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Does Vaping in the Cold Damage Your Vape?

March 02, 2022

While modern vapes and e-cigarettes are pretty high-tech, they are still vulnerable to external elements that may impact their longevity and performance. For starters, cold weather can take a toll on your device's battery. Moreover, extreme cold can make your vaping experience extremely unpleasant. 

Luckily, there are ways you can vape in the cold comfortably. Continue reading below to learn how cold weather can affect your vape and how to get around it. 

Is It Bad to Vape in the Cold?

In short, vaping in the cold isn't necessarily bad. That said, you need to take a few preventative measures to ensure you still have a pleasant experience. When the temperature drops, it lowers humidity levels and leads to the e-juice flowing much more slowly. This effect can result in much drier hits, which can cause slight discomfort in your mouth. 

You can get around this discomfort by having lip balm on your person as you vape. Having a humidifier at home may also help with the dryness. Meanwhile, make sure you drink enough water to avoid chapped lips and other unpleasant symptoms. 

Furthermore, the cold airflow will likely cool down your coils much faster than when vaping in the summer. However, it's not a significant problem and shouldn't damage your vape long-term.

Cold Weather Battery Issues

The battery is perhaps the component most affected by the cold. Lower temperatures slow down the chemical reaction needed to provide the battery with the current to power your vape. In some cases, freezing temperatures can drain a battery from up to 30-60% faster.

Colder temperatures require the battery to work double-time to provide the same power as warm temperatures. One way to protect your cape's battery from draining faster is to keep it as warm as possible. While it might not last as long as during the summer months, you won't be frustrated with that dreaded dead battery when trying to enjoy your vape. 

Tips for Vaping in Cold Weather  

Here are some ways you can make vaping in the cold more enjoyable.

Store Your Vape Properly

Since cooler climates can have adverse effects on your vape, the best thing you can do is store it someplace warm. For starters, try keeping it in your pocket, where it will receive some of your body heat. Never leave your device in your cold car, as that will drain the battery and potentially freeze some components. 

You should also bring a portable charger with you to be safe. If your battery does die due to the freezing air, you can at least charge it and still use your vape. 

Wear Gloves

While this may seem obvious, make sure to wear gloves and bundle up before you set out to vape in the cold. Keeping your hands warm will allow you to enjoy your vape instead of focusing on how freezing your hands are. If possible, find textured gloves, as they enable you to grip your vape easier. 

Swap Your Mouthpiece

We've all heard stories of kids getting their tongues stuck to telephone poles in the winter trying to impress their friends. Well, the same can happen if your vape has a metal mouthpiece. Removing your lips from frozen metal will not be fun, so make sure to swap out your mouthpiece during the winter months. 

Consider finding one made from glass, plastic, or rubber. Combine that with some lip balm, and your lips should stay nice and comfy as you vape. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens if Vape Juice Gets Cold?

We all love the wide variety of e-juices available, but what happens when these liquids get cold? In short, the consistency of the e-liquids changes as the temperature drops. That's why many people notice a different feeling in their draw whenever vaping in cooler climates.

The thicker liquid can also potentially clog your vape, leading to some structural problems. To avoid this, you can look into e-liquids that are less prone to freezing. Some options contain alcohol derivatives, which should help slow down the thickening effect. You can also look into e-liquids with higher PG levels, as it will help even out the thickness.

How Do I Keep My Vape Warm in Cold Weather?

Keeping your device warm will help ensure you have a consistent experience, even when the temperature is cooler. Some ways to keep your vape warm in cold weather are:

  • Keep it as close to your body as possible.
  • Leave it near a heater when indoors.
  • Don't leave it outside or in your car.
  • Wear warm gloves while vaping.


Vaping in the cold doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience. However, you need to make sure you're being proactive about keeping your device warm. Moreover, you need to take steps to protect your lips and hands if you're vaping outside in the cold. If you follow the steps above, you should be able to vape in the cold without any trouble. 

For reliable vapes that offer high performance no matter the temperature, visit the RELX shop.

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