Every day, we find that the popularity within the electronic cigarette and vaping industry continues to flourish. Every day brings a new tanks out, a new MOD kit, and e-juice to the market. These then come in an array of sizes, shapes, and functions to select between and so the variety and diversity within the space has never been greater. We must remember, however, as the innovation has given rise to unsurpassed technological advancement, many of the same complications and nuisances that have existed since the birth of the vaping revolution do still persist today.
For instance, one of the most common difficulties, and indeed annoyances, that vapers frequently encounter is the dreaded spitback. Spitback is when a trace amount of e-juice is drawn into the mouth when taking a hit. Regardless of how yummy or delicious the flavor may be, spitback can dramatically reduce the joy of an otherwise enjoyable vaping experience. Luckily, the vast majority of spitback related problems can be easily overcome by following a set of troubleshooting tips. In this article, we here at Medusa Juice will identify each of them, and hopefully help you to incorporate these steps and avoid further spitback while vaping.
Methods To Avoid Spitback
Properly priming coil
We will start with one of the most essential practices for an enjoyable vaping experience. This is properly priming a new atomizer coil. If you fail to do so, it will result in dry and burnt hit, as well as drastically reducing the coil’s lifespan. Therefore, priming your atomizer coil essentially means saturating the cotton within a coil prior to using it for the first time. Sounds simple enough, right? When an atomizer coil is brand new, the cotton intertwined within the it is bone dry. Lack of an adequate amount of e-juice absorbed within the cotton will cause it to char and burn, resulting in a terrible taste and a ruined atomizer.
So that you can avoid this, be sure the cotton is saturated with e-liquid. Then again, remember, too much of a good thing can also be a problem. By this, I mean, oversaturating the cotton will cause a host of problems, all of which are unpleasant and time consuming. Over-primed atomizer coils will trigger flooding, gurgling, decreased vapor production, and, of course, spitback.
To eradicate over-priming as a potential cause of the spitback, make sure that you are not adding too much e-juice to a new coil while priming it. Depending on the particular atomizer you are using, just a few drops of liquid should be enough to sufficiently prime it. You will know that the cotton is damp enough when it stops rapidly absorbing the liquid you drip onto it. At that time, you should not add any more e-juice, as this will result in over-priming/over-saturation.
An over-primed atomizer coil is one that has been drenched with more e-juice than the cotton can hold. The excess e-juice will then be drawn into your mouth when taking a hit, thereby causing spitback. Simply reducing the amount of liquid that you add to a new coil can effortlessly halt the spitback issue for you.
Check the power of the mod
Oddly enough, simply adjusting the wattage output of your MOD can easily resolve the spitback problem. The resistance (ohms) of your atomizer coil enjoys an inverse relationship to the output power of your battery. Therefore, the lower the resistance, the higher the power, and vice versa. Falling off the power range consistent with your atomizer coil resistance can result in various issues, one of which is spitback.
If your MOD’s wattage is set below the minimum threshold for the resistance of your atomizer coil, then an inadequate amount of power is being delivered to it. As a result, the coil will not heat to the necessary temperature, which will prevent the e-juice from properly vaporizing. In turn, while you are drawing on your mouthpiece to inhale vapor, the liquid will be siphoned up through the coil and unfortunately into your mouth.
To eliminate this as one of the potential causes of the spitback, you need to check the resistance of your atomizer coil, and evaluate whether or not your wattage setting falls within the recommended wattage for that specific coil. I think you will find that most atomizers will print either the maximum and minimum wattage range, the recommended wattage range, or both.
While this simple procedure may help eliminate the spitback you are experiencing, it can also provide you a much more satisfying vaping experience overall. Because the proper wattage setting can result in greater vapor production, increased flavor strength, and longer atomizer life. Therefore, I think it is important to note that inasmuch as it is critical that the power setting is not too low, increasing it too much presents another set of problems. If you surpass the maximum wattage for the coil you are using this will result in both burnt hits and diminished coil life.
The type of hit you are taking
There are two primary types of hit when it comes to vaping. The mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DTL). They may seem to be a minor difference, but in reality, the distinction between these two styles provides for a markedly different vaping experience. MTL vaping is quite similar to that of smoking a regular cigarette. The vapor is first drawn in and gathered within the mouth before being inhaled into the lungs. It is for this reason, MTL is the preferred vaping style for smokers seeking an alternative to combustible cigarettes.
