E-Cigarette Problems – Not Getting Enough Vapor

Electronic cigarettes don’t always work the way they should, and one of the most frequently encountered problems is low vapor production. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including vaping techniques and faulty components. It’s always important to find the root of the problem before trying to fix it, so in this article we’re going to look at the different issues that cause e-cigarettes to produce less vapor than normal.

Before we cover the technical issues, let’s talk a bit about your expectations. A lot of users watch e-cigarette reviews on video-sharing sites like YouTube and expect their devices to produce the same crazy amount of vapor. What most of them fail to notice is some reviewers don’t actually inhale the vapor into their lungs. They just draw on the e-cig, hold the vapor in their mouth and blow it out for that “wow” effect. It’s a cheap trick, but you’ll be surprised how many people actually fall for it. Inhaling into the lungs makes a huge difference in vapor production, so the next time you’re watching a review, you may want to pay close attention to how the device is actually used.

Speaking about e-cigarette usage, the truth is many ex-smokers are disappointed after their first vaping experience, because they tend to use the e-cig just like they did analogs. But just because they look like tobacco cigarettes, doesn’t mean they work the same way. As their name implies, electronic cigarettes are electronic devices and they have to be used in a certain way for optimal results. Pulling fast and hard on an e-cig is not going to produce a lot of vapor, and could even damage its internal components, or cause e-liquid to leak into your mouth. Instead, take long and steady draws, allowing the atomizer to heat up and vaporize the e-liquid.

Usually, when you notice a decrease in vapor volume, the first thing you need to check is the battery. If you’ve been using the e-cigarette for a while, the battery might be low on power and in need of a charge. Even before the LED tip of the battery starts blinking (between 5 – 10 times) letting you know it’s time to recharge it, there’s a noticeable difference in vapor production compared to a fully charged battery. Most electronic cigarette starter kits come with two batteries, and you can check if this is the cause of your problem by using the other battery, or a USB pass-through. You should also check if the area around the battery connector is clean, allowing the air to pass through. They are all shiny at first, but they tend to clog up with all kinds of impurities and leaked e-liquid. Make sure to clean them regularly using a napkin and a toothpick, paying special attention to the two air holes on the side. If those little vents are clogged up, you won’t get a lot of vapor and you’ll be forced to draw really hard on your e-cig to get any at all.

If you’re battery is in working condition, the low vapor production problem might have something to do with the cartomizer or cartridge. Start off by making sure there is plenty of fluid left inside the cartomizer. Vapers often get caught up in their daily routine and forget to check the level of e-liquid. Once there’s nothing left to vaporize, the heating coil gets dry and burns the filler fabric inside, leaving users with a nasty burnt taste in their mouth, and rendering the cartomizer unusable. But before this happens, there’s a serious decrease in vapor volume, you just have to notice it in time. Also, cartomizers don’t last forever. The incorporated atomizer deteriorates with time, so if you’ve been refilling and using it for a while, it maybe time to throw it in the trash and order a set of new ones. Cleaning cartomizers can sometimes damage the inner components, so keep that in mind before boiling them or using the syringe cleaning method. Although not as frequent as the causes listed above, an imperfect contact between the cartomizer and the battery can also cause the e-cigarette to produce less vapor than usual. If you feel there’s more air coming through than vapor, you might want to try another cartridge.

If you’ve checked everything, and the e-cigarette still doesn’t produce the desired amount of vapor, it’s possible you’ve either bought a low quality device, or simply that your unit is faulty. You should either opt for a reputed electronic cigarette model, or contact the vendor and ask for a replacement.

31 Comments/Reviews

  • kaygee says:

    why is it my e cigarrette’s led doesnt turn off at all and it only keeps on light up all the time. Even if i press d led button, nuthing happen. I did try to charge it thinkin myb d led lights turn off yet same things still happen. can u tell me is there any problem with it?

    • adam says:

      Sure Kaygee, This means it was shorted out and the battery is no good. The positive and negative touched each other some how.

  • melissa says:

    Just got an e cigarette took it out of the package and plugged it in for the first time and it’s charged but the light doesn’t flash and you can’t hit it. Can you tell me why this is happening and what to do?

  • patricia tomimura says:

    my ecigarette doesnt produce any smoke whatsoever. i’ve tried adding more eliquid, recharging it up and still no smoke. i dont know what to do.

    • Vranks says:

      Either the battery is a dud, or the atomizer in the cartridge doesn’t work. Or they don’t connect as they should. There’s no point in trying to fix i yourself and probably cause more damage. Contact customer support and if they don’t offer a solution, ask for a refund

  • patricia tomimura says:

    my eliquid is leaking from the ecigarette into my mouth – i also dont know what to do. thank you for your kindness in responding me.

    • Vranks says:

      Unfortunately, a lot of cartomizers/clearomizers/tanks leak, even though they shouldn’t. Not much you can do other than throwing away the cartridge and trying a new one.

