So you're ready to start vaping, but it seems like there is so much that goes along with it. What should you expect?
Working in a vape store for a year and a half I had countless people that would come in with various frustrations or looking for this “miracle" unit that would require zero maintenance.
I suppose I can’t blame them for wanting something easy to use after all, cigarettes were a mindless habit. However, just like your computer requires spyware protection, your vaporizer requires some regular maintenance to continue working at its optimal potential.
A good rule to live by is to think of your vaporizer as you would any other electronic; if you wouldn't chuck your cell phone at the wall, it's probably not a good idea to do the same with your vaporizer.
I know, you are probably thinking to yourself, “Well duh! Why would I ever throw my vape at the wall?" Trust me though, it happens. Now that might be one of the extreme scenarios of how not to treat your vaporizer, and in the rest of this blog I am going to be touching on a couple other maintenance issues that a lot of beginners tend to face.
Changing the atomizer (often referred to as the coil)
The atomizer is the most important part of any personal vaporizer. This is what turns the liquid into vapor by heating a coil which is in contact with a wicking material that absorbs e-liquid. In simple terms, you cannot have an electronic cigarette without an atomizer.
Changing out the coil is something that you will always have to do. Think of this like you would a light bulb, it is just something that burns out over time. The life of each atomizer is dependent on each user. The more you vape, the more often you will need to change it.
Some other factors which will affect the lifespan of a coil are too much sweetener in an e-liquid and wattage (or heat) the device is set at.
It is Time to Replace the Coil When:
- The flavor won't taste the same (it will taste burnt)
- You won't get as much vapor
- There is a chance your tank could leak
- Your vape will just not be as satisfactory
Cleaning and maintenance on your device
This is the part that many new users are not taught in a vape store. Simple cleaning and maintenance on your vaping device can make all the difference in terms of lifespan and overall quality of vape.
When you change out your atomizer, give your tank a good washing. It is okay to run the tank (with no coil in it) under water. Rinse it off, let it air dry, and replace the atomizer.
External/Internal Battery Device
This is the part that you want to be careful cleaning, but it still needs to be done. The way I show my customers how to clean their batteries is by using a paper towel or q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol. You just want to wipe out the 510/ego connection, what you screw your tank onto, and get all of the grime and possible juice that has gotten in there. Seriously! If this is not cleaned out you will not receive a good connection to your tank and your vapor quality will be diminished.
Charging your battery, and investing in a back up
I know this may seem like a silly tip, but it is so important. Just like your charge your cell phone, laptop, and tablets, you will now need to charge your vaporizer. The last thing you want is for your battery to die part way through your day. Having a back-up battery is always a good idea. This will ensure that you will never be faced with a moment of not having your vape and resorting to smoking.