Two recurring costs come with vaping: the vape juice and the vape coil. These will need to be sporadically replaced as they are used up. This depends on how much you vape and the latter depends upon how well you vape. Keep reading our guide to find out how long vape coils can last and how you can regularly clean vape coils to extend their life span..
How Long do Vape Coils Last?
How you vape and how well you treat your coils can significantly extend their life span. Generally, new coils last between one to two weeks. However, that can be developed if you properly break in new coils when you get them and practice good care and maintenance procedures during and between usages.
Doing so will save you money over time (as you’ll spend less on new coils) and deliver a fresher, more desirable flavor throughout each coil’s usage.
Are you ready to get started? The first part of making vape coils last longer is the break-in process.
Properly Breaking in a New Vape Coil for Longevity
You’ll notice it’s time to replace your vape coil once you start experiencing a burnt taste with use. Unfortunately, many people think this replacement process can be done by simply screwing off the old coil, screwing on the new, and then going ahead and vaping as usual. Not so. To get a long-lasting, premium vaping experience, you must prime your coils every time you replace them.
How to prime your vape coils:
- Out with the Old, In with the New. First, dispose of your old coil and screw your new one into place. This will allow you to grip the more extensive tank base during the next step.
- Saturate the Wicking Material. Look for the juice holes on the body of the coil’s head. This is where the wick is supposed to make contact with your vape juice. Take your bottle of e-liquid and carefully add a drop of vape juice in each of these holes to saturate the wick. Add another depth inside the head to soak the wick’s center.
- Take a few dry hits. Once your device has been appropriately filled, reassemble the tank and attach it to your battery. Take four to five dry hits, which is to say, take a drag without activating your battery’s fire button. This allows the vape juice from the tank to siphon into the cotton of the wick.
Make Your Vape Coils Last Longer with These Best Practices
How do you make your vape coils last longer? Follow our recommended tips & suggestions listed below:
Avoid burnt or dry hits.
A burnt or dry hit occurs when you don’t have enough vape juice to allow the coil to heat correctly. Instead, because there’s no juice to heat, the coils heat the wicking material, which will cause the material to be used up faster and produce a less desirable vaping experience. You can avoid this by:
- Following the priming above tips. Priming your coils is like the break-in period for a new car. It lets the coils settle into their standard operating conditions before you add e-liquid.
- Avoid over-pressing the firing button. Use the puff timer tools on your vaporizer to learn when to hold and release the firing button. Pay close attention to the taste of your vape to find the sweet spot. Use those to narrow the vaping window if your vape has advanced ramp-up and ramp-down features. This will prevent you from accidentally creating a dry hit after inhaling.
- Waiting three to five seconds between impacts. Your coil needs to cool down and absorb more e-liquid before it is ready to produce more vapor. If you are firing too quickly, you could leave your coils dry between hits without even realizing it.
- Don’t run your tank empty. Letting your vape tanks drain to the bottom before your refill is asking for trouble. Try to reload at the quarter-tank mark so you’ll never have an opportunity to dry fire.
- Stay at lower wattages whenever possible. Unless you’re actively working on a trick or competing, there is not much reason to be vaping at 200W-plus. That would be like driving at 200 miles per hour everywhere you went. Instead, you can get by with 55W to 80W for most of your day-to-day vaping without missing out on anything.
How to Clean Vape Coils
Once installed shouldn’t mean forever ignored. Depending upon how often you vape, your vape coil will often collect gunk (much like a filter) after a few days. Continually vaping without regularly cleaning out this gunk will negatively impact the taste and flavor. You can easily clean your vape coils with the following steps:
- Blow out excess juice: As long as you have old fluid in your coil, you will never get it completely clean. You need to remove as much juice as possible to get the cleanest coils possible.
- Rinse the coil under hot running water: Hot water will wash away any leftover debris or liquid sticking to the sides.
- Shake out the water: Gently shake out any water sitting between the coil wraps and let your coils air dry on top of a paper towel or other absorbent material. Give yourself plenty of time to let your coils dry before you go on to the next step. Otherwise, your coils could heat unevenly in the next step.
- Attach coils to vaporizer: Put them in place and press your firing button until they heat up thoroughly. Just like building your coils for the first time, ensure they heat evenly across the wraps. Look for signs of anything heating unevenly, and ensure it is clean and dry.
- Repeat the heating process: Allow your coils to cool for four or five seconds, and then fire them again. This process causes your coils to expand and contract to ensure they get spotless before you add e-liquid back into the equation.
- Rebuild your vape: Fill your tank up and get back to vaping. You should have a cleaner-tasting vape as if you had brand-new coils.
Learn Proper Vape Maintenance with VaporFi
To learn more about the proper care and maintenance of your vaporizer tools, visit our blog regularly. And when your coils finally do run their course, and it’s time for you to buy replacement coils and e-liquids, check out our store. At VaporFi, we are dedicated to providing only the highest quality products from brands like SMOK, Freemax, and Vaporesso.