Vaporizers are expensive mechanical devices. They have complicated internal parts and, like all machines, they require care and maintenance. To keep your vaporizer running at peak performance (and to extend its useful life) it needs to be kept clean. Unfortunately, most vaporizers do not come with clear instructions on maintenance.
But fear not, for we SmokeSmith Gear has put together this handy guide that details how to clean your vaporizer, along with some handy tips.
How To Clean A Vaporizer
While there are many vaporizers styles (pen, portable or desktop) and vapes for a variety of different materials (dry herbs, concentrates, or e-juices), all vaporizers function by moving vapor along an air path, and it is important to keep this path clean and free of debris. Keeping the air path clean is the best way to ensure that the quality, quantity and flavor is the best it can be.
When you first buy your vape you should spend a little time taking it apart so you are familiar with the parts. This will make it easier to take the vape apart when it is time to clean.
Keeping the mouthpiece clean is important. First off, it’s the only part of the vaporizer that actually touches your body, so for health and hygiene purposes you should keep it free of debris. You don’t want your lips in contact with burnt materials. In addition, the mouthpiece is the endpoint of the vapor path. If the mouthpiece is dirty the flavor and quality of your vapor will be poor.
How To Clean: For simple cleaning use a cotton swab with a touch of rubbing alcohol to wipe any dirt or residue. If your vaporizer features a retractable mouthpiece make sure to engage it (and remove it, if possible). For deeper cleaning soak your mouthpiece in isopropyl alcohol for 20 minutes. Follow this up with a rinse with warm water.
Every vaping device has a chamber, which is where the dry her or concentrate is placed. This is where vaporization process begins, and it is critical for airflow purposes that the chamber be kept clean. If the chamber is clogged the air will not flow properly, and this will result in burning and combustion. This will degrade the performance of the vaporizer and will compromise the flavor and quality of the vapor. Some vaporizers will stop heating if the chamber is clogged.
How To Clean: This is the most sensitive part of the vaporizer, so avoid poking it with sharp metal objects (otherwise you could damage to the coil). To clean, use a cotton ball or small headed cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to remove the clogged particles inside the chamber. You can use rubbing alcohol to wipe the outer part of the chamber but we don’t recommend using it to clean the inside part.
Screens and filters typically sit between the mouthpiece and the chamber. They are there to keep residue from entering the mouthpiece. As a result, they get dirty. And if they are not cleaned it will deteriorate airflow and the taste of the vapor that you inhale.
How To Clean: Use a dry brush or dental tool to remove particles and residue from the screen and/or the filter.
The battery, of course, is the engine of a portable vaporizer, providing power to the machine. The batteries are designed to be replaced. But to keep a good battery working properly it needs to be inspected once a week, to ensure that heads not compromised with smalls particles or a thin film of concentrate.
How To Clean: Make sure the vape is turned off. Remove the battery from its casing. If debris or dirt is visible then use a dry cotton towel to clean the heads.
How Often Do I Need To Clean My Vape?
Emptying the chamber and ensuring that the airway is unclogged is something you will probably want to do each time you use the vaporizer. Experts recommend a more thorough cleaning every five or so uses. Depending on how much you use the vape, this could be weekly or monthly.
Of course, any time your device isn’t giving you the performance that you want, a full-scale vaporizer cleaning with may be a helpful step to improve its performance.
Tips To Make It Easier To Clean Your Vape
Always use isopropyl alcohol, which is typically 90% isopropanol (rubbing alcohol is typically about 70%).
While some vape manufactures do sell fancy vape cleaning kits, the only tools you really need are the following:
-Microcotton cloth or paper towels
Vapes that are used with concentrates and waxes are harder to clean the vapes for e-juice or dry herbs because the concentrate leaves a residue that becomes sticky and thick, especially if it sits for a while. For this reason it’s best to clean a concentrate vape immediately after using.
Another pro tip: Clean the vape when it’s warm. The residue will be easier to remove. But make sure it’s not so hot that the chamber burns you when you touch it.
Finally, some tips on what not do: Don’t submerge the battery in any liquid. Don’t use any harsh chemicals or soap in the tank. And avoid getting alcohol on or near the inside temperature switch. It will act as a glue and cause the vaporizer to become stuck on one temperature.
We hope you find this article on how to clean a vaporizer helpful! Have fun with your new vaporizer, but remember that keeping it clean will extend its life and utility for you.