When all is said and done, there are times when cleaning no longer does the trick. While some atomizers last indefinitely, there are a few which are disposable by design. Rapid heating and cooling of metal will eventually lead to its demise. This is usually seen when a metal coil loses its ability to cool off rapidly which often leads to a burnt atomizer or “boiled” e-liquid or wax.
In such cases where you’ve already tried your best to clean the atomizer coil, yet fail to see any improvement in your vapes performance, it might be a good idea to swap out the atomizer or its coil. This is obviously the most surefire way to get fresh and brand new performance out of your vape. What You Need To Know About Cleaning a Clearomizer. Before you go taking apart your vaporizer, it is important to realize that you may not actually need to clean your device if it falls under certain standards. For example, some vaporizers offer exchangeable ecig tanks that are inexpensive to replace. Most of them come with unique flavors to choose from. If your vaporizer comes with an e-cig tank that is not rebuildable then you likely won’t need to clean coils. Typically, those vape tanks last for several months before you have to replace them, so keep that in mind. Here are a few methods and tips every vaper should follow if they want to make sure that their vape performs as well as it was designed to. Now that you know what type of device you have, the next step is to start.
Here are a few steps to use as a basic outline for cleaning your vaporizer atomizer tank. Make sure you clean different tanks separately to keep the parts aligned. Remember to grab a towel before starting the process. Place your vaporizer or e-cig upside down prior to removing the tank from the battery. This prevents your e-Cig juice from spilling out if you have a bottom coil system. Unscrew the atomizer from the base of the tank and remove the mouthpiece . Essentially you are completely disengaging the unit, similar to how you would a gun. (Pro tip, take a picture of your unit while it is totally broken down to remember how it goes back together.) Make sure your sink stopper is secure to prevent your parts from falling down the drain. Next, turn on your water and begin to rinse all of your parts out with fresh water. Top coil atomizer tanks will need to have their wick threads cleansed as well. That’s right; remove left-over e-liquid by soaking your e-cig parts in gin for at least 2 hours. This is especially helpful if you plan on filling your tank back up with a different flavor of e-liquid. Keep your device clean, your vape smelling and tasting incredible, and be healthier by cleaning your atomizer coil on a regular basis. In general, the process listed above takes no more than 30 healthy minutes to complete, so there really is no excuse. This is the recommended and most effective first step to take when deciding to clean your atomizer head. Not only is it easy, it also takes the least amount of time to accomplish. Make sure that any wicking material is removed from the coil or atomizer before attempting this as you’re definitely going to be burning up anything that isn’t a coil when dry burning your atomizer. After removing the wicking material, gently pulse/dry burn the coil for 2-4 seconds until you see the coil starting to glow. You’ll notice a few dark spots stand out amidst the glow which will quickly dissipate or burn. Repeat this process 2-3 times until the coil burns a nice and clean orange, indicating that your coil is now gunk-free. If you find yourself in the situation where your atomizer is already starting to taste like burnt pancakes but you don’t have any tools or wicking material on hand, using a Q-tip is also an effective way to spot clean your atomizer head that doesn’t require removing or replacing the wick. Simply dip a Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol and gently swab it over the coil until all the gunk sticking to the coil has been cleaned out.
You can also use the same method to clean the rest of the internals of the atomizer such as the airflow channels or juice well as these areas are often difficult to reach without a Q-tip.
Take note that this method won’t completely clean your coils, at least not at the level of a proper dry burn, but it’s very effective for on-the-go maintenance. Often considered the “deep clean”, this method is the most thorough and effective ways to ensure that your atomizer is squeaky clean to the point that it looks like it just came out of the box. It’s still fairly easy to do but requires you to remove the coil so it’s best done when you decide to swap out the coil. You’ll need a warm bowl of soap water or isopropyl alcohol, although the latter is more effective at breaking down all the gunk that’s built up. Drop the atomizer in the bowl and let it soak for about 30 minutes giving ample time for the alcohol or soapy water to work its magic.