Monday , 6 April 2020

ECig Troubleshooting: Why Am I Not Getting Enough Nicotine Hit With My ECigarette?

One question I find myself being asked a lot is “Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?” 

Sadly, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, but working your way through the factors that could be causing it is one way to getting the problem resolved.

A few smokers I know have tried electronic cigarettes, and have given up on the idea completely before they have even given them chance. When I ask them why they gave up so easily, they say its because the e-cigarette doesn’t give them the nicotine hit they need, so even after they have vaped with it, they still crave a ‘real’ cigarette.

There are many reasons why this could be the case, but all of these reasons are easily solvable, giving you no real excuse not to give them a real chance.

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

The easy answer: Your nicotine strength might not be high enough. 

This means the cartridges you or e-liquid you are buying and using aren’t quite enough to satisfy your habit.

Liquids available at Click for more details.

Liquids available at Click for more details.

One thing very few smokers know about vaping is that you will normally vape with a much higher strength of nicotine than you would with a regular cigarette. For example, the Sterling Dual that I once smoked (Or B&H Dual depending on what was available) were 0.6% nicotine strength. The e-liquid I buy is 1.8% or 2.4% dependant on where I’m buying it from.

This sounds pretty shocking but there are a few things to take into account here. For example, ECigaretteDirect featured a couple of studies that proved electronic cigarettes were less addictive than regular cigarettes, and the nicotine is released into your blood slower too. Most vapers don’t panic anywhere near as much when they leave their trusty e-cig behind, as they do with leaving real cigarettes at home when they smoked.

On top of this, a study also showed that people were less likely to vape first thing in the morning, than smoke.

The average vaper took 35 minutes to reach for their e-cig.

The average smoker took 26 minutes to reach for a ‘fag.’

Back to the topic in hand, if you find yourself craving for a cigarette after you have vaped, it could be because your nicotine strength isn’t high enough and you may need to kick it up a notch. If you’re vaping with 1.2%, move up to 1.8% and see how you get on, for example?

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette? 

The crappy answer: Your e-cig might be crap! 

ezi-cigs Although there are a lot of really good electronic cigarette brands out there now, there are an equal amount, if not more, really bad ones. These bad ones not only come with health risks from using unsafe ingredients in their e-liquid, or badly built and put-together components for the e-cigarette, they also provide you with a pretty shocking vaping experience too.

I once picked up a couple of cheap e-cigs (Ezi Cigs) from my local pound store and found them to be basically useless. Tasting of cheap plastic, I got very little throat hit from them, and barely any vapour at all.

The point I’m trying to make here is that you get what you pay for in the world of e-cigs, and although there are some cheaper brands that offer good quality products, there are some brands that offer shocking quality products.

If you have tried changing up the e-liquid and you’re still not getting enough of a throat hit, it might be time to face the reality that you’re not using a good enough e-cigarette. I would recommend that you Google the brand to see if other people have left bad reviews too. If they have, it might be time to switch it up and look for a brand that you will have better success with.

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

The ‘right type’ answer: You might not be using the right TYPE of e-cigarette. 

This might not make a lot of sense if you are a beginner to the world of vaping and electronic cigarettes, but if you are using a cigalike (for example) and you are finding it is just not providing you with the vaping experience you had hoped for, it might be wise to look at a slightly different type of e-cig – a bigger one, with a stronger battery, and a more powerful hit.

Why Am I Not Getting Enough Nicotine Hit With My ECigarette?

From top to bottom: JacVapour 510 Twist, Smoko V-Style Vaporiser, Smoko cigalikes (x2)

I started vaping with a cigalike – much like Neo Cig or Blu Cigs. Although they worked to stop me smoking cigarettes, and even full stop (at one point), I found myself wishing for something bigger, that packed a better battery life, and had a more powerful hit. Although some people do wish to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes, and I did for a few years, I actually enjoy vaping. My health is much better now that ever was when I was a smoker, and as well as getting healthier, I also managed to lose some weight.

For me, electronic cigarettes were a life-changer for all the right reasons.

I don’t want to quit vaping now, which is why I still vape. However, cigalikes can be costly with long term use, and refilling those cartridges can be really fiddly sometimes. This is when you’ll start to look for an ‘upgrade’ – a tank style e-cig.

More like the Vapouriz Fuse or the JacVapour 510, you have a tank to refill with liquid instead of cartridges with their filler material. You will also notice that the battery capacity is increased dramatically with the slightly larger size. You’re jumping from a couple of hours use to one or two days, and in some cases more. Not just providing you with a bigger battery, you also have a more powerful atomiser, giving you much more throat hit and vapour.

If the cigalike isn’t quite hitting the spot for you, it might be time to look at a vaporiser – a tank style e-cig.

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

The answer you didn’t want to hear: You’re not using your ecig correctly. 

Sometimes it really could be a user error that is causing the malfunction. Check to see if the tank or cartridge and the battery are correctly aligned. If the threading is out, the contacts won’t hit each other correctly, and the e-cig won’t work as it is meant to.

On top of this, you might want to look at HOW you are vaping. Vaping is different from smoking and although it is almost the same, it’s not exactly the same. With vaping, you tend to take longer, deeper inhales than when you smoke. You would inhale on a cigarette (usually) with shorter, shallower breaths.

Here’s a little bit of trivia for you too – studies have shown that e-cig users absorb nicotine through the passageways rather than the lungs, which is probably why vaping is better than smoking! 😉

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

The stupidly simply answer: Your battery might be running low! 

Sometimes it really is as simple as that. If you’ve been using the battery with no problems and all of a sudden, the amount of throat hit or vapour starts to decrease, there’s a good chance it just needs plugging in again.

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

If the problem seems to happen quicker and more often, you may need a new battery. I tend to replace mine every 4 weeks to 6/7 months, dependant on the brand and type. The batteries that seems to last the longest are the JacVapour Series-E. The first battery I had for around 7 or 8 months before it conked out and needed replacing.

Why am I not getting enough nicotine hit with my ecigarette?

The unknown answer: You may need a new coil. 

If you have bought yourself a tank / rebuildable e-cigarette, you may need to change the coil. This is the part that unscrews from the tank, after the tank has been unscrewed from the battery. Again, dependant on the brand, you may need to change coils every couple of weeks.

Replacement coils for JacVapour 510 found on Click for more details.

Replacement coils for JacVapour 510 found on Click for more details.

Certain liquids seem to go through the coils quicker than others, mint and vanilla / chocolate / coffee (thick) liquids seem to be the worst culprits. Also, cheap (fake) coils tend to be pretty pants if you’re looking for a long term option. You’ll be looking at paying roughly £10-£15 for a pack of coils, ranging from three to five.

If you don’t have a rebuildable tank, you may need to replace the tank completely and again, the price will depend on the brand you go for. Vapouriz tend to be one of the cheapest and best brands for replaceable tanks.

There are many reasons why you might not be getting the nicotine hit you need to stay vaping and quit smoking. The above are the most common reasons but sometimes, it could just be a faulty e-cigarette so if something isn’t working as it should be, always get in touch with the manufacturer to find out if they will do something about it. Most reputable companies will be happy to replace an item if it is faulty (and not always within the warranty ‘rules’), so always get in touch if you have any problems.

If you found this e-cigarette troubleshooting guide handy, you might like to have a peek at some of these:

And remember, if you ever have any questions, feel free to get in touch! I’d love to help answer your questions if I can! 🙂

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