About Nic Shots
Nicotine shots, also called nic shots, are small 10ml sized bottles of unflavoured e-liquid with a high nicotine content, designed to be mixed with your favourite 0mg e-liquid shortfills. There are two main types of nic shots that you need to know about.
Freebase Nicotine Shots
These shots are the traditional form of nic shots. They contain freebase nicotine, a strong form of nicotine derived from the tobacco plant.
Salt Nic Shots
Salt nic shots are a relatively new invention. These use nic salts, the organic compound that nicotine is found in inside tobacco leaves. Unlike freebase nicotine which is processed to be stronger, nicotine salts are absorbed more quickly into the body, which means that it's easier to get a fast nicotine hit without having to vape as much. If you vape using a lower powered device, a shot of salt nic is a good option. They do not contain any actual salt.
Nic Shots FAQs
Unless you specifically buy an ice nic shot, unflavoured nicotine shots will not change the flavour of your vape juice. They will slightly dilute the e-liquid flavour, but this is okay because shortfills are created with a higher flavour concentration so that this will not impact the flavour when you vape.
If you want to make sure there's no flavour loss from dilution, you can steep the juice after mixing. To do this, leave the lid off the bottle for ten minutes and then seal and leave it in a dark place for a few days. This will help the flavours develop.
First, figure out how much nicotine you need in your e-liquid. You can do this using an online nicotine strength calculator where you input the volume of your shortfill and your desired nicotine strength, and it will tell you how many nicotine shots you need to use. Side note: you don't have to use a whole nicotine shot at once.
To mix, squeeze the desired amount of nic shot liquid into your shortfill bottle. Close the lid of the shortfill and shake thoroughly to mix the shot in. Don't skip this step - if the flavoured liquid and nic shot aren't well mixed, it won't taste smooth.
Once the bubbles have settled, your newly mixed juice is ready to vape.
If you're an ex smoker and don't know how much nicotine you need, here's a guide to nicotine strength based on cigarettes.
If you smoke just a few cigarettes a day, 3mg of nicotine is sufficient. Up to half a pack of cigarettes a day means you need 6mg. Up to 1 pack a day means that 12mg should suffice. Up to 2 packs a day means you need 18mg. If you smoke more than 2 packs a day, you likely will need 24mg nicotine. Of course, this is just a general guide. Everyone is different so you will likely need to experiment until you get it right.
Some larger shortfill bottles come in 100ml or 150ml sizes and will have space for multiple nicotine shots. If you need to add more shots to a smaller bottle, all you need to do is decant some of the vape juice so you can get the right ratio.
Yes, all of our nic shots are TPD compliant. Nicotine e-liquids sold in the UK and EU have to comply with the TPD regulations.