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How to Store Your E-Liquid Properly

by Store Admin on June 23, 2021
 
Is your E-Liquid stored properly, or do you just have a bottle loose in your pocket or stashed in your car? We won’t judge if your windowsill is littered with half-empty bottles, but it is time to treat your bottles right and save your vape juice before it goes bad!

We’re going to show you what to do (and what not to do) when it comes to vape juice storage.

Why Store E-Liquid At All?

Some of you might be wondering why you need to store E-Liquid at all - surely it’s ok to just have a bottle at home that you use, finish and replace?

Firstly, even if you only own one single bottle of vape juice, it’s important to follow the tips we share below to make sure you’re getting the best experience possible from your juice.

Secondly, there are plenty of vapers that choose to stock up on multiple bottles of E-Liquid when they do a vape shop. This is because vape stores (like RED Box Vape) offer multi-buy discounts, larger bottles or free delivery over a certain spend (£25 for us!) which can make your E-Liquids a lot cheaper.

However, to make sure you don’t end up wasting money, you need somewhere safe to properly store your vape juice haul, and we’re here to show you how it’s done!

Why Do You Need to Store E-Liquid Properly?

E-Liquid contains organic ingredients, such as nicotine and vegetable glycerine (VG), which are best when kept fresh. Properly storing your vape juice helps to ensure that it retains its flavour and freshness for as long as possible.

What Happens If E-Liquid Goes Off?

When you don’t store your E-Liquid properly, it can go bad. You’ll notice the juice begin to smell and taste sour. This is more common with fruity flavoured vape juices. While vaping a gone-off E-Liquid shouldn’t cause you physical harm, it will taste unpleasant and off-putting!

How to Store E-Liquid Properly

When it comes to properly storing E-Liquid, there are three main elements that you should avoid:


Light

It’s important to keep your E-Liquid in a dark spot, avoiding direct sunlight. This is because vape juice can be damaged by UV rays, which split the ingredients within the juice at a molecular level.

Simply put, leaving your E-Liquid in a place where sunlight can reach it is bad, so keep your bottles somewhere dark!
 

Heat

E-Liquids should be kept away from sources of heat. Like exposure to UV rays, heat causes the ingredients within the vape juice to break down, causing the flavour to degrade and become unpleasant.

Air

If the E-Liquid becomes too exposed to the air, then the nicotine may oxidise and break down. This won’t be as noticeable as the bad tastes caused by heat or light but it is still best to avoid.

Make sure that you tighten the lids of your E-Liquid bottles properly when you are finished with them to keep the bottle airtight.

Where to Keep E-Liquid

It is best to store your E-Liquid in a cool, dark spot away from sources of heat and hidden from UV rays. Something like a dark storage cupboard is perfect for short term storage.

Can You Keep E-Liquid in the Fridge?

Many vapers choose to store excess E-Liquid in the fridge, as it ticks the boxes of being safe from heat, light and air. This will also help to keep your vape juice safer for longer, but there are a couple of points to consider.

Firstly, keeping E-Liquid in the fridge will cause the VG and PG in the juice to separate, as they cool at different rates. When you want to vape that juice, you need to let it return to room temperature and shake up the bottle to remix the two ingredients.

Secondly, you need to consider the safety of keeping E-Liquid in the fridge if you have children, as you won’t want them to have access to the bottles. When storing vape juice in the fridge, ensure that it is secure and out of reach.

Can You Keep E-Liquid in the Freezer?

This is a bit of a contentious one. Some vapers swear by keeping their vape juice in the freezer, while others say it should be avoided at all costs.

In theory, keeping E-Liquid in the freezer should help it stay fresher for longer as it prevents air, light and heat from impacting the juice. However, freezing E-Liquids can have mixed results.

VG and PG cool and freeze at a different temperature to water, and to each other. A typical home freezer is not cold enough to make the E-Liquid freeze, but it is cold enough to make the VG and PG separate. This can make the liquid more thick and viscous and may impact the flavour of the vape juice.

It is recommended that you allow the juice to thaw and return to room temperature before you attempt to use it again.

It is best to avoid freezing menthol E-Liquids, as the cold will cause the menthol to crystallize. To be able to vape the liquid again, you’d need to heat it up to dissolve the crystals; as we have learnt - heat will damage the flavour of the E-Liquid.

How Much E-Liquid Should You Buy At Once?

This will depend on your personal preferences; the money you want to spend, storage options and how much vape juice you get through. Generally speaking, we think buying your vape juice month by month is a good plan!

If you’d like to save money, you can check out shortfills, which are larger bottles of nicotine-free E-Liquid that are mixed with nic shots (10ml bottles of pure nicotine).

You can also buy E-Liquid bottles in bulk - take a look at our E-Liquid deals in the UK to discover our offers.