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How to Clean a Vape Device and Its Parts [General Vape Maintenance]

vaping parts being cleaned in plastic container full of water

Andres Roman |

Cleaning your vape is very important since it directly affects the lifespan of your device. The more you use your vape, the dirtier it gets, and if left unwashed, gunk and dirt can start impacting your device’s overall performance. That’s why The most effective way of preserving your device is by cleaning it often. 

While you might think of it as a time-consuming and labor-intensive chore, it’s actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It’s just a question of following a few simple steps that should not take a lot of time out of your day, and the time it does take to clean your vape ends up being worth it every single time. 

And while for some people, the best solution is to buy a new vape device, cleaning it is often the answer when your device is not functioning properly. 

Table of Contents:

  1. Why Having a Clean Vape Coil and Clean Vape Tank Is Important
  2. How to Clean a Vape Pen
    • How to Clean E-Juice Vape Pens
    • How to Clean Concentrate Vapes
    • How to Clean Herb Vape Pens
    1. How to Clean a Box Mod
      • How to Clean a Vape Tank
      1. How to Clean a Vape Coil
        • How to Clean Replaceable Coils
        • How to Clean Your RBA Coils
        1. Easy-to-Clean Vape Products You May Like
        2. Conclusion

        Why Having a Clean Vape Coil and Clean Vape Tank Is Important

        Cleaning your vape pen or box mod is essential because, sooner or later, dirt, gunk, and saliva will build up around the tank and mouthpiece. This can have an adverse effect on the lifespan of your device, the taste of the e-liquid, and, most importantly, your vape experience. 

        How to Clean a Vape Pen

        If you own a vape pen, you must clean it to ensure it keeps working correctly for a long time. But the process is a little different for each type of vape pen.

        How to Clean E-juice Vape Pens

        The materials you'll need to clean your e-juice vape pen or pod system include:

        • Hot water
        • E-juice loader

        If you own an e-juice vape pen or pod system, all you need to do, depending on the type of vape pen you own, is:

        1. Use an e-juice loader to fill the vape pen's tank or the refillable pods if you own a pod system with hot water. This is often the only thing you need to do to clean your e-juice vape pen. 
        2. After filling it up with water, shake it. This will loosen the gunk or e-juice left in the device. 
        3. Pour out the water, and you're good to go. 

        How to Clean Concentrate Vape Pens

        Materials you'll need to clean your waxy concentrate vape pen are:

        • Alcohol
        • Q-tips

        To clean a concentrate vape pen, you’ll need to:

        1. Unscrew the concentrate vape pen. You should be left with the top part, coils, and the part where you’ll find the battery. Your main goal when cleaning a concentrate vape pen should be to clean the threading as much as possible. 
        2. Take a Q-tip, soak it in alcohol, and slowly sweep the gunk outside the part where the coil goes. Do not try to clean the inside since you may damage the coil. 
        3. Clean the inside of the top part using your Q-tip. Once you get rid of all the gunk, your concentrate vape pen is clean. 
        4. Remember to let the alcohol dry, and do not vape for at least a day.

        How to Clean Herb Vape Pens

        The materials you'll need to clean your e-juice vape pen include:

        • Dry herb small cleaning brush
        • Alcohol
        • Q-tips

        To clean a herb vape pen, you’ll want to:

        1. Unscrew the top part of your vape pen to reveal the herb chamber. Take the small cleaning brush and start brushing along the sides.
        2. Tap the vape pen gently against a table so the remaining residue falls out. If your vape pen has a glass screen, take the glass screen out and drop it in alcohol. 
        3. Be careful not to scrub the coil because this may damage the vape pen. 
        4. Take a Q-tip and dip it in alcohol. With the vape pen upside down, run the Q-tip along the inside of the threading. Once you finish, place the glass screen back on. 
        5. Let the alcohol dry, and do not vape for at least one day.

        How to Clean a Box Mod

        Materials you’ll need to clean your Box Mod include:

        • Hot water
        • A plastic bowl
        • Paper towels
        • Cotton swabs or Q-tips
        • Dish soap

        Once you have all your materials ready, this is what you’ll need to do to clean your box mod:

        1. Disassemble your vape tank, making sure you know where each piece goes. Place all the parts in a plastic bowl full of warm water.
        2. Add a few drops of dish soap and gently stir the water using your hands. Leave the pieces in the bowl for about 10 minutes. 
        3. Take a close look at each component. Is there a part that doesn’t seem clean? You may spot e-juice residue on some of the parts, in which case you should use a Q-tip to take off the gunk.
        4. After every piece has been examined and you’ve made sure they are free from any dirt or gunk, let them dry for about 20 minutes on the paper towels, making sure they are completely dry before putting the parts back together.

