Inside the Two Hottest UK E-Liquid Trends

In terms of hardware design, it’s safe to say that vaping product manufacturers have reached something of a peak. Advanced vaping mods generate more power than ever while keeping users safer than ever. Sub-ohm tanks generate more vapour than ever. Vaping hardware has become so good that it’s difficult to imagine the quality of the products in any category making further significant improvements in the near future. For that reason, we have reached a point at which the e-cigarettes themselves may no longer be the most exciting aspect of vaping in the UK. Right now, some of the most exciting developments are taking place in the area of e-liquid. In this article, we’re going to discuss two of those developments: short fill e-liquids and nicotine salts. Pull up a chair; we’re about to learn about the two hottest UK e-liquid trends of 2018.

Short Fill E-Liquids

UK Short Fill E-Liquid Trend

Thanks to the TPD, it is no longer possible to sell anything larger than a 10 ml bottle of nicotine e-liquid in the UK. Buying e-liquid 10 ml at a time might not have bothered most e-cigarette users greatly when most of us were only using our bottles to fill small clearomizers, but times have changed since then. Today, it’s more likely that you’re using a sub-ohm tank. Using a sub-ohm vaping setup and low-nicotine e-liquids, 10 ml of e-liquid might actually be less than what you use in a day. If you use a sub-ohm tank or RDA, you need a lot more than 10 ml of e-liquid – and paying the shipping charge for a dozen bottles of e-liquid at a time isn’t very practical. Short fill e-liquids have emerged as the perfect alternative.

How Do Short Fill E-Liquids Work?

The primary goal of the TPD is to control the distribution of nicotine. As such, the law doesn’t apply to nicotine-free e-liquids. As long as the bottle of e-liquid that you’re buying contains no nicotine, the bottle can be any size that you like. Short fill e-liquids take advantage of that fact. A short fill e-liquid is a large bottle of nicotine-free e-liquid that isn’t full. You complete the bottle by adding a 10 ml nicotine shot. After you add nicotine to a short fill e-liquid, you’ll have a large bottle of nicotine e-liquid that’ll keep your e-cigarette fed for days.

Choosing the Right Nicotine Shot

Most people who use sub-ohm vaping equipment prefer a nicotine strength of 3 mg, so that’s the nicotine strength that most nicotine shots achieve. For every 50 ml of zero-nicotine e-liquid, you’ll add one 10 ml shot of 18 mg nicotine e-liquid to achieve a final nicotine strength of 3 mg. That’s one shot if the total capacity of the bottle is 60 ml and two shots if the total capacity is 120 ml. If 3 mg isn’t quite the nicotine strength that you want, you’ll also find 9 mg and 20 mg nicotine shots in our store. The 9 mg and 20 mg nicotine shots will give your short fill e-liquid a final strength of 1.5 or 3.3 mg.

Adding Nicotine to a Short Fill E-Liquid

To complete a bottle of short fill e-liquid, you’ll need a short fill e-liquid bottle and at least one nicotine shot. Remove the top from the short fill e-liquid bottle by prying gently with your hands or a tool. Empty the entire contents of the nicotine shot into the short fill e-liquid bottle. The bottle should now be full. Replace the top and close the bottle. Shake the bottle for several seconds to distribute the contents. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are both good emulsifiers, so your short fill e-liquid should remain well mixed. You may find it helpful, though, to shake the bottle periodically as you use it.

Is Short Fill E-Liquid the Future for UK Vapers?

Short fill e-liquid is catching on in a big way. Here at Vapester, we already carry 92 different short fill e-liquid flavours – and we’re constantly adding more. Will most e-liquids eventually be available in the UK in short fill bottles? That depends on the manufacturers. Manufacturing short fill e-liquids isn’t just a matter of configuring your production equipment to leave a bit of empty space in each bottle. The e-liquids themselves also require reformulation because adding a nicotine shot to a short fill e-liquid dilutes the e-liquid’s flavour. Some manufacturers will continue to sell their TPD-compliant e-liquids as they always have – in boxes of several 10 ml bottles – but many others will catch on to the fact that short fill e-liquids are cheaper to produce and ship, more convenient for users and less wasteful of plastic.

