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What Is Vape Prime Coil?


In this article, we’re going to explore a number of things about vape prime coils. You must have heard the word “priming” a lot and might think it is a complicated process.

Don’t worry, I’ll clarify the meaning of priming further down. Now, let’s find out more about what a vape prime coil is and why it’s important to prime a coil when using a vape for the first time.

What is Priming a Vape Coil?

Coil Priming

Priming a coil means that it’s thoroughly soaked with E-liquid before vaping. Without priming, the wick might get burnt when the battery is activated. This is also known as a ” dry hit”, in which the vapour tastes very awful.

Please note that you’ll typically do this when using a new coil, not just when using a new vaping device for the first time.

The Importance of Coil Priming

The coil is the heart of a vaping device. It works as the heating element to turn the E-liquid into vapour. To have a good vaping experience, coil priming is very necessary. Priming the coil has the following benefits.

  • Prevent the wicking material from being burned
  • Heighten flavour intensity
  • Making the coil last longer

The Process of Priming a Coil

It’s really important to prime a coil when you first use the device. Here’s how to vape a coil effectively:

  1. Drip the vape juice directly into the cotton in the air holes in your coil until you see the cotton is wet.
  2. Screw the coil back and fill up the tank with vape juice.
  3. Wait for 5-10 minutes to allow the coil to absorb the E-liquid.
  4. Take a few priming puffs without pressing the fire button of your vape device.
  5. If your device has adjustable power, turn it to a low setting and then gradually increase the power to your desired preference.

The Coil Priming Time

It’s recommended to leave your coil to prime for as long as 5-30 minutes. The longer you leave it the better, but don’t be oversoaking. If oversoaked, your vape may produce a gurgling sound or experience leaking.

Most coils are ready to vape around 5-10 minutes. Please note that thinner E-liquids that are high in propylene glycol absorb more quickly than thicker E-liquids that are high in vegetable glycerine.

The Lifespan of a Coil

The average lifespan of vape coils is two weeks, but coils need to be replaced regularly. Generally, the lifespan of a coil depends on a number of factors, such as the device usage time, power settings and chosen E-liquid.

But when you notice the following signs, it’s time to replace a new coil.

  • The vape tastes burnt
  • Changes in flavour
  • The device produces a gurgling sound consistently


In conclusion, priming a coil is very important when you first time use the device. By understanding how to prime a coil and the importance and lifespan of a coil, we have a deep insight into coils.

Vape Prime Coil: FAQ

How many drops does it take to prime a coil?

For standard coils, drip a couple of drops of E-liquid is enough. If you’re using larger coils you can also add a couple of drops onto the exposed cotton through the holes around the coil.

Can you prime a coil too much?

Over-priming your coil can cause leaking issues, which leaves you with an unpleasant vaping experience.

What happens if you prime your vape coil improperly?

  • Oversoaking the wicking material or flooding the wire chamber can cause gurgling sounds or leaking when you vape.
  • Improper priming can cause a dry hit or a burnt taste when vaping.

How do I know if my coil is flooded?

When you vape, there is little or no vapour, and you may also notice bubbling and gurgling sounds.

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