If you've been vaping for a while, chances are you have quite the collection of e-liquid bottles. Or maybe you're just getting started and are amassing a collection as we speak. Or maybe you're more into the disposables game and have a stack of unopened (or opened) disposables just waiting to be enjoyed whenever you get the chance.
Now let's think of another scenario - you probably forgot you had a bunch of e-liquid bottles and just stumbled upon a stash of it dating back however long. And while it's probably in your mind to get around to vaping the newfound stash, expired e-liquids may pose a problem. So that's what we'll focus on today - is it safe to vape on expired e-liquids? And how would you know if e-liquid is expired?
IS IT SAFE TO VAPE ON EXPIRED E-LIQUIDS?
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All e-liquids, whether they're bottles for open systems or all-in-one closed systems such as Ello Disposables possess a Batch ID which includes an "expiration" date or a "born on" date.
Should you find yourself unsure or the label or box does not mention anything about a born on or expiration date, it's important to consider that if your e-liquid is expired, there is nothing to worry about. Information like this does not exist to provide safety, meaning, if you do choose to vape on expired e-liquid, nothing detrimental to your health would happen. This is more about quality. When you see an expiration date, it's telling you how long you have to vape on the e-liquid to experience the flavor at its optimal point.
For example, let's say a full year passes by and you found our Bluerazz Ice Ello disposable lying around. Looking at the expiration date, it expired a few months ago. You could very well enjoy that disposable device. The flavor might be muted, but it's still safe and will deliver the nicotine.
WHAT IS E-LIQUID'S SHELF LIFE?
As a rule of thumb, e-liquid typically lasts between 18 to 24 months. With proper storage, you can expect your e-liquids to stay in the same condition as when it was manufactured and eventually purchased. Even after the two years, the e-liquid would still be safe to consume; albeit, as we mentioned above, the flavor might be lighter. Again, this is all a general rule of thumb; and perhaps your situation depending on what e-liquid you have may have different results.
Based on some of the research we've observed:
- Cherry flavors preserves nicotine while vanilla flavors break the substance down over time. This means that as your e-liquid expires, your nicotine might have a lessened or amplified effect depending on what the flavor makeup consists of.
- Chocolate and cherry flavors develop sweeter past the expiration mark. This might work in your favor if your e-liquid could taste sweeter. This is a matter of preference.
- Tobacco flavors possess some of the shortest shelf lives - with most of the dominant flavor notes disappearing within 12 months.
AT WHAT POINT SHOULD I NOT VAPE ON EXPIRED E-LIQUID?
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While there is nothing inherently detrimental to your health should you vape on expired e-liquid, there are a few things you should be aware of. Upon visual inspection of the e-liquid, you should absolutely toss the bottle or device if:
- The contents have clumped together.
- The e-liquid itself smells bad.
- Black particles have formed at the top. This is mold and would pose a health threat should you continue to vape it.
It is worth noting that these three instances rarely happen with e-liquid, nevertheless, should be pointed out.
HOW TO STORE E-LIQUID FOR THE LONG-TERM
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30ML | 35 & 50MG Tobacco-Free Nicotine
In order to preserve and make the best out of your e-liquid, how you store the products can mean the world in terms of continued use. In a perfect world, your e-liquid storage should consist of placing the products in a dark, room temperature setting, avoiding any drastic changes in light and temperature.
The flavoring in e-liquid may react to the plastic that holds everything together and may turn funky after a year or so. Failure to re-cap the bottle may also contribute to lower viscosity, thus making the e-liquid more runny or watered down.
WRAPPING UP: PRESERVE YOUR E-LIQUID!
Small changes to your vaping lifestyle go a long way, and storing your e-liquids properly ensures you can vape on your favorite BLVK Premium E-Liquids for as long as possible. And should you find yourself with an expired e-liquid or unsure whether it's expired, you now have the tools to spot whether or not you should toss the bottle or disposable device.
We hope this guide helps you enjoy vaping just a little bit more!