How to Clean and Maintain Your Vaping Gear
Vaping gear isn’t cheap.
You know that.
But what many people don’t know, or don’t pay much attention to, is the fact that your expensive devices need maintenance.
If you want to continue enjoying that great experience offered by your vaporizer for a long time, occasionally cleaning your vape mod is paramount. It helps keep the results at a high level and more importantly it makes the cost of vaping more affordable by saving you in terms of vape juice. Considering the sensitive nature of the equipment and the different parts needed to make the vaporizers work, you need to know when and how to clean and maintain each and every piece.
While a vaporizer might be a small tool and one that is easy to clean, it is not a particularly mess-free affair. So, let’s try to keep it as neat as possible:
What you’ll need:
Before you jump into cleaning, you will need a couple of things. Firstly, you will need a paper towel to keep your workspace tidy, a Q-tip to reach into the tight corners, and some high grain alcohol or warm water.
The batteries are the one part that will require your attention quite often. First, you have to make sure that they don’t completely die out. You also need to take them out and wipe the heads at least once a week. While doing this, be sure to check for any leakages, damages, or clear signs of wear and tear. It might be a good idea also to extend some attention to the terminals. Practice a lot of cautiousness while doing this. Dirty terminals can put a lot of unnecessary burden on the battery, and shorten its life.
What about Tanks?
Most vapers will usually overlook the reservoir when cleaning. Whether it’s a cartomizer or the basic tank, it should be properly cleaned to keep the juice and channels clean and enhance the taste as well as performance. Typically, the tank should get a scrub every time you change the atomizer. This is perhaps once every week or two depending on your vaping frequency.
To clean the tank, you can rinse it off under water but you have to make sure that the coil has been detached. The best method however and one that takes a shorter time to complete is using an unflavoured high grain alcohol to clean out the tank.
You should be careful not to use Isopropyl alcohol because it can be toxic. In the same light, if you’re using water, it will not only take longer to dry out, if you replace the coils while the tank has traces of water, it also increases the chances of coil damage.
For the coils, there’s no cleaning that you can do. Ideally, you’re likely to go through your coils in about 10 to 14 days. But, in some instances, this can be shorter or longer depending on how often your vape, the power of your mod, and the resistance of the coils. Knowing when to change your coils goes a great length into the maintenance of the entire mod.
A burned out coil will have a couple of characteristics. The first and perhaps the easiest to identify will be a drastic decrease in the vapor production. The flavor will also be drained out with more of a burnt taste and, you’re most likely going to get dry hits.
Make sure you change the coil frequently and during the process, as mentioned earlier, give your tank a full rub down. It will enhance the performance as well as increase the life of the gear.
First, you don’t want to leave your e-juice or the tanks under direct heat or even sunlight – unless you’re steeping. The heat makes the already steeped e-juice thin out consequently making it much easier for it to leak out. Also, there’re chances that you might notice the taste is slightly different.
It is important to understand the type of e-cig you have. In some, like the bottom dual coil clearomizers, you shouldn’t let the e-juice run too low. If you do, the amount of liquid sucked into the atomizer is so little that it might cause it to dry burn, cutting your session short.
On the same note, filling the tank all the way to the top is not advisable either. Filling the tank will flood the clearomizer. It works best filled somewhere between halfway and full. You have equal portions of your e-cig liquid and air. To get the best out of your juice even in the long term, try putting it in the fridge. It retains its viscosity and remains viable for longer.
Treating you e-cig with some consideration and care is the best maintenance. The user’s guide explains how the product should be stored. For starters, try not dropping it. The impact can be disastrous for such a small and delicate piece of equipment. Also, keep it in a dry and cool location when you’re not using it.
You need to be extremely careful when dealing with the batteries. Make sure you don’t over-charge or over-discharge them. Use only the recommended charger, and never store loose batteries in your pocket. Also, always turn the vaporizer off when your pocket. It’s a good idea to invest in a battery storage case, and remove them from the vaporizer if you plan on not using it for a while.
Taking proper care of your e-cig will not only let you hold on to your current piece for longer, but it also ensures you get great results and experience every time all the time.