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How the Weather Can Affect Vaping

When you think about the components of a vape device, you may realize that that most of them can either deteriorate or not perform very well in certain conditions like extreme heat or getting wet. You can do what you can to protect your vape device, but you can’t control the weather.

The next time your vape device doesn’t work the way it should or your eliquid doesn’t taste right, you may want to think about the weather. Here are a few ways how the weather can affect your vaping experience.

Summer

As the heat sets in, remember to never leave your vape devices or batteries in the car. Since they get really hot during the summer, especially if parked in the open air, vape devices and batteries can get really hot and even explode when kept in the car.

The heat can also make your eliquids go bad, especially when stored under direct sunlight. Eliquid can deteriorate in quality and consistency when exposed to light and heat, which is why they should be stored in a cold and dark place like your drawer or even the refrigerator.

Another thing that can happen to batteries in hot weather is they can run out quicker. If you’re vaping all day in the summer and you have to move about, you may want to carry extra batteries. You’ll want them to be kept in a secure way, like in the plastic case most lithium-ion batteries come with.

 

Related post: 6 Top Summer Eliquids You Need to Try

Winter

Extreme cold can also negatively affect your vape device, making it close to inoperable. When it’s cold and is suddenly brought into a warmer environment, condensation can build up both inside and out. That can affect the circuit in the device, especially if it’s still on.

For pod mods like Juul or motto, leaking pods is always an issue. This becomes much more pronounced in cold temperatures - so keep an eye on your pods to make sure that they are not leaking which could short circuit your battery.  

It can also reduce the battery’s capacity, just like when it’s used in higher temperatures. You can say it’s only at around 70% capacity in the cold, so you want to keep them in warmer environments as much as possible. You can store them in something insulating like in layers of fabric.

Another thing that can happen when vaping during winter is exhaling thicker clouds than usual. The vapor that comes out gets condensed in the cold air, resulting in those thick clouds. They also take a lot longer to dissipate, so take care to not vape around lots of people or in public closed spaces. 

Humid Climates

Humidity can definitely affect vaping in various ways. For instance, the seals in tanks tend to be made of rubber, and that can be affected by the humidity. While they tend to be designed for withstanding high temperatures generated by the device during use, but they may not be as resilient to moisture.

They then lose their flexibility, which makes the seals not do their job as well. Since tanks are meant to get juice into the wick in a vacuum-sealed environment, that can affect the flow of eliquid to the wick. If you’ve been getting burnt hits lately, that could be the issue.

It can also affect the viscosity of the eliquid. Both heat and high humidity can affect the flavor, and the added moisture can thin the eliquid out, which results in less flavor. Coupled with the compromised rubber seal, you may find your tank leaking eliquid if you happen to be in a humid place.

Obviously, the moisture can also affect batteries. If you can, vape and store your device and eliquids in a climate controlled environment.

How to “Weatherproof” Your Vape Devices and Eliquid

The best thing to do is to have a storage case for your vape. It may seem excessive for some, but they are very good for protecting your vape device, batteries, and eliquid from the elements. If you can give up some money in a good one that suits your needs and happen to be a daily vaper, then this is a worthy investment.

Other than that, it’s mostly just about sensible vape storage habits, like storing eliquid in a cool, dark place, keeping your vape devices away from water, the edge of tables, and other dangerous places where it may be compromised, and so on.


kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger

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Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid



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