How to Clean and Maintain Your Vape Tank
Learning to keep your tanks clean and well-maintained might not be as exciting as finding out tips for cloud-chasing or boosting your flavor, but it’s absolutely essential if you want to keep everything working as it should. The good news is that both cleaning your tank and keeping it in top condition are really easy to do, and won’t take up much of your time. All it takes is half an hour or so roughly once a month and you’ll be able to maximize the lifespan of your tanks and keep your vaping setup in top condition.
How to Clean Your Vape Tank
Cleaning is the most essential thing to keep on top of. The process is really easy, but if you’ve never done it before you may be unsure of where to start. It doesn’t vary much depending on your specific tank, because almost all vape tanks have the same key parts and work in the same basic way.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning your vape tank:
- Empty the tank. This is simple. If there’s some e-juice left in your tank, you need to empty it out before cleaning. You can vape it if you like, but if there’s a small amount left or you don’t want to, just empty it out into the sink.
- Disassemble the tank. To clean everything properly, you’ll need to take your tank apart. Almost all tanks unscrew at the top and/or the bottom, but exactly what happens depends on the design. Most tanks allow you to unscrew the base to change the coil, and if it’s a top-filling option you’ll likely be able to unscrew the top cap too. In some cases, one end screws off but the glass is simply held onto the other side through friction and can be pulled off with some light force. Remove as much as you can, including the drip tip, O-rings and glass section (if possible). Unscrew the coil and set it to one side.
- Rinse the component with warm water. The easiest way to clean your tank is to simply rinse the components under warm water. You can clean the coil in the same way, but if you do this it’s absolutely essential that you let it dry out fully before using it again. Once you’ve given the parts a good rinse, your tank is probably clean. But another step may be useful.
- (Optional) Soak the components in water or alcohol. Soaking the components of your tank in a shallow bowl of warm water is an extra step if you want a deeper clean. Just drop the parts into some water and leave it for 10 minutes or so before rinsing them again. You can also soak them in strong, clear alcohol (like vodka or Everclear) if you prefer.
- Clean the threading. Your rinse and soak should have cleaned the tank pretty well, but the threads can have some extra build-up that may not have cleaned. Using warm water or alcohol, wet a Q-tip or paper towel and give the threads a thorough clean using it. Cleaning the connection point in the same way is a good idea too.
- Let the components air-dry. Now all you need is patience. You can pat the components dry with a paper towel if you like, but nothing beats a bit of time to let them air dry. This is especially important if you’ve cleaned the coil too, because any water or alcohol in the wick will impact its performance. If you haven’t cleaned the coil, an hour or two will be long enough. If you have it’s best to leave it overnight or for 24 hours before re-assembling.
Maintenance Tips for Your Tank and Coils
Keeping your tank clean is the most important bit of maintenance, and you should do it every month or so (more frequently if you want the very best flavor). However, there are a few other basic tips that you should keep in mind if you want to get the most out of your tank and keep it working well for longer.
- Use vape bands. The little rubber bands you get with some vape tanks aren’t purely decorative. Everybody drops their device every so often, and using a vape band protects the glass in the event something goes wrong. It might feel a little dorky, but you’ll be happy you had it if you ever do drop your tank.
- Prime your coils. The easiest way to kill you coil is to fire it when it’s new but the e-liquid hasn’t had time to soak in. Manually soaking the exposed bits of wick before filling and then waiting for 5 to 10 minutes to vape after filling the tank prevents this from happening. This is called “priming” your coil.
- Don’t let your e-juice level get too low. If you don’t have much liquid in the tank but you keep vaping, you can burn the wick and kill your coil. If your tank is getting low and the wicks aren’t getting soaked as easily, it’s time to refill.
- Don’t over-tighten the tank. Although you need to make sure your tank is tight enough to keep everything sealed and prevent leaking, over-tightening is a problem too. If you go too far with tightening everything down, you can damage components and cause yourself a problem.
- Check your O-rings. The O-rings are the little rubber circles that maintain all of the seals on your tank. Over time – and especially if you over-tighten – these can degrade. Check them regularly, and if there are signs of wear and tear, replace them. You almost always get spares when you buy a tank, so you should keep hold of them.
- Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most coils these days have a recommended wattage range printed on them. Exceeding this will reduce the lifespan of the coil, so it’s best to stick within the recommendations.
Look After Your Tanks and They’ll Look After You
Keeping your tank in optimum condition is really easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Whether you want to get the most out of each of your coils or want the best flavor every time you fill up, setting aside a bit of time to clean your tank each month and protecting your coils helps you get the most out of your purchase. Follow the tips in this post and you’ll keep your tanks working just as they should.