Welcome to Vaping Hardware’s Shortfill / 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… Please be sure to handle your nicotine with care! It’s considered a toxic substance and dangerous if not used with precaution!
New to the concept of Nicotine Shots and Shortfill bottles? No problem, just 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…
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. We’ll 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.
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.
Finally, if you’re a DIY buff and you’re just looking to mix e-juice with your own base liquids, flavor concentrate(s) and freebase nicotine, you’ll want to use our E-Liquid Calculator!
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A Nicotine Shot is a 10ml bottle of (typically) 18mg strength flavorless nicotine suspended in PG, VG or a mixture of both. In the EU, this is the maximum size and strength of nicotine you can purchase since the introduction of the TPD regulations.
A Shortfill is a bottle of zero nicotine e-liquid with a mixture of PG, VG and flavoring(s) filled to approximately 80% of its volume. Typical sizes are 30ml, 60ml, 100ml and 120ml (be sure to check the total amount of nicotine free e-liquid in your Shortfill bottle!).
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!
It couldn’t be easier to add the contents of your Nicotine Shot to your Shortfill bottle!
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!
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 approximately 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…
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!
We would not 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!
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.
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!
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 your higher strength nicotine to add to a shortfill bottle. Just set your ‘nicotine base strength’ to the correct level and hit the calculate button!
Yes you can, both are great options. Simply input the strength of your nicotine shot and your good to go!
Both forms of nicotine are calculated in exactly the same way.
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, top up with your required base ingredient (PG/VG) to give you the maximum volume of e-liquid.
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