Nicotine Salts

Nicotine Salt E-Liquid Trend

For the second half of this article, we’ll transition from a revolution in e-liquid packaging to a revolution in e-liquid itself.

  • Do you still smoke sometimes because vaping doesn’t completely calm your cravings for tobacco?
  • Do you chain vape because your vaping setup doesn’t fully satisfy your need for nicotine?

If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, nicotine salt e-liquids may help you achieve the level of vaping satisfaction that you’ve had trouble finding.

What Are Nicotine Salts?

Nicotine salt e-liquids are e-liquids containing nicotine that’s been converted into a salt by the addition of acid. Nicotine is a salt in its natural state. The process of extracting liquid nicotine from tobacco leaves, however, uses ammonia as a solvent to increase yield. Ammonia converts the nicotine salt to freebase nicotine while also increasing its pH. If you vape any standard e-liquid, you’re vaping freebase nicotine. You’ve also used freebase nicotine if you’ve ever used a nicotine replacement product. Vapers around the world are reporting great results from using nicotine salts, though, prompting more e-liquid companies to offer nicotine salts as an option in their products.

Are Nicotine Salts Right for Me?

Nicotine Salt Fans Report Greater Satisfaction

A few studies – and a growing body of anecdotal reports – suggest that people feel more of a nicotine rush when using nicotine salt e-liquids. People, in other words, can actually feel the absorption of the nicotine when using nicotine salt e-liquids – and that means they feel more satisfied than with standard e-liquids. If you’re not completely satisfied with your current vaping experience, that fact alone should get your attention because nicotine salts can potentially help you achieve what your current vaping setup lacks.

Nicotine Salt Reduces Throat Irritation

When you smoked cigarettes in the past, you most likely inhaled the smoke from your mouth to your lungs. If you use a sub-ohm vaping setup, though, you probably inhale the vapour directly to your lungs. What happened? You probably switched to higher-output vaping hardware because your original mouth-to-lung vaping setup didn’t satisfy you. You may have tried to use an e-liquid with a higher nicotine strength and failed because you found the powerful “throat hit” too overwhelming. You ultimately decided that less nicotine – and greater vapour production – was the best way forward.

One of the reasons why e-liquid with freebase nicotine produces a powerful throat hit at higher nicotine strengths is because the nicotine is alkaline. For some people, the throat hit is simply too much. Converting nicotine to a salt, however, lowers its pH. People find that they can vape much higher nicotine strengths with less irritation if they use e-liquid with nicotine salts. After switching to nicotine salts, many people switch to smaller e-cigarettes such as the Aspire PockeX because they prefer mouth-to-lung inhaling and because sub-ohm vaping is no longer necessary for them. In the UK, the most common strength for nicotine salt e-liquids is 20 mg.

Nicotine Salt Can Help You Save Money

If you currently use a sub-ohm vaping setup, it’s likely that you use a lot of e-liquid. That’s why short fill e-liquid bottles exist; an e-liquid bottle size of 10 ml simply isn’t enough for people who use sub-ohm vaping equipment. If you switch from a sub-ohm vaping setup using e-liquid with a strength of 3 mg to a mouth-to-lung setup using 20 mg e-liquid, you’ll use significantly less e-liquid. Vaping will cost you dramatically less than it currently does. Switching to nicotine salts may also allow you to replace your atomizer coils less often since the accumulation of coil gunk is largely a function of the amount of e-liquid you use.

Can I Use Nicotine Salts With a Sub-Ohm Vaping Setup?

Yes, you can! Here at Vapster, we offer a product – a nicotine salt shot – that combines the two hottest UK e-liquid trends in a single package. The NS20 Nicotine Booster costs just £3.49 and converts any short fill e-liquid into a large bottle of nicotine salt e-liquid with a strength of 3.3 mg. Combining the NS20 Nicotine Booster with a bottle of short fill e-liquid gives you a nicotine salt e-liquid that’s ready for use in any sub-ohm vaping setup. It also gives you an e-liquid with a nicotine strength that’s slightly higher than that of most e-liquids for sub-ohm vaping. If you’re not fully satisfied with your current vaping experience, the extra kick of nicotine may be exactly what you need.