by Shane Eubank January 29, 2020
One of the most common questions that we get about vape coils is how often do I need to change them? That depends on a few factors but a good guideline is every couple of months or so. Let’s run down the factors that you’ll want to consider.
The quality of the coils that you’re starting with will affect how often you’ll need to change them. Our expertly built coils are a result of years of experience and an exacting quality control system. They’re meant to last you and attention is paid to every tiny detail. We’ve test run every coil variation for performance and longevity and we’ve heard from customers who have kept the same set of coils in use for up to six months. That’s great but we do recommend changing them out sooner than that because of the natural breakdown of materials over time.
The type of e-liquid that you use will affect how often you need to clean and change out your coils. If you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ll have noticed that some liquids gunk up your coils faster than others. This will wear on your coils, both during use because of the crust that builds up, and because of the frequent cleanings required. If your favourite e-liquids gunk up your coils in a hurry, be prepared to change out your coils more frequently.
You may use an e-liquid that is relatively “clean” (low in sugars, doesn’t burn as quickly and form a crust) but notice after a period of time that your coils are gunking up sooner than you’d expect. This may indicate that it’s time to change out your coils. As mentioned, it’s natural that over time any material will start to develop some wear. After a period of wear, little pits and scratches in the material will cause your coils to gunk up more quickly. Once you’ve reached this stage, it’s a good idea to change them out.
How hot you run your device will also affect the longevity of your coils. A lot of people run their devices higher than they need to be: on a regulated device, the combination of the right coils and e-liquids normally won’t need to be set any higher than 75 watts. You can run your devices higher if you prefer, just know that you are putting more strain on your set-up and it will affect your maintenance schedule.
A good installation will help to extend the life of your coils. Be sure to work out any hot spots ahead of wicking your coils. You don’t want to be heating the same hot spot(s) again and again when you fire your device; that will cause your coil to breakdown. Also, check your coil for hot spots after each cleaning. Sometimes pulling at the wick forcefully to remove (or insert) it can introduce new hot spots. Just be sure to work them out before you rewick. (If you notice a sudden burnt taste when you’re vaping, this can also be because you have introduced a hot spot. Remove the wick, clean your coils, check to make sure they’re heating evenly and rewick.)
A good rule of thumb is to change your coils every couple of months or so. While you can get more use out of a carefully tended set of coils, changing them out regularly is going to give you your cleanest and most enjoyable vape.
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