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How Long Does a Vape Coil Last?

Have you ever looked at the amount of money that you spend on vape gear and found that you’re really not comfortable with how often you need to stock up on new coils? If your vape coils burn out quickly, that’s a natural side effect of sub-ohm vaping to a certain extent. Coils that become very hot during operation experience a high level of heat-related stress, and that shortens their life.

Even with sub-ohm coils, though, there’s a certain range of longevity that’s completely normal. You don’t have to throw a coil away every day or two; it’s actually possible to get much better coil life than that. So, how long does a vape coil last? Let’s dig in.

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How Long Should a Vape Coil Last?

We’re going to answer the question of how long a vape coil should last by giving you a very wide range of possible timespans. A vape coil can last anywhere from a day or two to several weeks. Now, that might not seem like a particularly useful answer on the surface. As you’re about to learn, though, the longevity of a vape coil isn’t random. Your vaping habits and preferences actually influence how long a coil lasts. By doing something as simple as changing the e-liquid you use, you can experience dramatically longer coil life – and if you’re completely happy with your current vape juice and don’t want to change it, that’s why ROBO2020 exists. Our automatic vape coil cleaner uses heat, water and ultrasonic agitation to clean and dry your vape coils in about a half hour, so you can reuse them again and again.

With that being said, it’s still useful to know what’s going on with your vape coils because there are some problems that cleaning a coil won’t fix. Let’s learn a bit more about that.

How to Tell if a Vape Coil Is Bad

How can you tell when a vape coil is bad? The short answer is that a vape coil is bad when you’re no longer happy with the flavor it produces. In most cases, the fact that a coil is bad will manifest itself as a burned flavor – and the character of the burned flavor is one of the clues that will help you understand why the coil is bad. Vaping should always taste good; you should always like the flavor of your e-liquid. If you don’t enjoy the flavor, it’s time for the coil to go.

How to Tell Why a Vape Coil Is Bad

A vape coil has two components that influence its flavor quality, and those components are the heating surface and the wick. If one of those components has a problem, your e-liquid isn’t going to taste good. It’s important to understand the difference because a problem with a coil’s heating surface is usually fixable. A problem with the wick, on the other hand, usually isn’t fixable.

E-Liquid Residue Coats Your Coil’s Heating Surface

As you vape, residue from your e-liquid may collect on the heating surface of your coil. This can happen extremely quickly if you use sweetened e-liquid because sucralose – which is used to sweeten many of today’s mainstream vape juices – doesn’t vaporize fully.

In terms of flavor, you’ll find that coil residue most often manifests itself as a sort of caramelized taste that’s mild at first but slowly builds until it overwhelms the flavor of your e-liquid. Eventually, the residue becomes so thick that it actually starts to smolder as you vape – and that’s when the character of the flavor will change from caramelized to flat-out burned.

You can confirm that e-liquid residue has caused your coil to go bad by removing the coil from the tank and looking through the opening at the top. Has the coil’s heating surface changed from white to dark brown? That’s e-liquid residue. Here’s the good news: the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner was designed specifically for removing that residue and restoring a gunky coil’s original flavor. Learn more about how to clean a vape coil.

Heat Can Burn Your Coil’s Wick

The other factor that can ruin a coil’s flavor is that the wick – which is wrapped around the coil’s heating surface and supplies the coil with e-liquid – is burned. The wick in a vape coil is usually made from cotton, and the heat from your coil can quickly burn the wick if it isn’t kept wet at all times.

Compared to the caramelized flavor of coil residue, the unpleasant flavor of a burned wick doesn’t usually take time to build. It’s usually much harsher and more immediate. If the wick is burned badly enough, you might actually taste burning cotton when you vape. You’ll probably also feel some discomfort in the back of your throat.

Unfortunately, there is no fix for burned cotton. If a coil’s wick is burned, the coil will never produce a good flavor again. The only way to “fix” a burned wick is by preventing it from happening in the first place. We’ll provide some advice about that shortly.

How Often Should You Change Your Vape Coil?

Let’s begin putting all of the information in this article together. Now that you know how long a vape coil lasts, how often should you change your coil? We believe that you should replace a vape coil as soon as you’re no longer happy with the flavor. While you certainly could continue using a coil after you notice the telltale flavor of coil residue or a burned wick, why would you want to – especially when you can use a coil cleaner like ROBO2020 to quickly restore the coil’s original flavor? Inhaling charred cotton or e-liquid residue can’t be a good thing, so we recommend avoiding it.

What Can You Do to Make Vape Coils Last Longer?

While it’s certainly great that restoring a coil’s original flavor is often as simple as giving the coil a quick cleaning, combining regular coil cleaning with good vaping habits can help your coils last even longer. Do these four things to make your vape coils last as long as they possibly can.

  • Use unsweetened e-liquid. Coil residue primarily comes from sucralose, and you’ll find that the residue takes much longer to form if you avoid all e-liquids containing sucralose.
  • Always prime your new coils when installing them. After installing a new coil and filling the tank, wait several minutes before vaping. These steps will help to ensure that the wick is completely wet.
  • Vape at a moderate wattage. If you feel a sensation of heat or harshness at the end of your puffs, you’ve probably set your mod’s wattage too high.
  • Try using a tank with a mesh coil. Because the entire surface of a mesh coil touches the wick firmly and evenly, mesh coils tend not to have “hot spots” that can burn the wick. Learn more about the benefits of mesh coils.

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