Nic Salts vs. Shortfills

Nic Salts and Shortfills

The world of e-liquids can seem a bit complex when you first learn about nic salts and shortfills, however hopefully with our guide, it can make it simpler and aid you in which type of e-liquid to go for! In this blog, we talk about the logistics of both nic salts and shortfills, as well as list out the advantages of both types of e-liquids.

What are Nic Salts?

Nic salts provide a natural and smoother form of nicotine from leaf tobacco plants; they differ from other e-liquids because of the added benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is a carboxylic acid which restores balance to the body; therefore it reduces the pH level of nicotine to match the body’s pH levels (7.35pH and 7.45pH).

Another bonus on Nic salts’ part is that it allows the nicotine to work faster through the bloodstream to give the necessary hit that former smokers are used to. The variety of flavours that you can get nic salts in is also a game changer however, they only are compatible with Mouth to Lung devices. 

Here are some of the pros and cons you can find vaping nic salts:


  • You can vape at a lower temperature – which means using less e-liquid whilst absorbing more nicotine 
  • Nic salts work faster – meaning quicker absorption into the bloodstream and greater satisfaction
  • Can get higher nicotine strengths than freebase 
  • Longevity –  nic salts last longer than other e-liquids because of it combining with other organic compounds. 
  • Flavour enhancement – nic salts retain their original flavour irrespective of the nicotine strength
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  • Only compatible with Mouth-to-Lung vape devices (Although you can get Salt Shots for shortfill e-liquids)
  • Subtle vapour – the added benzoic acid reduces the amount of vapour 
  • Added sweetner to it – relative to preferred flavour profile but some users can find it too sweet

What are Shortfills?

Shortfills are a direct result of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 regulations, as the restriction on nicotine-based products to 10ml bottles was implemented. Shortfills are larger bottles of e-liquids with no nicotine content, however they do come with extra space for nicotine shots at the top of the bottle. They can be enjoyed with no nicotine in them, however if you are looking for that nicotine hit then they can be mixed with nicotine shots, most shortfills will have 3mg of nicotine after the shots have been added in but can add up to 6mg if preferred. 

The reason why they have no nicotine in them is to make them fully compliant with the TPD regulations, they come in sizes of 50ml, 100ml and 200ml bottles.

Shortfills are great for vapers who are looking for a cost effective way to purchase e-liquids, as 10ml bottles are quickly used up by users who vape more often in the day or are using sub-ohms/direct-to-lung vape devices which will run more expensive in the long-run. 

We will list out the pros and cons of shortfills below to give you a concise overview:

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  • Wallet friendly – as you can get more e-liquid in one bottle 
  • 50/50 or 70/30 ratios – tailored to be used in different devices and vaping styles 
  • A larger variety of flavour profiles – When using a higher powered device


  • Usually only available in low nicotine content – 3mg or 6mg of nicotine 
  • Larger bottle sizes – harder to carry around and be compact
  • Risk of diluted flavour – depends on the quality of shortfill e-liquid, but with some brands the flavour dilutes throughout time

Now that you know the difference between shortfills and nic salts, you can read more about the wonderful world of premium e-liquids at Joe’s Juice!

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us  through email, or even popping into our store in Sandiacre! Our staff are always happy to help.