Have you ever been vaping your salt-based nicotine e-liquid, only to find that suddenly, the flavor tastes totally different? Maybe a sour flavor suddenly became overwhelmingly sweet. Or, maybe your mint flavor developed earthy notes that came out of nowhere.
In most cases, your taste buds are not deceiving you. Sudden flavor changes can occur, even mid-vaping session. In fact, there are several different reasons why this may happen. Fortunately, there are just as many solutions.
Why Might My Salt Nic Vape Juice Change Flavor Suddenly?
If you want to ensure that your flavor experience remains consistent while you vape your salt-based e-liquid, this article is for you.
E-juice flavors almost always have multiple flavoring extracts in them. Each flavoring extract consists of tiny flavor molecules that have their own unique density. And, therefore, some are more likely to sink to the bottom while others will float somewhere in the middle or sit near the top.
In other words, the sweet flavoring extract may be at the bottom of your cartridge, while the sour flavor is all the way at the top. Now, it takes time for vape juice to separate, so this will only really happen if you’ve left e-liquid in your cartridge for more than a few days. But, once it does separate, it can cause your flavor experience to change suddenly.
You Didn’t Clean Out the Pod Cartridge
Sometimes, we’re a bit lazy when it comes to maintaining our hardware properly. One of the most important things that we must do is rinse out a pod cartridge before adding a new flavor of e-liquid. Otherwise, the old flavor can still be in the cartridge in trace amounts, negatively impacting the overall taste.
Coil Needs to Be Replaced
Once in a while, a sudden change in flavor can be a sign that your coil is dying or has already died. Your coil has a direct impact on your flavor as it’s responsible for vaporizing your e-liquid. Different temperatures bring out different flavor notes, but once that coil is burning out, it will cause your e-liquid to taste drastically different.
You Have Vaper’s Tongue
Another possible culprit is vaper’s tongue. Vaper’s tongue occurs when the senses become fatigued by too strong a flavor, or by overexposure to the same flavor repetitively. It can cause you to taste only a partial amount of the flavor profile, or not taste anything at all. Bear in mind that this is temporary, usually lasting for no longer than one day.
Exposed Your E-Liquid to Too Much Light or Heat
Exposing your e-liquid to extremely high heat or extremely bright lights can alter the flavor because of the way in which these elements change the molecular structure of the flavoring additives inside of the vape juice.
What to Do About It
Now that you have an idea of some of the possible causes, here’s how you might be able to remedy the situation.
Give it a Shake
If this change in flavor is simply caused by the fact that your vape juice has separated, just shake the cartridge lightly for about twenty seconds. This will help the molecules homogenize once again so that the flavor is consistent throughout your vaping experience.
Take a Break
Taking a break is the way to go if your change in flavor is caused by vaper’s tongue rather than a hardware issue.
Store Your Vape Juice Wisely
Always store your e-liquid in a relatively dark and cool area when you’re not actively vaping. This way, it won’t suffer from over-oxidization, which can alter the flavor dramatically.
Dump, Rinse and Start Over
Another thing that you can do is dump out your vape juice, rinse your cartridge thoroughly and refill it. This is the way to go if you suspect that your change in e-liquid is caused by leftover traces from the last vape juice flavor.
Change Your Coil
If all else fails, change your coil or pod cartridge and start over again.
Vapers Should Enjoy That Salt Nic Flavor
Vaping a salt-based e-liquid should deliver a satisfying hit of nicotine salts, a nice, smooth inhale and a consistent, tasty flavor. But, sometimes, our flavor suddenly changes in the middle of our vaping sessions. The good news is that if this happens, there’s almost definitely an easy solution. Use this guide to address the problem properly.