Losing My Taste Buds With E-Liquids

Something strange is going on with my taste buds of late. I’ve just received a huge shipment of different juices from different vendors. After a few days, all the juices have become tasteless to me. I went onto the ECF forums and posted about this experience there and received some pretty good advice as well as some things to try.

How I currently vape

At the moment, I go through about 3 to 5 ml of e-liquids a day, using my Ego electronic cigarette’s tank system. I mostly do the vaping in front of my iMac when I’m working and take drags every 10-15 minutes or so. These drags could be anywhere between 3 to 10 in the count. I also switch up the flavors throughout the day, with my current main e-juices being the RY4 and Ultimate Pipe tobacco flavors.

The symptoms

What happens is I pick up my PV, and take a long drag and get a huge flavor pop. I get the full contrast of all the different layers of smell and flavor from my e-juice. After the second or third drag, it becomes this cool and very bland flavor, and it’s almost the same as vaping my Elusion E-cigarettes – flavorless nicotine.

This happens time and time again. If I stop vaping for about an hour, I get that initial flavor pop again.

I’ve tried changing atomizers as well, flipping between low resistance atty’s and the default Ego-T atty’s, and there doesn’t seem to any difference. So I know, it’s definitely my taste buds that are acting up here. Note, though, some of the atomizers I’ve tried are brand new, and never used before. But then again, they aren’t broken-in either.

The advice I received

Apparently, this is completely normal to people who have not been vaping for that long. It happens a lot, and it does go away after some time, and the flavors return. That was what I was told anyway, and I’ll report back here in the forthcoming weeks to let you know what’s going on.

The guys on the forum have come up with a few things for me to try, so I thought I’d list them down here for you as well, just in case you come across the event of the “dead” taste buds.

Anyway, here’s the list of things to try:
⦁ Going back to analog cigarettes for a day or two (I don’t really want to do this)
⦁ Having some chocolate to reactivate the taste buds (this sort of worked)
⦁ Drinking a can of carbonated soft drink (this helped me a bit too)
⦁ Trying some peppermint flavored e-liquids (I don’t have any minty flavors in stock)
⦁ Drinking more water to keep the mouth and tongue from drying out
Since then, I’ve been experimenting heavily with the effects of vaping too much. If you haven’t already read that post, I suggest you read up on it first to get up to date.

Some of the things I’ve tried are as follows:
1. Went back to smoking analog tobacco cigarettes (just as a test)
2. Drank more water to stay hydrated
3. I vaped less for a couple of days
4. Changed between LR atomizers and standardly’s from my Ego-T e-cigarette
5. Started using dual coil cartomizers
The last one on the list did it for me. I wasn’t losing my taste buds after all. It was the atomizers on the Ego-T that were failing me. Even though there was still lots of vapor production, there was hardly any flavor.

Dual coil cartomizers are the bomb

In general, everything’s great as soon as I pop open a new LR (low resistance) atomizer but after about an hour or so of vaping, things would go a bit stale. This happened to 3 out of 3 atomizers I’ve tried. I suspect that perhaps the atomizer wasn’t getting sufficient e-liquid via the tank system.
After switching to the dual coil cartomizers, I was in vaping heaven. Flavor hits are nice and strong, and this is more or less consistent. I had a bit of a tough time when I first started using these, and it took some help from the e-cig community to work out what was wrong – I will talk about this more in a different post.

So far my latest dual coil cartomizer has been performing really well for two days now, and I’m paying close attention not to let the atomizer go dry. Once it does and the filler starts burning, it’s very difficult to get the nice and strong flavor hits (this is what I’ve discovered).

Advice and take away

If you’re experiencing a lack of a vape juice flavor after a while, there may be several reasons for this. It is rather difficult to determine what the cause is but you can try the following:
⦁ Make sure your electronic cigarette/PV battery is charged well.
⦁ Check to ensure you have enough e-liquid in your cartridge, cartomizer or tank.
⦁ Drink more water, especially when your tongue starts getting dry.
⦁ Try a best vape juice delivery system together (direct dripping onto an atty is a good way).
Good luck with that and let me know how you guys go in the comment box below!