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How to Troubleshoot Auto-Firing in 3 Easy Steps: Causes, Fixes & Prevention Tips

Auto-firing—or automatic draw activation—is a handy feature on some devices that lets you fire the vape by inhaling on the mouthpiece. Sometimes, this mechanism can malfunction. Here, we’ll be outlining some causes & fixes for common auto-firing problems. 

So, your vape won’t stop firing on its own. Maybe it’s even giving off a burnt smell. You’re not pressing the button and you’re not inhaling on the mouthpiece—so, what gives?

MTL vapers love automatic draw activation, otherwise known as auto-firing. This feature allows for buttonless operation of your pod kit, where you simply inhale to activate (or, ‘fire’) the device. Still, this type of mechanism isn’t without its flaws. Many popular and well-loved vape kits, like the original Uwell Caliburn Pod Kit and its descendants, are plagued with auto-firing issues—specifically, where the auto-fire mechanism activates itself.

Auto-firing issues are common in these sorts of devices, and they can cause many problems such as burnt coils, a bad smell, a warm battery, and more.

Thankfully, auto-firing problems don’t always signal the death of your favourite pod kit. There are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue and rectify it once and for all. 

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Causes of Auto-Firing Issues

After seeing and testing a number of devices with this issue here at Vape Green, we’ve gathered that these auto-firing issues often stem from one area of the device: the spot where the pod meets the battery.

Oftentimes, the cause of the issue comes down to the state of the device. This can be due to either cleanliness or damage. 

If your device has suffered a bad fall or has sustained damage, this may be permanent and the device may have to be replaced. 

On the other hand, if the issue is being caused by debris or excess liquid in the device, this is very fixable. 

Vaping with a pod kit will inevitably result in a small amount of E-Liquid condensation gathering on the outside of the pod. This is noted by manufacturers as being unavoidable. Usually, the condensation doesn’t cause any problems if you clean your device on a regular basis. 

Still, even with regular upkeep, it’s possible for some of that condensation to collect between the pod and the vape battery, which can lead to issues with how the battery and the pod “communicate” with each other. This is often the cause of auto-firing issues.

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Troubleshooting Auto-Firing

Read on for tips on how to troubleshoot auto-firing issues.

Step 1: Remove the Pod

At the first sign of your auto-fire mechanism activating itself, you’ll first and foremost need to remove the pod from the battery. 

You should do this immediately upon noticing the problem. This is to prevent your coil from burning, which can happen when too much electricity is conducted through the coil, and to avoid any short-circuiting of the device’s battery.

Step 2: Inspect the Battery

After removing your pod, inspect the area where the pod meets the battery. If there is any E-Liquid pooled there, or if you find any debris, you should clean the area with a cotton bud or a damp piece of kitchen roll and allow the device to dry fully.

You should also thoroughly clean and dry the outside of the pod, paying particular attention to the bottom of the pod where the metal pins are located. 

Important: Do NOT use any other substances to clean inside the device, including cleaners or alcohol-based products. 

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Step 3: Replace the Pod

Once you have thoroughly cleaned the area where the pod meets the battery, you can re-insert your pod. 

If the issue persists, we recommend trying a new replacement pod in your device to see if the problem is resolved. 

If the Problem Persists

If you’ve taken the above actions and are still experiencing auto-firing issues, remove the pod, and try replacing it with a new one.

Remember to prime your new pod (as you normally would when replacing it) by filling it with E-Liquid and letting it sit for about 5 minutes. When you attach it to the battery, the issue should be resolved.

If you continue to experience the auto-firing issue after replacing the pod with a new one, this may signal an issue with the battery, or the pins located inside the device. In this instance, remove the pod immediately, stop using the device, and contact us for support. 

Our experienced team will be able to help you.

How to Prevent Auto-Fire Issues

The best way to prevent this from happening to your pod kit is to keep your device in good condition, which means cleaning it periodically with a damp paper cloth or a cotton bud. As always, routine maintenance is key to keeping a vape functional in the long-term. 

When cleaning your device, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to the spot where the pod meets the battery, and remember to only use water when cleaning your device.

And, this goes without saying, you should avoid dropping your vape. If you find yourself dropping your vape often (like me), it’d be best to invest in a shock-proof vape.

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Auto-fire issues are common with certain pod kit models, so it’s up to you as the user to identify the problem before that horrid burnt smell kicks in. 

Hopefully, a quick cleaning will suffice, and you’ll be back to vaping again in no time. 

But if you’re still experiencing this issue, fear not: our Vape Green support team is here to help. Contact us to let us know about the problem and we’ll be happy to help you.  

Written by:
Rachel Domanchich
Rachel Domanchich
A self-proclaimed American Weird Girl in London, Rachel is a 25 year-old content writer with +5 years of vaping experience under her belt. She recently severed her decade-long love affair with Marlboro Reds using Nic Salts and hasn’t looked back since. From sub-ohm mods to pod kits to disposables, Rachel vapes them all—with a penchant for tropical fruit & ice flavours. Outside of writing and vaping, Rachel is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, wife, and mother of two black cats. 

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