Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt Explained! Follow these simple tips and tricks to ensure you NEVER have a burnt taste when you’re vaping AGAIN.
There is NOTHING worse than a dry/burnt hit while vaping.
They suck and can easily ruin an otherwise glorious day.
I have now lost count of the number of times someone has asked me, “Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?” – it is such a common problem.
It’s basically a right of passage for new vapers, a thing we all experience, and it is very common, so have no fear.
This article will run down the main reasons why your vape tastes burnt and provide simple techniques, tips, and guidance on how to fix it.
By the end, you’ll be able to set up your tank properly and you’ll never have to worry about your vape tasting burnt ever again.
The #1 Reason Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt
This is the one that catches out nearly ALL new vapers.
You assemble your tank, add some E Juice, and start vaping. But…
Moments later your throat is violated by a disgusting dry-tasting hit and your vape tastes burnt – and it is GROSS!
What has happened here? Simple:
You DID NOT prime the coils, and this meant the cotton inside the tank’s coil burnt. And this is what creates that horrible burnt taste.
To avoid this you should ALWAYS prime your coil, meaning add some E Juice directly to the cotton inside the coil before assembling the tank.
Once you’ve done this, fill the tank up with E Juice and let it sit for a good 10 minutes.
Do this and your coil will be perfectly primed 🙂
Additional Points To Consider:
- Bigger coils (like SMOK’s) will require more priming, as there’s more cotton.
- All coils are different (check YouTube for priming tips)
- Watch for bubbles in the tank – this means the cotton is absorbing the E Juice (and you want it doing this)
- DO NOT rush this process.
Other Reasons Why You Vape Tastes Burnt
# 2 – Your Coil is Old (Or Busted)
If you’ve been vaping a while (anywhere from a few days to two weeks) and your coil, all of a sudden, starts tasting burnt it could mean the coil is dead.
This means you have to replace it with a new, fresh one.
If you’ve primed the current coil correctly, it is a sign you need to switch the coil – if your vape tastes burnt DO NOT continue to use it.
How long a coil lasts depends on the brand that makes them; SMOK’s latest coils tend to SUCK, while UWELL’s coils for its Valyrian tank are very impressive.
#3 – Your Vaping With Too Much Power
Most modern box mods – even cheap ones – will output anywhere from 150W to 200W at the top end.
But you 100% DO NOT need to go anywhere near the top end.
Why? Simple: it will (and does) destroy your coils (as well as your E Juice and battery life).
Even if a coil is advertised as working “best” at 150W, chances are its bunk.
Start low, way lower than it says, and work your way up to the sweet spot.
For me, it’s usually anywhere from 70W to 90W.
I’ve vaped ALL kinds of tanks over the years, and I seldom venture over 100W on my mod’s settings. Even with RDAs.
So, yeah… turn your mod turn. It’ll help prevent your vape tasting burnt.
# 4 – You’re Using The Wrong E Juice For Your Tank
This is one that trips up A LOT of people, so take note.
If you’re E Juice contains too much VG, it can (and will) clog up certain types of coils, leading to a burnt taste while vaping.
Beginner vape tanks, or ones with smaller coils, designed for MTL vaping, run much better on higher PG E Juice, as it is thinner and runs through the coil more efficiently.
High VG E Juice, though popular, is only really designed for BIG sub-ohm tanks and rebuildable tanks like RDAs and RTAs.
Rule of thumb: if your coil head is smaller than the tip of your finger, you probably need to use higher PG E Juice.
# 5 – Your Tank’s Coils Suck!
Sometimes – whatever you do – your coils just burn out within a day or two. This is hugely frustrating, especially when you’re new, as it means you have to spend EVEN more money on fresh coils.
Back in the day, it was really common to get entire packs of coils that were duds.
Mercifully, it is no way near as common nowadays.
But it does happen, so if it does, ensure you take your tank back from where you bought it and request a new one.
If in doubt about what sub-ohm tank to get, check out our highest rated sub ohm tanks list below – these all have great coil systems.
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|Brand||Picture||VapeBeat Review Rating (0/5)||Best Place To Buy?|
|1) HORIZONTECH FALCON Tank (My #1 Choice) ||# 1 – FLAWLESS Vapes | $26.96|
|2) Uwell Valyrian Sub-Ohm Tank||#1 – DirectVapor | $37.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
# 2 – VaporDNA | $34.99
# 3 – VapeSuperStore | £29.95
|3) FreeMax FireLuke Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank||# 1 – VaporDNA | $27.99 (Normally $37.99)|
|4) Herakles 3||# 1 – DirectVapor | $24.95|
|5) Aspire Revvo Sub-Ohm Tank||#1 – VaporDNA | $27.99|
|6) Vaporesso Cascade Sub-Ohm Tank||# 1 – VaporDNA | $33.99|
|7) Innokin Zenith MTL Tank||# 1 – VaporDNA | $28.99|