E-Cig Pointers: Preventing Those Pesky “Dry Hits”
We’re just gonna say it: dry hits are the worst. If you’ve ever experienced them feel free to mutter an “amen” to that statement.
Perhaps you really have the hankering for an e-cig, so you pull out your device and start to vape, vape, vape away. You start noticing that your vaporizer tastes a little burnt, when suddenly the throat hit gets uber intense and hot and well…nasty. Can you relate to this?
What you’ve just experienced is a “dry hit”—the bane of vapor smokers everywhere.
Generally, the cause of a dry hit is liquid not wicking properly or the heating coil burning through e liquid too quickly. As a result, you end up getting a mouthful of hot air from the overheated coil, or worse, smoke from the gunk being roasted off the coil.
Bottom-coil clearomizer tanks are specifically designed to protect against dry hits and are better at keeping the coil saturated, but you can still occasionally get dry hits from them.
How to Avoid & Troubleshoot Dry Hits
It is impossible to get rid of dry hits permanently—at least not yet. (Who knows where the technology will be in a couple years.) However, there are several ways you can reduce your chances of enduring an unpleasant dry hit.
For starters, keeping your heating coil moist is key. It’s simple really: if your coil is wet at all times, you won’t get dry hits—ever. To prevent starving the coil of e-liquid, you should avoid over-vaping, chain vaping, power vaping and vaping with too much voltage.
If you are experiencing regular dry hits, your first step should be to turn down the voltage. Learn how to set the ideal voltage level for your e-cig vaporizer by reading our article about variable voltage/wattage.
Next, consider taking longer, slower drags and give your device a rest between vape sessions. Some users have also had luck preventing dry hits by taking an occasional primer puff (without activating the battery) to force more liquid into the atomizer chamber.
Lastly, if the problem persists and you continue getting dry hits, then you might consider adjusting the amount of VG in your e-liquid. E-liquid that contains a high concentration of VG, or vegetable glycerin, is thick, which means it can take longer for the wick to absorb.
Fortunately, this problem can easily be resolved by either turning down your voltage/wattage or lowering the percentage of VG in your e-liquid through either dilution (distilled water) or upping the PG ratio. PG is a thinner substance and absorbed by your device’s wick quicker.
Upgrade Your Vaping Experience
Of course, none of these strategies for preventing dry hits will work if you’re using a poorly-made product. They also won’t help if your box mod is getting hot in general (that’s a sign of different problems).
If you’re experiencing these issues, it may be time to up your vaping game and minimize (if not eliminate) those pesky dry hits by switching to a more serious vaporizer for the more serious vapor smoker. Click here for proof that we mean business when it comes to our vaping technology at VaporFi.
Gianna Del Monte is the Brand Manager at VaporFi. She has been in the vaping industry since June 2015 and has extensive experience in successfully managing and marketing a variety of new vapor product launches. Originally from New Jersey, Gianna has lived in the Miami area for the last 5 years.