FAQ's - Spitting and Popping
What is spitting and popping?
Spitting or popping is the name for the occasional super-hot droplets of juice that shoots in your mouth when you are vaping. If you watch an RDA coil firing, you can sometimes see this happening, usually accompanied by popping sounds. The droplets spit in all directions, but if you are unlucky, some of them can shoot up into your mouth.
Spitting has a simple cause: juice gets pooled up on the coil itself and gets “cooked” instead of being vaporized. It spits like the way boiling water does, and with you inhaling from the tip, you can easily catch a droplet or two. The problem is closely linked to flooded coils, but, in some cases, it can happen even without flooding. Here are some ways to prevent spitting and popping from occurring.
How to prevent spitting and popping
Do not over-prime your coil – “Priming” your coil is the process of manually dripping e-juice onto the cotton before you first use it. If you put too much juice on the coil, you can easily cause flooding issues and spitting. Do not overdo it. Find your balance. It is better to give the cotton time to saturate rather than rushing the process.
Reduce your airflow – Inhaling too forcefully when you vape encourages flooding by literally pulling more juice into the coil. This is easy to solve: inhale more softly, letting the coil and wicking do the work for you. If you are still having issues, try reducing your airflow setting. However, if you reduce the airflow, be careful not to inhale too strongly to compensate—this could just make the issue worse. If all else fails blow back into it, wrap a paper towel around your air flow, push and hold the button like you are going to inhale but blow instead, this is going to push the excess juice from your coils back into the tank.
Turn up the power – If your wattage is too low, you might not be vaporizing juice as quickly as your wick is supplying it. Try going up by 5-10 watts if you are using a variable wattage mod.
Clean the chimney – Although flooding is the most common cause of spitting, the problem can also be made worse by juice collecting in the chimney which eventually makes its way back down to your coil. This can be fixed easily: get some rolled up tissue paper or cotton buds, remove your drip tip and insert it down into the chimney of your tank. This soaks up the excess e-liquid reducing the chance of spitting and popping.
Fix your wicks – If you are using an RTA and spitting is a problem, you may need to re-wick your coils. It might take some experimenting, but the aim is to cover the channels leading from the tank to the chamber without completely blocking them with densely packed wick. If you are having issues with flooding and spitting, you’ll need to use more wick than you usually do, but don’t use too much.