Priming A Coil
All vapers have been through it. Putting in a fresh coil on your atomizer or tank, vaping on it, and getting a nasty surprise in the form of burnt cotton. It hurts your throat, your taste buds, but most importantly, your pride.
You think you’ve graduated from being a noob to becoming an intermediate vaper, all because you’ve managed to successfully replace the old coil head on your atomizer.
But it all went up in smoke.
Not only have you ruined your triumphant moment, you’ve also ruined your coil.
What Does Priming Do?
The reason why you’ve ruined your coil head (or two, if you’re hard-headed), is because the cotton inside have been burnt.
Unless you built your own coil, this means you’ll need to put in a new one.
While skipping the priming step on a rebuilt coil can easily be remedied by simply adding in a new wick, for those who use disposable coil heads aren’t so lucky.
The reason why it’s important to prime a coil is to ensure you don’t burn the cotton prematurely.
To prime a coil is to make sure that eliquid has fully saturated your wick, and that the juice flow (for tanks) is all set and ready to go.
Without priming, the coil gets red hot on dry cotton. We all know what that means. A nasty burnt wick.
How to Prime A Coil?
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve rebuilt your own coil or use a disposable one, priming a coil is the same for both.
However, there are differences between atomizers and tanks.
To prime a coil for atomizers:
- Slather a generous amount of eliquid on the wick
- If the wick and coil is inside a coil head, put in about 5 to 7 drops (depending on how large the wick is)
- Do a visual check to ensure the wick is fully saturated
- Wait for about five minutes before taking your first puff
Done. It’s really easy, and while some may feel like it’s a waste of time, believe me it’s a small price to pay to ensure you get a perfect vape the first time around.
For tanks, the procedure is similar save for a few extra steps:
- Place several drop of eliquid onto the wick
- Once the wick is saturated, place it inside the tank
- Fill the tank accordingly
- Take a few dry pulls – meaning you take a few drags without activating the atomizer – so that the ejuice starts flowing into the juice holes to the wick
- Let the tank stand for about 5 minutes to make sure the wick is properly saturated
Save for a couple of extra steps, priming a tank’s coil is really just the same as with atomizers.
Why Prime at All?
Aside from the obvious burning of the wick, what are the other benefits of priming a coil?
Just the full flavor of the ejuice.
You can still use a burnt wick for vaping, but be aware that each vape you take will have a burnt flavor to it, ruining the full experience.
Burnt wicks reduce the life of coils, By priming the coil, you ensure that each time the coil burns hot, it is tempered by a fully saturated wick.
Coils that are allowed to burn freely without a wet wick will always wear out quicker than one that’s cooled by saturated cotton.
The next time you use a new coil, whether it be a rebuilt one or disposable, always make sure you prime the wicks properly. Sure it takes a few minutes to do so, delaying the time you can take a drag off it, but doing so not only ensures the best flavor, but also the best performance out of the coil as well.
You may think that priming a coil is a waste of time, but from one vaper to another, believe that it’s all worth it. Once you make a habit out of it, you will appreciate the benefits priming a coil brings.