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How To Clean Your Vape Tanks & Coils

5th Aug 2020

One question we often hear is how to keep your vape in top condition, and the answer is a very simple one - keep it clean! You’ll get an increased device life, better experience and get far more value out of a regularly cleaned, well-maintained vape than a “set it and forget it” vape! So whether you’re an experienced user and want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vape, or a newbie looking to get into best practices, keep reading for the best ways to keep your e-cigarette in top condition!

Why is Cleaning Your Vape Important?

e-cigarette which needs cleaningRegularly cleaning and maintaining your vape device is important not just to help keep your vape experience as smooth and seamless as possible, but also to make sure that every part of your vape is functioning as it should! Taking your vape apart to clean it allows you to take a good look at all the important parts of your vape and make sure everything looks the way it should. Of course, as well as this, a clean vape simply performs better than one clogged up with residue and dirt. Clogged tanks and coils mean you don’t get the same level of airflow running through your device, resulting in poor cloud production and an unsatisfactory inhale. The residue left from e-liquids can also alter the flavour of your vape, resulting in a bitter, burnt taste or some pretty unsavoury combinations, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying an exciting new flavour for the first time! It’s also hygienic - many of us keep our vapes in pockets, on desks or in bags, which we all know aren’t the cleanest environments, especially for something you’re going to put in your mouth and inhale from!

When you get a new vape, you’ll be able to feel the smooth, velvety inhale for a while, but you might find that after a month or two, the quality of your experience takes a bit of a dip. This means it’s cleaning time! If you’re a regular vaper, you should aim to clean your vape once a week, if possible. If you really can’t stand to though, once a month will be enough to keep your vape going pretty steadily. You should keep an eye on both the vape Tank and vape Coils, which are the parts of your vape that will need regular cleaning to maintain peak performance! You should also clean your mouthpiece as regularly as possible to make sure you aren’t getting any germs or bacteria in your mouth!

Fortunately, even though you should be cleaning your vape regularly, it doesn’t have to take long at all to keep things running at an optimum level! It’s quick and easy to clean your vape with a few simple methods.

How to Clean Your Vape Tank

One of the most important parts of your vape to clean is the vape tank. Your tank is the part of the vape device that holds your e-liquid, so you should really be cleaning it every time you refill. If you’re changing e-liquid, this makes a lot of sense, after all, you don’t really want your rich tobacco flavour to be interrupted by the sweet taste of cola! As nice as they are individually, the combination isn’t quite what you’re looking for. Even if you’re simply refilling the same flavour, however, you should still clean your tank, as it will prevent any sticky residue from building up and ruining your vape performance!

dismantled e-cigarette tankMost of the time, all you’ll need to do is wash your vape with some hot water. Fill a large bowl with warm water and detach your tank, getting rid of any residual e-liquid while you do. Take your tank paper and then give them a wash, just like you would your dishes! If your vape is looking particularly worse for wear, you can add a few drops of washing up liquid to get stubborn dirt off. Then, dry with a paper towel and let the parts air dry for around 15 minutes, to make sure all the moisture has evaporated, and pop your vape back together, ready for to get vaping again.

Every now and then we recommend you give it a deep clean with some alcohol to get rid of any remaining residue. The process is pretty similar, but instead of submerging your components, simply give them a wipe with a paper towel or damp cloth and high-proof, non-flavoured alcohol (vodka or rubbing alcohol work very well!). If you run into some particularly stubborn residue, keep scrubbing until it’s all gone, then give your components a wipe and rinse with warm water. Then, air dry as usual and put it all back together for a squeaky clean vape!

How to Clean Your Vape Coils

Now it’s worth mentioning that your vape coils will eventually burn out and need to be replaced, no matter how well you take care of them. If the wick of your coil has been burned or it has reached the end of its life, no amount of cleaning is going to bring it back, but if it has only been briefly or slightly overfired, or become clogged up with e-liquid residue, a good clean can give your vape coils a new lease of life! If you’re not sure, try running your coil under a strong tap for a minute or so. If the discolouration looks to improve, it’s time for a clean. If your wick remains as dark and burned-out as before however, it’s probably time to call it quits.

saturated vape coil before cleaningWhen cleaning your vape coils, you should hold them under a hot running tap for a few minutes to get rid of as much residue as possible before going in with vodka or rubbing alcohol. Then, fill a bowl with your alcohol of choice enough to cover your coils. Cover with a towel to stop it evaporating and leave overnight, or for as long as you can. Once they’ve had a good soak and you can see discolouration in the bowl, hold them under a hot tap for a few minutes again to get rid of any final residue, and then rinse in a bowl of distilled water. Finally, blow through your coils or aim a hairdryer on low-medium heat at them to get rid of any excess water, and allow to air dry until completely dry.

It’s as simple as that! Just a few steps and a little bit of rubbing alcohol will help keep your vape in the best shape possible, so you get the most out of whichever vape device you choose.