What does MTL vaping mean?

What does MTL vaping mean?

As a new starter in the market for your first vape, you are going to see a lot of new jargon. When looking for a beginner kit you are bound to come across the phrase Mouth to Lung or MTL a lot. In this article, we’re going to explain what it is, break down why it is relevant to you when making the switch from smoking and make your first vape purchase an informed and enjoyable one.

MTL Vaping is perfect for beginners

The mouth to lung style of vaping is when you inhale vapour into your mouth and then inhale it into your lungs just as you would a cigarette. The mouth to lung vaping style will feel very familiar to smokers as it also gives you that satisfying throat hit - something that is missed almost as much as the nicotine!

With beginner vape kits, the idea is to replicate this method of inhaling as well as the throat hit, so you get a like-for-like experience which - along with a higher nicotine strength - makes for an almost seamless smoking to vaping transition. This is done by utilising various aspects of the device's design features along with the type of e-liquid you use. Let's go through MTL vaping in more detail.

Image of the MTL (mouth to lung) vaping technique

Which coil is best for MTL vaping?


The coil is what turns your e-liquid into a vapour, it is a tiny metal tube that encases a metal mesh or coil wrapped in a layer of cotton. The cotton will soak up the e-liquid and, when you activate your vape, it will heat up the coil and voilà, you’re vaping. A single MTL coil will last roughly a week and they come in packs of three or five.

MTL vape coils have narrow centres - which is where your airflow will come through - and they also have a higher resistance. This means they are built to only allow a certain amount of your device’s power through when you activate your device.

Coil resistance is measured in Ohms, with mouth-to-lung coils existing in ranges of 0.8ohm to 1.5ohm. The lower the number (lower the resistance) the more power will get through. This translates to a warmer and much airier vape. Conversely, higher resistance coils with higher numbers will let through less power and provide a tighter and more discreet volume of vapour.

MTL vape kits will include a range of coil resistances, with a new kit often containing one high resistance (e.g: 1.0ohm) and one low (0.8ohm) resistance coil option. This offers you the opportunity to discover what kind of vape you prefer and it is recommended that you try both.

Image of 1.8ohm nautilus MTL coils

What battery is best for MTL vaping?

Inside your vape device is a rechargeable battery that can range from 250mAh all the way up to 1800mAh. To put this into perspective, the average mobile phone battery ranges from 3000 - 5000mAh. MTL vape kits don’t use that much power but a good starting point is 500mAh and up. They should last a day between charges depending on use and the latest kits feature USB Type-C charging that can have you back up and running pretty quickly.

The amount of power an MTL starter kit will put out is between 9 - 28 watts. Some kits will offer you the choice of adjusting the power settings while others are fixed or will be determined by the type of coil you use.

How big are MTL clouds of vapour?

We mentioned earlier how coils affect airflow. When you vape, air will get pulled through small openings in your device and drawn up through the narrow centre of the coil - picking up the vapourised e-liquid as it goes. Starter pod kits and vape pens are designed to deliver a restricted draw and are best suited towards MTL-style vaping. The cloud of vapour produced will be discrete and similar to that of a cigarette.

Some kits will have fixed airflow openings whilst others feature an adjustable airflow, which affords you the ability to tweak the tightness of your draw according to your liking. The mouthpiece of these kits is tapered to provide a restricted cigarette-like feel. If you’d like something that is round and feels more like a cigarette between your lips you can choose to have a look at vape pen options.

Photo showing the airlfow in MTL (mouth to lung) vape kits

Which e-liquid & nicotine is best for MTL vaping?

Now for the fun part, what vape juice to pick? You want to look out for e-liquids with a 50-50 consistency. This is the ratio of the two base ingredients PG & VG and denotes the thickness of the liquid.  

50-50 e-liquids are thin and are vaporised readily by the lower power output of mouth to lung devices. They are called freebase because they contain nicotine that has a higher pH value and will deliver a strong throat hit. They come in nicotine strengths of 3mg, 6mg, 12mg or 18mg. It is worth noting that the throat is quite harsh above 6mg of freebase nicotine. You can also buy larger 50/50 PGVG shortfill bottles, they offer a lot more e-liquid and are very cost-effective.

If you are a seasoned smoker you’ll need a good amount of nicotine to make sure your switch is successful and nic salts are the way to go. They share the same 50-50 consistency as freebase but are blended with nicotine that has a lower pH. This translates to a smooth yet gratifying throat hit at strengths of 5mg, 10mg or 20mg. Nic salts also absorb more quickly than freebase nicotine meaning they’re great if you have a heavy smoking habit.

What is the best MTL vape kit?

To make your transition away from smoking even easier, we’ve put together a list of MTL kits highly rated by our customers and staff here at Vape Superstore. What's more, we’ve added a pack of coils, three premium e-liquids and hammered the price down to give you everything you need in one affordable bundle. Or check out our full range here.

*Our Ultimate Beginner Vape Guide will answer all your vaping questions and help you get the perfect vape kit and e-liquid setup.

Our Top 3 MTL Starter Kit Recommendations

#1 Caliburn G2 Pod Kit Bundle
#2 XROS 3 Mini Pod Kit Bundle
#3 Pockex Kit Bundle

1. Caliburn G2 Pod Kit Bundle



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The Caliburn G2 is the perfect starter kit for any vaper looking for a compact and affordable device. It features progressive airflow control allowing you to adjust the draw of your vape. With an internal 750mAh battery, 18W of power to use with 0.8ohm and 1.2ohm coils, a sleek design and great flavour you're sure to fall in love with your first pod system!

The Caliburn G2 bundle delivers a full setup with a pack of five coils and your choice of 3 RAD nic salt flavours.

2. XROS 3 Mini Pod Kit Bundle



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If you're looking for a convenient step up from disposables, the Vaporesso XROS 3 Pod Kit is the perfect option. Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to fit in a bag or pocket, so you can take it wherever you go. Easy to use and hassle-free, the Vaporesso XROS 3 Pod Kit features an inhale activation system and provides excellent flavour with its 0.6ohm refillable mesh coil pod and huge 1000mAh rechargeable battery. Grab this bundle offer and get one pack of replacement pods & 3 x 10ml Fruitz Nic Salt E-liquids.

3. Pockex Kit Bundle



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The Pockex Kit is a firm favourite among vapers looking for a simple, easy-to-use kit. This pocket-friendly device features a 1500mAh battery and two coil options, allowing you to choose your preferred vaping style. With its press-to-vape style and ease of refill, this classic design is intuitive while being both durable and lightweight. With this bundle you’ll get a pack of 5 coils and 3 flavours of our very own Fifty-Fifty freebase e-liquid range.

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About the Author: David Phillips
David Phillips is the lead content writer at Vape Superstore, with a decade of involvement in the vaping industry. Armed with a journalism diploma, he has spent the past ten years exploring the world of vaping. David has a hands-on research approach and is committed to delivering fact-based content that is useful to readers. As a former smoker, he has personally experienced the advantages that switching to vaping has to offer, not only for well-being but also for cost savings. David is enthusiastic about raising awareness about vaping’s benefits and helping people make the switch away from tobacco.

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