If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then you can not only enjoy the frost sheen gracing must surfaces in December, but the thick clouds of a high VG vape juice. Winter and vaping go hand in hand, especially those ex-smokers out there who in unhealthier days may have found it difficult to light their cigarette in the bitter air. Now you’ve turned to vaping it’s far easier to get the satisfaction you need during the colder months. There are some minor hindrances that may come with vaping however. The cold can bring some unwanted problems which are easily manageable with the right knowhow.
Can E-Liquid freeze?
We’re often told to store our vape e-juice in a “cool dry place.” Not too cool we should add, as propylene glycol, one of the main ingredients of e-liquid freezes at around 10 degrees Fahrenheit whilst vegetable glycerine, the other half of the PG/VG ratio freezes at around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This is rather low, and makes these two solvents great for vape manufacture due to their ability to be transported for long periods of time over cold climates. There are still elements of e-juice which could have a higher freezing point. For instance, its flavourings and water content will have higher freezing points than the solvents. With this in mind, you will be able to find a range of freezing points depending on the e-liquid.
It’s also worth noting that there is not necessarily a detrimental effect to the e-liquid when it’s frozen, other than that you’ll have to thaw it out which can take time. When frozen, vape juice doesn’t expand and so many vapers freeze to extend shelf life. On paper, thawing out the vape juice shouldn’t affect the taste and so freezing is often seen as a great way to vape past a use by date. Accidental freezing, however can be a massive time waster so make sure you only freeze your vape e-juice on purpose.
Protecting your e-cigarette in winter
Colder weather conditions will influence any battery powered electrical device, not only e-cigs. Batteries often react in different ways to colder climates. With many battery powered devices, you can find that the lifespan of the battery may be shorter before it needs to be recharged. The Lithium within most batteries will be less efficient. With cold weather you should also be prepared for rain, hail or snow, and with this comes the danger of external water damage. Whilst most larger devices are built to withstand water, but with the cheaper devices you could see more damage being done to the electronics. Of course, this will only be if the device is exposed to intense weather conditions and at the end of the day, it’s up to you to suss out what your device can and can’t withstand.
Chapped lips and vaping
Vaping is known to dehydrate you. This is because you are exhaling water vapor from your body and, so it can dry out your skin. Therefore, you can get chapped lips whilst vaping and these symptoms can be heightened by cold weather. You have two options or a combination of two at least. If suffering from chapped lips which are perpetuated by vaping and the cold, then simply invest in a chap stick. On top of this, make sure you’re drinking enough fluids to keep yourself hydrated which will decrease the chances of chapped lips.