Mouth to Lung (MTL) vs. Direct Lung (DL) Vaping

Mouth to Lung (MTL) vs. Direct Lung (DL) Vaping

Are you also the one who just started vaping and is unaware of the terms, MTL, DTL, & RDL?

Stress not!

Here, I am with a detailed understanding of mouth-to-lung (MTL) vs. direct-to-lung (DTL); after reading this, you will be in a position to explain these terms to your newbie vaper friends.

Before stepping into the world of vaping, I was also the same, used to asking people to make me understand the basics of vaping.

Well, I am thankful to them, along with those vape store reps who spent literally hours, explaining to me the difference between MTL and DTL, and with other product features.


Before jumping into the world of MTL and DTL vaping experiences, let’s get to know the sub-ohm, as they might confuse you later.

Vape coils generally have an ohm range – from 0.1 to 2.8; the widely preferred resistance level is 2.5 ohms. Here, the rule is simple, lower the ohm, more vapor production, better the flavor, more consumption of e-liquid, and more battery power required. High ohm e-cig coils perform vice versa.

Sub-Ohming refers to vaping with an electronic cigarette that has a coil with a below 1Ω resistance level.

Still confused? How does this relate to MTL or DTL?

Well, if you want to enjoy the maximum flavor and denser clouds, go for the DTL, as it has a sub-ohm between 0.1 to 0.9Ω, the most commonly used is 0.3 to 0.6Ω.

Let’s quickly explore MTL and DTL.

Mouth-to-Lung (MTL) Vapes

So, Mouth-to-lung is to vape precisely like a cigarette. It mimics the feel and sensation of the traditional method. The steps involve inhaling the vapor into the mouth and then inhaling it into the lungs.

This beginner-friendly vaping style requires less production of vapor, wattage, and milder throat hit. Hence it is designed for those smoking quitters and first-timers. One of the best MTL pods is the Voopo V Thru which gives you the 0.7 Ohm coil and delivers a smooth vaping experience that immerses vapers in intense flavor and smoky clouds.

Talking about the MTL coils (the part of the device that turns e-liquid into vapor) offers a higher resistance. MTL devices tend to use coils with a resistance of more than 1 ohm. This means that the liquid in the tank is vaporized at a cooler temperature which creates cooler and thinner vapors.

Direct-to-lung (DTL) Vapes

Direct-to-lung is the opposite; it involves directly inhaling the vapor into the lungs. The technique uses a lot of vapor production, wattage, and stronger throat hits. This technique is intense, and only experienced vapers should use it. They long for intense sensational vaping.

One of the best DTL experiences can be enjoyed with DTL vape mods; my favorite one is the one offered by the Heatvape Invader Mini; you can use it easily with either of your favorite MTL or DTL tanks. 

If you want a smoother vaping experience, the DTL coils are highly recommended, as they require lower resistance (below 1 ohm) but more power, which means they’ll produce denser vape clouds.

 DTL kits are designed for regularly experienced vapors and are a bit complicated to use. So, I will not suggest it to a beginner. The best DTL Vape is Voopoo Drag Nano 2 Kit has a robust build with a Zinc Alloy body while featuring their signature drag series design with a built-in 800mAh battery.

 So, if you are not sure is MTL or DTL better? Think of your vaping desires, if you want denser vapor production, go for DTL or choose otherwise.

To make your vaping easy, let me share with you what types of e-liquids suitable for MTL and DTL, respectively.

E-Liquids for MTL

The e-liquids contain a specific ratio of ingredients: propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. The ratio is indicated on the box or bottle. The MTL e-liquids are used with at least a 50% ratio of propylene glycol or PG.

Vape juices containing a higher ratio make their consistency thicker. So, the MTL device will need help soaking the liquid and badly heats up, leading to a burnt taste and shorter coil life.

E-Liquids for DTL

Due to direct-to-lung/’sub ohm,’ kits produce more vapor, which means you need a lower nicotine strength because you’ll get a stronger nicotine rush in one go.

A good place to start is 3mg; e-liquids with  at least 70% VG content are best suited for use with sub-ohm kits. Vape juices with more PG often felt harsh in a direct-to-lung kit.


I hope this MTL vs. DTL guide will help you find the right vape for you; for a quick recall, if you’re new to vaping, MTL is just for you while the otherwise is great for a pro vaper.

Happy Vaping!

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