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Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt & How To Fix It

by Daniel Lofchick on October 29, 2020

It happens to the best of us. You take a long hit of the vape, when suddenly your mouth fills with an acrid taste, and you’re coughing up like you’d never hit a vape in your life. Burnt hits are among the least pleasant sensations you can experience - so why does your vape taste burnt, and what can you do about it?

A quick note before we dive into the nitty gritty - there’s a difference between burnt hits and dry hits. Dry hits are flavourless, but not otherwise unpleasant - they are, however, a sign that you may end up taking burnt hits shortly afterwards. When your wick starts to dry up from a lack of juice, you’ll get a dry hit; when there’s no juice at all, you’ll end up with a burnt hit.

Break the Chain

Chain vaping is probably the number one cause of burnt hits. When you chain vape, the liquid in your vape can’t saturate your wick quickly enough, so you end up burning the wick itself. It’s understandable that new vapers can be tempted to chain vape. When you’re trying to quit cigarettes, which are often chain-smoked, you can carry the habit over.

The solution is simple - don’t chain vape. Wait about 20 seconds between hits and you’ll give the juice enough time to saturate the wick. For those who want some kick in the back of the throat, consider opting for lower VG juices - that can help you emulate the feeling of cigarettes and curb the chain vaping.

Prime Problems

People who are using refillable pods don’t normally have priming problems - all you’ve got to do is fill the pod with juice, and wait about 10 minutes before taking a hit. Those of you who are using coils, on the flip side, may have improper priming at the root of your burnt hits. 

For those of you who aren’t in the know, and those who want a refresher, here’s how to prime coil-based set ups for optimal vaping:

  • Drip a few drops of juice into the coil holes to saturate the wick.
  • Fill your tank with juice.
  • Put your vape together and wait for about 10 minutes.
  • Start inhaling before you light to get the juices moving.
  • Start at the lowest wattage, and slowly increase your wattage until it’s at your ideal setting.

A Higher Power

You might be inclined to vape at a wattage that exceeds the recommended settings for your coil. That’s a bad idea. The coil might start to pop, burn, and fail, leading to very nasty hits. What’s more, when you vape at a high wattage, you’re liable to dry out your wick much more rapidly, increasing the chances of dry and burnt hits.

This Probably Goes Without Saying…

...but you might have run out of juice, or at least be running pretty low. When there’s almost nothing left in the tank, you might think it’s a good idea to try to get every last drop. It’s not. When you’re using the same flavour, just refill the tank. When you’re changing flavours, clean it out. Trust us, the half a cent you’re saving in juice isn’t worth hurting your lungs and throat with a burnt hit.

Check Your Juice

This is probably the rarest cause of burnt hits, but it’s worth looking into. Some juices are particularly high in sugar or VG. Those liquids are thicker, so it will take them longer to saturate the wick. You really have three options to solve this problem - wait a while longer before taking a hit, choose a different wick, or change to lower sugar/VG juices. Vape juices don’t generally display their sugar content, but you can usually tell how sugary it is by the taste.

There are a few other things that can lead to burnt hits, from dirty coils to defective ones. Trying to replace your juice based on the recommendations we just laid out? Want to troubleshoot what’s causing those burnt hits? Come to our Winnipeg vape shop. We’ll help you out. 

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