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Burnt Taste E-cig

Getting a Burnt Flavor From Your Tank? Here’s How to Stop it From Happening

As a smoker, all you have to do is slide a cigarette out of the pack, grip it between your lips, light up the end and inhale. There isn’t much that can go wrong. But when you switch to vaping, things start to change. While cigarettes taste basically the same from the tip right down to the filter, when you vape, the otherwise-delicious flavor of your e-juice sometimes takes on an unpleasant turn. This is most commonly referred to as a “burnt taste,” and you’ve probably experienced it yourself: the flavor of your juice seems to fade and is replaced by the taste of “overcooked” e-juice, burning cotton or a combination of both. So if this happens to you regularly, what should you do about it? Can you stop it from happening? Here’s how to avoid getting a burnt taste and to keep your atomizer heads working for as long as possible.


What Causes a Burnt Taste When Vaping?


Although there are lots of different ways you can end up with a burnt taste when you’re vaping, they all really come down to the same thing: the wick in your coil either doesn’t have enough e-liquid in it or it’s been burnt.


In both cases, the cotton that supplies e-liquid to your coil stops being able to do its job, and this means that when you hit the button to activate your e-cig, the coil heats up but doesn’t have enough e-juice to vaporize. Since some of the heat it produces doesn’t have anything else to vaporize, and it either ends up overheating your e-liquid (which can cause problems like increasing amounts of formaldehyde in the vapor) or ends up just directly burning the cotton wick. Both of these can lead to what’s described as a “burnt taste” from your e-cig.


If your wick gets burnt, then there’s no going back. The only way to get your e-cig to perform like you want it to again is to get a new coil That’s why learning to avoid having this happen at all is crucial, especially if you want to get the most out of your coils and save as much money as possible when you’re vaping.


Trust the Power Ratings on Your Coil


One of the most common causes of a burnt taste is simply having your power set too high for your atomizer (or the combination of the juice you choose and the atomizer – see below for more info). There is no hard-and-fast rule for what power setting you should use, so there is always an element of experimentation and mistakes can happen.


However, these days, most manufacturers put recommended power settings on the outer shell of the coil heads. These are basically estimates of how much power the coil can take before it struggles to resupply the wick with enough e-liquid to keep up with your vaping. For example, the 0.15 ohm V8-X4 coils for the Smok TFV8 are rated for between 60 and 150 W, and work best in the middle of this range. If you go too far over – for example, to 200 W – you’re more likely to get a burnt taste.


You can exceed these ratings in many cases, but if you’re getting a burnt taste regularly, check your coils and try vaping within the recommended range for a while.


Choose E-Liquid with the Right Viscosity


Not all e-liquids are created equal. The two main ingredients used in e-juice – PG and VG – have different characteristics, and when you’re trying to avoid a burnt taste, viscosity is the crucial factor. VG is much more viscous than PG, and this means it takes longer to soak into your wick. If you’re vaping with a high-VG e-juice (for example, an 80 % VG blend), you’re more likely to get dry hits or burn your coil, especially if you’re vaping at a high wattage.


Black Note’s naturally-extracted tobacco blends come in 50/50 PG/VG, giving them a great balance of throat hit, wicking ability and vapor production, but anything around the 50/50 mark (even up to 70 % VG on many sub ohm tanks) will generally perform without issues.


Take a Break from Vaping if You Notice a Drop in Flavor


One of the first things you notice before getting a dry hit from your tank is a reduction in flavor. A full, wick-burning dry hit tastes actively terrible, but a notable reduction in flavor is a big red flag that something is going wrong. It could really be related to any of the entries on this list, but if you’ve been vaping continuously for a little while, it might be time to take a break. Like vaping with your power set too high, “chain vaping” is very demanding on your wick. Before it has time to fully soak, you start vaping again and further deplete it. And the more you keep vaping, the problem is exacerbated more and more.


The solution is simple: take a break from vaping for a bit and give your tank time to re-wick and cool down a bit.


