How to Clean Your Vape Coil, Tank, Change E-liquid at HomeVape Vibes
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Clean the Tank
- 2 How to Clean the Coil
- 3 How to Clean a Vape Pen
- 4 How to Change the E-liquid
It is common knowledge that in order to extend the shelf life of an electronic device, you must perform routine checks and keep it fully functional. The same goes for your vape device — keeping the tank and coil of the vape device rid of dust and impurities can significantly improve the shelf life and save you a lot of money.
The chances of the vape juice leaving stains on your device are low but if the tank accumulates deposits, the performance gradually lowers and eventually you’ll end up disposing the vape. There are some e-juice flavors containing vegetable glycerin that not just leave resilient spots but also clog the coils.
A coil that hasn’t been cleaned in a long time will produce less potent flavors and will waste more battery power. It is not uncommon for vapers to replace the coils of their devices once every week because they haven’t maintained it. If you keep the coils clean, you can potentially avoid a lot of expenses in the long run, even if you get a couple more days of worth out of cleaning the coils.
You must note that new vape devices can smell like engine oil. But whether new or old, the telltale sign that your vape device needs cleaning is when it emanates a fetid machine odor.
How to Clean the Tank
Cleaning the tank of the device is just as important as cleaning the coils, if you do not want the previously-used flavor seeping into the current flavor. And if you’re resolute on cleaning the coil, it only makes sense to clean the tank as well.
With Warm Water
The following steps will guide you with cleaning the tank immaculate:
- First step would be to carefully remove the tank from the device, followed by the coil. It would be greatly beneficial if you took some time to understand how the tank and other parts of the tank fit into the mod. Not every vape device has the same design, so it is important to know how to reassemble all the parts. After removing all the parts from the tank, place them in an organized manner.
- Next step would be to rinse the parts in lukewarm water. Warm water ensures that the dirt can easily slide off from the tank and its parts. If the tank is very dirty, microwave a bowl of water for a couple of minutes and place the tank in it for some time before rinsing it.
- After rinsing the parts, use a paper towel to dry the parts. You can also use a hair blower to expedite the drying process, but ensure that the air doesn’t pose any damage to O-rings of the coil. After ensuring that the coil is dry, carefully reassemble the tank together. It’s as simple as that. But if in this step you lose some components, you wouldn't have to worry, for you can get these components at your local Dubai vape store.
With Propylene Glycol
There’s another effective way of cleaning the tanks. It’s essentially the same procedure except with propylene glycol in place of warm water.
Take a bowl full of Propylene Glycol and simply drop the tank in it. Let it sit there for an hour or two. Do not use vegetable glycol because it is a highly viscous fluid and would only make it difficult for you to clean the tank.
After the tank adequately soaks up in PG, you can take it out and place it on a towel until all of the PG dries up. This method is effective for removing the left-over flavors from the tank.
Cleaning Agent Rinse
If the vape tank has hard deposit that’s not likely to be washed off by water, you can try some household items that are more effective than the previous method. Use the following substances to get a deeper clean from your tank:
Vinegar: Vinegar is highly acidic in nature and can be used to clean the tank immaculate. However, you just have to remedy the smell of vinegar that follows after the rinse.
Ethanol: Also goes by the name of grain alcohol in Dubai, this substance is often used in cleaning vape accessories.
Vodka: You’d be surprised at how cheap you can procure this product. You might even have a bottle of it lying around your house.
Baking Soda: One of the most common kitchen items, baking soda can be used to get back the sparkle in the tank.
If you’re looking to get the tank immaculate, you’d need an ultrasonic cleaner. An ultrasonic cleaner is typically used by jewelers to clean jewelry and precious stones. However, many prominent vape retailers in Dubai use an ultrasonic cleaner to get a spotless clean out of the tank.
This method isn’t as arduous as it sounds, for all you have to do is submerge the tank parts into the ultrasonic cleaner filled with water. You can also add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to it and give it a good rinse afterwards.
How to Clean the Coil
As easy it is to clean the tank, it is just as arduous to clean the coil, because it is an intricate part of the device and would require some meticulosity.
