Your coil is an essential piece in your vape device. It is the part of the device where juice turns to vapor, so it stands to reason that if your coil isn’t in good shape, your vaping experience won’t be all that great. Coils need to be replaced every so often. Not replacing their coil is a frequent mistake made by people new to the vaping scene. Keeping up with cleaning your device and changing its coil will extend your mod’s longevity, postponing the date when you have to buy yourself a new one.
Your coil will need to be replaced fairly frequently. Depending on how much you vape, it may need changed as often as once a week or as infrequently as once a month. To make sure you’re not vaping with a damaged coil or changing out a perfectly good one, keep an eye out for these four signs that your coil is ready to be swapped out.
- A burning taste
This is the most serious sign that your coil is dead. Some types of coils can be cleaned when they first begin to wear down, thus extending their lifespan. However, if you’ve reached the stage that your vape tastes like a burnt newspaper, your coil is likely beyond saving and should be replaced immediately.
- Gurgling sounds
Vaping devices shouldn’t gurgle. It’s always a bad sign requiring a prompt investigation. Gurgling sounds can mean a lot of different things, though, aside from a worn out coil. Swapping your coil is a quick fix, though, so if your device sounds like it’s gargling mouthwash, toss in a new coil. If the gurgling continues, then you know that something else is going on with your device.
- Weak or “off” e-juice flavor
If you purchased your favorite lemonade-flavored e-juice and suddenly it’s just not tasting right, it could be a sign that your coil has reached its last legs. While it’s possible that you may have just gotten a bad bottle of e-juice, the coil is the more likely culprit. When a coil needs to be replaced you might also notice a lingering flavor. So if you’ve swapped out your mint e-juice for green apple and now you’re tasting a hideous combination of the two, it could be your coil that is to blame. A worn out coil can also weaken the overall flavor of your vape. Your e-juice should taste just about as good near the end of the bottle as it did at the start, so if your flavor seems to be getting fainter, blame it on the coil, not the juice. The bottom line is, if your juice just isn’t tasting right, your first thought should be to check the coil.
- Low vapor production
As your coil ages, the vapor it produces will slowly begin to decrease. The gradual change might not even be noticeable until one day you realize your device just isn’t satisfying you anymore. If you suddenly feel like you need to up your nicotine or you’re going through much more e-liquid than normal, it’s a good idea to sit down and actually examine how much vapor your devices is producing because it may be time to change your coil.
Swapping coils for each flavor
Some people don’t wait for their coils to wear out before they make a switch. There’s always a slight flavor mixing that comes with swapping e-juices on the same coil. You can avoid this by putting in a new coil every time you switch flavors out, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Whether you replace your coil when it wears out or each time you change flavors is up to you.
Changing your coil
How you change out your coil is going to be very dependent on the type of device you have. Make sure you have looked up the process for your exact device before you start taking anything apart. If you are unsure of what to do, contact a vape shop where someone will be happy to help walk you through it.
Remember to let your device sit for a few minutes after changing the coil because it needs to soak. If you try to vape immediately after putting in a new coil, the wick might still be dry, resulting in an unpleasant experience if it burns.
Once your new coil is primed and ready to go, double check your ohms. If your device is not registering in the proper range, then something is still wrong. Bizarre ohm readings can also be another early warning sign that your coil is wearing out or dirty.
Can you change a vape coil with juice in it?
Yes. Since coils need to be replaced roughly every two weeks, this situation is likely to occur. If you change juice flavors when you do your routine coil change, you’ll get a full refill at no extra cost. Be sure to prime your coil and wait at least five minutes before vaping a new flavor.
When should I change my vape coil?
Coils last one to four weeks depending on how much you vape. Monitor the taste of your vape, if it starts to taste bad or wrong, it’s a sign your coil needs changing.
How do you clean a vape coil?
Cleaning replaceable coils is usually not necessary. If you are working with a rebuildable atomizer then you should clean the coils every so often. You can do so with a clean toothbrush and pure water. End with a dry burn before using the vape device again.
Is it bad to vape a burnt coil?
Burnt coils can produce particles that stick to the vapor and are thus inhaled by the user. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to these particles or to become sick from them. Even if you don’t react badly, it will still taste poor.
How long do Smok coils last?
On average, new coils last a couple weeks. However, you can extend the life of a coil if you use them properly and take the care to maintain them. Over time, this can save you money.