5 Signs That Show It’s Time to Change Your Vape Coil

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.


31 thoughts on “5 Signs That Show It’s Time to Change Your Vape Coil

  1. Neil says:

    What do you mean by using a coil for too long can cause you big problems? I mean I get that it’s electronic equipment and if one part isn’t performing correctly it will have a knock on effect on the workings of the whole electrical circuit but what exactly are you referring to? It’s a vague comment for something that by the sounds of it can be quite a complex subject. Damaged equipment? Safety issues? I mean I could use google and search all night and learn all about vaping but to be honest I’m being lazy and have other priorities regarding my research. That’s kind of why I found this website, to get the basics but it’s just opened more questions. I’m being quite ignorant to vaping since I regard myself as a very intelligent person but electronics is just something I’ve never read into and if I’m honest I really can’t be bothered. That’s sounds lazy I know but my mind is filled with complex theories of quantum mechanics and the universe (or multiverse if you believe that theory ;)) and I was surprised after my sister gave my her old eVic Primo when she got s new device and I decided to read up a bit about vaping and saw there is quite a lot to it. The basics are constant throughout but there are just so many options. Sorry being lazy regarding research and don’t mean it in any kind of offensive way when I say my mind is filled with other subjects that I can’t be bothered to start learning everything about vaping. I just want to enjoy vaping as effectively and safely as possible whilst staring up at the sky and contemplating reality and consciousness lol. Sorry don’t mean that rudely, I’m just intrigued by the art of vaping but at the same time don’t want to take a 3 year course! The more I search the more complicated it seems. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the science behind vapourising but I don’t understand the asethics of it all if that makes sense. Getting on fine with the device, just know there’s more to it.

  2. Sean says:

    “my mind is filled with complex theories of quantum mechanics and the universe”

    I smell shite. ‘sniffs’ Yes I definitely smell shite!

    • Chris says:

      Nope. You don’t smell shite it’s just time to replace that coil! Lol, sorry, but the door was open, it was there, and I could not resist temptation

  3. Vanessa says:

    I’ve only started vaping 3wks ago only as I want to stop smoking, first wk gr8 no cravin for rollies at all, second wk, roof of my mouth started to get irritated, thought just my luck not going to work, so thought change the coil even though it hadn’t even been a wk, through the second wk totally coughing my lungs up which I hoped was down to making the mistake of buyin my liquid off internet, so bad had to go back on baco for 2 days until getting proper stuff from vapour shop, so far so good but chest still bad at night but not so bad during the day, Im on a virgina 12mg hoping if cough easies off il stick to it but if not should I drop down to 6mg or do I need to change the liquid altogether, appreciate any tips and how often to change the coil, also how I can clean it, ie with water, would be grateful, typical woman no idea about vaping lol

    • Desley says:

      The coughing could be more related to the cleaning the gunk from your lungs from smoking baco in the first place. I too have replaced cigarettes with vapor and find that my breathing is getting better by vapor.

    • Rosie.D says:

      Your coughing because your lungs are getting rid of all of the build up in them from the ciggs. Eventually you will be spitting up phlegm. It’s normal. They are cleaning themselves out.

  4. Ben says:

    hello, just want to know if using a coil for longer than recommended increases risk of carcinogens, or just harsh chemicals in general, coming from the burning coil

  5. Chad says:

    I’ve completely dumped Cigs for vaping. Even went and ran 6 games of full court basketball 4 days after my last cig and didn’t lose my wind at all. I’m hooked. Smoant Battlestar Mod with a Smok Baby Beast atomizer.

  6. Reeda says:

    I am a pack ad a half smoker turned to vaping .down to pack in 24 hours but wat mg should I be using just want to keep going on this and do it right

    • Brian says:

      Pack a day here using a voopoo gene 6mg works for pack a day users to kick completely. If you want to avoid changing coils every 6-7 days i suggest 9mg and only vape 2-3 hits per 30 minutes. Oh the tank is a big baby beast btw. Vape at 70 watt with T8 coils.

  7. Justin Baird says:

    I appreciate finding you all. I am a new caper. I purchased a Uwell Nunchaku that came with a .25ohm coil pre-installed and a space .4ohm. I have enjoyed the mod and tank since Aug 3 daily. I’ve looked at the coil occasionally and it looked fine. Yesterday I must have overfilled the tank and I got leakage. The mod freaked out, reducing wattage by itself from 55watts to 5 and then locking. Unlocking it (the “-“ button then Fire) worked initially then it reverted to Locked.
    I took the battery out and that’s when I saw that vape juice had gotten in the battery case. I carefully cleaned everything and then put it all together and still the mod is locked and won’t unlock. I don’t know if the juice damaged the mod irreversiblen or if this is a sign that the coil needs to be changed. Essentially, I can no longer vape but have a beautiful read-out on a locked mod. I’m very ignorant on this technology so far, so any help would be appreciated.

  8. ohio painting says:

    This is super helpful, thank you… hope you don’t mind but I am sharing this with others in my
    group (we are working on a school project and this will help with our research).

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