Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 09:58 pm
In order to keep something in working condition, it needs to be maintained. Maintenance can mean anything from cleaning to making sure components are replaced. This can be making sure your car runs clean and even your favorite vape pen. Owning a vaporizer can bring joy when it’s working and frustrating when the vapes not working efficiently.
The best way to extend the life of your vapor pen is to keep it clean and tidy. Unfortunately it can be tricky to get your components and accessories clean without altering the functionality. We compiled this list to help you clean almost any type of vapor pen safely and correctly.
Why You Should Clean a Vape
Learning how to clean a vape pen can help you save money in the long run. No need to keep purchasing a new atomizer or a battery when you learn the right techniques. To perfect your technique, you need to practice but learning the basics is a good starting point. A vaporizer usually consists of 2-3 parts; the battery, the atomizer/chamber, and the mouthpiece. The battery can often times be removable but can also be a static stationary battery. Your atomizer will vary from the different kind of vape you have. Some herbal vape pens have chambers that are replaceable while others are not.
When you notice your draws are feeling clogged or it’s hard to hit, you need to clean your vape. Sometimes if you’re using a conduction heating vape, your coil builds up a lot of residue. That can hinder the temperature to heat it up from the vape tank.
General Vape Cleaning Tips
As we said before, starting with general cleaning tips can help you maintain your device. Some are easier to realize than others but using all these steps can help.
- Clean the threading connection to make sure you can attach and detach your vape pen. You can have gunk build up if you’re using a wax pen. The threading can also strip if it’s too dirty.
- Never soak the whole unit into water or any other liquid. Unless it is 100% water proof and can be used underwater. You still might want to read the manual.
- Regularly spot cleaning is more helpful. Rather than cleaning it once a month, clean it weekly to avoid having to deal with hard to remove mess. It’s going to help save you time and energy.
- Rinse and Dry before using so you’re not attaching it when it’s wet.
- Warming up your atomizer before you start cleaning will help you remove residue easier. When it’s cold, it gets hard. Warming it up will soften up anything hard to reach places too. Use high temperature if you have a temperature controlling option.
- Be careful when cleaning your vape pen atomizers. Atomizers can be brittle and break if they have been used often.
- Some atomizers and vape coils just aren’t worth cleaning anymore. It’s best to just replace them because the flavor won’t improve much if you’ve been using it for a long time.
- Cleaning a vape tank can only do so much. You will need to learn when to replace or upgrade your vape coils.
Cleaning your Mouthpiece
Your vape pens mouthpiece is very important to make sure you’ve done a job cleaning. Due to the mouthpiece being the vapor pathway and the closest place to the chamber and your mouth, it can tend to acquire the most residue. Luckily it is also the easiest to clean. Simply apply a damp cotton ball or cloth to wipe away any residue. Feel free to use isopropyl alcohol but check your manual before applying any liquids to it. Some mouthpieces are designed to be dropped in warm water. This is ideal and recommended while you clean your vape pen.
If your mouthpiece is made out of glass, feel free to put it in a ziplock bag with isopropyl alcohol and salt. Not only will it soften it up but the salt will break the gunk apart. You can then drop it in a cup of warm water to make sure it’s cleaned. Finish it off by rinsing it through running water.
If it’s not glass, you can open the mouthpiece as much as you can and use rubbing alcohol. If you grind up your herbs very fine, this will be something to clean too. You will find powdered herbs stuck inside.
Cleaning Your Battery
The battery builds up the least amount of residue in comparison to the other components of pens. This is due mostly to the fact that the product you’re vaping doesn’t touch the battery directly. Despite this fact it’s a good idea to run a q-tip in the female component of the battery to keep the current uninterrupted by gunk. Sometimes a vape tank can have a miniscule leak that gets ejuice in your battery and eventually ends its life. Running a q-tip every once in a while through your battery will ensure the longest life possible. It is generally alright to run some rubbing alcohol lightly over more hard to remove residue, but check with your manufacturer before using any liquid directly on your vape pen.
Cleaning Your Dry Herb Vape Pen
Cleaning your herb vape pen is just as important as using it correctly. Not only will you increase the lifespan but you will save money to buy herbs rather than more vaporizers. Just because you’re vaping solids, it doesn’t mean it can’t get dirty. The good thing is you don’t need to use any chemicals like you do with a water bong.
