In the world of vaping, there has been an ongoing debate over whether glass or plastic bottles should be used for e-liquid. Well, that debate continues, especially since vapers are more involved than ever before. Some vapers are so engaged that they make their own vape juice. While vaping started out as a trend, it has grown into much more. Despite the tremendous amount of information that has been pushed in the culture about vaping, there is still confusion about whether plastic or glass bottles are best. Let’s explore this topic further.
New vaping enthusiasts often use LDPE (low-density polyethylene) bottles because they’re functional and easy to squeeze. In fact, they are often recommended. On the other hand, the HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles are better if you’re storing a large quantity that will be separated into smaller bottles. Although they are the same plastic material, they are firmer than LDPE. HDPE bottles are great because you won’t have to use a dropper.
Generally speaking, vaping enthusiasts prefer to store some of the more expensive e-liquids into glass bottles. One of the reasons is because they can be reused if they’re cleaned properly. Since light can degrade the quality of e-liquid, some people choose tinted glass because it can mitigate exposure to light.
Releasing flavors by steeping your e-juice requires glass bottles because it takes a good amount of time and heat is involved in the process. The use of glass allows you to maintain the heat required for steeping. If you were to use plastic, there’s a good chance that you’ll have problems since plastic is permeable. There’s also the fact that plastic interacts with the liquid, which can affect the juice when heat is applied.
Given that the issue of heat while steeping is the primary reason why you should use glass bottles, if you are not steeping, plastic bottles are fine, especially if it’s just for your own personal use. However, if you are selling products, then you might want to think a bit more about whether to use glass or plastic. While glass tends to be used for higher quality e-juice, you can use a sturdier plastic in some instances that will serve the same purpose. However, from a marketing point of view, consumers are likely to believe e-liquid in glass bottles is better.
Regardless of whether you choose to use glass or plastic bottles, it’s important to know that oxygen and light will affect the shelf life of e-liquid. While you can use tinted glass to decrease the problem, time is still a factor. When it comes to using plastic, there are some flavors that don’t do well because of the permeability issue. Ultimately, you’ll need to consider all of the factors discussed and make a decision based on your situation.