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Do Vape Mods Go Bad?: Troubleshooting Your Vape Mod

Apr 13, 2022

One of the reasons you may have a vape mod is that they are a generally sturdy and reliable vaping option. And you're right. They can last for years, even with constant use every day. Although, just like any gadget, you'll eventually encounter some problems.

How Long Do Vape Mods Last?: Signs of a Bad Vape Mod & Potential Fixes

"How do I know if my vape mod is bad?" That's a valid question asked by many people starting to vape. Maybe you aren't sure if you should ignore a certain odd behaviour or are wondering if a burnt taste is normal. Whatever your dilemma is, we'll be looking at the signs of a busted vape mod, so you can try some troubleshooting before deciding if it’s time for a new vaping device.

A Busted Battery

Is your vape mod not responding at all? Have you tried charging it? If it's not charging effectively, you'll need to replace the battery. But before you do, you might want to try these steps. You may be able to revive your battery yet.

1. Check If the Power Is On

It may sound too obvious, but it's a common mistake and an easy one to make. You can turn on and off many vape mods and batteries by clicking the firing button several times quickly. Commonly, this may be 3, 5 or 6 times depending on your battery brand. Check your user manual for details.

2. Check If Your Charger Is Working

If your vape mod battery is not charging, make sure you're using the correct charger for your battery. Your battery will signal to let you know that a connection has been made and charging is in progress. If this is not happening, your charging cable may not be working properly.

Try charging your mod through your computer using a different USB cable. However, it's not wise to use your smartphone charger as it delivers a higher charging current.

3. Check for Connection Issues

Check your device for connection issues. You may need to clean the terminal between your battery and your tank. Use a cotton bud to clear away any gunk, like leftover e-juice or dust particles.

4. Read the Battery Safety Page

Review the comprehensive guide included with your vape mod in relation to battery safety. There you may find specific steps for your vape mod to take care of and troubleshoot the battery. Just make sure you haven't compromised your battery in any way.

If none of these steps worked, then it's fair confirmation it’s time to buy a new battery. However, this is not a comprehensive list. There are also some other signs to watch out for that can indicate your battery is giving out.

For example, does your battery seem to die too quickly? Or does your battery seem to charge faster than it once did? These can mean that your battery’s capacity is permanently reduced. Similarly, if nothing happens to your battery, even after hours of charging, then it's a sign that your battery can no longer reach its target voltage. Therefore, you'll need to replace the battery or start looking at vape mods for sale.

As a responsible vaper, look for places where you can recycle your batteries or mods — like at Vapora. This is better for the environment, ensuring as much of your old battery is reused and helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Little to No Clouds Are Produced

If your vape mod turns on and charges, but doesn't vape, then it's likely your mod isn't making a good electrical connection with the atomiser coil or that the coil itself has a problem. If an incomplete or short circuit happens, your vape mod should always refuse to fire.

1. Check the Battery

Ensure your battery is working, switched on and has sufficient charge.

2. Clean the Mouthpiece

Make sure your mouthpiece is clean, as it can become clogged up with dust and dirt. Simply take off the mouthpiece and blow through it to remove the dust and dirt. For good hygiene, always remember to clean your mouthpiece regularly. This is particularly important for small vape mods, as dust and dirt can build up quickly.

3. Check the Airflow

Another possible reason you're not producing vapour could be that the airflow holes are entirely closed off. Check and test the airflow controls and open them up if needed.

4. Check Your Vape Juice's VG:PG Ratio

Perhaps your vape juice's VG:PG ratio doesn't suit your vaping style. Using an e-liquid with a higher VG percentage may increase vapour production.

5. Check Your Coil

If you have tried the other troubleshooting steps, it may be that your coil is not working properly, even if it is new and properly primed. This can happen when the cotton is wound too tightly within the coil, so no airflow can get through to give you a proper draw. The best thing to do is change the coil for a new one.

Leaks and Gurgles

Do you hear a gurgling sound when vaping? It could mean some vape juice is stuck in the airflow chimney of your tank. This blocks the airflow, reducing the amount of vapour produced. It can even lead to vape juice spitting into your mouth, which is a pretty unpleasant experience — especially if you're using a high-strength nicotine salt vape juice.

1. Keep Your Mod Away From Direct Heat.

Keep your vape mod in a cool place away from direct heat. Leaving it out in the sun can overheat your mod and thin out your vape juice.

2. Check the Coil

A bad or old coil can lead to flooding and gurgling so consider if your coil needs replacing. Make sure to always follow the coil priming guide carefully.

3. Know the Difference Between Mouth-to-Lung & Direct-to-Lung

Does your vaping style match your vape mod? If your mod is designed for Direct-to-Lung vaping, but your style is Mouth-to-Lung vaping, then you may cause the mod to overheat.

4. Check Your E-Liquid

Check the vape juice you're using. If your coil is low resistance and has bigger airflow holes, then your coils should be used with a thicker vape juice with a higher VG ratio. If your vape juice is too thin, which usually means lower PG, it can leak out of the airflow, leading to those gurgling sounds.

5. Increase Power

Set your power to a higher setting to vaporise more juice to minimise the chance of leaking e-juice from a flooded coil.

6. Empty Your Mod Tank Before Getting On a Plane

Did you recently get on a flight? Make sure to empty the vape juice from your tank before hopping on a plane! The change in air pressure can force your e-liquid out of your mod tank, causing lots of issues.

Burnt Taste

The most common issue with vape mods is an unpleasant burned flavour when you vape. Vaping should taste good. If it doesn't, then something is wrong. You can figure out the problem by considering how long you've been using the atomiser coil in your tank. Have you just replaced your coil or used it for a day or two?

1. Wait for the Coil to Resoak

If you use up all the juice contained within the coil without waiting for it to be completely soaked in liquid, you will end up sucking on burnt cotton and getting that gross flavour. Countering this is simple though. After taking a couple of draws, put the device down and give it a minute before taking another puff.

2. Change the Position of the Vape Mod

Once the tank is nearly empty, just tilt the device or tip it upside down for a while to ensure you get the last of the juice into the coil. Also, if the wick is about to run out, it may not be soaking up the e-liquid as well as it did initially. Letting it sit for a while allows it more time to do so.

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