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What is the shelf life of e-juice?

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Bababooey, Apr 17, 2009.

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  1. Bababooey

    Bababooey Full Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Anybody know the shelf life of the juice? Does refrigeration help?
  2. strell

    strell Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 5, 2009
    Roughly a year from everything I've read, with refrigeration potentially helping. I'm sure there are others here with more direct experience, as I've only been vaping for about three months and keep using up juice. We've been stocking up with lots of orders though, so maybe we'll get to test how long it lasts.
  3. Bababooey

    Bababooey Full Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Aside from the shelf life question, how much juice do you go thru a month?
  4. Jaaxx

    Jaaxx Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    As much as I need Fa-Fa-Fo-Hi !
  5. Xtian

    Xtian Full Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    San Diego California
    Well, what exactly would happen to the juice when it "expires" ?

    Does it stop producing vapor?
    Nicotine doesn't work?

    What exactly happens when it expires?
    How would we know its useless?
  6. radiokaos

    radiokaos Forum Supplier ECF Veteran

    Mar 11, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    It turn flavor back to the orignal make up.

    SO if you purchased watermelon juice and let it sit for 1 year and 1 day it will turn back to a watermelon. JUST JOKING....

    My guess is that the nicotine my loose some strength and freshness. Don't know since I have not had a bottle sitting on my shelf for over a year. Also small impurities might culture over time (but this is just a guess).
  7. green-lantern

    green-lantern Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009
    I knew if I didn't start this thread someone else would LOL damn FDA

    I'm in for educated answers.

    I have some to take care of.

  8. ZambucaLu

    ZambucaLu ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    Nov 23, 2008
    Central NY, USA
    I think 2 years was mentioned here before. My bigger bottles I have refrigerated (like the 500ml ones)....the smaller ones I haven't yet. But I think if I ever lived in some extremely hot weather, I might do that too. I don't know if excessive heat makes a difference with the liquid, but I'm just saying what I would do. As of now, my bottles are pretty much out in the open but it's always "average" temperature in my house.

  9. strell

    strell Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 5, 2009
    I've relegated my vaping to the evening hours and sometimes in the morning, so I don't go through much - maybe 5 mL a month. My wife vapes while she works and generally all evening after dinner and I figure she goes through 10-15 mL a month. It's hard to tell because we have so many bottle of liquid around and we've only completely emptied a couple of small 4 mL samplers.
  10. LuckySevens4U

    LuckySevens4U Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 8, 2009
    I think it would last about 2 years and others have said that also. All nic gum and mints have a 2 year expiration date on them.
  11. OutWest

    OutWest Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Feb 8, 2009
    Oklahoma USA
    Factory I deal with says 2 years if unopened.
  12. yvilla

    yvilla Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2008
    Rochester, NY
    The nicotine definitely dissipates over time. The vapor comes from the PG/VG, so that is still there.

    You would know when you weren't getting the nicotine! ;)

    And I am speaking from personal experience here - some extra high strength stuff left over from my first try at ecigs about 15 months ago. Still vapes, but much less nicotine hit than when fresh.
  13. sMuCk_fOg

    sMuCk_fOg Super Member ECF Veteran

    Hey were you listening to the show when Jose Canseco came in for an interview...He was pushing "Smoke anywhere" e-cigs lol.
    That's where I first learned about e-cigs,but I got home from work and did some due diligence and found better suppliers and better Personal vaporizers for sure.
    I heard Sal the stockbroker was vaping some e-cig samples
    (a month later) that Canseco left at the studio.;)
  14. MonkeyMonk

    MonkeyMonk Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2009
  15. Nicotine

    Nicotine Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 25, 2009
    According to : Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 29, Issue 8, August 2002, Pages 897-907
    Sean M. Rafferty, Nicotine has a potential "shelf life" of around 100 years. So buy 1000 batteries, 500 Atomizers, and many many gallons of Nicotine liquid, and anyone can circumnavigate around any FDA ban :) :evil:

    One other point : How do we know how fresh the juice is i.e. the Nicotine when we buy it?
  16. Misty

    Misty Forum Admin
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    Nov 16, 2008
    Nice find, Nicotine!..100 yrs:thumb:
    like that answer for my stockpile..but my bottles of USP PG indicate an expiration date of 2 yrs..and so we're back to a 2 yr shelf life for eliquid?
  17. vietladin

    vietladin Full Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 19, 2009
    I just recently got back to e-cigs, since i'm on my 2nd attempt to quit analogs. I had juice that I bought from viking vapor in 09, when I first tried quitting. Used it recently, and the blueberry flavor isn't as strong, as when I first got it. Besides that, the vapor production is the same, and so is the throat hit. I'm sure it's also safe to assume, that the quality of the ingredients used to make the juice, will play a big part in the life of the juice as well. Cheap/old ingredients = shorter life span. That's my take on it.
  18. ElectroDude

    ElectroDude Unregistered Supplier

    Mar 3, 2011
    New York USA
    Most manufacturers say that you have a 1 year window to get the most of your liquids. After that in not that they are expired and you can not use them anymore but the flavor and vapor production most likely will not be the same.
  19. Sandrita

    Sandrita Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Mar 22, 2011
    Gibraltar & Spain
    About one year as far as I am aware but it should last longer if kept refrigerated and apparently performs better as well ;)
  20. AttyPops

    AttyPops Suspended ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    I think it may depend... for example: DIY supplies, kept separately, may very well last longer than pre-mixed juice. Refrigerated in a dark/opaque container. 2 years (guess/rumor). That's for those that buy juice in mass quantities and prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

    For me... it's doesn't last that long. :)
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