Mouth to Lung vs Direct to Lung

Two terms you will hear a lot in the world of vaping are Mouth to Lung (MTL) and Direct to Lung (DTL), and if you smile and nod along without really understanding then you are totally forgiven. The terms refer to two distinctly different styles of vaping and once you understand more about them, you will be able to decide which is right for you.

Mouth to Lung 

When you break it down, Mouth to Lung vaping is actually quite self-explanatory. As you inhale you bring the vapour into your mouth, and it is held there briefly before being inhaled further down into the lungs. This is what we class as the smoking experience as it closely mimics the way we draw on cigarettes. In technical terms, this is a more restricted and tighter draw. It tends to be the vaping method that hits the back of the throat harder too, and MTL vapes tend to use e-liquids with a higher PG ratio and this when combined with the fact less air gets drawn across the coil produces the hit at the back of the throat which people either tend to love or hate.  

Direct to Lung 

So, once you understand MTL you can have a good chance of guessing what Direct to Lung means and being right. As you inhale the vapour passes straight through your mouth without spending any time there, instead directly hitting the lungs. There is less of a hit at the back of the throat and it creates a smoother vape which many people prefer. It really does come down to personal choice. DTL enables you to have a larger airflow over the coil as this is needed to keep the vape kit cool.

Choosing the Right Experience for You

More often than not, new vapers will prefer a Mouth to Lung vape, especially if they are using vaping as a method of smoking cessation. It mimics the way they smoke and therefore replicates the addictive hit at the throat and makes them feel like they are still smoking, which for a nicotine addict is important. The Direct to Lung method is more intense and usually results in a bit of coughing for the first few times. However, there is more to deciding than just the way it passes into the lungs. Flavour also plays a large part in the decision, MTL vapers will attest to the fact that they have a better flavour experience because they tend to be using e-liquids with the higher PG ratio, which is where the intensity of the flavour comes from. The fact you are also holding the cloud in your mouth also adds to the experience because your mouth is literally loaded with taste buds. You will also find that cloud chasers prefer the DTL experience as this method leads to much bigger clouds of vapour. It is always worth experimenting to see which suits you best, and as always if you get stuck, give us a shout!