6 Signs That Your Vape Coil Needs to be Replaced

October 23, 2018

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Regardless of if you're a first-time vaper or more advanced, the time will come when you need to replace your vape coil. Unfortunately, they don't last forever and they need replacing quite frequently. The coil is ultimately responsible for heating the e-liquid and turning them into vapors for your pleasure. It plays a very critical role in your device, so you should never put it off or ignore the signs that it needs to be replaced.

Sometimes it will be very obvious that you need to swap the vape coil, while other times you may not even realize you need to. Replacing your vape coil regularly will extend the overall life of your vape and give you the best vaping experience possible.

Continue reading so that you can be able to expertly identify the signs for when your vape coil needs to be changed (and exactly how to do it!).

1. Experiencing a "Burnt" Taste in Your Mouth

This is hands down the most common sign that your coil has gone bad. When you're vaping with a coil that needs replacing, you'll experience a burnt taste no matter what e-juice you use or what modifications you try to change. Once you sense this unpleasant taste, you need to make sure to replace your coil really quickly to avoid damaging other parts of your vaping device. Don't ignore this tell-tale sign. Replace your coil ASAP!

2. Your E-Juice Tastes Funky

As we mentioned above, the most common indicator that your coil has gone bad is when you experience a burnt taste. However, in some cases, you may also experience a time when your e-juice simply tastes...off. You go to take a hit of your favorite cookie dessert flavored e-liquid and BAM! Your taste buds tell you something isn't quite right. You can't quite put your finger on it but you know something's up. (In that moment - remember this article!) Investigate your coil and swap in a new one. Voila, problem solved.

Another problem that's associated with older coils is lingering flavors. When your coil is reaching the end of its life, it's likely held onto one specific e-liquid flavor more than others. Even when you switch flavors, you can still get a hint of another one. By swapping out your old coil you'll get rid of that lingering flavor and be able to start fresh. 

3. Leaky E-Cigarettes

Oh no, no one wants a leaky e-cig! If there's a coil in your e-cigarette that's lived in there a little too long, leaky conditions could be a sign that it needs to pack up and head out. If these leaks continue, they can potentially cause major problems in other parts of your e-cig. Simply take your e-cig apart and examine the coil to see if that's what's causing the leak or not.

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Leaks aren't always the sign of a bad coil, as worn out O-rings or an overly filled tank can also cause them. Investigate for yourself and use your own judgment, it's just another common sign to watch out for signaling that something is wrong with your device.

4. Hearing Gurgling Sounds

Similar to a leak, sometimes a gurgling sound doesn't always point directly to a bad coil, but it certainly can be a culprit. In most cases, if a coil isn't doing its job effectively, it will make an ugly gurgling sound every time you inhale. (Much like a scene from your favorite scary movie.) If you hear that gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, check your coil!

If you replace your coil and the gurgling noise continues, you either have a ghost on your hands or there is a bigger issue present in your device. We'll go for the later...it may just be time for a whole new upgrade.

5. Poor Vape Production

If you're noticing fewer clouds than usual, it's likely due to a bad coil. Fewer vapors affect your satisfaction level and rhythm you have while vaping so you will be able to notice this right away. Change the coil and this issue will likely go away instantly.

6. You Vape Very Frequently

Like we've said, unfortunately, vape coils don't last forever. If you vape a lot, your vape coils may only last about 5-7 days. If you vape occasionally, it may last you a few weeks. And finally, if you're a really light vaper you could probably only change out your coils once a month or less. Watch for signs and replace your coil asap if you notice any of the above signs, it only takes a minute. (Increasing the power in a variable voltage model can also wear out the coil much quicker.)

How to Replace Vape Coils

Now that you know you need to replace your vape coil, how do you do it? It's easy, we'll show you.

1. Unscrew the battery from the tank.

2. Empty the e-liquid into the sink alongside running water to help flush it.

3. Get paper towels ready.

4. Turn your tank upside down on the paper towel.

5. Unscrew the metal cap from the bottom of the tank.

6. Unscrew the coil head.

7. Screw the new coil onto the bottom cap.

8. Place the tank and battery back together.

9. Fill the tank back up with your best e-liquid.

10. Check for any leaks before you use it!

If you still need help or are a visual learner, check out this helpful video!

Types of Replacement Vape Coils

We don't want you spending money when it isn't necessary, so it's best to know what type of coil to buy before you purchase the wrong one. When choosing the right replacement vape coil, resistance is key. Resistance allows you to customize your vape to your exact preference. Lower resistance coils give you a higher current and a hotter coil, which translates to warmer and more voluptuous vapors. Higher resistance coils give you a cooler vape experience. It's a huge variable that varies from vaper to vaper. Find what suits your needs best before buying multiple replacement coils in bulk.

Don't ignore these signs that your coil needs to be replaced. Putting it off can damage your vaping device and leave you with an unpleasant experience in many ways. The damaged coil will burn your precious e-liquids and ruin them! Don't be a victim to a bad coil, replace yours today.

After you replace that coil, check out Velvet Cloud for all of your Premium High VG e-liquid needs.

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