Vaping in the Cold: Tips for Winter Vapor
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?