On the other hand, Direct-to-Lung vaping is more like taking in a deep breath of air. Rather than collecting the vapor into your mouth before inhaling, the vapor is drawn directly into the lungs, bypassing the mouth altogether. This is often the chosen vaping style for those who seek greater vapor production and flavor intensity. Think of those neat tricks you see vapers doing, this is the method used by the performers.
Due to the differences in methods, there are different tanks and coils that have been specifically engineered and designed to accommodate one hit style or the other. Some tanks, of course, can be used for both methods, but require a different airflow setting and atomizer coil to achieve. These tanks are most often referred to as “hybrids.”
Because receiving the wrong hit type in the particular tank or coil you are using can result in various problems and frustrations, one of which is spitback, please make sure you use the right method to go with that particular equipment. If you have a system that is designed for DTL hits, but are employing a MTL style, then there will be insufficient draw to properly syphon the produced vapor. This then will result in both flooding and gurgling, as well as spitback. How unpleasant does that sound? Then too, if you are using a tank and coil that has been created specifically for MTL vaping, but you are taking DTL hits, then you are drawing too hard on the mouthpiece, and therefore you’re sucking in an excess amount of liquid into your mouth. Again, not a pleasant experience.
To avoid these issues or others as a potential source of the spitback you are experiencing, make sure that you are using in the proper hit type for the tank and coil system you are using. If you are unsure as to what type you have, here is a general rule of thumb that you can go by. The standard-resistance atomizer coils (those with a resistance of 1.0 ohms or higher) will accommodate a MTL hit, while those with sub-ohm resistances (0.9 ohms or lower) will generally be for a DTL tank. We realize that this may not always be the case, but remember, we said ‘general rule of thumb. There are sub-ohm atomizer coils designed for MTL vaping. You can always contact one of the members of Medusa Juice’s award-winning customer service department, or visit the product page on the Medusa Juice website.
Clean your tank
In my opinion, one of the best benefits of vaping is the elimination of burnt matter being inhaled into your lungs. Because electronic cigarettes involve the vaporization of e-juice, which creates a mist of flavuored vapor that can be ingested, you don’t have burnt chemicals being drawn into the lungs. Keep in mind though that similar to the evaporation of any liquid, vaporizing e-juice will generate levels of condensation. Therefore, over time, this condensation will build up within the inner walls of the tank’s chimney as well as the drip tip. This can, in turn, may result in excess fluid being drawn into your mouth during use and then cause spitback.
|Being able to eliminate this as a possible cause of the spitback you are experiencing is fairly effortless. You merely separate all of the components of your tank, thoroughly rinse them all under warm water. Then, rigorously shake off each part, and dry them with a paper towel. Make sure to twist a piece of the paper towel and run it back and forth through the inside of the chimney and drip tip to ensure that it has been suitably cleaned. Or you can also use a cotton bud for the small openings and wipe them dry.
There are tanks which cannot be taken apart, if you are using a tank that cannot be disassembled, don’t fret because you can still perform this step. Simply run the entire tank through a proper rinse, dry, and clean it as detailed above. You may need a larger piece of twisted paper towel to reach through the entirety of the chimney, but you can easily complete this procedure.
This is very important, so please note that regardless of the type of tank you are using, make sure that you do not rinse the atomizer coil under water. This will destroy the coil, and you will have to throw it away. If you are using a disposable tank that cannot be refilled or one that does not allow you to remove the atomizer coil, do not follow this particular step, as it will damage the coil altogether.
Other Things That Matter
Atomizer coil type
Keeping up with every aspect of the vaping industry, atomizer coil technology has progressed dramatically over the years. The community has enjoyed an increased variety of atomizer coil types, resistance, and materials, each of which has been carefully constructed to deliver a more pleasant vaping experience for every preference and partiality. One of the many innovations has been the introduction of more complex coil builds. Whereas atomizer coils used to all be made with Kanthal resistance wire and twisted into a simple coil formation, today there of wire materials and coil builds to choose among.
You might be aware of nne of the more common modern coil configurations. This is Clapton coils. The formation of Clapton coils is very similar to that of guitar strings (which is probably why they are called Clapton). That is, a to create this type of atomizer coil, a smaller gauge wire is wrapped around a larger gauge one. This results in a larger surface area as well as small pockets of space to trap the e-juice. In turn, users of Clapton coils will enjoy increased vapor production, and also a considerably more robust flavor.
