Why Does Your Vape Pen Get Hot Sometimes? (& 6 One-Minute Hacks You Can Try Today to Cool It Down)
So you’re just about dying to unwind with your favorite vape juice.
You check your vape pen battery… Good to go.
You add a bit of that sweet-tasting juice… All set.
You hit the fire button… HOLY MOTHER OF F^#@S – WHY IS THIS THING SO HOT!?!? X
Ever had that happen to you?
The truth is…
… if you’ve been vaping for a while, you’ve noticed that your vape pen can get hot at times.
When that happens, you probably get that burning sensation in your throat or a burnt taste in your mouth. The outside of your vape may also be so hot you can’t even touch it.
And that’s a bummer, cause all you want to do is take a few sweet puffs… and now you can’t.
If a hot vape pen is in the habit of ruining your day, you’re in the right place. In this post, we’ll discuss why vapes get hot, how to make sure that the issue is not critical, and how to jury-rig a fix so that you can get to vaping straight away.
Ready to never scald your lips on a magma-level hot vape drip tip?
Let’s dig into it.
First, Here Are the FIVE Reasons Vapes Get HOT
Elementary school intro here…
Your vape consists of:
·battery (actual chemically-infused-internal-furnace power-producer)
·a tank or a cartridge (that houses a heating element that gets sizzling hot)
·and a drip tip (connected to two things that get to glowing heats in a matter of seconds)
Any wonder vape pens get hot?
Didn’t think so….
But, if you want to get into the nitty-gritty, here are five common reasons why your vape pen might be getting hot.
·you might be taking long draws, pulling too much power from the battery
·you may have a faulty battery that is shorting out (careful with that)
·the voltage of your device might be too high, causing the coil to run lava hot
·your device may need to be cleaned (dirty vape pens overheat, ya know?)
·your atomizer or coil might be on the fritz, causing the overheating issue
Let’s look at all those things in detail, shall we?
You’re Chugging On It Like a Mad Person!
Most vape users start off taking small draws. But the longer you vape, the more likely it is that you’re taking longer draws. When you take these long draws, it can require your device to exert too much power, causing it to overheat.
As your vape heats up, you will need to pull the draw a little farther to get it down to the temperature you will be operating at once you put your wick in the atomizer. Once you have your wick in the coil, the vape’s chamber begins to heat up, and your juice may start to pool around the coil. When this happens, it means that it may be challenging to keep your vape cool.
To address this problem, I recommend that you start with about 1 milliliter of liquid per 1-2 volts you are using. You can, of course, increase this amount as you learn more about how your vape operates.
Your Battery Isn’t Working Right
Vape batteries can be finicky.
Some vape models have more battery issues than others. And experimenting with different mods can also cause batteries to become faulty. Each vape has unique heating coils and atomizers. And if you mix and match wrong, you can end up with overheating vape parts.
So it’s essential to find the right components before making any vape pen purchases. And also, ensure that the charger you purchase is compatible with your mod. All that to say, what works with one vape pen (or for one vape user) may not work for another.
But no matter which vaporizer you’re using, make sure to note battery life.
The better the battery life, the better off you’ll be. The most common reason that your vape will overheat is that it runs out of battery. Make sure you select a vape that has long battery life. And then, once you’ve purchased it, make sure to fully charge your device (rather than putting it on a charger every 3-4 hours for partial charges). Keeping your device on the charger and giving it a full charge will help ensure a good vape session later that day!
Your Voltage Is Running Way High
Another reason vaporizers tend to overheat is because the coils are too hot to begin with.
The heating element in a device consists of a coil and a wire. The coil sits in the vaping device and is surrounded by a heating element connected to a battery or power supply.
Because the coil and the heating element are connected, the coil will heat up and produce continuous heat inside the tank/cartridge. If this constant heat is prolonged (and the charge is too high), the heating element will eventually burn out or melt, causing the entire device to overheat. The device continues to get hotter until the coil is either charred or melted.
So what do you do?
You turn that wattage/voltage down, and you stop burning your coils (and your lips) to crisp!
You Haven’t Cleaned That Vape Pen In a While, Have You?
Keeping your vape pen nice and clean is super important!
Like, super-duper important.
If you’ve gone days, or even weeks, without cleaning your vape – you’re probably noticing your device has started to overheat more easily.
To help prevent this, make sure to clean regularly. Make sure to remove the tank (or cartridge) and vape head by scraping and shaking it vigorously. This will help to clear any built-up debris from inside your vape.
Another part of your vape you need to make note of is the age of your battery. An older battery can also cause your device to overheat. When your battery is at the end of its lifespan, the voltage and amps fluctuate until the battery no longer provides an adequate power supply. This inconsistent heating can cause your vape to overheat. When troubleshooting your vape that’s getting too hot, consider replacing the battery if it’s been a while.
And did I say… clean that vape pen now!
Your Atomizer Head is Busted (& You Know It)
If you feel your atomizer isn’t as effective at heating up your liquid as it should be, then you may want to clean your device thoroughly (also related to point #4!). When your atomizer isn’t moving fast enough to efficiently heat your liquid, your vapor will be of lower quality.
