My coil is burnt

If you keep burning out your coils / tasting a burnt flavour when vaping; below is some common issues with solutions to help you solve this.


Dry Hitting

Dry hitting is when you press the fire button with low or no e liquid in the tank. It is always good to keep your tank topped up with e liquid especially above the wicking holes on the coil. 

When installing a new coil it is always good to prime the coil by putting a couple of drops on the wicking material holes and filling the tank and letting it sit for 5 minutes.

A good tip is to draw/puff on the device “without pressing the fire button” this can help to draw the eliquid into the coil. (If the coil does not have liquid ready to vaporize it will burn out)

Incorrect Power/Settings (Variable Wattage/TC devices only)

Always read the recommended power ranges for your coil and try and stay within the range for optimum performance.

Applying too much power to the coil can burn it out (a good rule to remember is - Just because the mod goes up to 220 watts does not mean you should be running it on full power) Recommended power/settings for your coil type must always be respected for optimum performance. You can find the recommended range on the coil itself, or on the product packaging of the coils.

Under-powering a coil can also lead to a coil burning out. If you are running the power too low this will probably result in you pressing the fire button longer than necessary causing the coil and wicking material to burn. Again always run the device in the recommended wattage range for that coil.

High VG Liquids

VG is thicker and more viscous than all the other ingredients in E liquids and as this makes up the majority of the bottle in MAX VG/High VG liquids

VG has a harder time soaking in to coils compared to PG. This means that juices with a high VG content (70 % or higher) can reduce the lifespan of a coil. If you’re regularly running into issues with dry puffs and burnt coils, it could be the e-liquid you’re using.

E Liquids With Sweetener

When an E liquid has a lot of sweetener or desert inspired flavours  it can “gunk” up your coils. The sugars in the e-liquid can caramelise, which is delicious if you’re talking about eating something vs vaping, but it’s also a reliable way to destroy your coils. The gunk-filled wick can’t soak up new juice as well, and so when you vape, you cause the same sort of problems discussed throughout this post.

Although this is often related to sweetener, there are many different juices that are prone to gunking up coils. Coffee and heavy, dessert-inspired e-liquids are common culprits, but there are others too. Flavours from certain manufacturers can be the culprit and with sweet/dessert flavours coil life will be less than say using a fruit flavour.

Stop Chain Vaping

“Chain vaping” – just vaping and vaping continuously until you can’t see your e-cig for all the clouds – can lead to a burnt wick too. The reason for this is you need to ensure that your wick can re-saturate with juice before you hit the fire button again. In normal use, this isn’t a problem, because you’ll stop vaping after a short session and give it time to recover. However, if you’re continuously vaping for a long period of time, eventually your wicks will dry out. Then if you vape again you’ll risk burning the wick.

The solution to this is simple: stop vaping for a little while. The biggest sign that you need to stop is diminishing flavour. This is a sign there isn’t much juice in your coil and you’re approaching a burning situation. Your wick needs time to get soaked again, like a “re-priming.” Since the coil will be hot, the simplest thing to do is just stop vaping for 5 to 10 minutes and let your tank do its job.

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