How Long Does Vape eLliquid Last?

If you have been vaping long enough, you’ll notice that your favorite bottle of vape eliquid tends to last you either for a good while or run out before you even know it. So how long does vape eliquid last?

It’s not an exact science, but by understanding the factors involved, you may figure out how long a bottle of vape eliquid will last you the next time you go shopping for one.

Shelf Life of Vape Eliquid

First off, let’s get the topic of vape eliquid shelf life out of the way.

If the eliquid is kept in the bottle, properly sealed, and stored in a cool, dry, and dark place like a drawer or cabinet, it should last up to 2 years before it’s effectively expired. 

However, that’s not a be-all-end-all rule of thumb. You can say your eliquid has expired if it has changed color and viscosity, and started to smell bad. If you do vape it, you’ll notice a loss in flavor and nicotine, as well as a lack of vapor.

Sunlight and heat are the enemies of keeping eLiquid in top shape.  Sunlight oxidizes nicotine which turns eLiquid a dark color and eventually black. This is not a good sign and once this happens we would recommend discarding the eLiquid in this state. 

It takes even less time to oxidize when it’s sitting in your tank or atomizer. Since it’s more exposed to the air, it will start to oxidize.

It may change color after a day or two, but that’s not a cause for concern right away. But if it does start tasting different or has lost its flavor, that means it had been sitting there for too long.

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Vaping Frequency

This is the first and most important factor to consider. No matter what device you use and what kind of eliquid you have, your vaping habits make the most impact.

Naturally, if you don’t vape that much, just taking a puff every now and then during your free time, then you won’t go through a bottle that quickly. But if you tend to vape all day, then you will go through it much faster.

This is a variable, and it affects how vape eliquid lasts the most. Meanwhile, your constants are what you use to vape it with.

Type of Vape Device Used

The type of atomizer, coil, airflow, and system all factor into how quickly you go through a full bottle of eliquid.

A sub-ohm tank tends to use a lot of power, which makes for lots of vapor production and tons of flavor. That also means it goes through a lot more eliquid with every hit.

It also depends on how much power you’re using on your device. An average vaper who uses 50 to 100W on their device can go through a 60ml bottle of eliquid anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 or 4 days. 

Pod systems consume less power, so it uses up less eliquid with every hit. It also depends on whether it’s an open pod system or a closed pod system. 

Since open pod systems are used to vape nic salt eliquid, you typically get them in 30ml bottles. With typical use, an open pod system can go through it in around 10 to 18 days, which is just over two weeks at most.

Closed pod systems come with pods that are not refillable, and they vary according to the manufacturer. For instance, a Juul uses a 0.7ml pod, while our Cafe Racer Motto uses a 1.8ml pod. Therefore, this can’t be an apples-to-apples comparison.

The usual with closed pods is you can go through a pod in 1 to 3 days, depending on the capacity and your vaping habits. It’s good to have extra pods with you if you know you’ll run out soon.


Make sure before getting a bottle of new eliquid that you’ll be able to vape it soon. It can be tempting to get all the eliquids you fancy when you see them, but do err on the side of caution and think first of whether you will be able to finish that bottle soon enough.

By vaping similar bottles of vape eliquid in the same devices for a period of time, you can determine for yourself how long they will last you. But if you go on to explore other brands and flavors and use other devices, you may find that things are different for those.

Plan ahead and know how long a bottle will last you before you order your next bottle of vape eliquid so you don’t waste your money and end up with a bottle that goes off on you.

kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger


Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid

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<b><a href="www.razwerks.com" title="Donald S. Grant">Donal S. Grant</a></b>

September 04, 2020

Thanks for sharing this topic. For a long-lasting use of vape, this content is perfect.

Donald S. Grand
Donald S. Grand

September 04, 2020

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