Avoiding Dry Hits While Vaping

Avoiding Dry Hits While Vaping

Brittany Hale


Have you ever took a long hit of …. dry cotton?! If you have, you know how crappy it is to do so. If you have yet to, you’re lucky but chances are you will at some point in your vaping experience. Don’t worry, we are here to help lessen your chances so you either never have one again or, even better, never have one at all. We decided to gather a few key points to share with you all to keep you on top of your game.


  1. Prime your cotton, patiently.

Priming your wicks and coils when first using new cotton is the first preparation to take in order to avoid dry hits. Sometimes priming can be annoying and somewhat time consuming, but we promise your patience will be well worth it. IF you take a rip of your vape before it is fully saturated, the heat will burn up through your dry cotton and give you a nasty, burnt taste. This is a simple way to avoid dry hits that some are simply just impatient with.

  1. Make sure your wattage is set correctly.

Next is making sure that your wattage is not set too high. Too high of wattage means that your pull is going to be way too intense for your wicks regardless of if they’re correctly saturated or not. This will overheat your cotton and cause a dry hit.

  1. Know your device when chain vaping.

We know how it feels to want to chain vape. You are craving your nicotine hits and maybe don’t even realize you’re doing it at all. Unfortunately, not all atomizers are made with the ability to chain vape without giving you some heat from time to time… literally. Chain vaping can sometimes just cause your wicks and coils to be way too hot to the point of burning and leaving you with that burnt taste.

  1. Be aware of your e juice level.

Yes, this one is completely obvious but even experts can get caught slipping when it comes to their e juice level and next thing they know, they’re ripping drags off of dry cotton. We have all done it and it is not pleasant. The best to avoid this is to just stay conscious of your e juice level and replenish it whenever it’s that time.

  1. Know your e liquid.

Some e liquids have a higher VG level (freebase juices) which makes them thicker and in turn takes them longer to absorb into your cotton. Depending on your device and how your controls are set, this could cause you to have a dry hit or two if you aren’t staying on top of your stuff.


Simply being aware and keeping these crucial factors in mind will help you to avoid these dry hits as much as possible. It is more than likely that at some point you will experience dry hits even if you do your best to stay on top of your experience. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory and though it can be annoying and nasty, we promise you will survive. Remember also that at some point you may just need to either rebuild or replace your wicks and coils because they simply have nothing left to give. Before changing them out though, check all the other possible causes of your dry hits so that you can possibly save time and a coil. 

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By: Brittany Hale

Brittany Hale was born and raised in Torrance, CA and has a bachelor’s in Journalism from Hawai’i Pacific University. She has been vaping since 2016 and has loved the vape culture since it has benefitted her in many ways. Her enjoyment inspired her to continue to learn about the ins and outs of the industry. She then pursued her passion for writing by combining it with her enthusiasm for vaping by joining VaporDNA’s content team. 

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