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Why your Vape Tastes Burnt and How to Fix It

There’s nothing enjoyable about vaping when your vape tastes burnt each time you inhale. The good news is you don’t have to suffer in silence, as there’s a number of things you can do to get rid of the unpleasant taste of a burnt vape. But before we look at how to fix a burnt vape, we should take a look at the reasons why a perfectly working vape suddenly starts to taste a little smokey.

Why does my vape taste burnt?

While each burnt vape problem will be different to the next, there are a few typical causes of smokey-tasting vapes that we’ve outlined below:

  • Your coil head could be burnt out, or just old and in dire need of replacement.
  • The wattage setting on your vape might be too high.
  • The vape juice that you’re using might not be compatible with your vape.
  • If you like to chain vape, it might be your speedy vaping behavior that’s causing your vape coil to burn out.
  • Your coil could have developed a hot spot, resulting in random burnt-tasting vapes that are really quite unpleasant.
  • Your vape atomizer might need more or less cotton (or other type of wicking material) than what you’re using at present.
  • Your wick might need changing.
  • It might be the weather. Particularly hot or cold days can affect vape juice consistency and trigger a burnout.


So, with the basics about why your vape tastes burnt understood, it’s time to take a look at what you can do to fix the issue.

All about coils

The first thing to check to see if the reason why your vape tastes burnt is the coil or not. A range of things can cause a coil to burn out, including the natural effects of wear and tear over time. In fact, a vape can taste burnt even with a new coil. Aside from the burnt taste, a leaky vape, or a gurgling one, can sometimes indicate a coil burnout. It’s good practice to change the coil if you experience any of these things before you do anything else. If a coil change solves the problem, great! If it doesn’t, you can start to look into other possible causes and solutions. For example…

Wicks and wattage, wattage and wicks

If you’ve recently replaced your coil, but you’re still having burnout issues, then it could be that your wattage is too high for your vape. Vaping should never taste bad, pure and simple. So, if things are getting really smokey, try reducing your wattage a little until you find your vape’s sweet spot: great taste, with fully-functioning coils. If, after having played around with the wattage settings on your vape, you’re still experiencing a burnt taste every time you vape, then it’s time to take a look at your wicks.

If you don’t use enough wicking material (like cotton), then your vape juice might start leaking on the atomizer and this could cause your vape to taste burnt. If you use too much wicking material, you might clog up the wick holes and experience the same smokey problem. Again, just like with the wattage, your best solution is to take some wicking material out, then try adding some in, until you reach the optimum level for your vape.

Let’s talk juice

Bear in mind that High-VG juice is really quite thick. In fact, it’s so thick that some atomizers aren’t able to cope with it. If your vape juice is incompatible with your vape then you either need to update to a different vape model, or you need to buy a different kind of vape juice. Just like with wattage and wicking, choosing the right vape juice is all about trial and error, but the fun part is that you get to try out lots of different vape juices along the way.

On a final note, it’s important to remember that ignoring a burnt vape taste is not a good idea, because it’s an indication that something isn’t right. Continued vaping with a burnt tasting vape can actually cause real damage to the vape itself. Replacing a vape can be fairly expensive, so be smart and act fast to avoid yourself the financial hassle.

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