You love everything about vape culture.
The strong sense of community, the long discussions about which e-juice is the best, and the patience that everyone has when it comes to helping newbies figure out the basics.
But even experienced vapers sometimes have trouble figuring out when to replace a vape coil.
In this post, we’ll fill you in on how often to change your vape coil.
We’ll also let you know how to safely change the coil to avoid damaging your mods. By the end of this post, we promise that you’ll never struggle to change your coil again — and you might even be able to teach a few of your friends in the vaping community how it’s done.
What Is the Vape Coil?
Before we get into anything else, let’s make certain you’re clear on what kind of a role the vape coil actually plays within your vaping device.
You may also have heard vape coils referred to as atomizers, atomizer heads, or simply “coils.”
Coils are best thought of as the “heart” of your entire vaping device. Without them, nothing else will really be able to work properly.
The coil is essentially a small, thin wire that’s wrapped into a coil shape and covered in wicking material. The coil is powered up when you press your on button, or simply when you pull on your device. The battery then heats up the coil, which then vaporizes your e-juice.
You can see now why the vape coil is such an integral part of your entire vaping experience.
Why Should You Change Your Vape Coil?
Now that you understand exactly what a vape coil does, let’s talk about why you actually need to replace your coil.
First of all, you should change it out because it will quickly start to lower the quality of your overall vaping experience. Your e-juice won’t taste as good, and you’ll likely end up throwing it out — especially if you mistakenly think the issue is with the e-juice itself.
Additionally, if you don’t change the coil as soon as possible, you risk doing some pretty serious damage to the rest of your vaping device. Especially if you’ve invested a lot of your money in mods, this could be quite an expensive loss.
If you’re looking to extend the life of a vape coil, make sure that you always put the device in an upright position. This will help to stop the e-juice from leaking out. Also, remember that you should never expose your vaping device to high levels of heat.
How Often Do You Change Vape Coils?
So, how often should you switch out your vape coils?
The short answer is: it depends.
The “lifespan” of your vape coil largely depends on how often you use your vaping device. If you vape pretty much every day, and more than once a day, you’ll probably need to change out your vape coil at least once a week.
If you’re more of a “social” vaper, you may be able to use your same coil for anywhere from 2-3 weeks. Those who vape very rarely will probably be able to use the same coil for a month.
However, it’s best not to go off of a specific “timeline” for when to replace vape coil. Instead, you should be on the lookout for some of the top signs that your coil is in need of a change.
How to Tell If Your Coil Is Bad
There are roughly four main signals that you need to switch out your vape coil.
We also suggest that you clean your vaping device thoroughly whenever you swap out your coils.
Whether you’re totally new to the world of vaping, or if you’ve been a part of the scene for a while, make sure you’re always on the lookout for these signs that it’s time for a change.
1. Your Device Is Making Strange Sounds
One of the most obvious signs of when to replace a vape coil is when it starts to make odd, almost gurgling-like sounds.
While it’s true that these strange hissing and gurgling noises can sometimes signal different kinds of issues, most of the time, it just means you need to change out your coil.
If you change the coil and the sound persists, then you should investigate other potential issues.
If you’re not sure what the issue is, take it to your local vape shop or ask someone at the next vaping competition to help you figure it out.
2. You E-Juice Tastes Burnt
This is a sign that you definitely don’t want to ignore, as it means that your coil is completely dead. It could also mean that the damaged coil is close to harming other parts of your vaping device.
You may have heard that some people attempt to clean their vape coils. While this may work in some cases (though we don’t usually recommend it) it should never be done once you experience a burning taste.
No amount of cleaning will save a burnt coil.
Just toss it out and get back to enjoying your e-juice flavor again.
3. You’re Not Getting a Strong Vapor Production
Especially if you pride yourself on being a bit of a cloud chaser, chances are good that you’ll notice right away if your vapor production starts to get low.
This is a sign that your coil is on its way out. Usually, this decrease in vapor production happens pretty gradually.
This means that you may still be able to use the coil for a day or two, as long as you’re OK with a lower vapor production level. In some cases, you may notice that it seems like you need to use your vape pen more often than usual.
