine shots are normally sold in 10ml bottles at a strength of 18 or 20mg/ml (the legal maximums under the TPD laws are 10ml and 20mg/ml). An 18mg/ml shot will give your 50ml bottle a total nicotine strength of 3mg/ml (180 mg of nicotine divided by 60 ml of vape juice), whilst a 20mg/ml shot will make it 3.3mg/ml.

Shortfill bottles are a great way of buying your vape juice because they allow you to stock up so that you don't run out too soon before pay day. A 50ml or 100ml shortfill bottle is more convenient as you don't need to buy your vaping liquids as often, not to mention it is better for the environment due to less packaging and normally cheaper, too.

When should you buy shortfills

It normally takes a little time to get used to vaping and find the flavours you like best, so for this reason we recommend not starting out with big bottles of shortfill. If you’re a new vaper trying to stop smoking tobacco, it’s best to start with a few smaller bottles of e-liquid of different vape flavours and different VG/PG ratios. By doing it this way, you are likely to waste less money, so if you don’t like a flavour, you can just try another without being too much out of pocket.

Once you’ve been vaping a few weeks, you’ll have a better idea of what you are doing and you’ll have a bit more confidence about the e liquid brands you like and the vape flavours that suite your tastes. When you reach this stage, shortfills for most people are the best option. You can buy a bigger amount of your favourite vape juice flavours.

How to mix shortfill e-liquid?

If you’re looking for a 3mg or 6mg strength, it’s a very simple process.

Step 1.

Start by opening your shortfill bottle.

Step 2.

Pour in your nicotine shot or shots.

Step 3.

Close and shake the shortfill bottle thoroughly.

Step 4.

Give the liquid some time to settle, then you’re good to go. We recommend around 10 minutes.


Nicotine is a highly addictive product. You are only allowed to buy nicotine products in the UK if you are over the UK smoking age of 18.