Does vape juice expire? What is vape juice? Well, let us start off by first calling it e-liquid instead of vape juice. Before knowing if e-liquids have an expiration date we must first examine what an e-liquid is. This article will take a quick look at the major components of an e-liquid and just how to properly store your e-liquid to get maximum life out of it.
What is an E-liquid
An e-liquid is a mixture of two different bases. First Vegetable Glycerin and the second Propylene Glycol. A comparison of the two can be found here. These are the two main bases that attribute to the cloud production as well as just how powerful the throat hit is. Different combination of VG/PG offer different vaping effects but this article will not cover those topics. But simply put an e-liquid is a mixture of these two “food safe” (FDA deemed food safe) liquids mixed together to form the liquid. Many times even the extract that is used to add the flavoring will even be a mixture of these two bases. Of course, there are numerous variations and ways to make e-liquids but those are the main ingredients. Nicotine and other additives can also be added for people who wish to vape with those.
How Should I be Storing my E-Liquid
Storing an e-liquid is a rather simple task. They already come in a container meant to store the e-liquid. Simply keep it in there and keep it at comfortable room temperature and that will extend its life the longest. Keep your e-liquid away from high temperatures and extreme colds. These can cause the e-liquid to go bad faster than usual. Even the temperature of a refrigerator is great for e-liquids. It is a cold dark place with no interference from sunlight or other sources of heat. We here at ProVapor don’t recommend anything less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. As a general rule of thumb a dry, dark, regulated temperature area is best for e-liquid storage.
Leaving your e-liquids in the car can be detrimental to the life span of your e-liquid. High heat, humid air, and intense UV exposure can ruin your favorite e-liquid before you even get a chance to use it. This is especially true if your e-liquid has nicotine in it. Nicotine is highly reactive and can even cause your e-liquid to change color if the nicotine is exposed to air or high heat for long amounts of time. While this is true a slight change in color is nothing to be concerned about and can be expected especially if the liquid is not used within a few weeks of purchasing it.
Does Vape Juice Expire (E-liquids)?
Yes. When asked does vape juice expire we always air on the safe side and say yes. Here at ProVapor, we advise that all e-liquids be used within one year of purchasing them. With that being said there is no official expiration date on e-liquids. The two main ingredients Vegetable Glycerin and Propylene Glycol do not have expiration dates so there is no official expiration date for e-liquids. Other websites suggest 1-2 years as an expiration date. Check out this article for some more information.
Some More Things to Look Out For
A few common complaints from e-liquid purchasers is that their e-liquid changed colors. This happens many times if the e-liquid is getting older or if it has been affected by UV light or intense temperatures. This is even truer when the e-liquid contains nicotine. Oxidation can naturally occur in e-liquids, but no need to worry. Oxidation is a natural process that does not make your e-liquid any less safe to vape.
The thickness of my e-liquid has changed is it bad? This is a very common complaint and the answer is no. Just because your e-liquid has changed in its thickness does not automatically mean your e-liquid has gone bad. If this is the case, or you see sediment on the bottom, give your bottle a good shake. 9 out of 10 ten times everything will blend back together and it is ready to vape. On the off chance, it does not blend back together that’s when you know its time to throw away that e-liquid.
The smell is off. Throw it away. Just like with food if you notice a significant change in the smell toss it out. This will only occur around the 1-2 year mark so be sure to be aware of your e-liquid going bad around this time.
Conclusion on E-liquid Safety
The article Does Vape Juice Expire? How to store it has hopefully taught you some interesting things about your e-liquids and just how to store them. Remember to take away these three most important components of e-liquid safety.
Keep it in the bottle. Make sure the bottle is sealed at all times and the e-liquid is not in contact with the air for longer than it has to be.
Keep the temperature regulated. Refrigerators have worked well for us at ProVapor. We suggest keeping your e-liquid out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
If anything seems extremely different just air on the safe side and toss it out. E-liquids should blend together perfectly and give off the smell you bought. If either of those two things doesn’t seem right just toss it out.
Take a look here at some more facts we have compiled on Vaping.
Q: Does the exposure air and light affect e-liquids?
A: If it has nicotine it will cause a chemical reaction that reduces the amount of nicotine in the e-liquid.
Q: Should I keep the e-liquid in the container they come in?
A: Yes though in the long term it will be better to put it in a glass bottle.
Q: Does the temperature affect my e-liquids?
Q. Does Vape Juice Expire?
A. Yes. Although there is no official date we recommend no more than a year on the shelf.