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The Proper Way To Clean Your Vape Tank, Coils & Switch Flavors

By Shirley Li | Aug 20, 2018 | Vape Blog | 5 min read

The Proper Way To Clean Your Vape Tank, Coils & Switch Flavors

How to get the most flavor from inside your tank

There are so many varieties of Sub-Ohm tanks in the market. While some people focus on flavor production, others are all about the biggest vapor clouds.

Vapor Clouds are great, but we are going to show you how to get the best taste out of your tank regardless of its functionality.

Every vaper should have good understanding and have done research on vape tanks before using it. If you are new to vaping or have any specific questions, feel free to contact Vapebox.

Flavors fitting wattage and airflow

*Flavor chasers beware, there is no single best setting fit for all people*

There are many different coils, e liquids, and tanks. We suggest you follow the recommended wattage (or temperature if applicable) of the coils and experiment from there. Go up or down 10 wattage to test for your e-juice's sweet spot.

Adjustable airflow systems on atomizers is another important setting to consider. Restricting airflow inside produces a denser, warmer vape that carries more flavor. We recommend limiting your airflow inside for optimal flavor production.

Testing for the right balance of both wattage and inside airflow is important. Start with a lower wattage and progressively increase to higher settings until you hit the ideal balance for your tastes. 

How to clean the vape tank

We often get asked "How to clean vape coils?". When cleaning the inside of your tank, the goal is to get rid of any traces of the previous e-liquid. This is easy but crucial, especially if you switch flavors often. If you chain vape, your tank needs to be cleaned at least once a week for the best flavor and vapor production.

Keeping your atomizer clean will remove all the residue from the different e-liquid flavors you've tested and it will help remove bacteria build up from the drip tip.

For tanks, we recommend taking them apart and soaking it in warm water and soap for 10-15 minutes. After it is done soaking, rinse it with warm water and let it dry completely. Have a case of clean replacement coils prepared for a next vape sesh.

How to clean vape coil

Aside from cleaning your tank case, cleaning your vape coils is another easy way to get rid of flavor traces from your old e-liquid. Cleaning your vape coils will bring your coil head back to life. It won't be completely brand new, but it will remove the gunk so you can vape a new e-liquid without any previous flavors of e-juice mixed in.

We only recommend this if your coil isn't burnt. If you are receiving a burnt taste while vaping on your tank, throw out the coil and replace it with a new one.

Things you will need to clean vape coils:

  • A bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Everclear Grain Alcohol, or any alcohol with high percentage of alcohol. DO NOT USE RUBBING ALCOHOL. Look for a grain alcohol.

Here are the instructions on how to get the most flavor from your tank

Step 1: Fill the bowl with alcohol

Grab your coil and drop it on your bowl of choice. Start pouring the grain alcohol into the bowl, right over the coil head.

Step 2: Let it soak

Leave your coil head in the bowl for 6-12 hours. This does seem like a lot of time, but leaving it soaking for this long will pull all the gunk out from your coil.

Step 3: Rinse your coil

After your coil has soaked in the alcohol for a few hours, you will notice that the alcohol turned brown. That is all the gunk from your coil.

Dump out the gunk, and rinse your coil under hot water for 3-4 minutes.

Step 4: Let it soak in water

To ensure that all the alcohol is out of the coil, leave the coil head in warm water for a few hours. We recommend soaking it for 3-4 hours.

After it is done soaking, rinse it again under hot water for 3-5 minutes.

Step 5: Wrap your coil head around a paper towel

After you rinse your coil head, and shake the excess water off, grab a paper towel. Wrap it around the coil head and blow into the coil. This will remove all the excess water from the coil.

Step 6: Leave it out overnight

You want to make sure the coil is completely dry before vaping. So the last step is to leave it out overnight so it can air dry properly.

Once it is dried, assemble your vaping case device, pour the new e-liquid, enjoy your new vape!

This process does take a lot of time, but it is important to follow these steps correctly. You want to make sure that most of the gunk is removed, and that all the alcohol and water is completely removed before vaping.

How to clean vape tank & coils alternative dripping on an RDA

If cleaning your vape tank and coils is a hassle, then dripping might be the solution for you.

For vaping aficionados who love to constantly try new e-juice flavors, cleaning vape coils and tanks might seem like too much. Instead of doing so, you can simply invest in a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA).

What is a rebuildable atomizer?

Rebuildable atomizer, or RDA, is an atomizer with a build deck. Unlike tanks, e-juice is dripped directly over the wire.

RDA's allow users to customize their own builds. Knowledge about coils, building, and ohm's law is required. So before you try dripping, please do some research on rebuildable atomizers, building coils, and ohm's law.

What does dripping mean?

Dripping refers to the method of dripping liquid juice to atomizer. This method is used by dripping a few drops onto top of wick and coil before vaping.

Dripping is a great method to use if you love testing different e-liquid flavors. It is also an alternative to cleaning your vape tank and coils. This is because you drip directly on the cotton and coils. So if your flavors are getting muddled, all you have to do is change your cotton.

However, you need to be very cautious with dripping and RDA's. Rebuildables and dripping is recommended for vapers who are experienced, so if you are not experienced please do your research!

In vaping, the flavor is everything. A good flavor determines whether you will enjoy vaping or will keep backsliding to traditional cigarettes. Before people find the perfect flavor, they might have to experiment with a few flavors. Remember, in order to get the most out of an e-liquid, do not mix it with another e-liquid.

Cleaning your tank, coils, and wick might require patience and energy, and the art of dripping might be overwhelming. However, once you get your perfect flavor, it will all be worth it.

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Author

Shirley is a writer for Vapebox. Her current favorite e-juice is Naked 100 Lava Flow. When she's not researching or writing on the vape industry, she enjoys hiking and all things nature. Photography is also one of her other favorite past-times.

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