Maintaining your vaporizer certainly isn’t as much fun as using it, but learning how to clean a vape pen is absolutely essential if you want your device to last as long as possible and to deliver top-quality flavor and vapor production every time you use it. Herbal concentrates are incredibly thick and sticky, and they tend to get everywhere. Oil will condense inside the airway and clog your cartridge. Oil can also leak out of a vape cartridge and contaminate your vape pen’s threading. Eventually, a dirty vape pen will either die an early death, or it’ll stop delivering the level of performance that you enjoyed when the device was new. Either way, it’s a situation that you definitely want to avoid – and in this article, we’ll explain what you need to do.
Here is your complete guide to cleaning a vape pen.
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How to Clean a Vape Battery
Why do you need to know how to clean a vape battery? It’s important because it’s extremely common for oil cartridges to leak. When that happens, the oil can contaminate your vape pen’s threading and potentially even seep into the internal electronics. If residue gets stuck in your battery’s 510 threading, the vape pen may stop firing because it doesn’t have a good electrical connection with the cartridge. If oil seeps through the threading and contaminates the device’s electronics, that’s even worse because the device may stop working entirely – and there’s no fix for that. Here’s everything that you need to know about cleaning a vape pen battery.
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How to Clean a Vape Pen’s Threading
Over time, it’s very common for the metal in your device’s 510 threading to oxidize and collect dust. That’s completely normal, and you can clean it easily by pushing a dry cotton swab into the threading and twisting gently.
If a vape cart has leaked into your vape pen’s threading, that’s a different story because you need something to dissolve the oil. Note that if a vape cartridge leaks, you need to clean your vape pen’s threading as soon as you notice it because if the oil seeps through and contaminates the device’s internal electronics, there’s nothing you can do.
To clean the threading of a vape pen that’s contaminated with oil, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and blot it to remove most of the liquid. Rub the cotton swab in your device’s threading using a gentle twisting motion. Replace the swab when it becomes dirty and repeat the process until a swab comes out clean. Follow with a dry cotton swab to remove any residual liquid.
How to Clean a Vape Pen’s Body
Compared to the other aspects of cleaning a vape pen, cleaning the outer body of the device is simple – just use a soft lint-free cloth to remove fingerprints and buff out scratches. If your vape pen has any spots of oil residue, you can use a little rubbing alcohol to dissolve the oil.
How to Clean a Vape Pen’s Charging Port
If your vape pen has a USB charging port, you should never use liquid to clean it. Thankfully, since USB ports are recessed, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll ever get oil in your device’s charging port. If dust or pocket lint gets stuck inside the charging port, you can remove it with a thin non-metal object such as a toothpick. Learn more about how to fix a 510 battery that isn’t charging.
How to Clean a 510 Vape Cartridge
Why do you need to know how to clean a 510 vape cartridge? You can usually reuse an oil cartridge several times before the coil loses its performance, but you definitely won’t enjoy that like-new flavor quality forever. Although an oil cartridge won’t last as long as a wax cartridge in most cases, cleaning it can still help to restore some of its original flavor quality. Cleaning can also help to keep an older cartridge working if you’re a little short on cash or have already ordered a replacement cartridge and are still waiting for it to arrive.
To clean a vape cartridge, open it and submerge all of the components in a strong drinkable alcohol such as vodka. Soak the components in the alcohol for a while, swishing them periodically to provide agitation. You’ll notice that the alcohol will very quickly start to turn yellow or brown.
After an hour or two, most of the residue in the vape cartridge will be removed. At this point, you can dump the bowl and refill it with clean water. Repeat the process – soaking the cartridge and agitating it periodically – to remove as much of the alcohol as possible. After soaking the cartridge in water, hold it upside down and tap it gently to remove as much moisture as possible. Allow the cartridge to air dry for about 24 hours before you resume using it.
Clean Vape Cartridges Only when They’re Empty
Note that when you clean any vape cart, it’s important to wait until the cartridge is empty because you’ll lose any oil in the cartridge’s reservoir.
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How to Clean a Wax Cartridge or Coil
Why do you need to know how to clean a wax cartridge? Wax tanks are made from materials that last, such as metal, ceramic and quartz. You can continue using a wax cartridge essentially forever until the heating element stops working. Wax concentrates are extremely thick, though, and a wax cartridge can become caked with stubborn residue very quickly. That harms the cartridge’s flavor and vapor production – but because of the extremely durable materials used in a wax cartridge, cleaning a cartridge can restore it to like-new condition. Learn more about the different types of concentrate vaporizers and their benefits.
To clean a wax cartridge or coil, you’ll use essentially the same method described above – you’ll disassemble the cartridge completely and soak it in a bowl of alcohol. When the residue in the cartridge is completely dissolved, you’ll follow with a rinse in water and allow the cartridge to dry completely.