You need to store your e-liquid for days or even weeks or months, depending on how much you stock up ahead of time. So do you store it in a glass e-liquid bottle or a plastic one?
There are advantages and disadvantages to each, mainly being portability, durability and safety and health issues. These pros and cons mainly depend on how long your need to store your e-liquid and how often you carry your ejuice with you when you leave your house.
Which Bottle is More Portable – Glass or Plastic?
It’s obvious that plastic bottles are easier to carry. They’re more lightweight than glass, depending on the size bottle you’re storing your e-liquid in. For example, you may have a glass bottle that’s 30ml or larger to store your ejuice at home, but it’s easier to carry a 10ml plastic bottle when you’re on the road and need to refill your vape device.
Plastic ejuice bottles are rather durable. If you drop the bottle, obviously it’s less likely to break than a glass bottle if you drop it on a hard surface.
On the other hand, however, plastic bottles can start leaking over time. The tiniest pinhole or crack in the seam of a plastic bottle will allow the liquid to seep through.
Glass bottles then are more durable for long-term storage.
Safety and Health Issues
Plastic bottles are pretty safe for e-liquid storage since they won’t break as easily as glass bottles. But there are other safety and health concerns with long-term use and storage in plastic that you don’t have to be concerned with in glass bottles.
Plastic bottles are made with a variety of chemical compounds like styrene and bishphenol A (BPA) for example. BPA is a synthetic compound that serves as a raw material in the manufacturing of such plastics as polycarbonates and epoxy resins.
Unfortunately, these compounds can seep into your ejuice and cause a change to the flavor and taste of your ejuice. There may also be health considerations by ingesting any of these chemicals, even in small amounts, when ingesting continuously over time.
Cost Factors for E-liquid Manufacturers
Even for do-it-yourself e-liquid makers, glass bottles are going to cost more than plastic. The price may not factor into the DIY, but it may have an adverse effect on the bottom line of manufacturers who resell their products.
The next time you visit your local vape shop, take a look at the containers on display. Many of the 10ml bottles of ejuice are packaged in plastic. They aren’t meant for long-term storage as 10ml of e-liquid can get used up in a few days.
Now look at the 30ml and larger bottles and you’ll probably notice they’re mostly all glass bottles, and they cost more for the consumer as well.
The bottom line really is this – if you’re storing 30ml or more of ejuice at home, it’s better to store in a glass bottle and keep the plastic for short term use or carrying outside.