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How to Clean a Vape Pen

If you use a vape pen for wax or liquid concentrates, you know from experience that a vape pen can become dirty much more quickly than any e-liquid vaping device. As you use a vape pen, the waxes and plant solids condense on the atomizer and eventually form a black film that makes everything taste burned and is seemingly impossible to remove.

Why is cleaning your vape pen so important? It’s important because periodic cleaning helps to remove the atomizer coil buildup that will eventually create an extremely unpleasant burned, smoky flavor when you vape. High-end herbal concentrates are expensive, and you want to taste every detail. If you don’t keep your vape pen clean, the smoky flavor of the residue will cover those subtle nuances. What’s even worse is that if you don’t clean your vape pen periodically, the residue will eventually become so thoroughly baked in that removing it becomes impossible. You’ll have no choice but to replace the dirty components. Learning how to clean a vape pen will make the components last longer and help you save money.

Here’s how to do it.

How to Clean the Body and Threading of Your Vape Pen

The most important thing to know about cleaning a vape pen is that the main body of your vape pen – the component that houses the battery and internal electronics – isn’t as impermeable as it looks. If you submerge a vape pen, the liquid will get inside the body of the device. That’s a serious potential safety issue, and it could ruin your vape pen permanently. If you need to use liquid when cleaning your vape pen – which might be necessary if you need to remove very persistent residue – you should be extremely careful.

Start by removing your vape pen’s tank, cartridge or atomizer. Set that component aside; you’ll clean it separately. For now, you’ll concentrate just on cleaning the main body of the vape pen. Start by rubbing the vape pen gently with a soft lint-free cloth to remove most stains and fingerprints.

Next, you’ll want to clean the threading at the top of the vape pen. You can do that by pushing a cotton swab into the threading and twisting it. In most cases, you’ll only need to use a few cotton swabs before they’ll start coming out clean.

Finally, you can remove any dust or lint trapped in your vape pen’s charging port with a toothpick. Simply insert the toothpick and scrape gently to remove contaminants.

If you’re finding it difficult to remove sticky herb residue from your vape pen with a soft cloth and cotton swabs alone, you can loosen the residue by using a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol. Remember to use only the minimum amount of liquid necessary to remove the residue. Dry your vape pen immediately after cleaning it.

How to Clean a Vape Pen Atomizer or Cartridge Manually

Next, we’ll discuss how to clean a vape pen cartridge or atomizer the manual way. If you’re looking for an easy solution for cleaning your vape pen, take a look at our ROBO2020 automatic vape coil cleaner. It can clean your vape pen’s atomizer, cartridge or tank, leaving it dry and ready to use in just 30 minutes. It’s also safe to use with most types of plastic. You’ll find that ROBO2020 makes cleaning your vape pen dramatically easier than doing things the manual way. If you don’t have your ROBO2020 yet, though, here’s what you’ll need to do to clean your vape pen cartridge or atomizer.

The fastest way to clean the metal and glass components of your cartridge or atomizer is by soaking those components in a bowl of rubbing alcohol. Herb residues can be extremely sticky, and they’re even more tenacious when they’ve been baked into your atomizer coil over months of use. Over several hours of soaking, the alcohol will dissolve those residues. Anything still sticking to the components after a long soak in alcohol should rinse away easily under running water.

Plastic vape pen parts tend not to do so well with alcohol, so you’ll want to avoid soaking those components. If you want to disinfect the mouthpiece of your cartridge or atomizer – or if you have a tank or cartridge with a plastic enclosure rather than a glass one – you can use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. After you’ve removed the residue, rinse the plastic thoroughly.

Before you resume using your vape pen, make sure that you’ve given all of the components ample time to dry thoroughly. Water and wax do not mix; if any water is on your vape pen’s atomizer coil when you use the device, you’ll get a horrible flavor when you try to vape.

How to Clean a Vape Pen Atomizer or Cartridge the Easy Way with ROBO2020

As you’ve probably already figured out from reading the above, cleaning your vape pen’s cartridge or atomizer isn’t particularly easy or fun when you do it the manual way. One of the reasons why people rarely clean the components of their vape pens is because doing so will leave your vape pen out of commission for the several hours that it’ll take to soak, rinse and dry the components. In the meantime, you can’t use your device at all. Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a machine to do the work for you?

Well, that’s exactly what the ROBO2020 vape coil cleaner is. With ROBO2020, there’s no need to clean the plastic components of your cartridge or atomizer separately because our cleaner doesn’t use alcohol. It cleans with water, heat and gentle agitation, so it’s safe to use with most types of plastic.

Cleaning your vape pen’s cartridge or atomizer with ROBO2020 is easy. Simply place the dirty components inside the device’s chamber and add water. Next, you’ll turn ROBO2020 on and press the “Clean” button. After about 15 minutes, the cleaning cycle is complete. In most cases, you’ll only need to use the cleaning cycle once. If any sticky herb residue remains, you can run the cleaning cycle a second time.

When the cleaning cycle is complete, empty the water and return the components to the chamber of the ROBO2020. Press the “Dry” button to start the drying cycle. The heat evaporates the residual water in about 15 minutes, leaving your vape pen’s cartridge or atomizer dry and ready to use.

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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