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MTL Vaping Vs DTL Vaping

Which should you choose?

Becky Spencer-Davies 


if you are new to vaping you might be wondering what these abbreviations mean. If you don’t know your MTLs from your DTLs then you have come to the right place.

DTL means direct to lung.
MTL means mouth to lung.
Obvious when you know, right?

In this blog, we are going to tell you what they mean to help you make an informed decision on which device to buy.

What is MTL vaping?

When you smoke a cigarette you draw the smoke into your mouth and then take it into your lungs. This is what MTL replicates. For this reason, it is why many starter kits are MTL, as they replicate smoking best. They have a restricted airflow and concentrated flavour and are the ideal transition from cigarettes. MTL devices include X30 Rover, Aspire Breeze, Innokin Endura and more. At the beginning of the vape days, all devices were like this. Only more recently has DTL become a thing. However, as people began to tailor their vape direct to the lung was brought into focus.

What is DTL vaping?

Direct to lung vaping is where you inhale the vapour directly into the lungs. You do this by taking a slow and steady draw for 3-5 seconds. Once it reaches the lungs you exhale. DTL vaping is perfect for those who enjoy some decent clouds, rich flavours, tricks and sub-ohm vaping. It is for people who have gone past the need for cigarettes and enjoy vaping. DTL can get pretty techy if you want it to, so if you are into gadgets and building coils then this could be for you. DTL vape include SMOK Stick and the SMOK X Priv.

Which liquids are best for MTL vaping?

MTL liquids work with many VG: PG ratios. However, if you have an older model or a really basic kit then you’ll be best going for 50/50. With a 50/50 juice, you will get a good throat hit, something which newly ex-smokers enjoy. Nic salts are also a good option for new vapers. 

Menthol Flavour - Juice

Menthol Flavour

£4.00 GBP - £12.99 GBP
Vampire Vape - Heisenberg - Juice

Vampire Vape Heisenberg

£5.00 GBP - £15.00 GBP
Golden Virginia - Juice

Golden Virginia

£4.00 GBP - £12.99 GBP

Which liquids are best for DTL vaping?

With a direct to lung device, you will want to make sure you have a high VG. One reason being that PG is thinner and more likely to leak out of the air holes. If you are after big clouds, a smooth throat hit and decent flavour then look for 70VG/30PG. In fact, you can go all the way to 100% VG with a DTL kit. View high VG vape juices here.

Which is better, MTL or DLT?

We say that the best out of DTL and MTL is the one that works for you. Whichever gets you off the cigs for good is the best one for you. You might start off with an MTL then look for something a little more advanced as vaping becomes almost like a hobby!

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