| Andy Staples
When you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on a quality vape, regular maintenance is so important. Many of us have probably experienced this: you’ve had your vape for a few months and it starts to feel a little gunky, the performance is lacking, and it just isn’t what it was before! Truth is, your vape does not need replacing - it probably just need a proper clean!
All vapes are made up of different components. The basics include a tank, a coil, and a battery. These components can all be separated which makes cleaning the device a whole lot easier!
Your tank (the section that holds your e-liquid) should be cleaned every time you change your e-liquid flavour. If you tend to stick to 1 flavour and very rarely switch it up, you should aim to clean your tank at least every few weeks anyway.
Cleaning Your Vape Tank
As we mentioned before, you should clean your tank every time you change the flavour of your e-liquid. This will remove any residue and prevent the flavours from getting mixed. If you’re vaping a new fruity flavour, you don’t want the remnants of last week’s dessert flavour ruining the experience! Cleaning your tank between e-liquid switch-ups will allow your flavours to come through properly with a powerful punch.
In order to clean your vape tank, you first need to disassemble your device. Remove the tank from the battery mod, remove the coil from the tank, and empty out any remaining e-liquid. You’ll then want to separate any additional pieces on the tank section, such as the mouthpiece.
Next, put all components of the tank into a bowl of warm water (this does not include the coil!). You can also add a small amount of washing-up liquid for a slightly deeper clean. Wash the parts in the water for a few minutes until clean. You may wish to use an old toothbrush to really get in there and give it a proper scrub!
If you have used washing-up liquid, make sure you rinse everything in clean water afterwards.
Once the tank is clean, give everything a wipe with a dry cloth and then leave the pieces to fully air dry.
For a deep, sterilising clean on your drip tip or mouthpiece, you can use a device like the Aspire Degerm Drip Tip Steriliser.
Research states that there are more than 600 different microbial bacteria in human saliva. When this bacteria leaves the mouth, they can become more dangerous and can cause lots of health problems.
So, it’s no surprise that the drip tip or mouthpiece of your device is the germiest bit! You may want to have a deeper clean on this section of the vape in order to ensure all germs are removed. The Aspire Degerm Steriliser does exactly that - it will wipe out all bacteria in just 30 seconds, meaning you can vape more safely.
Cleaning Your Coils
Unfortunately, you can’t exactly clean your vape coil. Getting coils overly wet in this way is likely to ruin them and cause them to burn out.
When your coil becomes a little worse for wear, you simply need to replace it entirely. Coils usually need replacing roughly once every 2-4 weeks, depending on how often you use your vape.
You can tell when your coil needs replacing as the flavour will become slightly burnt-tasting, and the real e-liquid flavour will become far weaker. You may also find that the coil visually looks darker, it may begin to leak, and your vape may produce less vapour than usual.
Once you start to notice these effects, simply pop your coil out and replace it with a new one! Luckily, coils are usually very cheap, so replacing them regularly is not a problem.
Cleaning Your Battery
When we say ‘battery’, we are referring to the main chunky mod section of your vape, not the actual battery inside of it! Nevertheless, this section of your vape does not need to be thoroughly cleaned.
You definitely don’t want to clean this section in the same way that you would your tank, as the battery contains all of the electronic components that make up an electronic cigarette. And we all learnt this in school… water and electricity do not mix!
Instead, simply wipe down the outside of your mod with an antibacterial wipe in order to remove any germs, dirt, and residue. This will be completely sufficient cleaning for this section of your device.
By following these basic tips, you can start to make a habit of regularly cleaning your device. This will cause your flavours to come through properly, your vapour production to feel more powerful, and your vape to last longer. You’re welcome!