Vaping should be a euphoric experience, from the moment you select your e-liquid, to putting your vape device to your lips and inhaling and exhaling that voluptuous vaping cloud. However, that isn’t always the case and sometimes you might find that you have trouble tasting your vape e-liquid.
There are a few different reasons for your vape to not live up to expectations, but don’t worry, we have a range of solutions that will get you back to full flavour vaping in no time.
1. Vaper’s tongue
Vaper’s tongue, also known as vaper’s fatigue, is a strange phenomenon - the result of overexposure of the taste and smell senses. Vaper’s tongue manifests as a feeling of a thick coating on the tongue and the inability to taste properly. There are a few ways to cure vaper’s tongue, the easiest remedies being:
- Drink more water - dehydration results in less saliva production and we need saliva to taste properly.
- Reduce the amount of coffee or tea you’re drinking - these are diuretics and they will dehydrate you.
- Tongue scrape - remove any residue that may be inhibiting your taste buds.
- Space your vape - don’t chain vape as you can overwhelm your senses, not to mention burn through your e-liquid faster than you planned. If you need more nicotine hits, consider raising the level of nicotine in your e liquid so you don’t have to vape more frequently to experience the same hit.
2. Check the VG:PG ratio of your e liquid
If you don’t think your e liquid is giving you the intense flavour hit that you were expecting, check out the VG:PG ratio.
VG (vegetable glycerin - used in many food and pharmaceutical products) is what gives you the dense vape clouds, which whilst fun to hide behind, aren’t conducive to a full flavour experience. PG (propylene glycol - found in everything from fizzy drinks to prescription drugs) gives you a better flavour hit as well as better throat hit. For more info, check out our comprehensive beginner’s guide to vaping.
But basically, PG is thinner in consistency, more easily absorbed by the wick and best of all, it is flavourless, so it won’t mask or overpower the flavour of your chosen e liquid, unlike VG. VG has its own sweet flavour, so if you’re vaping anything other than sweet e liquids, the flavours could be working against each other, resulting in you not tasting the full flavour of your e liquid.
Opt for a minimum of 50% PG for max e liquid flavour.
3. Switch up your e liquids
If you have a preferred e liquid that you vape all the time it could be that you’re experiencing the vaper’s fatigue that we touched upon in the first point. In which case, to reset your taste buds, explore our range of flavours and give your taste buds a holiday.
Otherwise you’ll have to think about increasing the PG level of your chosen e liquid in order to enhance the e liquid flavour. But if you’ve found a set up that works for you, tinkering with it isn’t always preferable.
Why not browse our full range of e liquids and try something you might not ordinarily vape. It isn’t forever, think of it as a mini break, and distance does make the heart grow fonder and all that!
4. Think about how you’re storing your e liquid
E liquids are sensitive to heat and light, these two factors can alter the chemistry of the e liquid, degrading the flavours over time. If you aren’t vaping your e liquids straight away, ensure they’re kept somewhere cool and dark to slow the degradation right down. And no, e liquids don’t last forever, they do have an expiration date.
You’ll know if your e liquid has gone off - the look and smell of it will have changed. So if your e liquid looks cloudy and smells funky, bin it straight away, it won’t taste nice and it isn’t worth risking your health for.
5. Change your coils
If you use a vape mod, then you might need to change out your coil if your e liquid has lost its flavour. If you have a higher VG level e liquid, this means that your e liquid is more viscous, coating your coils and reducing their life expectancy.
Most people can get away with changing coils once per month, but you might need to change yours more frequently. Also, if you build your own device, make sure the coils and the wick that you have opted for give you the best flavour possible, as different types of coil materials can alter the flavour of your vape.
6. Clean your device
If you haven’t cleaned your device for a while, this could be the answer to your lack of flavour. When you vape regularly, you get a buildup of deposits and gunk and this in turn can reduce the flavour of your e liquid.
So as well as changing the coils regularly, take your vape device apart once a week and give the tank a good clean out. Simply rinse it under warm water and let it air dry or pat it dry with a sheet of kitchen towel. Wipe the battery connector with a clean, dry towel or a cotton bud to ensure a good connection.
7. Consider upgrading your device
If you are on a disposable vape pod then you might want to think about purchasing a higher powered device like a sub ohm vape device that will give you a more intense vape flavour. Or if you have a single coil set up, you might want to consider upping the ante to a double coil. Or how about replacing the plastic e liquid tank with a glass one? Or investing in a newer, more modern atomiser.
Finally, these are just a few of the many different ways that you can maximise the flavour of your e liquid. For more help and guidance, check out our definitive guide to vape juice.