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Can You Reuse Vape Coils?

Can you reuse vape coils?

It’s one of the most common questions asked by vapers who have just made the leap from smaller pod-based vaping devices to more powerful sub-ohm mods. As soon as you step up to a more powerful vaping device, you learn how short a coil’s life can really be. If the e-liquid that you use is heavily sweetened, you could easily find that a new coil installed at the beginning of the day ends up dark and covered with coil gunk at the end of the day. With high-end vape coils costing $2-3 each and sometimes more, vaping can be surprisingly expensive if you replace your coils as soon as the flavor begins to change.

That’s why we created the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner. It’s absolutely possible to clean and reuse your vape coils, and ROBO2020 makes the process completely automatic. Our coil cleaner removes coil gunk and dries the coil automatically. Although it’s possible to learn how to clean and reuse vape coils manually – something we’ll explain shortly – the process takes several hours. Only ROBO2020 makes it possible to reuse vape coils – with virtually no effort on your part – in just a half hour.

Why You Can Reuse Vape Coils

The reason why you can reuse your vape coils is because the flavor change that takes place after you’ve been using a coil for a while doesn’t usually indicate a problem with the coil itself. A vape coil’s heating wire is made from the same material used for hair dryers, toaster ovens and space heaters; the wire can last a very long time.

The most common reason why a vape coil “burns out” is because the heating wire is covered with residue. Almost all e-liquid will leave some residue behind, but the most common source of coil gunk is sucralose. Sucralose is the sugar-free sweetener that makes your vape juice taste sweet, and it’s added to just about every mainstream vape juice these days. People love sweet flavors, and sucralose can make an e-liquid taste exactly like your favorite candy, beverage or snack. That’s precisely what people want, so sucralose is everywhere in the vape juice industry.

Sucralose, however, doesn’t vaporize cleanly like most of the other ingredients in vape juice. Instead, it melts and caramelizes, leaving a dark coating on the heating surface of your vape coil. As the coating thickens, it begins to burn – and that’s what causes the burned flavor when you vape. Beneath the layer of gunk, though, there’s nothing wrong with the heating surface of your coil. That’s why you can reuse a vape coil – because there’s usually nothing wrong with it apart from the fact that it’s dirty.

There is, however, one exception that can prevent you from reusing vape coils successfully. We’ll explain that next.

When Can’t You Reuse a Vape Coil?

There is one situation in which you can’t reuse a vape coil, and that’s when the wick is burned. There are several features of cotton that make it ideal as a wick for vaping. Cotton moves liquids efficiently from point to point, and it’s also great from a flavor standpoint. People generally agree that a cotton wick produces a very neutral flavor, and that’s exactly what you want because flavor is such a major part of what keeps people interested in vaping and helps them avoid the temptation to revert to smoking.

Cotton does have a major shortcoming, though, in that it can burn quickly when it’s exposed to a source of intense heat – such as the heat produced by the coil in your vape tank. If you’re very aggressive about the wattage that you select when vaping – or you experience a “dry hit” because you’ve forgotten to refill your tank – your coil’s wick may burn.

As you become a more experienced vaper, you’ll learn to discern the difference in flavor between coil gunk and a burned wick. Both problems will result in a burned flavor when vaping. Coil gunk tastes a bit like deeply caramelized sugar, though, while a burned wick just tastes burned. Also, you can identify the difference between coil gunk and a burned wick just by looking at the coil. If you’re getting a burned flavor with a coil – and you pull the coil out of your tank only to find that the heating surface is still white and shiny – the wick is burned.

It’s not possible to clean and reuse a vape coil if the wick is burned because burning changes a substance’s chemical structure permanently. If you have a coil with a burned wick, it’s time to retire that coil.

How to Clean and Reuse a Vape Coil

Although the ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner makes it possible to clean and reuse your vape coils with almost no effort, it may also be helpful to learn how to clean a vape coil manually. After all, how else will you clean your coils while you wait for your ROBO2020 to arrive? We’ve written one of the Internet’s most comprehensive guides to cleaning vape coils, and you can read that by clicking the link above. Here, we’ll also provide an abbreviated version of those instructions in case you’re in a bind and want to start reusing your coils right away.

  • Remove the coil from your tank and examine it. If you look down through the top of the coil, you should see plenty of dark residue. Remember – if a coil produces a burned flavor and still has a white, shiny heating surface, the wick is burned.
  • Fill a bowl with very hot water and drop the coil in. Swish the coil around in the bowl to generate some agitation and break up the layer of coil gunk. Periodically, you’ll need to empty the water from the bowl and refill it with hot water. You’ll want to continue this process for several hours. If you see dark flecks in the water, it’s doing its job.
  • After several hours of cleaning, remove the coil from the bowl and rinse it thoroughly in your sink. Let the coil air dry overnight, making sure that it is completely dry before you use it again.

Jason Artman

Jason Artman is the owner and author of eCig One. A full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, Jason’s clients have included corporations such as Intel and eBay. Jason’s online articles have been viewed hundreds of millions of times. After quitting smoking and switching to vaping in 2010, Jason turned his professional attention to the vaping industry and now works with some of the world’s largest vaping and CBD brands.

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