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MTL vs DTL Vape Guide

Vaping seems simple enough on the surface. It's a straightforward process: the vaporizer makes vapour and its user inhales it. While it was once this simple, vaping has evolved. Over the years, different devices started to gravitate towards different styles of vaping. That's where MTL vaping and DTL vaping come in.

MTL VS DTL: What's the Difference?

The style in which you vape will always either fall under MTL vaping or DTL vaping. MTL stands for "mouth to lung" and DTL stands for "direct to lung." The meaning is in the name. MTL vaping is a style of vaping in which you first pull the vapour into your mouth and then into your lungs, while DTL vaping refers to the style in which you pull vapour directly into your lungs.

While it might just seem like two slightly different ways to inhale vapour, different vaporizers are actually designed to gravitate towards one or the other. Each style is intended for a different kind of user, and each style works best with vape gear that's made specifically for it.

MTL Vaping

First, let's talk about mouth-to-lung vaping. There are a few defining attributes that can help you identify an MTL vape. MTL vapes tend to have more restricted airflow and lower vapour production compared to DTL vapes.

Because MTL vapes don't need to produce as much vapour, they require less power. Consequently, the batteries that they use tend to be a lot smaller. MTL vapes tend to be far more compact, portable, and power-efficient. 

You might be wondering why this exists. After all, MTL vaping is DTL vaping with an extra step. Instead of pulling vapour directly into your lungs, you initially pull it into your mouth. Why add this extra step?

Who Is MTL Vaping For?

This extra step allows vaping to more closely emulate the draw style of a traditional cigarette. Quite often, those that have spent a lot of time smoking will prefer mouth to lung vaping. It's just a motion that they've gone through many times, so they take to it naturally. However, MTL vaping isn't just for former and current smokers. There are vapers that have never touched a cigarette, and they still prefer MTL vaping. The feel is drastically different from that of DTL vaping, and some people just naturally gravitate towards it.

Some vapers prefer MTL vaping because MTL vapes tend to produce more flavourful vapour. You've likely heard of cloud chasing: a style of vaping in which you aim to get the largest possible clouds.  Cloud-chasers use the direct-to-lung method. Mouth-to-lung vaping exists on the opposite side of the vaping spectrum.

Vapour production isn't quite as important with this style of vaping. Preferences vary from person to person, but many vapers enjoy MTL vaping because it's more casual and laid back. 

Which E-liquids Are Best For MTL Vaping?

Quite often, MTL vapers will use e-liquid with a higher nicotine concentration. This way, a small MTL cloud can provide effects more similar to those of larger, DTL clouds.

While high nicotine e-liquids are more popular among MTL vapers, it's by no means the only option. Some vapers even prefer to use nicotine-free e-liquid. You're free to choose what suits you with most MTL vapes.  There are, however, a few exceptions to this.

One such exception is our V-Pack II Series: one of the most recognizable MTL vapes on the Australian market.

There are a lot of e-liquids out there that come in a variety of flavours, high-nicotine and otherwise. Furthermore, there are a lot of ultra-portable MTL vapes that can utilize these e-liquids. At Vaper Empire, we offer our V-Pack II Series cartomisers in a variety of nicotine strengths, which span from nicotine-free (0mg) to very heavy (24mg). We also offer our V-Pack II cartomisers in a variety of different flavours, giving our customers the freedom to choose what's right for them.

Which Vapes Are Best For MTL Vaping?

MTL vapes don't require a lot of power to function efficiently, so they often come in the form of "ultra-portables" or "all-in-one vapes." Our V-Pack II Series is a popular example of an ultra-portable MTL vape. It's by far one of the most popular MTL vapes on the Australian market, and this has been the case for years.

For instance, our V-Twist Series is similar in size to our V-Pack II, but it's more powerful. Plus, it holds more than twice as much e-liquid. It even features a variety of voltage settings, while the V-Pack II doesn't offer any kind of voltage control at this time. Pair the V-Twist with any e-liquid that you prefer and experience MTL vaping at its finest.

The V-Twist, like the V-Pack II, has all of the classic MTL attributes. It's extremely lightweight and compact, and it produces vapour with flavour that's out of this world. Additionally, its battery life is nothing short of superb. It's a lot like the V-Pack II, but it's an improvement in various regards.

