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How do I fix my e-cig?

by Gary Clark

The UK Vape Supply experts help troubleshoot common e-cig problems.

Whether you’re a vaping veteran or just starting out, it’s essential to know how to sort out common issues with your device. E-cigs are just like any electrical device, and when something goes wrong with them, there’s usually a common cause and an easy fix. 

Yes, you can take your e-cig to a vape shop for repair, but armed with the right knowledge, you can get back to enjoying your vape with a few handy tricks and tips from the UK Vape Supply experts. 

Problem: My e-cig tastes burnt

One of the most common questions we get from vapers is why their e-cigarette suddenly tastes burnt, or similarly - why they can’t taste anything at all. The first thing to check is whether you have enough e-liquid in your tank. If you’re not topped up, the coil is no longer seeped in liquid and is usually burning out. Fill up your tank with your chosen liquid and leave it to seep for a few minutes before vaping again. If this doesn’t solve your problem, try replacing the coil. 

Another reason why your vape tastes ‘off’ could be linked to a condition called ‘vaper’s tongue’. Sounds grim, right? This occurs when you’ve been vaping too much, and it’s starting to impact your taste buds. If possible, scale back your vaping and try to drink lots of water to rehydrate your mouth. Switching to another vape flavour could also help to give your taste buds something new.

Problem: My e-cig battery keeps running out

If you’ve just unpacked your brand new vape and you’re wondering why it’s running out of charge so soon, the answer is simple - give it a full charge. Most new e-cigs come partially charged, so before you think about starting to vape, put it on charge until the battery is full (refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the optimal charging time for your device).  If your e-cig isn’t charging, it’s worth checking that the USB cable is fully plugged in and that no dust or debris is blocking the connectors.

Sometimes, the problem is with the battery itself. If you have a dead battery, check your packing to see if there is a spare that you can swap it with. If not, pick up a spare e-cig battery so that you always have one to hand. Never try and disassemble the battery itself; this can be incredibly dangerous. 


Problem: I can’t turn my e-cig on

You’ll be surprised how many people struggle with getting their vape pen to turn on and off. Whether it’s your first e-cig or your fifteenth, getting to grips with new technology can be tricky. The majority of e-cigs fall into two categories; the first is draw-activated, which simply means you need to inhale on the mouthpiece to get it to work. Other e-cigarettes require you to press a button to fire it up, this could be a single press, or you need to press it three or even five times in succession to get it to work. Always read the manual before you get started with a new device. If you still can’t get it to switch on, contact the manufacturer or your e-cig retailer for more information. 


Problem: My vape’s not...vaping

You’ve charged the battery, you’ve filled the tank, and you’ve turned on the device, but it’s still not producing vapour. So, what next? If you’ve ticked off all of the other boxes when trying to fix your e-cigarette, there are still a few alternatives to try. Take your e-cigarette apart and check to see that there is a secure connection between the tank and the device. Often, people forget that e-cigarettes can get dirty. If you travel with yours in your pocket or handbag, debris and dust can start to clog up the connecting spaces. Take a cotton bud or a clean microfibre cloth and wipe down any areas where dirt can build up. If your vape still isn’t producing vapour, pop into your local vape store or contact your retailer to explain your issue. 

At UK Vape Supply, we’re here to help with any of your vaping queries as well as stocking a huge range of vaping hardware, including; spare coils, batteries, atomisers and more. Shop the full range today with fast UK delivery on your order!