Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned vaper, dry hits affect every vaper at some point. No amount of experience will prevent them, nor is there any technology out there to guard against dry hits.
What Does Dry Hits Mean?
dry hits occur when you fire your atomizer when there isn't enough juice in the wick. This results in a dry burning taste from the coil of your device burning the dry cotton.
There are a few reasons why this could happen and we're here to help you avoid it as much as possible.
Preventing Dry Hits
Prime Your Coil
If you're not familiar with priming, you've probably wondered why your getting dry hits off a fresh coil. If you vape too soon and there isn't enough juice on your cotton, you'll get a dry hit and possibly ruin a brand new coil.
Before installing a new coil, place a few drops of e-liquid on the exposed wick. Allow it to absorb and then repeat at least once more. Don't overdo it, as you might end up flooding the atomizer and that just leads to more issues.
Then, fill the tank and let it sit in an upright position for 10 minutes. Most instructions will probably say four to five minutes is enough, but that's the bare minimum. Save yourself some potential hassle and give it another five minutes, just to be safe.
Break in Your Coil
This is a technique that applies to more advanced mods with wattage control. If you happen to own a vape with that feature, this is a great opportunity to reduce dry hits.
To break in your coil, take a few drags with your wattage set a bit below the minimum threshold, then gradually increase it every few minutes. This will prepare your coil for the sessions to come.
You can also break in your coil by inhaling on the mouthpiece without actually firing the vape. This uses suction to pull liquid into the wick, giving it a bit of a helping hand.
Switch to a Different Coil
There are a lot of great, reputable vape companies out there. But there can always be some errors that may occur.
While advanced sub-ohm coils typically have plenty of good-sized wicking holes, some designs might not. This can pose a problem after a few hits.
If you notice that the coils you use have a tendency to create dry hits midway through a session, you have two choices. The simplest one is to simply try a new design. Most tanks offer multiple varieties of their coils to suit different needs.
The second option is to simply slow down. Smaller holes mean that they need more time to re-wick. Give yourself 30 seconds in between each inhalation and see if that improves things.