Get a Temperature Controlled E-Cig


The best thing you can do to avoid getting a burnt flavor is also the most expensive solution: buy a mod and a coil that supports temperature control (TC) vaping. TC is all about avoiding burnt hits, and it works by limiting the temperature your coil can reach. When you don’t have enough juice in your wick, the temperature of the coil increases a lot and this is what causes the burnt taste. By limiting the temperature, the burnt taste simply doesn’t happen.


Even better than that, getting a TC device means you don’t have to worry as much about all the other entries on this list. This is because if you vape too frequently, at too high a power or anything else, you’ll be protected because your coil can’t exceed a certain temperature.


Don’t Vape With an Empty (Or Near-Empty) Tank


If your tank is almost empty, there isn’t as much juice there to keep the wick supplied and it takes longer to soak in properly. You can usually twist or otherwise move your device around to make sure the wicks are soaked, but there is always a risk of dry hits when your tank is low on juice. The best advice is to simply fill up again when your tank is getting low. With a TC device, though, you can vape right to the end of the tank without issues.


Prime Your Coils


When you get a brand new coil, the wick is completely dry. However, as you know, it has to be well-soaked with e-liquid to let you vape without getting dry hits. This is why one of the times you’re most likely to get a dry hit is on a brand new coil, and why “priming” your coil is important. This means manually soaking the wicks with e-liquid before you fill up.


On most atomizer heads, you’ll be able to see a tube of wick when you look in from the top, and there will be several windows around the sides of the casing to let juice get to the wick. To prime your coil, drop some juice directly into the top of the atomizer so it soaks the wick around the edges. Add enough so that the wick is visibly soaked, and then go around the sides and apply some directly to the wick through the windows there too.


Finally, when you do fill up, the best advice is to leave the full tank for about five to ten minutes before you start vaping. This just makes absolutely sure your wicks will be ready to go when you hit “fire.”


Choose E-Liquid Flavors With Less Sweetener


Sweeteners can really gunk up your coils. This can be an issue on bakery-style flavors and other heavy dessert blends, but it’s also an issue with many NET e-liquids. Some of the sugars in the e-liquid can get left behind as a caramelized residue, and this stops your wick from doing its job properly. It won’t be able to soak up liquid as well, and this makes you much more likely to get a dry hit.


Black Note’s e-liquid is a clean-coil, no added sweeteners blend for this reason, but even if you’re using another type of flavor, there are many specific juices that are known to be coil killers.  


Clean Your Coils


If you have a coil that’s not looking too healthy and you don’t want to (or can’t) get a new one, cleaning can often revive a coil and improve its performance. Really you’re just cleaning the wick, so all you have to do is remove the atomizer head from the tank and run it under some warm water. Ordinarily, dirty wicks are stained brown from several tanks’ worth of e-juice, and you should see the color of the wick noticeably get lighter as you rinse. Once you’ve done, you just have to leave the coils to thoroughly dry before you fill up and vape again. Although some people try to speed up the process, the best thing to do is leave it sat on a paper towel for a day or so before trying to use it.


Change Your Coil


If you’ve tried to prevent the problem from happening, and cleaning either hasn’t worked or you don’t want to try it, then you might just have to get a new coil. The lifespan of a coil can vary a lot, but generally after a month or so, the coil will be past its prime and will start to perform worse. Of course, following the steps on this list should maximize the lifespan of your coil, but there comes a point when the coil will just be done for. The good news is that as long as you look after your coils, it’s really not too expensive as a running cost of vaping.


The Golden Rule for Avoiding a Burnt Taste: Look After Your Wick


The advice throughout this post all really comes down to one thing: looking after your wick. If you notice a burnt hit, it almost certainly means that your wick isn’t getting enough e-juice, for one reason or another. Finding out the reason isn’t easy, but if you know the general tips and remember that reduced flavor is a warning sign, you’ll be able to avoid burning your wicks, and might even save some money on spare coils in the process.

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.
Lee Johnson

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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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