What Does ‘Atomizer Low’ Mean & How to Fix It?

‘Low atomizer,’ ‘no atomizer,’ ‘atomizer low,’—although the exact wording may change, if your screen displays a similar message, it means there’s an issue with your vaping device. This can be a number of things, and in this article, I’ll help you identify the issue and fix it. 

There’s no point leaving it for very long, as they usually get worse with time, and some will leave your system permanently broken. You may not even be able to use your device at all if you have this message, and if you want to get vaping again, it’s best to fix it as soon as you can. 

This message is a general message, and some more expensive models or those with bigger screens may have displays that tell you exactly what’s wrong.

Low Atomizer – 6 Common Causes & Fixes

1. Shorted coil

This is a very easy issue to fix and it’s all about making sure your coil is positioned properly. 

If it’s shorted, there’s no/very little current flowing through the atomizer. This can be caused by your coil not being in place, or it has been damaged or simply doesn’t fit. 

This is frequently due to human error rather than something being damaged.

To fix this, take your coil out and try again. Make sure there’s no stray liquid, and check that the coil is in straight and it hasn’t been put in at an angle. 

This can be human error, but can also be due to the coil not being the right size for the system. If this is the case, you’ll need to get a new coil but if that doesn’t work either, it’s likely an error with the main body, so I recommend taking it to your local vape shop for the professionals to repair.

2. Damaged insulator

Most atomizers use insulators to differentiate between the positive and the negative currents—and as you can imagine, if this goes wrong, it can be a serious hindrance to your vaping experience.

To fix this issue, you can check the insulators yourself. Remove the atomizer and check the 510 pin—it’s the screw underneath the atomizer. 

Take this out, and have a look. Is it cracked or damaged? Has the rubber washer ripped or split? 

If so, stop using your vape and take it to the shop. 

You could cause permanent damage to the vape, or even worse, give yourself a nasty electric shock. Turn it off and stop using it until it’s repaired.

3. Low resistance coil

Every mod operates at its own given range, and sometimes, coils don’t match this wattage. Check the resistance your mod works at and then compare it to your coil’s. 

If they don’t match up—the coil being lower than the mod—you’ll need to sort it.

You can dry burn a rebuildable coil to raise its resistance, but this is a long process that will drain the battery.

Alternatively, you can add a few wraps to your coil to help build upon the resistance. Unfortunately, you can’t do this with factory coils and you’ll have to buy a new one that operates with more resistance or just get a mod that works on the same level as your coil.

4. Damaged vape

Although the other methods in this article are related to tech issues, it can be as simple as your vape being physically damaged. This can be because you dropped it, water got into it, or the screen is scratched, etc.

There’s not a fixed solution to this, but I’d work out what the issue is and then try and repair it. If you have a cracked tank, you’ll need to buy a new one, for example. 

If it’s an issue that can affect the actual electricity in the system, like water leakage, you should be very careful when using it. Once again, this can lead to an electric shock, and that’s a risk that just isn’t worth taking.

Some issues may have only caused damage to the atomizer you’re using, and if you replace it, you’ll probably get to continue using your vape.

5. Undetected atomizer

If the atomizer isn’t detected, then the circuit can’t be completed, and so you won’t be able to use it. 

Unscrew your atomizer and see if anything’s blocking the circuit from being completed. Maybe you screwed it in at an angle, and the lack of symmetry wouldn’t work with the main body. 

Alternatively, this can be an issue regarding the 510 pin again—take a look at it yourself, and if there’s damage, get it replaced or take it to the experts.

6. Overheating

If you get the message after extensively using your vape, it could be due to the system overheating and not being at a safe temperature anymore. 

Although a lot of vapes are temperature and wattage controlled, it will still gradually build up over time. Be careful with this, as you don’t want your system to explode, despite how good of a story it would be. 

Turn it off if you can and let it cool down. After 10 minutes, the message should disappear.

This is an easy one to detect, as you’ll feel it in the body and/or the mouthpiece. Even if your vape has temperature control, it is still best to not overuse it and act on it if you feel that something is not working like the usual.

Final Thoughts

There’s clearly a lot of reasons ‘atomizer low’ appears and once the cause has been detected, you should try and fix it as soon as possible. 

Not all problems are visible, but you can sense some yourself, like overheating and physical damage. Others, like the atomizer not being detected, become apparent once you try to use it. 

If you have a more expensive device, like touchscreen vape mods, you may get a specific message come up on the screen telling you exactly what the problem is, but most will display a generic message, like the ones I highlighted in the introduction.