No matter what sort of device you use, you will always have to change some sort of coil. This is simply a fact of vaping, but knowing exactly when to change your coil can take some time to figure out. Generally speaking, a single coil can last anywhere from 1 to 5 weeks of use, though this depends on how frequently you use the device, how much power you’re running the device at, and what e-liquid you’re using. All these factors play a role in your coil’s lifespan and will help you figure out how long you have before you need to change the coil in for a new one.
As any vaper will know, the coil is perhaps the most crucial part of the whole vaping experience and can heavily dictate whether or not you’ll enjoy your next inhale. Regardless of you e-liquid of choice, a coil past it’s time can cause a burnt taste or dry hits, both of which are extremely uncomfortable.
In this article, we are going to answer and address some of the common questions we get about changing a coil. We’ll also cover some of the signs of a burnt-out coil and when you should replace the one you’re using.
Signs you need to replace your coil
- Gurgling sounds as you’re vaping
While this can happen for a number of reasons, it almost always has something to do with the vape coil. While this may not necessarily mean your coil is burnt-out, it does signify that something is wrong with it and that it may not be functioning properly.
The easiest way to solve this problem, or work towards a solution, is to replace the coil and continue vaping. If the gurgling persists you’ll know it’s not the coil and may be a more significant issue at play. However, more often than not, changing the coil will solve the problem.
- Burnt taste in your mouth
This is by far the most common indicator that something is wrong with your coil. No matter what juice you use, no matter what power setting your device is at, if the coil goes bad you’re going to be left with a noticeably burnt taste or sensation in your mouth.
Once you notice this taste/sensation, it’s important to act swiftly and replace the coil right away. If you continue to use a burnt coil you can cause damage to whatever device the coil is in.
In the case of rebuildables, you can try to clean the coil. To do this, heat the coil till it glows, release the fire button, and dunk the coils in water. Nevertheless, if the unpleasant taste continues you will need to replace the coil.
- Your e-liquid isn’t tasting the way it should
This is the second biggest indicator that your coil might be burnt-out as it turns your e-liquid into vapour. While this can also occur if you change you power settings or if the e-liquid simply gets old , the best bet is to replace the coil to see if the problem persists.
- Your vape is leaking
A leaking vape can happen for a few reasons, including changes in temperature, worn out o-rings, or a damaged vape coil. Checking the coil is often the first thing most vapers do and taking it out allows you to assess any wear it may have and will help you decide your next course of action.
How to ensure the longevity of a coil
While every coil has to eventually die, there are some steps and precautions you can take to preserve the life of your coil. First and foremost, you should always be priming new coils before you install them into your device.
For tanks, the process is as follows:
- Take the new coil out of the box
- Drip some e-liquid onto the wicking spots of the coil and inside the coil head (3-4 drops is perfect)
- Assemble the tank and fill it with e-juice
- Let the tank sit for 5-10 minutes or inhale on the tip without firing the device
For pod systems:
- Fill pod with e-liquid
- Let sit for 10 minutes.
By priming your coils, you are greatly ensuring their longevity and also preventing any possible dry hits when your first install the new coil or pod.
Coils should also be run at the recommended wattage, which is usually on the box or on the coil itself. Exceeding these wattages will quickly destroy the coil and can result in dry or burnt hits. It should also be noted that some e-liquids, particularly those with added sweeteners, will cause a coil to burn-out faster. That’s not to say these liquids should be avoided, but it is something to keep in mind.