Is your vape device starting to pop, crackle and spit back? Don’t worry, it’s not defective. A vape popping sound is normal for any device. Here are some quick, simple fixes.
Top Reasons Your Vape Is Popping and Cracking
Some crackling and popping is normal every time you vape. Have you noticed the way heated water bubbles and pops? The action of heating liquid and turning it into vapor can cause the same reaction in your vape device.
If the vape popping sound is excessive, it can ruin your enjoyment of vaping. It could also be a signal that’s something is wrong with your device or your liquid. Here are the primary reasons your vape pops excessively.
The Wattage Level Is Too Low
If you use a sub-ohm device, check your wattage level. Your wattage or voltage might be too low. Low wattage means your device can’t heat the e-liquid into vapor quickly enough. The e-liquid overflows the tank, resulting in spitback and popping noises.
You’ll make the problem worse if you use an RTA with a loose airflow. This forces air into the device.
If the wattage is too low, increase it by up to 10 watts. If the popping slows down, you’ll know that was the problem. You can also try narrowing your airflow adjustments. Adjust the tank’s collar to loosen the air pressure. Try a kit with adjustable wattage and airflow to get most out of your vaping.
The Chimney Is Too Narrow
A setup with a narrow drip tip or chimney could also cause problems. Vapor frequently creates condensation behind the chimney. This turns into water that blocks your device’s airflow.
An easy fix to this solution is a tank with a wider chimney. You could also try using a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) setup. These kits have wider chimneys.
The Chimney Needs Cleaning
If e-juice has been collecting on the chimney for a while, that buildup can cause serious spitback. Here, the solution is simple. Remove your drip tip. Roll up some tissue paper, insert it into the tank and soak up the excess water. Regular cleaning will help you avoid this problem.
You Need to Change the Liquid
A thin e-liquid can flood your coil, cause spitback and make your device crackle. This is especially likely to happen in a sub-ohm tank, which works at higher temperatures.
E-liquids with high propylene glycol (PG) content are usually thinner. You probably enjoy high-PG liquids because the flavor is excellent, but look for a thicker liquid if you have frequent popping. E-juices high in vegetable glycerin (VG) are usually thicker.
If you’re using a pod mod or another small device, you’re using lower temperatures. Your small device will work better with a thinner liquid that heats quickly at low temperatures. If you’re having trouble with popping, try switching to an e-juice that contains some VG.
The Coil Is Twisted or Braided
You might like the flavor you get from a braided coil, but those braids can leave spaces in the coil. When you introduce e-liquid, it can seep through the braids or coils. You’ll know it’s happening by the hissing, popping sounds.
If you braid the coil yourself, try tightening it. If you bought it braided, you may have to live with the popping for the moment. In the future, stick to regular coils. Try high-quality coils like Vaporesso’s c-cell technology coils. They perform perfectly at all temperatures.
How to Prevent Vape Popping
Now you know what causes your vape to pop. Follow these steps to avoid the problem.
Don’t Prime the Coil Excessively
When you prime the coil, you don’t have to soak the wick. Drop just enough e-juice on it to get it wet. You don't want it dripping.
If you get spitback from too much priming, press the fire button two or three times. This will help clear out the excess liquid. A little practice and experience will tell you just how much e-liquid is perfect for your device.
Take Short Inhales
Taking a log, deep inhale can force e-liquid into the chamber and into your mouth. If you repeatedly have this problem, you’re probably pulling too hard. Let the coil and the wick heat the liquid. Inhale gently. You’ll take in pure vapor and have a more enjoyable, flavorful vape.
Keep Your Device Clean
A clean device will keep grime and residue from building up inside your device. You should take it apart and clean it completely once a month. Use the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular device. In most cases, a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol are all you need.
Enjoy Smooth, Flavorful Vaping
If your vape device is popping, crackling or spitting back, try our simple solutions. Get ready to enjoy vaping again.