3 Ways to Prime the Coil of Your Vaping Device

Posted by Veronica on 5th Sep 2018

3 Ways to Prime the Coil of Your Vaping Device

3 Ways to Prime a Vape Coil

Every time you change the coil of your vaporizer you need to “prime” it. Priming the coil is getting the wick moistened enough so that when you take that first puff you get a nice flow of good tasting vapor instead of the disgusting burnt taste of a “dry hit”.

There are 3 methods to prime the coil:

1.- The time and patience method: 

How long to wait for priming a coil

If you read the instructions of any vaping device out there you will probably be informed to just fill the tank and “let it sit” for 10 minutes before you start vaping after changing the coil. This is especially true with tanks that use small coils that do not have a wide opening where you can easily reach the cotton wick to pour a drop of liquid. Coils with wide opening at the top and you can simply put a few drops of liquid directly into the wick, but still you should let it sit for a couple of minutes, just to make sure the liquid spread all over the coil.

Specific instructions on how to prime the Subtank, Toptank, etc type of coils (OCC, SSOCC) can be found at the bottom of this pag

How many times have you taken your vaporizer and take a puff before it was primed? This happened many times to me; desperate for that big fresh flavor of just putting in a new coil and maybe a new flavor, waiting 10 minutes can feel like a decade and if you do not wear a watch (like I do) your mind will probably bend time to let you know “it’s been long enough...stop craving...just do it now!” What happens next is the most undesirable experience any vaper could wish for...the ugliest taste of “combustion”, yes, burnt wick that reminds you of your worst time being a smoker...that one when you had run out of cigarettes and you would smoke the one still burning to its very end, combustion in its worst way.
Some coils like the dual coils that have teeny tiny holes for the wick to be absorbed, will take more than 10 minutes to absorb the liquid. 

So there is a faster approach...the “suction” method that works really good:

2.- The “Suction” Method:

Prime a coil by suction

This is probably the best and most popular method as it saves time. It works by closing the airflow opening an the base of the tank and suctioning as if you were vaping, but without powering it on. In the Mini Protank, the airflow hole is tiny tiny positioned on 2 sides of the base, on the Aerotank it is a more obvious hole (or holes). The important thing is to close the inflow of air in order to create the needed suction.

The result is that liquid is forced by vacuum into the coil. The problem is that it is very easy to flood the coil by suctioning too hard, and if this happens then you will get gurgling problems or even get the liquid up in your mouth. This method is great as long as you control how gently you create the suction, do small steps very gently.

For dual and single coils, the suction method is a time saver.

3.- The “Drum” Method (use only on Ego style devices):

Prime a coil by shaking it


The "Drum" method consists of taking your vaporizer as if it were a drumstick and shaking it, leaning it forward “as if” you were hitting a drum with the airflow valve opened, then you just bang that imaginary drum without mercy! you will see air bubbles flowing up in the tank creating pressure inside the tank that will help to push the liquid into the coil...priming it! Also, like the suction method if you over do it, you will get liquid up the middle tube to your lips...not a good thing! 

I often use this method when I refill the tank (after running out of liquid almost completely) and keep the same coil. It is a nice way to re-moisten the coil. Use this method only with eGo threaded devices, I do not recommend this shaking method with 510 threaded devices because it could damage the thread. If you want to know what is an eGo or 510 thread read this article: What is Ego?

Why not experiment?

Pick your favorite tune...and follow that base drum with your vaporizer!

Oh.. and hold it tight, you don’t want to see your vaporizer flying like a ninja knife!

All in all, there is no perfect way, but your preferred way to prime a coil. I just wanted to share some options to experiment with..

Have fun!

Priming Subtank, Toptank, Nebox, Subvod coils (OCC, SSOCC):

  1. Place a drop of liquid in one of the 2 external holes on the sides of the coil and wait for the cotton to absorb it
  2. Do the same on the other hole
  3. Repeat this operation on both holes again until the cotton becomes slow in absorbing the liquid.
  4. Put a drop of liquid "inside" the coil (from the top hole) aiming at the cotton on one side, in the space between the 2 external holes.
  5. Repeat this last operation on the opposite side or where you see the cotton can absorb more liquid.

The coil should be well moist now or primed, now you need to "break-in" the coil.

To break-in the coil: use your mod at the lowest possible wattage for a few hours or the first day, then "gradually" raise the wattage during the day. If the coil is "spitting" e-liquid at you when you take a drag it means you must lower the wattage of the battery.

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