First thing to know is that replaceable coils come in two designs: standard coils and rebuildable coils.
Cleaning for Replaceable Coils
These coils typically consist of an absorbent wick which is placed in a metal tank. Very often, the coils that come with clearomizers and sub ohm tanks can easily be cleaned, but won’t make them anew. This is because of the use of wicks in the tanks. Passing water through the dirty coils will only partially clean them.
Cleaning coil heads requires some time, but you can expedite the cleaning process by the same wash-and-rinse method.
- Use baking soda, vinegar or ethanol and soak the coil for at least 2 hours.
- Then rinse the coil under running water.
- If you have distilled water lying around, you can use it to rinse with it again.
- Wait till it dries before using it.
To speed up the drying process, you can either use a blower or even keep it out in the sun. but regardless of how clean the coils might look, you will definitely need to change it after a few days. Check with your local vape store for more information.
When your vape device has a rebuildable coil, whether trying to clean or not isn’t really an option, because these type of coils have to be cleaned without fail. The crud that the coils develop overtime cannot be neglected if you’re looking to get the most out of the vape.
Neglecting the dirt in the coils will drastically affect the flavor and vapor production. But fret not, for you can easily clean these coils and unlike replaceable coils, these coils will be as good as new.
The first step is to remove the wicks carefully from the coils. The wicks are the white fluffy cotton materials stuck fast to the coils. Remove them and hold the fire button for a few seconds until the liquid fully evaporates. Allow the coil to cool down and then place the wicks back into the coil.
However, this method isn’t the most effective if you’ve already carried out this procedure before for more than 2 times. Hence, in case that you need a deeper cleaning, the following steps will guide you:
- First step would be to remove the wicks from the coils.
- Then light up the coil. Be careful not to overhear the coils.
- After that, disassemble the atomizer from the device.
- Rinse it with a toothbrush thoroughly.
- Rinse again gently.
- Light the coil to remove the remaining water droplets.
Feel free to use a dishwashing liquid before the final rinse. If you still do not get the desired output, then you’d have to rebuild the atomizer. A deep cleaning will ensure a thorough removal of any gunk in the coils, but like all devices, vape devices do not last forever.
How to Clean a Vape Pen
If you’re lucky, your vape pen will have a detachable tank, which can be used to its advantage in cleaning it. You can follow the same tank-cleaning procedure to clean your vape pen.
The battery of your vape pen must also be kept clean, but do not use any water for cleaning it. Use a soft, microfiber cloth to clean up any stains and spots without getting any circuits shorted.
But you’d have to be extra careful with vape pen starter kits because there are a lot of electronic parts involved and less room to safely clean it. However, you can use a Q-tip to delicately brush away the dirt. Take a Q-tip, douse it in propylene glycol and wipe the tank. As a finishing touch, you can use a dry Q-tip to wipe away the remaining water. This way, you can get to remove all impurities that would have clogged the airways in the device.
How to Change the E-liquid
You can try to mix different brands of e-liquids with no harm to the vaping experience. However, whether you like the concoction or not is up to you. But cleaning the vape tank every time you change the e-liquid is a tedious prospect. So, it’s not necessary that you clean the e-liquid every time you change flavors.
If you’ve vaped all of the liquid from the tank, then there will remain no remnants of the previous flavor before you refill it with a new one. There are even chances of you coming across a new taste when the remains of the last flavor meet with the new one. However, this isn’t true of every time, as there are flavors that can be highly incongruent and you’d be better off cleaning the vape tank before reuse.
You can start by removing all of the e-liquid from your vape tank and taking a few dry hits. Make sure that you do not take more than a few, because that would damage the wicks. You can even try to lower the wattage for safety. Once the wicks are dry, you can change the flavor and expect a cleaner vape experience.
Another way you can remove the remnants of the last flavor is through blowing into the tank while pulsing the device. Doing so will vaporize the drops of liquid left. If you’re an advanced vape user, then you can use this trick effectively. However, ensure that you do that at a very low wattage or risk burning the wick.
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