How many nicotine shots should I add to my e-liquid?

What strength e-Liquid should I be using?

If you are new to vaping we understand that getting your head around what nicotine strength is best suited to your needs can be somewhat confusing. 

The first question people often ask is how much nicotine is in a cigarette? Whilst this is a valid question you can't really directly compare this to nicotine within a vape. This is down to combustion causing a throat feel or actually burning the cigarette contributes to the feeling when inhaling smoke. 

A better question to ask is what type of vaper are you? For this example we will focus mainly on people who use vaping as an aid to help quit smoking. 

If you where a 20 a day smoker you might think you should go all in on the strongest amount of nicotine allowed (20mg) however this should be advised against as whilst your getting used to vaping you may find that you get a saw throat this is usually intensified by the nicotine. 

First time vapers should look for a strength that is conformable to use but also is satisfying those pesky cravings we would recommend 12mg being a good place to start. 

E-liquids containing high amounts of nicotine are only sold in 10ml bottles this is part of the TPD regulations in the UK, without going into too much detail there are some ways around this that the industry uses to help provide a better product to our customers and still remain compliant. 

Shortfills are a solution for many vapers looking to purchase a large volume of E-liquid however as these bottles are larger than the 10ml allowed the solution is to add your own nicotine shots. Shortfills are used predominantly for Sub-Ohm or DTL (Direct To Lung Vaping) and is often viewed as a more recreational form of vaping that requires a weaker strength due to the higher volume of vapour produced by these devices.

How to mix your E-Liquid

Nic shot mixing guide


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.


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.


25ml shortfill: Add 1 x 18mg nicotine shot.
50ml shortfill: Add 2 x 18mg nicotine shots.
100ml shortfill: Add 4 x 18mg nicotine shots. 

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What if I want a higher strength without the throat kick?

The above article article is based on the pretence that most people use what's known as freebase nicotine as this is where it began however in recent years with the growth of the widely popular disposable vapes the most commonly consumed type of nicotine is nicotine salt. 

In a nutshell nicotine salts are commonly used to help deliver higher amounts of nicotine smoother on the throat that get into your blood stream faster, which as been thought to help curb cravings for longer periods of time.

Nicotine salts are formed from combining natural nicotine and a weak acid usually benzoic acid or levulinic acid, although this sounds like it would make the nicotine more harsh infarct the opposite is true. This makes nicotine salts more addictive and should be used carefully when trying to reduce the amount of nicotine your consuming.