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How long does eLiquid last

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  1. Vaperer

    Vaperer Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 10, 2017
    I have some e-juice that's one year old. Do you think it's still any good. Or should I discard it. It doesn't taste strange or anything. But it is past its expiration date. So is it any good? Thank you in advance for your considerations
     
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  2. SupplyDaddy

    SupplyDaddy I'm considered a Mad Scientist in some circles! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Oct 21, 2012
    San Antonio, Texas
    It's fine!
    As long as it looks and smells, as well as tastes good, it's good!
     
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  3. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    There is some variance depending on how it was stored. Nicotine degrades in the presence of heat and light. When it does so though there is a distinct smell and color change. It will turn dark and smell like an ash tray.
     
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  4. Rossum

    Rossum Surly Curmudgeon Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    There's also interactions between nicotine and flavorings that are hard to predict. I've had some liquids get dark and foul in a year or so, while others mixed by the same shop lasted much longer.
     
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  5. madstabber

    madstabber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    As long as it tastes fine you’re good. I can’t imagine any serious negative outcome from vaping old juice. It will just taste foul and possibly lose some of the nicotine kick but then you wouldn’t vape it. So if it taste fine and satisfies your nicotine craving you’re good to go. If it don’t, toss it
     
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  6. DeloresRose

    DeloresRose Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2014
    toledo ohio
    I don’t think I’ve had any go bad in a year. But I keep mine in a cabinet away from the light and heat, and I diy so I know how old they are. I pitched one that looked and smelled funky, it was about 4 years old. Don’t have anything that aged right now.
     
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  7. Vaperer

    Vaperer Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 10, 2017
    It's definitely darker. But I guess it'll work
     
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  8. madstabber

    madstabber Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Yea nicotine will get darker with age when kept at room temperature. Frozen it holds up much better and doesn’t darken at all after years. Anyway I’ve noticed no difference in taste or strength from juice that has darken due to oxidation.
     
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  9. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    If it tastes okay and you aren't getting any horrible symptoms from it, it is probably fine.

    I put all my "for a rainy day" mixes in a box and store in the closet. Every now and then, I pull one out to try and they are not oxidized and some of them are pretty old.

    I put all my "current" juices in shoeboxes, more in case the kid's dog wanted to try and eat them, but I like them there, actually. It looks a lot less messy in here and etc. And it's probably better for the juice.

    I am vaping a juice that has GOT to be 16--18 months old at least, no color change SOME flavor change but it's in the right direction. It was some sort of pink lemonade and I don't like lemon much and found it disgusting initially. Apparently, I just need to steep citruses for about a year. LOL.

    Anna
     
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  10. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    I keep eliquid in use in normal room temp, the bases in the fridge and the already mixed flavors in a dark cabinet. I've been vaping very long and 2 years is the top mark. I discard ejuice after that. Commercial eliquid I write the month/year of reception.
     
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  11. vapdivrr

    vapdivrr ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 8, 2012
    sarasota,fl
    I buy my juices in 100ml bottles and buy multiple bottles and because 100 mls last me 6 weeks, I just take out a little and store all my juices in the fridge....up to last year I never did that and kept all juices just out. I still have juices that I kept out that are years old and still good, even have one that's from 2013 and still looks and smells good, but then a certain juice can go kind of off in like a year
     
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  12. ninfreak

    ninfreak Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 18, 2011
    burkesville, kentucky
    Man I wish 100 mls lasted me 6 weeks, I'm lucky if that lasts me 3 days
     
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  13. Rossum

    Rossum Surly Curmudgeon Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Deer Camp
    It's not just the nicotine.

    I can leave unflavored, vaping strength liquid out in a clear bottle for a month and it will show no visible change. But if I add a few percent of a few flavorings to it, flavorings that are as colorless as water, that liquid will start to darken within a few days. If I add those same flavorings to a zero-nic mixture of PG and VG, the zero-nic liquid will also stay as colorless as water.

    Thus I'm quite confident it's an interaction between the flavorings and the nicotine.
     
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  14. icepickmaker84

    icepickmaker84 Ultra Member

    Feb 7, 2019
    Indiana
    I just Vaped some 11 month old Pear Nektr. Kept it in a dark container and it tasted just as good as fresh juice. When I first got into vaping I heard to keep juice in a cool/dark spot, I’ve stuck with it and gotten great results.
     
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  15. JCinFLA

    JCinFLA Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2015
    The only negative change I've ever noticed in old eliquid...was in some commercial eliquid bought before I started DIY. It was at least a year old, kept in a cool dark place, and because of the high total flavoring % in it, it had a definite "soapy" taste. It definitely got poured down the drain.
     
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  16. Flavored

    Flavored Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 11, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    I have juices from 2015 in those amber colored bottles, still sealed and kept in a shoe box @ room temperature. When opened, it's as if they came right out of the mail box from the supplier, still delicious, a light amber color, etc. Really.
     
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  17. vaper1960

    vaper1960 Ultra Member

    Apr 24, 2019
    California, US
    I have a custard that's like vanilla. brown sugar and bourbon that has been sitting for months. Out of the light, but in a very warm place. It lost the better flavors and turned very dark... oxidized the nicotine for sure. Think I will toss it. It also seems thicker, but I didn't know about shaking bottles so may have separated VG/PG.
     
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  18. daillewe

    daillewe Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I am currently using a 3 year od bottle of a random brand heisenberg liquid - it was pale blue when i got it and its still pale blue now. If im honest it tastes better now than it did when i first had it! Alternatively ive got a bottle of 100% organic 100% vg lemon drizzle cake liquid, i didnt particularly like it when i got it 3 years ago and im actually refusing to touch it now - its gone a dark brown almost treacle colour and smells very floral.....i should probably throw it out really, but it serves as a reminder to keep an eye on my old liquids
     
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  19. daillewe

    daillewe Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Can't seem to find the lovely sky blue heisenberg liquid, but this is the lemon drizzle cake..... Just noticed the expiry date of March 2018 lol
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  20. daillewe

    daillewe Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Found it! The expiry date on this one is 07/2018
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