How to Know When Your Vape Coil Needs Replacing
Even if you’re a new vaper, you probably already know that replacing your vape coil periodically is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a vaping device. It’s so important, in fact, that we’ve devoted an entire article here at Vapekit to explaining how to replace a vape coil the right way. Replacing a vape coil correctly is incredibly important because it’ll help to ensure that the new coil will last as long as it possibly can.
Before you get to that point, though, you need to know when your vape coil needs replacing. If you replace your coils too soon, it means that you’re spending too much to vape. If you continue using a coil when it’s well past its prime, you’re probably not going to have a very enjoyable experience.
We want to prevent both of those things from happening. Knowing when to replace your vape coil isn’t just a matter of understanding how to maintain your vaping device – it’s also a matter of prolonging the life of your equipment The important thing isn’t understanding when a vape coil needs replacing – it’s knowing why your coils burn out and what you can do to make them last longer.
You already know when your vape coil needs replacing – it’s time for a new coil when you’re no longer happy with the flavour quality of the coil you’re using. If you really want to get the most out of your vaping experience, though, you need to know why that’s happening. So, why do your vape coils burn out?
Why Do Vape Coils Burn Out?
The two key components of any vape coil are the heating surface – which vaporizes your e-liquid – and the wick, which delivers e-liquid from the reservoir to the heating surface. When a vape coil no longer delivers an acceptable flavour, it’s because of a problem with one of those two components. Either the coil’s wick is burned, or the heating surface is covered with residue. In either case, the coil will produce a burned flavour – although the nature of the flavour will change depending on the specific problem affecting your coil.
To understand what you can do to make your vape coils last longer, you need to know whether the wick or the heating surface is the source of the problem. That’s what we’ll discuss next.
How to Tell if a Coil Needs Replacing Because of a Burned Wick
When a vape coil has a burned wick, the extent to which the coil’s flavour is affected depends on how badly burned the wick is. If the wick is only slightly burned, you may just detect a bit of irritation in the back of your throat when vaping. If the wick is badly burned, though, you may notice the distinctly unpleasant flavour of scorched cotton when you vape.
There’s an easy way to tell if a coil needs replacing because of a burned wick. When you remove the coil from your vape tank, look at the heating surface through the top of the coil. The metal will probably still be white and shiny. To confirm, you can disassemble the coil by removing the metal cap from the bottom of the coil and pushing the heating surface and wick out through the top. Unwrap the wick and examine it. If you see a black spot on the cotton, it’s burned. Even a very small dark spot will cause a noticeable change in the coil’s flavour.
There is no way to fix burned cotton. Although it’s technically possible to repair the coil by replacing the cotton, you’ll probably find that it’s not really worth the trouble. It’s far simpler to replace the coil.
If you find that you’re constantly burning your coils’ wicks, use these bits of advice to help your coils last longer.
- Always install a new coil properly by priming the wick and allowing the coil to rest for several minutes after filling the tank. These steps ensure that the wick will be completely wet when you begin using the coil.
- Avoid vaping at extremely high wattage settings. Always keep your device set to a power level that’s within the recommended power range for the coil you’re using. Remember that you may need to vape at an even lower wattage if you prefer very long, deep puffs.
- Don’t chain vape. Always wait a moment between puffs to give the wick some time to absorb more e-liquid.
How to Tell if a Coil Needs Replacing Because of E-Liquid Residue
When a layer of residue forms on the heating surface of your vape coil, it means that you’re using e-liquid sweetened with sucralose. Sucralose is a potent sweetener that can enhance vape juices with flavour profiles like fruit and candy. It’s become very common in recent years for e-liquid makers to sweeten their products, but sucralose has a major downside in that it leaves a dark residue behind that slowly robs a coil of its flavour.
If your coil needs replacing because of residue, you’ll notice a gradual change in flavour as you vape. At first, you’ll notice an exaggerated sweetness when vaping. As you continue using the coil, though, the layer of residue will become thicker. At that point, you’ll notice a strong “burned sugar” note when vaping. When you replace the coil, you can confirm that it has a layer of residue by looking at the coil’s heating surface; it’ll be dark and discoloured.
If you find that sucralose residue is causing you to replace your coils more often than you’d like, there’s a very simple solution for that problem: You can stop using sweetened vape juice. While it’s undeniable that sucralose is very tasty, it’ll also drastically shorten the life of your vape coils. If you’re a heavy vaper, you may find that a new coil installed at the beginning of the day has already begun to taste like burned sugar at the end of the day. Switching to unsweetened e-liquid can extend the life of your vape coils from a day or two to a week or more.