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When Should I Replace My Coil?

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Are you having trouble with your clearomizer? Not enough vapor? Burned flavors? You might need to change the coils. Find out how to do this with this quick guide to clearomizer coils.

As most of you know, vaping is one of the most customizable hobbies out there. There are so many different options when it comes to your build that it might just make your head spin. With so much customization, it’s crucial to know how to properly maintenance your equipment to achieve a consistent level of vapor and flavor quality that you're chasing. If you have a rebuildable clearomizer, one of the most important things to do, depending on the location of your coils, is to replace them. To determine when the best time to replace your coils, you first need to know what kind of clearomizer coil you're using.

Introduction to and Identifying When to Change Your Coils:

  • Top Coil Clearomizers are just that; they have the heating coils to vaporize the e-liquid very close to the mouthpiece. Top coils deliver a much hotter vapor, similar to that of cigarette smoke. Top coils are also known to be the configuration that traditionally burns out coils the fastest. Everything is going to depend on how much you vape and the temperature you have it set to (if you have controllable temperatures and your resistance settings). However, you can expect to change the coils anywhere between 2-3 days and two weeks or so.
  • Bottom Coil Clearomizers are rapidly gaining popularity because of the ease of use and less likelihood of having to replace coils as often. Bottom coils produce a cooler vapor as the vapor travels a greater distance before it gets to you. They also eliminate the need to invert the unit, as the e-liquid simply goes from to the tank down to the wick right to the coil. Again, with variations in temperature, frequency of vaping, and type of e-liquid, you may have to replace and clean these, it may just be less often than with the Top Coils.
  • Multiple Coils are a hybrid. They operate at a lower overall temperature because not one single coil has to do the work of vaporizing. A multi-coil setup produces a cool vapor similar to the Bottom Coil. Because not one coil is doing all of the work, these also less of a likelihood of faster coil burnout.

A reliable reference to if it might be time to replace your coils is to ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Is your e-liquid getting darker after a few days? (Are you using a high VG liquid?)
  • If your vapor is decreasing when you're drawing the same?
  • Is your flavor decreasing?

These could indicate it is time to change your coil. But how do you go about doing it? 

Changing Your Worn or Burned Out Coils:
Different models are all going to have their separate ways of disassembly. However, you can use this starting guide to help you access and eventually replace the coils: 

  • Unscrew the battery and the tank.
  • Locate the metal base cap (usually on the bottom of the tank).
  • There will be a small coil head fastened to the bottom of the clearomizer - unscrew that.
  • Screw your new coil head into the clearomizer base.
  • At this point, if you were going to refill your clearomizer, you would also put e-liquid into the tank, being careful not to put it in the center hole that’s only for airflow. You’d then screw the bottom of the tank back on hand tight. We recommend that you check for leaks and give the e-liquid a minute to absorb into the wick - this is your prerogative.

Now you know just about all the basics for coil changes, different kinds of coil setups, and what both of these things mean for your vaping setup. Try some different styles of coils and see what works best for you. Remember to monitor your tank for leaks and if you're experiencing burnt tasting flavors or poor performance from your clearomizer, it's probably time to replace.

Last update: Mar 21, 2016

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