Vaping in the Winter: Can Vapes Get Too Cold?

By James Powley

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Once temperatures begin to drop, vapers need to take some extra precautions to ensure their devices keep working as normal. This is even more important if you’re in an especially cold region that reaches sub-zero temperatures as cold temperatures can impact the vaping experience in several ways.

Is It Bad to Vape in the Cold?

When a vape gets too cold it can cause a few problems. As we’ll explore below, low temperatures (below 0°C), can have a detrimental impact on your vape’s battery, your e-liquid, and other components of your device.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your e-liquid, your vape, and all of its components out of the cold during the winter months.

When you’re out and about, keep your vape somewhere where it can avoid condensation (such as a pocket or case). If you’re outside, don’t leave your vape out on the table when not in use – store it in a warmer place (although be careful not to store it anywhere too warm such as radiator, temperatures around room temperature should be fine) until you need it. Never leave your vape in your car overnight as it can cause condenstion or become too cold, you should therefore keep it indoors.

Taking Care of Your Battery

One of the most important reasons for keeping your vape warmer is to prevent its battery from getting too cold. A cold battery won’t function quite as smoothly; colder weather causes the movement of electrons within the battery to slow down due to lower energy levels. As a result, your device may run slower than usual and operate at a lower voltage. Your vape may run out of battery much quicker in the cold, and the battery might take longer to recharge.

What Happens If Vape Juice Gets Cold?

Whilst e-liquid is unlikely to freeze, it can become unusable if it gets too cold.

Low temperatures can cause high-VG e-liquids to thicken more, which will make them much harder to work with. You may have difficulty pouring the e-liquid into your device, an e-liquid that’s too thick may also struggle to pass through the tank into the atomizer, which could lead to burnt coils.

Use High PG E-Liquid

While the viscosity of high-VG liquid makes it difficult to use in the cold, high-PG e-liquids shouldn’t cause any problems, as PG is a less thick substance. Having said that, it’s still wise to keep your e-liquid from getting too cold even if you are using a high-PG option.

A 50/50 e-liquid – with equal parts PG and VG could offer a more balanced vaping experience without risking burnt coils or other issues.

Explore Alternatives

If vaping in the winter sounds like it comes with a little too much maintenance, remember that there are other options available. While it’s always best to stop smoking altogether, there are alternatives to smoking available if you can’t stop smoking.

Heated tobacco is one of these alternatives. Because heated tobacco uses tobacco sticks and doesn’t require any e-liquid, you won’t need to worry about choosing the right ratios or switching liquids for the winter. Learn more about IQOS.


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