When we take a huge draw from our vape and instead of sweet, soothing vapor, we get a horrible scorching flavor and an uncomfortable throat sensation, it’s happened to everyone. A vaper’s experience with burnt hits is one of the most unpleasant things that may happen. And that can happen with practically every form of vape, from disposables to sub ohm tanks that produce clouds of vapor! It has the ability to ruin your day and, worse, to make you reconsider your decision to vape. While there are a variety of factors that might contribute to a burnt hit, the good news is that the vast majority of them are preventable.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of burnt strikes, as well as some tips for avoiding them.

Burnt and Dry Hits


Although the majority of vapers use these words interchangeably, they are actually two distinct concepts. While dry hits are unpleasant, they are far less startling than burned hits. A dry hit will occur as soon as the wick on your coil dries out. You will receive less taste and exhale less vapor, but you will avoid the unpleasantness and coughing associated with a burnt hit.

However, continue vaping on these dry coils and you’re in for a treat… Consider a dry hit as a cautionary signal: do not dismiss the dry, flavorless vape you took! The burned hit will arrive shortly. However, why is this occurring?

What is the cause of a burned hit?

Burnt hits occur when an atomizer is powered when there is no liquid or not enough on the wicks. Without a source of liquid to evaporate, the coils begin to burn the wick, and the user inhales burnt cotton. The following are some of the most prevalent causes of burned strikes, along with some suggestions on how to avoid them.

Extreme high wattages

Vaping at wattages that exceed the coil’s maximum wattage will cause the e-liquid to evaporate too quickly. When this occurs, the coils might cause the wicks to burn, even though there is still some juice present. Always keep your wattage within the specified levels.

Chain Vaping

When taking many puffs in a succession, the wick will quickly dry. If you detect an impending burned hit via a somewhat roasted flavor, set your vape aside for a bit. This will allow fluids to cover the wick’s dry areas.

Vaping using e-liquids with a high VG content

Not all vapes are created equal. Certain vape tanks are compatible with high-VG juice, while others frequently demand 50% PG or more to work correctly. As a general rule, examine the size of the wick canals. If the holes are tiny in diameter, your tank is unlikely to perform effectively with high-VG juice.

Inadequate priming of coils

This is perhaps the most often encountered problem on the list. Priming your coil heads entails allowing the wicks to become soaked with e-liquid prior to their initial usage. To avoid receiving a burned hit, always remember to properly prime your coils.