Harsh Vape Fix – How to Get a Smooth Vape

In this video, we explain how to fix a harsh vape and get a smoother vape. We often get asked questions about how to fix a harsh vape and there are plenty tips and tricks online to help you achieve a smoother vape. But we decided to make you an informative video giving our advice. We hope you find it useful!

Nothing spoils vaping your favourite e-liquid quite like a sore throat! The harshness can come as a surprise to new and experienced vapers alike.

However, though it’s a side effect many people experience, the solution is often much simpler than you think. In the list below, we’ll go over the possible reasons why that vape is so harsh, and how you might be able to solve the issue.

Why is my Vape so Harsh? How to Fix the Problem

There are four main reasons why your e-cigarette can be too harsh. And, here at Mist, we know how to fix them. The four most common problems are:

1. The nicotine content of your liquid is too high
2. The PG and VG ratio is wrong
3. Your variable voltage device has a voltage which is too high
4. You have the airflow closed off.
5. You should try nicotine salts

1. The Nicotine Content of your Liquid is Too High

If you have a vape pen with a high nicotine content, it could be too high, try reducing the nicotine content to 6mg because the less nicotine you have in your e-liquid, the smoother it will be.

For new vapers, deciding what nicotine content to go for can be tricky. If you’re unsure you can always buy e-liquid of varying strengths to see what works for you.

Or, better still, ask to try different types in-store before you buy. However, even after this, some of us still don’t know our own strength! So if you do start to experience a sore throat from vaping, it’s possible that the nicotine content could be too high.

If that’s the case, it may be time to make that transition to a lower strength e-liquid. Though, if you’ve been accustomed to vaping that strength without any prior problems, I would recommend ruling out the other potential issues first.

2. The PG and VG Ratio is Wrong

Correcting the ratios of your PG and VG can have a significant impact on the smoothness of your vaping experience. For those who are just starting off on their vape journey, the terms PG and VG can seem confusing. Luckily, you don’t need a PHD in chemistry to understand all you need to know about these compounds.

PG (Propylene Glycol), is a petroleum by-product and the most commonly used in e-liquid. Many vapers claim it provides a ‘throat hit’ similar to tobacco. VG (Vegetable Glycerin) is derived from vegetable oils and is therefore suitable for vegetarians.

It provides a smoother hit than PG and allows for thicker vapour. Some users have reported getting a sore throat from only vaping PG-based e-liquid, but have had these symptoms relieved by adding VG. This can either be in a 50/50 ratio or VG exclusively. The only way to find out is to don your lab coat and experiment…within reason of course! Read more about PG & VG in our guide.

3. Your Variable Voltage Device has a Voltage that is too High

If you are using a variable voltage device, the higher the voltage the more vapour that is produced which means you are inhaling more nicotine. Try turning down the voltage to create less vapour and enjoy a smoother vape.

Vape devices have come a long way since those plastic cigarettes you used to get at the store. Now you might purchase one that looks more like something out of a sci-fi film! In reality however, these are also much simpler than they appear.

The main function of these devices is the means to control the voltage – this adjusts the electrical current flowing through the coil. With this option the user has much more control over their vaping experience, and can customise it according to how strong or flavourful they like their hit.

For beginners, it’s important to know your way around this function or you may end up with a very harsh vape indeed! Most vape pens are set to 3.3-3.8 but you may desire a stronger or weaker output than this. If you are experiencing a sore throat from vaping the voltage could very well be too high for you. My advice is to change it up until you get that goldilocks hit!

4. Your Airflow is Closed off

Along with voltage, another customisable feature of modern vape devices is the airflow. High airflow allows for more air to be introduced and provides a cooler vape at the expense of flavour. A lower airflow will provide more flavour and warmth to the vapour.

If your goal is to create large, magical vape clouds, higher airflow is the one for you. Conversely, if you want a stronger vape with more flavour, you’d be better off going for low airflow. Though this can be taken too far, and sometimes even unintentionally.

If the airflow is completely closed off, you will most likely damage the coils and experience a very abrupt harshness. Always make sure that there is enough airflow to keep the coils cool in order to prevent that harsh vape.

5. You could try Nicotine Salts

Nicotine salts are a naturally occuring form of nicotine found in leaf tobacco. They aren’t only composed of nicotine but various other organic materials. This affords for a kind of bio-compatibility that you might not otherwise find in conventional nicotine.

Those who partake of this neat little substance conclude that they feel the harshness of vape hits has been noticeably reduced. They are a perfect substitute for those who can’t vape as often as they’d like, as they deliver a longer lasting nicotine hit.

Studies have also concluded that nic salts deliver nicotine to users much more efficiently than other methods. Furthermore, a new study recently found that nic salts could be more effective for those wanting to quit cigarettes. Reduced harshness and a more efficient hit? Say no more!

Happy Vaping!

If you’ve tried all the suggestions on this list and still get a harsh vape, you could just need a glass of water! Vaping can cause dehydration so it’s important to bear this in mind. Secondly, that feeling of harshness may not even be related to vaping, and you may want to take a break until the dust clears, and the clouds can return! You should also check our guide on how to prevent sore throat from vaping.

If you are vaping then suddenly get a dry hit, check our guide on how to prevent dry hit.

Happy vaping!

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