Why Has My Electronic Cigarette Stopped Producing Vapor?

Your Complete Guide to Disposable Vapes: A Trending Choice in Vaping

The Rise of Disposable Vapes: A Popular Choice for Beginners

Disposable vapes have witnessed a remarkable surge in popularity, especially in recent years, making them a favored option for those starting their vaping journey. They offer an effortless introduction to vaping, providing a hassle-free way to enjoy nicotine without the commitment of a full vape setup.

Understanding Disposable Vapes: Benefits and Limitations

While disposable vapes are convenient for beginners, it’s important to consider some of their drawbacks, particularly for long-term use. This guide covers all you need to know about disposable vapes – from their advantages and disadvantages to the top brands worth exploring.

Elton Xia

Elton Xia

Hi, I am the Author of this post. I have been in this field for more than 7 years. If you want to distribute the disposable pod device in your country, please talk with me freely and ask any questions.

Talk With Me

Table of Contents

Has your trusty e-cigarette suddenly gone quiet without a puff of vapor in sight? It’s a frustrating moment that can leave your customers feeling lost.  

The reason can be dead batteries.

Burnt-out coils.  

And a whole lot more.

But don’t worry, in this detailed guide, I’ll help you troubleshoot the most common reasons behind a silent e-cigarette.

Understanding these issues will help you to guide your customers and keep those vapor clouds flowing!

Let’s get into it.

Is Everything Powered Up and Ready?

The most common reason for the e-cig to stop producing vapor? Dead battery.  

So how do you know if the battery’s the problem?

Most devices have a little light that blinks when you try to take a hit.

No light? Usually means no juice.  

You might also get super weak vapor – that’s a sign the battery’s about to conk out and needs a charge. Charging is usually done with a USB cable, but check the instructions to be sure.

Key thing: don’t leave it plugged in overnight! Overcharging trashes batteries. Most e-cigs have a light that changes color when they’re full–time to unplug!

Sometimes, it’s not the battery at all – the thing might not even be turned on! Sounds dumb, I know, but some need a few clicks of a button, and others work just by inhaling.

If you’re not sure what your customer has, a quick look at the manual will tell you.

One last thing about batteries: they don’t last forever. If your customer’s e-cig is old and barely holds a charge for a couple of hours, it might be time for an upgrade.  

Maybe a new battery will do the trick, or they might need a whole new device.

The E-Liquid Factor You Need to Know About

Credit: Pinterest 

Now that everything is up and ready, first things first, check is there even any e-liquid in the tank? E-liquid is what you put in your e-cigarette to create vapor.

Most tanks have clear sections so you can see the level. If it looks low, time for a refill.

How you do that depends on the tank style, but don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you:

  • Top Fill Tanks:These are the easiest. Usually, there’s a cap that either twists or slides off, revealing a little fill hole. Carefully squirt your e-liquid in there, avoiding the center tube (that’s for airflow). Pop the cap back on, and you’re good to go.
  • Bottom Fill Tanks: These are a bit trickier. You usually have to unscrew the whole base of the tank. Fill it from the bottom, avoiding the center tube again, and then carefully screw the base back on. These ones are prone to leaking if not tightened properly, so be careful!

Embed Video: https://youtu.be/WLLAA61VI2k?si=gvmUMjKdsh6mu1tA 

Okay, let’s say the tank’s full, but you’re still getting no vapor or weird gurgling sounds. Chances are you have a flooding or leaking problem. That usually happens when you overfill the tank, don’t tighten it properly, or accidentally get e-liquid in that center airflow tube.

It’s a pain, but easy to fix.

Give the tank a quick wipe-down, especially around the seals and connections. If it’s really bad, you might have to disassemble it and rinse everything off (more on this later below).

Now, an important thing you need to understand is “e-liquid viscosity”. That’s a fancy way of saying how thick or thin the juice is.

It’s usually shown as a PG/VG ratio on the bottle. PG stands for Propylene Glycol, and it’s thinner. VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin, and it’s thicker.

Why does that even matter? Because different e-cigs are designed for different thicknesses:

  • Small Devices, Higher Wattage:These need thinner e-liquids, so look for a higher PG ratio. That stuff vaporizes easily and gives you a nice throat hit.
  • Bigger Devices, Lower Wattage:These ones can handle thicker e-liquid, so go for a higher VG ratio. That is what makes those big, fluffy clouds of vapor.
  • Using the wrong type of juice can majorly mess with the vape experience. Too thin, and you might get leaks or burnt hits. Too thick, and your coil won’t be able to keep up, leading to dry, unsatisfying puffs.  
  • If you’re not sure what your customer’s device is designed for, a quick online search should give you the answer.

    One last thing – sometimes, the little juice intake holes on the coil get clogged with gunk.  That blocks the e-liquid flow and – you guessed it – no vapor.

    Usually, you can give the coil a quick rinse to clear things up, or a few sharp puffs can sometimes do the trick. If not, it’s likely time for a new coil.

    Which leads us to the next important thing…

Coil and Connection Issues

Credit: Pinterest

Okay, sometimes the problem isn’t the power or the juice – it’s the coil itself. Coils are the little heating elements inside the tank that actually turn the e-liquid into vapor.  

And they don’t last forever. So, how do you know when it’s time to ditch the old coil?  

