If you vape on a regular basis, then you probably spend a lot of time, effort, and most importantly, money building up your e-juice collection. It’s not out of the ordinary for those who vape to have more than a dozen e-juices on hand at any one time. You never know when you’ll want to vape with an e-juice flavor like the Mr. Salt E Blood Orange Lemonade pictured below, so why not keep it handy?
The problem, of course, is that like just about anything else that you put into your body, e-juice does expire over time. There is really no definitive expiration date for it. Here at Aspen Valley Vapes, we tell our customers that they should only store e-juice for about a year before either using it or discarding it. There’s no sense in risking the potential side effects that might come along with using an older e-juice.
But fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep your e-juice as fresh as it can be when you are storing it in your home. Some of the steps are more common sense than anything else—you don’t, for example, want to store e-juices out in your car for a whole host of reasons—but there are also some steps that you might not have considered.
In an effort to help you store your e-juices properly so that they taste great later when you use them, we have put together a list of tips that should provide you with some guidance when it comes to putting your e-juices into storage.
As always, you should be cautious about storing e-juices for too long. But if you follow along with these tips, you should have no problem storing your e-juices and using them when you want to crack them open…
1. Keep Your E-Juices Away From Warmer Temperatures and Sunlight
The best way to preserve e-juice is to store it in a part of your home that is on the cooler side and that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight. Storing e-juices in a basement or another area that is cut off from the outside world is usually your best bet. You can even refrigerate your e-juice, as long as your refrigeration unit is cool and dry.
Some vapers take multiple bottles of e-juice on the road with them throughout the day so that they can fill up their tanks as necessary. This isn’t a bad idea, but you will need to be very careful about making the mistake of leaving e-juice bottles in your car. Outside of the fact that cars can get very warm when they are left unattended, your e-juice will also likely come into contact with the sun in the car.
This is easily the most important tip that you will read, and you should keep it in mind at all times. Nothing makes a bottle of e-juice spoil quicker than heat and sun exposure.
2. Store Your E-Juices in Tinted Bottles, If Possible
When you order e-juice, it may come in a clear bottle. Keeping it stored inside of that bottle, especially if you plan on using it rather quickly, isn’t the worst thing in the world. But you should consider transferring e-juice to clean tinted bottles if you plan on storing it for a long period of time.
Tinted bottles are able to keep sunlight away from your e-juice more effectively than clear bottles. You won’t have to worry about contamination with tinted bottles, and you will notice an increase in shelf life when you use them. So consider investing in them.
You should be especially mindful of this tip if you make your own e-juice. Going with tinted bottles instead of clear bottles is a cost-effective way to make sure your e-juice lasts as long as it possibly can.
3. Seal Your E-Juices Before Putting Them Into Storage
Heat and sunlight are e-juice’s two biggest enemies. But did you know that it has another really prevalent enemy as well? It’s none other than air.
Oxygen is known to react with nicotine to produce what is called cotinine, and if you use e-juice for the nicotine that is located inside of it, then you will likely notice a sizable nicotine loss if your e-juice is exposed to air for a long time.
It’s just about impossible to cut off all oxygen from interacting with your e-juice. But by sealing your e-juice bottles tight, you can keep most air out of it and stop the oxidation process from taking place. You can also prevent your e-juice from evaporating by making sure the lids on your bottles are as tight as they can be.
4. Label Your E-Juice Bottles With Purchase Dates
You might be surprised by how many vapers pick up an older bottle of e-juice and have no idea when they bought it. When you’re vaping often and constantly trying out new flavors, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the bottles in your collection.
This can lead to you either using e-juices that are well past their prime or throwing away e-juices that aren’t actually that old simply because you’re unsure of when you bought them.
You can avoid this issue by figuring out a way to write the purchase date for your various e-juices on the bottle or the box that you use to store them. This way, you won’t have to rack your brain wondering when you bought a bottle and whether or not it’s OK to use.
5. Take a Whiff of Older E-Juices to Gauge Their Freshness
When you open up a bottle of milk that has been sitting in your fridge for more than a week, what’s the first thing you do? Chances are, you smell it before taking a swig to see if it’s still good.
You can do the same thing with e-juices. It’s not necessarily the most effective way to see if an e-juice is still fresh, but you can usually tell if an e-juice has gone bad by smelling it. If it doesn’t smell like the flavor on the label, or worse, if it smells awful, get rid of it! The smell means that it probably won’t taste good or be good for you.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your e-juices fresher and ensure that you enjoy your vaping experience every time you reach for an e-juice bottle that you have stored away. If you have any tips to add, please post them below for your fellow vapers!