Vaporizers are easy to find, easy to get an easy to use. However, there a few important steps that need to be taken to maintain and clean a unit so that it may work properly and offer flawless functionality for years to come. If you are a vape beginner, you might be asking yourself how to do this and might be feeling a little overwhelmed thinking of the process of maintenance. With this simple and easy to follow guide, you will be able to learn exactly how to keep your vape unit looking great and working great.
It is important to keep in mind that all types of vaporizers need to be maintained and cleaned, no matter what type of materials they vaporize (oils, e-liquids, dry herbs, etc). Some people believe that because they use vaporizers that do not contain nicotine, they do not need to clean or maintain their unit, however, this is it not true. All types of vaporizers need to be cleaned and maintained, so that they may offer the best results!
Why is it Important to Clean a Vaporizer?
Although cleaning your vape unit and your vape parts might just seem like another unnecessary task that comes in the instructions manual, it is actually very important. There are a large number of factors that make cleaning your vaporizer essential. One of the most important reasons to keep your unit clean is the fact that a clean unit will offer the best vapor, the smoothest functionality and last longer into the future. If a unit is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, it will work flawlessly for years to come and not cause the user any trouble.
Another thing that makes cleaning your vaporizer more than important, is the fact that you may be using a wide variety of different liquids or oils. Each time you switch or change to a different type of E-liquid (switching flavours for example), it is always a good idea to clean your unit, and maybe even replace your units vape coil. After a long period of time, your unit can become ‘dirty’, not only on the outside but also in the inside.
Finally, one of the factors that can be the most important for cleaning a vaporizer, is health related. In my personal vape experience, I have found that when I use a vaporizer that has not been maintained or cleaned in a long period of time, it does not offer the same delicious taste, the same cooled vapor or the smooth functionality that a maintained unit offers. I have even experienced a slight irritation in my throat when vaping from an unmaintained unit. Of course, this is my own personal vape experience and what I have experienced with my vaporizers in the past. However, I do highly recommend taking into consideration your health when vaping and maintaining your unit as much as possible to ensure clean and high-quality vapor intake always.
3 Simple Steps for Clean Vaporizer
Although at first, you might feel that cleaning your vape parts may be complicated, tedious and stressful, but in reality, it is super simple. Throughout my years of vaping, I've tried many different ways and steps to clean my vape unit, but I have found this method that is not only easy but super effective. These 3 simple steps that I will share with you will allow you to keep your vape unit clean and maintained in the easiest way possible.
Step 1: Know Your Vape Unit
As a beginner, knowing your vape unit is a super important step. Although you might just want to jump into the cleaning process and get it all done with, taking a look at the instruction manual and learning a little more about your unit before cleaning it is essential. This is due to the fact that each vaporizer is unique in its own way and it's build, pieces and parts can vary depending on the unit. So, to effectively clean your unit without harming it in any way, it is important to know which parts and pieces can actually be cleaned.
For example, some vaporizers are made of materials such as wood, that cannot be put into cleaning solutions because the materials can become damaged. Other standard vaporizers are usually made of stainless steel, and these units can easily be cleaned without harming or damaging materials. So before diving into the cleaning and maintenance process, take a look at your units instruction book or user’s guide and find what's right for your vape unit. (If you don't have any of these, look it up online! It's super easy to find vape info online).
Step 2: Prep for Cleaning
The only thing you will need to do to 'prep’ for cleaning, is to carefully take apart your unit and have your cleaning materials ready. Although it might sound strange, there are only a few parts in a standard vaporizer that can actually be cleaned. The majority of the unit is actually the battery or the battery pack, and this part of the vaporizer cannot be cleaned or placed into a liquid solution. The parts that can actually be cleaned in a vaporizer include the tank, the tanks pieces and parts and the mouthpiece. Again, you should check twice and make sure which pieces can be cleaned on your specific unit and which can not.
When it comes to cleaning materials and solutions for vaporizer parts, there are various solutions and materials you can use. The material that I have found the most effective and the best in cleaning my vaporizer, is High-Proof Vodka. Although it may seem strange, this material really does do a good job at killing bacteria, removing any imperfections, and simply leaving my vape parts looking brand new. However, if you don't want to go out and buy high-proof vodka (which is completely understandable) and you don't happen to have it in your pantry, you can simply use hand sanitiser or warm water and a very small amount of dish soap.
Step 3: Clean Your Vape Parts!
