Today, I would like to talk about the importance of priming your coil. Why? Because a few weeks ago, due to my own damn incompetence and impatience, I wasted a whole coil.
The tank was the Innokin Scion tank. I was about to switch one 0.5 ohm Kanthal BVC coil for another, changing it for the first time ever, in fact. My first ever ‘grown up’ tank, I was loving the 70 – 110-watt range and I’m actually BEYOND disappointed that this tank isn’t TPD compatible. In fact, I don’t care that much. I’ll keep huntin’ out places to buy stuff for it, even if it means going overseas.
You won’t ever defeat me, TPD.
*Further reading: TPD – What Does It Mean For You?
So, coil nicely changed and fingers slightly sliced, I poured in the liquid (a Sugar Pie Vapes delight, Maple Nut Brittle, I’m pretty sure) and tended to my wounds. What’s that about, by the way? Why do they make the threads on these things so sharp, you just can’t help but slice actual sections of skin away from your fingers. To be fair, I did mix the threading up a bit and spend what felt like an eternity trying to get it back right again. Sometimes I can be such a dunce. (Also: I feel the need to add that the Innokin Scion tank took me a little bit of working out. I’m still not 100% I’m changing the coil or refilling it correctly … )
A few minutes later, without even thinking, I grabbed the Innokin Scion tank, threw it on my Wismec Predator 228 box mod, and fired it up, somewhere in the region of 75 – 85 watts.
Yep, you guessed it. I hadn’t primed the coil. Not only had I totally forgotten to spread some liquid-love around the material on the coil itself (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS), I hadn’t left it to sit for long enough, and I hadn’t done those non-powered pull-throughs that people keep telling me to do. In reality, I threw liquid into a tank and left it less than two minutes to try and spread around the THREE material-bits built into the coil before vaping with it.
I KNOW, I KNOW, OKAY. ROOKIE MISTAKE. I GET IT.
I took a deep inhale and almost vomited. Yep, the burny taste. I did it. I tasted it. I never learn. I emptied the tank, chucked some eliquid around the material on the coil, and left it a further ten minutes. When I picked it up to try again, I gave it about 15 to 20 gaggy-inhales, but I couldn’t get rid of that awful burnt taste. I had to throw the entire coil away — a brand new one — and replace it with a new one.
Even more frustratingly, I had the last of YouGotEjuice Raspberry Candy in the tank, waiting for it to run out so I could change coils and try / review another flavour. Rather than pour a bit out of the tank, I decided not to waste a drop of that YGEJ goodness, and I literally waited until there was not a shred of liquid left. After waiting all those hours for the juice to run out, I couldn’t spend the time it would have taken to prime the coil and wait ten minutes before using?! Seriously, Kim, what’s up with the impatience?
I now only have one sad, lonely Innokin Scion coil left. Well, technically now I have none because I put the last one in just this morning. I’ve looked at a number of sites, and the cheaper USA coils are no longer available or are out of stock on many of them. It’s not TPD compatible either, so it’s not going to be easy to find a UK stockist, although I believe I have come across one — Vapenology. £10.99 for a pack of 3. Technically, my incompetence and impatience cost me £3.67. And that’s just one of them … Do you know how many coils I’ve thrown away because I’ve not had the patience to wait for the coils to prime over the years? Plenty. Too many. All those £3.67’s (ish) I’ve thrown away … Waaaaah.
I learned a lesson today, vapers, and I learned it good.
So, let me once again explain the importance of priming your coil:
It takes just ten minutes. Fill the tank, add liquid to material bits of the coil (but not too much that it floods), wait a few minutes (5-10) before using.
If you don’t do this, you’re vaping with the dry material of the coil. That’s why you need to prime it, and then wait before you go vaping on it. You need to give the material time to absorb some of that liquid, and in the case of the Innokin Scion sub-ohm tank and the juice I was using, the high VG liquid is, like, #thickthighssavelives-thick. It definitely needs that primer-time.
You won’t just have a burnt taste to start with. Sometimes, that burnt taste doesn’t go away, once again, just like the case of the Innokin Scion tank and coil. You need to throw the entire coil away, or just vape with it tasting half okay and half vile and burnt, all at the same time. You’re wasting £3.67 (ish) each time, and if that’s your last coil for your favourite tank … Well, you’re outta luck.
Do yourself a favour, vapers; whether you’re sub-ohming or mouth-to-lung vaping, give it a few minutes after changing the coil and refilling before you vape on it.
And there you have it – the importance of priming your coil. Let that be a lesson to you.
What vape lessons did you learn today?
** The Innokin Scion tank & Kanthal BVC coils were sent to me by the lovely folk over at ecigclick – go check them out!