What to change your vape coil
Changing your vape coil is an essential part of vape maintenance, helping to extend the lifespan of your device and providing you with a smooth-tasting and safe vaping experience.
Vape coils are made of wire and a cotton wick – the wick absorbs the e-liquid and then the coil heats the wick, creating vapour which you then inhale.
It’s important to regularly replace your coil, as failure to do so will result in an unpleasant burning taste in your throat when you inhale.
What are the signs you should change your vape coil?
There are a few key signals that your vape coil needs replacing. Be sure to pay attention to these signs, as if you ignore them, your coil will burn out and you’ll get a nasty surprise in the form of a burnt taste in your throat.
- Burning taste when you vape
This is probably the most noticeable sign that your coil needs replacing. Vaping a dead coil will result in an unpleasant burning taste in the back of your throat which can make you cough and can even make you feel sick. As soon as you notice a slight burnt taste when you inhale, make sure you change your coil.
A weak or funny tasting e-liquid often comes before a burnt taste, and you’re particularly likely to notice this with flavours you’re familiar with. Your e-liquid flavour should taste the same from the first hit to the last, so if it suddenly tastes off, it’s likely to be a sign of a dead coil.
The vapour produced by your vape will decrease with the age of your coil, and when nearing the end of your coil’s lifespan you’ll notice that much less vapour is being produced than usual. When you notice this, you might choose to change the coil immediately, or continue using it until other symptoms appear. Low vapour production could also be caused by a dying battery, so it’s worth checking your device’s charge before replacing your coil.
- Vape device starts to leak
If e-liquid is leaking out of the tank, you’ll need to do a proper check-up of your vaping device to find out the cause. Open system vape devices can be taken apart. This will allow you to give it a thorough clean, check the batteries are okay and then reassemble the device. If it’s still leaking, it could be that your coil needs replacing. Take the coil out and have a look – you may notice an obvious cause of the leak. Try replacing the coil and see if that helps. If not, you may be due a new e-cigarette.
- E-cig gurgles when you inhale
Your vaping device should never gurgle, so if yours does start to make gurgling noises then it could be that your tank has flooded and your coil needs replacing. It could also be that your coil hasn’t been properly fitted in your e-cigarette, so if you’ve only just replaced the coil, try unscrewing it and reattaching it.
If your vape continues to make gurgling sounds after you’ve replaced the coil, it’s a sign that something more serious is wrong with your vape, so please get in touch with us for further advice.
How often should you change your vape coil?
Vape coils aren’t designed to last forever – they endure repeated reheating and cooling which means they eventually burn out. Vape coils need replacing regularly, approximately every 1-4 weeks. How often you replace them depends on various factors, including the device, how much you use it and the type of e-liquid you use.
If you prefer high VG e-liquids, you’ll find that you need to replace your coil more regularly than if you use high PG e-liquids, as high-VG e-liquids are thicker and tend to produce more residue which can clog up your wick. Certain e-liquid flavours may also produce more residue, especially those that are more acidic.
Sometimes the way you use your vape device can also cause your vape coil to burn out faster than normal. Chain vaping in particular can have an impact, as taking lots of short, frequent puffs can dry out your wick, causing it to burn.
How do you replace vape coils?
- Disassemble your vape device
Every vaping device is different, so check your manual for instructions on how to do this. You may want to wrap a paper towel around your device to prevent e-liquid from spilling on to your hands. Remember, only open system vape devices can be disassembled.
- Empty the remaining e-liquid from the tank
You want to replace the coil when the tank is empty, so empty any remaining e-liquid from the tank before adding your new coil.
- Soak your new coils with e-liquid
It's important to give the wick time to soak and absorb plenty of e-liquid before you start vaping on your new coil. If you don’t, the coil is likely to burn out. Take your new coil and apply 3-4 drops of your e-liquid directly to the wick. Leave it to absorb for roughly 10 minutes.
- Unscrew your old coil and replace with the new one
Your old coil will easily unscrew from the bottom of your device. Screw in the new one, continuing to use the paper towel to keep your hands clean if you wish.
- Refill and reassemble your tank
Once your new coil is securely in place, fill up your tank with e-liquid and screw it back on to your vape device. Once your vape is fully reassembled, you’re ready to go.
Find out more about how to maintain your vaping device.