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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:


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. (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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.  

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Writer at Black Note
Lee Johnson is a writer and vaper from the UK. He started vaping in 2012, and since then has contributed to E-Cigarette Reviewed, E-Cigarette Direct’s Ashtray Blog and Vaping360. He strongly believes smokers need accurate information about vaping and other reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. He has a degree in physics from the Open University and a passion for all forms of science.
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What is Naturally Extracted Tobacco E-Liquid?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

WARNING: Black Note products are not smoking cessation products and have not been tested as such. Black Note products are intended for use by adults of legal smoking age (21 or older in California), and not by children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Black Note products contain nicotine, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Ingestion of the non-vaporized concentrated ingredients can be poisonous. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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