How to avoid a nasty burnt taste when vaping.
There’s nothing worse than taking a vape hit and getting that vile burnt taste. Well, there’s actually a lot worse things in the world than this. But in the vaping world, it’s right up there.
Understandably coils can burn out after they’ve been used for a while, but why does your vape taste burnt with a new coil in it? It could be one of several reasons, which we’ve covered off in this article. We can’t guarantee you’ll never get that horrible burnt taste ever again, but at least if you know what to look out for, you can reduce the risk.
Did you prime the coil?
Priming the coil every time you put a new one into your vaping device is really important. The wick needs to go from completely dry to soaked in e-liquid so that it doesn’t burn and create the unpleasant taste.
Leaving it long enough (at least five minutes) after replacing the coil and filling up the tank could be enough, but you can never be certain if the wick has absorbed enough e-liquid. By manually soaking it, you definitely know you’re good to go.
To prime the coil, simply add a few drops (three to five) of e-liquid directly onto the wick through the top and at the ports around the side, then allow to soak in a full tank before using.
Are you chain vaping?
Avoid taking hit after hit to give your coil chance to reabsorb more e-liquid. By waiting at least five seconds before firing again will help stop the coil drying out and causing a burnt taste.
Is the temperature too high?
If the temperature on your vaping device is set too high, it will quickly burn off any e-liquid on the wick and start to burn it. Simply lower the temperature to help avoid this.
To further minimise the chance of getting a burnt taste, you could try a temperature control (TC) vaping device. TC vaping devices like the Aspire Archon 150W allow you to set a maximum temperature for your coil. If it reaches this temperature, it cuts the power. So even if you try to vape without any e-liquid, it won’t let you, which prevents the wick from burning.
Is your e-liquid tank empty?
If there’s no e-liquid flowing to the wick it will burn and give you that nasty taste. To help avoid this happening, get into the habit of always filling up your tank when it drops to a quarter full.
Have you got air bubbles?
In pod devices, air bubbles can form around the wick, causing it to burn. To clear them and stop your vape tasting burnt, simply give the pod a bit of a tap or shake.
Are you using a VG heavy e-liquid?
Some VG heavy e-liquids are too dense for coils that are designed for 50/50 e-liquids or PG heavy e-liquids and they struggle to wick. If you have changed your coil type or e-liquid, it’s worth checking they are compatible.
Are you using sweet or high-nicotine e-liquids?
Certain e-liquid flavours, especially those with lots of sweeteners (like custard) or ones with high nicotine levels, can clog up the coil and wick very quickly. Even if you’ve only recently replaced the coil, it might not take long for it to get gunked up, leaving you with the unpleasant taste of burnt paper rather than your favourite pudding.
Have you got a bad coil?
You might be unlucky and have a dud coil. If you’ve tried the other suggestions on this page and you’re still getting a burnt taste, you’ll just have to suck it up (not literally) and replace it with another new one.
Does your vape still taste burnt with a new coil?
Hopefully, after reading this you’ve worked out what was causing your vaping device to taste burnt, even if it had a new coil fitted, and now you’re contently sat enjoying flavoursome hits. If not, one of our advisors might be able to suggest something else. Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to help you.