What is Mouth to Lung and Direct to Lung Vaping?

When shopping for vapes, 2 common abbreviations you will see are MTL and DTL. These stand for Mouth to Lung and Direct to Lung Vaping respectively. These two things are very important when it comes to vaping, but what do they mean? Today I will guide you through what they are and what the differences between them are.

Mouth To Lung Vaping

What Is Mouth to Lung Vaping?

Mouth-to-lung vaping is inhaling vapor into your mouth and having it stay in your mouth for a while before inhaling into the lungs. To do this, take a pull on your vaping device, hold it in your mouth and inhale it in your lungs before exhaling.

What Does Mouth to Lung Vaping Feel Like?

Mouth to Lung vaping is like smoking a cigarette. This method produces a tingling sensation in the throat, known as the throat hit.  MTL produces a smoother throat hit in comparison to direct to lung vaping.

Who is Mouth To Lung Vaping Best Suited For?

Mouth To Lung is best for new vapers due to its similarity to smoking cigarettes.  Due to the technical limitations of early vapes only allowing Mouth to Lung vaping, longtime vapers also prefer this method since they have got used to it.

What Is the Best Device for Mouth to Lung Vaping?

The best kind of mouth to lung devices are kits with tanks using high ohm coils, since they keep the vape at the right temperature, allowing it to produce good flavour. You can use sub-ohm devices for mouth to lung, however the vape will get hot and the flavour won't be as strong

Devices made for mouth to lung vaping have small coils made of artificial fibers, and so do not need manual wicking. It is best to use these devices on a low wattage, between 15 and 20 watts, and with a coil of 1.2 ohms or higher.

What Is the Best E-Liquid for Mouth-To-Lung Vaping?

The best e-liquids for mouth to lung vaping are high PG e-liquids, since they give a good throat hit, like the hit you get from a cigarette. High PG e-liquids are also suitable for the devices used for mouth to lung.

What Are the Benefits of Mouth-To-Lung Vaping?

  • Helps you quit smoking: Mouth To Lung vaping gives you the feeling of smoking, since the vaping technique is the same as smoking. The throat hit is also gentle but satisfying, making it suitable for new vapers.
  • Better flavor: As you leave the vapour in your mouth, the vapour interacts with the tastebuds so you get more flavour. PG e-liquids also carry flavour better.
  • Uses less e-juice: Due to the slow inhalation, the e-liquid is vaporised slower, making it last longer.
  • Cooler vape: Since MTL vaping is done with low battery power devices, the vape does not become too hot.

What Are the Downsides of Mouth-To-Lung Vaping?

  • Weaker: Mouth To Lung vaping generally gives a smoother and less satisfying hit than Direct to Lung.
  • Outdated: There has been a sharp growth in the vaping industry in the last few years, with new vapes constantly coming out with new features. Since Mouth to Lung vaping relies on traditional vaping devices which lack some features, many vapers consider this method outdated.

Direct to Lung Vaping

What Is Direct to Lung Vaping?

Direct to lung vaping is a normal breathing process in which you take the vapour directly into your lungs without holding it in your mouth.

What Does Direct To Lung Vaping Feel Like?

Direct lung vaping is more intense than mouth to lung, which some vapers may find overwhelming. This tends to produce a harsher throat hit. since the vape is heated at high temperatures, it is best to take quick draws to avoid hot vapes.

What Is the Best Device for Direct to Lung Vaping?

Direct to Lung vaping requires a mod or RBA with a subohm tank. These devices give good vaper production and are good for cloud chasers or people who enjoy vaping tricks. It is, however, more powerful than MTL, and, for new users can cause coughing and choking. Sub-ohm devices are not suitable for new vapers, especially those who do not understand ohms laws.

Read More: A Guide to Sub-Ohm Vaping

Coils used for DTL are larger than the coils used for MTL, since sub ohm tanks need large wicking ports to allow the wick to quickly absorb the e-juice, providing a non-stop flow of e-liquid to the coils.

What Is the Best E-Liquid for Direct-To-Lung Vaping?

Direct to Lung vaping works best with high VG e-liquids, since they give smoother throat hits and are great for cloud production, which most direct to lung vapers are looking for.  Since sub-ohm tanks heat e-liquids at high temperatures, they work best with high VG e-liquids, since they are more viscous and they require more power to heat. 

What Are the Benefits of Mouth-To-Lung Vaping?

  • Satisfying: A throat hit from DTL vaping is more intense than an MTL hit. Smokers and ex-smokers generally find this a satisfying hit.

  • Clouds: DTL vaping uses high VG e-liquids, which produce large and dense clouds, making them very satisfying for cloud chasers.

What Are the Downsides of Mouth-To-Lung Vaping?

  • Less flavor: High VG e-liquids do not carry flavour as well as high PG e-liquids and, since you don't leave the vapour in your mouth, you do not get as much flavour.

  • Not For Beginners: Direct to Lung vaping is unsuitable for beginners since it requires basic knowledge. You need to draw quickly to avoid hot vapes, and you have to tweak your level of PG and nicotine to prevent harsh hits. Also, you need to make sure you don't run out of e-juice or you will get dry hits.

Now you should know what Mouth to Lung and Direct to Lung vaping is. Vapers enjoy both styles of vaping for different reasons, and both require different e-liquids and kits. For beginners, it is best to start with Mouth to Lung, since Direct to Lung is more advanced. Happy Vaping!