DTL Vaping

Direct-to-lung vaping is a style of vaping in which you pull vapour from your mouthpiece directly into your lungs. Compared to MTL vapes, DTL vapes tend to have looser airflow and a higher rate of vapour production.

DTL vapes will often use sub-ohm coils. These coils allow you to produce more vapour without getting too hot. These coils require more power than the coils found in MTL vapes.

Consequently, DTL vapes tend to be larger than MTL vapes. They sacrifice some portability for increased performance, but DTL vapers consider this a small price to pay. Your DTL vape won't be as compact as an MTL vape, but you can't beat a DTL vape's clouds.

Who Is DTL Vaping For?

While an MTL vape's design is usually centred around flavour, DTL vape's are built around vapour production. MTL vapes more closely emulate the draw style of a cigarette, but DTL vapes aren't designed to emulate anything. They're simply designed to produce large, satisfyingly smooth clouds of vapour.

DTL vaping is in a class of its own. You'll either enjoy it, or you won't. Due to how unique the experience is, you really have to try it before determining whether or not you like it.

Which E-liquids Are Best For DTL Vaping?

Previously, we mentioned that MTL vapes often use e-liquid with a high concentration of nicotine. High-nicotine e-liquids like this are not recommended for use with DTL vapes. Such a high concentration of nicotine combined with a DTL's level of vapour production could be very overwhelming or even dangerous.

MTL e-liquids can contain up to 50mg of nicotine, while most DTL users won't surpass 24mg. Even 24mg is considered extremely high for DTL vaping. While 24mg e-liquid is an okay strength to use, most DTL vapers stay within the 0-12mg range. With large clouds, 12mg e-liquid will provide you with more than enough nicotine. That being said, the most common nicotine strengths for DTL vaping are actually 3mg and 6mg.

E-liquid with 6mg of nicotine provides noticeable effects, and the nicotine concentration is so low that it barely affects the flavour of your vapour. 12mg provides an effect that's noticeably stronger. While this nicotine concentration doesn't negatively impact your vapour's flavour too much, the flavour is noticeably altered when compared to 6mg e-liquid. Here at Vaper Empire, we offer e-liquids in both 6mg and 12mg concentrations.

Which Vapes Are Best For DTL Vaping?

While MTL vapes often manifest in the form of ultra-portables and all-in-ones, DTL vapes usually manifest in a form that's quite the opposite. They can almost never be considered "ultra-portable." Compared to MTL vapes, DTL vapes tend to be somewhat large.

DTL vapes are still portable and often fit comfortably in your pocket, but a DTL vape's portability factor usually just doesn't compare to that of an MTL vape. Additionally, DTL vapes abandon the idea of an all-in-one design. Rather, DTL batteries and tanks are usually sold as separate units.

For those that don't want to put the time into researching various tanks and batteries, most DTL vape batteries have kit options that include an atomizer from the same company. Starter kits come with everything you need to start vaping, making your shopping experience a lot less stressful.

Because these kits include components that are made to work well together, the pairing usually provides a very satisfying vape session. That's certainly the case with Vaper Empire's Vibe Series Deluxe Starter Kit. The Vibe is an awesome DTL vape because it brings you the best of both worlds.

It's a lot smaller than most DTL vapes, and its superb flavour quality is more like that of an MTL vape. That being said, it still retains the attributes that define a DTL vape. For instance, it features a modular design, and the vapour production is plentiful enough for a direct-to-lung hit.

It's slightly larger than most MTL vapes, but it's a lot smaller than most DTL vapes. It's as flavorful as an MTL vape, but it's capable of vapour production that MTL vapes only dream of.

While it's technically categorized as a DTL vape, the Vibe is more like the perfect melding of the two styles. If you're not into that, there's no shortage of traditional DTL batteries and tanks to choose from.

MTL Vapes vs. DTL Vapes: Which One's For You?

Now that we've discussed the differences between MTL vapes and DTL vapes, maybe you have an idea of which one would suit you best.

Are you drawn to the lightweight, ultra-portable mouth-to-lung vaporizers? The vapour production isn't the best, but the flavour can't be beaten.


Has the direct-to-lung vaporizer's massive clouds captivated your interest? These vapes are larger, but if clouds are what you're about, a slight decrease in portability certainly won't stand in your way.

Really, you can't go wrong with either. In our opinion, chill, flavourful MTL sessions are just as satisfying as intense cloud-chasing sessions.

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