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Why Do Vape Coils Burn Out So Quickly?

If you’ve been vaping for longer than a year or two, you’ve no doubt noticed how much more expensive replacement coils have gotten over the years. With the early replaceable-coil tanks, you used to get five coils in a box. These days, you’re lucky if you get more than two coils – and the price per box hasn’t changed. If anything, a box of vape coils costs even more today than it did a few years ago.

As if poor coil life wasn’t bad enough, one of the biggest annoyances in vaping these days is the fact that coils don’t seem to last anywhere near as long as they used to. If you’re spending $6-7 per coil – and you’re only getting a day or two of life out of each coil – that’s a serious problem because you’re practically paying as much to vape as you would be spending if you were still a cigarette smoker. Vaping is supposed to cost less than smoking – not more!

Why do vape coils burn out so quickly? More importantly, what can you do to make your coils last longer? Those are the things you’re going to learn from this article.

Before we begin, though, what if we told you that your coils aren’t actually burned out at all? What if we told you that your coils are just dirty – and that restoring their original performance is actually as simple as cleaning them?

ROBO2020 Makes Your Coils Last Longer

When people say that their coils are “burned out,” what they usually mean is that their coils are covered with residue, which produces a burned flavor. Under the residue, there’s usually nothing wrong with the coil itself. The coil is still perfectly good if you can remove the residue – and that’s exactly what the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner does. Using only heat and water, ROBO2020 dissolves the residue and returns your dirty coils to like-new condition.

To use the ROBO2020 vape coil cleaner, just place your coils in the device along with some clean water. Start the cleaning cycle. When it’s finished, discard the water and start the drying cycle. The entire cleaning and drying process only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and when it’s over, your coils are ready to use immediately. You can usually clean a coil many times before its performance begins to decline, and the resulting savings can be absolutely massive.

Now that you know the ideal solution for fixing coils that burn out quickly, why is coil residue such a major problem in the first place? Let’s explore that question in greater detail.

E-Liquid Residue Causes Vape Coils to Burn Out Quickly

When you think about it, it’s a little funny that we talk about vape coils “burning out” when the most common cause of short coil life has almost nothing to do with heat. The reason why most coils burn out quickly – sometimes in as little as a day – is because of the e-liquids that people use. In particular, the sweetener sucralose is the most common reason for short coil life. While most e-liquid ingredients vaporize fairly cleanly when they’re heated, sucralose doesn’t. It burns and leaves a dark, sticky residue behind.

In the past, sucralose residue – sometimes called “coil gunk” – wasn’t something that most people noticed. In those days, vaping devices didn’t produce enormous clouds, so coils would often last at least a week regardless of whether they were used with sweetened e-liquids or not.

Today, though, many vapers are using incredibly powerful gear such as mesh coil tanks. Modern tanks use a lot of e-liquid, and that means sucralose residue can build up on today’s coils extremely quickly. If you want to maximize your coil life, you can start using unsweetened e-liquid, or you can grab yourself a ROBO2020!

To Maximize Coil Life, Treat Your Coil Right From the Beginning

While residue is the thing that causes most vape coils to “burn out” too soon, there is another form of coil burnout that actually does involve burning. Every vape coil needs a wick to carry the e-liquid from the tank’s reservoir to the heating surface, and in most cases, the wick is made from cotton. Cotton wicks work extremely well for sub-ohm vaping – as long as they’re always wet. Dry cotton burns very easily, and if a coil’s wick has even a tiny dark spot, the coil will produce a burned flavor when you use it.

Ensuring that a coil’s wick won’t burn is a process that begins from the moment when you first remove a new coil from its package. Before you install a new coil, prime the wick by using a bottle of e-liquid to wet the wick from all sides. By wetting the wick before you install it, you’ll make the wick more receptive to e-liquid after you fill the tank. Install the coil and fill the tank as you normally do. Wait a few minutes, and when you begin using the coil, the wick should be completely saturated.

Avoid Subjecting Coils to Unnecessary Heat

Even when you prime a coil correctly, preventing the wick from burning is really an ongoing process if you want the coil to last as long as it can. Prolonging the life of a coil begins with ensuring that the wick is always wet, and to do that, you need to be careful about your device’s wattage setting and how frequently you vape.

When choosing your device’s wattage, your average puff length should factor into your decision. Prefer your vapor on the warm side? You’ll need to keep your puffs a bit shorter to avoid singing your wick. If you prefer longer, deeper puffs, you’ll want to use a lower wattage setting.

Finally, one of the most important things that you can do to prevent your coils from burning out is to avoid chain vaping. Waiting between puffs, will give your coil’s wick a chance to draw more e-liquid in. That leads to burned cotton, and burned cotton is one thing that even ROBO2020 can’t fix.

Jason Artman

Jason Artman is the owner and author of eCig One. A full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, Jason’s clients have included corporations such as Intel and eBay. Jason’s online articles have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. After quitting smoking and switching to vaping in 2010, Jason turned his professional attention to the vaping industry and now works with some of the world’s largest vaping and CBD brands.

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