Should I clean a new Vape? Yes you should. If it’s arrived smelling of machine oil but looks clean, we would recommend giving it a clean.
If you’ve been using the vape for a while, clean it on a regular basis to get optimal performance. The vape juice might not necessarily stain your vape but the residue from the juice could build up and affect the performance. High VG (Vegetable Glycerin) juices are common culprits in clogging up the coils. Clogged coils, will make the vape taste burnt and give you a lower quality flavour.
How to Clean a Vape: Maintenance Guide
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your vape will help extend the life and save you having to go out and buy a new vape pen.
How to Clean a Vape Tank
A vape device is generally made up of the following components:
- The Tank: This is the device that holds the eliquid
- The Coil: The heating element that turns the eLiquid into vapour
- The Battery: Powers the vape
You will need to take your vape apart but keep an eye out for what goes where as you will need to put it back together again. If you’re unsure on how to it apart, check your instructions as you do not want to damage any component (or lose it).
Unscrew the tank from the battery and coil and be careful not to spill any eLiquid.
Wash the tank in warm water with a little bit of mild soap. Check your instructions first to make sure that you can use anything else other than warm water.
Take the tank apart and separate each piece. You can now wash each individual piece with warm water and dry with a paper towel.
If the tank is still dirty, take a bowl and fill it with boiled and then slightly cooled down water. Be very careful as you don’t want the water to be hot enough to scald you. Place the components of the tank into the bowl and let them soak for around 5 mins.
After the water has cooled, take out the components and carefully dry with a paper towel. Place to the side to further dry and assemble once they are fully dry.
How to Clean your Coils
The more often you use your vape device, the more often you will need to change your coils. They are a lot more tricky to clean and sometimes it is better/easier to just replace them.
If you wet them, they can burn out and the coils have a huge influence on the flavour.
The following are general indicators that your coils need replacing:
- The vape tastes burnt, even after you have cleaned your device.
- The device is producing less vapour than usual.
- The coils look crusted or damaged
If, however, you do want to clean them rather than replace the coils, here is what we would recommend.
Cleaning Replaceable Coils
If your coil heads come with sub ohm tanks, you will be able to clean them but this will only give you a few days of extra use out of them. The wick will soak up the water and you will need to wait for a longer period for this to fully evaporate before you begin using them again.
Once taken apart, you can soak the coils in warm water for around an hour, dry and repeat until you are happy with how they look.
Cleaning Rebuildable Coils
These are coils that require you to install and wick, these types of coils should be cleaned to maintain vapour flavour and keep the device efficient.
If these are not cleaned on a regular basis, you will notice the flavour suffer and not taste as good as it can or should.
Firstly, you will need to remove the wick from the coil.
Dry burn the coils a little (do not over do it as a little should be enough).
Remove the atomizer and place under warm running water.
You should be able to brush them with a toothbrush but again be gentle. Give it a final rinse, dry and re-assemble.
There you go, you should know now how to clean you vape device, how to clean your coils, how to clean your vape tank and how to maintain your vape pen. Hopefully this guide should help extend the life of your vape.