Vape 101: Does Vape Juice Expire?
Does vape juice expire?
It’s such a simple question, yet with over 40 million vapers around the world, this question is surprisingly very often overlooked, leaving many vapers unaware of the answer.
As the market continues to grow and the demand for safety grows louder, this is an important question that all vapers must know the answer to.
So does vape juice expire? Well of course it does, it isn’t a McDonald’s cheeseburger, but there’s more that you must understand than simply yes vape juice does expire such as:
- How long does vape juice last? What is the shelf life of an e-liquid?
- How do you know if an e-liquid is expired?
- How to properly store your vape juice for optimal shelf life?
These are all very, very important questions that every vaper should be aware of, and if they aren’t, we’ve got you covered.
First of all, What’s in a Bottle of Vape Juice?
Before we dive in, it’s important to understand what exactly is in a bottle of vape juice or what’s vape juice made of.
While the ingredients inside a bottle of vape juice can vary, there are four essential ingredients in all e-liquids: vegetable glycerine (VG), propylene glycol (PG), food-grade flavoring, and water (Nicotine is often the fifth ingredient in vape juice; however, it is not required an e liquid can be purchased without nicotine).
While some of the ingredients inside vape juice are less perishable than others, most things in life are perishable and therefore have an expiration date.
The Average Shelf Life of an E-Liquid
Due to the wide variety of factors that can alter the shelf life of an e-liquid, there isn’t exactly a straight answer to this.
If stored under proper conditions, which is often not the case, most agree that the ingredients in vape juice have a two-year shelf life.
This is; however difficult to achieve when even conditions like heat or direct sunlight can decrease the integrity of an e-liquid, greatly lowering its shelf life.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to assume that there’s a good chance somehow, somewhere an e-liquid could have been exposed to harmful conditions and its shelf life has already been decreased to 12-14 months (who holds onto a bottle of vape juice that long anyways?…).
How to Tell if Your eLiquid is Expired
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a vape juice expiration timer app on your iPhone.
But if you aren’t aware of how old an e-liquid is, or maybe the e-liquid wasn’t yours, to begin with, how could you tell if it’s safe to use and not expired?
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself about the eliquid (when in doubt, just toss it out! It’s just not worth it… even if its a delicious bottle of Keep It 100…):
1. Where was the eLiquid Stored?
If the e-liquid is yours, where was it stored when you found it again and how long had it been there? If it’s been sitting in the window sill or in your car in the middle of summer, then you’ll want to inspect the liquid further. If it isn’t yours and the person you received the e-liquid from isn’t sure, don’t risk it!
2. How does the liquid’s consistency appear?
When inspecting the liquid visually, has the color changed from when you last remember? Are the liquids separated like how water and oil separate from each other?
Give the bottle a shake. Did the liquid mix back together? If they didn’t, this is a tell-tale sign of an expired e-liquid. Throw that sucker in the trash!
3. How does the eliquid smell?
So if you’re still not sure if the bottle of e-liquid you found under your pet tortoise is expired or not, open the bottle and give it a whiff.
While some e-liquids don’t change in color when they become expired, any expired e-liquid will have a noticeable odor that just doesn’t smell right.
If you notice a strange odor secreting from your e-liquid, toss it out.
If, after going through this checklist, you’re still unsure if the bottle is expired or not, it’s probably your natural intuition to stay away. Remember, when it doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
So now that we’ve gotten through how to tell if your vape juice is expired, let’s talk about how we can give our eliquids the shelf life they deserve.
How to Ensure Your Vape Juice Doesn’t Expire Early
While there are sometimes circumstances outside of your control, follow these simple tips to ensure you get optimal use out of your vape juice before it goes bad:
- Keep your vape juice out of direct sunlight
- Keep your vape juice in room temperature environments
- Always put the lid back on your vape juice after filling your tank
- Don’t hoard your eJuice and wait months to use it, it’s not going anywhere
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