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July 11, 2024

How to Tell If a Disposable Vape is Burnt

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Disposable vapes have redefined and simplified vaping. Their simple and basic design has made the experience convenient and enjoyable even for first-time vapers by eliminating most challenges associated with vaping, such as cleaning, refilling, and general device maintenance. However, as beneficial as they have been to vapers, the parts in disposable vapes work the same way as those in other vapes, including coils that can burn over time.

Understanding Disposable Vapes

Disposable vape devices are pre-filled with e-liquid and come with a built-in battery. Disposable vapes are used until the e-liquid runs out or the battery dies. Once the device is empty, you dispose of it and buy a new one. They’re simple to use and stress-free, eliminating the messy liquid refilling process.

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Disposable vapes usually come with a set amount of e-liquid, determining the device's battery life. On average, the device should last around 300 – 400 puffs, but some last much longer. If the device delivers more puffs, it will have a longer-lasting battery and lifespan.

Reasons Your Disposable Vape Tastes Burnt

Several reasons could cause a disposable vape to produce a burnt taste even when it still has e-liquid in its tank. Some of the reasons include:

Chain Vaping

Because of their vaping style, chain vapers are more likely to experience dry hits. Taking too many puffs quickly is a possible way to kill a disposable vape pen.

Chain vaping involves taking long, frequent puffs without significant pauses, similar to chain smoking. With chain vaping, you sometimes sit with your vape in your hand, taking endless puffs without giving enough time to saturate the wick. This tends to happen when you go through multiple disposables per day.

With all vapes, you must allow enough time for the wicking material to soak up enough e-liquid between vapes. With chain vaping, you don't allow the wick enough time to saturate, meaning the dry wick is subjected to the atomizer's heating element, producing that burnt taste.

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The E-Liquid Has Run Out

It’s surprisingly easy to avoid e-liquid in disposable vapes without your knowledge. In most cases, the vapes are built with a battery life shorter than the amount of E-liquid they can carry. This means the device runs out of power before running out of E-Liquid. That way, you never have to run into the dreaded dry hits.

However, sometimes, you may run out of E-liquid before the battery dies. Because most disposable vapes cannot check the e-liquid level, it happens more often than you think. Once the e-liquid runs out, you get that burnt taste when you take a hit.

Faulty Device

If the device has that burnt taste right out of the box, there’s a good chance it could be a manufacturing issue. It’s rare, but faulty vapes can happen due to manufacturing errors. These faults can cause the device to malfunction, leading to a burnt taste.

Counterfeit Disposable Vapes

The rise in the popularity of disposable vapes has dragged with it an increase in the production of counterfeit products, and you can easily purchase one without knowing. You can spot a counterfeit by checking for inconsistencies in packaging, labeling, and the quality of vapor produced.

How to Tell If a Disposable Vape is Burnt

For first-timers, knowing when your disposable vape is burnt can be challenging. But there are a few signs you should look out for that give you hints that your device is at the end of its life.

Burnt Taste

The burnt taste is the most obvious sign that your disposable vape is burnt. If you experience a burnt taste when inhaling, it indicates the coil is burnt.

Reduced Vapor Production

You will also notice reduced vapor production when your disposable vape is burnt. This decrease is usually due to the coil not functioning correctly.

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Darker E-liquid

If you have one of those disposable vapes where you can see the e-liquid, it might be easier to tell if the vape is burnt by looking at the color of the liquid. If the coil is burnt, the e-liquid will be darker than usual. That's because burnt coils can cause the e-liquid to oxidize and become darker.

Gurgling Sound

Another dead giveaway that your disposable vape is burnt is the gurgling sound it makes when you inhale from it. A gurgling sound usually indicates that the coil is flooded, which often happens when the coil is burnt out and does not efficiently evaporate the liquid.

What to Do When Your Disposable Vape is Burnt

Vaping from a burnt vape does more than produce a nasty vaping experience. So, once you determine that the vape is burnt, here are a few things you should do.

Stop Using the Disposable Vape

You should immediately stop using the vape. Continuing to use the vape can be harmful and further damage the device. To avoid this, you should stop using the device and replace it.

Check the E-Liquid Level

Most disposable vapes produce a burnt taste when the vape liquid runs out. If you experience a burnt taste, check your e-liquid levels to verify if any are left. Low e-liquid levels can cause the coil to burn out. If the level is low, it can cause the coil to run dry, causing it to burn out quickly. If you have a refillable disposable, you can refill it. If not, and the e-liquid level is fine, you should consider adjusting your vaping intervals.

Prime the Coil

If your disposable vape is refillable, prime the coil to prevent it from burning out after every refill. Priming the coil involves saturating the wick with e-liquid before using the device. This helps prevent the coil from burning prematurely because it has run dry.

Replace the Disposable

The best way to handle a disposable vape is to replace it. Whether the burnt taste is caused by the device running out or failing, replacing it with a new device is the best way to fix it and get back to your usual vaping experience.

How You Can Prevent Disposable Vapes from Burning Out

You might have noticed that most of the reasons why a disposable vape might have that burnt taste are avoidable. Besides the e-liquid running out, there are ways to prolong the life of your disposable vape and ensure you get the most service out of it.

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Store the Disposable Vape Properly

Start by changing how you store your disposable vape. Ideally, the vape should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, moisture, and heat. It will help to prevent the e-liquid from oxidizing and the battery from overheating, which can cause the coil to burn out.

Also, keep the device upright when taking a break to help with the wicking and ensure the wick is adequately soaked before vaping.

Avoid Chain Vaping

Chain vaping takes a toll on the coil because it involves taking puffs in quick succession before the wick is adequately saturated. Increasing the time intervals between puffs to allow the coil to cool down and the wick to draw enough vape liquid can prevent the coil from burning out and producing that burnt taste.

Use The E-Liquid with the Right PG VG Ratio

Disposable vapes are very particular devices designed to work with specific vape liquid combinations. If you have one of those refillable disposable vapes, you should refill it with a vape juice that has the suitable PG and VG ratio. Because these are low-powered devices, they don’t handle thick vape liquids well. They might clog up and require longer times to saturate the wick, causing the coil to burn out prematurely even when the device has vape liquid.

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Allow the Device To Cool Down Between Puffs

Finally, consider giving your coil a break to cool down between puffs. Take shorter puffs and increase the time between puffs to give the device enough time to restock and prepare for the next puff. When the coil has enough time to cool down, it doesn't overheat, and you reduce the chances of burning it out.


Disposable vapes are a convenient, easy, and portable way to enjoy vaping. Although they have been revolutionary, they aren't immune from some of the challenges that plague all vape devices, like the coil burning out. And like the other devices, you can increase the longevity of your disposable vape by ensuring you store it correctly and use the proper vaping techniques.

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