From a flavor standpoint, the best experience you can possibly have as a vaper is the experience that you get with a new coil. Before e-liquid residue begins to build up, a fresh coil gives you the biggest possible clouds and allows you to taste your vape juice as it really is – without the exaggerated sweetness and caramel notes that begin to creep in after you’ve been using a coil for a while.
If you’re an experienced vaper, though, you know that a new coil doesn’t necessarily produce the ideal flavor from the very first time you use it. It’s usually necessary to go through one or two tanks before you get the best possible flavor. You may have heard other vapers talk about breaking in their new coils before, and that’s exactly what you’re experiencing when you use a new coil. Effectively, you’re washing the manufacturing residue off of the coil.
So, why is it that a new coil doesn’t give you the ideal flavor right from the start – and more importantly, what can you to break in your coils before you use them? Those are the things you’re going to learn by reading this article.
What Is the New Coil Break-In Period?
As you’ve just learned, breaking in a new coil essentially means that you’re using your e-liquid to wash it. What you may not have ever stopped to think about, though, is the fact that you’re ridding your new coils of undesirable compounds by inhaling them.
Is that really what you want to do? As a vaper, you’re probably fairly conscious about what you put into your body. What could you be inhaling when you pop a new coil out of the package and start using it right away? Vape manufacturers don’t really like to talk about this, but it’s common to use substances like mineral oil as machine lubricants. Even something that you’d normally think of as being quite pure – like the organic cotton used in a coil’s wick – could have residue from the manufacturing process.
It’s highly unlikely that the vape manufacturers are washing and drying the various steel, kanthal, cotton and silicone components before using them to build coils because that would add exponentially to the time and manpower used in the production process. It’s much more likely that the manufacturers simply use the raw materials as they arrive from their suppliers. That keeps their costs down – thus keeping your costs down as well – but it could also mean that you’re inhaling substances you would prefer not to inhale.
So, how do you eliminate the coil break-in period and ensure that your coils are ready to use right from the start? The answer is surprisingly simple: You should wash your coils before using them.
Pre-Washing a New Vape Coil Takes Time: How to Do It Faster
If you’ve spent any time reading about how to clean vape coils, you’ve probably noticed that some people dismiss coil cleaning as taking too much time or not really being worth the effort. That’s because cleaning a vape coil is actually a fairly time-consuming task. In fact, you really need to begin the coil cleaning process about a day before you actually want to use the coil, and some people just don’t want to spend that much time maintaining their vaping equipment.
If that’s how you feel after reading our vape coil cleaning instructions, you might be interested in an alternative that’s much quicker. That alternative is the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner, which requires only plain water and can clean and dry a vape coil in about 30 minutes. Not only can ROBO2020 clean a new coil and prepare it for use in about the amount of time that it takes to make your morning breakfast, but it can also remove gunk and residue from your used coils, restoring those coils to like-new condition. After you’ve cleaned and reused a few boxes of coils, ROBO2020 essentially pays for itself.
If you’d prefer to pre-wash your new vape coils the manual way, though, you’ll find that it isn’t difficult to do – it just takes a lot of time. Here’s how.
How to Pre-Wash a New Vape Coil
To maximize the result for the time spent, it’s a good idea to pre-wash several vape coils at once. That way, you won’t have to think about it again for a while. Get a heat-resistant bowl and place your coils in it. Meanwhile, heat some water in a saucepan or microwave until it begins to simmer.
When the water is hot, pour it over your coils and give the coils a vigorous stir. Continue stirring the coils periodically for about a half hour. When you’re trying to remove the gunk from used coils, you usually want to let them soak overnight because removing coil gunk takes a long time when you’re doing it the manual way. When you’re pre-cleaning a new coil, though, a half hour or so is fine.
After you’ve been soaking your coils in the hot water for a while, you may see some clear, viscous bubbles floating on the surface of the water. That’s the machining residue that you’ve removed from your coils. By taking the time to pre-clean your coils, you’ve avoided inhaling that residue. Good job!
If the soaking water is especially dirty, you may want to remove your coils from the bowl and give them a final rinse in fresh water. Otherwise, you’re all set. All that you need to do is dry your coils, and then they’ll be ready to use.
Drying is the part of the coil cleaning process that really takes time. You don’t want to use a coil if the wick has water in it because water is much thinner than propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and vaporizes at a lower temperature. You’ll end up getting a very unpleasant dry hit after the water boils out of the wick. To dry your coils, leave them out in the open for about 24 hours. You may find it helpful to put the coils in front of a fan.