Most of the time, however, this is down to a burnt out coil.
When your coil burns, it can’t function properly. It heats up, but doesn’t heat up your liquid. Then you crank up the power, and it still ain’t budging. And then you notice that your hand is getting super warm because your whole pen is heating up.
Replace the coil. That’s the first thing you need to do.
6 Tricks To Cool Your Vape Down
Keeping your vape cool is essential! When the device starts to get too hot, it becomes more challenging to use, can cause hits to be harsher, and the vape itself can become hot to the touch. If you’re experiencing any of these things, it’s time to think about how to keep your vape nice and cool!.
Here are seven easy ways to keep your vape cool.
Give Your Vape Some Rest
Overuse is a big culprit when it comes to overheating vapes.
If you notice that your usage has increased over time, it might be time to upgrade your battery to accommodate for the increased time that’s in use each and every day.
If your vape pen overheats and you can see steam coming from the heat node, your vape pen is overheating. To cool your vape pen down fast, all you need to do is remove the battery from your vape pen. This will help to cool down the heating element quickly. Once the vape pen is thoroughly cooled down, you can test to make sure heat is normally regulating again.
Use a Cooler Vape Temperature Setting
To get the best vapor and flavor when vaping, it’s essential to have the right temperature setting. This is because the temperature drastically impacts your e-juice tastes and the quantity of vapor you intake from the device.
Using a too hot vaporizer will essentially cook your e-juice and cause it to lose flavor and taste burnt. The best way to keep your vape cool is by investing in a temperature-controlled device. This helps keep your vape cool by allowing the owner to set their heat preferences. It is recommended to set the vape between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be adjusted to fit your preference as you become more familiar with your device.
The bottom line – if you aren’t sure if you’re vaping too hot but notice a burnt flavor or your pen is overheating, turn the temperature down. If you’re still experiencing problems, consider investing in a climate-controlled device.
Keep the Vape Tank Clean
When you vape, you’re vaporizing liquids.
These liquids eventually clump together and form small deposits inside your vaporizer chamber. And this can cause your vape’s heating mechanism to malfunction.
The good news is you can avoid this clumping with some simple cleaning and maintenance! Start by removing your vape chamber, and set it on a flat surface. Using a toothpick, gently remove all of the oil built upon the surface.
Tips On Cleaning Your Tank
There are a few ways to keep your tank clean. One way is to shake the tank and vape out any excess e-juice. A bit of e-juice at the bottom of the tank will accumulate, which you can then pour out. Another way is to use a cotton swab and gently clean out the tank. To do this, you’ll need to unscrew the base of your tank, then insert the cotton swab and remove any excess e-juice. After you’re done scrubbing, place your tank back on your bottom and wipe it down.
Tips On Cleaning Your Coils
Much like the tank of your vape getting dirty, dirty coils are another culprit of hot vapes. The coils act as the direct heat source to the liquid you’re looking to vaporize. And when these become dirty, it can cause the coils to heat inconsistently, ultimately causing the device to overheat. A good coil cleaning regime is critical for every vaporizer. Here is an easy trick to help keep your coils clean.
Use 1-2 drops of alcohol in a measuring cup. Add some of your favorite e-liquid. You can add as little or as much as you like. You then mix that mixture into a thin layer on the cotton that holds the coil together. Baking soda works great to clean your coils as well. Use a tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water. Mix it. Apply it to your coil and wipe off any excess cleaning solution.
Invest In a Vape Sleeve
If you’ve never used a vape sleeve before, a vape sleeve is a thin (often silicone) cover that goes on the outside of your vape pen to keep it from getting scratched or dirty. Vape sleeves are great for protecting your hands from a hot vape exterior. This is an excellent option for those with a clean chamber and coils. But still, experience the outside of the vaporizer getting too hot for comfort.
Vape sleeves are a great addition to any vaping toolkit. Not only do they keep your vape clean and protected from scratches, but they also offer a heat buffer between your vape and your hand! This can alleviate some of the problems hot vapes can cause.
Keep It Away From Sun and Heat Sources
To make your vaping device more efficient, always keep the atomizer away from other material or heat sources. This includes the sun! Direct (touching) or indirect (sun) exposure to heat sources can cause damage to your vape.
The most common element that causes this overheating is the sun. If you do not have a cover on your vape pen, make sure to keep it inside or in the shade whenever possible. Direct (or indirect sunlight if you live in a super hot climate like I do) can quickly fry vape tips if they are not adequately protected.
Consider investing in a vape case or vape sleeve for added protection if you don’t already have one.
Still Wondering Why Your Vape Pen Gets Hot? Didn’t Think So…
Armed with the knowledge in this article, you are now well equipped to care for your vape and keep its parts in working order.
Troubleshooting using the tips and tricks above is the best way to ensure your vape continues to function correctly and doesn’t overheat.
While a hot vape is a common complaint from users, taking these steps will help you keep it cool and ready for any occasion.
Oh, and let’s not forget that there’s a quick fix for hot vape pens…