If you’re an avid vaper, knowing when to swap out your current bottle of E-juice is mostly intuitive—but do they come with a valid expiration date? The short answer is yes. Most E-juices will boast a lifespan of roughly two years, indicated by its production date on the bottom of the bottle. Most vapers will toss an open container of E-juice after a year—but how do they last that long in the first place?
Why Does E-Juice Last So Long?
Most vape shops will list the ingredients that make up their products—honestly, they should. A typical vape juice recipe will include vegetable glycerin, which is extracted from palm plants. Other than E-juice, vegetable glycerin, or VG, is a common denominator in cosmetics, lotions, medications, and other everyday items. Sometimes, manufacturers incorporate the ingredient to elongate the lifespan of canned food. A natural preservative, VG possesses a long shelf life.
Another leading player is propylene glycol or PG, which has antimicrobial and antifungal preservative properties. A useful substance present in shampoo and toothpaste formulas, PG is also a long-lasting substance that contributes to vape juice’s lengthy lifespan.
If exposed to the elements, however, E-juice will expire quicker than it has to. As a rule of thumb, never subject your bottle to heat or cold for long periods. Keep them away from light, as the degradation of ingredients can become accelerated.
How to Lengthen the Lifespan of Your E-Juice
E-juices won’t always come cheap. Thus, most vapers find ways to make them last longer. Store your bottles in a cool, dark area such as the cupboard above your refrigerator that you—admittedly—never use anyway. Refrain from keeping your juice in the fridge—condensation is a killer. Most “cool, dark areas” constitute a dry space that is just below room temperature.
Unless you’re steeping, never keep your bottle uncapped. You never know who might lap up a dripping container, be it a house pet or toddler!
We’ve talked about how VG and PG can extend the lifespan of your juice—but its flavours won’t always follow suit. In some cases, certain flavours might last longer than others. After a year, its taste weakens and after two, its nicotine percentage drops. If you purchase a juice at 3% nicotine, for instance, you can expect it to drop down to 1% by the end of its life cycle.
Ideally, you’ll want to consume your E-juice within a year of its production date. You can easily extend past your one-year limit, keeping your containers isolated from the elements.
Like all perishable items, your vape juice will expire eventually—it’s often a matter of when. Like beauty products, vape juice will last a reasonably long time, but you’ll want to use it before D-day comes. Never use an E-juice that has long surpassed its expiration date.
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