  • julia says:

    IM new to all this but i put some new liquid in my e cig n charged it up n since iv done all this it doesn’t seem to turn on the blue led light not flashing or nothing in just wondering if any 1 could help me plus iv took it apart n its got a bit of liquid on the battery please help thanks

    • shirley says:

      your connections need to be cleaned, what I mean by that is like where you screw your tank on the battery you need to get a qutipe and clean it it works

  • gerardo says:

    EMy vape keeps blinking when i try to smoke it and no smoke comes out and i charged it and still doesnt work i checked the battery and its fine but when i try to use it keeps blinking and wont even try to vape can someone help please

    • Devin says:

      aye so gerardo, I have a dodo ecig verry expensive broke my bank on it, but it was fine for a few weeks then the same thing happened to me, replaced the atimizor/cartimizer (its all one piece in mine) and it worked fine, replace your atimizor/cartimizer, it should work fine

  • Lee says:
    5 stars

    Hi.
    I am vaping a juice that isn’t producing hardly any vapour. I am getting a nice thought hit but not much vapour. I am using clearomizers. I tried empting my juice into a new clearomizer but still the same!?
    All my other clearomizers with different juice works fine ion the same battery.
    Is the juice the reason why it isn’t producing much vapour?
    Thanx lee

    • Danny says:

      I just got a EGo CE5 off eBay, a twin pack with 2 batts and 2 Cartomizers, but I cant seem to get any vapour? Using Hangsen 0% with Hangsen 12% 50/50 split, nice enough throat hit, but very little vapour and feels like I am sucking air!! any ideas guys? is it the unit or the juice at fault :-(

  • Chris Martin says:

    These things suck this is my second one an they both are a fail. They cost to much to be so shitty

  • Dylan says:

    So, I recently bought a K100. Now, I made sure the batteries were both charged. The tiny battery seems to allow some smoke, but by some smoke, I mean nearly NOTHING. An when I try using the larger battery I receive no affect at all. Nothing burns. I made sure the batteries & the mod/k100 itself was firmly put together. Why is my K100 not hitting? Is it broken? Am I simply doing something wrong? The batteries are over heating quickly, due to not burning the actual juice it seems.

  • daniel says:

    what does it mean if my ecig blinks eight times and then wont let any vapor out?

  • Barry Norman says:

    I have 2 batteries but have noticed that some cartimizers don’t work with 1 of my batteries but do with the other. Then the one that does;t work WILL work with another cart. I don’t understand this at all. Can anyone throw any light on this. Thanks in anticipation.

  • kel says:

    I just got a new battery last week. I replaced the atomizer today because I had been using the one I had with my old battery. It only allows me on hit on it before it stops producing vapor. It is full of liquid, has been cleaned and battery is charged. Every time the battery comes off of the charger, it does the one hit thing again. My battery worked fine before this with the other tubing. It this a problem with the atomizer or whatever it is you guys called it (the thing that holds the liquid)?

  • markp says:
    5 stars

    V2 starter kit.lots of vapor.Nice tobacco flavors.Had a fin and was very dissapointed with it.

  • Dalton rich says:

    My mini firefly when I tryto vape I barely get anything at all, mostly a little cloud smoke and it only last about 15 minutes is this normal or do I have a problem with it. Respond ASAP

  • Idalia23 says:

    why does my electronic cigarette flashes blue when I take a puff & vapor doesn’t come out

  • Paul says:

    I am pleased you pointed out that most reviewers don’t inhale. I couldn’t understand why my Evod was not producing anywhere near the vapor on youtube. Then I noticed they were not inhaling.
    And it’s not just a few, pretty much every reviewer does exactly the same thing.

  • Jake says:

    I just got my e-cig Friday(yesterday) and It was working fine, well I started cleaning it and when I got done I tried to pull through it nothing came through I tried pulling long ad nothing so I tried charging the battery and that didn’t help any idk what happened I cleaned it agin and nothin happened

  • laurie briggs says:

    Got a blu e-cig the other day the battery package thing doesnt seem to charge and when i tried to smoke the e-cig i got nothing so i went and got a different one with the liquid oil things to put in it i and i like it what should i do with the “blu e-cig”??

  • Kate says:

    I’ve had my e-cig for a couple of mo ths and up til now its been working brilliantly. I picked it up tonight and the button doest seem to be working on the battery, but instead of it not producing any vapour it’s doing the oposite and is constantly producing vapour without holding the button down. Is there anything I can try to fix this?

  • Emma says:
    5 stars

    Hi I have recently purchased a e cig mine is a ego-t and was workin fine today but I’ve put it on charge and the light is on constant and charging I take it of to smoke and the blue light dosent work and no vapour can any one help please as I’m in 2 nd day of no smoking and this I the only thing that’s helping thanks

    • Vranks says:

      Emma, have you tried pressing the button on the battery five times in rapid succession? Maybe you turned it off by mistake.

  • eric says:

    Hi, my e cigarette light turns on fine everything seems fine but when I inhale nothing comes out, this started when I bought another e liquid.. any idea what’s wrong?

  • kombo says:

    i didnt get these problems with the usual cigarettes :D

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