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Vaping 101: How to Prevent Burnt Vape Coils

Whether you're brand new to the world of vaping or a seasoned pro looking for the next big mod, we've all experienced that most awful of things - a burnt vape coil. It's one of those things that can creep up on even the most experienced vapers. One minute you're puffing perfect clouds and enjoying the deep, rich flavours of your favourite e-juice, and then the unthinkable happens - you get a dry hit and taste burning. It's enough to put anyone off their vape session but, thankfully, it's quite easily avoidable and not at all difficult to fix. Here's how...

Prime your vape coil

Most vape coils are made with cotton because it's perfect for soaking up e-juice and holds it really well while still allowing air to be drawn through. However, if you haven't vaped for a while or you're just switching to a new liquid or coil, the cotton can be extremely dry. By soaking the wick in e-juice before you start vaping, you'll eliminate any risk of that dreaded 'dry hit' This is as true for those using traditional cartomizers as it is for those with newer mods. The trick is let your e-juice sit in the tank for a good 5-10 minutes at least before you take your first hit.

Watch the power

High wattages allow you to burn through e-juice at twice the speed. It may offer bigger and better clouds, but at the cost of longevity - your vape sessions won't last as long. Once the e-juice runs out the wick will dry and result in a dry hit. It may not be popular with the cloud chasers, but if you want a longer vape sesh and want to cut down the risk of burning your vape coil, turning down the wattage is the way to.

Take it easy

It's easy to get lost in the moment when you're enjoying a particularly fantastic e-juice. You start vaping quicker because you're enjoying the flavour, and you vape harder to chase the hit. The thing is, the faster and harder you vape the more likely you are to quickly burn out your vape coil. This is particularly important when using a high VG juice because it takes these longer to soak into your coil in between each drag. Try leaving a bit of a gap between each vape - your poor vape coil will thank you for it!

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Choose the right juice

We all have our favourite flavours, but pick your e-juice wisely if you're concerned about burning out your vape coil. Typically, you'll see a mixture of PG and VG in any kind of e-juice. The higher the VG content, the thicker the liquid and the longer it takes to soak the coil between draws. That means that if you like vaping quickly you might burn out your coil quicker with a high VG liquid. Switching to a thinner e-juice (one with a higher PG content) will dramatically reduce the chances of burning your vape coil.