Mouth to Lung (MTL) vs Direct to Lung (DTL) vaping

If you’re new to vaping, or looking to make the switch from cigarettes, you may be interested to know that there are two kinds of vaping styles to enjoy. Below we go in depth into mouth to lung vs direct to lung vaping, so you can decide for yourself which is best for you and what device you should purchase!


Mouth to Lung vaping

With mouth to lung (MTL) vaping, you inhale the vapour into your mouth first, collect it there, then breathe it fully into your lungs, exactly the same as if you were to draw on a traditional cigarette. Smokers will be particularly used to mouth to lung vaping, which is why most smokers transitioning to vaping prefer a MTL device to start with. 

Most people will enjoy a mouth to lung vape because of the benefits. For a mouth to lung vape, an e-liquid with a high PG level will help you get great flavour, and you have a wider option range when choosing an e-liquid and your preferred nicotine strength. In a MTL device any Nicotine Strength will be suitable from 0mg (No Nicotine) up to 18mg (High Nicotine)


Direct to Lung vaping

Direct to lung (DTL) vaping is more like breathing air normally, you inhale the vapour directly into your lungs without letting it linger in your mouth first. The sensation can be closely related to using a Shisha / Hookah pipe. For this reason, direct to lung vaping can be more intense and satisfying than MTL vaping, producing large amounts of vapour. (Cloud Chasers) Most beginners especially those transitioning from cigarettes don’t want to vape like this when they start out, but it has become popular in recent years due to the rise in hobby vaping and cloud chasing. 

In DTL vaping, you’ll find that you need to go with a low nicotine or nicotine-free e liquid (3mg or even 0mg) . This is because the nicotine will hit you in a more direct way, and a high nicotine strength (or high PG E Liquid) will be very harsh on the throat. The maximum nicotine strength recommend for a DTL device is 6mg, and the maximum PG mix for your e liquid would be 30%PG (High VG e-Liquid is best)


MTL vaping vs DTL vaping

Most vape kits / tanks / mods / coils are good at one type of vaping style and not the other, so deciding which style is better suited towards you is a good place to start before purchasing your first vape kit. 

MTL vaping gives a better throat hit than DTL vaping, which of course simulates the sensation that smokers are used to. You’ll also find that mouth to lung vaping makes your e liquid last longer vs DTL vaping. Because of this, and because the action of a mouth to lung vape is similar to cigarette smoking, this is often a good way to vape for most everyday vapers, especially if you are transitioning from cigarettes.

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DTL vaping is great if you want to produce a lot of vapour clouds, which is why it’s often the preferred method for cloud chasers. If you like the sensation of Shisha / Hookah and are not nicotine dependant and will be ok with using lower nicotine strength than a Direct to Lung device is right for you!

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