Imagine waking up one morning, picking up your personal vaporizer and taking a big draw – only to discover that there is no flavor. You still get a big, billowy cloud of vapor, but the whole experience is dull.
What do you do?
It depends. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing vapor without flavor. Some of them are related to your device, but another type of reaction related to taste fatigue could also be the issue. Here are some ways to identify the problem and fix it.
6 Reasons Why You’re not Getting Any Flavor
1. Low Battery
The first thing to check when you stop getting the desired flavor is your device’s batteries.
Usually, if the battery is the culprit, you should notice the flavor dropping off a little at a time as it discharges. This is because as the batteries drain, they become less efficient at vaporizing the PG that carries the flavor in your juice. Even though you may still get a cloud when activating the device, that doesn’t mean all of the ingredients are being dispersed properly.
Try changing the batteries to a fully-charged set and see if there are any improvements.
If you’re using a device with a cartridge, this could be a sign that it’s time to swap out for a fresh one. Your device may be pulling just enough leftover liquid to give you a vapor cloud, but you definitely won’t be getting the robust flavor of a full, or even half-full, cartridge. Continue vaping with an empty cartridge and you’ll soon find yourself getting dry, burnt hits.
If you haven’t swapped out your atomizer lately, it might be time to do so. As you fill your tank and vape it down to zero again and again, small amounts of residue build up on your coil. This can cause the coil to heat poorly or unevenly. Sure, you will still get some vapor with continued use, but you definitely won’t enjoy the taste.
4. Adjusting Your Device
After checking for any parts that may have worn out, it’s time to try adjusting your device. Some flavors perform best in drip atomizers, while others do well in tanks. Adjusting your wattage upward may bring out flavors that were missing at first.
This process takes some experimentation, but it is usually best to start around 75 watts and see what happens. This is a pretty good mid-range wattage that tends to bring out the best flavors across the board. If you don’t get anything within this range, it’s time to do more research.
5. Steeping Your Liquid
On the less technical side of things, it could be that your liquid needs some time to steep before you vape it. The need to steep e-liquids is often a result of manufacturers shipping the products out immediately after mixing without letting them settle first. You can steep your liquid for a few days – or up to two weeks – and test it every few days to see if the flavor gets better with time.
6. Vaper’s Tongue
If none of the above helps remedy the problem, it could be time to take a step back. Maybe you may feel like you’re not getting any flavor because you’re not tasting it. People who vape, continuously, occasionally encounter a problem known as “vaper’s tongue” or “vaper’s fatigue.” Basically, it means your taste buds have simply been worn out by all of the intense flavors you have inhaled.
It’s kind of like when you go into a candle store and as you continue smelling dozens of candles, eventually you can no longer pick out one scent from another. Since smell makes up a large part of how we perceive taste, vaper’s fatigue isn’t much different. Think of it as your body’s way of reminding you to slow down, change things up, or take a break.
There are several things you can do to fend off vaper’s tongue. First, staying hydrated helps rejuvenate your taste buds. Drink lots of water. Second, try to cleanse your palate by using mouthwash, eating chocolate or vaping an unflavored liquid. Some people suggest switching to a completely different flavor to see if you can give your taste buds a jump start, although most would agree this really isn’t a “cure.”
In general, the most effective thing to do is to take a break from vaping altogether for a day or two and see if your body recovers. It’s important to note that there is no surefire way to overcome vaper’s tongue instantly. You will need to be patient while your body regains its senses.
These are the most common reasons that vapers experience a loss of flavor when using their MODs. While checking your device for technical issues is the recommended first step of troubleshooting, remember that vaper’s tongue can happen to anyone – even people who have vaped for a long time.