E Liquid needs to be taken good care of. Here’s everything you need to know about e liquid maintenance.
You may have come across a range of terms to describe e liquid. Whether it’s steeping, VG and PG ratios or long-term storage, vaping is only as good as the e juice you put into it. With vape shops around the country looking for only the best in flavours and the market growing exponentially, it’ll only be a matter of time before you as a vaper will need to take vape care into your own hands. How long will your vape juice last in storage? How can you maximise the taste of your vape juice? Can vape juices ever go “off”? These are just some of the questions you may be asking yourself as a first time or intermediate vaper, just getting to know the complexities of the vape juice.
So, what is in a vape juice?
First off, lets break down the compounds within a vape juice. You can’t begin your vaping journey without knowing the ingredients, after all.
Vape juice is made from only five ingredients. These ingredients are the same in every single vape juice out there but may come in different quantities. These ingredients are water, nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and flavourings. The PG and VG are the two base compounds into which the nicotine and the flavourings are added, whilst the water is what is vaporised once your vape device heats it up. The nicotine and the flavourings are added for the consumers satisfaction and are two of the vape juices elements which makes it so diverse.
What do you need to know about the PG VG ratio of a vape juice?
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are two organic compounds on which the vape juices viscosity and flavourings are built upon. The vegetable glycerine is responsible for making the the e juice thicker, whilst the propylene glycol carries the flavourings and nicotine. Vape juices come in differing ratios of the two compounds, which you can find the stats of on the back of your vape juice packaging. The higher the PG ratio, the stronger the flavour and throat hit, whilst a higher VG ratio will increase the vape cloud on your exhale and make your vape hit a little more mild.
What nicotine concentration is right for me?
Nicotine concentrations in vape juices range from 0 mg to 20 mg in pre-filled bottles. 3 to 6 mg is usually good for an ex light smoker, whilst higher concentrations are suitable for heavier ex-smokers. You can also buy short fill vape juices, which allow for 20 percent bottle space for you to add your won nicotine shots.
What is steeping?
When you buy vape juice from vape shops, some will need to be stored for a while before you can use them. This is known as steeping and is a similar process to fermenting alcohol. If you are making your own vape juices, you will need to let the flavours steep so as to fuse the juices compounds together. This process can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, but the process itself is worth it.
What do you need for long term vape juice storage?
Vape juice can keep for a long time. Knowing how to store it is vital fi you want to ensure its longevity. Storing it in cool and dry spaces will help your vape juice to keep for the longest amount of time, whilst keeping it out of the sun is key to making sure it doesn’t spoil. You can freeze e juice and keep it in the fridge, ensuring it is in a sealed bottle, ideally made of glass.