When after a long puff, you taste a nasty burnt taste in your throat rather than a smooth, delicious vapor, it’s a terrible sensation. This incident may ruin your day, and you might decide to give up on vaping completely.
Both burnt or dry hits are examples of a burning taste. Although most vapers confuse the two names, they refer to different things. The dry hit is less surprising than the burnt hit, even though both are unpleasant. A dry hit happens when the wick in your coil starts to dry up a little, resulting in less flavor and vapor exhaled, but not the unpleasantness and coughing that come with a burnt hit.
“When taking lots of puffs in a row, your wick doesn’t have enough time to soak up the e-liquid, causing it to dry out and cause burnt taste. If you start noticing a slightly burnt taste when you inhale, put your vape pen down for a moment to give the wick time to absorb more e-liquid.” – vuse.com
This guide will help you know why your vape tastes burnt and what you can do to prevent it.
- Why does my vape taste burnt, but the coil isn’t burnt?
- How to prevent a burnt coil
- Are my new coils burnt?
- How to detect that your coil is burnt
Why does my vape taste burnt, but the coil isn’t burnt?
Now, why does it taste like my vape is burning? Below are some of the reasons your vape tastes burnt.
Chain vaping, when a person vapes continually without leaving a breathing pause between puffs, is a significant cause of burnt hits. Because the wick is not given time to absorb vape juice between puffs, this action harms the coil. The dried cord therefore burns. Burnt hits can also be caused by unprimed coils.
Coil priming, which aims to soak the wick in vape liquid, is crucial. By trying to ignite a dry wick without first priming the coil, charred and unpleasant flavors may eventually follow.
Burnt hits are a result of high-power vaping bad coils. A coil will roast or fail more quickly if the allowed wattage range is exceeded (this information is engraved on the side of the coil). In addition, higher-power vaping causes the e-juice to vaporize more rapidly than the wick can absorb, and puffing results in a burnt-tasting vape.
Completely Emptying the Tank
Completely emptying the tank before refilling leads to low vape juice levels and damages the coils. When the tank is nearly empty before being filled, the wick will have inadequate e-juice to absorb, resulting in a burnt-tasting vape.
Your choice of e-juice is another factor in the burnt flavor of vapes (that is, the use of cheap e-juice). Some vape juices can cause coil blockage and are problematic. Because they are stiffer and harder for coil wicks to absorb, e-juice with high VG concentrations and sugar contents is more likely to make the vape taste burnt. This leads to the failure of vape pens.
The most frequent cause of coil burns and the resulting burnt vape flavor is the use of an outdated coil. Without considering personal consumption habits, an average coil should last roughly 2-3 weeks; anything longer could result in a burnt flavor in the vapor.
Not Maintaining the Coil
Maintaining your equipment is a good practice, mainly if you use a vaporizer. Cleaning the coil extends its useful life. Avoiding burnt hits from your vaporizer will also save money on having to replace them. Your coils can be cleaned using cotton buds dipped in alcohol, rubbed clean, and then washed with hot, clear water. The hot water will eliminate any remaining residue and alcohol.
The vaping experience is further impacted by cold weather because the viscosity of e-juice varies depending on the temperature at which it is kept. The warm temperature will thin out e-juices, while cold weather will cause them to thicken, rendering the coil susceptible to clogging. Additionally, PG-heavy mixes behave more like VG-dominating mixes in cold weather, which is terrible for e-juice.
Hotspots are a common reason for burnt hits when vaping, and when too much heat passes through them, they produce a red glow. In addition, vaping on a hot-spotted coil has a heated, revolting draw with a terrible metallic taste.
The coil has too much cotton on it
The mouthpiece is used for inhaling the vaporized e-liquid that has been heated by the coil and created by the wick. Vaping suffers significantly when the wick is too small and could even leak. The area that needs saturation to function perfectly is increased when too much cotton is used, and the wick burns out. The amount of time required between vapes to allow the e-juice to completely absorb into the wick will also rise due to this increase.
How to prevent a burnt coil
Here are a few steps that can be taken to prevent your coil from getting burnt:
Keep Enough e-Liquid in Your Tank
This means you should never “dry burn” your coils because most wicks are made of cotton and will become damaged if heated without enough e-juice to protect them.
