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Why Do My Vape Coils Burn So Fast?

November 21, 2023

Not all vapers will know that the unpleasant, burning taste they sometimes experience when vaping comes from burnt coils inside the device. 

Additionally, only some vapers fully understand the function of a vaping coil. In this blog, we're here to ensure you know what a vape coil does so you can use your device effectively - with no more displeasing tastes. 

What Is a Vape Coil?

Vaping coils are tightly bound to a wicking material, such as cotton, which, without the coils, couldn't produce the vapour. They primarily heat the e-liquid (or vape juice) using the battery power. The vapour then emerges when the coils activate the wicking material. 

But what do they look like? Vape coils are small wires, often spiral-shaped, with the wire ends connecting to the vape's battery's positive and negative terminals. The wicking material absorbs the e-liquid when added to the tank. 

However, it’s not as simple as wrapping a wire around some cotton. The coils need specific electrical resistance to work, measured in ohms (Ω). The lower the ohms of a ring, the more watts it can take. 

How Do I Know if My Coil Is Burnt?

If you're wondering why your vape tastes burnt, trust that something isn’t right.

Vapour generated from burnt coils can be toxic and develop respiratory distress and myocarditis. Pay attention to taste, especially if it disappears after a few inhalations. 

Why Is My Vape Coil Burning Out So Fast?

An Empty Tank 

First and foremost, ensure you’re using your device correctly. If not, you risk burning your coils too quickly. For example, if you’re trying to vape but don’t have enough e-liquid in your tank, you’re heating the coils with nothing to evaporate. In turn, this can cause “dry burn,” where your coils burn out due to a lack of e-juice. This can permanently damage the wires. 

Using The Wrong E-Liquid 

Remember omhs? Depending on the level of resistance to the coils, it will alter how well they burn the e-liquid. 

The main two components of e-juice are vegetable glycerine (VG) and propylene Glycol (PG). Knowing the differences is essential as VG is highly viscose, meaning it takes longer to saturate the coil. On the other hand, PG has low viscosity (much like water), wetting the coil quickly. Often, the e-liquids with very high VG aren’t always suitable with low-wattage coils. 

The Output Power Isn’t Compatible 

If you run too high an electrical current through your device, there’ll be risks of breaking the device or even more severe accidents.

In simple terms, if you put a 30-watt bulb in a lamp that needs a capacity of 120-watt, too much electricity will run through the bulb, and the filament will burn out. It’s the same principle with your coils and your vape. 

If your coils have a low ohm rating, they have higher electrical resistance, meaning they need to handle much more power to reach the correct temperature to work. Therefore, should you take a coil with 1.0 ohm and send the same power through it as a coil with 0.4 ohms, the lower resistance means the wave will pass the electricity through it too quickly - burning the ring and possibly ruining the device.

You Chain Vape 

It stands to reason that if you chain-vape or vape too much in one sitting, you’ll ruin your coils. Give your wick time to re-saturate. As mentioned, if you don’t have a wet enough wick, you’ll fire up the coils with nothing to burn. 

How Do I Stop My Vape Coils From Burning?

Keep A Full Tank 

One fundamental way to ensure no burnt coils is to keep a full e-liquid tank so that your wicking material is always saturated and your wires are only ever burning the e-liquid and not themselves. 

Alternatively, if you don’t chain-vape, you'll give your wicking material the time it needs to soak up more e-juice so that the coils burn the liquid. Generally, keeping an eye on your e-liquid quantity can make a real difference in quality. 

Use The Right Juice

Ensuring that you’re using the right e-liquid for the correct resistance level in your coils is critical. Also, making sure you use the correct wires for the power of your device will prevent too much power from running through your device and burning the coils unnecessarily. 

Buy A Closed-System Vape

Sometimes, cleaning your vape device properly won’t cut it if you’ve accidentally burnt your coils. Instead, investing in a closed-system vape, like the ones you can find at RELX, means you don’t have to worry too much about burnt coils! That way, once you’ve finished using your vape, you don’t have to change coils or worry about the resistance level you should be using. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Should a Vape Coil Last?

Longevity depends on how often you vape and if you're burning your coils unnecessarily by using the wrong e-liquid or dry burning, to name a few examples. Typically, if you vape regularly but don’t chain vape, a coil should last 1-2 weeks.

Final Thoughts

If you’re worried about potentially burnt coils, then consider discovering RELX’s trustworthy vape collectiontoday! Say goodbye to burnt tastes and hello to fresh coils and vaping devices.

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