All of your vaping questions answered
Vaping can have a steep learning curve, this is where our vaping FAQ’s can help. You are switching your method of nicotine delivery from a habit that you may have had for decades. There might be some teething issues along the way.
While these can be frustrating (especially if you aren’t getting your nicotine hit), there is usually a simple solution to this vaping ‘problem’. This is the place for the best of vaping FAQ’s. Here will be all the information you need, we will constantly update and renew this page so we are always bang up to date.
Let’s dive in with our most frequently asked vape questions.
Q – Why does my vape pod leak?
Let’s start our vaping FAQ’s with vape pods. Vape pods are on the rise in popularity. They are a simple, easy maintenance way to vape. As with anything that contains a fluid, they can sometimes leak. But if this happens more than once, it is usually an easy fix.
Pre-filled vape pod
A pre-filled vape pod is a sealed unit that contains your coil and vape juice. They can’t be refilled with e-liquid and your coil cannot be replaced. This actually means that there should be very little leaking from a pod like this. What can happen is that if you draw on your e-cig too hard consistently, you can pull e-liquid up through the mouthpiece rather than vapour. This isn’t leaking though, this is flooding.
The coil in your pod needs to be given time to heat up and vaporise the e-liquid into an inhalable form. If you are drawing too hard you aren’t giving your e-cig enough time to work, so you will just pull e-liquid up. Nice slow steady draws will stop this issue.
A refillable pod system is supplied empty, you fill it with your own e-liquid and you should be able to replace the coil. As this is an ‘open system’, it means that there are more open areas and there is more potential for leaking.
Draw – The way you draw on your e-cig is something that you still need to be mindful of. Different to a pre-filled pod if you draw too hard not only can you pull e-liquid through the mouthpiece, but as your coil floods it can also find its way out of where your coil sits and the airflow. Remember, slow and steady draws.
Airflow – If your vape pod has adjustable airflow, you need to make sure that this is at the right setting for how you draw. Very similar to the drawing technique, if you have this too closed, it will be too restricted so you need to pull too hard to vape.
Coil – The first thing to check is if the coil is fitted correctly and is completely sealed. If it isn’t full sealed, e-liquid can escape out of the gap that is left. Another thing to note, is that when your coil reaches the end of its natural life and needs replacing, it can exhibit a few symptoms. Most vapers may know about a burnt taste or less vapour, but leaking is also another symptom. If your atomizer head isn’t operating properly, it won’t fully vaporise your e-liquid, there is only one place this e-liquid can go and that is out of your pod.
Power Settings – If your vape pod has adjustable power settings, have a check and make sure they are the optimal setting for your coil. Almost all atomizer heads will have the ideal power range printed on them, so check this and pick a setting in the middle. If you have your power too low, you will get the same problem as above when your coil needs replacing.
Q – Why does my vape coil burn?
All vape coils need to be replaced eventually. They have a life span from anywhere between 2 days and 2 weeks. This all depends on what type of coil it is, how often you vape and even down to the type of e-liquid you use.
The first reason that your coil may have a burnt taste, is if it simply needs replacing. It has reached the end of its natural life and it can no longer vaporise your e-liquid properly. This causes the wicking material singe and cause a burnt taste. Replacing the coil will stop this burning.
If you are constantly getting a burnt taste, even after you have just replaced your coil, this is likely to be a priming issue. You have to ‘prime’ your coils before you first vape. Priming is simply making sure that the wicking material in your coil has some e-liquid on it. It is dry at first, so if you try and vape before you have added e-liquid, this wicking material will instantly singe and it will always taste burnt.
Priming is easy. Before you pop your coil into your tank or pod, add a few drops of e-liquid down the centre of the atomizer head. Also one of each e-liquid inlet hole around the side. Then fit the coil and fill your tank with e-liquid. Now you simply leave it for around 5 minutes. Just before you press your button to vape, take a sharp draw on your mouthpiece. Now you are ready to vape.
Q – Why does my e-liquid change colour?
Next on our vaping FAQ’s list is e-liquid. You might have noticed that over time, some of your e-liquid flavours change colour. They usually start of completely clear and will darken over time. This doesn’t happen with every flavour and is more apparent in some.
It is completely normal. If you have a higher nicotine strength, this can make the e-liquid appear darker. Especially if your e-liquid is stored at room temperature. The colour of some flavour concentrates can vary between batches. As an example, our American Red Tobacco flavour, some will be straw yellow, others might be light brown. Exposure to the air can also cause a slow darkening of the e-liquid over time.
All of these things are normal, none of them have an effect on the quality or taste of your e-liquid. We batch test every batch of our e-liquid to ensure complete consistency.
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