Avoid Chain Vaping
For the wick to become re-saturated, there must be a significant time between hits. Therefore, to avoid burning a dry wick, wait until your wick is thoroughly soaked to absorb enough e-liquid before taking another puff.
Prime Your Coil
Manually soaking your wick before installation is required for this procedure. However, doing so will make you wait a little longer before inhaling. Most people find it difficult to wait for the e-liquid to absorb the extra heat since they have a strong impulse to vape as soon as the device is ready. This can be avoided by priming the coil, which also safeguards the wick and enables quick usage.
Use an e-liquid with a higher PG content
An e-liquid with a higher level of PG is advised since it readily gets soaked by the wick. As previously said, high VG concentration and sugar content e-liquid might cause burns because they are stiffer and denser for coil wicks to absorb. Always have enough e-liquid on the wick to keep it covered when vaping. In addition, you can better balance your device’s powering and vaporization rate by using higher-level PG e-liquids.
Coil burning can be prevented by using less power
Users have access to various vapes and customizable components thanks to improvements in technology. These advancements give users control over wattage. Unfortunately, a higher wattage results in thicker clouds and more vapor. It also severely damages the coil and isn’t very efficient.
You risk burning the coil and getting a dry hit because the wick will dry out more quickly. Lowering the wattage allows you to vaporize more frequently without worrying about a burning wick or coil because it takes less time and power for the wick to re-absorb e-liquids.
Changing your coil when it becomes worn out or harmed
Even your coil will not live eternally in this world. Your coil can live longer with routine upkeep and cleaning, but it will only survive for a while, especially when it is older.
Cleaning your coil can help it last longer
Cleaning your coil guarantees each coil gets the most use possible. It also prevents burnt hits from happening. Ultimately reducing the frequency of coil replacement costs. Most individuals wash away extra residue and alcohol with hot water after cleaning the coil with a cotton bud soaked in alcohol.
When storing your e-juice, keep in mind the weather
Cold weather will cause your e-juice to thicken, while hot weather will cause a PG-heavy mix to behave like a VG-dominant mix. The thick liquid from the cold weather will clog the coil, resulting in a burned coil. In general, stay away from subjecting your vaporizer to drastic temperature swings.
Once a hotspot has been located on your coil, it should be replaced because keeping burned wick would imply keeping its foul flavor.
Utilizing a little wick
The wicks in the tank are what cause the e-liquid to vaporize. Using a small number of wicks results in less re-saturation between vapes. The total area is smaller and will not allow room for a burnt wick or coil. Using too much wick increases the entire area to be saturated, which requires more time between vapes so that the wick can absorb enough e-juice.
Are my new coils burnt?
Every day, countless coils are produced, and not all are of the same Quality. Even if appropriately primed, if your new coil has a burnt taste, you need to replace it because you received a bad one. Some coils may be defective right out of the box owing to a manufacturing error or a loose connection. Additionally, bad coils occasionally arrive in bunches, suggesting that the remaining coils in the box may also be problematic. Even though this won’t happen frequently, it’s better to be ready. Thus you should always buy more than one box of the coil.
How to detect that your coil is burnt
It’s takes practice learning how to tell when your coil is burnt. Burnt hits are one of the leading causes of throat burn. If you notice any throat burn, your coil is burned and has to be replaced.
Although a burnt coil frequently loses its original flavor, the flavor is a better indicator of burntness. After a few puffs, the flavor that should initially be experienced during the hit is affected by the taste of a burnt coil, which is frequently unpleasant in the throat. In addition, a decrease in vapor output, or a sharp decrease in the vapor generated during vaping, indicates that a coil is burnt.
There are a variety of causes for burnt-tasting vapor. For a better vaping experience, learning how to prevent coil burning is critical. As the market expands, so will public understanding, knowledge, and instruction on vaping. It’s crucial to stay current on technological developments.
If you still have burnt, dry, or harsh tastes, a combination of several of the reasons we mentioned in this article might be the cause. So, start with the most common reasons and go from there.
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