Welcome to Vaping Hardware’s Nicotine Shot Calculator! If you want to know how many Nicotine Shots to add to your e-juice, you’re in the right place!
Just a word of warning before you use the nicotine shot calculator… Please be sure to handle your nicotine with care! It’s considered a toxic substance and dangerous if not used with precaution!
If you’re new to the concept of nicotine shots and shortfill bottles, take a look at our beginners guide to Nicotine Shots and Shortfill E-Liquid… Also, before you go any further, be sure you know exactly what nicotine strength you need…
To Use The Nicotine Shot Calculator
If you’ve already settled on a nicotine level, just select ‘Nicotine Shot’ below. Pop in your base nicotine, target nicotine and e-liquid volume and hit calculate. Our nicotine shot calculator will tell you how many nicotine shots to add to your nicotine free e-juice and you’re good to go!
The nicotine shot calculator will also allow you to increase the nicotine strength of your e-liquid. For example, if you want to increase from a 3mg nicotine strength to 6mg, 12mg or more.
To Use The Shortfill Calculator
If you’ve purchased a shortfill, select ‘Shortfill’ and input the size of your bottle. For example, a 100ml shortfill bottle will usually contain 80ml of nicotine free e-liquid. In that case you’d enter ‘100ml’ and hit calculate. Leave the rest up to us and we’ll tell you how much nicotine you need to add to your shortfill bottle to hit your target nicotine strength.
If you want to know the final PG/VG ratio of your mix if you add a Nic Shot, you can use our PG/VG Ratio Calculator to determine the effect on the final ratio if you add a PG base Nic Shot or a VG base Nic Shot or a combination of the two.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Nicotine Shot?
A nicotine shot, or ‘nic shot’, is a 10ml bottle of flavorless nicotine suspended in PG, VG or a mixture of both. These 10ml nicotine shots are usually 18mg in strength if you’re buying within the EU, which is the maximum size and strength of nicotine you can purchase since the introduction of the TPD regulations.
Just add one or more 10ml nicotine shots to a bottle of nicotine free, flavored e-juice and you’re good to go. It’s super easy and the result is a bottle of flavored e-juice with whatever nicotine strength you need to satisfy your cravings!
If you have a batch of nicotine free e-juice and you need to know how many nicotine shots to add, our nicotine shot calculator will do all the hard work for you. It’s super easy to use – just pop in the amount of e-juice and your target nicotine and hit calculate!
What is a Shortfill bottle?
A shortfill is just a bottle of e-juice without nicotine. The e-juice will be some mixture of VG, PG and flavor but will always be nicotine free. They’re called shortfill bottles because they’re usually only filled to about 80% capacity, leaving you space to add one or more nicotine shots.
Our nicotine shot calculator will help you work out how many nicotine shots you need to add to each shortfill bottle. Just select ‘Shortfill’ – enter the total size of your shortfill bottle and the nicotine strength you need and hit calculate! If you have any issues, or just want to leave some feedback, please feel free to leave us a comment!
If you want to know more, we’ve written a detailed post about Nicotine Shots and Shortfill bottles so be sure to check it out!
How do I add Nicotine Shots to a Shortfill bottle?
Adding a nicotine shot to a shortfill bottle is really simple. Just unscrew the cap of both bottles, carefully pour the contents of your nicotine shot into the shortfill bottle and replace the lid. Make sure you dispose of the empty nicotine shot responsibly and wash your hands thoroughly!
All that’s left to do is give your shortfill bottle a good shake!
Can I mix higher than 6mg in a Shortfill bottle?
It’s tricky but not impossible! The idea of shortfill bottles is to leave space in the bottle, allowing you to add your nicotine shot(s). Your shortfill bottle is filled with PG, VG and flavor concentrate(s) to roughly 80% capacity. Therefore, you only have enough space for a maximum strength of 6mg nicotine before the bottle becomes full.
Achieving a higher nicotine strength would mean either removing some of your nicotine free juice from the shortfill bottle or adding your nicotine free e-juice to a larger bottle! Either way this increases the space you have available to add nicotine shots. However, the drawback is a reduction in flavor…
Regardless of which option you choose, you can use our nicotine shot calculator to work out exactly how many nicotine shots you need to add to your e-juice. Just input the amount of nicotine free e-juice you have and the target nicotine strength you want. Hit calculate and the nicotine shot calculator will tell you exactly how many nic shots to add.
If you do want to vape at higher than 6mg nicotine strength, it’s actually far easier mixing your own DIY e-juice, which we highly recommend!
Can I vape a Nicotine Shot?
We wouldn’t recommend vaping a nicotine shot straight! Although it won’t do you any harm, it’s purely just 18mg strength nicotine in either PG or VG. Not only will there be no flavor, it’s also likely to be pretty harsh!
Where can I buy Nicotine Shots?
With so many vape retailers offering nicotine shots and/or shortfill bottles, your options are almost endless! Prices and quality can vary considerably, meaning it’s well worth shopping around and doing your research.
Do I need to steep my Shortfill e-liquid?
In most cases you don’t need to steep your shortfill bottle of e-liquid. This is because it’s probably had plenty of time to steep before it reaches you! As you’re only adding nicotine to the e-juice, giving it a damn good shake before vaping should mix it thoroughly!
That being said, steeping usually improves the flavor of your e-juice! If you want more info about steeping, check out our steeping guide!
Can I use a higher mg nicotine in a Shortfill?
While most nicotine shots will come in a 10ml bottle at a strength of 18mg/ml (damn the TPD restrictions in the EU), you might be one of the lucky ones who have a ‘stash’ of 72mg strength nicotine in the cupboard or happen to live outside the EU.
If this is the case, you can still use our nicotine shot calculator to help you add higher strength nicotine to a shortfill bottle. Just set your ‘nicotine base strength’ to the correct level and hit the calculate button!
Can I use Nicotine Salts instead?
Yes you can, the nicotine shot calculator works with freebase or nicotine salts, and both are great options. Simply input the strength of your nicotine shot and you’re good to go!
Can I use a Shortfill if I vape zero nicotine?
Yes of course! Your shortfill bottle will contain increased flavor concentrate to compensate when more base liquids are added. So if you don’t vape with nicotine, you can just top up the shortfill bottle with VG or PG.
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