MTL versus DTL Vaping

What is mouth to lung (MTL) vaping

If you are looking for a vaping style that most closely replicates the feeling of smoking a cigarette then mouth to lung vaping is the best option. The majority of newbies to the vaping world choose this method as it feels like the most natural way for them to inhale. This vaping technique requires a low powered device and a high resistance coil (above 1ohm) and results in an intense flavour without producing large clouds! It’s a more discreet way of vaping that provides you with the nicotine fix you are looking for. One of the advantages of this technique is the fact it uses less e-liquid than DTL vaping therefore saving a little money……….every penny counts!!!

What’s the difference between smoking a cigarette and MTL vaping?

As mentioned above MTL vaping most closely replicates the experience of smoking a cigarette. They both essentially follow the same process with the vapour going into the mouth and then being further inhaled into the lungs which allows air to be drawn in at the same time. The user then exhales. However, the main difference between them is down to length of the “draw”. Vaping involves a long, smooth and steady draw to optimise flavour and satisfaction whereas smoking a cigarette involves short, sharp drags.

With MTL vaping you can vary your technique by changing how long you leave the vapour in your mouth. For a more intense flavour and bigger hit, it is recommended you keep it in your mouth a little longer. If you want to avoid any unwanted attention leave the time between inhalation and exhalation as long as possible and this will reduce the size of  the vapour cloud. Vaping in a discreet manner like this is also know as stealth vaping.

What is stealth vaping?

As mentioned above this method of vaping is designed to make you as inconspicuous and discreet as possible and is ideal for anyone wishing to avoid any unwanted attention. Discreet devices combined with low power with a tight MTL draw work best for this type of vaping. Combining this with the user limiting the amount they exhale, this results in a much smaller vapour cloud which can be almost invisible.

What devices work best for MTL vaping?

There are a wide choice of devices available ranging from vaping pens to pod systems that can be used with refillable or pre-filled pods. The more advanced box mods can also be used by making certain adjustments suitable for MTL vaping. This includes using a lower wattage of less than 15W and using a tighter draw which is enabled by the fact that MTL coils tend to be filled with more cotton. The mouthpiece on a tank designed for MTL vaping is usually narrower (510 drip tip) making it closer in feel to a cigarette. Airflow isn’t always adjustable on these tanks but when it is, it is best to keep this as low as possible otherwise you will just experience a large mouthful of heat!!

Why should I choose MTL vaping?

  • If you are transitioning from smoking cigarettes and are new to the world of vaping.
  • If you would prefer to be discreet when vaping opposed to producing large vapour clouds.
  • If you are trying to keep costs as low as possible as this style of vaping uses less e-liquids and doesn’t require such an expensive vaping device.
  • If you want to be able to use nicotine salts or high nicotine salt e-liquids as these are not advised when choosing DTL method.

What is DTL Vaping?

DTL is known as direct to lung vaping and the technique most often employed by the more experienced vapers. This method is very similar to the way we naturally breath and involves inhaling the vapour straight down into your lungs without holding it in your mouth first. This technique would feel very abnormal to first time vapers transitioning from smoking as they are used to allowing the vapour to linger in their mouth before taking down to their lungs. This technique can take a while to master as instead of sucking on the mouthpiece you effectively take a deep breath which means the vapour bypasses your mouth and goes straight into your lungs. The sensation of this for the first time will probably result in the user coughing and needing to exhale immediately. Over a period of time with enough practice most users are able to successfully inhale slowly and steadily for 3-5 seconds to near full lung capacity before needing to exhale. Make sure your exhalation is FAST to achieve the thickest possible cloud production and maximum flavour.

What devices work best for DTL vaping?

DTL devices are completely the opposite of those best suited to MTL vaping. Features that are most important include a variable wattage, wide mouthpiece, sub-ohm coil and adjustable airflow.

  • Sub-ohm coil
    A low resistance sub-ohm coil is required to ensure the required higher wattage can be achieved.
  • Variable wattage
    DTL vaping requires cranking up the wattage high. The higher the power the bigger the cloud.
  • Adjustable airflow
    Keeping the airflow open allows more air to flow through the tank and down into your lungs which ultimately results in bigger vapour clouds. By adjusting this you can identify your preferred setting in order to optimise the flavour and cloud production.
  • Mouthpiece
    A wider mouthpiece (810 drip tip) is the best option as it allows a fuller inhale.

Recommendations for those new to DTL vaping

In order to ease yourself in gently to the world of DTL vaping it is best to start with a low power setting and restricted airflow. Over time your lungs will get used to holding large amounts of vapour in them and any discomfort that you previously experienced should reduce significantly.

Why should I choose DTL vaping? 

  • If you are an experienced vaper.
  • If you are looking to produce massive clouds of billowing smoke!
  • If you are willing to spend more money on a more advanced vaping device.
  • REMEMBER DTL vaping works out more expensive than MTL as not only do you need more expensive equipment but it also uses up a lot more e-liquid.