How Long Should Vape Coils Last? | How To Get The Most Out Of Your Coils!
How Long Do Vape Coils Last & How Can We Prolong Them?
Unfortunately, in life, all good things must come to an end, sadly the same is true with your coils. But how long should they last? What causes them to burn out quicker and what can I do to extend the lifespan?
If you’re reading this then either, you’re brand new to the world of vaping, if so welcome! Or your coils are burning out way too quickly and you’re trying to work out why that is.
How Long Should a Coil Last?
Whatever kind of device you’re using, all vapes work on the basis of coils and these need to be replaced on a regular basis.
Sticking it out with a burnt coil is a bad habit to fall into for a number of reasons. Other than the underwhelming taste and performance you may end up actually damaging your device, maintenance is key!
The lifespan of your coils depends on a range of factors, including:
- Type of coil you’re using
- Your coil’s resistance
- Type of vape kit being used
- Amount you vape
- Type of liquid you’re vaping
Regardless of how you vape your coils should last anywhere between 7-14 days. This is assuming you’re not a relentless chain vaper and you’re using good quality coils. If you’re a heavy user who’s goal is to create the biggest densest clouds going or using sub-par coils you’re going to be replacing them more often than this.
When Does My Coil Needs Replacing?
An expired coil can be blatantly obvious as to when it should be replaced but there are a few hints to when you’re getting to your coils final days, knowing these signs will get you every last drop of performance out of your coils.
- Vape Has Burnt/Poor Taste
The most obvious sign of a burnt out coil is a burnt, harsh taste. Before this stage you may notice your coil is void of all flavour or it isn’t giving you the hit you’ve been accustomed to, once this happens you know your coil needs changing.
- Poor Cloud Production
If you notice your vape doesn’t produce the clouds it once did or they’re not as dense as before this could be another sign your coil is ready for the bin.
- Vape Starts to Leak
This isn’t a clear cut sign of a bad coil as there can be multiple reasons for this, but it could be a reference to a dead coil.
- Vape is Crackling/Spitting
Again, not a sure-fire sign of a burnt coil. It is more likely your tank is being flooded, try turning your wattage up (Be sure to stay within your coils recommended range!) and see if that clears it. However, if your cotton has perished it may be oversaturating which means its time to replace it with a new coil.
How to Get More From your Coils
So, we know what to look out for when it comes to burnt out coils and how long they should last if you’re doing everything right. But what if your coils aren’t lasting as long as stated? What’s going wrong?
If you’re asking these questions and your coils are burning out quicker than to be expected there may be a few explanations, it could be down to the coils themselves or perhaps you’re not following the correct coil etiquette.
- Avoid Dry Hits
Dry hits are the bane of coils and will greatly reduce the life of them, if you’re getting that burnt cotton taste, its because you’re burning cotton! Put your vape down and let that little coil soak in your liquid between puffs.
- Fluorescent Coloured Liquids
They may look good in your tank, but coloured liquids and coils do not get on well. These liquids can wreak havoc on your coils if you’re after longevity steer clear of anything brightly coloured!
- Avoid Sweet Flavoured Liquids
If you tend to go for the sweetest juices around, you’re not going to like this tip. You coil doesn’t like them. As delicious as they might be if you want the most out of your coils, they’ve got to go!
- Prime Your Coils
Priming your coil isn’t a firm rule of vaping, you don’t have to do it. If you prefer a more straightforward way of vaping simply replace the coil, fill your device with liquid and leave it to stand for 10 – 15 minutes and you’ll be good to go. Otherwise look at priming your coil below!
One of the reasons a coil may taste burnt is the user didn’t prime the coil correctly. It is important to prime a fresh coil when you install it, to do this simply;
- Drop some e-liquid onto the white cotton ports on the side of the coil
- Do the same directly into the centre of the coil through the top.
- Repeat this until the coil is fully saturated and you’ll be good to go!
If you notice air bubbles coming from your coil after you install it, it may not be fully primed. In this case, fully close the airflow and take a few deep long pulls on your device to pull your e-liquid into your coil.
Once this is done start your wattage low, slowly build up your power rating until it is at a point you’re happy with, but don’t exceed your coils recommended wattage! This will cause your coil to burn out much quicker.
Too Much Power
If your device supports variable wattage then try turning it down, this is a good habit to extend the life of your coils. Each and every coil will have the recommended wattage range etched into the side of it, stay within this range! Typically, the lower down you can get in the range will give you the best life at the slight cost of performance.