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Vape Troubleshooting: How To Solve 10 of the Most Common Vape Problems

Vape Troubleshooting: How To Solve 10 of the Most Common Vape Problems

At some point in your life as a vaper, you'll need to know how to fix problems that come up with your vape device. Whether it's something as simple as your vape not creating enough vapor, or something more serious like a leaking vape device, knowing how to fix these problems, it's essential if you plan on becoming a veteran vaper. In today's blog, we'll tackle 10 of the most common issues you might face while vaping and how to solve them quickly. So if you're ready, let's get started. 

Table of Contents:

  1. Not Creating Enough Vapor
  2. Not Getting Enough Flavor From Your Vape
  3. Your Vape Juice Tastes Burnt
  4. You Are Coughing While Vaping
  5. Not Feeling a Throat Hit
  6. Vape Juice Has Turned Dark
  7. My Vape is Leaking
  8. My Vape Screen is Blank
  9. Why is My Vape Spitting Juice
  10. Vape Battery Not Working
  11. Conclusion

Not Creating Enough Vapor

If you bought your brand new vape expecting to make plumes of vapor but ended up only blowing transparent clouds, then you might be wondering why your vape is not creating enough vapor. The problem could be your vape, your mouthpiece, or the VG/PG ratio of your vape juice.

Your Vape

If you bought a pod system, which has a low powdered battery, likely, you wouldn't be blowing huge plumes anytime soon. If you want to create vapor heaven in your home, you'll need a more powerful device, like a box mod.

Your Mouthpiece

If you regularly use your vape outside, it's possible that it could be clogged with dirt and gunk, especially if you haven't cleaned it in a while. Take it apart and clean it thoroughly; this could be the answer to your problem.

VG/PG Ratio

Another reason why you might not be blowing plumes of vapor because you are using the wrong VG/PG ratio in your vape juice. The more VG you have in your vape juice, the more vapor and clouds you will create; however, the fewer clouds your vape juice will produce if you have more PG than VG. Make sure to check the VG/PG ratio of your vape juice and, if necessary, change it for a vape juice that has more VG. 

Not Getting Enough Flavor From Your Vape

When you're not getting enough flavor from your vape juice, you can do several things. You can blow in the mouthpiece, you can again change the VG/PG ratio, or you might have a case of vaper's tongue.

Blowing into the Mouthpiece

By gently blowing into the tank, believe it or not, you can get the vape juice to release more flavor. Be aware, though, that blowing too hard might flood the vape, and this can cause a host of more problems like overflowing the tank.

VG/PG Ratio Again

Again one of the most important aspects of vaping is the actual vape juice you use. If you have been using a maxed out or high VG ratio vape juice is possible the flavor notes might not be as apparent. Since the flavor is carried by PG better, this could be the reason you're not tasting anything.

Vaper's Tongue

Another reason why you're not detecting any flavor when you vape is that you have Vaper's Tongue. Vaper's tongue can occur when one vapes all day, so much so that your tongue becomes numb and your taste buds can no longer detect flavors. To fix this, you can drink water, suck on a lemon, or use a tongue scraper.

Your Vape Juice Tastes Burnt

If your vape juice tastes burnt, there could be a couple of reasons for this. But the most common ones are that your coil needs changing, you did not prime your coil, or you didn't put enough e-liquid in the vape. 

Coil Needs Changing

If you're getting a burnt taste and you haven't switched your coil in a while, it is most likely that you need to change your coil. Coils go bad after prolonged use and will let you know they need changing when they can no longer vaporize the vape juice correctly. 

Not Priming Your Coil

Another reason why you might be getting a burnt taste from your vape is that you forgot to prime your coil; this occurs after you have just refilled your vape. When refilling, you must also make sure that you saturate with vape juice the wick and the coil, so when it heats up, it does not burn the cotton, leading to a burnt taste. 

Not Enough E-liquid

Not putting enough e-liquid into your vape juice can also cause a burnt taste in your vape. To avoid this, fill it up to fill line, usually found in almost all tanks and vapes. 

You Are Coughing While Vaping

There are many reasons why you are coughing while you vape. It could be because of your vaping style, your nicotine strength, or the VG/PG ratio of your vape juice. 

Vaping Style

Beginners should know that vaping is different from smoking. Instead of pulling hard and fast to get more smoke, as you do with cigarettes, with vapes, it's best to inhale soft and slow. This will ensure you get the appropriate amount of air into your lungs and not too much that makes you cough and choke. 

Nicotine Strength

The nicotine strength you use can directly impact the throat hit you experience, which will affect how often you cough. If you find yourself coughing, it would be good to consider switching to a less potent nicotine strength.

VG/PG Ratio

The VG/PG ratio, again, can affect your vaping experience and cause you to cough. If your vape juice has a high PG ratio, which creates more of a throat hit, you might start coughing. Consider changing to a high VG vape juice which will be smoother and easier on your throat.  

Not Feeling a Throat Hit

If you're not getting enough of a throat hit, you can do two things: change your VG/PG ratio of your vape juice or the nicotine strength of your vape juice. 

VG/PG Ratio

If you are not experiencing the throat hit you desire, it's time to opt for a higher PG vape juice. PG, unlike VG, is less dense, which makes it dryer, which creates a more substantial throat hit. 

Nicotine Strength

Another thing that might be stopping you from getting the throat hit you want is the nicotine strength. You might be vaping on a less potent nicotine strength than the one you were used to when you smoked cigarettes. Upping the strength of the nicotine in your vape juice will give you a more substantial throat hit. 

Vape Juice Has Turned Dark

This occurs when the vape juice has been exposed to light and oxygen. To avoid this, it is best to keep your vape juices inside cabinets where they won't be affected by either of these. However, vape juices can also turn dark from steeping or left for months on end without being used. To learn more about steeping, check out this blog

My Vape Is Leaking

There are numerous reasons why your vape might be leaking. Unfortunately, there are way too many to cover in this guide. Instead, you should visit our blog, "How to Fix a Leaky Vape: 12 Quick Fixes," which has almost every possible reason for why you have a leaky vape and how to fix it. 

My Vape Screen is Blank

This is another easy fix. It is most likely that you have accidentally put the device into stealth mode. In stealth mode, the screen goes blank. While every mod is different, pressing the firing button three times to enter the menu and then pressing the up and down buttons together might fix this error, but it will depend on the type of mod you have. You can also check the manual of your device to see how to turn stealth mode off. 

Why is My Vape Spitting Juice

The reasons why your vape is spitting juice are numerous. It could be damaged o-rings, a flooded tank, an incorrectly attached tank, etc. Thankfully we go in-depth on this topic in our "How to Stop Vape from Spitting or How to Fix Vape Spitback" blog. 

Vape Battery Not Working

First, make sure, if you have an integrated battery, that your device can turn on. Either press the firing button five times or three times and see if you can turn it on. If not, you might need a new mod. Before buying a new one, go to your local vape shop to see if they can fix it. 

If your batteries come separate and hold a charge, make sure the battery contacts are clean. Sometimes gunk or dirt can cause them not to connect properly, grab a q-tip with alcohol and clean the battery contacts in your mod. This should do the trick. 


If you've made it this far, you have learned how to troubleshoot ten of the most common vaping problems vapers will encounter. Although this is a brief guide, we hope it points you in the right direction and helps you find yourself struggling with any of these problems with the perfect solution. 

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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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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.