4 Reasons Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt

Picture this: you’ve come home at the end of a long day, looking to wind down and relax by hitting the vape. You settle down, close your eyes, and take a deep inhale. Instead of feeling relaxed and satisfied, you’re met with a taste of burned paper, ash, and all around nastiness, accompanied by a mild feeling of burning in your throat! What could have caused this? Unfortunately, there’s more than one reason for this common (and nasty!) vape experience. We’re going to take you through 4 reasons why your vape tastes burnt, so you can know how to fix it – fast.

1. The Wattage is Too High

One of the main culprits for that nasty burnt taste is usually that the wattage is too high. If you’re a beginner when it comes to vaping, you may not know if the wattage is turned up too highly, or even what the right wattage is for your vape pen.

Vape Mentors tells us why one of the first things you should do is inspect the wattage:

“Operating a vape requires a bit of research. Without the right set up, even the highest-quality devices can produce a burnt hit. If the temperature of your vape is turned up too highly, your coils will burn within a few hits, even if they’ve been primed. How do you know which wattage is right for your vape? Check the instructions on the coil packaging; it should specify a recommended wattage for that specific coil.”

2. The Coil Wasn’t Primed

For beginner vapers, they may be surprised how much there is to know about properly using a vape pen – and part of this knowledge includes what sort of maintenance is needed, and regularly priming your coil.

Alastair Cohen of Vaping.com tells us why failing to prime the coil is one of the main causes of this foul taste: 

“It tastes burnt because the wick inside your atomizer coil has dried out and burned up when it was heated. The wick is the part of your vaporizer that soaks up the eliquid from the tank. The wick holds onto this eliquid before it is turned into vapor when the coil heats up. If the wick is not fully saturated with eliquid when you take a puff, this material can char and leave a foul taste in your mouth. Vapers call this a ‘dry hit.’”

3. Chain Vaping

Did you know that simply overusing your vape pen can cause your vape to start tasting burnt? 

Spyros Papamichail of Vaping360 talks about why chain smoking could be the culprit:

4. Vaping With High-VG E-Liquids

A further reason why your vape may taste burnt, is because you’re vaping with high-VG e-liquids. It’s important to remember that not all vapes are made the same. Some vape tanks will allow for high-VG e-liquids, while others need 50% PG or more in order to function properly. Not sure which you should use? The size of the wick channels will generally give you some insight. If the holes are of a small diameter, it’s most likely that your tank will not be able to handle high-VG juice.


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