Common Causes of Vape Popping and How to Fix Them

Posted by Richard Broke on Apr 12th 2019

Common Causes of Vape Popping and How to Fix Them

Common Causes of Vape Popping and How to Fix Them

The vaping industry is rapidly growing. Projections show that the market could reach $43 Billion by 2023. New vapers are expected to flood the market over the next few years.

If you're new to vaping, you might be unfamiliar with some vaping issues such as a strange, popping sound.

If you're an experienced user, then you are familiar with the popping noises and the dreaded spitback issue.

Although popping sounds can be a normal part of the vape experience, sometimes they can signal that there are issues with your vape pen.

To fix popping noises and to prevent spitback, read on to learn about the common causes of vape popping and how to fix them.

Why Does Vape Popping Happen?

When you vape, the e-juice heats and vaporizes. You can hear mild popping noises as the coil heats the liquid. A normal vape pen will make some vape popping sounds.

However, if you notice a major change in the noises of your vape pen or the sound becoming louder, this could indicate a problem.

Sometimes, the liquid can flood parts of your vape pen. Eventually, the flooded liquid can result in spitback. Spitback is when the e-liquid comes up and spits back into your mouth.

If the thought of e-liquid spitback makes you shudder, you can take steps to prevent this by fixing any issues as they arise.

Common Causes of Vape Popping

Low Wattage Setting

As you inhale, air enters the tank, and the wick works to bring e-liquid to the coil.

The coil heats and vaporizes the e-liquid. If you have a low wattage setting, however, it will take longer for the e-liquid to vaporize.

The e-liquid gets into the atomizer chamber before the coil can vaporize the e-liquid in time. You end up flooding the atomizer which results in the spitting and popping noises.

Try raising your e-cigarette's wattage so that it can vaporize the e-liquid without flooding the coil.

Type of E-Liquid You're Using

If you're using a thin e-liquid then that can flood your coil and causing the popping noises.

E-liquids made up of propylene glycol are usually thinner and will vaporize at lower temperatures. If you are using a tank that uses higher temperatures, such as a sub-ohm tank, the thin e-liquid can flood your coil.

You can try buying a different, thicker e-liquid that can vaporize consistently with your vaping pen.

Vapor Condensing on Drip Tip or Chimney

Sometimes excess vapor can form inside the drip tip. this happens from extra vape that pools every time you inhale. The vapor ends up condensing and forms a barrier to the vapor flow. This can result in popping sounds and e-liquid spitback.

To avoid this, you can use a wide bore drip tip since any extra condensed vapor would not collect around the drip tip. You can also use a rebuildable tank atomizer, or RTA, which has a wide chimney.

Check the Wick If You're Using an RTA

If you have an RTA, you may need to check your wick. There may be space between the tank and coils that the e-liquid gets into.

One solution is to re-wick the coils and make sure the space between the tank and coils are covered.

Twisted or Braided Coil

Some vape pens contain twisted or braided coils. A twisted coil has more space and crevices for the e-liquid to go through to vaporize. As the e-liquid travels through the coil, you can hear popping sounds.

If you have coils that you braid yourself, you can try to twist it extra tight. That way you leave no space for extra gaps and crevices for the liquid to get into.

If your coil is premade, however, then you won't be able to adjust it.

Other Solutions When You Hear Popping or Spitting Sounds

Avoid Over-Priming the Coil

Most spitting and popping noises can happen from flooding. To avoid this, don't drip too much e-liquid on your wick. The wick should be wet, but not flooded.

You might need to figure out your sweet spot when it comes to how much e-liquid to use. Keep your eye on the wick and stop before it becomes too wet.

Press on the Fire Button

If you did accidentally soak the wick, this can remedy this problem. Press on the fire button before you inhale. This can fix your vape popping noises.

Avoid Long Inhales

If you take long inhales, you can be taking in too much e-liquid at once then your vape pen can handle.

Try taking shorter inhales. You can also try reducing the airflow setting. Adjust the airflow ring by turning it.

Replace the Drip Tip

There are new drip tips that stop spitback from reaching your mouth. Angled drip tips stop e-juice from going back up. There are also rotatable drip tips that have special parts to prevent spitback.

Another option is to use bent or curved longer drip tips.

Cover the Drip Tip

Loud vape popping and spitting can be annoying. If you are still having issues and spitback continues to happen, you can cover your drip tip.

You can do it the old-fashioned way with a piece of paper towel. You can also use some cut-down pipe screen and place inside the drip tip.

If you tried everything but still hear the noises, this can at least prevent any liquid from entering your mouth.

Want to Learn More About Vaping?

Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, and many people are switching to vaping as an alternative to cigarette smoking.

We hope our tips can help with vape popping issues and provide you with a more enjoyable vape experience.

If you want to learn more tips about vaping, read our blog.