How to initialize a new resistor without burning it out straight away

New resistor: how to initialise it without burning out

Published on: 16/12/2022

Initialising a new resistor: everything you need to know

How to initialize a coil without burning it out?

If you are a novice vaper it is normal that you do not have very clear ideas: this is a delicate procedure that must be carried out correctly to avoid vaping with an unpleasant burnt taste.

So how to do it?

In this article we have gathered all the essential information on the correct initialization of the resistance of your electronic cigarette.


Let’s start from the beginning: what is the purpose of initializing a new resistance?

As you use your vaporizer, you will slowly start to notice less steam production and a less intense flavor. After one or two weeks, you will start to notice a burning taste, which indicates that it is time to change the atomizer coil. Although many people simply fill the tank, screw in the new coil, and start vaping, some recommend initializing it before use.

In this way, the e-liquid flavor will be greatly improved, and the vaping experience optimized.

But how does this happen?

In short, initializing an atomizer coil simply means pre-saturating the wick (the wick that is inserted into the resistance) with e-liquid when using it for the first time. This moisture prevents the wick from overheating and burning and allows it to absorb the e-liquid more smoothly and evenly from the tank and distribute it to the coil.

But now let’s get down to business: let’s see how to initialize a new heating element.

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Initializing resistance: the step-by-step guide

Step one: Connect the new atomizer coil

Once you have removed the old coil, screw the new one into place. This will give you something bigger to hold onto while you add e-liquid to the coil.

Step Two: Saturate the Wick

The next step in initializing the coil is to locate the e-liquid holes inside the atomizer head, where the wick meets the e-liquid. Some coils are designed with the cotton sticking out of the holes, while others have the wick behind.

In both cases, the material used will be exposed and easily visible, so all you have to do is add a single drop of e-liquid into each of the holes to evenly saturate the wick.

Next, saturate the cotton with e-liquid. Depending on the specific atomizer coil you are using, the amount of e-liquid required to adequately saturate the wicks will vary. You will realize that you have added enough liquid when the cotton stops absorbing it. However, be sure not to overdose or you will cause ‘flooding’ and allow the liquid to enter your mouth.

Keep in mind that the goal is not to soak the coil, but only to saturate the cotton.

Step three: take a few dry puffs

Once the tank is filled and reassembled, connect it to the battery. The next step in priming the coil is to take four or five dry pulls.

If you don’t know what that means, a dry puff is simply taking a puff without activating the power button on the battery. Simply tighten the airflow valve (if your tank has one), cover the air intake holes with your hand and inhale as you normally would.

💡Extra tip: make sure you don’t take too deep or strong pulls, or more than five, as this could cause the coil flooding, we mentioned earlier.

Step Four: Coil break-in

Although the most important factor in initializing the coil is the saturation of the wick, it is also important to break in the new wire correctly.

Since the wire expands when it is heated and contracts when it cools down, it is a good idea to break it in gradually.

But how?

First, you should start using the new coil at a lower wattage than usual. After a few puffs, you can gradually increase it until you reach normal wattage. It is also useful to take shorter puffs for the first ten vapes so that the wire does not overheat at the beginning.

This constant increase in wattage and duration of the draws will ensure that the coil is properly primed together with the cotton.

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Advantages of coil initialization

Eliminates burns

The main advantage of a correctly primed coil is to avoid dry or burnt-tasting shots. When the coil of an atomizer is unused, the cotton is completely dry and, as it encounters the coil, it will burn once heated, causing an unpleasant taste and an unpleasant vaping experience.

By pre-saturating the coil, this will prevent this from happening, as the liquid will be vaporized instead of burning the cotton.

Increases flavor intensity

The main advantage of coil initialization is that it helps to add intensity and strength to the e-liquid flavor. By pre-saturating the cotton and the coil itself, you will experience a rich flavor explosion from the very first puff.

In addition, because you have avoided burning the cotton, the flavor will not be compromised by a charred taste, as would otherwise occur.

Increases coil longevity

Initialized atomizer coils tend to last much longer, and this is mainly because the materials inside the coil have been properly broken in.

As we have said, a burnt or charred wick drastically reduces the longevity of an atomizer coil.

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In this article we have seen how to initialize the resistance of an electronic cigarette without burning it.

As you will have seen, this procedure is quite simple and can be carried out quickly. According to many vapers, the benefits to be gained are worth the minute or two it takes to do it.

The vaping experience will be much more pleasant, not to mention that there will be a significant increase in coil life.

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