Summer is the best time of the year. The days are long, the evenings are warm, and your weekends are spent lazing by the lake or drinking in beer gardens.
To celebrate this lovely time of the year, we've put together our list of the best shortfill e-liquids you need to try vaping this summer. Ranging from tropical fruit to fragrant botanicals and nostalgic childhood treats, these incredible flavours will take your summer to the next level.
But, before we get into the vape juice, let's take a look at what shortfills are.
What is a shortfill?
Shortfills are nicotine-free e-liquid that come with space in the top of the bottle to add freebase nicotine to your desired strength. This nicotine comes in the form of a nicotine shot, an unflavoured 10ml bottle of nicotine containing e-liquid. All you need to do is add your nicotine shot into the top of the shortfill bottle and mix the liquid by shaking it with the lid on. It's super easy!
E-liquid shortflls are loved by sub-ohm vapers because of their high VG ratios, with many containing 70% or even 80% vegetable glycerin. This makes them perfect for direct-to-lung vaping.
A quick history of shortfill e-juice
Shortfill e-liquids are a relatively new invention in the vaping world. They were created as a response to regulations created by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which prevents the sale of nicotine containing e-liquids in larger quantities than 10ml bottles in the UK and EU.
To get around the TPD regulations, vape liquid manufacturers created the shortfill. Because the nicotine is sold separately to the flavoured e-liquid, you can buy shortfills in larger quantities such as 50ml, 100ml, 150ml, and even whopping 200ml e-liquid bottles. That will keep you going for a long time!
As a result, shortfills are better value for money and more environmentally friendly than those teeny weeny 10ml bottles of nicotine e-liquid. They're also ideal for ex-smokers who have quit nicotine and want to enjoy nicotine-free vaping in with all its amazing flavours.
Why are shortfills perfect for summer vaping?
Admittedly, shortfills are great for vaping all year round. They're delicious, cost-effective, come in a range of different flavours, and allow you to add as much or as little nicotine as you like. What's not to like?
In our opinion, shortfill e-liquids are especially suited for the summer. The bigger bottles make them easier to transport and harder to lose than the tiny 10ml bottles of nic salts, meaning that they're ideal for taking on day trips or holidays. Moreover, the wide range of refreshing, fruity, and tropical flavours available in shortfill vape juice mean that you can get those amazing summer flavours no matter where you are in the world. Finally, shortfills with their high VG percentage are perfect for use with sub-ohm vapes, meaning that cloud-chasing vapers can enjoy the summer weather while blowing huge vapour clouds in the open air.
Conclusion: shortfills are perfect for the summer.
With all that out of the way, let's get to the important topic: which shortfill vape juice do vapers need to try this summer? Let's go!
Their name may make you think of snowy winter landscapes but there's no doubt in our minds that Yeti e-liquids make incredible summer vapes. Their Ice Cold range of e-liquids provide a tingling cooling sensation on a hot summer's day with icy menthol complementing each fruit-based flavour. With mouth-watering flavours such as Blue Raspberry Ice, Lemonade Ice, and Cherry Ice, you can't go wrong with this e-juice.
For an even more refreshing vape, opt for the Blizzard range which are menthol boosted to provide a cool hit on every inhale and exhale. We love the Blizzard Blood Orange - an inventive take on the classic menthol vape.
Prefer your vapes to be fruity rather than icy? Check out their new Defrosted vape juice. These are their classic fruit flavours with all the menthol removed. What were they thinking? We're not sure - but these are some excellent fruity vapes nonetheless.
The other essential high VG Yeti vape juices you need to try: Yeti Blizzard Apple, Watermelon Ice, Blue Bubble Cotton Candy
Frukt Cyder e-liquids
Was there ever an e-liquid more perfectly suited to those long summer weekend afternoons spent lazing in the park or chatting in a beer garden? Frukt Cyder have created the perfect summertime vapes and we can't get enough of them.
Combining classic fruits with an inventive cider twist, these are unique vape juice flavours that will bring back memories of summers past with every puff. Try vaping the Plum Red Apple flavour for a liquid that will have you dreaming of summer orchards or Mixed Berries for a distinctive cider-inspired vape. They've really outdone themselves with Mango Raspberry, a fresh vape that tastes of recently picked berries and creamy tropical mango.
Wick Liquor e-liquids
There's something about Wick Liqour's shortfills that just screams summer to us. Whether it's the Mardi Gras fruit punch and loganberry pulp in Boulevard, the Santa Barbara coconut husk and Chula Vista sugar cane in Deja Voodoo, or the Santa Monica glazed dough rings and Cholo sugar skull cake in Carnival, each of their best seller flavours makes us feel like summer could last forever.
