how to unburn a vape

Fixing a Burnt Vape: Simple Steps to Restore Your Device

Written by: cbd relx



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Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking, an alternative way to enjoy nicotine. Unfortunately, there are some downsides to owning a vape, like a “burnt hit,” which affects vapor production and flavor.

This guide will give you an in-depth exploration of burnt coils and detailed information on how to unburn a vape.

Understanding Burnt Hits: Causes and Symptoms

A common problem, burnt coils can affect the overall experience of vaping. Learning how to unburn a rechargeable vape starts with learning what causes it in the first place.

Causes of Burnt Coils


There isn’t enough e-liquid in your vape

    • The coil inside your vape heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid, and when there isn’t enough of it, the coil burns through the wick instead. It’s easy to forget to top up sometimes, but it’s important to check if you have enough e-liquid before you start vaping.

You’re not letting your e-liquid soak your wick properly

    • Using your vape immediately after topping up your e-liquid won’t give it time to soak the wick. This means that the coil heats the wick instead of the liquid, causing it to burn through.

Your wattage is too high

    • Coils have a maximum recommended wattage, and when you go beyond it, it can strain the coils, causing it to overwork and overheat, vaporizing the e-liquid too quickly, and burning the wick.

You’re using a dry, dirty, or wrong coil

    • You might be using a coil that has started to wear out, or a fresh one that has not been primed. You could also be using the wrong coil. Keep in mind the different coil resistances and the amount of power each uses.

You’re not using the right e-liquid

    • There are different types of e-liquid, and it’s important to know which one your vape uses before you fill it up. These liquids come in varying ratios of Vegetable Glycerine (VG) - Propylene Glycol (PG). Sub-ohm vapes usually work best with a 50/50 VG-PG ratio, whereas other vapes can use a 70/30 or 80/20 ratio. 

You’re chain vaping

    • Taking successive hits with very short pauses in between can cause your device to overheat and damage the coils. Try to do 15-second intervals between hits to give the e-liquid enough time to soak back into the wick.

Now that we’ve established some reasons a burnt coil may happen, it’s also important to identify the different signs of a burnt vape.

Signs Your Vape Is Burnt


It tastes terrible

    • The first sign might be the easiest to identify: It’s not going to taste right. The flavor will be harsh, bitter, and generally unpleasant.

There’s less vapor

    • This one takes a little more observation, but a burnt coil exerts more effort to vaporize the e-liquid inside, meaning less vapor is produced overall.

It sounds strange

    • When the coil struggles to vaporize the e-liquid, your device will make weird gurgling sounds.

It smells weird

    • When the coil inside is burnt or struggling, the smell will change. It will smell bitter and burnt.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing a Burnt Vape

Once you know the causes and symptoms, you can now follow these steps to unburn a vape.

Step 1: Check and Refill E-Liquid Levels

  • Regularly monitor your vape’s e-liquid levels. Most devices have ways to tell you how much liquid is left, such as markers or a little window. Try to keep the liquid above the halfway point at all times.

Step 2: Prime Your Coil Properly

  • When you install a new coil in your device, make sure it’s in its correct place, and fill the tank with the recommended amount of liquid. Don’t forget to let the wick fully soak in the e-liquid. Begin with a low wattage before bringing it up to your preferred level.

Step 3: Clean or Replace the Coil

  • Cleaning: Gently remove the coil from your vape and soak it for a few hours in warm water or an ethanol-water mix to dissolve any residue. Once clean, rinse under warm water and let it air dry overnight. Make sure the coil is completely dry before priming and reinstalling.
  • Replacing: You will need to replace your coil every so often, but making sure you buy one that matches your vape’s specifications is important. Carefully install it, and ensure it’s placed properly to avoid leaks. Prime your new coil, and let it sit in the e-liquid before vaping.

Step 4: Adjust Your Vaping Technique

Adjusting the way you vape can significantly prolong the life of your device. Take time between hits, and control the wattage you use. Chain vaping, and using too much power can overwork and overheat your vape.

Preventing Burnt Hits: Best Practices

Minimize the chances of burnt hits by:


Regular Maintenance and Cleaning

    • Routinely clean your vape with a soft cloth and warm water. Replace worn coils every one to two weeks.

Choosing the Right E-Liquid

    • You get what you pay for, so go for quality. Make sure your VG-PG ratio is appropriate for your coil to prevent overworking your device and damaging it.

Proper Storage of Vape Devices

    • Store your vape upright, and in a cool, dry area. Keep it away from heat and direct sunlight.

Why Choose RELX Devices to Avoid Burnt Hits

RELX has worked to create devices that reduce the risk of burnt hits and keep your vaping experience a pleasant one. We keep customer convenience in mind, and prioritise user satisfaction.

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    • The RELX Spin has four pods in one device, allowing you to switch flavors easily. The pods are clear, making it easy to gauge e-liquid levels. It’s powered by V-Mesh, an advanced coil technology, and has clear battery life indicators.

RELX Artisan

    • This device is a work of art. Beautifully crafted in either elegant metal or fine European leather, the RELX Artisan has an 11-layered pod system that helps prevent leaks and condensation.

RELX Infinity 2

    • With a single click, you can switch between three different power levels with the RELX Infinity 2, allowing you to control the intensity of your draws. This device is also fast-charging, taking less than 30 minutes to get to full capacity.

RELX Pod Pro

    • The RELX Pod Pro has a pod system that keeps e-liquid absorption at efficient levels, giving you a consistently rich flavor and stable vapor.

Identifying the signs and causes of a burnt coil, and following the steps to unburn a vape can prevent it from happening often (if at all).

Choosing high-quality devices and pods, like those from RELX, can also greatly reduce any issues, giving you a smooth vaping experience every time.

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