Feel the burn? How to prevent your coil from burning

Burnt hits – ah yes, the bane of a vaper’sexistence. They’re far from pleasant and, let’s be honest, unless you know why,you’re bound to wonder why they occur. Well, more often than not, should you besuddenly plagued by a burnt hit, it’s more than likely to have something to dowith your e-cig device’s coil.

For rookies who may not be totally au faitwith vaping yet, the coil of your device is its heating element – it’s throughthis that a current passes from the battery to the wick when you fire up youre-cig or mod, in order to heat up and transform into vapour the e-liquid you’vefilled the device with. At the end of this coil, the wick will be saturated inthe e-fluid, thus able to heat up and vaporise it.

Here then are a few tips for preventingthe coil from doing what it shouldn’t (i.e. burning) and giving you thosehateful burnt hits…

Primeyour coil

What does priming a coil mean – and how doyou do it? It’s very simple and basically consists of dripping two or threedrops of e-liquid on to the coil and its wick. For optimum performance then,you ought to be priming your e-cig device’s coil enough, so it appears wet butnot totally saturated – be warned; should you soak it, you could well experienceleakages. Now, unfortunately, there is a chance you might still experience aburnt taste following priming (it far from always happens but sometimes does, usuallyonly if the coil’s housed in an atomiser head). But this will basically occurwhen a vaper isn’t priming the coil enough, as it’s more enclosed in a device whenlocated in the atomiser head. Finally, to complete a successful coil-priming,take a few puffs on your e-cig without pushing the firing button, in order for thefluid to properly saturate the wick.

Cutdown on chain vaping

Taking its cue from chain smoking withtobacco, chain vaping simply refers to the practice of continuous vaping, onepuff after another ad infinitum. The trouble with this, as far as your coil’sconcerned, is it dries out the wick considerably faster than would otherwise bethe case – and faster than the wick can be saturated to keep up. As made clearabove in the paragraph about priming, wicks in all e-cigs and vapemods have to be pretty much constantly saturated to ensure dry and/ orburnt hits don’t occur. Be aware; if suddenly while you’re puffing away youcan’t taste any flavour at all, within seconds you’re highly likely toexperience a burnt hit.

Dialdown on the power

By merely lowering the wattage – and,therefore, the power – you’re vaping at, you’ll inevitably use up lesse-liquid, ensure the wick dries out slower and, crucially, the coil and thewick last longer and the latter is less likely to burn out. Essentially then,by turning down the wattage and power settings on your device, you’re reducingthe burden on the coil and wick just as you would be by ceasing to chain vape.

Topup your tank

If you’re vaping via an e-cig devicethat’s fitted with a tank (to hold the e-juice as it’s vaped), then you’ll haveto make sure the level of the fluid in the tank doesn’t drop into and below the‘juice holes’ in the latter. Should the level get too low, the wick won’t besaturated with fluid enough and, yes, a burnt coil and burnt hits will bealmost inevitable side effects. How to avoid this for sure? Why, just top upyour tank on a good, regular basis. Or, should this not be an entirelypractical solution, you could try tilting the tank from one side to side so thefluid doesn’t enter the juice holes when it’s getting dangerously close, butthis is far from ideal when vaping, for obvious reasons.

Don’tforget temperature control

Many an e-cig device is blessed withfeatures and each of them are there for a good reason – so don’t forget to makeuse of them! Included here, and relevant to this subject, is the temperaturecontrol. The trick is to set the temperature to that which the coils should ideallyreach when you fire up the device and get going with your vaping. Why? Because,when the temperature reaches this point, the power will be cut off, so the coiland wick can’t get any hotter and, thus, aren’t capable of burning.

Additionally, some devices enable users toset the wattage, which affords you further control, as it determines howquickly a pre-set temperature will be reached. Note, though, that suchtemperature control is only possible with devices that feature specific coils, suchas those manufactured from nickel, steel and titanium.

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