Many vapers aren't sure how long they can safely store their e-liquid inside of a vape tank. Maybe you are going on a business trip or a vacation and plan on leaving your device at home, or you have just bought a second tank and don't want to waste money by dumping the juice out of the old tank before storing it. Regardless of your situation, it is important to know the proper storage and cleaning for multiple types of vape juices as well as for the different types of tanks available. Keeping your vape tank and MODs clean, and using them properly ensures the best vaping experience and a long life for your mod and tank.
The most common issue vapers complain about varies from tank to tank but generally, if you leave vape juice in a tank for an extended period of time, the tank will start to leak. Leaking isn't always a detrimental problem, but having a leaky tank is quite inconvenient and messy and if it gets too out of hand the vape juice could potentially ruin a mod. Juice leakage could also cause damage to furniture, clothing, leather, or other materials it would potentially come into contact with. Almost all e-juices are corrosive, some more than others. It is a fairly simple fix, but you can prevent the whole situation by cleaning your tank regularly and making sure that the tank is empty of juice before storing it.
Alternatively, make sure that the vape is turned off completely before storage. If it is left on, the button could get pressed and activate the coil, causing messy, sticky leakage through the mouthpiece. Always store the vape with an empty tank, or store it with the mouthpiece upright to avoid leaking, and try to avoid storing it with liquid in the tank for long periods of time, as it could change the flavor.
If you are a flavor chaser, you should avoid leaving vape juice in your tank for very long without use. In some cases, it can alter the flavor of the juice. While some premium e-liquids suggest steeping, other vape juices suffer from a loss of flavor quality over time. Different vape liquids react differently when left in tanks for extended periods of time, but it is recommended to clean your tank at least once a week for the best quality vapor.
If you use clearomizers or plastic vape tanks, you should avoid leaving specifically mint or citrus flavored juices inside of your device, as these flavors have been known to crack plastic tanks. These "tank cracker" e-liquids create a chemical reaction with the plastic of the tank in a way that weakens it over time and eventually causes it to crack. As previously mentioned, vape juices can be corrosive, even to plastic tanks made for vaping. If you are a vaper using a plastic tank and love menthol or citrus vape juice flavors, routine cleaning or upgrading to a Pyrex or even better, a glass tank is recommended.
Do you love vape juices with high nicotine content? When e-liquid is over exposed to oxygen, the nicotine levels can decrease. This is why most vape juices come in a sealed container and recommend being stored in a cool, dry place. It can take up to several months for the nicotine content of your vape juice to be affected, but it is advisable to store your high-nicotine juices in the container rather than in a tank.
Thick, dark vape juices often are rich in flavor but they can lead to problems if stored in a tank for prolonged periods of time. Juices that have a thick viscosity or a dark color tend to "caramelize" inside of the tank. The e-liquid thickens over time, which can lead to gunk building up on the coil and can cause spitting and gurgling. If you leave these thicker types of juices in your vape tank for too long without vaping them, you might have to replace the coil sooner than you normally would have to because of the residue left by the juice.
Hopefully, these tips help you to get the most out of your mods and juices. Each vape mod, tank, and juice has its own characteristics that affect the other, and it is important to know how your device interacts. The most common solution to each of these issues is to simply not leave e-liquids in your tanks during storage or for long periods of time, as well as keeping the device clean, and giving it routine maintenance.