It happens very often that a  burnt taste causes us to cough instantly due to a dry hit. This is because the coil is burnt or due to a dry hit (inhaling when the coil is not soaked with e-liquid).  Apart from reaching the end of the coil’s lifespan, two things can swiftly end a coil’s life and burning the wick:

  1. Nor priming your coils.
  2. Chain vaping. 

The coil will gradually degrade since it is not designed to for last forever. if my vape starts decreasing the amount of vapor produced and the taste is less intense with poor flavor, I know it’s the time to change my coil. Here you have some tips that you can follow to prevent dry hits and burning your coils: 

1. Prime the Coil

Proceed to soak the new coil with e-liquid before using it for the first time. If you don’t soak it with e-liquid, then you may ruin it! This process is known as ‘priming the coil’. Dripping a few drops of e-juice directly into the centre hole of the coil and letting it sit for 5 minutes, means you can get the wick completely saturated.

Alternately, you can inhale 4-5 times when the vape device is off. By doing this, the e-liquid from tank will soak the cotton with vape juice. Remember not to press the fire button and cover the airflow ports. Furthermore, better don’t over-saturate the coil, as you may cause flooding and/or spitbacks. Leave enough time for the coil to absorb the e-juice, don’t rush.

2. Drop the habit of chain vaping

This action will burn the wick faster, because the cotton gets drier as you vape multiple times in short succession. Just wait around 30 seconds between each puff as the break between two puffs allows the e-liquid to re-saturate the wick. Moreover, you should cease vaping when the flavor is diminishing, as this suggests there is not enough e-juice in your coil. Many ex-smokers tend to take many short hits as they used to do with cigarettes.

3. Vape at Lower the Wattage

When you vape at a high wattage, you vaporize more e-liquid. Lowering the wattage will reduce the output power.

A high temperature means a faster e-liquid vaporization. You can start vaping with a new coil at a lower wattage and increase the wattage gradually. 

4. Burnt Coil: Use Temperature Control

High power settings usually leads to high temperature, and the e-juice will vaporize faster than the wicking speed.  The Temperature control (TC) function can save you from burning the coil. This feature normally comes with advanced devices, monitoring the atomizer for overheat and prevent firing the coil when it is dry.

Most vape devices in the market already have overheat protection of the battery. Aspire is not an exception and our vapes many safety safety features. The coil itself is also suitable for temperature control. 

You can control the temperature with devices such as the Aspire Rhea, our new shockproof mod. This mod allows you to adjust the temperature from 200 to 600℉/ 100 to 315℃.

5. Choose Right E-juice

Compared with VG, which is thicker, a higher level of PG in the E-liquid can saturate the wick faster. Using 50/50 VG/PG e-liquids can sometimes resolve this issue. Make sure you vape vape juices with VG  under 70%.

In addition, very sweet e-liquids can gunk up your coils. Sugar can caramelized in the coil and the wick will fail to absorb vape juice. For example, coffee or dessert flavored e-juices have a higher sugar contents.

If you are an ex-smoker and can’t help chain vaping, then try a vape juice with high nicotine strength or higher PG content. In this way, you can enjoy a stronger throat hit and you won’t need to puff many times as you would do with low nicotine e-liquids. 

6. Burnt Coil: Check the E-liquid Level and Refill your Tank

Not refilling the tank until the last drop of e-liquid is the quickest way to ruin the coil. This is because your wick is already nearly dry and there is not enough the e-juice to soak the cotton. Moreover, try not to leave your tank under a quarter full. If you notice the juice doesn’t cover the wicking holes, then you should fill the tank as soon as possible. Normally, keeping it 50% full guarantees that the coil stays in the best condition. 

This post was originally published on April 4, 2019. It was most recently updated on April 26, 2021.