Keep Your Vape Pen Clean With These Easy Steps
So we’ve clued you in on the basics of bong maintenance, and now it’s time to amplify your vape life with a couple cleaning tips. Here’s why cleaning your vaporizer will do you good:
Longer lifespan. Vaporizer technology has come a long way. But they’re still susceptible to the everyday wear-and-tear of anything you love and use often. You may not mind tossing and re-buying more affordable options, but the genuinely pure experience of a luxury vape will remind you that a light cleaning here and there mind-blowing milky vapor clouds your friends will be talking about for years to come.
Maximize your supply. It’s simple: dirty chambers make for dirty draws. You invested in a vaporizer for its unmatched health benefits (among other perks). Now all you have to do is get rid of the excess once in a while so you can keep total control over how far your legal herb supply lasts. By reducing the amount of post-vape material latching onto each fresh packed load, you’re increasing the good stuff and minimizing the shit you didn’t want in the first place. (Technically speaking, you’re increasing the active ingredients while minimizing sticky noxious byproducts that come along with it.)
Smooth, unstrained draws. Don’t act like you don’t know what I mean. You got lazy and all of a sudden you’re using every muscle your neck has to offer to get a decent-sized draw. Vapes--especially dry herb and liquid tank vapes--clog up just like a pipe does, so you’ll want to keep it hard-hitting with a light cleaning here and there. This will up your vape’s convenience value while you’re out and about, and honestly just stop pissing you off.
For quality vapor, a long-lasting device, and to get the most out of your herb--it’s best to do a little maintenance. The longer you let unclean excess stick around, the harder it is to get rid of. This is why manufacturers tend to recommend you take care of it while it’s a light cleaning, before the process becomes a real bother. Really, though, if you’re used to cleaning glass pieces, you’ll be shocked at just how simple vape maintenance can be. As straightforward as it is, we still highly suggest that you read the steps in full first to avoid any simple mistakes that may compromise your device.
A Final Note: Keep in mind this is an electronic device! If your best judgment is screaming “don’t put that on there!”--you’re probably right. All amounts of liquid should be minimal and not allowed to seep into the circuitry. Read your warranty. Complicated desktop models like the Storz & Bickel Volcano may void your warranty if you take apart your device.
Most portable vapes feature an anatomy similar to the Dr. Dabber Ghost that will help you follow along with this cleaning guide:
Isopropyl Alcohol or Commercial Cleaning Fluid
Cotton Balls or Q-Tips
1. Gather your materials. You won’t need much Isopropyl Alcohol to get the job done, but it’s super cheap and nice to keep around. You can find it at 50% or higher in the First Aid section of any corner store. Just be careful not to use alcohol on any sensitive plastic or wooden parts; you may even prefer to spend a little more money on a gentler cleaner designed just for vapes. Most vaporizers include a set of cleaning tools (usually a brush) designed to fit best with their device. Lastly, this is a low-mess process, so you don’t need to quarantine yourself to the bathroom or laundry room sink like glass pieces require--just be aware that the rubbing alcohol is strong enough to sanitize and will leave a mark on fancy furniture.
2. Disassemble your vaporizer. Without forcing any pieces that don’t want to move, take apart your device. This guide is primarily focused on portable vaporizers that easily break down into pieces. There are countless videos out there to help you take apart your particular vape model, like this quick vid on the Arizer Solo.
3. Soak small glass & metal parts. Removable screens and glass mouthpieces can all soak in alcohol. The longer, the better. Just do not submerge your concentrate cartridge/tank! These just get only a gentle exterior cleaning because you won’t be able to get the cleaning fluid back out from inside the tank.
4. Use your brush. Use the pipe cleaning brush your device came with to get rid of chunky build up, especially from dry herb. Do not get rough with the coil exposed in some heating chambers.
5. Use your Q-tip. Dunk your Q-tip or cotton swab in your Isopropyl Alcohol, squeezing out the excess drip. You don’t want your Q-tip to be oozing with moisture that could fall into electronic parts. In fact, many vape enthusiasts insist you should hold the device upside down during this step so drippage falls right to the floor and not into the internal mechanism. Rub the heating chamber rims and lining, as well as the rim of your mouthpiece. You may have to repeat it a few times, depending on how long it’s been since your last deep clean. This is when the cleaning process starts to have that real “aaah” effect! Use a final swab with just water to “rinse,” but, again, not too much moisture.
6. Polish up your exterior. Your best bet on the protective shell is a lightly dampened rag--you may even want to use a little gentle soap. Don’t risk damaging your cool-looking piece with harsh cleaners unless your user manual says it’s okay.
7. Put it back together. Make sure all the parts are thoroughly dried before you reassemble. Replace any worn out parts--most vape kits include replacements for pieces they expect to wear out, such as mouthpieces and atomizers.
8. Enjoy! You did it! Now you can vape away with the confidence that your device is delivering nothing but crisp, clean, classy vapor.
You may have picked up on the fact that less is more in vape cleaning. It’s not hard to master and only takes a minute or two. Just be sure to consult your user manual before giving it a go. This is because today’s vape scene features such a wide variety of innovative designs that manufacturers may require different cleaning methods for more unique models.