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Vape coil maintenance

Why Your Atomizer Coils Get Flooded and How to Fix It

Flooded atomizer coils are a fact of life for many vapers. The characteristic gurgling sounds or e-juice leaking from the airflow holes are both signs that e-liquid has flooded into your atomizer coil without being vaporized. As well as the irritation of gurgling and leaking, this can also lead to spitback, and generally makes your vaping experience pretty unpleasant.

 

So why do your coils get flooded? And what can you do to stop it? Here’s a run-down of the most common causes and how to fix it.

 

1 – Not Changing Your Coil or Wicks When You Need To

 

Old coils are particularly prone to flooding. As the wicks lose their ability to soak up e-juice, the liquid that does get pulled in isn’t absorbed properly and can flood the atomizer head. The same effect happens when your wick has gotten gunked up from using coil-killing e-juices (usually dark-colored juices and dessert flavors). The wick loses its ability to soak up new e-juice and this leads to your coil getting flooded.

 

How to Fix It

 

The simplest solution to this issue is to change your atomizer head (which contains the coil and wick) for a new one, or just change the wick if you’re using an RTA (rebuildable tank atomizer). If your atomizer head is having issues but you don’t have a new one, you can always rinse it under hot water (or using grain alcohol) and let it dry out to clean the wicks.

 

2 – Filling Your Tank Incorrectly

 

If you fill your tank in the wrong way, this can lead to your coil getting flooded. The most common mistake to make – and the one most likely to cause flooding – is getting e-juice down the central chimney. This leads directly to the coil, so if you get juice into the chimney you will flood your coil and probably end up with gurgling or leaking. As well as getting juice directly down the chimney, overfilling your tank can also lead to this same issue.

 

How to Fix It

 

As you’d expect, the solution to this is to take time to fill your tanks correctly. The best advice is to fill up so the juice runs down the inside of the glass tank, a little like you’re pouring a beer. The important thing is to avoid the central tube and make sure you don’t overfill the tank. This is much simpler if your tank has fill-holes, but even if it doesn’t, it’s easy to avoid as long as you know to avoid the central chimney.

 

3 – Puffing Too Hard

 

Flooding happens when too much e-liquid makes its way into the atomizer head. The examples so far have involved either the wick not soaking up liquid properly or juice directly making its way to the atomizer head, but it can also happen if you don’t puff in the right way. Taking too hard a draw literally pulls e-juice into the coil in greater quantities, flooding your coil.

 

How to Fix It

 

Try taking softer draws or opening up the airflow a little. Unlike with smoking, puffing harder when you vape doesn’t usually get you more vapor, because it depends so much on how well your wick is working and how much airflow there is. If you do want to inhale more sharply, make sure you have good wicking (any sub ohm tank or rebuildable atomizer is a suitable choice) and keep the airflow wide open. You could still inhale too firmly, but it’s much less likely with a high-airflow setup.

 

4 – Setting Your Power Too Low

 

You can also flood your atomizer if your mod isn’t vaporizing e-juice quickly enough. The higher your power (i.e. wattage) setting, the more e-juice your coils will vaporize. If you set your power too low, not much juice will vaporize but more will be pulled into the chamber when you inhale, and so the coil will flood.

 

How to Fix It

 

Turn up the power setting on your mod. Most pre-made coils have a suggested wattage range printed on them (for example 40 to 65 W), so make sure you’re at least in this range, and if you already are, turn up the power some more, approaching the top of the recommended range if necessary. For rebuildable tanks, there won’t be recommendations but increasing the power will still help.

 

5 – Damaged O-Rings or Loose Tank Connections

 

If your e-juice can find its way into the atomizer head or chamber in some way other than through your wick, then you could end up with a flooded atomizer. The most common cause of this is a damaged O-ring or a component of the tank that isn’t properly screwed in place and is leaving a gap that juice can leak through. This can be hard to check for because you’ll have to empty the tank first, but if you’ve tried everything else it may be your only option. For it to cause flooding, the problem would have to be somewhere around the central chimney or the atomizer chamber itself.

 

How to Fix It

 

Once you’ve identified the cause of the problem, it’s pretty easy to solve. Most tanks you buy have spare O-rings in them, so it should be easy to replace any broken, missing or degraded ones. If you have a suitable O-ring intended for another tank (or bought online) you can use it, but make sure it’s the right size for your tank. Ensure the ring fits snugly and everything reconnects as it should.

 

If a part of your tank wasn’t screwed in properly, this is much easier to fix: just screw it in properly, being sure to avoid cross-threading, and then fill up and vape as usual.

 

6 – (For RTA Users) Using Too Little Wick Material

 

If you’re using a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA), then persistent problems with flooding could suggest a problem with your wick setup. If there isn’t enough wick in your coils, too much juice can get into the chamber and cause leaking, gurgling and spitting when you try to vape. If you had too much wick, you might get some dry hits, but too little can lead to leaking.

 

This could theoretically happen with a pre-made coil, but it’s much less likely because the wick setups are standardized.  

 

How to Fix It

 

Get access to your tank’s deck – emptying the tank first if you need to – and remove the old wicks from the coils. Insert new wicks as needed, with more cotton than you used last time. There should be enough that there is some resistance when you try to insert it through the coil, but not so much that it’s hard to pull it through without misshaping the coil.

 

Getting the right amount of wicking material in the channels out of the chamber is more difficult, but generally the gaps need to be covered but the wick needs to be loose enough that juice can be easily absorbed. This is explained clearly in this video.

 

What Should You Do About Atomizer Flooding That You Can’t Fix?

 

Although this post covers the most common reasons for flooded coils, it’s possible that none of the advice within it will work for you. If it doesn’t, the key thing to remember is that too much liquid is getting into the atomizer head or chamber somehow, and you may be able to investigate the problem for your tank specifically to identify the issue. Ordinarily it will be something covered already, but even if it isn’t, you should be able to get a general idea of where the problem is likely to be, and what you’d need to do to fix it.

 

But if nothing works, it could just be an inherent problem with your tank’s design that you can’t do too much about. It might not be what you want to hear, but a persistently flooding tank may be better off gathering dust on a shelf or sitting in the trash than giving you issues every day. Don’t hesitate to pick up something more consistent and reliable instead.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee is a writer and vaper from the UK. He quit smoking (without intending to) when he started vaping in 2012, and now writes for EcigaretteReviewed and E-Cigarette Direct's Ashtray Blog. He's always searching for a new all-day vape, loves rebuilding and is passionate about providing smokers with accurate information about the harm reduction potential of vaping. He drinks too much tea.
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What is E-Juice?

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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