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7 Ways to stop your coils burning

Whether you’re a newbie vaper or a seasoned cloud chaser, there’s one thing that all vapers hate: the unmistakable taste of a burnt coil.

One minute, you’re on cloud nine enjoying your favourite Redback Vapery e-liquid, wondering how it could ever get any better. The liquid tastes amazing, the fog is on point, and then it happens - as quick as it takes you to check the speedomoter when you see a speed camera, the magic is gone. that huge vape rip you've taken now burns your throat and tastes terrible! As if the horrendous taste wasn’t enough, it also ruins the whole coil head and costs you money! The good news is that it’s pretty easy to prevent burnt vape coils.

The reasons for burnt vape coils may vary, but the solutions are usually quick fixes that will bring everything back to normal in no time.


Why Do Coils Get Burnt

If you want to avoid burnt coils, the most important thing to understand is why coils get burnt in the first place.

When the juice in the wick has been vaporised, the wick dries out a little. However, when you have a tank full of e-juice surrounding the coil, and this is constantly replacing the liquid in the wick. This means that by the time you go to take another puff, the wick is saturated again and everything works as it should.

But what happens when there’s no juice in the wick, or simply not enough? Now, when you hit the fire button and the coil heats up, there isn’t much there to take up that additional heat. As a result, the temperature of the coil increases drastically and leads to two things happening:

  • The juice remaining in the wick gets overcooked and tastes absolutely gross.
  • Without anything to protect it from heat, the wick is directly exposed to the glowing-hot coil. Since it’s probably made of cotton, the wick burns. If the wick was completely dry, it would literally erupt in flames. And yes, burning cotton is not the flavour you were expecting.

7 Ways to Stop Your Coil From Burning

1 – Prime Your Coils Before Vaping

If you don’t prime your coils before you start vaping, you can burn your coil before you’ve even gotten any use of out of it.

Priming your coil is just manually soaking the wicks before you install it. Coil heads usually tend to have an opening in the top and some ports around the side where the wick is visible. To prime the coil, simply add a few drops of e-juice to the opening in the top (around 3 to 5 is enough) and then also soak the exposed cotton at the ports around the side where the cotton is visible.

Alternatively, some vapers take a few puffs on their e-cig without pressing the fire button as a method of priming the coil. This forcefully sucks e-liquid into the coil and through the cotton. Be careful though, if you do this too much it can flood your coil and leak.

Now your new coil is ready to go. But, as an extra precaution, it’s still better to wait about five minutes after you fill up your tank before you start vaping.

2 – Stop Chain Vaping

Chain vaping is vaping and vaping constantly until you can’t see your e-cig for all the clouds. As mentioned above, it takes time for the e-liquid to saturate the cotton between puffs. If you don't allow for this, then you will end up burning your coil uneccessarily. Just give it some time and let the tank, coil and physics do its job and you'll be sure to keep vaping burn free all day long.

3 – Reduce Your Power Setting

When you vape at a higher wattage, you vaporise more juice with each puff. This is great if you want big clouds, but like chain vaping your burning through your liquid at a far faster rate and with fewer puffs. Not only can lower wattages save on your battery time but it will also lengthen the lifespan of your coils. Experiment with lower wattages until you find your sweet spot.

4 – Keep Your Tank Topped Up

If the amount of juice in your tank is low, it might not be able to soak into your coils/wicks as well. On many coil heads, the juice has to be at a certain level to even reach the wicking ports. When less of the juice is in contact with the cotton, it doesn’t get soaked up as quickly. Its all about keeping that cotton soaked =)

5 – Use an E-Liquid with More PG

Propylene Glycol (aka PG) has a signifcantly thinner consistency than Vegetable Glycerin (aka VG), thus its able to be drawn into the cotton far easier. However, higher PG percentages means less clouds. It's important to strike the delicate balance between coils and clouds, thats why we at Redback Vapery manufacture our e-liquids with either a 70/30 (70% VG, 30% PG) or 60/40 (60% VG, 40% PG) ratio. We find these are the perfect ratios for coils, clouds and providing the throat hit that ex-smokers are expecting from vaping.

Redback Custardtopia Dessert e-Liquid6 – Try an E-Juice With Less Sweetener

When an e-juice has a lot of sweetener added, it can “gunk” up your coils. The sugars in the e-liquid can caramelise, which is delicious if you’re talking about a dessert, but it’s also a reliable way to destroy your coils. The gunk-filled wick can’t soak up new juice as well, and so when you vape, you cause the same sort of problems discussed throughout this post.

Coffee and heavy, dessert-inspired e-liquids are common culprits, and whilst we have many of these flavours in our product line - we tend to rely on the natural sweetness of fruits and other ingredients rather than packing sweetener into our e-liquids. Yes, it is possible to have too much sweetener.

Really, the easiest solution is to just use a different e-juice without as much sweetener in. You’ll have to sacrifice the coil that’s already gunked up, but it will help you avoid the issue altogether in future.

7 – Use Temperature Control

Temperature control (TC) vaping solves the problems with burning wicks more directly. By tracking the detectable changes in resistance that occur when certain coil materials are heated up, TC devices such as the Innokin Cool Fire IV allow you to set a maximum temperature for your coil.

When it reaches this temperature, the e-cig stops delivering power to stop it from getting any hotter.

If there was a magic bullet solution to burned wicks and coils, TC is it. When you try to vape from a wick without enough juice in it, the device doesn’t let you. Even if you were actively trying to burn your wicks, you couldn’t do it. This means TC can solve the problem without the need for any of the other tips in this list. The only problem is that you need a compatible e-cig and a tank that supports nickel, titanium or stainless steel coils.