How to Replace a Vape Coil the Right Way
There are two different ways of vaping. You can use a device with pre-filled cartridges or pods, or you can use a device that you fill yourself. If you’re on the fence about which type of device to use, we can tell you that it’s a lot more fun to use a refillable device. Filling your own pods or tanks means that you can choose from hundreds of different e-liquid flavours rather than the few that are available for any one e-cigarette with pre-filled pods.
Owning a refillable vaping device, though, means that you’ll need to do a little maintenance from time to time – and that maintenance comes in the form of replacing your atomizer coil periodically. As you’ll soon learn, replacing a vape coil isn’t particularly difficult. Even if the thought of replacing a part in an electronic device makes you feel a bit nervous, you’ll find that replacing an atomizer coil becomes second nature very quickly.
In this article, we’re going to do to things. We’re going to explain how to replace an atomizer coil in the three most common types of vaping devices. More importantly, though, we’re going to teach you how to replace an atomizer coil the right way. Let’s begin!
Why Is It Important to Replace a Vape Coil Correctly?
The reason why it’s so important to replace a vape coil the right way is because of the way atomizer coils work. Inside the coil, a cotton pad is wrapped around a metal heating wire. Under normal circumstances, when a piece of cotton touches an active heating element, it’s going to burn. The only thing preventing that from happening in a vape coil is the fact that the cotton is saturated with e-liquid. Instead of burning the cotton, the heat of the atomizer coil vaporises the e-liquid.
Replacing a vape coil properly, then, is a matter of ensuring that the wick is wet from the very first time you use the coil. Otherwise, there’s a chance that your first puff could burn the wick, ruining the coil forever. If you’ve ever experienced an unpleasant burning sensation every time you used a particular coil – and you resolved the problem by replacing the coil – there’s a good chance that the coil’s wick was burned. The goal is to prevent that from happening.
How to Know When It’s Time to Replace a Vape Coil
As you use a vape coil, residue begins to form on the coil’s heating surface. The residue comes from your e-liquid; some flavourings are more prone to leaving residue behind than others. The sweetener sucralose, in particular, causes residue to form on an atomizer coil very quickly. When that happens, the flavour produced by the coil begins to change. A note of burned sugar begins to cover the subtle notes in your e-liquid, and after a while, everything tastes like overcooked caramel. That’s when it’s time to change your coil.
Are you curious about what you can do to make your vape coils last longer? The way to get the longest life out of your coils is by avoiding e-liquids with sucralose. Nothing kills a vape coil more quickly.
How to Replace a Vape Coil
The trick to ensuring that you won’t burn the wick when using a new vape coil for the first time is by priming the wick. Installing the coil with the wick already wet helps to ensure that the coil will quickly absorb e-liquid from the tank and won’t have any dry pockets that can lead to burning. Regardless of the type of vaping device you own, you should always prime new coils before installing them.
How to Prime a New Vape Coil
To prime a new coil, use the nozzle of a bottle of e-liquid to “paint” all of the wick openings on the side of the coil with vape juice. You should also add a bit of e-liquid through the coil’s top opening. If the wick still looks dry, keep adding e-liquid until the cotton appears damp. Once you’ve done that, you can install the coil and fill the tank.
Note that while priming a coil helps the wick absorb e-liquid more quickly, you still shouldn’t use a new coil immediately after installing it. Fill the tank and wait several minutes for the wick to become completely saturated before you begin vaping.
How to Replace a Coil in a Sub-Ohm Tank
If you have a tank with a threaded coil, the coil will be attached to the tank’s hardware. Unscrew the coil and screw in a new one before reassembling the tank.
If you have a tank with a push-pull coil, the coil will be inserted in the tank’s centre chimney. Pull the old coil out and push in a new one before reassembling the tank.
How to Replace a Coil in an All-in-One Device
An all-in-one vaping device has a permanent tank that isn’t removable. In an all-in-one device, you usually replace the coil through the top of the tank. The coil is either attached to the underside of the tank’s top hardware, or it’s screwed directly into the threading at the top of the vaping device. Either way, you’ll need to remove the tank’s mouthpiece and top hardware to access the coil. Once you’ve done that, you can replace the coil by unscrewing the old one and screwing the new one in before replacing the tank’s top hardware.
With some all-in-one devices, it’s possible to replace the coil while the tank still has e-liquid in it.
How to Replace a Coil in a Pod System
Pod vaping systems are designed to be as simple as possible, and that simplicity is evident in the coil replacement process. If your pod system has a replaceable atomizer coil, you’ll see the coil on the underside of the pod. After removing the pod from your device, simply pull the old coil out and push a new coil in.