Now that you have all your materials ready, and have set up all the parts and pieces that can actually be cleaned in your unit, you could finally get to the part of maintaining and cleaning those essential parts! I usually start out the cleaning process with the tank. To clean your tank and it's pieces, simply empty it of any liquids and place it into a bowl with the cleaning solution you have chosen. You can leave it soaking for about 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse it with warm water and let it dry for an hour or so. Before reassembling your vape unit, make sure that your tank is completely dry, (you do not want any extra water mixing with your oils or e-liquids).
To clean your vaporizers mouthpiece, you can use the exact same process. Simply disassemble it, soak it in a cleaning solution, rinse it and then let it dry completely before reassembling your unit. I believe that one of the most important pieces to be cleaned is the mouthpiece; it can be the dirtiest. To keep my mouthpiece clean, I carry around some antibacterial wipes or hand sanitiser and place a little bit on a napkin to wipe it every now and then. This simply ensures that I am not receiving any bacteria from my units mouthpiece, and it keeps it clean and beautiful.
Although it may seem like an unnecessary place to clean, the battery pack is something that we are always holding and that is always in contact with ‘the outside world’. A vaporizers battery is usually the part where users hold their unit, so there is no doubt that this part of the vaporizer can have bacteria and imperfections. You can clean the outside of the battery pack with a very small amount of hand sanitiser. This will keep it clean and keep it looking great for a long period of time.
Can You Clean a Vape Coil?
Although I'd love to say that cleaning a vape coil is possible and that you can simply reuse your coils and not have to spend extra cash on replacement parts, this is not possible. No matter how hard you try, vape coils simply burn, stop working, or do not offer the same taste or vapor production as when they’re new. This is why it is more than necessary to change and replace your vape coil once you start experiencing a bad taste or bad vapor production. It is important to note that most coils have cotton in them, so there will be some sort of residue left behind of what you have soaked them in; no matter how much you have rinsed them. That’s why it is highly recommended you just replace your coils. However, if you REALLY need to clean your coil, here's how.
- If your coil is gunky, and definitely not burnt out, you can soak it in the vodka for a minute or so and then rinse it very well under warm water.
- Make you let it dry completely before using it, otherwise, your coils could heat unevenly.
- Put your coils in place and press your firing button to see if they heat up completely and evenly. Just like if you were building your coils for the first time, you need to make sure that they heat evenly across all of the wraps. Look for signs that there is anything heating unevenly and make sure it is clean and dry.
- Allow the coil to cool down for five seconds or so and then fire them again. This will cause your coil to expand and contract; making sure that they get completely clean before you add e-liquid back into the tank.
While you can clean your coils, as I mentioned above, it is actually not recommended to do so. Vape coils are the part of the vaporizer that filter materials such as E-liquids or oils, and these are what make the unit able to produce vapor. So, soaking vape coils in strong chemicals or solutions can be not only dangerous but also affect the performance of your vaporizer. So, when you need a new vape coil, simply get a replacement and do not try to fix it. Also, if your coil is burnt, it doesn’t matter how you clean it; there is just no way to “bring it back to life”. Just like if a light bulb is burnt out, it needs to be replaced.
In my years of vaping, I have found that replacing my vape coil every two to three weeks is the best way to go. This can vary from person to person depending on how much they vape. I need to replace my vape coil more often since I vape a lot! However, to find the perfect time for your vape unit and for yourself, simply change your vape coil when you start experiencing a bad taste, less vapor production or your e-liquids turn brown or black when placed into the tank. Coils are super easy to find and easy to replace, so you do not have to feel stressed about replacing your coil often.
When Should I Clean my Vaporizer?
Although some might say that cleaning your vape parts and maintaining your vaporizer once a month is enough, I truly believe that cleaning a vape unit once every two weeks is a smart idea. I also try to maintain my mouthpiece and the outside of my vaporizers build as clean as possible for health reasons and also to keep my unit looking good. I do understand that some do not prefer maintaining their unit on a weekly basis, or just simply do not have the time, but I do recommend at least once every 3 weeks.
Maintaining your unit on a regular basis will ensure the best functionality and will offer you the best results for your vape experience. each individual part and piece that is in your vaporizer makes a difference, so if one is unclean or unmaintained, it can affect the performance of your unit as a whole. I truly believe that with these simple steps that I have shared with you, you will be able to have a super easy time cleaning and maintaining your unit on a regular basis. Forget about the stress and hassle, and simply enjoy your vape experience with a clean unit!