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How Many Nicotine Shots Should I Add To My E-Liquid?

What are Nicotine Shots?

Nicotine shots are 10ml bottles of pure, unflavoured nicotine. They are designed to be added to larger e-liquids, or ‘shortfills’, in order to give the e-liquid a nicotine strength. In the UK and other countries, it is illegal to sell e-liquids containing nicotine in bottles larger than 10ml. Therefore, any e-liquid above this size will be 100% nicotine free. 

Many vapers like to use these larger e-liquids because they come in a variety of different flavours, and they last longer. However, they still want to get their nicotine dose. This is where nicotine shots come in. ‘Shortfills’ are given this name because the bottle is not filled to the top with e-liquid; there is space left for you to add your nicotine shots. 

Nicotine shots come in a variety of different strengths, but the most common one is 18mg. This is because vapers usually want their e-liquid to be 3mg or 6mg - an 18mg nicotine shot is the easiest option for creating this overall strength. 

Additionally, nicotine shots can have varying PG/VG ratios. PG and VG are two ingredients found in e-liquids. If there is more PG than VG in an e-liquid, then it will be more suitable for high powered, mod devices. If there are equal amounts of PG and VG, then it will be more suitable for smaller, less powerful devices. Some nicotine shots will contain 100% PG - these are best suited to powerful devices. 

You may also find there are nic salt nicotine shots, and freebase nicotine shots. Nic salts are different to freebase nicotine (which is the most commonly used form). Nic salts provide a softer, smoother throat hit, and are best for higher nicotine doses (12mg and above) in lower powered devices. Regular freebase nicotine is less suitable for high nicotine doses, but can be used in all device types. 

You can find our freebase nicotine shots here, and our nic salt shots here. 

What Strength E-Liquid Should I Be Using?

If you are just starting out in using a vape to help you quit smoking, you may want to opt for a higher nicotine strength (9 or 12mg), and use it more sparingly throughout the day. If you are someone who vapes all day long, then you may want to opt for a lower strength (3 or 6mg). The best way to work out your ideal strength is to try vaping with a 3mg liquid for a week. If this does not feel strong enough, then slowly work your way up week-by-week until you find a strength that satisfies you. 


How To Make Your E-Liquid 1.5mg

25ml shortfill: 

Add 1/4 of an 18mg nicotine shot.

50ml shortfill:

Add 1/2 of an 18mg nicotine shot.

100ml shortfill:

Add 1 x 18mg nicotine shot.


How To Make Your E-Liquid 3mg

25ml shortfill: 

Add 1/2 of an 18mg nicotine shot.

50ml shortfill:

Add 1 x 18mg nicotine shot.

100ml shortfill:

Add 2 x 18mg nicotine shots.

How To Make Your E-Liquid 6mg

25ml shortfill:

Add 1 x 18mg nicotine shot.

50ml shortfill:

Add 2 x 18mg nicotine shots.

100ml shortfill:

Add 4 x 18mg nicotine shots. 


What If I Want a Higher Strength Than 6mg?

These days, the vast majority of nicotine shots go up to a maximum of 18mg. This means that you would need multiple nicotine shots to make your e-liquid higher than 6mg. This would not work for 2 reasons: firstly, the nicotine shots wouldn’t actually fit in your shortfill bottle; secondly, adding this extra liquid would dilute the solution and decrease the overall strength. Therefore, if you are looking for a higher nicotine strength than 6mg, your best option is to choose a 10ml e-liquid that already contains nicotine. 

Shop our 10ml e-liquid range here

Shop our full nicotine shot range here

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