Sanitising For Stoners Pt. 1: E-Cig Vapes

Firefly vaporiser

Are you a vaping newbie or a hardcore vape master? Maybe somewhere in between? Hopefully you're getting a lot of use out of your vaporiser regardless of how long you've been vaping, but you may be wondering how the hell you clean the damn thing? Don't worry, we've got your back! Do you have a dry herb vape like the Firefly vaporiser or an e-cig vape like the Solo 2 from Vaptio? The cleaning methods are slightly different for each type, so make sure you follow this series for our handy tips on cleaning your equipment and your vaporiser will be squeaky clean in no time. This week, we're taking a look at cleaning the E-Cig Vape.

Why do I need to clean my vaporiser?

As with anything that gets regular use, your vaporiser should be properly maintained and kept clean in order to lengthen its lifespan. In the first few months of using a brand-new vaporiser, the hits will definitely feel velvety smooth and delicious on the palette. But once the residue and various other particles/debris build up along the pathways, the vapor quality will change over time. Cleaning your vape doesn't have to be time consuming though! The more you do it, the easier and quicker it'll get. Your vape should be cleaned at least every month, but regular users should clean it more often, as much as once per week depending on your usage. 

How to Clean an E-Cig Vape

The ingredients in vape juice aren't generally considered harmful to your vape. But if you don't clean it regularly, residue will accumulate and the build-up will eventually affect the performance of your vape, which is less than ideal! Regardless of type, vaping devices all have the following as essential components: a tank, a coil and a battery. We're going to tell you what to do with all of these pieces.

Step 1: Disassemble your device

Remove the battery and mouthpiece parts of your vaporiser before breaking down the whole device. The mouthpiece can be dry cleaned or wiped. Take care to remember where each piece goes.

Step 2: Empty out the tank

Depending on the design of your device, remove either the top or the base of your clearomiser and empty out any remaining e-liquid in the tank.

Step 3: Cleaning your coil

Not all vape coils can be cleaned, but for the ones that can, follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove the wicks from the coils
  2. Dry burn the coils very lightly
  3. Remove the atomiser from your mod
  4. Rinse the atomiser under running water while using a tool to lightly brush, before rinsing one more time
  5. Dry burn the coil to remove any remaining droplets of water

Step 4: Rinse

If you're doing a quick clean, rinse away any e-liquid residue by holding the vape tank under warm running water for about 20-30 seconds. Take the remaining pieces you've removed from your vape and let them soak in a bowl of warm water, which will assist in cleaning and help you keep track of what still needs attention. You can also use a brush if you'd prefer dry cleaning. If you're opting for a deep clean, wipe the parts down with high-proof alcohol which will help break down stubborn e-juice deposits. You can also use a microfiber cloth or paper towel soaked in alcohol. Other household items you can use include baking soda, vinegar and cheap vodka. Just make sure that you give your pieces a thorough rinse with water afterwards.

Step 4: Dry

Shake off any remaining water droplets and use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to absorb any excess water. The easiest way to get it into the tank is to twist a piece of the tissue and slide it into the vape, making sure you rotate to catch every last bit of moisture. Set it aside and allow it to continue air-drying for at least 10 minutes before refilling with a new e-liquid and reassembling your vape.

Making sure that your E-Cig Vape aus is clean is the best way to get optimal performance from your device. Happy cleaning!