What is a vape coil?
Nowadays, most e cigs or vape kits that are ‘open systems’ (i.e. a refillable tank) feature replaceable ‘atomizer heads’. These are often just referred to as ‘coils’ but contain the coil wire and wicking material. The cotton wick soaks up the e-liquid and the coil wire heats the juice up and turns it into vapour.
What does priming an e cig/vape tank coil do?
Priming a coil simply means allowing time for e liquid to fully saturate the wicking material in your coil head. This will stop the wick from burning when you activate the battery. This is also known as a ‘dry hit’, which tastes pretty awful. If you’ve experienced a dry hit, then you’ll know what we mean!
How to prime a coil
To prime your coil, all you need to do is fill your tank with e liquid and leave it to stand before vaping. As above, this will allow the cotton inside your new coil to absorb plenty of e-liquid ready for that first, delicious vape.
It’s always recommended to leave your coil to prime for as long as possible – anywhere between 5-30 minutes. The longer you leave it the better, but most coils should be ready to vape after around 10 minutes. Due to the viscosity of the ingredients, e liquids with a higher PG content will take less time to saturate a coil. Those with a higher VG content tend to be thicker and will take longer. Find out more about e liquid ingredients here.
How to Prime Your Coils Faster
There are a couple of things you can to do to help speed up the priming process a little.
- Drip some e liquid directly onto the cotton through the air holes in your coil before installing it in the tank.
- Help pull the e liquid through the cotton by inhaling sharply through the mouthpiece a few times. Make sure you don’t activate the battery whilst doing this!
If your tank has airflow adjustment, keep it so that it’s almost fully closed whilst doing this.
Depending on your e-liquid and vape setup, the above steps alone might not be enough to saturate the coil. Therefore we still recommend leaving the tank to sit for a few minutes.
For more information on using vape tanks with coils, please check out the following guides:
When & How to Change a Coil