A Guide to Vaping in Winter
One of the best parts of vaping is watching the beautiful, fluffy clouds billow from your mouth into the sky. In winter, when you can often see your breath anyway, that effect is even more spectacular. But with vaping in winter comes questions and issues that you have to address to make sure you’re getting the most from your vaping experience. From working with a cold battery to asking “can I leave my vape in a cold car,” to concerns about cold vape liquid, there are a lot of things to consider when you vape in winter.
The first thing to remember about vaping in winter is that it requires batteries and batteries don’t work as well when they’re cold. They will still work, but you may find your battery life is reduced when you run your vape cold. It’s also important to remember to make sure your battery is room temperature before you charge it. Charging a cold battery can limit its capacity permanently. So if you don’t want to deal with a weak battery in the summer—keep it warm before you charge it in the winter.
Really, this is all common sense. Cold weather makes electric processes less efficient. Extreme cold does this to an extreme degree. So as long as you aren’t dealing with air temperatures that are 40 or more degrees below freezing, there’s a simple way you can keep your battery running as efficient;y as possible— keep your vape kit in an inside pocket when you aren’t using it. Something as simple as keeping your vape close to your body heat can ensure that you don’t have battery issues when using your vape or when you charge it.
Don’t Sweat a Little Chill
The thing most people worry about when it comes to cold weather their vape liquid. Since vaping requires heating liquid, the frozen liquid would make vaping hard. Luckily, the liquid used for vaping has a much higher threshold for freezing than plain water. Many liquids use propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin as non-toxic ingredients that help keep your liquid from freezing solid. What happens instead is that your liquid can become a bit more gloopy than is optimal. That thickness can mean you need to adjust your rig a bit. If you can make a change to your juice control, opening it up should be all you need. You can also switch to a higher capacity wick.
Generally speaking, though, the best thing you can do is make sure your liquid is warmed up to room temperature before you put it into your vape. When switching out your liquid, give yourself enough time to let the new liquid to warm up (if you store it in your freezer) before putting it into your reservoir and then keep your rig warm. In the same way that keeping your vape in an inside pocket can help the efficiency of your battery, it can also help keep your liquid at an optimal viscosity to get a sweet cottony cloud in cold winter weather.
There is one major issue with some vapes that an inside pocket won’t prevent. Some vapes have steel drip-tips that are great in the summer. They’re insulated to help prevent overheating. But in the winter, that metal can get very cold much faster than the other parts of your vape. Hopefully, you don’t need to be told what can happen when you put your lips against the super cold metal. It’s a sticky situation. So in the winter, it may be wise to switch to a drip-tip that’s made of a non-metallic material.
No Matter the Weather, You can Vape
Vaping in winter is just as pleasurable as vaping in the spring and fall and summer. But if you live in an area where the weather gets really cold, there are some things you need to do to keep the experience as great as possible. For the most part, all you need to do when you’re outside is keep your pen or kit in a pocket that will keep it warm and out of the worst of the cold. One of the best parts of vaping in winter is that you can do it with gloves on, unlike smoking, without making your scarf or winter hat stink. So get out there with your pens and your mods and vape to your heart’s content!