Too hot to handle? Why you get burnt hits and what to do about it

Yes, there’s no getting away from it; vapingis absolutely awesome, so you know how your e-cig kit works and how to get themost out of the e-liquid you’ve loaded it with to vape. But what if you don'tknow what you’re doing? Well, then you could easily experience a burnt hit nowand then – and maybe too often. How to avoid them then – and what to do whenyou get them…?

Areyou a chain vaper?

If your vape hits taste burnt and not ofyour vapeflavours, one question to ask is if you’re giving your coils enoughtime to wick up. Chain vaping can cause this to happen. The reason for this is thatnot all atomisers can handle constant, long draws. Some wicks are better thanothers and require less ‘breaks’ between hits.

The best thing you can do if you’re achain vaper is to look for wicks that have faster wicking abilities or a devicewith temperature control. You should also pay attention to how you’re drawingyour vape. Too many quick, long draws in a row can dry a wick out fast.

Doyou need to prime your coils?

When installing new coils, you haveto prime them with e-liquid first. Once you fill your tank, you shouldalso allow the coil to ‘prime’ for about five minutes to half an hour beforeusing it. This will maximise the performance of your vape equipment and coil. Primingyour coils and wick will help to prevent them from burning out early.

When you first start vaping afterreplacing your coil, it’s also important not to heat the coil head up too fast.You can find the wattage of your coil printed on the coil head or within theuser manual for your device. This will tell you how high you should be pushingyour coil once it’s primed, so leave a little wiggle room for increases. Startout slow with your vapes, or with low wattage points and then work your way upto the level that’s right for you.

Controlthe vaping temperature

Some mods have temperature controlsettings that will allow you to control the temperature pushing to yourcoil when you vape. Temperature control can prevent burnt hits. When you’re lowon e-liquid, the temperature will cut power to your device to compensate. This simplycauses a lesser hit, reminding you to refill your juice so you’re not vaping adry tank.

Hittinga hotspot

A small number burnt hits are inevitableand there’s nothing you can do but throw out your old wick. Sometimes, acoil has a hot spot that, even with a saturated wick, will burn and tastelike metal. You can’t always see the hotspot and you likely won’t find it onyour wick. But you will continue to taste the metallic flavour through yourwick, even if the hotspot is no longer there.

Once you’ve tossed your old coil, you caninstall a new coil that will pulse evenly. In order to ensure this happens, trypinching your coils lightly, or strumming over them to make sure they’re nottouching. Never do this while the device is plugged in or while holding downthe fire button.

Areyour settings too high?

If your vape tastes burnt, it could bebecause you’re vaping at too high settings. This means that your wattage is setat a higher level than your coil can handle. Ohm’s law will help youcalculate your optimal setting. It calculates the current, resistance, andvoltage of your device. You should also review the suggested ratings in theuser’s manual and sometimes you can find it printed on the coil itself.

The key to a satisfactory vapingexperience is knowing how to use your equipment properly. If it tastes good,you’re probably set on a good setting for your device. If your vape tastesburnt, turn the wattage down.

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