Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt and How Could I Prevent It?

There may be several reasons why a vape tastes burnt - from normal wear and tear of your vape coil to what type of e-liquid you use in it. 

Experiencing a burnt vape for the first time can be confusing, especially for adult smokers who have only just recently switched over from smoking. Whether you’ve only just made the switch or switched over a while ago, in this guide we’ll explore possible reasons for why your vape tastes burnt, and ways you may be able to prevent this burnt vape taste.

Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?

One of the most common reasons your vape tastes burnt may be because of a burnt vape coil. The coil can be a key component inside a vape, responsible for heating up the e-liquid and creating vapour. 

Sometimes, the e-liquid inside the vape can clog the coil and become burnt, resulting in a burnt coil. A burnt coil can be caused by the e-liquid consistency changing, becoming thicker with constant re-heating, and residue building up on the wick and coil. Also, if the wick is not saturated with enough e-liquid, the coil may heat up and burn the wick, causing the e-liquid to congeal and potentially resulting in a burnt vape taste. This may occur more often with e-liquids that have a higher ratio of vegetable glycerin (VG) to propylene glycol (PG). E-liquids with more VG typically have a thicker consistency, limiting the wick's ability to absorb the e-liquid and clogging the coil.

The natural wear and tear of a coil could also cause a burnt vape. Typically, coils in rechargeable vapes won’t last forever and degrade over time. To maintain the quality of your experience, it’s important to replace your vape coil as instructed by the manufacturer's guidelines. 

Why Does My Disposable Vape Taste Burnt?

Disposable vapes can operate in a similar way to rechargeables - this being that a coil is used to heat e-liquid soaked into its wick. Therefore, disposable vapes may be prone to a burnt coil, just as rechargeables are.

If you’re wondering how to tell if a disposable vape is burnt, the most obvious potential sign of this is that the disposable vape tastes burnt. Another could be that the vape may be producing less vapour than normal.

How to Potentially Prevent a Burnt Taste in Vaping

To avoid a burnt-tasting vape, it may be useful to practise good coil maintenance. Sometimes, a burnt coil is inevitable, and signifies the coil has reached the end of its lifespan. That said, there are ways you could prevent a coil from burning out prematurely, and possibly avoid a burnt vape taste in the process. This includes regularly cleaning your device, which could help stop e-liquid residue from building up on the coil and causing a burnt taste.

You could also prevent a burnt vape taste by priming your coil before use. Priming a vape coil is typically only possible with open tank systems or mods, and can help to prevent a burnt vape taste. The process of priming a coil generally consists of dripping e-liquid onto the coil wick and allowing it to soak in completely before use. Priming a coil differs between vapes though, so it’s important to refer to the manufacturer's guidelines on how to do this properly. 

To potentially prevent the vape coil from getting clogged and burning, it may also be important to use the correct e-liquid for the device type. If you’re unsure what e-liquid is right for your device, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for details.

Disposable vapes usually don’t need regular coil maintenance - when the pre-filled e-liquid or pre-charged battery runs out, the device can typically be disposed of. That said, if you’re thinking about how to make a disposable vape not taste burnt, it may help to reduce the amount you’re using the device, and take shorter puffs.

Disposable vapes typically come with a built-in wick and coil, and often, it’s not possible to replace the coil. Therefore, if your disposable vape tastes burnt, we recommend disposing of the device as per the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.

Can I Use My Vape If It Tastes Burnt?

If your vape tastes burnt, it may be best to replace the coil with a new one. If your disposable vape tastes burnt, this might also signify it’s time to responsibly dispose of it and start using a new one. 

Typically, vape coils last up to two weeks, but this can change depending on the type of device you have, and how frequently you use and maintain it. If you’ve just replaced your vape coil and the new coil tastes burnt, then this may be because of a faulty coil, or an issue with your device that could require further troubleshooting.

Devices That Prevent a Burnt Vape Taste

If you’re looking for an experience that does not require a great deal of maintenance or knowledge on how to fix a burnt vape, our rechargeable pod based vape VEEV ONE may be worth considering. 

VEEV ONE is designed to prevent a burnt taste. So, you can enjoy the experience without having to worry about getting a burnt taste in the mouth. What’s more, with VEEV ONE there’s no need to replace wick and coil, and there’s no flavour transfer from one capsule to another.

Ready to make the switch from smoking to VEEV ONE? Discover VEEV ONE today. 

Smoke-free products are not risk-free and provide nicotine, which is addictive. The best decision any adult smoker can make is to quit tobacco and nicotine use altogether. Smoke-free products are not alternatives to quitting and are not designed as cessation aids.

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