Why Does My E-cigarette Taste Burnt?



You may experience a burnt taste from your vape, which is an unpleasant experience in the throat. When this happens, the burnt vapor cloud can scratch at the back of your throat, causing you to cough. It is an awful sensation and there are a variety of reasons for your vape tasting burnt. Some of the most common causes of burnt hits are as follows.


Chain Vaping

Chain vaping is a major cause of burnt hits, especially for beginners. When one takes plenty of puffs in a row, it will cause the coil to dry out and burn as the wick doesn’t have enough time to absorb vape juice. If you notice a slightly burnt taste when you inhale or if you can feel the tank overheating, you should put your vape down for a moment to give the wick sufficient time to sock up more liquid.


High Power Vaping

When you vape at a wattage that’s too high for you coil head, the e-juice will vaporize faster than the wick can absorb, which can lead to an unpleasant burnt taste. If you primes and soaks the coils correctly and if your coil head is still within its expected lifespan, there’s a good chance that the coil you use has exceed its wattage limit while vaping. Actually, the first thing you should do before vaping is to ensure that you haven’t accidentally turned your wattage up!


Low Vape Juice in Tank

Keep sufficient e-liquid in the tank is very important. Low vape juice may cause the wick in your device to get burnt. If your e-liquid isn’t covering the input holes around the sides of your coil head, you are at risk of getting a burnt hit. To be security, try to make sure that your tank is never less than a quarter full.


Unprimed Coils or Incorrectly Priming Coils

Unprimed coils or incorrectly priming coils is also an important reason to cause burnt hits. Priming means soaking the wick and coil material directly to ensure it gets properly saturated before you start vaping on it. When vaping on a new coil, you should take time to properly prime your coil head before filling the tank. The wick is made of dry organic cotton, it can be burnt if it doesn’t absorb sufficient vape juice. Skipping the process of priming the coil or incorrectly priming the coil will eventually results in a burnt taste in your mouth.


Exceed the Service Life of Coil

Coils also have a service life. On average, a coil should last about 2-3 weeks without considering personal consumption habit. Thus, anything longer than this might lead to a vape taste burnt. If you are experiencing more burnt hits than not, it’s a sign that you need to replace your coil. Continuously using the same coil will eventually wear out the wick, which evaporates your e-liquid to create nasty burnt taste.



Wrong E-juice

The choice of wrong e-juice is another cause of vape burnt taste. Whether you are new vapers or veteran vapers, you may have known these terms: VG, PG, sub-ohm, 50/50. What do these terms mean?


VG: Vegetable Glycerin, which is an ingredient in e-liquid. They’re commonly mixed with PG and nicotine (and sometimes just PG, if you vape nicotine-free vape juice). When you vape e-juice with high-VG concentration, you’ll get a smooth throat hit and massive vapor.


PG: Propylene Glycol, is where the flavor lies. If you vape high-PG liquids, you won’t get as much vapor, but the flavor from your vapes will more than make up for it.


Sub-ohm vaping: Sub-ohm vaping is a catch-all term for vaping low-resistance coils. All coils have a resistance, with higher resistances more suited to mouth-to-lung vaping, and lower resistances perfect to direct-to-lung vaping.


50/50: 50/50 e-liquid signals equal parts VG and PG, making them suited for use with most devices and high-resistance coils. You’ll also encounter ratios of 70/30 and 80/20, indicating that there’s more of one ingredient than another.


E-juice with high VG concentration and sugar content are more likely to cause the vape to taste burnt because they are denser and stiffer for coil wicks to absorb. High-PG, high-nicotine liquid in your sub-ohm tank is likely to make your device function properly. Likewise, sub-ohm vaping typically relies on higher-VG liquids, as VG is thicker. Even if you don’t get a burnt hit when using 50/50 e-liquid in a sub-ohm tank, you’re likely to get a harsh, dry hit.