But this summer we're all about their newest flavours. Nobody expected their new Miyako range, a series of yoghurt inspired e-liquids. With Apricot, Raspberry, and Forest Fruits flavours, these creamy and fruity e-liquids are the delicious summer treat vapers have been waiting for in a high VG e-liquid form.
Don't forget to sample their new Easy on the Pocket range - an extensive collection of slush, dessert, fruit, drink, and sweets inspired vape juices in 100ml bottles at impressive prices.
Their juggernaut vape juice in 150ml bottles are perfect for the summer hols, ensuring that you never run out of your favourite liquid while travelling.
Ohm Boy e-liquids
If summer brings to mind garden parties, refreshing cocktails, and classic English flavours, you'll love Ohm Boy's Botanics range. These are the perfect summer vapes - one puff and you'll be wishing you tried them earlier.
Ohm Boy have put creative twists on some classic flavours and invented some unique new ones we haven't seen in vape liquid before. From their fiery Rhubarb & Ginger to Sweetwater Grape & White Peach, these are distinctive vape juices for vapers with a more refined taste.
Looking for something a little more fun? We also love their Flavour Treats Sweets range that put a spin on classic candy flavours from our childhood. A summer's day wouldn't be complete without their retro-inspired Black Jack flavour and fizzy Fruit Pastiles in a stunning high VG e-juice.
Other Ohm Boy vape juices to check out this season: Watermelon and Rhubarb Chilled, Butterscotch, Apple Elderflower and Mint
Summer is the perfect time for fruity vapes and this means that Unreal's vape juices are a must-try. If you're a raspberry fan the Unreal Raspberry range will change your life. Featuring six different inventive variations on the mouth-watering raspberry flavour, Purple blends in fragrant grape, Pink pairs raspberry with super sweet bubblegum, and Black combines it with tart blackcurrants for a delicious medley.
Given their fruity genius, we weren't surprised when they released the new Unreal 3 Propical shortfill e-liquids. Branching into a stunning tropical flavour profile, these include the lip-smacking Grape & Tangerine and the tangy Blue Hawaiian.
Add your nicotine shot or enjoy the non-nicotine vape juice as it is - there's no doubt the flavour will blow you away.
Fizzle Drips e-liquid
Ready to try vaping something new? Fizzle Drips e-juice is a range you need to try this summer. With fizzy and tangy flavours that emulate your favourite soda, these e-liquids are perfect for a refreshing vape on a hot summer's day.
We can't get enough of their Pomegranate Lemonade flavour, a sweet and tangy vape that tastes like it has come directly from a local lemonade stand. Also bursting with incredible flavours is Cherry Strawberry Fizz, a fruity soda medley that will knock your socks off!
Other summer-ready Fizzle Drips e-liquids: Peach Fizz, Grape Soda
... And, continuing on the thirst-quenching soda theme, we couldn't not mention the delicious new offerings from vape liquid experts Doozy Vape. For the very best soda-inspired vapes on the market, check out their Seriously Soda range. With their creative vape juices Iron Try, Soda Red Wind, and Fruit Fusion, these are like a can of your favourite soft drink in a 100ml bottle of e-juice.
If summer slushies are more your thing, Doozy Vape's Seriously Slushy range has got you covered. With their slushy-inspired concoctions of Berry Watermelon, Lime Berry, Grape Soda and more, they're sure to delight anyone who enjoys a refreshing all day vape.
More of a nic salt fan? Doozy Vape offers many of their incredible flavours in nic salt form so pod kit users don't miss out!
Dooze Vape juice you can't miss: Guava Passion, Blizzard, Gummy Bears
Wow That's What I Call e-liquids
We've been desperate to try vaping the e-juice from Wow That's What I Call ever since we first saw their brilliant branding, and now we've got our hands on their vape juice it doesn't disappoint. For your summer vaping pleasure we recommend the Wow That's What I Call Ice range - frosty menthol blasted flavours that will keep your tastebuds cool even in a heatwave.
Each different menthol infused e-juice has a different delicious flavour profile. We love Watermelon Ice's summery vibes and Black Ice's liquorice and menthol combo. Ultra Ice features menthol so strong your tastebuds might just freeze over - the perfect cooling refreshment on a hot summer's day.
The WOW That's What I Call Desserts shortfill and WOW that's What I call Tropical Shortfills are two other must-try e-liquids for the summer, available in fantastic flavours such as Lemon Tart, Birthday Cake and Lychee.
In our opinion, summer is the best time for vaping. Think about it: sunny days, picnics in the park, warm nights, trips with friends - you'll be spending a lot of time outside so it's easier than ever to enjoy your vape.
To get the best out of your vape, we recommend experimenting with different e-juice flavours and brands. With endless flavour possibilities available, there's no point vaping the same liquids over and over and ending up with the dreaded 'vaper's tongue'!
So, check out our full range of shortfills today to try something new this summer and find your perfect summertime vape.