How To Avoid And Get Rid Of Dry Hits When Vaping

Don't We All Hate This?
Don’t We All Hate This?

The dreaded “dry hit”… if you’ve been vaping long enough, you’ve probably had a couple. Even veteran vapers get a dry hit every once in a while.

Dry hits happen when when a device is not able to soak up enough e-juice while heating, causing a hot, burnt taste which are guaranteed to make your taste buds hate you for a week.

I actually had a dry hit episode recently which gave me an idea for a post here. It wasn’t fun, what’s worse is a had a half-full tank of some Strawberry Milk from Craft Vapor and I had to choose between dumping the juice or go through that horrendous dry vape.

Based on my experience, there are a couple of reasons why vapers experience dry hits. Faulty units are one, but majority of it comes from human error.

So I thought I would share what I learned from my errors and help you avoid getting dry hits. I rarely ever experience dry hits nowadays, but it was frustrating when I first started vaping.

I listed 4 reasons that I could think of off the top of my head of what causes dry hits. The first 2 would involve people into building their own coils, while the last two applies to every vaper.

  1. Improper wicking – So that little story I was sharing with you guys earlier, I ended up dumping out the e-juice (I hate that!) to find out what was wrong. Turns out, I didn’t put enough cotton between the coils. What happens is the coils heat up faster than the cotton can absorb the e-juice. In this case I put too thin of a strip of cotton so that’s what happened. You want the cotton you put in your coils to be nice and fat (but not too fat that it doesn’t fit) to the point where you have to twist the tip of the cotton for it to fit in the coil.
  2. Overused cotton – We all get lazy and procrastinate sometimes. It is recommended that you change cotton before you start putting new e-juice in your tank, but some of us don’t have time for all that. If you are a heavy vaper and you start noticing that burnt taste, that could be an indication that your cotton is all used up already; it can’t soak up anymore juice or it’s probably covered in e-juice gunk. A quick cotton change should do the trick.
  3. High wattage – A lot of these newer and more recent tanks can handle high wattage, but depending on what you are using it could be that that tank you love so much isn’t made to go 50 watts and up. Try bumping your wattage down and see if that helps.
  4. Faulty unit – These rarely happens nowadays as it would have a few years ago since manufacturers have upped their game in quality, but I am not ruling this one out. There’s a possibility that your unit isn’t working right. Hopefully, the unit you purchased comes with warranty!

So there it is, 4 top reasons why we get dry hits. I’m pretty sure it’s possible that there are other reasons too, so if you know of any please leave comments below!


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!

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