Here are some signs:

  • Burnt Taste:It is the most obvious one. That delicious flavor turns into a harsh, nasty taste you can’t miss. Once you get a burnt hit, that coil is toast.
  • Less Vapor: Even before it tastes full-on burnt, a dying coil won’t produce as much vapor as usual. The puffs feel weak and unsatisfying.
  • Discoloration:If you can see the coil, check the color. A healthy coil has white cotton. When it’s getting gunked up, it’ll turn dark brown or black. Time for a replacement!

Replacing coils can seem scary, but it’s actually pretty easy on most devices. Again, the exact method depends on the tank, but here’s the general idea:

  • Tanks with Removable Coils:Most newer tanks fall into this category. You usually unscrew the base, pop the old coil out, and put a fresh one in. Make sure to “prime” the new coil by putting a few drops of e-liquid directly on the cotton before you install it. That prevents a nasty burnt hit on that first puff.
  • Tanks with Rebuildable Coils:These are less common these days, but some vapers still prefer building their own coils. If that’s your customer, they’ll already know what they’re doing. But it’s worth mentioning to check their coil is built correctly – a bad coil build will lead to no vapor.

Embed Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DKHFDQz4pE 

Sometimes, the issue is simply that things aren’t screwed on tightly enough, or the contact points between the battery and the tank are dirty.

Give everything a quick wipe with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, especially where the coil connects.

Ensure everything is tightened snugly, but don’t overdo it – you don’t want to strip the threads!

Device-Specific Problems to Check

There can be some device-specific issues as well. Starting with wattage (or sometimes voltage).

That is basically the power output of the device.

How does this mess with your vapor?  Here’s how:

  • Too Low = No Fun: If your wattage is too low for the coil you’re using, you’ll get weak, wispy vapor. It’s like trying to boil a pot of water on the lowest stove setting – takes forever, and the results are meh.
  • Too High = Burnt City:Crank the wattage too high, and you’ll get a mouthful of that nasty burnt taste. That is because the coil is heating up too fast, burning the e-liquid instead of vaporizing it.

Embed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu7YtB-ItMA&pp=ygUPYWlyZmxvdyBpbiB2YXBl 

So, how do you find that perfect sweet spot? Luckily, most coils have a recommended wattage range printed right on them.

Start in the middle of that range and adjust up or down until you get the vapor production you like. If your customer isn’t sure what coil they have, a quick online search for their tank model should give you the info.

Now, some devices have advanced features like temperature control. These are awesome if you know how to use them, but they can be confusing.  

If your customer is getting no vapor, but the coil looks fine, they might have accidentally messed with these settings. Check the manual to figure out how to reset everything or switch to a simpler wattage mode.

And another device-specific problem can be airflow.

Most e-cigs let you adjust how much air gets pulled through when you inhale. That changes the whole feel of the vape:

  • Tighter Airflow: It mimics a classic cigarette draw. You get a stronger throat hit and less vapor. Good for those switching from smoking.
  • Looser Airflow:That is for those big, fluffy clouds. It also feels cooler on the throat and lets you take bigger inhales.

Sometimes, if the airflow is set too tight, you might not be getting enough air over the coil to really get that vapor going.

Show your customer how to adjust those airflow settings, and you might just solve their problems right there!

Try These When Simple Solutions Fail

Alright, let’s tackle those situations where nothing seems to be working, and it’s tempting to throw the entire e-cig out the window!

Don’t worry, I might help you with some additional quick fixes.

First up, let’s do a quick damage inspection:

  • Cracked Tank: This one’s obvious. A cracked tank will leak e-liquid everywhere and won’t produce any vapor. Sadly, this usually means a new tank.
  • Bad Seals: Most tanks have little rubber rings (called o-rings) that seal everything together. If these are damaged or missing, you’ll get leaks or weird gurgling noises. Sometimes, you can find replacement o-rings, but it depends on the tank.
  • Funky Electronics:If the lights are flashing erratically, or the device won’t turn on at all, there might be a problem with the battery or internal electronics. That is usually time to call in a pro for repair or consider replacing the whole device.

    Now, let’s say everything looks physically okay, but you’re still having major issues.

    That could point to a manufacturing defect. It’s a bummer, but it happens occasionally, even with good brands.

    So here’s what to look for:

    • Dead on Arrival: A brand new e-cig shouldn’t have problems right out of the box. If it does, that’s a red flag.
    • Leaky Mess:A bit of leaking now and then is normal, but if it’s a constant issue, something might be wrong with its construction.
    • Constant Coil Burning:If you’re burning through coils way faster than you should be, even with proper usage, it might be a defect in the tank.

    If you’re dealing with a potential defect, the first step is to contact the manufacturer or retailer. Reputable brands should have a warranty and be willing to replace faulty products.

    This is why it’s super important that you source or recommend customers a good, reliable e-cigarette brand.

Still Struggling? Find Expert Help and Quality Products

Tried everything, and your e-cig is still stubbornly silent? Well, don’t worry because sometimes a deeper issue needs a professional hand.

Your local vape electronic expert might offer expert diagnosis and repair services. If it’s beyond saving, they can help you find a quality replacement to get you vaping again in no time.

Speaking of quality, remember that not all e-cigarettes are created equal. Investing in a reliable device from a trusted source can save you headaches down the line.  

If you’re interested in checking out a new manufacturer, FOF VAPOR is a good starting point.

We’re committed to sourcing top-notch e-cigarettes, replacement parts, and a huge variety of delicious flavors to keep your or your customers’ vape game strong.

Visit us at FOF and we’re always happy to help!