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Why Does My eCig Clearomizer Taste Burnt?

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Why does my clearomizer taste burnt? The clearomizer or CE4 is one of the most basic e-Liquid delivery systems for an electronic cigarette available. It is also the most commonly used by people that are new  to vaping. Some are disposable, while others like the CE5 are what is referred to as rebuildable which means the wick and coil can be changed once they are spent.

The clearomizer is simply a plastic tube that contains a stem, atomizer and wicks. The atomizer or coil is wrapped around the wicks at the very top of the stem and when the battery is activated (button pressed or drawn on depending on your battery type) the coil has power sent through it causing it to ce4-clearomizerFort Myers Vapor Electronic Cigarette ELiquid eCigbecome heated. The liquid absorbed by the wicks is also heated and vaporized.

Past its Prime?
There are a only a few reasons why a clearomizer will take on a burnt taste. The first and most probable is that it has been used past its useful lifespan. Under normal daily use a clearomizer will perform at its best for 5 – 7 days. At the end of it’s usefulness one of the symptoms can be a burnt taste. Others include, being hard to draw on, producing less vapor and leaking. A leaking clearomizer can ruin even the best eCig battery.

Workin’ It!
Another common reason for the burnt taste could be over use. What I mean is that you are taking too many or too long consecutive puffs without allowing the coil any cool down time. This will cause the coil to “burn” the wicks and thus produce the burnt or metallic taste.  It is sometimes possible to turn the clearomizer upside down allowing the liquid to cover the coil and cool it down as well as re-moisten it, but this does not always work. You have to remember that this is a very simple device.

Running on Empty?
Running your clearomizer low on liquid can also cause burning. You clearomizer should be kept at least half full with e-Liquid so that the wicks can stay moist all of the way up to the coil. Even if the wicks appear to be wet enough, they may not be supplying enough e-Liquid to the coil for proper vaporization.

Power Play!
Your battery can also play a part in burning any type of clearomizer or tank. Many people eventually graduate from basic eGo style batteries to what are known as “variable voltage” batteries without much guidance or instruction. The ohms rating of the clearomizer only allows it to handle a certain amount of voltage. If you have your eGo Twist, Spinner or Winder battery cranked up too high you will certainly cause the coil to over heat and burn. It may not happen immediately, but it will definitely shorten its lifespan.

But it’s Brand New!
The last and unfortunately fairly common reason is that you may have gotten a dud. This would be most evident if you filled your new clearomizer, allowed the wicks to soak up the liquid (turn it over briefly) and the very first hit is burnt. In most cases the shop will replace it for you.

We appreciate you questions and look forward to answering each and every one. If you have issues with any type or brand of electronic cigarette batteries or cartridges, feel free to bring them by the store for a proper diagnosis.

Thank you,
Rob and Rhonda Fontano
Fort Myers Vapor


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  2. Pamella - February 16, 2014 9:32 pm

    Thank you, this was very helpful. I bought three new CE4 clearomizers and was having this problem with all three. I think I am causing the problem with not letting it have time to cool down between puffs. I’m still on a learning curve with this. Thanks again!


    • RobFontano - February 17, 2014 4:47 pm

      Pamella, We appreciate the feedback. Vaping can be a bit of a learning process of best practices as well as what just works for the individual. Please let us know if we can ever be of further assistance.

  3. letitia carter - March 14, 2014 11:53 am

    i am having the burnt problem too but i am also experiencing a metal taste in my mouth and burnt feeling as well as in my throat what could be causing this too happen. i know i may be the culprit to the wick not cooling down and i know now that i need a new coil.

    • RobFontano - March 14, 2014 1:42 pm

      Letitia, The metallic taste is most likely due to the cartridge being burnt. If you refer to the post you’ll see some examples of what causes this. Most likely getting a fresh one will solve the problem.

  4. Sj - March 15, 2014 5:18 pm

    I also have a burnt taste but it only happens when I use one of my batteries. So I checked the voltage and the battery reads 3.6 volts. Not sure if there is something I can do to fix the problem. Any help and or feedback would be great. Thank you

  5. laura - April 20, 2014 1:59 pm

    Ive read somewhere that if you have the ce4s that can have replacement parts it could be the rubber capping too much of the gap where the wick comes out so they can’t suck up enough liquid, so the guy trimmed his ever so slightly. I cant try this cbecause mine is a cheapo all in one type :(

  6. jenn - April 30, 2014 6:19 pm

    I have had the same ‘burnt taste’ issue. One thing I was doing wrong was simply not releasing the button before removing it from my mouth. I was doing this subconsciously though I knew better, lol. My husband pointed it out to me, and after denying it, of course, I realized he was right!

