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How Long Do Vape Coils Last & How Often Should They Be Replaced?

What Is A Vape Coil?

A vape coil is an integral part of a vape device. It’s the component of a vape that heats up the e-liquid, turning it into the delicious vapour that we inhale.

To make sure you enjoy your vape to the fullest, it’s important to know when to change your vape coil.

Down below we’ll tell you how long a vape coil typically lasts, when it needs changing and some tips on how you can prolong the life of your coil.


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How Long Does a Vape Coil Last?

There are a number of factors that influence how long vape coils last. These include the following:

  • Quality of coils
  • Type of e-liquid being used
  • Frequency of use
  • Device wattage

Quality of coils

When it comes to vape coils, you should always favour quality over quantity. A high quality vape coil will last longer than several cheap coils and will also offer a more pleasant vaping experience. Cheap coils tend to burn out quicker and lead to more issues like dry hits and burning tastes.

Type of E-Liquid

The type of E Liquid you use tends to effect the life of your coil and can cause you to burn through coils faster.  Excessively sweet vape liquid puts more strain on your coil and can cause it to wear out quicker. This is a fairly unavoidable issue if you love sweet flavours, but if you prioritise the life of your coil over taste, you might want to consider switching to a different flavour.


It comes as no surprise that the more you use your vape device, the quicker the coil will wear out. If you’re a heavy vaper, you might be going through coils faster than someone who vapes moderately or casually. If you want to prolong your coil life, consider making a change to the amount you vape throughout the day.


If you’re using a device with variable wattage then be careful not to turn up the output too high. More heat means more strain on your coil, meaning it’s bound to burn out quickly. If you find yourself going through boxes of coils try turning your wattage down and see if this helps.

So with all this in mind, how long do vape coils last usually? Taking all the above information into account, the average vaper will usually need to replace their coils every 1-2 weeks. If you’re using your device excessively, on too high a wattage or using cheaper coils, this will significantly reduce the life of your coils to less than this estimate.

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When to Change Vape Coils

Although the rough estimated time for changing your vape coils is 1-2 weeks, there are some telltale signs that indicate you might need to change your coil sooner. These signs include: 

  • Burnt Taste – If your vape starts to taste slightly burnt or you’re experiencing ‘dry hits’ then this is usually the first sign that your coil has burned out and needs replacing.
  • Weak Flavour –  If your e-liquid is tasting dull or something is off with strong flavours you usually taste, then there could be an issue with your coil and it might need hanging.
  • Poor Vapour – Another sign your coil needs replacing is a distinct reduction in cloud production. For cloud chasers, it should be clear when your clouds start falling flat.
  • Leaky Device – If your vape is starting to leak then this could be an indication you need a new coil. Worn out coils don’t absorb e-liquid as effectively and this can lead to issues with leaks.
  • Bubbling or gurgling – If you’re hearing gurgling noise when you vape, this is a sign that your coil needs switching out. Vape juice that isn’t properly vaporised will bubble as the coil tries to heat it so if you hear this sound it’s time for a new coil.

It’s important to note that some of the things you encounter above can be caused by other issues and not an old coil. If you’ve got issues like leaking or bubbling, make sure you’ve ruled out any other problems before you throw away your coil.

We hope by now that you’ve learned when you should change your coil and how long a coil lasts. Remember that being aware of the issues that burn out coils and preventing them can help your coils last longer.

If you’ve got other vaping queries and want to know about e-liquids, check out our Fantasi Shortfill Guide that covers everything important about shortfills.