Mouth to Lung and Direct Lung Vaping, do you know the difference?
Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct Lung (DL) can be confusing especially for new vapers. Below we will explore the differences between these two distinct vaping styles, to help you decide which vaper you would like to be. We will also take a look at some of the best e-liquids to try for either MTL and DL vaping.
Mouth To Lung (MTL) Vaping
In very simple terms, MTL vaping closely mimics the sensation of smoking. A vape kit geared up towards mouth to lung will have a tighter airflow. This requires a fair amount of vapour to be drawn into the mouth before fully inhaling as a secondary movement.
MTL e-cigs are most commonly used with e-liquid that contains a higher concentration of nicotine. These include nicotine salts which have become popular in recent years. The feeling on the back of your throat will be quite harsh, yet feels satisfying when inhaled further.
Mouth to lung vaping is ideal for anyone who wants to preserve the sensation of smoking as much as possible. Without the need to exhale large clouds of vapour. This vape style is also great for those that require a more stealthy option which won’t leave a vapour trail behind you.
Another benefit is that less e-liquid is consumed when using this type of e-cig. This is because the coil is usually a higher resistance. As a result it requires much less power in order to function normally, making your liquid last longer.
If you want to exhale large clouds of vapour, then MTL vaping would not be advised. If you feel that the above style of vaping would suit you however, then you may wish to check out our vape pod or starter kit section to get started.
Best MTL Vape Juice
TECC Titan e-liquid is a great e-liquid for mouth-to-lung vaping. The high PG content allows for a stronger flavour and throat hit. This also means less VG which is what creates the vapour. So those who want to discreetly vape can still get a strong nicotine hit without producing a large cloud. Available in a 3 nicotine strengths and large choice of flavours from American Red tobacco to Strawberry Milk Ice. This range caters to a wide variety of MTL vapers.
For a more balanced vape Pocket Fuel 50/50 e-liquid offers a large selection of flavours. The range varies from Golden Tobacco to Blue Raspberry all with a 50:50 PG/VG ratio. This is the ratio most vapers go for as it offers great flavour with a quality throat hit while producing more vaper than a high PG vape juice.
Nic salt e-liquid is an ideal choice for MTL vapers who are struggling to meet their nicotine requirements from freebase e-liquid. They are designed to mimic the natural salts in tobacco leaves to replicate the sensation of smoking. Also, vapers who need high strength e-liquid but find the throat hit too harsh use nic salts. This is because they provide a smoother draw even at higher strengths. One of the best nic salts to get started is Nasty Salt with over 10 flavours to choose from. Why not try the popular Cush Man flavour for an exotic mango with a touch of mint.
Direct Lung (DL) Vaping
The direct lung vaping style is very different from its MTL counterpart, resulting in a completely unique experience. DL vaping generally ditches the smaller, more compact e-cigs and replaces them with larger, more sophisticated units. The tanks will have a greatly increased airflow. This means that rather than inhaling into the mouth as the first action, you simply inhale directly into your lungs through the mouthpiece.
DL vaping can be difficult to get into initially. Particularly with new vapers who may feel somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vapour being inhaled. It is better to use an e-liquid with a lower concentration of nicotine (between 3mg-6mg) to help avoid a vaping experience that is too intense.
This style of vaping is used by existing vapers who want to upgrade their e-cigarette and benefit from additional power and fully customisable settings often offered by this type of device, not to mention the large clouds of vapour that can be produced!
Direct lung vaping does consume more e-liquid than MTL. This is because the coil is larger and requires more power to function normally due to the lower resistance. This additional power requirement means that more vapour is produced, and in turn, more e-liquid.
Best DL Vape Juice
Like with MTL vapers, 50/50 vape juice is a popular choice as it provides the perfect balance of flavour and vapour production with a quality throat hit. However, when vaping at higher wattages direct-lung vapers prefer an e-liquid with a high VG content. This produces larger clouds but also dilutes the throat hit so it isn’t too harsh when using a powerful device.
High VG E-Liquid
Double Drip e-liquid comes in an 80:20 Max VG ratio which is perfect for DL vaper who want to produce the largest clouds of vapour, these are known as cloud chasers. The range features a wide variety of sweet and fruity flavours including Lemon Sherbet and Fizzy Cherry Cola Bottles. As high VG e-liquid is thicker, it should only be used with sub ohm coils. This is because it will clog up and provide little flavour or throat hit when used with an MTL kit.
Short Fill E-Liquid
As direct-lung vaping does use up more e-liquid it can require multiple 10ml bottles to last a full day of vaping. The solution to this is short fill e-liquid. Coming in either 50ml or 100ml bottles, this vape juice allows DL vapers to carry around all the e-liquid they will need in one bottle. Due to the size of the bottles shortfill e-liquid does not contain nicotine. However, each bottle has enough room to insert a nic shot. When mixed this turns the full short fill into an e-liquid containing nicotine. The Dinner Lady Fruits e-liquid range offers a selection of fruity flavours in 50ml bottles so DL vapers won’t run out of juice quickly.
If this style of vaping appeals to you, why not check out our full range of e-cig kits to find the best setup for your preferred style? There is an e-cig to suit everyone. So by knowing the differences between MTL and DL vaping, you will be able to make a more informed decision. If you are new to vaping then this choice becomes even more relevant, as starting off with the wrong e-cig can make it harder to break free from the chains of smoking and continue with your vaping journey.
If you’re still unsure as to what style of vaping suits you best, why not give our team a call on 01254 269380 (Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm), or use the live chat system located on the bottom right hand side of the screen? We’re a friendly bunch that loves to help!