    • RobFontano - April 30, 2014 6:47 pm

      Thanks for adding to our post. Every bit of information is helpful. e-Cigarettes are still new to the market and even newer to most users so always appreciate new vaping new tips and tricks that will make it easier for everyone.

  7. Michelle D - June 2, 2014 10:23 pm

    Are these with the Long wicks better than the wick less/short wicks ?

    • RobFontano - June 3, 2014 1:08 pm

      Michelle, If you are using a Clearomizer and the wicks come from the top down, then I would recommend longer wicks. I prefer bottom feeder tanks like the Kanger T3S or Protank where the wicks are small, but at the bottom beneath the liquid. They are much less likely to burn out quickly.

      • Tyrellion - June 3, 2014 8:21 pm

        Hi, have found myself with the same burnt taste issue as many others. Have now switched to bottom coil tanks and find them to last a lot longer.

        Also found that with these you can flip the rubber seal over that’s on the air tube (on some atomisers) to allow slightly more air flow. Seems to allow shorter pulls with a better vape.

        Some atomisers leak if you do this though so be careful if you try it :)

      • amber butcher - September 17, 2014 3:12 pm

        Hi there. I have the kanger one where the small piece screws Into the bottom. The last four I have used immediately taste burnt even after letting it prime. I’ve been using this for about three months and am having to buy new ones let and right. New batter (basic) ego style. What am I doing wrong? Been using ego for a year

        • RobFontano - September 17, 2014 3:40 pm


          I have a few questions that may help us discover your problem.

          First, you are using a basic eGo, can you tell me what color the button is when it lights up? Some eGo’s have two voltage outputs. The white light is lower at around 3.7 volts and the Amber or Gold is at 4.3 volts. It is easy to change, and sometimes you could inadvertently switch to the higher voltage and that could cause the coils to burn.

          Second, what ohm coils are you getting and are they authentic Kanger coils? Some shops sell generic coils that do not work consistently. Does the box say Kanger T3S MT3S Coil and are the coils separated into foil packs of five? They should be in a Black or occasionally white box.

          For a standard eGo putting out 3.7 volts a 1.8ohm coil is usually preferred.

          It is also possible that you got a bad pack of coils. It is unusual that all five in a pack would be bad, but it could happen.

          I would be happy to schedule a Skype Video Call to see first hand what you have and are experiencing. Please let me know if you would like to set that up. My Skype name is robfontano Use this link to schedule

  8. jason - July 26, 2014 2:45 pm

    what dio i do if i loose my rubber band in the clearomizer plzz tell me what to do or it is normall !!!

    • RobFontano - July 26, 2014 3:11 pm

      Jason, I assume you mean the small rubber seal at the top of the clearomizer where the mouth peice is? If so, unfortunately there really isn’t much that can be done about it. You may just be better off replacing the clearomizer.

    • j - September 13, 2014 1:54 am

      you can always replace it with a band from an old clearomizer or a new one.

  9. STEPINPLACE - October 3, 2014 10:49 pm

    I’ll have 2 or 3 going just for the reason of letting them cool down and soak up more juice between hits

  10. Laurie - October 19, 2014 1:04 pm

    My daughter and I have a ecigarette an EVOD. Last week they were working beautifully, great taste. However, after arriving home after our flight we have no flavor. We had it upside down in the plane because of pressure and after immediately landing it seemed to work. Now, both are flavorless we changed the coil. Do you know what could be wrong?

    Thank you,

    • RobFontano - October 20, 2014 1:03 pm

      I am a little perplexed by your question. The air travel can effect the tank and cause it to leak due to cabin pressurization, but you said that isn’t the issue. When you say it’s become flavorless, are you referring only to the taste of the e-liquid? Is it vaporizing properly?

      Was the e-liquid exposed to any extreme temperature changes? If e-liquid gets too warm it can cause it to thin and it won’t vape properly anymore. You could clean out your tank, replace the coil and try a different e-liquid flavor to see what happens.

      Feel free to call us to clarify some of these questions and we’ll see if we can help you through it.

  11. Tim - December 14, 2014 7:37 am

    I see many people here stating they may not be leaving enough time between puffs, for the coils to cool down. What would be the advised wait period to ensure a cool coil?

    (i’ve been having the burned coil issue too, but now realize my mistake)

    • RobFontano - December 14, 2014 3:36 pm

      The burnt coil taste can usually be caused by taking several puffs consecutively without a) Giving the clearomizer or tank coil a few seconds to cool down and b) Not giving the wick a chance to soak up more liquid. I don’t know of an exact time, but simply giving it a 5 – 10 seconds after taking a few puffs should do the trick. Sometimes the burnt coil can be ok after going dry and sometimes it never recovers. As I tell our customers, you have to remember these are very simple devices, wick and heating coil that’s it. Once they start to taste burnt they most likely need to be changed.

