MTL and DTL: What are they and what is the difference?

What was once just a healthier alternative to smoking, has in recent years become a booming commodity. More and more smokers are turning to vaping, and sticking to it. But can it really replace the feeling of smoking, and how do vapor consistencies differ?

Even if you are a long-time vaper or a newbie, knowing the difference can be vital. Firstly, when vaping, the hit you receive can differ immensely. These sensations can be determined by a number of things, from the actual vape device and the coils used, all the way to the liquid itself. As a result, this will either result in a MTL hit, or a DTL.


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And no, DTL does not mean down to love. DTL stands for ‘direct to lung’ hit. It creates a seamless airflow between your actual vape and your lungs. Those who are looking to ‘cloud-chase,’ often prefer this method because this can help you produce more vapor. And the more vapor, the bigger the clouds, and the better the playtime tricks.

If you’re looking to stop smoking, or you’re used to smoking, this might not be the best replacement. On the other hand, if you are new to smoking altogether, this type of hit might be a lot easier on your throat.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have what we call a ‘mouth to lung’ hit. In the beginning, this was the most common type in it’s class. This is because at the start, long before they were used for art, most people purchased vapes to try to stop smoking. And if you’re craving a cigarette, you’ll likely also be looking to feel like you’re still smoking something.

This is why ‘mouth to lung’ hits are so much more popular with smokers. Instead of a lighter, more direct airflow, this feels a lot more like smoking. The vapor first enters the mouth, hits the throat slightly, and then makes its way to the lungs. Again, depending on the liquid you use, the intensity of this hit can be twisted and tweaked.

So Which One Do I Choose?

At the end of the day, there really is no right or wrong answer. This is because most regular vapers swap and change all the time. Hits can even be altered by things like temperature change, and again, the list goes on. Best to test the waters for yourself, and find the style most perfectly suited to you.

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