If you’re a long-time, veteran vaper, then you’ve most likely experienced the unfortunate taste of a burnt out coil and wick. If you’’re still a bit new to the vape game, then it’s quite possible you’ve gotten lucky and haven’t burnt out a coil, yet. However, at some point you’re bound to burn out at least one coil if you don’’t know how to prevent it.
Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks to keep your coils from burning out. Ways that coils burn out are somewhat dependent on the type of device you use, but all the tips we will’ll give you below can be applied to keep any type of device healthy and ready for your next vaping session.
1) Chain Vaping
The most common reason that e-cigarettes and portable vaporizers burn out is that of chain vaping. Chain vaping is when a vaper takes multiple draws within a small time frame. For a sub ohm tank especially, taking multiple hits does not allow the wick to soak up e-juice fast enough. Taking multiple draws over a few seconds will dry out the wick faster than it can soak up e-juice. This also over stresses the battery and the coils. Coils are meant to be rapidly heated to a certain level to vaporize the e-liquid coursing through the wick, and then rapidly cool down when the battery is turned off. By keeping the battery turned on and the heat raised, the coil will burn out significantly faster (and the battery life will drain faster as a side effect).
Most variable voltage devices have a special ON/OFF safety button that you’ve to click 5x before the battery turns on to prevent this from happening, but even these sometimes can get pressed accidentally in your pocket. To keep your coils from burning out due to chain vaping or accidentally keeping your battery going longer than it should, always be vigilant. Always try to wait at least 10 to 20 seconds between pulls. mods can present another way for coil burnout. Since MODs are meant primarily for sub-ohm vaping, vapers using these devices must constantly be checking voltage, wattage, and ohm levels. Coil materials come with wattage limits, and MOD users must check these. However, these limits show low and high wattage values, and some MOD users will immediately start at the high wattage.
2) Not breaking in your new coil / wick
Running high wattage through a brand new coil will cause it to pop and immediately burn out, since the coil goes from having no current and heat to having extreme amounts of both. This can be prevented by following a few steps to break in your new coil.
1. When using a coil and wick for the first time, apply the e-juice and let it sit for a few minutes.
2. Next, open the airflow and take a few draws without firing your mod. This is known as ‘priming’ and the suction will spread juice into the dry parts of the wick.
3. After the coil/wick is primed, simply start vaping with a lower wattage. This will help break in the coil.
You should always start at the lowest voltage necessary and slowly ramp it up over about an hour.
3) E-liquid Selection
The final reason a coil can burn out applies to MODs, portable vaporizers, and e-cigarettes alike, as it has to do with the vape juice you choose to use. E-liquids range in sugar content and VG/PG ratio. High sugar content e-liquids can present a problem when it comes to long vaping sessions. When sugar is exposed to high heat, it’ll instantly caramelize. Since e-liquid is only exposed to high heat on the coil, this means that some sugar will caramelize on the wick. This actually produces the same poor flavors that burning a wick will provide. While this doesn’t instantly burn out a coil, it can significantly shorten the life of a coil. High VG content in e-liquids can create the same effect, as vegetable glycerin is far more viscous than propylene glycol. The VG can build up on the wick, causing it to burn out much faster. Be wary of the e-liquid you choose to use, and try to choose juices that’ve lower sugar content and lower VG/PG ratios.
Vaping can be a delicate balance of many technologically advanced parts. Coils in particular need to be especially taken care of, as they can truly make or break your vaping experience. With the tips provided above, you’ll be able to know exactly why a coil has burnt out. More so, these simple fixes will extend the lifespan of your coils and will keep your them from burning out in the future.