The longevity or lasting duration of e-liquids depends on a lot of factors like the size of the bottle, the wattage of the vape device, the frequency, and magnitude of the puffs you take, etc. There are a lot of factors to pin down, but if you are a smoker who has adopted vaping in order to quit cigarettes, then you are on the right track, as vaping is extremely cost-effective and requires minimum expenditure compared to cigarettes. Now the question arises, how do you determine the quantity of e-liquid as per your previous nicotine consumption?
Cigarettes Vs E-Liquid Consumption:
If you are a pack-a-day smoker looking to make a switch to vaping, then a 10ml e-liquid bottle should roughly last you for a week. This is because a 10ml bottle contains the same amount of nicotine as 100 regular cigarettes. Similarly, a 30ml bottle of e-liquid from any vape device store is expected to last you for 2 to 3 weeks. But the lasting duration is just a rough approximation and depends heavily on your vaping pattern and your vaping style. Lower power devices and setups use up lesser e-liquid and consequently produce less vapour. Whereas, high power devices require more e-liquid and produce more vapour. If someone wants to reduce their e-liquid consumption, they usually go for high-power devices.
Nic Salt Vs Free Base E-Liquids Consumption:
It is generally believed that nic salts are consumed faster than free-base e-liquids. The main difference between nic salts and free base lies in the PH level of nicotine. Nic salts are treated with benzoic acid and it enters the bloodstream faster than free-base e-liquids, but its effects don’t stay for long. Nicotine salts also allow users to be able to vape at higher concentrations of nicotine and give a nicotine buzz. On the other hand, free base e-liquids hit the system at a slower rate, but the effects tend to stay longer. Freebase e-liquids also give a strong throat hit, more or less like a cigarette throat hit. Since free base e-liquids keep you satisfied for a longer duration, they are consumed less than nic salts. Now the decision is on the user, whether they want the nicotine buzz of nic salt or the throat hit of free-base e-liquids.
What Bottle Size Should a Beginner Get?
e-liquids are available in a variety of bottle sizes ranging from 10ml, 30ml, 60ml, and 100ml. For a beginner, the smaller the bottle size, the better. The reason why a small e-liquid bottle size is recommended for beginners is that they can try out different flavours of e-liquids by getting a few small-sized bottles, rather than getting one bigger bottle and sticking to one. This will also help you explore more flavour options, and PG/VG ratios and find what works best for you. Small bottles also allow you to swap easily between multiple flavours, depending on your mood and flavour cravings.
Do E-Liquids Expire or Go Bad?
E-liquids don’t go bad, like vegetables or fruits, but they do lose flavour potency and taste with time. The rate at which e-liquids degrade generally depends on a lot of factors like temperature, light exposure, nicotine concentration, and exposure to air. E-liquids should be store at normal to low temperatures and kept in a place where they’re not directly expose to sunlight. E-liquids that have lower levels of nicotine generally taste better for a long time. The nicotine inside e-liquids could also oxidize with the air if it is expose to air. When that happens, the e-liquid starts giving a peppery taste. That said, the lifespan of e-liquids generally spans 1 to 2 years. however, there are some e-liquids that are good to vape even after 3 to 4 years, while others that taste bad after 6 months. It all comes down to the quality of the ingredients used.
Do E-Liquids Need to Be Steep?
Like a lot of other consumables, e-liquids also have a window. If you vape them just after they’re made, you made find them chemical-like or they may give an artificial taste because PG/VG and the flavours take time to blend. Hence a lot of e-liquids require some steeping, the duration of which varies from one flavour to another. The more complex the e-liquid flavour profiles, generally require longer the steeping time to bring out the intended flavour. Though some e-liquids are good to use before you steep them, it’s just steeping that makes them better. Usually, you may find some you prefer not to steep- this is a matter of taste). It’s really just a “best if used by” label than anything else.