Vaping in the Cold: Tips for Winter Vapor

Winter is coming.

We must steel ourselves for the onset of a dismal, merciless season. Your fingers will sting and turn all pink. Those of us with beards will sport frozen chandeliers of pain. The roads will morph into lethal kamikaze courses for fogged and careening cars. While we traverse the hellscape that is winter, let us vape accordingly.

Does E-juice Freeze?

Yes, E-Juice freezes.

Propylene Glycol freezes around 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and Vegetable Glycerin freezes around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. You will notice this is lower than the freezing point of water. The low freezing point of PG and VG make them attractive as solvents, and are used to transport liquids over cold climates. Keep in mind, e-juice is variable in its content; the blend of PG/VG/Flavoring/Nicotine all have an effect on the freezing point. Use your best judgment if you don’t want your juice to freeze.

Freezing E-Juice has no clear detrimental effect on its content, aside from the fact that it must be thawed (Thawing takes time). E-Juice has a very low freezing point, and it won’t expand when it’s frozen. For this reason, some vapers freeze their e-juice to extend the shelf life. How the flavor is effected after years of deep-freeze is a mystery to me, but it should last longer.

If you’re worried about juice freezing in your mailbox or an icy car, rest assured, it should be harmless.

 

Does Nicotine Warm You Up?

No. Nicotine does not warm you up.

Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, and reduces circulation to the skin. If you are in a situation where frostbite or hypothermia are serious possibilities, lay off vaping until you get into a warmer place.

Outside of a life-or-death situation, you’ll be fine. It won’t warm you up, but it won’t really affect the situation.

 

Does Extreme Winter Weather Hurt My Device?

It depends, but yes.

The output of batteries is altered by extreme temperatures. For this reason, keep your batteries and hardware around room temperature if you can help it.

If you use a tank, and the e-juice freezes within, your device may perform differently. Mostly, you’ll just have an inconvenient clog in your system, but do your best to keep your tank from freezing over.

With the cold comes precipitation. Snow, sleet, and rain are not good for electronics. Some mods and rigs are extremely hardy, and would probably be able to withstand ponderous, apocalyptic weather, but events such as these will more than likely shorten the lifespan of your equipment.

Just take care of your equipment. You paid for it, you want to keep using it, keep it out of harm’s way. Stay warm out there, vape fans, and keep your hearts on Spring!

Something to Think About:

What are your favorite ways to beat vaping in the cold?

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor’s resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.


Author: Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor’s resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

24 thoughts on “Vaping in the Cold: Tips for Winter Vapor”

  1. I wondered about my juice freezing all week with the snow and temps below freezing. Great info! I hadn’t considered freezing a stockpile of juice either! Sounds brilliant, but who knows, I guess I’ll just have to test that out. 🙂

  2. My car doesn’t heat well so in winter driving I keep my setup in one of those large thermal gloves..does the trick. I live in Minnesota can be neg single digit for days.

  3. Ive never seen it freeze but the cold will thicken the juice which makes it extremely difficult to wick and the cold will expand and contract the metals which will make it leak.

  4. I wondered about this. Just to be safe I have been very careful to avoid leaving e juice in the car. Good to know it’s not a big deal in case I do. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for the input. Never heard of people freezing their e-juice to extend the life. Pretty neat if you ask me.

  6. Not worried about freezing my liquid or damaging my equipment. I am wondering about my builds ability to wick in cold temperatures though. I typically vape 90%VG, 10%PG mix, but I’m guessing this ratio is going to wick too slowly. If I go to a higher PG ratio to promote wicking, am I going to get that harsh throat hit? Any advice on how to make the transition? I vape with aromamizer supreme RDTA, .4 OHM, single or double macro, clapton or 26 GA. wire, releaux 200Watt mod. Thanks.

    1. You are going to get a little bit more throat hit if you are vaping with more PG, but it shouldn’t be very noticeable until you get into the 40%PG range. For now I would simply recommend bringing your liquid down to the 80%VG, 20%PG range and seeing if you mind the taste. And that’s only if you start to experience severe wicking problems with the cold temperature. There is a chance the liquid could still wick just fine depending on how often you are vaping. The heat from the coil will be warming things up for sure.

  7. Good info. Was wondering about this since the second rig’s been in the car overnight at 15-20F. Guessing the 80/20 will be thick but didn’t freeze.

  8. I’m not too concerned about juice. Losing a tank of juice wouldn’t be too alarming if that were the result. I have more concerns about the battery being damaged. The battery is what it appears no one knows much about but that’s where I have the most concern. If the battery freezes or we suspect it has, is the battery (batteries) damaged? How about a battery or multiple batteries that freeze is it safe to allow them to warm to room temperature, then use battery?

    1. If it is cold enough outside, yes! I wouldn’t suggest using a lighter, mostly if it is a plastic bottle! Just holding the bottles in your palm should be enough to loosen the liquid enough to get it in your tank. Your coil will heat it up from there!

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