        How to Clean a Vape Coil

        You’ll need to replace your coils sooner or later. While other parts of your vape have a long lifespan, coils do not so much. While it’s impossible to tell how long vape coils last, one thing we know for sure is that cleaning them will extend their lifespan significantly. 

        How to clean a coil depends on the type of coil it is. Two types of easily cleanable coils come with tanks (and are replaceable), plus coils also go with rebuildable atomizers like RDAs. The way to clean both of them is entirely different. 

        How to Clean Replaceable Coils

        Cleaning a replaceable coil is pretty straightforward:

        1. Using the same materials you used to clean your tank, repeat the procedure, but this time let the replaceable coil rest in the mixture of water and soap overnight. 
        2. When you wake up the next morning, let the coil head run under warm water. Examine the wick inside the coil head closely; does it look burnt? Or has it returned to a whitish color? If it has returned to a whitish color, then consider the coil clean.
        3. If the wick remains brown and burnt, you need to invest in a new coil. 

        How to Clean Your RBA Coils

        Cleaning RBA coils takes a bit more work:

        1. Take a pair of tweezers and remove the wicking cotton from the coils. 
        2. Fire up your device until the coils are red hot (this will burn off the gunk and dirt). 
        3. Once the coils are scorching hot, power off your device and run them under cold water, making sure not to turn on the device by mistake while you do this. 
        4. You might need to repeat steps 2 and 3 of this process to remove all of the excess gunk, but you’ll have an almost brand-new set of coils in the end. 

        Easy-to-Clean Vape Products You May Like

        If you are trying to reduce the time you spend maintaining your vape device, buying a new box mod or changing to vape juices that use at least 50PG (which will leave less gunk behind) might be the best options. Below you can find three vape products, one box mod, and two vape juices that use 50VG/50PG ratios. 

        SMOK Fortis 80W Vape Kit

        SMOK Fortis 80W Vape Kit


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        If your device is already too old and, no matter how many times you clean it, is not working correctly, then it is time to buy a new one. A product we suggest if you are into box mods or sub-ohm devices is the SMOK Fortis 80W Vape Kit. The device can even reach 100W if used with a 21700 battery instead of a 18650. It has a TFT color screen and two powerful mesh coils that create an intense vaping experience. The kit includes the mod itself, a SMOK TFV18 Mini Tank (6.5mL), two sub-ohm mesh coils, a charging cable, and a user manual. 

        Hard Menthol by First Class Distribution eJuice

          Hard Menthol by First Class Distribution eJuice


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        With a 50VG/50PG ingredient ratio, the Hard Menthol by First Class Distribution vape juice is one of the best we currently offer at eJuiceDB. Not only does it work for both box mods and pod systems, but you can also even mix it with your other vape juices that could use a splash and kick of menthol. Available in 60ml bottles, it comes in the following nicotine strengths: 0mg, 3mg, 6mg, 12mg, and 18mg. 

        Red Hot Lava by Volcano eCigs E-Liquid

        Red Hot Lava by Volcano eCigs E-Liquid


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        Made in Hawaii, Volcano eCigs E-Liquid is a company that believes in quality above all. That’s why Red Hot Lava by Volcano eCigs E-Liquid is an excellent cinnamon ejuice that only comes in a 50VG/50PG ratio, it can also be used in a pod system and box mod. Sweet, sugary, and spicy, this excellent vape juice will leave less gunk and vape ejuice buildup in your tank than high VG vape juices and is available in 30ml bottles and two nicotine strengths of 0mg and 3mg.  


        If you take care of your vape devices, they will take care of you. Washing them often will not only increase the lifespan of the parts and of the device itself, but it will also give you more flavorful inhales and thicker cloud production. 

        Remember that for pod systems and vape pens all you need to do is fill the refillable pod or vape tank with hot water and shake it. For box mods, vape tanks, and coils, the process is a bit more complex. All in all, you should now be ready to tackle vape maintenance on your vaping devices.

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