Have you ever gone to fill your cartridge
with salt-based e-liquid, only to find that your pod coil looks a little, well, rusty? Many people who have been vaping for years couldn’t tell you whether or not vape coils get rusty. But, still, if your coil seems to be covered in rust, it can be quite alarming. After all, isn’t it unsafe to vape a rusty coil?
Do Pod Coils Get Rusty?
The truth is that pod coils can, in fact, get rusty if they’re exposed to certain conditions. After all, vape coils are made with metal materials, and those metal materials are exposed to liquid. So, while it doesn’t happen that often, coils can become rusted over time.
It’s important to note that if your coil seems to be rusty, it’s best to throw it out and replace it with a new one. It’s also wise to reconsider your vaping habits so that it doesn’t happen again. While it’s not likely that vaping with a rusty coil will seriously harm you, it’s still best to avoid it altogether.
Why Do Pod Coils Get Rusty?
Now that you know that they do, here are some reasons why it occurs:
Washing Your Coils Frequently
If you are someone who is constantly switching out nic salt e-juice flavors, there’s a good chance that you wash your coils after each flavor switch. This usually involves running the coil under water for a brief period of time to wash away any lingering juice. While this practice is good in theory, overdoing it can rust your coil. So, if you want to avoid ending up with a rusty coil, consider sticking with each flavor for a longer period of time.
The unfortunate truth about the vaping industry is that there are a lot of low-quality products out there that are made from cheap materials, and this applies to coils as much as any other type of product. We all know the importance of using the right type of metal when it comes to coils. Without the right metal, our vaping experience can suffer in a variety of ways. But, an additional issue with cheap, low-quality metals is that they’re far more prone to rusting. So, needless to say, coils are an area in which it’s okay to splurge a little bit. Besides, high-quality coil materials last longer, meaning that you won’t be going through them nearly as frequently.
Non-Stop Exposure to Salt-Based E-Liquid
Another issue with pod coils is that they’re constantly sitting in e-liquid. That means that once in a while, your coil might start rusting simply because of the fact that it’s been in your cartridge for too long. If you’re more of an occasional vaper, leaving your coil in a full cartridge can cause it to rust over time. That’s because you’re not using the coil up soon enough. Instead, you’re just letting it get exposed to liquid longer than it should.
If you’re not a heavy vaper, consider removing the coil from your cartirdge when you’re not vaping. This will protect your coil from getting overexposed to juice and eventually rusting.
How Can I Tell if My Coil is Rusty?
Before you throw out that rusty-looking coil:
- Remove it from your cartridge and fully examine it.
- Take a cotton swab and rub it onto the rusty areas.
- If that discoloration comes right off, there’s a good chance that it’s actually juice gunk, not rust.
A Rusty Pod Coil Can Ruin any Vaping Experience
Luckily, there are some easy ways to remedy this situation. And, in some cases, what appears to be rust is really just gunked up juice that’s easily removed.