Solve spitback: 8 tips to help stop spitting tanks
Posted on 11 July 2017 by Sarah Dyer.
Whether you’re an experienced vaper or a newbie, it’s never pleasant when your e-cigarette suddenly decides to spit hot e-liquid into your mouth mid-inhale. Avoid this in future with these solutions.
Sometimes referred to as spitback, this can happen when there’s too much e-liquid in the centre of your coil. This can’t be vaporised properly and it bubbles or pops like water being brought to the boil. As you inhale, some of these ‘pops’ may shoot up the centre post of your tank. While it’s not dangerous, it’s certainly not a nice sensation and if it happens too often, the extra e-liquid could leave you feeling a little nauseous as well as making your tank almost unusable.
Luckily, spitback can be easily solved, so check out our tips below:
Flick the tank
The easiest way to remove excess e-liquid from the centre of your coil is to give the tank a couple of short, sharp flicks downward. It’s best to do this over a sink or some tissue as the excess liquid should fly out of your mouthpiece. It’s also a good idea to do this whenever you’ve just filled the tank, or before you use a new coil for the first time, as this will help keep your coil clear.
Remove excess liquid from your tank’s centre post
Vapour that’s not been inhaled will condense back into e-liquid, and this can happen in your tank’s centre post or in the mouthpiece. This then runs down the post, into the centre of the coil. To stop this from happening, take a small piece of kitchen roll, roll it up, and then poke it down the centre post of your tank to clean out any excess e-liquid.
Fire your battery before inhaling
This tip works well in conjunction with the flicks mentioned previously. Simply hold down the button on your device to fire it, without inhaling, and do this a couple of times for a few seconds each time until you stop hearing any popping. This will vaporise that excess liquid without the risk of inhaling any spitback.
Reduce your airflow, or take smaller inhales
If you like to take quite long or deep inhales, this can sometimes pull more e-liquid into the coil than it can handle. The same can also happen if you like to have the airflow wide open. Taking smaller inhales will help, or you can switch to a Direct Lung coil if you prefer bigger inhales. You can also close off the airflow partly, but be sure not to start taking bigger inhales to compensate.
Turn up the power
This is more for those of you using one of our SERIES-B devices. If the coil is being fired at a lower power than it’s designed for, it will struggle to properly vaporise the e-liquid it’s taken on. Turning up the power will ensure that the coil’s working at it’s best, but be sure not to turn it up too high or your coil will burn. Gradually increase the power until you find the best performance for you.
Don’t over-prime your coil
Priming is the practice of putting a couple of drops of e-liquid directly into the centre of a brand-new coil when you’re fitting it. This does help saturate the wicking material much more quickly and thoroughly, preventing your coil from dry burning, but there is a risk of putting too much liquid in at once. The best solution is to watch the wicking material through the holes on the side of the coil, and slowly add one drop at a time. Once you notice the cotton start to darken, it’s primed and ready.
Use an e-liquid with more VG
E-liquids which are higher in VG are thicker, so they soak into the wicking material of your coil more slowly. As high-PG liquids are thinner and soak in more quickly, this means that your coil can be more likely to take on too much liquid.
Cover your mouthpiece
Some enterprising vapers have found that covering the base of their mouthpiece with a pipe screen helps to prevent spitback. The fine mesh of pipe screens is thin enough to fit under the mouthpiece and allows vapour to travel through, but stops any larger droplets of e-liquid making their way any further.
And there we have it; eight useful tips to help you prevent the dreaded spitback. If you’ve tried these and you’re still finding that it’s happening, then please do contact our customer service team and we’ll be more than happy to help you further.