Avoid those dreaded dry hits

Posted by VS on 19th Sep 2017

Nothing busts the bubble quite like experiencing a dry hit just when you thought your vape was starting to get smooth. A burnt hit can ruin not only one's vaping experience but also their day. Luckily, there are ways in which you can avoid this disaster, but first you should understand what a dry hit is. A dry hit is when you take a hit from your device; in your mind, you are expecting to taste a delicious flavor, but then are met by a horrible burnt taste. That disgusting flavor that hits your throat is what is considered as a dry hit. The following guide will help you in understanding how you can prevent dry hits by first understanding its causes then giving a solution for each.

Your Vape Coils

Coils are the most common causes of dry hits. Having low quality coils is of course one of the leading reasons for burnt hits. This is because low quality coils tend to overheat, causing the burnt taste. To avoid this scenario, always purchase coils, made by reputable manufacturers, from authorized suppliers. Another scenario where your coils could cause dry hits is where your coils have been used for a long time. So, if you are getting dry hits, it just means that the coils have done their time. The solution here would be to get new coils. However, there are vapers who complain of burnt hits even while using new coils. In such cases what happens is that your coils are not properly primed. This means that the new dry wick, which cannot saturate as fast as a used one, doesn't provide the coils with adequate e-juice, which results in coils overheating. Therefore, it is advisable that you properly prime new coils before using them.

E-Liquid Components

If you are a new vaper, you have probably done your research on the various components of e-liquids, particularly the contribution of vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. If you are a flavor chaser, a higher PG ratio goes. On the other hand, a higher VG ratio works for cloud chasers and this could spell doom for the coils. This is because vegetable glycerin is thick and is not easily absorbed by the wick, which in turn causes poor saturation of the coils. You can easily solve this by purchasing e-liquids whose VG ratio is no more than 50-60%. Also, investing in a high-power device could help. This is because they can vaporize higher VG ratio e-liquids, without burning the coils.

High Wattages

High wattages are a common cause for dry hits. Every coil has a certain amount of resistance, which determines how much power it can take. If you increase the power, the resistance goes down. If it's a low resistance coil, then you can take the wattages higher. But, if you are dealing with high resistance coils, lower wattages work better. However, you should be careful not to go too low as it might result in flooding of the atomizer.

The Level of E-Liquid

Low e-liquid level is a major cause for burnt hits. If your tank has little to no juice, it means that your wicks will not be getting enough to saturate the coils properly, which results in burnt hits. This can be avoided by regularly checking your e-liquid level and topping it up.

Bottom Line

Having understood the causes of burnt hits and how to solve them, I trust that you can now enjoy sessions free of burnt hits. Just change your coils regularly and have them primed properly before use. Use a VG level that your device can handle, go slow on the power and always keep track of the e-liquid level and dry hits will be a thing of the past.