How to Store Your E-Juice and Preserve Flavor
Despite their chemical makeup, e-liquids are just as perishable as many food products. This means that they also need to be stored properly. E-liquid do have a pretty good lifespan, but once they break down, it’ll ruin your experience. It’s important to note that PG is a man-made chemical that also happens to be resistant to decay. However, both VG and nicotine are organic, so they can and will deteriorate over time.
If the VG or nicotine go bad, you’ll notice it immediately. The juice suddenly takes on a sour aroma and flavor. This is especially common in fruity e-liquids. Fortunately, proper storage is easy and will really help prolong the life and flavor quality of your e-juice.
E-liquids don’t like heat. This is why they need to be stored in a cool place. Without getting to technical, heat affects the molecular behavior of your e-juice. This change often leads to altered flavor or decay.
Simply keeping your liquid at comfortable room temperature is good. However, a lot of vapers like to store it in the fridge or freezer. Don’t worry, e-juice doesn’t freeze solid. It will be a lot thicker after exposure to cold, though. So give it a chance to warm up before you try to vape it.
Freezing is the best choice for long-term storage, but keep in mind that this will actually reduce flavor. However, if you know you won’t be using that particular juice anytime soon, then it’s better than letting the whole product spoil.
Keep the E-Juice Away from Air and Light
Sunlight and fresh air might be good for our health, but they’re killer against e-liquids – specifically the nicotine inside.
Both air and light cause oxidation, which leads to a breakdown of the nicotine within the e-liquid. You might even notice a change in color as the nicotine turns brown when oxidizing.
If this seems to be a chronic thing with some liquids, don’t worry too much. Certain flavors, like coffee or tobacco, tend to undergo this change more easily. Some air will always get trapped every time you open and close the liquid container. But leaving it sitting out for long periods of time will speed up the process.
Traditional “freebase” nicotine affects the flavor of your e-juice, so spoilage will definitely ruin the taste. Do the safe thing and keep liquids stored inside a cupboard or other dark, enclosed space.
Choose the Right Container
When it comes to bottles, e-juice come in plastic or glass options. In many cases, you don’t really have a choice. This is a problem since each one is ideal for different purposes.
If you want short-term storage, then plastic will do fine. As long as you avoid heat, air, and light, you should be able to keep the flavor in tip-top shape. However, plastic has a tendency to be reactive and e-liquid is no exception. Over time, the container will increase the speed of decay.
Glass, on the other hand, is great for long stints in the fridge, cupboard or anywhere else. The material doesn’t react with its contents the way plastic does. If you want the best possible outcome, opt for glass – even though it might cost a bit more.
It’s also helpful to use dark glass bottles, as opposed to clear ones. Again, this is just to keep that pesky light away.