A properly maintained tank is the best way to quickly improve the quality of your vape and ensure the most satisfying flavors possible
Keeping your tank clean is an essential part of vaporizer maintenance. That’s why it’s sad to see so many vapers who don’t keep their flavors fresh or even know how! But if you’re looking to have the cleanest and most potent taste possible, understanding how to properly wash your tank is critical.
Many new vapers think replacing their coils does the job, but what they don’t realize is that flavors will still linger even with a brand new head. This is especially true for more robust flavors such as coffee or cinnamon. Plain and simple, the best way to ensure pure flavor is to clean your tank when you replace the coil. That’s why we wrote this short guide on the best practices for cleaning your vape tank. We included several different methods used by professionals so you can decide what works best for you.
The Standard Process
The first step in any tank cleaning process is to disassemble as many parts of your tank as possible. Most newer models are built to be easily taken apart for cleaning, so check your manual for instructions. Always remember to remove the O-rings as well, as this is where lots of juice residue can get lodged. Some models have colorful O-rings easily seen, and others have made it more of a challenge by having similar colors, so make sure to double check that you’re not missing any.
For the next step, you’ll need at least one brush tool, which is usually included with starter kits. Take the brush and scrub the excess material off the different pieces. It’s best to have two brushes, one for before and a separate one for after rinsing. As you could probably guess, this means that the next step is rinsing and soaking. A selection of liquids are suitable, but some are more powerful than others.
The most commonly used fluids for cleaning are plain water, Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), vinegar, ethanol, as well as baking soda mixed with water. The most straightforward cleaning solution is water, but it’s also the least powerful.
Take a bowl of water and heat it up in the microwave for a couple of minutes. While you wait, take each piece of your tank and rinse them under warm water, working to get any excess material off. Submerge them in the water and let it all sit until the water cools back down. Carefully remove each piece and rinse them under warm water once again. This time while rinsing, use the second brush to scrub each piece thoroughly before placing them onto a paper towel to dry. It’s vital to give the parts time to dry completely before re-assembling the tank. But be careful to not damage O-rings with excess heat.
The process is the same for the other liquids listed, though it is important to note a few things:
- You should still rinse with water no matter what solution you’re using to clean.
- PG and VG both work, but it’s easier to use PG because of its water-like consistency; As opposed to VG which is quite thick.
- Vinegar and ethanol are both extremely useful using this method, but it’s extra important to rinse them off thoroughly before assembling the tank again.
- You can also use dish detergent or lemon juice, but they must also be rinsed entirely.
Cleaning For Advanced Users
Once your tank is clean, it’s important also to change your atomizer if you want the purest taste possible. Users who were sick of having to buy new atomizers gave way to the rise of rebuildable atomizers. This is the best option for vapers who are picky about getting the right flavor or those who want to construct exotic coil builds. When combined with a properly cleaned tank, a rebuilt coil tastes as if it was a brand new vaporizer altogether.
For those who are the most serious about keeping their pieces clean, the only answer is professional grade ultrasonic cleaners. These handy pieces of technology were designed for use cleaning jewelry, but have been adapted quite well to cleaning atomizer parts. There are even companies building them exclusively for cleaning vape tanks now. This is hands down the most effective, and easy way to keep your tank clean. But it’s also the most expensive route, with even small models costing upwards of $50.
As you can see, there are several different ways to clean your vape tank efficiently. No one style is best, or right for everyone, so try as many as you can to decide what you like best. Some people are content with a simple rinse and soak in water, while others need to scrub their pieces clean with vinegar to satisfy their sensitive palate.
Doing a consistently fantastic job of cleaning comes down having a feel for it. So don’t be discouraged if the first few times you try don’t come out as good as you’d prefer. Try new techniques and little tweaks until you find your sweet spot. If having a clean tank is something that’s important to you, just keep trying, and soon you’ll be as good as the pros.
How often do you take apart your tank to clean it? Do you feel like it makes a big difference when you do? What is your favorite cleaning method? Did we miss any tips that you think should be included? Let us know in the comments.