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What causes a dry hit / how to fix it?

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  1. Lockhart320

    Lockhart320 Full Member

    Nov 17, 2013
    New Zealand
    I recently purchased the Kanger Unitank with the Ego C Twist battery and am having some troubles with dry hits. What are the possible causes of these dry hits/how do I prevent them/ how do I fix it?
     
  2. Talyon

    Talyon Vape 4 Life Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Feb 21, 2013
    Toronto
    Dry hits are usually caused by the liquid not wicking, or being drawn into the wick.

    For a top coil tilt and twirl, or cut a small notch in the grommet right where the wick enters the coil on one side or both if needed. for a bottom coil try removing 1 of the 2 flavor wicks. If needed remove both.
     
  3. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2010
    SoCal
    "Dry hits" occur when your device can't supply enough juice to the hot coil fast enough to cool it off. As a result, you end up inhaling hot air from the overheated coil or/and the smoke from the gunk that's being roasted on the coil--not vapor! Not a good thing.

    Keeping your coil wet is critical; if your coil is not wet at all times--you'll get dry hits. Never over vape, chain vape, power vape, or vape at excessive power (wattage)--you'll starve the coil.
     
  4. Lockhart320

    Lockhart320 Full Member

    Nov 17, 2013
    New Zealand
    Thanks for the great answer :vapor: , do you have any tips on keeping the coil wet?

    EDIT: You answered my question already, my bad.
     
  5. Decimate

    Decimate Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 4, 2013
    California
    With kanger bcc's, you're going to want to vape something around 70pg/30vg. High vg liquids don't do well (at least for me) in kanger products.
     
  6. Thamyris

    Thamyris Full Member

    Sep 14, 2013
    Coon Rapids, MN
    If you are using a thick juice that has a high VG percentage the above options with some flavor wick removal is a good start. you could add a little distilled water to it. But adding too much may mute the flavor some. or you may wish to turn down your voltage or wattage if using a VV/VW device.
    When I first started vaping I was using the kangers, and had some of the same issues, In turn it made me get into the DIY juice.
    It allowed me to not only make my juices thin enough to wick well in them, but also allowed me to add the flavor amounts I needed to not have them feel muted, while keeping the nic levels I was needing when starting out.

    It may be something you could investigate and see if that is a option that may be fitting for you.
     
  7. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2010
    SoCal
    Take longer, slower drags, do not exceed recommended wattage (5.5-7.5W), don't chainvape.

    If your juice is very thick, thin it out a with couple of drops of distilled water (per ml).

    Take an occasional priming drag (without activating the battery)--that will force more juice into the atomizing chamber.
     
  8. Katya

    Katya ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2010
    SoCal
    Kanger BCC Troubleshooting:

    If your clearo is flooding, the connections are not tight enough--or too tight. Keep reading.

    If you're using clearos and getting a burnt taste it means that not enough juice is getting to the coil and you're basically vaping dry, hot air or inhaling smoke from the gunk that's burning off of your coil. Not a good thing. Another case of bad taste maybe the tank itself--some arrive covered with some kind of nasty grease; wash them with soap and water (just the tanks--soak the coils in PGA or vodka).

    There are a few things you need to remember when using a T3 or an eVod or a ProTank--in addition to keeping your coils clean and free of gunk that accumulates on them.

    1) Make sure that the atomizer coil is screwed into the base tightly--every time you refill; they often come not fully tightened from the manufacturer, or may have gotten loose through repeated refills.

    2) Look at all the inner seals and gaskets to make sure they haven't become dislodged.

    3) Make sure that you screw the tank into its base tightly. If it's not tight, it will leak.

    4) When you screw your clearomizer into your battery, do not over tighten--screw it in only until it makes contact--no farther, or you may push the center post in too deep and cause all kinds of problems, including leaking. When the draw becomes tight or the taste and vapor production begin to diminish, replace the coil. This will happen sooner (even as soon as one day of heavy use) if you're using dark, viscous, or very sweet juices. The old coil can be cleaned and dry burned.

    5) Make sure you're not getting any juice in the center tube when you're filling--this will cause your eVod to leak like a sieve. If some juice gets into the tube, close the top cap, place a tissue under your tank and blow gently through the clearomizer to get rid of any excess eliquid. Also, extra condensation inside the tank may, on some occasions, drip back into the center tube. Wipe your mouthpiece dry with a q-tip or a tissue when you refill (or more often when/if needed).

    6) Take an occasional "primer puff" (a slow draw without activating the battery) when you vape. It helps move the juice into the coil chamber and removes any air bubbles that sometimes form in the tank and may cause gurgling or impede proper wicking.

    7) Take slow long draws rather than sharp and quick ones like we used to do while smoking cigarettes. Do not over vape, chain vape, power vape. Let the juice travel to the coil between drags.

    and last but not least

    8) Do not remove any flavor wicks if you're experiencing any leaking or flooding. Those wicks are there for a reason. If you feel that you have to remove a wick because your eliquid is particularly thick, do it carefully--one strand at a time. If your liquid is super thin, you can thicken it with a bit of VG (USP--pharma grade) or you can add another strand of cotton to your flavor wick. Don't add too much or you'll choke your atomizer and get a dry hit.

    It's also a good idea to wash the tank with warm water and a drop of dishwashing detergent prior to first use--some of them taste funny on occasion. Rinse well and dry. The atomizer coils may benefit from a quick soak in PGA or vodka if the priming fluid has an off taste, but I haven't had any problems with them--yet.

    Also, make sure you're vaping at correct wattages; Kanger recommends 5.5-7.5 watts. Always start low and increase voltage only if necessary.

    Per Kangertech:

    "Recommended Voltage for varying resistance levels:

    1.7 - 1.9 ohm 3.1 - 3.3 Volts
    2.1 - 2.3 ohm 3.4 - 3.7 Volts
    2.4 - 2.6 ohm 3.8 - 4.1 Volts
    2.6 - 3.0 ohm 4.2 - 4.5 Volts

    Please note that atomisers will burn out more quickly at higher voltages."
     
  9. dice57

    dice57 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2013
    Mount Vernon, Wa
    another cause for dry hits on a kanger is over tightening the atomizer onto the battery device, which can bend coils creating hot spots and shorts. Always make sure a fresh coil head is well saturated with juice before the first vape.
     
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