How to Clean a Vapor Tank: Step-by-Step Guide
If you’ve been using your vaping device for a while, you’ve probably noticed that it’s begun to get a little dingy around the edges – particularly in the area of the tank. When you really think about it, that’s probably not surprising. Your vape most likely spends a lot of time in your pocket, which is full of dust and lint. E-liquid residue, meanwhile, is quite sticky and will attract and trap much of that grime. Do you really want to put a bunch of dust and pocket lint in your mouth all day? Definitely not! That’s why it’s so important to know how to clean a vapor tank.
Reading this article, you’re going to learn everything you ever wanted to know about one of the most important aspects of maintaining your vape tank. First, though, let’s begin with a little preliminary information. Why is it so important to clean a vapor tank?
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Why Is It So Important to Know How to Clean a Vapor Tank?
The top reason why cleaning your vapor tank is so important is because your tank is going to become pretty disgusting if you don’t keep it clean. Think about it – if you’ve been using your vape tank for a while, the airflow vents are probably clogged with dust and pocket lint. The mouthpiece probably has a layer of gunk from your lips. You might put your vape tank into your mouth upwards of 100 times a day. You don’t want it to be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
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Keeping your vape tank clean also helps to maximize its performance. If you frequently change e-liquid flavors, you’ll experience a phenomenon called flavor ghosting in which the residue from previous e-liquids makes your current vape juice more difficult to taste. Some people who change flavors constantly actually lose the ability to taste the e-liquid they’re using and mistakenly attribute the problem to vaper’s tongue when all they actually need to do is clean their vapor tanks. In addition to hampering flavor quality, grime in your vape tank can also reduce its vapor production by blocking the airflow vents.
In short, cleaning your vape tank is very necessary if you want to have the best possible experience. Let’s learn how to do it.
Disassemble Your Vapor Tank and Remove Dust and Lint
Start by completely disassembling your vape tank and removing the coil. To avoid getting e-liquid on your hands, give the tank’s components a quick rinse in the sink.
A vape tank uses a network of silicone or rubber gaskets to prevent leaking and keep the e-liquid where it’s supposed to be. Examine your tank’s gaskets for damage. If a gasket is stretched or torn, replace it. A damaged gasket will cause a slow leak. E-liquid will pool in the tank’s base, and that’ll end up staining your clothing or causing dust and lint to collect even more quickly. If the tank’s airflow vents are already clogged, use a toothpick to dislodge the contaminants.
Determine Whether Your Vape Coil Requires Cleaning
The next step in cleaning your vapor tank is examining the coil to determine whether it’s time to replace it. If you’re completely happy with the coil’s flavor, keep it and reinstall it after you’re finished cleaning the tank. If you’re not happy with the flavor, a close look at the coil can help you determine the cause.
- If the coil’s heating surface is covered with dark residue, you can clean it. We provide detailed instructions explaining how to clean a vape coil elsewhere on this site. Don’t forget that ROBO2020 can clean and dry your vape coils automatically in just 30 minutes!
- If the coil’s heating surface is still white and shiny – but the coil doesn’t produce a good flavor – the most likely cause is a burned wick. Cleaning the coil won’t fix burned cotton, so you’ll need to replace the coil in this case.
Clean Your Vapor Tank
To clean your vape tank after you’ve dislodged any dust or pocket lint, rinse all components thoroughly in the sink or swish them around in a bowl of very hot water. If the tank’s mouthpiece is coated with lip gunk, you may need to scrub it with a paper towel. You can also disinfect the mouthpiece if you like by soaking it in rubbing alcohol for a few seconds and rinsing it thoroughly afterwards. If you’d like to use alcohol to clean your vapor tank’s other components, do so carefully because alcohol does dissolve some types of rubber. It’s usually best to use water alone to clean any components with gaskets.
After cleaning your vape tank, dry all components thoroughly with paper towels.
Prime Your Coil and Reassemble Your Tank Carefully
After cleaning and drying your vape tank, you’re ready to resume using it. If you’re installing a new coil, prime the coil before installing it by placing a little e-liquid on each of the coil’s exposed wick openings. Learn more about why changing a vape coil properly is so important.
After priming your new coil, reassemble the tank carefully. Remember that incorrect assembly is the most common reason why vape tanks leak, so it’s worth the extra effort to do things right. The tank should be just finger tight. If the components don’t twist together smoothly, reverse them and try again to avoid cross-threading. If you’ve done everything correctly, the tank should not leak.
Wait a Few Minutes Before Vaping
If you’re using a new coil, the last thing that you need to do after cleaning and reassembling your vape tank is wait a few minutes. One of the top reasons why vape coils burn out quickly is because people get impatient and want to use their new coils right away after installing them. The cotton wick in your new coil needs several minutes to absorb e-liquid from the tank and become fully saturated. If you rush the process, you’ll burn the wick – so put your vaping device down for a few minutes before using it. You’ll enjoy better flavors and much longer coil life.