The tips below apply to all pod and pod mod kits. Make your pods or coils last longer, with Mistwood’s tried and tested methods and carefully selected products.
Using Orion DNA GO? We have a few more tips for the longest coil life possible. Check them out after the jump.
1) Don’t “dry fire.” Keep the tank at least a third full at all times, and make it a habit to check once in a while if there’s still enough liquid in it. This prevents burnout of the coil. Tip: For a two-chamber pod such as Suorin Drop, open all the refill caps after every few hours of use to let the chambers equalize in pressure and liquid content. This helps wick the coils efficiently.
2) Let it soak. On the first fill, let the pod/coil rest for a few minutes so that the wick will be well soaked before first use.
3) Puff prime. On your first fill, take a few shallow puffs (3-5) without activating the device. If using a puff-to-use device such as Suorin Drop or Renova Zero, you can take a few puffs on the pod while it’s separate from the battery unit. This is called puff priming, and it will speed up the soaking process; don't puff deeply though as it may cause flooding of the coil/pod.
Extra Tip: You’ll know your coil/pod is flooded if vapor output suddenly drops and you can hear a sizzling or gurgling sound while in use. Just use it regularly and it should resolve over time.
4) Use lower VG liquids. Unless the pod or coil is designed for 70% VG liquids or more, using 40-60% VG liquids will generally ensure that the wick soaks liquid well. Remember, the lower the VG content, the less thick the liquid. This translates to easy absorption.
5) Avoid very sweet, dark colored liquids. This would be a matter of personal preference, as you may like your vapor very sweet. However, the sweeter and darker the liquid, the more “gunk” or caramelized sugars and residue will build up on the coil or pod over time. Gunk will shorten the usable life of your coil or pod; gunk makes vapor taste burnt, and lowers flavor and vapor output.
6) Use the appropriate nic concentration not just for your device, but more importantly for your need. Make sure the nicotine concentration of your liquid matches your nicotine needs. The better it matches your nicotine needs, the less frequently you’ll use your device.
As a general rule, if you find yourself “chain vaping” (taking more than 5 puffs in succession per session), it is highly likely that the nicotine concentration of your liquid is too low. You end up consuming more liquid in order to get the dosage you want.
Regardless of the nicotine concentration of your liquid, you will tend to vape in a manner that gives you the dosage of nicotine you actually want from it. This is why low nic liquid users tend to vape a lot more frequently compared to high nic liquid users.
Our recommendation: go up a level or two in nic concentration. You’ll use your device less frequently, and you’ll use up less liquid, too. And you won’t just be saving money on liquids; you’ll also be saving on coils/pods and electricity. As a bonus, your vaping breaks will be shorter, and you’ll be able to do more with your free time.
Special tips for Orion DNA GO Kit users:
1) Use Replay Mode. Replay Mode is a special feature of your kit's DNA chip. When set, it locks in the Orion DNA Go's delivery of power to the pod to consistently deliver vapor similar to the last output you experienced before turning Replay on--hence the name. As a bonus, Lost Vape claims it helps prolong coil life and prevent dry burn.
For how to turn on Replay, check your manual.
2) Match liquids with Orion DNA GO replacement pods. Orion pods come in two variants--0.25ohm and 0.5ohm. The 0.25ohm is best used with freebase nic liquids up to 70% VG. The 0.5ohm is best used with salt nic liquids from 12-30mg/ml.