When you get a new device, the first thing you’ll probably notice is how shiny and clean it is. But if you’ve used one for a couple of weeks, you’ll probably notice how quickly it stops being shiny and clean. If you leave it as is, your vapes will start to taste bad and the effectiveness of the device will go down. No matter what your device – it could be a pod vape, vape pen, or a box mod vaporizer – you’ll need to clean it regularly to keep it working for the long haul.
When Should I Clean My Vape?
You’ll want to do give your vape tank a rinse-and-cleanse every time you change flavors; this way, the new e-juice won’t get polluted by the last flavor in your device. You should make a habit out of giving your vaporizer a simple cleaning once a week, with a thorough cleaning every few weeks.
You should also give your vape a full cleaning any time the device isn’t performing how you want. If you notice it not working up to the usual standard, you might want to consider more consistent cleaning and maintenance.
Cleaning Your Vape Tank: The Simple Cleanse
For your regular thorough cleanse, fill a bowl with warm water, and if the tank is very dirty, add a few drops of dish soap. Detach the tank from the mod (if you have one) and if any e-juice remains in the tank, dispose of it and completely disassemble your tank. Place tank components into the warm water and hand wash the components of the tank components until they’re clean. Dry off each component with a paper towel. Place the components on a clean dish towel and let them air dry for 10-15 minutes, then reassemble tank and device.
If the vape tank needs a thorough, deep clean, you can use a little vodka. After you’ve detached and disassembled the tank, dampen some paper towel or cloth with unflavoured vodka and give the parts of your tank a scrub until it’s clean. Wipe off the residual vodka and rinse in a bowl of warm water, and let the parts air dry. Vodka is the best solvent, and it will break down any residue of e-liquid to make scrubbing and cleaning the tank much easier.
Cleaning Your Coils
You’ll have to change out the vape coils eventually, and the more you vape, the sooner you’ll have to swap it out. An old, bad coil will affect the flavor of your e-liquid and will give you a burnt taste, even if you’ve given your tank a full cleaning. Other signs include the coil looking dark, crusted, or damaged; you notice the atomizer having problems with leakage, or the vapor production has seriously gone down. Changing the coil is incredibly easy, so don’t ruin your vape experience by putting it off. Remove the tank from device and discard any remaining e-liquid, just like you would clean the tank. Unscrew the coil from the tank (remember: lefty loosey) and screw in a new coil (remember: righty tighty). Then just attach tank back to the device and voila! You’re good to go.