If you are new to vaping, and are entering the world of using cartridges for the first time, it understandable why you would want to preserve them. It might be logical to do this, milk and many food products are mandatory to refrigerate because they will spoil as they do not. Some people refrigerate batteries so that they will keep their charge better. Refrigerating candles can help them keep their way as they burn and drip less. Refrigerating glue and keeping it at a consistent temperature will optimize its performance as it won’t dry as a quickly. Nail Polish in the refrigerator will help the product from creating unnecessary clumps. Now if you didn’t see why refrigerating was a logical conclusion hopefully you do now.
However, there are few reasons why you shouldn’t refrigerate your vape cartridges.
To start, the nicotine can be sensitive to light and heat for any product. Storing in a refrigerator can make the cartridges spoil, and the experience for your vape will also spoil. There may be an exception if you have a refrigerator with a temperature and light control. However, that option isn’t optimal because all your other foods will likely spoil since they would have to be at a cool temperature. Practically speaking, you would want to put in a place that is under room temperature like a basement or a cooler.
Flavor, is also big reason. You would be wasting your money and it would negate the purpose of buying cartridge if the flavor is spoiled. There are different reasons as to why your flavor changes, but this one might be the most accidental. There is a scientific explanation for this; the re-crystallization of the crystals will occur when you refrigerate them and not give you the taste you were expecting. A factor of this is condensation, as that is unusually a cause more than an effect. On the cartridge, water will condense on the walls. In most refrigerators there is microbial bacteria. If this is the case, the bacteria will expand and destroy it
The thing that is special about vape cartridges are the different flavors and how they use different ingredients. What does this mean? Simply put, they won’t all be preserved under the same conditions. A flavor like vanilla will have other properties from a fruit or menthol cartridge. Molecules with any other liquid will not escape or move quickly in a cool environment. In a hot environment, the molecules will get faster and try harder to escape the cartridge. Placing them in a tight Ziploc bag is one way to possibly lessen the effects of this happening, if you are dead-set on having to put it in the fridge.
So, to reiterate, preserving your cartridges in a refrigerator isn’t the most optimal method and shouldn’t be used unless you have an alternative option. It will negatively impact the flavor, and cause things that weren’t intended to users of it. The cartridge can be stored in places that are usually cooler than room temperature, such as a closet, or temperature controlled cooler.
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