There is, however, a downside to Clapton coils, and that is that the excess e-juice encompassing the coils can be syphoned into the mouth while taking a hi. This is because it cannot be vaporized in swiftly enough. Unfortunately, short of avoiding the use of these types of coils altogether, there is no remedy to this. This is simply the nature of these types of coils, so you must make a personal determination as to whether the pros of using Clapton coils outweigh the cons.
This does not only apply to Clapton coils, but to many of the more intricate varieties available today. Others include twisted coils, tiger coils, notch coils, and hive coils. All of these designs increase surface area and trap e-juice in the same fashion as Clapton coils, which offer some key benefits while also producing some annoying disadvantages as well. So, please be vigilant.
Types of liquids matter
When vaping, e-Juice or e-Liquid is the fluid that is filled into your tank and vaporized. The ingredients which makeup e-juice is rather basic. It includes Vegetable Glycerin (VG), Propylene Glycol (PG), flavorings, and nicotine (unless you are using a 0mg nicotine e-liquid). VG is markedly thicker than PG, and is often used to increase vapor production. Think big, thick clouds. The higher VG e-juices are generally used with sub-ohm atomizer coils, and help manufacture much larger clouds than their PG-dominant counterparts. Propylene Glycol, on the other hand, will help to deliver a more pronounced throat-hit, as well as amplified flavor intensity. PG-dominant e-liquids are thinner in consistency and generally used in conjunction with higher resistance atomizer coils, which tends to be preferred among mouth-to-lung vapers.
Because propylene glycol is thinner and more fluid than VG, which is much more viscous, it tends to find its way through the coil, into the chimney, and ultimately into the mouth. In order to eliminate this as a cause of spitback, try using e-juices with higher VG concentration. Of course, it is important to note that depending on the specific atomizer coil you are using, an e-liquid with too much vegetable glycerin can also result in dry or burnt hits, while decreasing the lifespan of the coil. Therefore, as a guideline, remember atomizer coils with a resistance of 1.0 ohms or greater cannot be used with e-juice containing higher than 50% VG. Conversely, if the e-liquid you are using contains 70% or more PG, this may very well be the source of the spitback issue you are experiencing.
Replace the atomizer coil
Despite the fact that many of the higher-quality atomizer coils today can continue to vaporize e-juice for weeks or even months at a time, this does not mean that the coil has not surpassed its lifespan and needs to be replaced. Depending on your vaping habits, frequency of use, and the type of e-juice being consumed, atomizer coils should generally be replaced every seven to ten days. There are countless reasons why. First, and perhaps most important, is that the constant heating and cooling of the coil will eventually char the cotton intertwined within it. This will result in the production of carcinogens, and can be very unhealthy to ingest. Picture burnt meat!
Then, as the atomizer cotton begins to singe, it will be unable to appropriately absorb the e-juice. In turn, causes the fluid from the tank to be sucked into your mouth, causing spitback. To avoid this, and perhaps end the spitback you are experiencing altogether, make sure to replace the atomizer coil every week or so. Trust me, it’s worth it. This will not only help eliminate the spitback, but will also provide a much more satisfying vaping experience and reduce the chance of inhaling unwanted carcinogens as well. Which is always good.
If All Else Fails
If you’ve tried all of the above and are still experiencing problems with spitback, try changing your mouthpiece. Because the drip tip acts as the mouthpiece for a vape tank, it may simply be an issue with that. There are lots available styles, colors, sizes, and materials to choose from, which help make it an affordable way to customize the look and feel of your setup. However, drip tips can also be used to help reduce or even abolish the potential of spitback. Some mouthpieces are made to include mesh-type component on the inside of the bore. The mesh helps trap excess e-juice, thereby diminishing the frequency of spitback. Sounds good to me, how about you?
Some forms of mouthpieces, like those with rotatable drip tips, enable you to swivel it in a 360-degree revolution. To allow for this feature, the mouthpiece must contain a ball-joint on which the drip tip can rotate.
Yes, we here at Medusa Juice understand that spitback is an incredibly frustrating, and all too common occurrence, but resolving it can be quite easy. If you make minor adjustments, fine-tune settings, and modify certain behaviors, you can ensure that you will no longer experience this problem. If you have followed all of the troubleshooting steps enlisted in this article, and are still enduring spitback, give the folks at Medusa Juice a call so that they can assist you further.