Storing your Nicotine & E-juices
Storage of Vaping Liquids
Storage of Nicotine: You've just purchased your Nicotine from overseas (It's illegal to sell Liquid Nicotine in Australia) and you're wondering how the hell should I store this?
The main elements which are the enemy of nicotine are heat, air and light.
For best results, decant your nicotine into Amber glass bottles. Label these bottles as Poison, add the strength of the Nicotine (i.e. 100mg) and also the date you bottled it. Leave 1 bottle separate to the rest and put the rest of the bottles in the Freezer (better) or Fridge.
With the bottle you left separate, this is your working bottle. Keep this one in a dark, dry space, like a cupboard or drawer.
Nicotine will turn dark with oxidation. It will also take on a more peppery taste so keeping your Nicotine in the freezer until you're ready to use will prolong the shelf life. I've personally had Nic in the freezer for 12 or more months with little to none colour or taste changes.
Storage of Flavoured Vaping Juice:
If you think you're going to smash through the liquid, then a dark, cool place is suitable for storage of your liquid. Like Nicotine, the flavour can be effected by heat, air and light.
For longer term storage then placing the juice in the fridge is an acceptable place to store juice
Plastic bottles are fine for storing juices short term but consider another solution for long term storing. Plastic is slightly porous and could contain dioxins and other chemicals. I always recommend using glass bottles for long term storage if they are secure from breakages and you are not travelling with them
Plastic can interact with the juice and thus cause chemical changes in the composition of the product, again altering the taste slightly.
Keep your juice at a stable room temperature for short-term storage and in the fridge or freezer for more long term storage. The same reason applies, if your liquid is cold then it has less energy to react with the plastic bottle and surrounding elements / oxygen. Fridges and Freezers are also dark when closed so that solves our light issue though opening and closing it all the time does mean you are applying the light directly to it on and off which is not ideal. While a fridge will also protect against bacteria PG one of the most common ingredients is actually anti-bacterial anyway.
If you do decide to store your juice in a fridge or freezer then be sure to allow it to reach room temperature again before using it as the liquid becomes considerably thicker when exposed to cold temperatures.