Common Electronic Cigarette Coil Problems

by:Runfree     2023-03-21

If you're using your vaping coil (you probably know them as atomizer tips or burners) faster than you think, or you're feeling burnt or smelling bad, check out our troubleshooting to see if you can solve your problem.
There are many factors that affect coil life, but on average expect 1 to 3 weeks. This is a very general guideline as it depends on how much you pump, thicker, viscous e-liquid will clog the coil faster than thinner e-liquid.
Problem - coil smells bad or burns (due to too much power)
Do not subject the new coil to excessive voltage/power.
The high voltage or wattage on the new coil may make it 'pop', causing you to think you have a duff coil when you really don't.
Note that some coils are not rated very high, so you need to make them draw less power than you think.
More and more coils have their range written on them, but if they don't start low it's safe.
If you have a variable voltage battery, start with the lowest setting on the standard coil, after about an hour you should be able to adjust it back to normal.
On a sub-European coil, start at the lowest value of its range (should be written on the coil) and within a day you can turn it up to your desired level.
Problem - Coil smells bad or burns (caused by chain vaping)
Coils are easily burned by chain vaping, that is, excessive smoking over a period of time.
E-cigarette coils are not designed to fire continuously.
Chain vaping can significantly shorten the life of the coil.
Although most devices have a 10-second shutdown period, be sure to turn off your device when you're not using it, such as in your pocket. You could be a flame in your pocket before you know it!
If you smell burnt, make sure it's not because you're vaping.
Despite the urge to lock the vape, the only solution is to wait longer between puffs, around 20 seconds should be fine depending on the device, but less or more may be needed.
Problem - coil smells bad or burns (caused by insufficient fluid)
If you vape when the liquid in the tank is below the saturation hole in the coil, this can cause your coil to burn out and you may experience a burnt smell or dryness.
The fluid needs to cover the coils, so make sure your tank is topped up and don't let it run too low.
Problem - Clogged Coil
The higher the VG (vegetable glycerin) content in your e-liquid, the thicker (viscous) it will be, and some flavors have more sugar and create extra viscosity.
In some cases the wicking material inside the coil may not saturate fast enough before the coil heats up so the coil gets hot but there are dry parts inside the coil which burn, when this happens performance and coil Lifespan is severely hampered.
Not only does it taste bad, burning coils, especially cotton coils, also produce unhealthy chemicals.
If you are using basic or standard ecig coils (i.e. coils with a minimum resistance of 1.5 ohms, there are also 1.8 ohms and 2.5 ohms etc.) then you don't need to use high VG fluid. These coils are great for 70% PG / 30% VG blends.
PG stands for propylene glycol, which is thinner than VG. While VG is thicker than PG, there are a few other things to keep in mind. Some flavors in the liquid are high in sugar which when heated too hot can cause the wick to burn (actually more like sugar caramelizing when heated) which has the same effect as burning and will do so when the coil is clogged without saturating .
Liquids that are high in sugar will shorten the life of the coil compared to thinner and sugar-free liquids.
Problem - Leakage Coil
Leaks around the area where the coil sits on the bottom of the tank are usually due to the absence of an O-ring or not in place, meaning the coil is not sealed and liquid can flow through it and out the bottom of the tank.
You may also experience fluid leaking from your pores.
By the way, the leak could also be due to excessive evaporation and the coil and tank getting hot enough that the liquid starts to come out because it's not evaporating fast enough.
Check that the coil o-ring is where it should be (check a new coil if you're not sure) and check that it's tight, kind of like an elastic.
Check that you have screwed the coil in until it feels snug (not too tight; not too hard).
If you can't find the problem and you have more than one battery or mod device, check that this is not only happening on one device.
You could also try loosening it a bit (unscrew the tank) and see if that makes a difference.
Leaks can also be caused by very thin liquids (for example, more PG than VG). If you're using very low ohm coils and thin e-liquids like 70/30 PG/VG, then you're not using the high VG liquids that sub-ohm coil designs use.
The above details the common electronic cigarette coil problems and their solutions. If you want to buy a new electronic cigarette, please contact us.
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