If you own a vape pen, you should know how to properly maintain it to have the best vaping experience and prolong your device’s life.
One of the crucial components of a vape pen is a coil, responsible for heating e-liquid and producing vapor. Most vapers need to change the coil every few weeks, but if you start cleaning it, your coil will last longer and you will be able to save some time and money.
Learn all about how to clean vape coils and the rest of your vaping device in this article.
What Is a Coil in a Vape Pen?
Your vape pen consists of several parts that are designed to provide a smoking experience without burning tobacco. These components are called a vape tank, mouthpiece, battery, atomizer, wick, and coil.
A vape tank holds oil or e-liquid that you inhale. A mouthpiece is a part of the vape pen you put in your mouth. A wick is a component that transfers oil or e-liquid from the tank to the coil.
A coil is a heating element in your vape pen that is responsible for heating up e-juice and producing vapor. When you take a puff, the battery sends power to the coil, typically enclosed by an atomizer, which then heats up and vaporizes e-liquid.
Depending on the manufacturer, a vaping device can have one or more coils. The advantage of a multi-coil vaporizer is increased flavor and a larger amount of vapor. However, multiple coils require more energy to heat up, so the battery life of these devices is normally shorter.
Coils also come in different materials depending on the brand of the vape pen. Some of the popular materials for coils in the vape pen industry are kanthal, titanium, ceramic, and nickel. Be careful when choosing your vaporizer if you are allergic to any of these.
Why Should You Clean Your Vape Pen Coil?
Vape pens are usually durable and can last for a long time if cared for properly. One of the most essential parts of a vaporizer is a coil, so let’s see the reasons for cleaning it regularly.
1. Your Coil Will Last Longer
When you use a vape pen, the oil or e-liquid from the tank leaves residue on a coil. The larger the residue, the shorter your coil will last. If you clean the coil regularly, it can last longer and perform better. This saves you a bit of time as you don’t have to replace it as often.
2. You Will Have an Improved Vaping Experience
A high-quality, clean coil is responsible for the richness of your favorite vape flavor. If there is oil buildup on the coil, you may get a burnt taste when puffing, which is not only unpleasant but also dangerous for your health.
Another thing that can worsen if you use a vape pen with a dirty coil is vapor production. A clean coil will be able to produce more vapor than a clogged one, improving your overall vaping experience.
3. You Will Save Money
Most people who regularly vape need to change the coil in their device frequently. This period varies depending on how often a person takes puffs, what type of e-liquid they use, and the specific brand and type of vape pen, but usually it is every few weeks.
If you clean your coil regularly, it will last longer and you will be able to save some money on replacing the coil more often. Granted, replacement coils aren’t that expensive, but the amount of money you save builds up the longer you use a vape pen.
How To Clean a Coil in Your Vape Pen?
Now that you know about the benefits of cleaning the coil in your vape pen, let’s talk about how to do it. You should expect not to be able to vape for a few hours. Cleaning a vape coil doesn’t take that much time, but drying it does, so you can consider doing this before you go to sleep.
Remember that you need to look at your vape pen brand’s manual to see if there are any specific rules for cleaning your device and its coil. If there aren’t any limitations or special guidelines, here is a step-by-step guideline on how to properly clean a coil in your vape pen.
1. Take Apart Your Vape Pen
First, you will need to take apart the vape pen. Turn off your device and its battery. Disassemble it carefully and make sure that you don’t damage any of the components in the process.
2. Make a Cleaning Solution
A cleaning solution that you use to clean your coil depends on the amount of oil residue on it. If it is barely noticeable, it will be fine to use just hot water and mild soap. If it is clearly visible, mix isopropyl alcohol with hot water in a bowl.
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, feel free to use any beverage with a high alcohol percentage (vodka, for example), baking soda, or vinegar. Don’t use sugary beverages, such as liqueurs and rum.
3. Soak the Coil
When you’ve made the solution, soak the coil in it. Leave it in until the gunk dissolves, which can be anywhere from ten minutes to a few hours. The more oil residue there is the longer you will have to wait until it cleans up.
If you want to speed up the process, use a toothbrush or a clean cloth and gently rub the surface of the coil.
4. Rinse the Coil
When you take out the coil from the solution, you need to rinse it under clean water. Make sure that you rinse off all the alcohol or any other product you used for the solution.
5. Dry the Coil
Once the coil is clean, you need to dry it thoroughly before you can use your vape pen again. It’s best to air dry it for a few hours and avoid using a hair dryer. If you are a heavy vaper, you should wash your coil before sleeping so you don’t need to go without a vape for hours.
6. Reassemble the Vaporizer
Once your coil is dry, you can reassemble your vape pen and fill the tank with your choice of e-liquid. Charge the battery if it is low and continue using your vaporizer as usual.
How Often Should You Clean Your Vape Coil?
There is no universal answer to this question. The frequency at which you should clean your vape coil depends on how often you take puffs, what type of liquid or oil you use, and on the brand and the specific model of your vaporizer.
You should clean your vape coil whenever you notice that the vapor production has decreased, when you start sensing a burnt smell, or when you see gunk around the coil. One of these usually happens every week or two, so make sure to clean the coil at least twice a month.
How To Clean Your Vape Tank?
Cleaning the rest of your vape pen is as important as cleaning the coil. Keeping the tank clean is another way to prolong the life of your vape pen and increase the overall satisfaction of vaping. The process is similar to that of cleaning a vape coil.
First, you should turn off your vape pen and gently take it apart. Make a solution of hot water and one of the cleaning agents mentioned above, such as rubbing alcohol, dish soap, or baking soda. Put the tank into the solution and wait for around an hour. Rinse thoroughly.
You will need to wait until the vape tank is completely dry before assembling your device again and filling it with your preferred e-juice.
How To Clean Your Vape Battery?
If you frequently vape, you can benefit from cleaning your battery occasionally as well. If a vape battery is dirty, the device may not work as well as it should.
To clean your vape pen’s battery, take it out from the vaporizer and gently scrub it with a clean, dry cloth. Use a cotton swab or a paper towel you previously dipped in water or rubbing alcohol to wipe the contact points of the battery. Never soak a battery in any solution.
Allow the battery to dry before putting the device back together. Charge it fully and continue using your vaporizer as you normally would.
Your vape pen will probably perform better right away. This is because dirty contact points can interfere with the signals the battery sends to the coil to make it heat e-juice. Your pen will likely produce more vapor and you will be able to taste the flavor more clearly.
A coil in a vape pen is an element that heats up e-juice and produces vapor. It is one of the crucial parts of a vape which is why you should make sure it is always clean.
Cleaning your vape coil at least twice a month is a good way to increase the performance of your vape pen, prolong its life, and save some money long-term.
To do this, you will only need a simple solution of hot water and a cleaning product, such as baking soda, alcohol, or soap. Disassemble your device, place a coil in the solution, wait for a few hours, rinse it well, and let it dry before assembling and using your vaporizer.
Cleaning a vape tank and a vape battery is as important for your vaping experience, so make sure to do this too at least once a month.
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