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Why E-Liquid Turns Dark or Brown — And How to Avoid It

Ever have a bottle of untouched e-liquid that turned dark over time? Or a tank that used to hold golden liquid that has since turned dark brown or black. It looks nasty, but does that mean the juice is no good?

Not always. E-liquid often turns dark over time, regardless of the environment, because of a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s avoidable, sometimes it’s not. Here’s why it’s happening and how you can stop it:

Why E-Liquids Turn Dark in the Tank

In most cases, the ingredients in your e-liquid cause it to turn dark or brown in the tank. A lot of e-liquids on the market have artificial sweeteners and sugars that add flavor.

When exposed to heat, the sugar in sweet e-liquids will caramelize and can change the color and texture of the liquid. It’s just like the process of making caramel, and the result can be just as gunky.

This caramelized gunk can also stain the existing e-liquid in your device. Over time, it will build up on your coil and seep into the tank, leaving residue behind. Without regular cleaning, this buildup will start to darken any new e-liquid added to your device as well. It can start to affect the taste, too.

If you have a device you haven’t used in a while with old e-juice sitting in the tank, the liquid might also start to turn dark. This isn’t because of the sweeteners. In this case, a chemical reaction process called oxidation causes the color change. Basically, oxidation happens when nicotine and oxygen are exposed to one another. The good news? This doesn’t ruin the taste or quality of your e-liquid.

Why E-Liquids Turn Dark in the Bottle

Sometimes, e-liquid turns dark while they’re still in the bottle. Again, this is because of the oxidation process that occurs when nicotine interacts with and is exposed to oxygen. This chemical reaction causes the liquid to darken.

Exposure to light and heat will also gradually cause the nicotine in your e-liquid to change color. Even storing it in a cool, dark place won’t stop it completely, although it can help slow the process. Nicotine is a very reactive substance.

How to Prevent E-Liquids from Turning Dark

Look at the ingredients

Not all e-liquids are created equal. That’s why some brands turn dark more quickly than others. Vegetable glycerin-based juices are generally sweeter than juices containing propylene glycol, so look for the latter if you need something sweet.

Or, opt for a sugar-free and natural alternative. At Black Note, for example, we don’t add any sugars or sweeteners to our product.

Store appropriately

There are a few easy ways to reduce both discoloration and sticky gunk buildup. Always store opened and unopened bottles, as well as any vape devices, in a cool, dark and dry place. Keep bottle lids tightly closed.

Don’t mix

If you have an old and a new bottle of the same e-liquid, keep them separate. And when mixing different-flavored or brands of e-juices, mix them in a smaller dish or container. This way, you can avoid affecting the entire bottle.

Don’t add new liquid to your tank if it’s starting to change color because of caramelized buildup. Clean the tank first, and then add the new liquid to avoid contaminating the flavor and color.

Getting a burnt flavor? Learn how to stop it from happening >

Keep it clean

Sticking to a regular cleaning routine will help ensure that you are getting the most out of your vaping experience.

How often you need to clean your tank and coil depends entirely on how much and how often you use it. Typically, it ranges anywhere from weekly to monthly. A good rule of thumb is to clean it every time you need to refill it. Cleaning gets rid of caramelized gunk and helps minimize discoloration and changes in flavor.

Learn how to clean your coil with our guide to coil maintenance 101 >

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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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