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Vaping Problems Solved

10 Common Vaping Problems Solved

There isn’t really much that can go wrong when you smoke a cigarette. As long as you light the right end on fire and inhale from the filter, the process is really hard to mess up. But for vapers, the situation is very different. Vaping devices are way more complicated than cigarettes, so there’s a lot more that can go wrong. From leaking and gurgling through to getting a burnt taste and having you device not work at all, there are a lot of different e-cigarette problems you might run into. Here are 10 of the most common, and how to fix them.


1 – My E-Cigarette is Leaking


Leaking is potentially the most common vaping problem, but in most cases it can be fixed or at least minimized. Here are a few suggestions to solve the issue:


  • Learn to fill your tank properly. Make sure you don’t get any e-juice down the central tube when you fill up – if you do it can lead to leaking.
  • Tighten your connections down. All the connections in your tank should be tightened down, but not too tightly, because you could damage the O-rings that prevent e-liquid from leaking through the connection points. Tighten it firmly but not as tight as you can, and check your O-rings for signs of damage. You can replace the O-rings if you need to, because most tanks come with spares.
  • Solve flooding problems. Flooding can lead to leaking, and is addressed specifically later on in the post. However, increasing the power on your e-cig or switching to a higher-VG e-liquid may solve the issue.


2 – The Vapor Tastes Burnt / I’m Getting Dry Hits


A burnt taste is a sure sign of a “dry hit.” This is when you try to vape, but there isn’t enough liquid in the wick. This means the liquid that is there gets overheated, and the cotton wick could even get singed, and this leads to a burnt taste.


  • Refill your tank. Not enough e-liquid in your tank is the simplest reason you might be getting a burnt taste. Refill your tank and give the new e-liquid plenty of time to soak into the wicks before you try to vape again.
  • Replace your coil. Unfortunately, if you’ve damaged the wick or you’re using an old (and possibly gunky) coil, you might have to change to a new coil to rectify the problem. Just remember to let e-juice soak into the wick before you try to vape again.
  • Reduce your power setting. If your power setting is too high, the e-liquid in your wick might be vaporized quicker than it can be replenished, which leads to dry hits.
  • Try TC vaping. TC (temperature control) vaping limits the temperature of your coil and completely removes issues with dry hits. If you’re having this problem regularly, it might be worth upgrading to a TC device.


We have a full post on this issue here.


3 – I’m Not Getting Enough Vapor


Not getting enough vapor when you vape is annoying, but generally easy to solve. There are a few easy ways to solve this problem:


  • Increase your airflow. Most of the time, more airflow means more vapor, so if your device has an airflow control ring, open it up more.
  • Increase your power setting. This is simple: more power means more vaporization happening, and that makes more vapor. Try turning your mod up a bit.
  • Switch e-liquids. Higher-VG e-liquid tends to produce more vapor than lower-VG e-liquid. Changing your juice could make a big difference.
  • Inhale more. If your airflow is open, you should get the most out of it. Inhaling more quickly than usual should help you get more vapor, or you can just take longer draws.
  • Change your device. Unfortunately, some devices just can’t put out as much vapor as a mod. If you have a simple vape pen and this is your issue, upgrading might be the best idea.


4 – I’m Not Getting Enough Flavor


If you’re not getting a strong enough flavor when you vape, there could be many potential causes, but all of them can be rectified quite easily.


  • Make sure you aren’t getting dry hits. Follow the steps in point 2 to address this possibility. The main points are to make sure your tank is full and that you haven’t burned your wick.
  • Adjust your setting. Most flavors have a “sweet spot,” where the different components come through more clearly. Change your wattage or temperature and see if the flavors come through a little more.
  • Turn down your airflow. Too much airflow reduces your flavor, so closing off just a little bit can increase your flavor a little.
  • Use a better atomizer. Some simple clearomizers aren’t great for flavor, no matter what you do. Switching to a sub ohm tank, rebuildable or other modern tank system may help.
  • Switch flavors. Sometimes if you’re vaping one flavor too long, you can get “flavor fatigue” and stop noticing it as much. Switch to a different flavor (ideally a different type of flavor, e.g. a fruity blend to a menthol) and see if it helps.


We have a more detailed post on getting more flavor when you vape here.


5 – My Tank is Gurgling / My Coils Get Flooded


Gurgling sounds from your tank are a sure sign that too much e-liquid has found its way into your coil and has “flooded” it. This can lead to tons of problems, including leaking, spitback or just poor vapor production. There are a few things you can do to solve your flooding problem:


  • Increase your wattage. If your tank is pulling more e-liquid into the coil than it can vaporize, this can lead to flooding. Turn the power up and see if that fixes the problem.
  • Inhale more softly. If you’re inhaling too hard, you might be sucking e-liquid into the coil in the same way as you suck liquid through a straw. Don’t inhale too sharply and this will minimize the issue.
  • Use a higher-VG e-liquid. PG-based e-juices are much thinner than VG-based ones and are more prone to flooding. Switch to a juice with 50% VG or higher and the problem should rectify or at least improve.
  • Change your coil or wick. Unfortunately, if your coil is flooding it could just be that your wicks are old and can’t soak up e-juice as well anymore. Change to a new coil and that should fix the problem.


We have a full post on this issue if you want more information.


