Tips to avoid burnt coils
Today we want to report on a very special taste experience. On the first move, you experience the delicate aroma of burnt old newspapers, coupled with the feeling that someone would grind the inner walls of your nose and leave an unpleasant burning sensation. When inhaled, it feels like someone is treating your airways with a hot cheese planer, and the taste that remains in your mouth will make you thirst after a sip of water.
No, of course, this is not a description of a whole new e-liquid. It is the taste caused by a burnt coil head or, more precisely, a burnt wick. And as if this malicious taste were not enough, your coil head is also ruined and it will cost you money to replace it. > The good news is that there are a few simple ways to avoid burning the coil head or at least make it very unlikely.
If your coil is lightly burned, then you will experience a slightly burnt taste, as if something is not quite right. Since we know that burned wicks can produce harmful chemicals, you should probably change the coil head in this case as well.
Occasionally you will also experience a burnt taste when you have just changed your coil head. Sometimes it disappears after a few moves but sometimes you also have to exchange the e-liquid. Why do coil heads burn? If you want to avoid burnt coils, then it is important to understand why these burn at all. This is relatively simple and underpins all the advice given in this article. Think first of the steaming without burnt taste. When you press the fire button, electricity flows through your winding and this becomes hot. The heat released by the winding is accepted by the e-liquid in the wick and the liquid is converted into steam. By the liquid in the wick, which catches some of the heat of the winding, the temperature in the coil head does not rise too high. When the liquid has evaporated in the wick, the latter dries out a little. However, since a tank full of liquid surrounds the coil head, a further liquid is constantly supplied to the wick. This means that the wick is already soaked once you take another train and everything goes the desired course. But what happens if there is no liquid in the wick or just not enough? If you now press the fire button and the coil is heating up, there is not much that intercepts the excess heat. As a result, the temperature in the coil head rises and two (equally unwanted) things happen: The remaining liquid in the wick is "overcooked", it is heated excessively, which leads to the PG decomposing to formaldehyde. If this is further explained: Formaldehyde tastes absolutely disgusting. Without any protection from the heat, the wick of the glowing winding is directly exposed. Since it is presumably made of cotton, the wick burns. If the wick is completely dry, it can literally burst into flames. And burned cotton tasted also very unpleasant. These two factors are the main characteristics of the taste experience described in the introduction. Burnt cotton with notes of formaldehyde or even extremely unpleasant with a good shot of obnoxious.
How can we ensure that our coil heads do not burn? According to the explanation above, it is almost self-evident that it is most important to ensure that there is always liquid in the wick when steaming. This means that your coil heads should not be "dry burn". Most wicks are made of cotton and are simply ruined when there is no liquid to protect them. With ceramic wicks, a dry burn is not a problem and with silicate you can escape with short hits but not with cotton.
The risk is lower when there is liquid in your wick, but you should still take measures to protect your coil head. When you press the fire button, reduce the amount of liquid in the wick. It must therefore always be ensured that the device is adjusted in such a way that the flowing liquid flow can keep up with the rate of evaporation. And this is the jumping point when it comes to preventing your coil head from burning. But what does that mean from the view of the Vapers? What do we have to do specifically?
7 Tips to prevent the burning of your coil head
1. Prepare your coil head for vaping
If you do not "prime" your coil head before you start steaming, then often burn the wick before you start using it.
When using a new coil head for the first time, the wick must pass from completely dry to completely wetted. This takes time. So you have to wait about five minutes after filling and before the first move. If you wait long enough, "primen" is not essential. The problem is that it is difficult to predict whether the wick is already completely moist. And if it is not at the first firing, then there is not enough liquid to absorb the heat and this causes the problems described above.
To "prime" the coil head only means that you moisten the wick manually before installation. Coil heads usually have an opening top and holes on the sides from which you can see the wick. To "prime" the coil head, drop a few drops of E-Liquid from above into the wick (about 3-5 drops are enough) and then moisten the visible wick through the holes on the sides. You only need little liquid for each hole. Just make sure that all visible parts of the wick are well moistened.
You must ensure that your wick is moistened again before you press the fire button again. This is not a problem with normal use, since you give the coil head after a short application time to the post-moistening. If, however, you steam continuously over long periods of time, your wick will dry out over time. If you continue to steam you risk burning.
The solution is simple: Take a break. The most direct indication that they have to stop is decreasing taste. This is an indication that there is not much e-liquid in the coil head and you are approaching a burning-up. Your wick takes time to get through again. Since the coil head is now hot, it is best to simply take a 5-10 minute break and let your clearomizer do its job
Alternatively, some steamers pull to "primen" a few times to press your e-cigarette without the fire button. This sucks the e-liquid into the wick. Be careful when you try this. Exaggerate it, then it can happen that you flood your coil head.
Your coil head is now ready for use. As a small fuse, however, it is still better to wait about 5 minutes after filling the tank. This should not be necessary as you have already moistened the wick but if the head of the coil is not yet properly prepared, you can ruin it directly. So it is worth to wait and be absolutely sure.
