If you own a vaping device, should you worry about your vape juice going bad? If you have been vaping for a long time, you may notice that you have a collection of out of flavor e liquids collecting dust in your home. You may be planning on using them one day, but how do you know if they are any good?
Does vape juice expire?
Most e-liquids will have an expiration date printed somewhere on the bottle. Like food products, it will have a date printed along with a tag like ‘expired by’, ‘use by’ or ‘best before’.
The FSIS says that these dates are an indicator of a product’s quality, rather than its safety. Milk, eggs and meat that are past their ‘expiration’ or ‘best before’ dates may still be safe for human consumption. But they are probably going to be low quality compared to products that are well inside their expiration date.
E-liquid expiration dates differ slightly from fresh food dates, because e-liquid is shelf-stable. Essentially this means that the product is less likely to react with its environment and so is longer lasting.
How to know if your vape juice is bad?
When you go to test whether your e-liquid has gone bad, there are some things you will need to know and look out for. Just as you can with food and milk, there are things you can do to test your vape juice.
You can check to see if the vape juice starts to separate or become a solid. If the vape juice starts to gel together is another sign it is going bad. Finally, if there is a terrible smell when you take a whiff, that might be the biggest sign that your vape juice may need to go in the garbage.
Color change is expected when vape juice sits but if there is a major difference that can be another sign that your vape juice has gone bad. If you are unsure of all this, the biggest tell sign will if you inhale your vape and the taste is just off. That right there means your vape juice has more likely than not gone bad.
How to store your vape juice?
When it comes to storing your vape juice, you will want to store it in a cool, dark place. Placing your vape juice directly in sunlight or a warm environment will only speed up the vape juice going bad.
If you are thinking of sticking your vape juice in the fridge, do not bother because there is no need. If stored in the fridge, it can affect the make up or taste of your vape juice. The plastic bottles vape juice comes in are not really suited to help it extend its shelf life.
So if you are looking to make sure the juice you just purchased last a bit longer, you can transfer your vape juice into a tinted glass bottle. Just remember to label these bottles so you know when the original expiration date was. You do not want to forget that and then go smoke bad vape juice.