      Good Luck and Happy Vaping.

  12. Joey - January 18, 2015 8:16 pm

    Hi I have one of these not sure which one I think CE5 but the first hit or two will produce a lot of vapor, but then after that it’s little to no vapor. It’s really frustrating because I have to turn it off and wait a minute before using it again. Why is this? I can’t find anything on the Internet about it

    • RobFontano - January 19, 2015 3:13 pm

      If you are using a CE5, then you have a Clearomizer Tank with a replaceable coil and wicks. The tank unscrews at the bottom and that is how you change the coil. From what you are telling me it is most likely a combination of things. The coil is getting over heated or flooded. This could be caused by taking several puffs in a row without allowing the coil to cool and draw in more liquid or it could be that your battery is under powered.

      When you vape, take long slow draws, don’t pull on it like a cigarette. This allows the vapor to be created by the heated coil. take a couple of puffs and give the coil a few seconds to cool and the wicks to get wet again. (The wicks dry out every time you hit it). My other question would be “How old is the coil?” These are supposed to last 5 – 7 days and then be replaced. When you replace the coil, give it a few seconds to get wet (primed) before hitting it the first time. I mentioned your battery, is it a variable voltage (adjustable) battery. The voltage needs to be set in accordance with the ohms (resistance) of the coil you are using. Most commonly a 1.8 ohm coil works best using 3.7 volts.

      Hopefully this was helpful. If you still have questions, please send a pic of your tank and battery so we can see what we are dealing with. You can also schedule a free online session through skype and we can work through it with you by clicking on this link:

  13. Samantha - January 22, 2015 10:15 am

    I just bought mine about 13 hours ago n it’s been working fine all day. I got up n used it 3-4 times n my last hit I got the oils in my mouth it tasted terrible. How do I fix this n why did this happen?

    • RobFontano - January 22, 2015 3:04 pm

      It sounds like your battery was close to dead and would not properly fire the coil. Ecig batteries operate on a curve. They start out on a full charge at around 4.2 volts and as the day progresses the voltage output gradually drops. At the end you may fire the battery and go to take a long draw, but the liquid is not fully vaporized and liquid will find it’s way into your mouthpiece. In general, when vaping press the button, give the coil a second or two to vaporize (you hear the sizzle) then take a slow draw. Placing the tip in your mouth, firing and drawing at the same time will end up flooding the coil and getting liquid in your mouth.

  14. Samantha - January 22, 2015 11:19 am

    I have the encore t3s tank

  15. Jordan L - February 14, 2015 7:15 am

    What is the chemical that is causing the burnt plastic taste from my encore ecig? I feel like I just inhaled something much more harmful for my body.

    • RobFontano - February 14, 2015 5:03 pm

      It depends on which cartridge you are using, but all encore ecig cartridges and tanks are basically re-branded from the original manufacturer. The taste you experienced is most likely the coil burning which can be caused by a few different things. The coil consists of silica wick and kanthal wire which is what heats up as you activate your battery and heats the liquid that is soaked into the wick and turns it into vapor. These coils have a lifespan of 5 – 7 days, so as they get older a burnt taste definitely indicates the coil should be changed. If you run your tank low in e-liquid, that could also cause a burnt taste as well.

      My advice is to properly maintain your tank and ecig by changing the coil regularly and keeping the tank at least half full. Also, If you are using a variable voltage battery, it could be that your battery is turned up too high for the resistance rating of the coil. This will burn the coil out prematurely and taste burnt. Your bench mark should be 1.8ohm coil 3.7 volts setting.

  16. alexa - March 3, 2015 2:34 pm

    I have the “starter set” from my local vape shop, it says KangerTech EVOD. I change the wick thing about once a week. The last 2 I have put in (just in the past 4 days) have both turned the vape juice in the tank black and horrible tasting. Do you know why this would happen?

    • RobFontano - March 3, 2015 9:39 pm

      A few questions. Are you using a Evod variable voltage eCigarette or MOD? Are the new coils authentic Kanger brand and what Ohm rating are they, did you change juice brands? Here are a few things to look for. If the voltage is set too high for the coil it will burn your e-Liquid and also taste bad or burnt. If you leave your vape or e-Liquid in the heat, like a car, it will thin the e-liquid and darken it. It is best to keep the tank at least half full. If you run the tank low while vaping it will darken the small amount of e-liquid as well as the new e-liquid you add to it. If the coils could be bad, it’s not unheard of. If they are knock off coils, (not authentic Kanger) that could also be the issue. Let me know if any of this applies and we will try and help you work it out.


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