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Troubleshooting Through a Bad Coil Experience

Posted by Johnson on March 20, 2018

Troubleshooting Through a Bad Coil Experience

Most of the time your device works perfectly. As vaping technology has progressed, longevity and trustworthiness of devices have skyrocketed. Nevertheless, a hitch somewhere in your vape will temporarily cause your device to stop working at some point in your vaping career. While in rare occurrences the problem might be battery or tip related, the most likely fault lies somewhere in the coil. By far the most common problem with coils is a coil connection problem, where some part of the coil system isn't properly connected to the next. 

If you have a traditional e-cigarette that works perfectly fine and suddenly stops producing vapor altogether, then chances are you’ve a coil connection problem. However, if it doesn't turn on at all, then the problem isn’t with your coil. If it’s a coil problem, then troubleshooting the parts at fault is fairly simple. First, examine the point where the atomizer comes in contact with the battery. If it's not in full contact, most of the charge won't get through to heat up the coils. Just reposition the parts so they’re in full contact. If they’re in complete contact but your e-cig still doesn't produce vapor, then check the coil itself. If the coil has a poor connection, then tighten it up and you should be good to go. If tight but not producing vapor, then look for gunk or buildup on the terminal itself. A good scrubbing with soapy water or rubbing alcohol will get rid of that buildup. Finally, if none of these steps work then it is possible the coil itself is bad. Replace the coil as a last-ditch effort.

Portable vaporizers tend to have coil connection issues for a different reason. Since large amounts of liquid of varying tastes and sensibilities pass through the coil fairly regularly, residue builds up at a much increased rate than in an e-cig. This buildup decreases connectivity in your coil. If you see buildup on your coil, you have a few options. You can try to clean it off, which is fairly difficult and time consuming. Remove the coil and soak it in hot water for ten minutes, then let it cool down before placing it back in the device. The sugary buildup will dissolve in hot water. However, it’s recommended that you instead buy or build a replacement coil. Coils are limited use as it's, and trying to prolong coil life by just a few more uses is probably not worth the time spent on it.

Coil problems in MODs are a wholly different experience. MODs consume so much more power than other devices that coil problems are usually attributed to coil breakdown and degradation. High amounts of heat and electricity put so much strain on the coil that chemical bonds degrade far more quickly than before. If you use a MOD, then take a look at the coils. If you can see visible damage to them, then replace the coils. While you’re at it, try to use a lower voltage as well, so as to not completely damage all future coils as well. If you do not see any damage, then poor performance may be due to incorrect coil attachment. Check the o-ring of your coil, and make sure it's as tight as possible. Don't take the coil apart, but check that all parts are as tight as can be.

From e-cigarettes to MODs, reasons for coil problems differ. However, most connectivity problems can be solved by keeping your device as clean as possible. Take special care of your device and you’ll rarely see coil connectivity problems. If you do, then just refer to our troubleshooting tips and you'll find yourself vaping again in no time.

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