3. Reduce the wattage
If you steam at higher wattage, then evaporate more e-liquid on each train. This is great if you prefer large steam clouds but it can also have an effect on your ecoil head. As you evaporate the E-Liquid faster, the coil head sometimes has a problem with the re-humidification. And if he can not keep up, the wick can burn. We have here a similar problem as with the chain steam but after much less trains.
Watt adjustmentThe solution is to reduce the cotton adjustment. If you notice that the taste lags, your wick will probably get drier and more time to absorb E-Liquid. You must take a break (as above) if this happens but to reduce the chance that it will happen again, you should simply reduce the number of watts.
Normally, there is a recommendation for wattage output for coil heads. If you stick to this recommended range, nothing should go wrong. It is best to start at the lowest point and work upwards. If, however, you experience loss of taste and your coil heads burn at the current setting, the simplest solution is to reduce the wattage. Read more about Volt, Watt and Ohm here.
4. Fill your tank regularly
If the amount of E-Liquid in your tank is low, it may not adequately moisten your wick. For many coils, the E-Liquid must maintain a certain level to reach the wicking openings at all. If the wick has less contact with the liquid in the tank, it is not sucked up just as quickly. So if the liquid level in your tank is very low, this can easily lead to problems.
The easiest solution is to replenish your tank regularly. If performance and taste lessen, then it can be time to give up the liquid residue in the tank and refill it. If you do not want to mix any flavors, you can empty the tank first. Alternatively, you can rotate your tank frequently, so that the liquid residue is sucked up. However, this is less reliable and becomes difficult when the liquid level is extremely low. Refilling is the best solution.
5. Use an e-liquid with more PG
Liquid PG is thinner than VG, which means it can be absorbed more easily by the wick. This has important implications for the balans between the rate of post-moistening and the rate of evaporation, which we must necessarily achieve. If your e-liquid is not so fast, it is more likely that you will experience "dry puffs" and possibly burn your wick.
This means that liquids with a higher VG content (70% or more) can cause problems with the rewetting and could ruin your coil head. So if you have trouble with "dry hits" and burned coils, then this could be due to your liquid. Try to replace your VG-Liquid by one with a 50/50 distribution or with primary PG.
This is, of course, not always a problem. Sub Ohm clearomizers for example can be wonderfully with E-Liquids deal with much VG. However, if your tank is not designed for this type of liquid, VG can easily lead to problems.
6. Try an e-liquid with less sweetener
If an e-liquid contains a lot of sweetener, this can "stick" your coil heads. The sugars in the E-Liquid can caramelize. This sounds delicious when you talk about dessert but it is also a sure way to destroy your coils. The glued wick can no longer soak up new E-Liquid, and when you steal, the same problems may arise which we have discussed in the rest of the article.
If the problem is often related to the sweetener, there are many different liquids that tend to stick coil heads. Coffee and heavy, dessert-inspired E-Liquids are common suspects but there are others. In general, it is more likely that E-Liquids with darker coloring affect your coil heads than clear liquid.
If you are dealing with a glued coil, then you can clean the wick as a solution. Use either water or a strong alcohol (or something else clear, strong and potable - no cleaning alcohol). If you do, however, you must allow the coil head to dry for 24 hours (or longer). The wick must be completely dry for use.
As far as the cleaning of coil heads is concerned, however, one does not agree. There are not only different methods here, but most of the time the thorough cleaning does not ensure that the coil head regains the same good condition. Especially if you have already tried to use the glued coil and possibly damaged the wick.
7. Use temperature control
Temperature control. Steaming with temperature control solves the problem with burned wicks more directly. By tracking the measurable changes in the resistance that occur when a certain wire type is heated up, TC devices allow you to set a maximum temperature for your coil head. When the coil head reaches this temperature, the e-cigarette ceases to supply current so that it does not get hotter.
If there was a magical solution for combusted wicks, then it would be temperature control. If you try to steam with a wick in which there is not enough liquid, then a TC device will not let you. Even if you are actively trying to burn your wick, it would not happen. Temperature control can solve the problem without having to use one of the other tips. The only problem is that you need a matching E-cigarette, which supports temperature control with certain coil heads with nickel, titanium or stainless steel wires. These are often quite complicated and therefore not suitable for beginners. Read more about temperature control here.
Save money and protect your taste buds
Even if it looks like there are many things that you have to pay attention to, it is definitely a topic that is worth investing extra work. Protecting your coil heads is important because every burned wick is wasted money. Here, there is no back: you must use a new coil head. This is especially true when you forget to "prime" your coil head and thus ruin a brand new head. Apart from that, it tastes so unpleasant that you probably never want to experience it again, once it has happened.
If you want to enjoy your e-liquid, get the most out of your coils and avoid the taste of burnt wick, keep all these tips in the backside when you steal.