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Mouth to Lung VS. Direct to Lung, What’s the difference?

Jordan Premonics

Posted on April 16 2019

Mouth to Lung VS. Direct to Lung, What’s the difference?

If you’ve seen MTL and DTL while browsing vape stores and you’re getting confused I’m here to help! There’s a lot of vague terminology and weird abbreviations in the vaping world and sometimes it’s not easy to remember what everything stands for.

Here’s a simple breakdown of the Difference between MTL (Mouth to Lung) and DTL (Direct to Lung) Vaping.

Mouth to Lung (MTL)



Like the name states, MTL vaping is when you take a short puff off of a device into your mouth and then inhale. This style of vaping is the most similar to old fashioned cigarette smoking and it’s perfect for users who are new to vaping. A lot of standard DTL vape devices with sub-ohm tanks produce more vaper than most new users are capable of handling. That's why you end up with people coughing like crazy when they try a vape device for the first time, their lungs aren’t used to that much vapor production. MTL vapers enjoy small condensed clouds of vapor that tend to be more flavorful than DTL clouds due to a tighter airflow chamber.

A good example of an MTL system is the Mojo Disposable Pod Device. This Pod device is designed for new vapers with its simple draw activated firing, and lends itself well to MTL style vaping.

Direct to Lung (DTL)


Direct to lung style vaping is the standard form of vaping for most veteran vapers. DTL vaping is when you fully inhale the vapor clouds while firing the device. This provides a hearty vape cloud that has a similar throat feel to taking a long drag from a cigarette. If you’ve been vaping on pod systems but you still aren’t satisfied with the taste it might be time to step up to a DTL sub-ohm system.

There’s a vast plethora of DTL systems out there, since it’s the current standard for most of the vaping world, but one of the best DTL devices on the market has to be the SMOK Stick V8 Kit. It’s essentially the model T of the vaping world as its one of the cheapest and most reliable starter kits on the market, even now, several years after its release.


  • DyNama: April 25, 2019

    I vaped M2L for 5 years, didn’t try sub-ohm DL vaping till I got a 0.15 ohm Sikary NuNu tank from you! I am enjoying the bigger clouds, tho I still puff a lot. Would you believe I’ve refilled my first 3ml disposable tank 115 times?!

  • eric: April 19, 2019

    Thanks for the knowledge man!

  • Michael Driver: April 19, 2019

    Great article for the New capers out there. Clear, concise explanations. I’ve been vaping for a couple of years, and would have liked to see this type of article when I first started.
    Thanks for your service to the community, both new, and veteran alike!

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