If you have been a part of the vape scene for some time now, or even if you are brand new, then you have most likely heard a ton of different things about vaping. Some of the information is correct, but unfortunately there is an abundance of INCORRECT information available. Here at TVH, we try our best to help funnel some of the confusion and misinformation that is commonly said about vaping.
One of the subjects that has been around for as long as we can remember is the issue of coils getting gunked up.
This problem has had many names in the past. One of the most commonly misused ways to describe this issue is “My wick is burnt”. We can’t tell you how many times we have heard this term used in the stores, and honestly, we use to say this all the time too.
The truth is most of your standard clearomizer tanks systems use silica for a wicking solution, and silica is semi burn resistant. So, it’s almost impossible to “burn up your wick”. Yes, it gets scorched, however, the silica itself isn’t “burnt up”. The burnt taste from the gunked up coil is most likely the cause of the common saying, “my wick is burnt”.
The gunky, crusty, and nasty residue is a result of various ingredients used in almost all e-liquids.
It does NOT taste great, and it can be downright nasty at times.
Have no fear! Here is some helpful information regarding this issue!
Most replacement heads/coils for clearomizers are pretty cheap. Most of us are ex- smokers and are aware of the average cost of most packs of smokes. They are upwards of $5-$7 per pack. Many of us smoked at least a pack a day. Taking this into consideration, even if you have to replace your coil/head everyday it’s still cheaper than buying a pack of cancer sticks a day. The average vapor gets 2-3 days per coil. This all depends on the juice you vape, how much you vape, and at what wattage you vape at. So, when put in proper perspective, it’s really not a huge deal to replace your coils more often.
Coils CAN be dry burned. Dry burning is firing your device with your tank/atty attached in order to get your coils glowing red. (Tank must be empty) Then, blow directly onto your coils while you are pushing the button. A pick of some sort can be used to lightly scrape off the build up that’s on the coils. It literally just flakes right off.
Remember the wick inside is most likely semi burn resistant, so you will not burn up your wick. This method works for tanks and clearomizers, but it is much easier when using a rebuildable atomizer which allows you to get better exposure to the coils.
(IF YOU ARE USING AN RDA WITH COTTON, YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR COTTON BEFORE YOU DRY BURN. *DRY BURNING WILL NOT WORK FOR CARTOMIZERS)