The Proper Ways to Store Your Eliquid
Once you get into vaping and become enamored by the variety that comes with eliquid, you may start buying all the flavors that interest you. Soon enough, you’ll have bottles of eliquid in your house, and keeping them may get overwhelming.
This gets even more alarming once you learn that eliquid can deteriorate in quality.
Store in a Cool and Dark Place
Heat and light are two of the three big enemies of eliquids, so storing them in a cool and dark place is crucial to their longevity.
Sunlight tends to contain ultraviolet rays, which can cause eliquid to degrade. Meanwhile, head exacerbates this by breaking down the molecules in the eliquid into smaller components, thus deteriorating it further.
If you’re using them right away, then it doesn’t have to be the refrigerator. A cupboard, wardrobe, desk drawer, or any other enclosed place where sunlight can't get to it would be best.
Keep Them Sealed Properly
The other big enemy of eliquid is air. Exposure to air can oxidize the eliquid, after which it won't taste right anymore. If you want to keep your eliquid tasting the way you want it, then you should keep them sealed in their bottles.
If there's eliquid in your tank and you know you're not going to use your vape for a while, then you should pour it back into the bottle it came from and seal it properly so it won't taste off when you do vape again. Just refill your tank when you come back.
When on the Go, Keep Them in Your Bag
If you travel with your vape, you have to make sure that you store your device and eliquid properly. Keeping them in your bag is a good idea, but make sure that you're able to make sure that you don't just throw your bag around and keep them safe.
It's also a good thing to have a way to keep them from tipping on its side or going upside down whenever possible. If your bag has something for that, you should definitely make use of it. If not, then perhaps you should consider something like a case or pouch that will keep them upright while in the bag.
If you’re not using the eliquid for an extended period of time, then putting it in the refrigerator would be a good idea to extend its longevity. It definitely qualifies for the criteria of cool and dark, so it’s worth considering for long-term storage.
You may even put it in the freezer to extend its life further. Since it’s not water, but usually a mix of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, it won’t freeze in those temperatures.
When you do want to use that eliquid, make sure to leave it out first to bring it back to room temperature before use. Putting cold eliquid in your atomizer may tax your coils and cause condensation.
Just make sure that you remember that you put it there or you might just leave it there for years without noticing. Before you know it, that eliquid may have gone bad in there anyway.
Watch Out for Any Change in Color
If you see your eliquid having changed color, it may be an indication that it has gone past its prime and may have been exposed to air. It tends to happen when the eliquid is more than a year old.
It’s best not to take chances and toss it in the trash once it has significantly changed color from what it used to be when you first got it.
Keep Child and Pet Safety in Mind
Nicotine is poisonous when consumed in large enough doses. Therefore, making sure to keeping your eliquid out of unintended reach is of utmost importance. If you have children or pets in your home, then you may want to store your eliquid in higher places like top cabinets.
You may even take it further by investing in a lockbox where you can put your eliquid. This is a viable option if you happen to have very curious children or pets who tend to get to places you don’t expect them to when you’re not looking.
It may be a bit more of a hassle having to unlock it whenever you want to use your eliquid, but it’s a price worth paying in the name of safety.