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News: Why Not Glass?

Article Date(s):08/20/2015 - 08/20/2025

While it hasn't really been requested, it's been brought up a few times - Why don't we use glass bottles with glass droppers? The answers are simple - Safety, Convenience, Cost.

Safety: Rubber bulbs are not secure. They can leak, they can be dislodged from the cap, they can tear and break down. Glass bottles break. Glass droppers break. They break in storage, they break in shipping, they break when they hit the floor. But even supposing that the greatest of care is taken, and these things happen only once in a while, there is still an issue even single time you take the cap off of a bottle. Because filling with a dropper requires two hands, you have a fairly wide-mouthed, open bottle of nicotine liquid. If knocked over, bumped, whatever, there is nothing to contain the contents. Sure, you could hold the bottle, the dropper and your tank with two hands, but the fact remains you still have an open bottle that will spill if you're disrupted.

It takes a lot to dislodge the tip from a plastic bottle, and plastic bottles don't break in storage, in shipping or when they hit the floor. Even with the cap off, they pose a far less hazard if knocked over. The tip keeps all but maybe a few drops of liquid from over the floor, your clothes, your furniture or other objects/persons in the splatter zone.

Convenience (and Safety): Using a dropper instead of a tip is not only sloppy, it's more cumbersome. Liquid drips down the outside of the dropper (or pools inside the cap if you turn it upside down), making messes all the way from the bottle to your tank. Then the wider, rounded tip of the glass dropper makes more mess when filling the narrow opening in some setups. Tanks holding more than the dropper require several trips to and from the bottle. It's harder it pull the last of the liquid from a bottle with a dropper, much less do it without getting air bubbles as well.

The tips used with plastic bottles fit inside nearly all tank openings, eliminating side drips. It's not submerged in liquid before you use it, so there's nothing to drip off of it. One squeeze will fill any tank (provided you have enough eJuice in your bottle to do so). One hand holds the bottle, and one holds the tank. The only thing unattended it the cap - which poses far less of a hazard than a open bottle of eJuice.

Cost: Glass bottles costs more. They require more storage space and more precautions. They cost more to purchase, they cost more to ship to manufacturers, then they cost more to ship to shops and/or consumers. They weight more and require more protection (increasing weight more). They cost more in claims or losses when they break.

We agree, glass is attractive, and the texture and shape of the bulb make a nice dressing on top. If it's all about the packaging, then it's the way to go. But when comparing the safety, cost and convenience of use, we side with plastic and drip tips ever time.

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