First off, it’s important to understand that there are different types of vape pens – so the procedures for cleaning different types will tend to vary from type to type. In this guide, we’re going to take a look at the most common style of vape pen – the eGo – and break down the cleaning process from beginning to end.
Why clean your vape pen?
There are several reasons for why you should clean your vape pen. It will, of course, help to keep the device functioning properly – but it’ll also keep the vape tasting better and keep things fresher. In the end, it will also prolong the lifespan of your device. Keeping your vape pen clean is the best way to make it last longer – which will save you money and keep you from having to buy new products as often.
How often should you clean it?
As a general rule, you should clean your E-cig about once a week, or maybe even once every 3-4 days, if you really use it a lot.
What will you need?
As it turns out, cleaning an E-cig isn’t all that difficult – but you will need some supplies to get started. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll need.
- Cotton Swabs
- Paper towels
- A bottle of warm water, preferably in an E-liquid bottle with a nozzle
- A bowl or a small plate (something to dump water into after you rinse the parts off)
Cleaning an eGo Vape Pen
eGo vape pens are probably the most common type of vaping device. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and produce a high-quality vape.
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Step 1. To start with, go ahead and remove the battery. This should be as simple as unscrewing it and setting it aside.
Step 2. Next, remove the drip tip. This should reveal the top of the clearomizer, where you refill the E-liquid tank. Set the drip tip into the bowl (so that any E-liquid on it won’t drip off onto your table), and move onto the next step.
Step 3. At this point, you’ve already broken it down to the clearomizer – which is as far as most eGo-style pens break down. If they do break down more, the process will involve just separating the glass from the atomizer – but for a lot of eGo style pens, you’ll simply replace the entire clearomizer part instead of just the atomizer when the time comes to get a new one.
Now, we will begin the cleaning process. Take your warm water, and squirt it down into the clearomizer. Be careful not to get it into the atomizer. In fact, you might want to replace the drip tip after you’ve filled it with water, to make sure that this doesn’t happen – as you don’t want water getting down into the area where the E-liquid gets vapourized.
Information! (Note: I realize that water will still get into the wicks through the holes in the atomizer, but this isn’t such a big deal. It will help to clean the wicks a little bit, and it’ll eventually dry out.)
Step 4. Once you’ve rinsed out the clearomizer, simply dry it off with a paper towel, and set it aside to let the air get to the wick. The more water that’s in the wick when you add E-liquid, the more your E-liquid will be diluted at first – which isn’t that big of a problem, but it can affect the taste of your vapor.
Step 5. Once you’ve set aside the clearomizer, you can clean the drip tip. Simply wipe it off with warm water and a paper-towel to get any residual E-liquid residue off of it. If it will fit, you can use a cotton swab on the inside of it, just to clean out any E-liquid that may be lingering there.
Step 6. Sometimes, a bit of E-liquid will seep down into the threads where you connect the battery. To clean this, simply use a cotton swab and wipe it off.
Step 7. At this point, you’ll be ready to put everything back together. After that, you should be good to go!
Next, we’re going to take a look at the cleaning process that you might need to go through for a more complicated eGo device.
How to clean a more advanced eGo E-cig
Every vape pen brand is a little bit different – but for the most part, the cleaning process will be quite similar.
There can be some differences, however, and in this section of the guide, those differences are what we’re going to be discussing.
The primary difference between regular eGo devices and other similar types of vapourizers is that, on more complex devices, the clearomizer will usually break down further by allowing you to remove the atomizer.
This will add a few additional steps to the process, and will change the way you clean the clearomizer. In this case, you can actually fill the entire clearomizer with water after you remove the atomizer, without having to worry about water getting into places where it shouldn’t.
This allows for a much more thorough cleaning, which is nice.
As far as the atomizer is concerned, you will sometimes need to separate the actual coil from the base. This will allow you to clean the base separately, which is a good thing, as this is usually a part that gets some E-liquid on it.
When cleaning the coil itself, it’s important to try not to get too much water on it. Really, with replaceable coils, you can usually get away with just wiping them down a bit with a paper towel. Take care not to damage the wicks as you do so. Being gentle is a good idea, and remember that it’s fine to take your time.
Cleaning your vape pen is a great habit to get into, and one that far too many people neglect. You should be able to find additional instructions for cleaning in your instruction booklet – so between this guide and those instructions, you should be able to figure things out without much of a problem.