How Long Does E-liquid Last?
How long an E-Liquid lasts depends on the size of the bottle and how frequently you vape. Based on your habits, a 10ml bottle of E-Liquid could last you a week, and a 30ml bottle of E-Liquid could last anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks.
But what are some other factors that contribute to your E-Liquid’s lifespan? Stick around as we dive deeper into the world of E-Liquids and confront some of the internet’s most commonly asked questions.
How many cigarettes is a bottle of E-Liquid equivalent to?
As a 10ml bottle has 100 puffs (roughly equivalent to 10-15 cigarettes) and a 30ml bottle has 6000 puffs (or 600 cigarettes), vaping with electronic cigarettes is a significantly cheaper habit than tobacco.
However, equating E-Liquids to a specific number of cigarettes will never be entirely accurate. Nicotine content in E-Liquid can vary widely, with countless strengths available for different kinds of smokers.
Generally, one millilitre of E-Liquid can be considered equivalent to one pack of cigarettes. For example, a 60ml bottle of e-liquid with a 6mg/ml nicotine strength would be equivalent to approximately 10 packs of cigarettes (or 200 cigarettes).
But remember: this is just an estimate! The number of cigarettes in a bottle of e-liquid may vary depending on the individual’s vaping habits.
Does E-Liquid have an expiry date?
Yes, e-liquid or vape juice does have an expiry date.
It doesn’t go ‘off’ in the sense that it becomes unusable, as most E-Liquids can still be vaped after two years. Still, the quality of your nicotine will degrade and fail to give you the original taste and throat hit.
That’s why most manufacturers recommend using your E-Liquid within one year of purchasing. You can ensure maximum flavour and potency with each puff! Just remember to store your E-Liquid correctly when you’re not using it.
How should you store E-Liquids?
Store your unused E-Liquids in a cool, dry, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the flavours and nicotine content to degrade, leading to an all-around unenjoyable vaping experience!
If you’re storing E-Liquids you’ve already opened, ensure you’ve tightly replaced the lid and keep it out of the reach of pets and children. A cool cupboard somewhere up high would do the trick.
How to tell if your E-Liquid has gone bad
- Darkening in colour (the E-Liquid could even turn completely black!)
- Change in smell (no longer smelling like it originally did)
- Heavier elements of the E-Liquid may sink to the bottom of the bottle and, when shaken, do not mix back together
- Change in taste, whether now flavourless or a completely different taste
If you’re experiencing this with any of your E-Liquids, it’s time to throw them away! But how do you dispose of expired E-Liquids?
How do you dispose of expired E-Liquids?
- Do not pour e-liquid down the drain or toilet: this can contaminate the water supply and cause potential harm to the environment, even in small amounts.
- Check with your local authorities for specific guidelines on how to dispose of e-liquid. Some areas have regulations for disposing of hazardous waste, which e-liquids may fall under.
- Mix the expired e-liquid with an absorbent material, such as cat litter or sawdust, to solidify it before disposing it in the regular household waste. Make sure to place the mixture in a sealed container or bag before disposing of it, as this will help to neutralise the nicotine and prevent leakage.
- You can then rinse your plastic E-Liquid containers and place them in a designated recycling bin.