Let’s talk about a hot vape!
The way vapes are designed makes them getting hot inevitable. With the battery, coils and vape juice, you are basically walking around with a mini kettle in your pocket. Often times, when you are using your device it will get a little hot, but it usually isn’t a cause for concern. Here are some tips and tricks to stop your device from getting too hot to handle.
Are vape devices supposed to be hot?
Yes, they are. The heat you feel comes from the coils. The battery supplies power to heat the coils that vaporise the vape juice. This is an exothermic process which, depending on the type of device you have, can release a lot of heat. Usually, when your device gets hot, it just means you are going in a little too hard. But there can be a cause for concern, especially if it’s the battery, not the tank getting hot consistently.
Coils can reach temperatures as high as 300°C, depending on the type of device you use. It is uncommon for the device to get nearly as hot as this, but the heat from the coils does radiate to the tank, which is what you will usually end up feeling.
What are the common causes of a hot vape
Most of the common causes of a hot vape are insignificant and are just signs of a working device. The common places for your vape device to get a little hot is the tank, near the atomizer, or the battery. Figuring out where the heat is coming from can be a little difficult, especially for beginners, because of how the heat from the coils radiates throughout the device.
The most common cause of a hot vape is chain-vaping. This is when you are vaping continuously for an extended period of time and your coils begin to “overheat”. Chain-vaping typically causes your device to get extremely hot, at the top of the tank near the atomizer.
The type of coil you use also plays a role in how hot your coils get when using your device. Kanthal coils have a higher resistance to heat and don’t get as hot, compared to Clapton coils. Most of the time, the most common causes for a hot vape is either chain-vaping or vaping at high wattages with a quality, high performing coil. However, it is worth mentioning that manufacturers are developing devices that can handle high temperatures and prolonged use better.
What to do if a vape device gets extremely hot
Your course of action will depend on which part of your device is overheating. Some of the reasons for this could be maintenance issues. Regularly cleaning and maintaining your device will significantly lower the chances of your device overheating.
Clean your coils
Gunk in coils often happens and is not unusual. However, when the coils aren’t cleaned regularly, wicking issues can arise. Vape juice residue can form around your coils, preventing them from being able to burn enough vape juice. This causes the coils to get hotter than they usually do and results in dry hits.
The best way to fix this issue is to either clean your coils or replace them and wick correctly. This will depend on the state of the coils, if they are damaged, it is advised that you simply replace them. Cleaning them is only going to buy you a few days.
Open up e-liquid flow
Using e-liquid that is not compatible with your device can also cause it to overheat. E-liquid that has a higher VG ratio is known to cause some wicking issues in certain devices. Some tanks are equipped with a liquid flow control system, which allows you to control the flow of the liquid between the tank and the wick. If this setting is not adjusted correctly for the type of vape juice you use, then wicking issues may arise.
Whether there are issues with the liquid flow control setting or using vape juice that is not compatible with your device, the result will be dry and burnt hits, as well as overheating around the atomizer. If your tank is equipped with liquid flow control, then you can resolve the issue by opening up the flow. If you are using e-liquids with high VG ratios, then you can either change the tank to something that will be able to handle thicker e-liquids, or you can keep the tank but use e-liquids that have a lower VG ratio.
Reduce the wattage
Your device can overheat because you are using too high a wattage or coils that are not compatible with your device. The best way to resolve this issue is to leave your device for 10-15 minutes and allow it to cool off on its own. Alternatively, you can simply lower the wattage and use it as normal.
Replace the battery
Only in rare cases is your battery the reason for overheating. The best way to tell if your batteries are the problem is to take them out and hold them. It is completely normal for them to be hot to the touch, however, if they are so hot it is uncomfortable to hold them in your hand then it is time to get a new battery. Albeit rare, battery issues are not to be taken lightly, and we recommend you stop using your device until you have replaced the damaged battery.
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