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Innokin Adept: Troubleshooting

We selected the Innokin Adept in part because it is extremely well made and durable. The top notch craftsmanship that goes into producing this starter kit means that it's rare to come across a lemon and most problems new users encounter are actually due to user error.

That's no surprise since, like any e-cig, the Innokin Adept has a bit of a learning curve. This guide will help you troubleshoot the most common issues so that, if there's a quick fix, you can find it and get back to enjoying your new e-cig!

Burnt Taste

The most common cause of a burnt taste when vaping is a singed coil. Most e-cig coils feature bits of cotton to help soak up the e-juice and provide a flow of e-liquid to the heating element where it can be vaporized. However, if the cotton gets too hot, it can burn and the taste of burnt wick coming through your e-cig is most unpleasant.

If you're experiencing a burnt taste, try these troubleshooting methods.

Did You Prime Your Coil?

It is important to prime your coil each time you start with a fresh one. It's a quick and easy procedure but if you neglect to follow it, you will almost certainly end up with a singed, wasted coil in no time. Once a coil is singed, you'll have no choice but to throw it in the trash so don't forget to prime each and every time!

To prime the coil, before you install it, you need to drip about four drops of e-liquid directly into the base of the coil. This will soak in right where it needs to go, wetting the cotton and keeping the heating element from igniting the dry material.

Innokin Adept Priming the Coil

After you prime the coil, install it (you can follow our photo tutorial on coil installation if you're not sure what to do). Now, make sure you e-juice tank is topped up and then, put aside your e-cig and let the coil soak in the vape juice for five minutes.

Wait  5 minutes

This 5 minutes gives the coil extra time to get fully saturated by vape juice and is an important step when using the Innokin Zlide tank with Kai's Virgin Vapor e-juice. Because our natural and organic vape juices are manufactured using a 100% VG base, the viscosity is slightly higher than PG-based e-liquids. For this reason, it's essential to give every fresh coil this extra time but you can skip this step if you're using PG-based vape juice in your tank.

Once time is up, you're ready to vape!

Is the Wattage Too High?

You may occasionally singe your coil if the wattage is set too high for the coil to keep up with your vaping style. The higher the wattage, the faster your e-cig will vaporize e-juice and, if you're personal vaping style is fairly frequent with long, deep puffs, you may out  vape the rate at which e-liquid can flow back into your coil, eventually leading to a dry wick that can quickly get singed.

If this is happening, try turning down the wattage. Just click the wattage button until the readout displays fewer bars.

Innokin Adept Adjust Wattage

When your Adept is at the highest setting, you'll see four bars in the digital readout. At the lowest setting, you'll only see one:

Innokin Adept Wattage Display
Are You Due For a Coil Change?

The designers of the Innokin Adept recommend that you change your coil once a week at minimum. Coils have a limited life and individual vaping habits and an array of other factors will affect how long they last and continue to product good flavor.

When coils get too old, they can build up residue and that residue can start to singe or just cause the vape the taste off. If you're getting a bad taste, make sure you're keeping up to date on swapping out for a fresh coil.


Is your e-cig leaking onto your hand or slow leaking onto your desk if you set the unit down? There are two easy fixes.

Is the Coil Aligned Properly?

When installing the coil, you have to make sure the coil is oriented correctly or you will have a messy leaking problem.

Take a look at the picture below. You'll notice that there are two flat sides on your coil. These must line up with the two flat edges on the bottom of your tank.

Innokin Adept Coil Alignment

Check to make sure that your coil is installed so that it is oriented correctly and nestled down between the two flat surfaces on the base of your e-juice tank. This is easy to miss because the unit can be re-assembled with the coil out of alignment and you'll only notice when vape juice keeps seeping out of the bottom of your tank.

When the coil is correctly aligned, it will click into place and will be flush with the bottom surface of the tank.

Innokin Adept Coil Placement

If the coil isn't aligned properly, a small gap remains which allows vape juice to seep out of the bottom so check to make sure everything is lined up.

Did You Fill the Tank Using the Correct Port?

There's one more easy fix that, if not followed, can cause leaking. Check out the gurgling & spitback section below to make sure you filled your tank through the correct port. This one is easy to miss but, fortunately, easy to fix!

Gurgling & Spitback

If you find your Innokin Adept is making a gurgling sound when you vape or if you are getting vape juice in your mouth or the unit is spitting e-liquid onto your tongue when you vape, you'll want to check to make sure you filled the tank using the correct hole.

Did You Fill the Tank Using the Correct Port?

While this sounds like a silly mistake, when you look at the design of the Innokin Adept, you can see why it's so easy to make. The top of the tank features a double arrow pointing right at the hole in the top of the tank! It seems intuitive to fill the unit through that hole, however, that's actually the hole for the drip tip.

Innokin Adept Incorrect Filling Port

If you fill through that hole, e-juice will go directly into the tube you draw air through and will cause all kinds of gurgling, spit back and general unpleasantness.

Fortunately, this is easy to fix. To fill the tank correctly, you actually have to slide that arrow forward to open the tank. Once you do, you'll see another port and that's actually where you want to fill.

Innokin Adept Vape Juice Port

Did You Leave the Tank Open?

The slide open tank isn't meant to be left open for extended periods. Doing so can cause vape juice to leak into the stem that leads to your mouth and can thus cause gurgling and spitback. It's fine to open the tank when you need to refill but be sure to close it again when you're done and don't leave it sitting open for extended periods.

Vapor Is Too Hot

If you find the vapor is too hot when you inhale, there are a few things you can try.

Reduce Your Wattage

Reducing the wattage will decrease the heat producing a cooler vape. Just click the wattage adjustment button until the digital readout displays fewer bars.

Innokin Adept Adjust Wattage
Increase the Ohms Rating of Your Coil

The ohms rating of your coil will also significantly influence how hot your vape is. We sell two replacement coils: a 1.2 ohm and a 1.6 ohm. We find that the ohms range of these two coils is the ideal range for vaping Kai's Virgin Vapor e-juice.

However, your Innokin Adept Starter Kit will come with a 0.48 ohm coil preinstalled in the tank. This preinstalled coil has an ohms rating that is lower than the ratings we offer and that means that, when using this coil, your e-cig will run hotter.

Keep in mind that increasing the ohms rating of your coil will decrease the heat at which your e-cig operates. You can check out our blog post on the Difference Between Ohms Ratings to find out more about how using a coil with a different ohms rating will affect your vaping experience.

To decrease the heat of your Innokin Adept, go from a 0.48 up to a 1.2 ohm coil or, to go even cooler, go from a 1.2 to a 1.6 ohm.

Increase Airflow

If there's less air flowing through your e-cig and over your coil, this can also increase the heat. Check the section below on tight or airy draw to find out how to increase the airflow to help cool your vape.

Tight or Airy Draw

Is the draw too tight or too airy for your liking when you take a puff of your  vape? Fortunately, this is easily adjustable.

Adjusting Airflow

The ring at the base of the tank can be turned to increase or decrease airflow. As you spin the ring, the airflow indicator area will show more or fewer small holes indicating the volume of air that is flowing through.

Innokin Adept Adjust Airflow

Adjust the ring to show more air holes to increase airflow and to create an airier vape. Spin the ring to cover more or all the air holes to produce a tighter draw.

We hope this guide has helped you quickly solve the most common issues. If you're still having trouble, just give us a call at (844) 303-4545 or email us at:

Happy vaping!