When to Replace Your E-Cigarette Atomiser

When to Replace Your E-Cigarette Atomiser

Did you know your e-cigarette has an atomiser that must be replaced? If you didn’t know that, then you probably don’t know when you ought to be replacing it. In this article, you will learn how to know what an atomiser coil is, what factors determine its longevity and how to know when the coil has burnt out.

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The Atomiser Coil

Atomiser coils are also known as atomiser heads or replacement coils, and are the part of the e-cigarette that controls heating the e-liquid, turning it into a vapour. There are two different types: the single coil and the dual coil. Dual-coil atomisers have two heating elements that vaporise the e-liquid at the same time, while a single-coil atomiser has only one heating element.

The atomiser head is made up of three main parts: the casing, the wire or the coil and the wicking material. The wire wraps around the wicking material in a coil form. The two ends of the wire connect to the part of the casing that comes in connection with the battery. When the liquid has been introduced to the tank, the wicking material absorbs it and becomes saturated with it. Once the battery has been activated, it heats up the coil, causing the liquid to be absorbed into the wicking material so it can be vaporised.

The Atomiser Coil

Factors That Determine Its Longevity

There are many different factors that shape the lifespan of the atomiser coil. If you buy a range of e-liquid flavours, you’ll note that the acidity level and the PG/VG consistency are different and play an imperative role in the longevity of your e-cigarette and its atomiser coil. In addition, the amount you vaporise and the amount of power pulsing through the coil are also factors that contribute to its demise.

Generally, the higher the acidity of the liquid, the faster the coil burns out. Certain flavours, especially fruit flavours, have a higher level of acidity. This burns out the atomiser coil more quickly than other flavours with a lower acidity level. In addition, the higher the vegetable glycerine (VG) levels of the liquid, the faster the atomiser coil tends to need to be replaced. This is because vegetable glycerine is a lot thicker in consistency than propylene glycol. Because of this, the cotton or silica wicking element in your atomiser coil degrades much faster when the VG-dominant liquids are used.

In addition, the wattage and the voltage level you run your atomiser coil at determine its lifespan. The more power you run, the quicker the atomiser coil burns out. A higher wattage and voltage will cause the wire to lose its heating capabilities, and that leads to less vapour being produced.

Determine Its Longevity

The most obvious factor is how often you smoke your e-cigarette. Those who are constantly smoking their e-cigarette need to change their atomiser coils more often than those who use their e-cigarette less often or sporadically through the day. Therefore, the longevity of the atomiser coil is measured in hours it’s being used rather than the day since the last replacement.

Signs It’s Burning Out

There are a few obvious signs that indicate the atomiser coil is burning out. Usually, the first thing the user experiences is a reduced vapour production. Soon after this, the user begins to notice other signs, too. Leaking, poor flavour, gurgling noises and no vapour production are all signs of a failing or a failed atomiser head.

Again, in most cases, the first sign is a reduction in the vapour production. When you start using the atomiser head for the first time, you’ll notice some thick vapour clouds. This level of performance will last for a few days before the atomiser slowly produces less vapour. Since this happens on a progressive level, it’s often difficult to detect the change. However, when you put in a fresh coil, you’ll notice the difference immediately.

Atomiser Burning Out

Another common indicator of a failing atomiser coil is a burnt flavour when you take a drag. While there are a few different causes for this, such as insufficient liquid in the tank or too much power going to the coil, the burnt taste is also a classic sign that an atomiser needs replacing. The material that absorbs the liquid in the atomiser, usually a silica or cotton material, will start to oversaturate, discolour and char over continuous use. When this happens, the material loses it capability to readily absorb the liquid, which leads to drier hits over time.

The third sign of a failing atomiser coil is the liquid leaking. At some point in time when you were taking a drag from the e-cigarette, you might have noticed some of the liquid getting into your mouth. While there are some different causes of this, a leaking device is a clear sign the atomiser coil is starting to fail. Since the wire is not able to heat the liquid to the necessary temperature to vaporise the e-liquid, some of it is drawn up into your mouth when you take a drag.

A leaking device is usually complemented by flooding and some gurgling noises. Due to the coil not heating the liquid at a fast enough rate, taking a drag will cause the atomiser head to flood and start gurgling. This is a very sure sign because the gurgling noise is very noticeable and will immediately grab your attention.

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All in all, if the atomiser coil isn’t replaced, it’ll eventually stop producing any vapour altogether. When you take a drag, there will be no vapour and you’ll end up with liquid in your mouth instead. When this happens, the wire inside the coil doesn’t heat up at all, or at just a low rate that it can’t vaporise the e-liquid. It’s not recommended you wait for your e-cigarette to get to this point before you replace the atomiser. Your coil should be replaced at the first signs it’s beginning to fail.

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