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How Do You Stop A Throat Hit When Vaping?

Published 15 June 2022, Updated 10 April 2024

How Do You Stop A Throat Hit When Vaping?

How Do You Stop A Throat Hit When Vaping?

You can try a few things to stop a throat hit: Changing your e-liquid to a different VG/PG concentration, its strength and flavour. If these don't work, look at your vaping style or change the coils in your device.

Whether you are a beginner using the Vaporesso XROS 2 or an experienced vaper, you will have experienced a ‘Throat hit’; this can be a comfortable or uncomfortable experience. When inhaling from a vape, the vapour will reach the back of your throat, resulting in something that can either feel smooth or irritating and harsh.

A throat hit can hurt, and for those new to vaping, many describe their first dry hit or throat hit as something really surprising. It’s no news that e-cigarettes have always been closely tied to smokers quitting cigarettes, so that it might come as an unpleasant deja vu; after a few hours of vaping, there comes that familiar dry, scratchy feeling in the back of the throat.

If you’re experiencing a sore throat, you might want to investigate if your vape or e-liquid causes it or if you’re experiencing smoking withdrawal symptoms. If you’re not just experiencing a sore throat but other symptoms like fatigue and congestion in the chest and nose, what you’ve just described are quitting symptoms.

Symptoms should ease after a few days, and you will start to feel the benefits of transitioning from smoking to vaping.

Options on how to achieve a smoother hit.

This just about happens to everyone and is relatively easy to fix. Let’s break it down. First, you should think about switching to a lower nicotine concentration. E-liquids with a high nicotine concentration also become more of a factor causing your throat to become irritated, so this may be the best option for you.

Another option to consider is the PG/VG ratio of your e-liquid. The higher the PG percentage, the more substantial the hit, and the higher the VG percentage, the smoother the hit. For example, if you are currently using a 50/50 PG/VG e-liquid, try switching to a 40/60 PG/VG and continue to increase the VG until it feels smooth.

Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt?

Your vape can taste burnt due to the coil burning the cotton-wicking material. This can happen because theres not enough e-liquid in your vape. It can also happen if you vape at a too high wattage for your coil and your e-liquid vapourises to quickly.  

There can be many reasons your once favourite fruity-tasting e-liquid tastes burnt. There are many reasons for this, but don’t get complacent and continue vaping the rest of it. When your vape tastes burnt, it’s a warning sign that something isn’t quite right with your vape or liquid. Learning to troubleshoot this and fix it will make you a healthier and better vape user in the future.

First, you could be running too low on e-liquid. Your tank may notice a 'Min' line or a minimum marker. This usually means that the level of your e-liquid, while seen through the transparent exterior, should not fall below this line. This is because you need a certain level of e-liquid to soak the wick inside the atomiser thoroughly. The wick must be constantly saturated so the heating coil can have liquid to create vapour.

Another simple reason can be down to chain vaping; if you are having it continue in a row, the wick doesn't have time to soak up the e-liquid causing the wick to dry out and burn. This is easily solvable by leaving your vape for a few minutes to catch up and re-soak the wick.

Next, you should make sure you are vaping at the correct wattage. Using an incompatible system wattage with the wrong coil resistance will lead to your wick being unable to keep up with how fast the e-liquid is turning into vapour, which will lead to a burnt taste.

How Can I Make My Vape Taste Better?

You can do a few things to make your vape taste better. Change your temperature and wattage, use the correct coil for your e-liquid, avoid vapers tongue, and ensure your device is kept clean.

Many vapers believe that the taste of your vape lies entirely within the e-liquid mixture; this isn’t always the case. To make your vape taste better, you have to ensure every part of your vape, from the atomiser to the battery to the e-liquid, is working in perfect harmony.

Just like cooking, the temperature is essential. Liquids all have a slightly different optimum temperature, and what you like might not be what others want. For example, with an orange-tasting e-liquid, vaping it at a relatively lower temperature makes it rather sweet and tangy, whereas vaping it at a higher temperature results in a more potent, more matured orange zest.

Because of this, if you’re serious about making your e-liquids shine in the clouds, you should consider investing in a vape device that can customise the wattage and voltage of their output. You can also consider investing in a system with a wide range of replaceable heating coils with different resistances and materials. Changing them around and matching your device’s voltage will help you achieve the best-tasting experience.

Other examples of how to increase the taste experience of your vape are:

  • Change your flavour; continuously using the same flavour, your pallet may become accustomed to it.
  • Ensure you are storing your e-liquid correctly to ensure you are not compromising the quality of your product.
  • If you want more flavour overall, try using a high percentage of PG, as a high VG isn't the best for holding the flavour.
  • Make sure you change your coils regularly, as an overused coil will affect the taste massively.

What Is Chain Vaping?

Chain vaping can result in burning your cotton wick. Chain vaping is when a user takes multiple puffs within a small time frame.

Chain vaping is when you take a lot of puffs in one go without taking a break. You may ask how much is too much; if you were a chain smoker, you would most likely move on to chain vaping, as it is a straightforward habit to continue. By doing this, you put yourself at risk of consuming too much nicotine, leading to unpleasant side effects such as:

  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nicotine withdrawal symptoms

This can also cause problems for the vape like when you don’t have enough e-liquid, the wick in your atomiser tank isn’t given enough time to soak up new e-liquid before every new puff. Try not to take more than a few puffs in a row and if you feel any slight burnt feeling, avoid vaping for a while not to damage your vape any further.

Chain vaping can be challenging to break, but it is essential for your health to vape responsibly to ensure you have the easiest experience helping you through the journey of quitting smoking.

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