Try to keep your chamber as clean as possible so empty the ashes and vaped herbs immediately after every single use. After almost every use clean out the chamber with a small cleaning brush or q-tip to also elongate the life of the atomizer.
To start cleaning your dry pen, run a warm cycle in your dry herb vaporizer to heat up the dry residue. Take apart the mouthpiece, the herbal chamber, and battery apart. Usually your set or herbal kit will come with a cleaning brush. If it came with it, use it to scrub your chamber. The bristles are thin but hard so it should do the trick. If it didn’t come with it, you can use a pipe cleaner or just a dry paper towel. If you have a conduction vaporizer, make sure you don’t touch the coils. Since they’re exposed, they can break or lose connection. Convection units are fine and can be scrubbed all you want.
Wipe the exterior shell to make sure it’s clean from any dirt. This includes the chamber connector and any buttons.
Cleaning Your Dab Pen
Waxes, shatter, crumble, butter etc. are definitely stickier than dry herbs. This makes the cleaning process a bit more excessive. With wax atomizers, the wax is placed directly onto a very delicate coil. Some consider a dab pen for wax the hardest device to clean. The residue with concentrates stick on and can be hard to remove. This is true for places you cannot heat up. It really can be tricky and cleaning the atomizer can be hard. Depending on your atomizer, if you scrape it too hard it might be break the coil. This can render it useless but if you’re careful, you should be fine. Learning how to clean your dab pen is going to be an important task that you should do once every week or two.
When you begin to clean a dab pen, heat up the atomizer before cleaning to warm up the residue. This will help clean it off easier. Don’t touch the coil though. The longest you’ve used your unit, the more brittle the coil is. This makes it break off easier.
Clean off any leftover residue from the battery, connectors or atomizers exterior. As it builds up over time, it gets harder to clean. If you end up using something sharp to wipe it off, you will likely scratch your vape.
Remember to wipe it down and dry it before using your wax vaporizer. You can use a cotton ball or even a dry q-tip.
- Make sure you do not get any water inside the unit or into the atomizer. This can short circuit the electric parts. It can also be dangerous to use the dab pen afterwards.
- Use the provided dabber tool to remove any excess concentrates that are stuck on the side of the atomizer.
- Use a q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove any dry concentrate from the battery unit or the rim of the atomizer.
- Cleaning a quartz nail, titanium nail, stainless steel or even ceramic nail are all ok to be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
- Never dip your battery into water.
Cleaning Your e-Cig/Mod
It might be a bit harder to realize if your mech mod needs cleaning. It can still clog up if not taken care of and even worse, the flavor wo. There aren’t many components to an electronic cigarette. The tank and battery are the main parts and sometimes a mouthpiece, if it’s not on the tank. The tank holds your e-liquid while the coil is the heating element that heats it up. The battery is where the coil gets power to heat up.
To clean your e-cigarette, simply unscrew the atomizer tank from your device. If you have a clearomizer, make sure you’re not tilting it so it doesn’t spill. For drip tanks, dab a dry cotton swab and clean out anything you can. Don’t use water unless you’re cleaning your clearomizer. You can wash this out and let it dry before refilling. Rubbing alcohol is ok to use, just make sure you don’t use a lot. You want just enough to get rid of any oil leftovers.
Using too much water can possibly leak into the unit. Since it consists of electrical, you don’t want to mix the two. Vape battery safety is very important.
Once you’re done, prime the coil with your favorite e-juice. This will get rid of any last leftover oil. Priming your atomizer is the process of filling up your cotton with liquid to make sure you don’t get a dry hit. When you drip it on, let it sit for about 2 minutes to absorb as much as it can.
When to Replace Your Vape Coils?
It’s good to clean a pen vaporizer to make sure it’s working properly. However, there comes a point where you need to replace them because cleaning a vape tank won’t improve them. There are a few tips to follow to make sure you’re optimizing your vape sessions.
- If the coil is dark, black, damaged or crusted.
- If you are tasting burnt flavor or the vapor is too hot, even after cleaning the vaporizer.
- Decreased vapor clouds
- The atomizer keeps leaking.
- The whole coil isn’t heating up.