Vape Tastes Burnt? Here’s How To Fix it

Vape Tastes Burnt? Here’s How To Fix it

Sooner or later, especially if you are a newbie vaper, you’ll experience the dreaded burnt hit. There are many reasons why your vape tastes burnt or you experience a burnt taste from your vape. Thankfully, you can fix it, but you first must know all the reasons why this happens. 

Table of Contents:

  1. The Reasons Why You Experience a Vape Burning Taste
  2. You’re Vaping at High Wattages
  3. You’re Using The Wrong type of Vape Juice
  4. You’re Not Filling Your Tank to The Top
  5. Your Coils Need Changing
  6. You Did Not Prime Your Coil
  7. You’re Chain Vaping
  8. Conclusion

The Reasons Why Your Vape Taste Burnt

There are many reasons why your vape could taste burnt. Some of the most common reasons that exist are the following:

  • You’re Vaping at High Wattages
  • You’re Using the Wrong Type of Vape Juice
  • You’re Not Filling Your Tank to The Top
  • Your Coils Need Changing
  • You Did Not Prime Your Coil
  • You’re Chain Vaping

You’re Vaping at High Wattages

One of the reasons why you might be experiencing a burnt taste every time you vape might be because you’re vaping at high wattages. This is often very common in box mods that allow you to control the wattage manually. The advantage of these devices is that you can customize your vaping experience and find the perfect level to vape. However, the problem is that you can push the wattage too high and burn your vape juice, which leads to strained coils, which leads to burnt hits. 

To fix this, remember to turn down your wattage as soon as you experience a burnt hit. Even before setting up the temperature, make sure to read the recommended wattage range that comes with every coil. Start at the bottom of the range and make your way to the top. That way, you ensure you slowly introduce heat into the coil and don’t burn it instantly. 

You’re Using the Wrong Type of Vape Juice

Another reason why you might be experiencing burn hits it’s because you might be using the wrong kind of vape juice. If you’re new to vaping, this might be possible since you won’t know the difference between the types of vape juices you should use with your vaping device. 

To give a quick refresher, vape juice is comprised of four ingredients: nicotine (which is optional), vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), and artificial flavorings. Depending on the percentage of vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol in your vape juice, these two ingredients could drastically change the vape juice’s texture and viscosity. Higher vape juices with more vegetable glycerin are denser. This means that the coils will have a more challenging time evaporating the juice and could cause them to fail, leading to a burnt hit and burnt taste. 

It would be best if you only used vape juices with high percentages of VG (80% or higher) with sub-ohm vaping devices that can reach higher wattages since they can burn and evaporate the viscous liquid more effectively. If you have a box mod, we suggest you stick only to vape juices that have ratios of 70VG/30PG, which is the industry standard. If you have a pod system, you should only stick to nicotine salts and never vape a high VG vape juice in low-powered devices like pod systems.

You’re Not Filling Your Tank to The Top

If your vape juice uses a tank, you might be experiencing a burnt hit or taste in your mouth after using the vape because you forget to fill the tank. Not paying attention when filling your tank could lead you to only filling it halfway or failing to fill it up to the top, which will lead it to run out of juice more quickly than usual, and once it runs out, you’ll be vaping on nothing which leads to a burnt taste.

To fix this, remember to keep a close eye on your tank and pay attention to how much vape juice you use to fill it up, and as you vape, check every so often to see if the tank is nearing empty that way, you can fill it up and not put any strain on your coils. 

Your Coils Need Changing

One of the primary reasons why you might be tasting a burnt taste on your vape is because your coils need changing. Coils, after prolonged use, will die out, and they will stop working. However, you will still be able to press the firing button, which will evaporate the wick and give you a burnt taste. 

The way to fix this is by simply changing your coils. Depending on the type of device you have, you can unscrew the top or bottom of your tank until you can see your coils with the wick inside of them. There are many different ways to tell if your coil is burnt, but the most obvious one is if you see black gunk collecting on the coils, this will tell you it’s time to change them. 

You Did Not Prime Your Coil

Probably one of the biggest reasons why your vape might taste burnt is because you forgot to prime your coil. This might be reason number one. Right after you install your new coils or coil, you need to saturate your wicks and coils with vape juice, and this is called priming your coils. 

Depending on the vapes you have, this process will always vary, but in essence, all you have to do is add a couple of drops of vape juice directly into the wick and the coils and let the vape juice sit for at least 10 minutes. In this blog, we go over how to prime a coil if you want a more in-depth look at how to do it. 

You’re Chain Vaping

Another primary reason why your vape tastes burnt is that you're chain vaping. Chain vaping is typical, especially among first-time vapers who try to replicate smoking while vaping. Taking lots of drags of a vape in a short period leads to drying out the wick, which leads to burnt hits. 

To fix this, all you have to do is learn to vape correctly. While vaping, you should take longer drags less frequently. If you're chain vaping, stop vaping for at least five minutes and put your vape down. This will give time to the wick to be saturated again. 


We hope that with this blog, you discover the reason why your vape tastes burnt and become equipped with the necessary knowledge needed to fix it if any of these scenarios present themselves.

EjuiceDB articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them. Furthermore, Vaping products and nicotine use are only meant for persons over the age of 21.

Children, breastfeeding and pregnant women, persons with risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or that take medications especially for depression or asthma should not use nicotine or vaping products. Always consult a licensed physician prior to use.

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