This is especially the case for those who vape as a way to taper off of smoking.
As your coil ages, you won’t be able to get the same level of nicotine that you did in the beginning.
Once you change your coil, everything should be back to normal again.
4. Your E-Juice Flavor Is Bitter or “Off”
In many cases, your e-juice flavor won’t actually taste burnt when it’s time for you to change out your vape coil.
Instead, you may notice that it tastes much weaker than normal, or that it’s extremely bitter. In a way, it’s somewhat similar to the experience of drinking sour milk.
When something isn’t right, you’ll be able to taste it right away.
Many vapers — even the experienced ones! — blame the e-juice instead of the vape coil. Switch out your coil and use the same vape juice to be certain. After all, vape juice can actually go bad.
And speaking of flavors…
Flavor Changes and You Vape Coils
Especially if you vape pretty frequently, or if you love to experiment with different e-juice flavors, it may impact how often you change your coil.
Some people find that, especially as the coil gets a bit worn down, they taste a nasty combination of the previous few flavors they’ve used in the device.
While some mild flavor mixing is pretty normal, if it’s really noticeable, you might be better off swapping out your coil. Die-hard vape enthusiasts usually swap out their coils every time they change to a new flavor.
In the end, it’s all about your personal preference.
But how exactly do you change a coil?
Let’s get to that next.
How to Change a Coil
Now that you’re an expert on when to replace a vape coil, let’s get into how you actually make it happen.
Unfortunately — and as you’ve likely come to expect by now — this isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation.
The way you’ll change your coil largely depends on the specific vaping device and mods that you’re using.
However, the general process is usually the same. Let’s take you through the steps now.
Take Your Vaping Device Apart
Always remember that your device should be completely cool to the touch before you begin disassembling it.
Begin by unscrewing the tank from the vaping device’s body, so that you can see the coil. It’s best if you hold the tank upside-down for this part of the process. If you know that there’s still a bit of e-juice left in your device, use a towel to avoid a mess.
Then, dump out any leftover e-juice in the tank.
We know that it can feel like a bit of a waste, but it’s still the right move.
Next, twist off the coil counterclockwise, so that it comes off of the vaping device’s base.
Swapping Out the Coil
Now, it’s time to put in your new vape coil.
To make sure it’s ready to go, you should always saturate is using about 5 drops of vape juice — not water.
This will help to prevent the cotton from getting burned when you put it in the device. You should wait about a minute for all the vape juice to soak through the wick and the coil.
Then, you should turn the coil clockwise into the bottom of your vaping device until it’s locked in. You’ll know you’ve done it right if the cotton is facing you.
Avoid over-screwing your new coil into place, as this can be a nightmare to replace later. Then. add your tank back on, and refill it with the vape juice of your choice.
Choose the Right Coil
Finally, remember that the specific vape coil you’ll need will depend on the kind of device you have.
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You’ll need to do a bit of research to ensure you’re buying the right kind of coil. If you use the wrong coil, you’re almost guaranteed to do serious damage to your device.
The right coil is also a matter of personal preference, especially when it comes to the resistance level you like.
You’ll need to take a look at the ohms. Usually, coils come in sub-ohm, low ohms, and standard ohms options.
If you like cool vape temperatures and throat hits, then standard ohm coils will likely be a good choice for you. They also won’t drain your battery as much as some of the other options.
If you’re into box mods, then sub-ohm coils are likely what you’re looking for. They’re also ideal for the serious cloud chasers out there. But understand that, because they create a resistance level below one ohm, you’ll need a bit of experience.
If you enjoy the taste of warmer vapor, then you should go with low ohm coils. They’re great for those who want a mouth or lung hit — but they do drain your battery.
When to Replace a Vape Coil: Wrapping Up
We hope that this post has helped you to feel much more confident about knowing when to replace a vape coil, as well as how the process works.
Always remember to read the packaging/instructions of your specific vaping device to ensure that you buy the right coil.
Additionally, never put off changing the coil, as this can cause serious damage to the rest of your device.
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