6 – E-Juice Gets Into My Mouth When I Vape


This is a simple issue but quite a common one. If you get small bits of e-juice in your mouth when you vape, it’s probably related to a flooded coil. The best advice is to use the tips in the previous point to address the flooding issue, and in particular, you should inhale more softly when you vape. You should also remain upright (or at least not horizontal) when you vape, because gravity could have a role to play in the problem if your tank is on its side or inverted.


7 – My Battery Isn’t Working


Nothing stops your vaping in its tracks like a faulty battery. If your battery isn’t responding, there are many potential causes, but unfortunately most of them aren’t good news:


  • Check for simple problems. If you’re lucky, the issue will be something simple. Make sure your battery is charged and your device is switched on before declaring the battery dead.
  • Check your connections. If your battery charges but doesn’t function when you attach an atomizer, the problem could be the connection between the battery and the atomizer rather than the battery itself. Clean any e-juice from the contact points and make sure your atomizer’s connection is making contact with the point on your mod or vape pen. Some atomizers have adjustable pins that you can unscrew slightly and lengthen if it isn’t making contact.
  • Try a new battery. If you have a mod with a replaceable battery, test out a new battery if you have one. If the mod is working but the specific battery you’re using is dead, it will work with a new battery. You can also try the same battery in other mods to see if the battery is the issue or your device.
  • Get a new battery or mod. If you have a mod with an in-built battery that isn’t responding, the battery could be the problem, and this means the whole mod is probably done for. You may have noticed your battery not holding a charge as well previously, which is a sure sign of an aging battery. If you have a mod with a separate battery, it should work if you pick up a new replacement battery.


8 – The Throat Hit is Too Strong/Not Strong Enough


Getting too much throat hit when you vape can make vaping pretty unpleasant, and if you don’t get enough vaping might not feel satisfying. There are many potential solutions to the issue, but here are some of the main things to try:


  • Adjust your PG/VG ratio. E-juice with more PG produces a stronger throat hit, and juice with more VG has a milder throat hit. You can adjust your throat hit by choosing e-juice with a different PG/VG ratio. Black Note’s juices have a 50/50 mix to provide the ideal balance between throat hit and vapor production.
  • Change your nicotine strength. More nicotine leads to a bigger throat hit. If you aren’t getting a big enough throat hit, try a higher nicotine strength. If the throat hit is too strong, try a juice with less nicotine.
  • Adjust your power setting. More power increases vapor production, and this in turn leads to a bigger throat hit. Try out different settings and see if that fixes the problem.
  • Try a different flavor. In general, menthol flavors produce a stronger throat hit and darker, sweeter flavors lead to a gentler throat hit. For example, the throat hit with Solo (our menthol blend) will ordinarily be stronger than the throat hit from Prelude (our smooth Virginia blend), provided you use same settings and the same nicotine strength.


9 – I’m Not Getting Enough Nicotine


Vaping is really all about nicotine, so if you aren’t getting enough nicotine it can make it really hard to make the switch. There are a few things you can do to fix the problem, and we have a full post on the topic here, but here are some key things to try:


  • Increase your nicotine strength. This is simple, more nicotine in your e-juice means more nicotine when you vape. Try a higher nicotine strength and see if that helps.
  • Increase your power. More power means more vapor, and more vapor means more nicotine. Try to increase your wattage and see if that helps.
  • Switch to sub ohm vaping. Sub ohm tanks and low-resistance coils in rebuildable atomizers generally improve vapor production and make it easier to vape at higher wattages. It’s so much more effective that many vapers switch to a lower nicotine strength when they start sub-ohming.


10 – Vaping Makes Me Cough/I Get Dehydrated When I Vape/Other Issues


If your problem is more about what happens to you when you vape, there are a lot of potential causes. However, you can generally solve the problem if you think about the different factors at play and try changing things up.


For coughing, we have a full post explaining what to try, but it’s generally related to the same factors as getting too much of a throat hit. Follow the tips in point 8 and the problem should be fixed. However, some people are allergic or sensitive to PG, so if nothing else work try a very high VG e-juice and see if that helps.


Dehydration is a common problem for vapers because both PG and VG suck moisture out of their environment (in technical terms, they’re hygroscopic). The only solution to this is to drink a lot more water. Alternatively, you can minimize dehydration by switching to a higher-nicotine e-juice and vaping less frequently.  


However, there may be many other issues you experience when you vape, and unfortunately all you can do is work out the cause through trial and error. The problems you’re experiencing could be due to PG, VG, your nicotine level, your airflow settings or the specific flavors you’re vaping. You can try vaping with different e-liquids and different setups, ideally changing just one thing at a time, and see if you can pinpoint the source of the problem.


If you’re having a medical issue, though, the best advice is to go to see your doctor as soon as you can. But if there’s no other solution, you may have to stop vaping. If you can’t quit entirely, though, consider trying snus, nicotine patches or gums rather than returning to smoking.


The Learning Curve With Vaping


All of these problems are more likely when you first start vaping, and there’s a simple reason for that: there is a definite learning curve with vaping. Everybody is unique, and what works for me might not work for you and vice-versa. Vaping is all about exploring the options and hitting on the right combination of flavor, nicotine, PG/VG, atomizer and mod to suit your needs. Unfortunately this means it can take some time to solve the issues you’re experiencing and find your ideal way to vape, but when you do, it’s well worth the time spent experimenting.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
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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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