Imagine having the urge to vape, firing up your favourite vape and taking a puff, then you taste something horrible.
Instead of the usual delicious flavour you were anticipating, it just tastes burnt. If you've been vaping for a while there’s a good chance you have had this awful experience.
This unexpected taste spoils what would have been a great vaping moment and kills the urge to do it again anytime soon.
While there are many reasons your vape could taste burnt, the good news is that there's nothing seriously wrong with your device.
A burnt-taste is often an issue with the most delicate and cheapest part of a vape: the wick.
Figuring out exactly what is causing this burnt taste is usually quite straightforward, and fixing each issue can be just as easy. With that in mind, let's take a look at what might go wrong and see how we can correct it.
It's Something With The Wick
The vast majority of the time your vape will taste burnt because of the wick you just installed.
To fully understand this, we'll need to know a little about how the anatomy of your device works.
The wick is the part inside your atomizer that soaks up the e-liquid stored in the tank. The wick heats up when a current is passed through the coil, evaporating the e-liquid and producing vapour.
It's that vapor that supplies you with the delicious flavours you enjoy.
If the wick is not sufficiently soaked parts of it will get burnt, resulting in the burnt taste you are getting.
You might hear some people call it a "dry hit."
When this happens, you’ll unfortunately need to replace your coil as the wick within it has been irreversibly damaged.
While replacing the coil is something you should do periodically, knowing why it burnt in the first place will dramatically improve the lifespan of your new one.
What Causes Your Wick To Burn?
We already established that the wick in your coil is responsible for the vile burnt taste you are getting.
We also know that this happens when the wick hasn't soaked enough e-liquid or hasn’t soaked any at all.
But why isn't the wick doing its job if the coil in your vape is still new?
The reason(s) could be any of the following:
You Are Chain Vaping:
If your new coil tastes roasted, one of the primary culprits could be chain vaping If you are new to vaping but have some experience smoking, you might be tempted to treat your vape like a cigarette and continually siphon it to the last bit.
Over-using a vape will dry up the wick, leaving it to burn. The habit of following each puff in quick succession should be avoided if you don't want to taste burnt puffs.
Give your coil a few moments (many vapers recommend five seconds) to absorb the liquid properly before you give it another hit.
Another alternative would be to invest in rebuildable dripping atomizers, where you can customise the set-up to fit a chain-smoking habit.
Although this option is popular amongst experienced vapers, newbies might want to hold off RDAs until they have built up enough experience for these devices.
You Are Vaping At High (Or Variable) Wattages:
Each coil has its recommended power limits.
When you use a high wattage on a low power rated coil, the juice in the wick will vaporise too fast, leaving behind a dry piece of cotton ready to be burnt.
Variable wattages also put undue pressure on your coil, exposing it to similar consequences.
The solution to this one is simple; lower the output settings to meet the recommended power limit.
Setting a limit on the output will allow for a more gradual evaporation process. As the wattage output of your device will affect the coil temperature, setting a lower the temperature limit will also work.
Every vaping device will contain a temperature limit for the sake of safety, but some more advanced devices allow you to set the max temperature for your coil.
When the temperature reaches this limit it cuts off. So even if you get carried away, it won't let you burn your coil.
If you feel this is slowing you down, consider upgrading to a rebuildable atomizer or a device with a higher output limit.
You Forgot To Refill Your Tank:
The e-liquid supply is what keeps the vaping process going. With an empty tank your new coil will definitely burn, giving you that awful taste.
Make a habit of refilling your juice tank and confirming that it has enough e-liquid before you start vaping.
Some vapers let the e-liquid levels get too low in the attempt to make the most out of a single refill. Doing this dries up the tank and exposes the coil to dry hit.
Instead of doing this, always ensure the tank is full or at a reasonable level. The good thing is that most vape pens come with transparent tanks or windows so that you can easily keep track of the e-liquid level.
You Didn't Prime The Coil:
Never skip priming a new coil.
"Prime" here is just a fancy word that means to prep your coil to ensure it's saturated in e-liquid before you start using it.
You should make sure you prime any new coil before setting it up for the first use.
So, how do you do this?
Drip e-liquid through the ends of your coil before using it. As you do this, observe the wick soak until you see a pool of liquid at the tip of the coil.
Let the juice absorb into the cotton for a few minutes (or even days like some vapers do). Then install your new coil into your device.
Use the vape mouthpiece to puff in a few times without firing it. You can now enjoy your vaping!
Sugary e-liquids can clog your coils and prevent the smooth flow of juice through the wick, causing the burning sensation.
If you suspect your e-liquid is the cause of the problem, the solution can be to buy a lower-VG e-liquid. Alternatively, you can change the coil to one with a wick designed for high VG e-liquid contents.
Now you know why your vape tastes burnt even after installing a new coil. Losing one coil to burn-out is disappointing enough, but losing a few to the same problem is just frustrating.
We’ve taken you through the steps of preventing or working around these issues, helping you to better understand how to treat your hardware.
Every coil will burn-out eventually: they are just cotton and wire after all. But, by properly up-keeping and treating your coils, you should be able to get the most out of them for as long as possible.
With this information, you should be able to fire up up your vape and enjoy your vaping experience with complete peace of mind.