SMOK mods are among the most popular and most advanced vapes, but even these well-liked devices can sometimes go wrong.
Helpfully, though, they also have a readout that can help you quickly identify the problem, and to address one possible issue, in this post, we discuss the question, how do I fix my vape that says ohms too high?
Why Is Your SMOK Ohms Too High or Too Low?
With SMOK vapes that have readout displays, one of the big advantages is that you can see instantly where the issue is coming from when something goes wrong.
However, even then, you still need to work out what is causing the message – so here are some of the most likely causes of seeing an ohms too high or too low message.
The most likely cause of this message is just that you have it set up wrong. On SMOK vapes, you can adjust the resistance in the coil, and if you have it set to less than 0.1 ohms or above 3.0 ohms, your vape will display this message.
Sometimes, with a rebuildable atomizer (RBA), the screws can become loose, which will result in the same message.
You are using a non-compatible coil
Although many non-official products may be marketed as being compatible with a SMOK vape, when you try to use it, you may find that it doesn’t work as you expected.
When this happens, it’s also likely that you will see a ohms too high/too low message on the readout.
The firmware is not up to date
Modern vapes are advanced pieces of kit, and many of them require up-to-date firmware to operate properly. As a result, if your firmware is not sufficiently up to date, you may also see this same kind of message.
The resistance detection component is faulty
A more serious issue can be that the resistance detection component is faulty. When this happens, one possible result is that you can see an error message telling you that the ohms are too high or too low.
There is a short circuit
Another potentially serious problem can be when you have a short circuit within your device. This may manifest itself in several ways, but one of them could be a message about ohms on the display readout.
How to Fix SMOK Ohms Too High or Too Low?
If you see an ohms too high or ohms too low message, there are several things you can try to fix it.
Some of these are fixes for specific problems while others are simply things you can try if you don’t know the exact cause of the problem you’re experiencing is.
1. Adjust the coil resistance
If the problem is due to a wrong resistance setting – lower than 0.1 or higher than 3.0 – all you need to do is adjust the settings and the problem will be solved.
This kind of issue is most frequently encountered by new users who aren’t familiar with the vape they’ve just bought – but the good news is that it’s also one of the simplest problems to fix.
2. Tighten the screws properly
As mentioned above, loose screws in an RBA can cause the vape to display this message, so one of the first things to do if you have an RBA is to check your screws are screwed in tightly.
With any luck, this will be all you need to do to resolve the issue.
3. Update the firmware
After checking the settings and tightening the screws, the next thing to do is to make sure the firmware is up to date.
This is something that can easily be overlooked – especially because some people might not even think that a vape needs firmware to run – and if this is the source of your error message, it’s another easy fix to execute.
4. Switch to a SMOK brand coil
If you are using a non-SMOK-branded coil, this is also a big clue as to where the problem is coming from – because even if the coil you’re using is supposed to work with SMOK vapes, you might find that the reality of the matter is different.
In this case, if you have access to one, fit a SMOK-branded coil to test your vape with that. If it works, at least you’ll know that the problem is coming from your coil and that you’ll need to buy a new one to fix the problem.
5. Remove the tank and reset the resistance detection
If you’re not sure where the problem is coming from, one trick to try – as recommended on the official SMOK help page – is to remove the tank and reset the resistance detection.
For this to work, first remove the tank and then click the “fire” button to reset the resistance detection. After this, put the tank back into place, and the display will ask you “Is it a new coil?”. When you see this, you just click “n”, and hopefully, your vape will start working again.
6. Clean the 510 connectors
If removing the tank and putting it back in place didn’t work, you can also try cleaning the 510 connectors.
To do this, remove the tank again and use a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to gently clean away any vape juice and other gunk that has built up on the pins and connection points.
As above, press the fire button to reset the vape again and refit the tank. Press “n” again when asked if it’s a new coil, and you should be good to go.
7. Try other coils and tanks to see if they work
Another option if you can’t work out what is causing the problem is to try your vape with other coils and tanks, preferably SMOK-branded ones, to see if they work with your vape.
If your vape works when you fit it with another coil or tank, this means that the problem lies with the coil or tank you were using before. However, if this doesn’t solve the problem, the problem is likely to come from the vape itself.
8. Try a factory reset
If nothing else has worked, you’ve got nothing to lose from trying a factory reset to see if that does the trick.
To do this, you first need to remove the batteries from your vape.
Next, you need to press and hold certain buttons on your vape to complete the reset. With most models, this involves holding down all the physical buttons on the vape, but with the Veneno and Alien models, you just need to hold the “up” and “down” buttons.
If in doubt, check the user’s manual that came with your vape for further details.
Once this is done, you then need to reinsert the batteries and switch on the vape to see if this has cleared up the problem.
9. Take it to a vape shop or contact SMOK directly
At this point, if you’ve tried everything and nothing works, it could be time to call it a day and start looking for your next vape.
However, if you’re still not ready to give up, your options are limited to taking your vape to a vape shop to have a pro take a look at it or contacting SMOK directly for advice.
However, if it gets this far, you’re probably going to have to resign yourself to putting your hand in your pocket and spending the money on a new device.
What does ohms too high or too low mean anyway?
So far, we’ve been talking all about how to fix the problem when the ohms too high or ohms too low message appears, but what does this actually mean?
Ohms is the unit used to measure electrical resistance – and in this case, it refers to the resistance of the coil in your vape’s atomizer that is used to vaporize the vape juice for you to breathe in.
Every vape has a recommended resistance range, but with many models, the resistance can be adjusted according to personal preference.
If you choose a lower ohm rating, it will result in more vapor and more flavor, but it will also use up more vape juice. On the other hand, if you choose a higher rating, you will use less juice, saving you money in the long run.
Most vapers enjoy a resistance of around 2.5 ohms, but if you try to set the resistance above or below your device’s recommended range, it may cease to function, and if you are using a SMOK vape, this is the message that will be displayed to tell you there is a problem.
Some easy fixes to try first
As we’ve seen, when you see an ohms too high or ohms too low message, there are a number of easy fixes for you to try first, and with any luck, one of them will work, allowing you to get back to enjoying your vaping.
However, sometimes this message can be caused by more serious issues, in which case, you might need to start thinking about investing in a new vape.