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Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?

While it’s not an unusual occurrence, it can be bothersome to get a burnt or burning taste in your vape. If you’re wondering how to get rid of the burnt taste in your vape, luckily, it may not be too difficult.
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While it’s not an unusual occurrence, it can be bothersome to get a burnt or burning taste in your vape. If you’re wondering how to get rid of the burnt taste in your vape, luckily, it may not be too difficult.

There can be several reasons why your vape tastes burnt, but most of the issues related to this can be resolved or prevented. In order to understand why your vape tastes burnt, it helps to understand how vapour is produced in an e-cigarette. Vapour in e-cigarettes is produced when the e-liquid in the device is heated and vaporised.

When you start up a vaping device that utilizes a coil, such as a box mod, the e-liquid is absorbed by a wicking material (usually made of cotton), which the coil inside then heats to create the vapour you inhale.

Your vape may start having a burnt taste as the coil becomes more used, as remnants of decomposed e-liquids get built up and heated, or if a dry wick and e-liquid remnants are heated instead of a wick that is properly saturated with e-liquid.

This can be resolved by changing your coil regularly or ensuring proper priming of the wick prior to use. It is not difficult to learn how to prime a coil – it just requires letting the wick soak in e-liquid.

With vaping devices that do utilize a heater, like pod-based vaping systems, the e-liquid is often in direct contact with a heater within the pod, and likewise, turns into vapour when heated. Since the e-liquid-filled pods are built specifically for the accompanying e-cigarette, the formulation is optimized to ensure proper, sufficient e-liquid transfer to the heater.

With that, and no coils and wicks to attend to and maintain, the chance of overheating and a burnt-tasting vape is greatly reduced. You might also get a burnt taste when you vape if you use high-VG e liquids. It’s the viscosity of Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is more likely to reduce the efficiency of e-liquid being transported to the wick, which can lead to insufficient e-liquid being heated, overheating, and more wick residue.

Once again, this is an issue that can be avoided with pod-based vaping systems, as the e-liquid in the pods is specifically formulated to work in an optimal manner with its accompanying e cigarette, versus using an e-liquid that was self-mixed and not tested for compatibility with a certain vaping device.

How to tell if your coil is expired?

The coils inside vaping devices don’t last forever so, sooner or later, your coil will need replacing. If you want to know if your coil has become full of deposits and requires changing, there are several signs you may look out for:

  • Burnt-tasting vape

Probably the biggest indicator that your coil has reached the end of its lifespan, is an unpleasant burnt taste which accompanies the inhale from your vaping device and may completely overwhelm the flavour of your e-liquid.

  • Vape is leaking

If e-liquid starts to leak from your device or leaks into your mouth when you inhale, this can also be a sign that your coil needs replacing. Often, the wicking material of used coils will become clogged up with e-liquid and the atomizer will not be able to vaporize in sufficient quantities, leading to the e-liquid spilling out of the coil’s air holes.

  • Unusual sounds when vaping

Gurgling sounds may appear when you are vaping. If your vape produces a pronounced gurgle on the inhale (unless it is intended by the design of the vaping device), it is probable that you need a coil change. However, if your vaping device continues to produce gurgling noises even after a coil replacement, there are several other reasons for this.

  • Not producing enough vapour

The amount of vapour produced by your vaping device may gradually reduce as your coil reaches the end of its functional lifespan. However, low vapour production might also be an indication that your vaping device’s battery is low or faulty.

  • You haven’t changed your coil for a while

While coils do have a decent functional lifespan, as deposits collect on the coil over time, their usability decreases accordingly. If you haven’t replaced the coil in a long time and your device is displaying any of the signs above, it’s likely that you need to replace your coil.

Why does my vape taste burnt with a new coil?

While your vape should not taste burnt with a new coil, especially if you have taken all the necessary precautions to properly prime your coil, this burnt taste with a new coil could indicate other issues.

If your e-cig tastes burnt with a new coil, it may be a sign that your new coil is not a high-quality one, which means it should be replaced right away with a quality coil from a reputable brand.

Moreover, it may be that the e-liquid mixture is not compatible with the wick in your e-cigarette, with a VG/PG mixture that does not transport well in the wick. Additionally, your vape may taste burnt with a new coil if you are vaping at a higher wattage than recommended for the amount of e liquid available in the tank.

How often do you need to change the coil in a vape?

To avoid the burnt taste in vapes, the coil needs to be changed regularly – usually every one to four weeks. When replacing the coil, you must remember to prime it before installing. As the name suggests, the priming process prepares the coil for use.

To do this, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and here are some tips:

  • Trickle a small amount of e-liquid onto the wicking holes and inside the coil head. 
  • Push the coil into place.
  • Assemble your vaping device.
  • Fill your vaping device’s tank with e-liquid.
  • Leave the device for 10 minutes, so that the e-liquid can reach the wick.

How to avoid a burnt taste when vaping?

There is a simple fix if you’re experiencing an unpleasant burnt taste from your vape whilst inhaling.

Often, it’ll involve changing your coil for a new one, and then priming your new coil before use. How you do this will depend on the type of vaping device you use, but usually, you will need to unscrew either the top or bottom of your tank to access the coil.

You will then need to remove it from the vape’s casing, before replacing it with a new one. Other things you can do to avoid a burning taste when you vape are to choose e-cigarette liquids that are lower in VG and vape only at the recommended wattage.

You may want to explore different types of e-cigarettes, such as those with pod-based systems that utilize heaters. With these products, the whole pod is simply disposed of and replaced when the pre-filled liquid runs out. This means that you do not have to worry about coil-related concerns.

Whichever vaping device you choose – coil-based or heater based, it is important to remember that vaping is not risk-free and many e-cigarettes provide nicotine, which is addictive. Smoke-free products are intended for use by adults who would otherwise continue to smoke or use nicotine products and are not intended as cessation devices.

The best option to reduce the health risks associated with the use of tobacco and nicotine products is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether.

This article is for general information and educational purposes. Some of the information in this article is based on external, third-party sources and we make no representations or warranties of any kind regarding the accuracy, validity or completeness of such information.

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Frequently asked questions about e-cigarettes and vaping

E-cigarettes are divided into closed and open systems. A closed e-cigarette uses ready-made e-liquid capsules that are inserted into the e-cigarette, which is then ready to use. In the open system the e-liquid is bought in separate bottles. Users have to then mix liquids and fill the e-cigarettes by themselves.

E-cigarettes are also known as e-savuke, höyrystin and höyryke in Finnish. Vaping is translated in höyryttely, vapettaminen, vapottaminen and vapottelu.

E-cigarettes use e-liquid that usually consists of nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol and glycerin. In Finland only tobacco flavored or flavorless e-liquids are allowed. There are also liquids without nicotine available for e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are smoke-free products. They heat the e-liquid that turns into vapor. There is no combustion or smoke in e-cigarettes, therefore, they do not produce tar or carbon monoxide. In cigarettes, there is combustion while tobacco is burnt and the temperature reaches more than 800°C. In the combustion more than 6000 different chemical substances are formed, of which around 100 are known to be harmful to people.

Parts of an e-cigarette include a pod for e-liquid, atomizer, battery, led-light and a button. The e-cigarette is activated when a person draws a puff.

Dry puff or dry hit is the result of a low level of e-liquid and the vapor weakening. It has a burnt taste, and it also increases the number of harmful constituents. E-cigarettes with advanced technology will detect low liquid level and prevent overheating.

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