Give Your Vaping Coils a Longer Life
Guest Post by Triple 7 Vaping
If there’s one universal truth in vaping, it’s that we’d all like our coils to last a bit longer. Coils for sub-ohm tanks are expensive, and RDA coils take time to build. Either way, coil replacements aren’t high on any vaper’s list of favorite things to do. If you’d like to know how to increase coil life, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to explain the factors that cause coils to burn out too quickly. We’re also going to provide some simple, actionable tips that can help you make your coils last longer. Let’s get started!
Keep Your Coil Wet
The most important aspect of preserving coil life is ensuring that there’s never a point at which your coil isn’t wet with e-liquid. Your e-cigarette’s atomizer coil has a wick – most likely made from cotton – wrapped around or threaded through the heating wire. It’s the wick’s job to bring e-liquid to the atomizer coil from the tank’s reservoir or the atomizer’s drip well. If the wick isn’t wet with e-liquid, your e-cigarette won’t produce vapor – and without e-liquid cooling it, the coil will become extremely hot. A dry coil can burn a cotton wick very quickly, forever ruining the flavor the coil produces – so keep your coil wet by following these tips.
- Don’t chain vape. After every puff, give the wick several seconds to draw more e-liquid to the atomizer coil.
- Watch your wattage. Vaping product manufacturers set recommended wattage ranges for their coils based on an average puff length of about three seconds. If you like long puffs, you may need to set your vaping device to a wattage below the recommended range for your coil. Otherwise, you may find that your coil briefly goes dry at the end of each puff.
- Use the right PG/VG ratio for your tank. If your tank has an atomizer coil with small wick openings, a high-VG e-liquid won’t flow through the openings quickly enough to keep the coil wet. A coil with small wick openings needs an e-liquid with a higher percentage of PG.
- Prime your coils. When you replace the coil in your tank, place a bit of e-liquid on each of the coil’s exposed wick openings. Fill and reassemble the tank – and wait several minutes before vaping to ensure that the e-liquid in the tank has saturated the wick fully.
- Try temperature control vaping. If your device has a temperature control function, try using that feature with a nickel, titanium or stainless steel coil. When you use temperature control mode, you set a maximum temperature for your atomizer coil. Regardless of the temperature that you set, your coil will quickly exceed that temperature if it’s dry. When that happens, your device will cut the power to the coil to prevent the wick from burning.
- Fill your tank promptly. Don’t wait until your tank’s reservoir is completely empty before refilling the tank. The e-liquid in your tank can only flow through to the wick if it covers the wick openings.
Choose the Right E-Liquid
Does your e-liquid taste as sweet as candy? Do your coils rarely last longer than a day? If you answered “yes” to those questions, it’s likely that your e-liquid contains a sweetener such as sucralose. Some people refer to sweetened e-liquids as the junk food of the vaping world, and it’s easy to see why. Sweeteners are tasty, but they muddle the complex flavor profiles that e-liquid makers work so hard to achieve. Some people even think of sweeteners as crutches for those with little flavor blending skill. If that statement sounds like an exaggeration to you, here’s a statement that’s an absolute fact: Sweeteners leave residue on coils because they don’t vaporize fully. The sweeter an e-liquid is, the more residue it’ll leave behind. In less than 24 hours, a very sweet e-liquid can leave a thick, dark crust on your atomizer coil. We call that crust “coil gunk” – and before the heat from your atomizer coil can reach the e-liquid in your tank, it has to pass through the gunk. Coil gunk doesn’t vaporize; it burns, making everything taste like burned sugar.
If you want your coils to last, use unsweetened e-liquids. You’ll find that your coils will last much longer. It may even surprise you to learn that without added sweeteners, e-liquid can still taste sweet because vegetable glycerin and many flavoring compounds taste sweet on their own.
Use Less E-Liquid
Switching to a sweetener-free e-liquid can dramatically reduce the residue that kills your coils, but all e-liquid flavoring compounds leave a little residue. Formation of coil gunk, therefore, isn’t just a function of the amount of sweetener in your e-liquid – it’s also a function of the amount of e-liquid you use. It should come as no surprise, then, that the phrase “coil gunk” didn’t enter the average vaper’s vocabulary until sub-ohm vaping became popular. If you have a sub-ohm vaping setup that can empty a 120 ml bottle of e-liquid in less than a week, you’re going to deal with coil gunk constantly whether your e-liquids are sweetened or not. What’s the answer? Try using less e-liquid!
If you’ve been thinking about reducing your nicotine intake anyway, simply vaping less often throughout the day is an easy way to make your coils last longer. If you’re happy with your nicotine intake as it is, though, there’s another easy solution that you can try: Use a smaller device and increase your nicotine strength. The latest generation of smaller e-cigarettes such as all-in-one vape pens and pod vaping systems work extremely well, and you may actually enjoy the convenience of using a smaller vaping device. If your device consumes less e-liquid, you won’t have to worry so much about coil gunk – and if you increase the nicotine strength of your e-liquid, you can make the switch without compromising satisfaction.
About the Author
Jason Cugle is the Owner/Curator of Triple 7 Vaping. Triple 7 Vaping offers premium vaping products at wholesale prices and specializes in Aspire tanks, mods, parts and other accessories. Triple 7 Vaping offers lightning-fast same-day shipping on orders over $30.