MTL vs DTL Vaping: Which Style is Right for You?

Updated 06 02,2023

When choosing a vape kit or e-cigarette, you may come across the terms ‘MTL’ and ‘DTL’. These are acronyms for the terms ‘mouth to lung’ and ‘direct to lung’, which define the different vaping styles used by vapers and relate to how you inhale the vapor created by your e-cigarette.

Keep reading to find out more about these vaping styles and how they can influence which type of e-cigarette or vaping device will suit you.



Mouth to Lung Vaping (MTL)

Mouth to lung vaping is where the vapor from an e-cigarette is inhaled into the mouth, then into the lungs. This style of vaping is best suited to beginners as it resembles the way in which most people smoke a cigarette.


MTL Vape Kits

Vape kits suitable for mouth to lung vaping require coils (the part of an e-cigarette that turns e-liquid into vapor) with a higher resistance. This resistance is measured in ohms and MTL devices tend to use coils with a resistance of 1 ohm or above.


This essentially means that the liquid in the tank is vaporized at a cooler temperature and therefore a cooler, thinner vapor is produced. This is similar to the density of cigarette smoke and another reason why devices designed for MTL vaping are often favored by beginners.


Benefits of Mouth to Lung Vaping

– Resembles smoking a cigarette

– Cooler, thinner vapor

– Best suited for beginners


Direct to Lung Vaping (DTL)

Direct to lung vaping, otherwise known as ‘sub ohm’, involves inhaling the vapor from an e-cigarette directly into the lungs, just like taking a normal breath. This is usually favored by more experienced vapers as the vapor is more dense and can be a little overwhelming for new users.


DTL vaping can take some getting used to for new vapers as, unlike mouth to lung vaping, this isn’t generally how you would inhale smoke from a cigarette. That being said, mouth to lung vaping is sometimes favored due to the thicker clouds and warmer vapor. If you’re completely new to vaping and think that mouth to lung vaping will suit you better, there are some great entry-level sub ohm kits which you can find out more about below.


DTL Vape Kits

Unlike classic MTL style kits and tanks, DTL hardware will need coils with a resistance below 1 ohm. The lower resistance allows the coil to heat e-liquid at a higher temperature and therefore creates warmer, more dense clouds of vapor.


Benefits of Direct to Lung Vaping

– Smoother, warmer, and thicker vapor

– More nicotine with each draw

– DTL kits often have more settings and can be customized to suit your preferences



Speaking of the differences of MTL & DTL, NEO P8000 is designed with an airflow control ring, which is easy to switch between MTL and DTL vaping styles.



Simply adjust the ring to the middle for MTL vaping or to the end for DTL vaping. With its versatile design, the NEO P8000 offers a premium vaping experience for all preferences.



In conclusion, understanding the difference between MTL and DTL vaping styles is essential when choosing an e-cigarette or vape kit. By considering your preferences, experience level, and desired nicotine strength, you can choose the right hardware and e-liquids that will give you the best vaping experience.