Can E-Liquid Expire?

can e-liquid expiire


Does vape juice expire?  

Technically yes, vape e-liquid can go bad. But it’s not the same as food going bad. Vape juice is very shelf-stable. It might even change color and turn brown with time, but this doesn’t mean that it has expired. Generally speaking, e-liquid lasts as long as its first ingredient to expire. As a rule of thumb, that will be up to two years from its date of manufacture.

Today we’re going to discuss the shelf life of e-liquids. Alright, so as it goes with most consumables products on the market, there’s usually an expiration or best-before date.  

Although both propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) is why the expiration date for vape juice is 1-2 years, most of the changes in vape liquid are due to the oxidation of the nicotine and the degradation of the flavorings.

The flavor comes from the juice or the e-liquid used in vape pens and e-cigarettes, and one of the main questions regarding this subject is, does vape juice go bad? 

What makes ejuice expire? 

Some e-liquid bottles will last unchanged and in good quality for as much as five years, while others experience a change of flavor in only a few months. 

So that begs the question whether or not the vape juice has an expiration date and the short and simple answer is YES, but there are some factors to it: the most important ingredients in a juice being PG, VG and nicotine all have a shelf life of about two years.

If stored in the right environment

now, we say the right environment because there are some factors that can shorten the shelf life of juice and have all the ingredients break down. One of the main things that can shorten the shelf life of an e juice is direct sunlight and extreme heat.

Keeping your e-liquid in a dark room

A temperature environment is the best way to keep your bottles fresh. If you’ve ever left your bottle of juice in a hot car, you definitely notice that it’s much darker than when you’ve bought it.

This is because VG and PG can break down when left in the heat for long periods of time, and it loses its ability to recombine, even when the temperature drops back to normal.


e-liquid stages
E-Liquid Stages

Seeing if it’s separated

A few ways to tell if your ejuice is expired is, first of all, seeing if it’s separated. Usually, vape liquid will separate when left alone for a long period of time, but usually, a quick shake would fix that but expired, the juice won’t mix in the same way as non expired thee juice will. If you’re trying to shake your bottles and still notice some separation, it might be time to put that bottle in the bin.

As long as the bottle remains properly sealed with a or stored in your vaporizer sealed, you can make sure that it will enjoy the same expiry date. 

Check the Smell

Another way to check for expired e-liquid is to just smell it as with most products. If it goes bad, you can usually smell it. Not all flavours will change smells drastically, but if you notice an odd scent or notice a strange appearance to your bottle of vape juice that might mean it is expired.

Peppery taste

Lastly, is the peppery taste. This is a clear sign that the nicotine in your juice has gone bad. Nicotine is an e-liquid usually has little to no taste when is fresh the only thing noting nicotine does in and e-liquid is the throat hit.

If you are experiencing an extremely harsh and peppery taste in your liquid, that’s a clear sign your nicotine is expired. Vaping expired e-juice poses no apparent risk, but it’s definitely not the best vaping experience.

If you find that you have multiple bottles of juice, we recommend leaving them in a drawer away from direct sunlight until you’re ready to vape them.

Is it okay to vape expired juice? 

It is unclear if vaping expired juice can be harmful, or what could happen if you decided to vape a lot of expired juice.

How to Get Rid of Expired Juice

 If you find yourself stuck with a bottle or two of expired juice, we encourage you to dispose of it responsibly.


So, what’re your views on expire e-liquids, have you ever vaped liquid that has passed the expiration date?