What are Nicotine shots, Nicotine Salts, Shortfills ?
The first time I heard the term “nic-shot”, I was a little confused, so you can imagine what happened when “nic-salts” came about! To help you understand what these terms mean we’re going to explain them one by one and how to use nic salts. Sit tight, this is going to be an interesting read...
A short fill is e-liquid with no nicotine in a bottle that has extra space for a nicotine shot/booster. Typically, short fill e-liquids are available in a 60ml bottle which has 50ml of e-liquid and enough space for you to add a 10ml nic shot.
Short-fills provide great value as you receive a lot more e-liquid for your money and the best part is, you don’t have to worry what strength it is since you can mix your own. This way, you can carry a large bottle with your exact mixture of nicotine instead of a handful of 10mls!
Oh, and it doesn’t stop there either, the bottle sizes vary, meaning you can have a 100ml bottle with space for two nic-shots. If this sounds daunting, fear not since mixing is very easy and safe.
The term “nic-shot” or “nic booster” is commonly given to a 10ml bottle of flavourless 18mg nicotine strength PG/VG solution, which is added to a short fill or nicotine-free bottle of e-liquid to create a vaper’s preferred nicotine strength, confused? Basically, a 50ml 0mg e-liquid plus a 10ml 18mg Nicotine shot = 60ml 3mg e-liquid.
Nicotine salt e-liquids or salt nicotine e liquids can take two forms, they can be a pre-mixed ready to vape
e-liquids or they can be Nicotine Salt shots/boosters that can be added to short fills (see above).
Nic-salts or salt nics are derived directly from the crystals found in tobacco leaves and are considered smoother to vape, some people also claim they are more like smoking cigarettes. Some salts containing 20mg of nicotine, can feel and taste as low as a 10mg mixture — so care is required in their use, remember safety first people, always keep a close eye on your nicotine levels when vaping.
Nic-salts are less efficiently absorbed into the system so some manufacturers started changing their formulas to compensate for this. This meant that the nicotine could be broken down quickly when vaporised, thus allowing it to be absorbed faster whilst retaining its smoothness. Paired with a vape juice flavour of your choice, nic-salt shots can be the key to a quick vape when the time is of the essence, allowing for an instant nicotine rush for instant satisfaction. This form of nicotine, however, will fade quicker than the conventional “freebase” nic, due to the lack of built-up nicotine in your system, unlike cigarettes.
Over absorption of nicotine can lead to adverse effects, so we don’t recommend doing a lung hit with anything over 6mg on sub-ohm devices since you could lose track of how much you vape and high wattage devices could make it very harsh to vape. Giving yourself 5–8 seconds between vapes allows your body to absorb the nicotine so you don’t overdo it.