As a vaper, you may have come across a few unpleasant burnt hits every now and then and you may be wondering why. There are a few reasons for why this might be happening and it is everything to do with the coils in your device.

Before we get into it, you need to understand how a coil works and why your coils are getting burnt in order to start avoiding it; after all, we want to avoid experiencing the nasty taste that feels like the back of your throat is being shredded by a cheese grater.

First of all, a coil is your heating element of which your mod will send through an electrical current to heat up. Around your coil, will be some wicking material (usually cotton) and as the coil heats up it will begin to vaporise the e-liquid that the wicking material would have been saturated in.

When you get a burnt hit, this instance occurs when the wicking material is dry or that the wick has some dry spots. Please note that you can still get a burnt hit even when you have a full tank of e-liquid. You now may be asking, how do I prevent my coils from burning? We have already made it clear that the key factor to burning your coils is having dry wick. To prevent your coils from burning out you will need to keep your wicking material saturated in e-liquid. This means that you shouldn’t dry burn your coils from new, if you do this you will completely ruin the wicking material which means that it will not hold the liquid as efficiently and also you will get a constant taste of burning.


5 Ways to Stop your Coil from Burning

1. Prime your Coils before Vaping

It is very important that you should always prime your coils before you go to vape. By priming we mean that you place a couple of drops of e-liquid onto the coils and wicking material. How much do I prime it? You should be priming your wick enough so it looks wet, not completely soaked, if you completely soak the coil you will end up with leakage. A common problem we get is that some users still get a burning taste even when they have “primed” their coils. This problem normally occurs with coils in atomiser heads. When the user goes to prime it, they’re most likely just putting in a couple of drops where they can just see the wick. In order to prime it properly, you will need to prime it where you can see the wick and also inside around the coil and on top. Priming is not just about putting e-liquid onto your wick. You will also need to take primer puffs so that you ensure the flow of juice is going into your coils. By taking primer puffs you are 100% making sure that your coils are primed and you should get no dry/burnt hits. To take primer puffs you simply without pressing the fire button take a few puffs on your device, this will forcefully suck the e-liquid into the wick. Be careful when you do this as if you take too many puffs or take hard puffs you can flood your coil. 

Want to see how to prime your coil? Check out our Youtube video!


2. Stop Chain Vaping

Chain vaping is simply means you are continuously vaping one puff after another. By doing this, you are drying out your wick quicker than you are allowing liquid to saturate up your coils again. When vaping you need to ensure that the wicks are constantly saturated in e-liquid to avoid dry/burnt hits. In normal usage, getting dry/burnt hits isn’t a problem as you are allowing time for the wicks to re-saturate themselves. A way of knowing when you are about to experience a dry hit is by how much flavour you can taste in your vape. When the flavour diminishes, this means that the wick isn’t holding enough juice and you will risk burning your coil.

3. Reducing the Power Settings

Vaping at the correct wattage is very important; everyone has their own sweet spot so it is a matter of trial and error. You need to keep into consideration the ohm coil you are using as certain ohms are advised to be vaped between certain wattages. If you are vaping at too lower wattage you are going to end up flooding your coils and if you vape at too higher wattage you will burn out your coil.

By lowering the power you are vaping at, you will vaporise less juice that is on your wick thus reducing the risk of burning out and prolonging the life of your coils. If you are vaping at higher wattages, yes you are getting more cloud and sometimes more flavour from your e-liquid but you are also drying out your wick quicker. This is similar to chain vaping as you need to allow time for your wick to re-saturate with e-liquid.

4. Keeping your Tank Topped Up

Vaping from a tank and an RDA are similar in some ways, you are not going to vape from your RDA without checking how much e-liquid is left on your wicks after all are you? When you are vaping from a tank, you need to ensure that the juice level doesn’t go below the juice holes. If your juice level is below this, your wicks will not be able to be saturated with e-liquid as efficiently and you will end up risking burning your coils. A simple solution to this is to ensure that your tank is always topped up, alternatively, you can always tilt your tank from one side to another to ensure that the juice is going into the juice hole but let’s be honest here, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

5. Using Temperature Control

The temperature control function (TC) is a brilliant function for vaping as if you choose to ignore all the steps above (which you really shouldn’t be) this prevents you from burning your coils. However, this still doesn’t mean it will 100% stop your coils from burning. This function is able to track the detectable changes in resistance that occur when certain coil materials are heated up, TC devices such as the Neon Box Mod allow you to set a maximum temperature of which you want your coil to fire up to. This function can be slightly complicated for a beginner vaper to use but once you get it going it works pretty well!

The way this function works, is by setting the temperature that you would like your coils to fire up to. When it reaches this temperature, the e-cig stops delivering power to stop it from getting any hotter. On some devices you can also set the wattage of your device so it determines how quickly it will reach this temperature. When your tank has no liquid in or that the device is detecting that there is no liquid, the device will prevent the user from firing up the device. Temperature control only works with certain wires such as Nickel, Titanium and Steel coils.