Why does my vape taste burnt?

For some people, vaping isn’t all about getting a replacement for the throat hit experienced by smoking real cigarettes. Vaping is undertaken by many people for many different reasons – from the enjoyment of vape art to different tasting e-liquids.

Those interested in vape taste may be most receptive to a common but wholly-unwelcome occurrence… a burnt taste. If you seem to be asking ‘why does my vape taste burnt’ frequently, you may be questioning whether you’ve done something wrong. You may just have experienced a noticeable alteration in taste. Here we’ll explain some of the reasons your sweet lemon pie e-liquid might taste more like a charred croissant.

Does my vape coil need to be replaced?

Does my vape coil need to be replaced? 

The coil is integral in processing the e-liquid into the vapour. It is the part that heats up to some pretty high temperatures and comes into contact with substances that have a lot of residue. The coil, then, works very hard and, depending on how much you vape, is always on the go. 

With this in mind, it should be stated that coils do expire. Coils get to a point where, because of the thickness of VG (vegetable glycerin), they are clogged, contributing to the burnt taste. Such a build-up stops the coil from carrying out its primary purpose and will need replacing. Luckily, coils are easy to replace!

Has my e-liquid expired?

E-liquid plays a big part in any noticeable flavour changes. If you have recently changed your e-liquid, this could affect the quality and amount of flavour produced. Firstly, the ratio of VG/PG is very important,  as the higher the PG, the more intense the flavour will be. 

Therefore, if you have switched from a 50/50 blend to a high VG e-liquid, there will be a noticeable reduction in flavour accompanied by an increase in vapour production. The other thing to consider is where you are buying your juice from. Always ensure you buy from a reputable brand to guarantee maximum quality and, therefore, optimum flavour.


Should I change my vape’s voltage?

One of the easiest ways to fix a poor or low-intensity flavour is to adjust the settings on your vaping device. Upping the voltage will cause your coil to heat to a higher temperature. For some e-liquids, this will be a way to intensify the flavour. For others, however, vaping at a higher voltage will be less effective as some subtle flavours may be lost in higher temperatures.  

Choosing a vaping device with a variable voltage will help you achieve this. Be aware, though, this kind of device may be suitable for more experienced vapers.

Can vape airflow affect taste?

What is airflow? Airflow refers to the amount of air that enters the coil when vaporisation occurs. Some vaping devices, like smoking cigarettes, have a fixed and inflexible airflow. If you can adjust the airflow, the flavour can be vastly affected. With a higher airflow, the vapour cloud is, well, airier and cooler. 

High airflow can affect the flavour of your vaping experience. To maximise the flavour in terms of airflow, opting for a lower airflow will help you get the most out of the e-liquid.

Why does my vape taste burnt?

Vaper’s Tongue 

‘Vaper’s tongue’ is a common problem for those who vape. It follows a pattern that is recognisable in many areas of life. What Vaper’s Tongue refers to is the desensitising of the taste buds from repeated or prolonged exposure to a particular thing. In this case, the flavour of e-liquid that has become your favourite might have become too familiar, and your taste buds don’t pick it up as much.

In this case, swapping out your favourite e-liquid for a new flavour, even temporarily, will vastly improve the taste when you are vaping.

Find your new flavour

If all the talk of vaping and their taste has enticed you to try a new flavour you’re in the right spot. There’s an incredible range of flavours out there from mango passionfruit to icy mint for those accustomed to smoking menthol cigarettes. Take a look at a full range of e-liquids and vape juices and find your new favourite flavour.

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