How to Store and Get the Most from Your Vape Juice
If you’re like most vapers, the chances are that you have multiple bottles of e-juice and that it will take you a while to use them all up. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best ways to ensure that your vape juice stays fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.
Avoid the three main “don’ts”: light, heat, and air
The three worst enemies that your juices have are light, heat, and air. Each one of these forces can interact in its own way with the chemicals that make up your juice. To effectively eliminate these dangers to your e-liquid, it’s important to understand the role that light, heat, and air play in ruining your vaping experience.
Light and heat both enter your e-juice and cause the molecules to gain energy and move faster. When this happens, these molecules react with each other, forming new chemical bonds. This action alters the chemical composition of your vape juice, leading to unpredictable changes in the colour and – more importantly – flavour of your juice.
Besides the changes caused by light and heat, air poses a whole different kind of threat. When your vape juice is exposed to a combination of air and light, the result is oxidation, which also affects the chemical bonds in your juice. The air itself can also reduce the nicotine content of the liquid to the point where there’s almost none left. Of course, you can still vape this juice, but you won’t receive the same effects as you would have with the full nicotine content. Finally, exposure to air will cause your e-juice to evaporate faster, giving you far less value for money.
Storing your vape juice
To keep your e-juice safe, your best bet is to store it in a cool, dark place. For example, you could store it in a cabinet, drawer, or box that’s kept away from any heat sources and out of direct sunlight. Also, don’t just leave it lying there for weeks or months on end – take it out weekly and give it a gentle shake to ensure that the ingredients stay blended.
People in the vaping community have a lot of opinions on what type of bottle to use for storage. The consensus is generally that small, tinted glass bottles are your best choice. Plastic is permeable, and even higher-quality plastics allow some air to pass through. If your vape juice comes in small glass bottles already, great. If not, you may want to consider purchasing some to use for storing your e-liquids. However, it’s important that the bottles are small – you don’t want to store your juices in large containers (not even glass ones) because all the extra headroom only leaves space for air to sit in contact with your e-juice.
Vape juice storage safety
It’s important to keep in mind that nicotine can be toxic if you consume it in the wrong amounts, and it is particularly harmful to children and pets. For this reason, you should make sure that your e-liquid storage spot is well out of reach of anyone but you and other adult vapers in your household. Remember that dogs and other animals can chew through small plastic bottles – another good reason to choose glass. Don’t rely on child-safe lids, either; they are a deterrent, but a dedicated child may stumble upon a way to open them successfully. The smartest move is simply to make sure that your vape juice is out of reach of children and pets at all times.
Understanding how different external factors can affect the quality of your e-juice can help you get the most out of each bottle. If you have stored a bottle of juice for a long time, you may find that its colour has changed somewhat; this is normal and not a big concern. However, if the smell or flavour is noticeably different, it’s best to discard the juice and replace it with a new bottle. These tips should help ensure that you enjoy your e-juice for as long a time as possible.