Why Does My Vape Taste Burnt? Common Reasons

Common Reasons Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt

You made the trek to your local dispensary to peruse their vape pens. The budtender guides you through the selections as you carefully consider whether you want a particular strain, effect, or terpene profile. Finally, you select the perfect one and head home to get stoned and relax. But as you take that first puff, there is an unmistakably burnt flavor on the inhale. You try it again, and experience the same burnt taste Your brand new disposable vape tastes burnt. Now what? Is it bad to hit a burnt vape? Can you return it? You might not need to! Read on to find out what causes a burnt vape taste and find out what you can do to fix (or better yet – prevent!) it from happening again. 

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Common Reasons Why Your Vape Tastes Burnt

Many of us smoke or vape cannabis for its range of flavors and effects so it’s particularly frustrating when your fancy new vape pen tastes burnt. However, there are plenty of reasons why your vape has a nasty burnt taste. The good news is that you can easily remedy them and enjoy that new vape. 

Vaping at the Wrong Temperature

Vape pen batteries often have variable heat settings. If you exceed the wattage settings you can certainly expect a burnt or even metallic taste. The high heat causes the coil to burn the wick, so you are essentially inhaling burnt cotton. Be sure to check the recommended settings on the user guide, and if you don’t have access to that, start with the lowest setting possible and increase slowly. Also be sure to keep your coil completely saturated with oil at all times, to prevent burning of the wick. Not to mention, vaping at the wrong temperatures can lead to a leaky vape pen.

The Coils Weren’t Primed

Vape coils aren’t meant to last forever, and need to be replaced from time to time. If the coils aren’t primed, you might end up with a burnt vape taste. Another indicator that it’s time to replace your coil is lack of vapor. Priming the vape coil involves manually soaking the wicks to prevent a dry hit. This only applies to atomizers in a refillable tank, not with a pre-filled vape cartridge

Even with disposable vapes, there is a tank and an atomizer with cotton that soaks up the vape juice and vaporizes it off the coils, it’s still important to allow time for the oil to re-soak the vape coils before hitting it again, to avoid a burnt taste from the cotton.

Taking Too Many Consecutive Hits

Otherwise known as “chain vaping”, taking too many hits in a row can give off a burnt flavor. This is because the coils can easily burn out from overheating. If you take hit after hit after hit, the coils don’t have enough time to cool down, and the vape tank won’t have time to refill around the coil, resulting in that burnt taste. 

Even if your vape pen has an auto-shut off (many do) it’s best to allow 15-30 seconds between hits so the coil can cool down sufficiently. If you don’t heed this advice, you can permanently burn out the coil and ruin the whole cartridge. 

Why Do We Even Care About Burnt Hits?

In addition to ruining the flavor, burnt hits can also have a negative impact on the terpene profiles of the vape oil. Terpenes are organic compounds that give plants, including cannabis, their characteristic flavors and aromas. They also have potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. When the vape oil, it can destroy or transform the terpenes, altering the flavor and potentially reducing the therapeutic effects.

The science behind terpenes and their effects on the body is still being studied, but research suggests that they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to enhance the effects of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. In fact, a recent study suggests that the aroma terpenes give off has more of an effect on your experience than the THC percentage. Therefore, preserving the terpene profile of vape oil is also important for maximizing the therapeutic benefits of vaping.

The Bloom team specifically designed the Surf to offer the most perfect temperature for vaping. Then, we filled this all-in-one handheld device with only the finest terpene rich live resin and live rosin. Each of these concentrates is intentionally made to preserve the delicious full spectrum flavor of the plant’s natural terpenes and cannabinoids. 

Because terpenes are so highly volatile, anything less than a tightly controlled system simply will not do. We never want you to risk your terps, so we set out to create a pen that simply wouldn’t allow it to happen. 

You can try a variety of flavorful strains in the Bloom Surf. The latest rosin drop features Papaya, StrawNana, and Kosher Zkittlez. Snag one for your next self-care Sunday

Can You Fix a Burnt Vape?

If you found the reason your vape pen tastes burnt from the troubleshooting tips above, there is an easy solution. 

  • Follow temperature setting guidelines to make sure you aren’t vaping at too high of a wattage. If you don’t know the suggested settings, start with the lowest temperature and increase the wattage of the slowly. 
  • Try changing out the coils if they are old, and be sure to prime them so you don’t dry hit the wick before it’s had a chance to soak up the oil or vape juice. This can also cause a nasty burnt taste.
  • Give the pen time to cool down between hits. Allowing at least 15-30 seconds will often remedy a burnt vape taste. 

When you vape a disposable cartridge, you’re unlikely to experience burnt hits. This is an easy solution to continuous trouble with a refillable tank or faulty battery. Disposable pens rarely have issues with taste because the temperature setting is fixed, and you don’t have to worry about priming coils or soaking wicks. However, you should still allow time between hits to let the oil resettle in the vape tank, and to let the pen cool down. 

If your disposable vape has a burnt taste from the get go, return it to the dispensary where you purchased it. They will most likely issue you a refund or exchange. 

Is it Bad or Unsafe to Hit a Burnt Vape?

It isn’t inherently dangerous to keep hitting a burnt vape, but why would you want to? If you repeatedly hit a burnt vape it might cause you to cough, which can cause a sore throat or lung issues. To vape without coughing, follow the above steps to reduce the chances of hitting a burnt vape. Most likely, proper temperature setting and taking a break between hits can remedy coughing and burnt taste. 

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Perfect Vaping Temperatures with Bloom

While a mod pen is attractive to some people, having to mess with a refillable tank can be a pain. Changing coils and finding high quality e-liquid is a thing of the past for most cannabis connoisseurs. Our solution to burnt vapes is the Surf disposable. Terpenes have varying boiling points, getting the right temperature for every strain is a huge hassle to manage on your own. 

The Bloom Surf delivers the perfect temperature, resistance, and airflow with every hit. With three times the airflow of other disposable cartridges, the Surf gives you bigger vapor with less clogging. And, the battery turns off after 10 seconds to prevent overheating. Not to mention – it’s incredibly convenient! We’re not saying you should try to fly with a vape pen, but we are saying that if you need something that tucks into your pocket, Surf is the way to go. 

Take the guesswork out of vaping and check out the Bloom Surf. It’s an easy way to experience the true terpene profile and enjoy a smooth vape every time you inhale. It’s easy to use, discreet, flavorful, and affordable. 

Find a Bloom retailer near you to shop the selection of live vapes, classic vapes, and live rosin disposables.