In the past, we’ve told you how to make the coils in your e-cigarette last longer. By priming your coils before you begin using them, avoiding burnt or dry hits with them, and cleaning them on a regular basis, you can extend the life of your coils and save yourself time and money in the process.
But unfortunately, your coils are not designed to last forever. No matter how diligent you are about caring for a coil or how much time and effort you put into maintaining it, you are eventually going to have to get rid of it and replace it with a new one.
It’s just one of the things that comes along with vaping, and you’re going to want to make sure to change your coil when necessary. The coil is responsible for heating e-juice and plays a critical role when it comes to vaporizing it. So you should never put off replacing a coil.
Before you make the decision to replace a coil, though, you should make sure that it’s definitely time to do it. Many new vapers will discard coils before they really have to, and it ends up costing them money in the long run since they’re constantly replacing coils that still have some life left in them.
If you are still learning the ins and outs of vaping and unsure of when to swap out your old coil for a new one, you should familiarize yourself with some of the telltale signs that will let you know that it’s time to get a new coil. By keeping an eye out for these things, you can ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth with your coils and avoid replacing them more often than you need to.
Here are the 5 signs that show it’s time to change your vape coil…
Sign #1: You experience a burnt taste when you vape.
This is the most common sign associated with a coil that has gone bad. When you vape with a coil that needs to be replaced, you will often sense a burnt taste, regardless of which kind of e-juice you are using.
This burnt taste is a strong indication that you need to replace your coil quickly. In some cases, cleaning it might do the trick. But more often than not, your coil has already gone bad by the time you reach this stage.
If you continued to vape with a coil at this point, you run the risk of doing damage to other parts of your e-cigarette. Take the hint and get rid of the burnt taste by replacing your coil ASAP.
Sign #2: Your e-juice doesn’t taste the way you would expect it to.
While a burnt taste is the strongest indicator of a coil that needs to be replaced, it’s not the only taste you may experience when vaping with a coil that has gone bad. In some cases, you might also get an e-juice that just tastes…off. You might not be able to put your finger on what’s wrong with it, but you will sense that the e-juice isn’t supposed to taste the way that it does.
If you are using, say, a vanilla e-juice or a blueberry e-juice and you aren’t tasting those flavors when you vape, there is something wrong and you should investigate. Most times, swapping out your old coil for a new one will do the trick and get you going again.
Lingering flavors is also a common problem associated with older coils. At the end of a coil’s lifespan, it has likely been subjected to one specific e-juice for an extended period of time. And if you try switching to a new one, you may still taste the old flavor. By switching out your coil, you can get rid of the taste of that old flavor once and for all.
Sign #3: Your e-cigarette is leaking.
A leaky e-cigarette isn’t always the result of an old coil that needs to be replaced. Worn out O-rings or an overfilled tank can also produce a leak and cause e-juice to spill out of your e-cigarette.
But a coil that has overstayed its welcome in your e-cigarette can also produce leaky conditions at times and cause real problems if you don’t take the time to address it. By taking your e-cigarette apart and examining the coil, you may be able to find out whether or not it is causing a leak.
Sign #4: Your e-cigarette makes a gurgling sound when you vape.
Much like a leak, a gurgling sound that is being generated by an e-cigarette is not always a sign of a bad coil. But in many cases, that gurgling sound is being caused, at least in part, by a coil that isn’t doing its job effectively.
If the gurgling continues even after you replace your coil, then you obviously know that there is a bigger issue at play. But if you start to hear gurgling after a couple weeks of using a coil, that very well may be the problem.
Sign #5: You have been using your coil for an extended period of time.
As we mentioned earlier, coils are not meant to last forever. If you vape very frequently, you may find that your coil only lasts for between five and seven days. If you vape moderately, it may last you a couple weeks. And if you are a really light vaper, you can probably get away with only changing your coils once every month or so.
But in general, you should look out for the signs of a failing coil at all times and learn how to replace your coil ASAP so that you know how to do it when it needs to be done. Using a coil for too long will ruin your vaping experience and could cause big problems for you down the line if you don’t swap it out for a new one.
Do you have any helpful tips for your fellow vapers about changing a coil? If so, let us know below.