Save Money on E-liquid with Shortfills

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Are you looking to save money vaping? If so, shortfills are a great cheap vape option.

But what are shortfills? Hopefully, this will explain.

Shortfills explained

Shortfills are a low-cost alternative to bottled vape juices and contain a mixture of base vape liquid and flavourings.

Shortfill vape juices usually come in bigger volumes (50 ml/ 100 ml/ 250 ml, etc). What’s more, containers are larger than necessary to allow space for nic shots to be added, hence the name.

Shortfill liquids generally don’t contain any nicotine (although most stores will add it for you). Instead, suppliers expect users to add nicotine to their shortfills themselves in the quantities they prefer.

This means shortfills offer users more freedom over how much nicotine they want in their vape juice, and at a lower price.

Monthly cost of vaping (UK) – Why is it so expensive?

On average in the UK we pay around £4 for every 10 ml bottle of branded, flavoured e liquid we buy.

At this price, getting through one 10 ml bottle of e-liquid per day (a reasonable estimate) costs UK vapers roughly £120 per month, or £1,460 over the course of a year (3.65 litres of e-liquid in total). That’s not cheap!

Cheap shortfills mean bigger vape savings

It’s pretty simple. The cost of buying tiny 10ml bottles is over three times more expensive than buying shortfill e-liquids. It’s also many, many times the cost of DIY mixing your own REALLY cheap vape juice from scratch.

And yet we ignore the possible savings we could make on vape juice and just keep buying those tiny 10 ml juice bottles!

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How shortfills can save you money

Here’s a look at how much money shortfills could save you compared with buying 10ml bottles.

Even including the cost of extra nic shots, 3.65 litres of mixed and ready-to-vape shortfill e-liquid would cost you at most £50 per month or around £600 per year. (Rounded calculation based on average UK 100ml shortfill price of £11.50 + 5 x nic shots @ £1 each).  

Are you already a habitual 10 ml bottle buyer? If so, opting to buy bigger 100 ml shortfill e-liquid packs instead of the usual 10 ml bottles could save you up to £900 per year. This is based on typical 10 ml per-day usage as I’ve already mentioned.

As far as cheap vape options go, it’s clear that shortfills can make you some hefty savings on vape juice!

How much do shortfills usually cost in UK?

In the UK, shortfill e-liquids tend to cost between £9 and £12 for a 100 ml bottle.

Though shortfills are nic-free, they often come with one or two 10 ml nic shots thrown in. If not, you can usually add extra nicotine shots to your order for a reasonable price (around £1 or £2 per shot). Alternatively, you can just buy your own cheap nicotine shots from another supplier as you wish.

The total cost of a single purchase of 100ml shortfill e-liquid plus four or five extra nic shots would therefore probably not exceed £16. That gives you at least ten day’s supply based on 10 ml per day usage.

A even less expensive way to vape than shortfills?

So, as we’ve already established, shortfills are a very cheap way to vape. But there is of course a way to save even more money vaping. Yes, DIY mixing is by far the best way to buy cheap vape juice.

But, shortfills are nevertheless the easiest way to make huge savings on your juice purchases. And – unlike with DIY mixing, using shortfills means no messing around collecting tons of supplies and ingredients.


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