How Do I Avoid Dry Hits while Vaping

Have you ever taken a hit that tastes awful? One that burns the back of your throat and makes you want to cough and or take a drink. This common phenomenon is known as the dry hit. While it happens to everyone, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid accepting dry hits as a natural consequence for vapers.

by: Chelsea O. | 03/15/21 1:30PM

It does not matter if you are a vaping connoisseur or new to the scene, at some point, you will experience a dry hit. Unfortunately, these nasty, burnt-tasting hits will creep up on you when you least expect them to. The bane of all vapers, dry hits are a common issue you can easily minimize with a little experience.

Taking a hit of your vape and your throat burning up

What Are Dry Hits?

Dry hits are just like they sound. They are vape hits that have a hot, unpleasant, burnt flavor. It makes a scratchy, hot feeling in the back of your throat, which can also make you cough. This common issue can happen to any vaper, at any time. However, with a little skill and experience, you can drastically reduce their occurrence.

Why Do Dry Hits Happen?

It is important to understand there is not a sole reason for dry hits. In fact, there are a variety of reasons you could experience dry hits. However, in most cases, dry hits are caused by one of the following reasons:

  • Take Your Time Between Hits. Chain vaping is a common practice. While not every vaper opts for this method, you need to be careful to avoid burning out your coil or material too quickly. In order to allow your coil (and the rest of your device) time to cool down, you should wait at least 30 to 60 seconds between each hit.
  • Using an Atomizer That Is Not Completely Saturated. One of the most popular reasons dry hits occur is from the atomizer not being fully saturated. When this occurs, the heat used to vaporize the material will begin to heat the wicking material instead. Unfortunately, once the wick is burnt, you will not be able to remove the awful taste until the wick is replaced.
  • Using a Bad Coil. Bad coils are one of the most common reasons a vaper experiences a dry hit. This can be due to one needing to be changed out or from a dud you just replaced. 
  • Using High Wattages. While vaping at higher wattages can provide you with larger vape clouds, it also significantly increases the likelihood you will experience a dry hit.
slow hits to get a cold smoke stream in your throat

How Can I Avoid Dry Hits?

While it would be amazing to never have to worry about a dry hit again, it is also unrealistic. While you cannot remove the possibility entirely, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of it occurring. To help take the proper precautions and to reduce your chances of having a dry hit, try these helpful tips:

  • Change How You Vape. Avoiding dry hits is sometimes as simple as changing how you vape. For example, instead of taking small, fast hits, try switching to a longer, deeper drag from your vaping device. Then wait a few minutes before you take your next puff.
  • Keep Your Tank Filled. While it may sound like a no-brainer, you would be surprised just how often dry hits occur from vapers neglecting to refill or top off their tanks. When a tank is too low, the wick will no longer be fully submerged. This increases the likelihood and frequency of dry hits from occurring.
  • Learn About Your Device. Many dry hits can occur from technical difficulties and user errors. Luckily, this can easily be addressed by simply learning more about your device and vaping as a whole.
  • Make Sure to Prime the Wick. Another common mistake among beginner vapers is failing to prime the wick correctly. This creates a similar issue to not having enough e-liquid. If the wick isn’t properly saturated prior to talking your first hit, you could burn the wick (causing dry hits until the wick is replaced).
  • Make Sure to Prime Your Coil. Just like your wick, you should always prime your coil with the first hit. Otherwise, you could risk damaging your brand new coil from lack of e-liquid.
  • Purchase a New Vaping Device or Kit. One of the quickest ways to sabotage your vaping experience is to use a worn-out, malfunctioning, or a vaping device with a design flaw. Instead of struggling to use a vape, invest in upgrading your device to a highly recommended model.
  • Saturate, Saturate, Saturate. Your wick and coil must be saturated correctly otherwise you can and will experience a dry hit. 
  • Turn Down Your Vape. If you are constantly having issues with dry hits, you may want to try changing the voltage or wattage of your vaping device. Using too high of a power setting is very common (especially among beginners), but this extra power can cause your e-liquid to receive too much heat. This results in a burnt taste to your material.