If you’re a vaper who cares a great deal about the flavor that they’re vaping, then you know how important it is to spend money on high-quality e-liquids
that are made with exceptional ingredients. However, even if you’ve purchased the most delicious e-juices from the most reputable brands, things can go wrong from time to time.
One of the most interesting phenomena that can occur during one’s vaping session is a sudden change in flavor. When this occurs, you may think that your taste buds are deceiving you, but the reality is that there are several reasons why an e-liquid may taste differently while you’re vaping it.
So, why does this happen, and what can you do to fix it? Allow us to explain.
Does it Matter Whether it’s Freebase or Salt Nicotine?
First, let’s get one thing established: it doesn’t matter whether you’re vaping a freebase e- or a salt-based nicotine e-juice. Both types can suddenly change in terms of flavor while you’re vaping, and we’ll explain why next.
Dealing with Possible Change
As you are probably aware, e-liquids contain four general ingredients. The base consists of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Then, there’s the nicotine, which can be derived from freebase or salt-based nicotine. And, lastly, there’s the flavoring.
Typically, an e-juice will contain several different flavoring extracts that work together to create a flavor profile. These flavoring extracts consist of molecules that are affected by many factors including the wattage level of your device, the heat of your coil and more. So, here are a few reasons why a vape juice may taste differently while you’re enjoying a vaping session.
Ingredients Have Separated
This is a common culprit. As we said, e-liquid contains several ingredients including, usually, a variety of flavor extracts. Now, each ingredient has a different density, which means that some ingredients are likely to float to the top while others will sink to the bottom. If your e-juice has been in your tank or cartridge for a long enough time, those ingredients can separate. This means that your juice will taste differently whether your tank is filled to the top or it’s just about to run out.
You Didn’t Dump and Clean Your Tank or Cartridge Before Adding a New Flavor
Do you completely dump your e-liquid out and thoroughly clean the tank or cartridge before adding a new e-liquid flavor? If not, you might end up noticing that your e-liquid tastes different by the time you reach the bottom of the cartridge or tank. This is because at the bottom is the residue of the last e-liquid, and this can greatly interfere with your flavor experience.
You Changed Your Settings Mid-Session
As you may know, different output settings have different effects on the flavor of your juice. Certain wattage levels bring out certain flavor notes more prominently. And, temperature control adjustments have an even greater effect on flavor. So, if you changed your output levels in the middle of a vape session, the flavor may change a bit.
You Need to Replace Your Coil
It’s possible that a changing flavor is a sign of a faulty coil. Coils need to be replaced regularly, and once they start to die, the flavor will take a turn for the worse. You’ll notice a subtle burnt taste and a weaker flavor overall.
Lastly, you may have vaper’s tongue. If you suddenly can’t taste your e-liquid’s flavor at all, this means that your taste buds and olfactory glands are overwhelmed and need a break.
What to Do if Your E-Liquid Tastes Different
So, how can you fix this situation? Let us give you some tips so that you can go back to enjoying that flavor that you know and love, whether you’re using a pod system with salt nic e-liquid or a traditional box mod setup with freebase juice.
Dump and Thoroughly Clean Your Vape Tank or Pod Cartridge
First, always make sure that when you pour a new flavor into your tank or cartridge that you thoroughly dump out the old e-juice and clean the tank. This will ensure that there’s no leftover vape juice residue when you refill.
Make Sure the Coil is Still in Good Shape
Always stay on top of your coils. A coil that’s past its prime won’t just affect your flavor – it will also affect the overall quality of your vapes. Once your flavor starts weakening and your clouds aren’t satisfying you, it’s probably time to install a new coil.
Shake Your Tank or Cartridge
Like we said, a change in flavor can be a sign that your e-liquid has separated. This is an easy fix, luckily. All that you have to do is shake your tank or cartridge. This will elad the liquid to become homogenized once again so that each draw tastes exactly the same as the last.
Take a Break (if it’s Vaper’s Tongue)
Lastly, if you suspect that what you’re experiencing is vaper’s tongue, take a break from vaping for a while. This will allow your senses to reset.
Enjoy Your Vape Flavor Longer and the Right Way!
A change in your e-liquid’s flavor in the middle of a vaping session can be caused by a variety of things. Use this guide to identify the problem and correct it accordingly. This way, you can get back to enjoying that luxurious flavor in no time.