A stuck vape can be a frustrating experience for anyone setting out to enjoy a smoking session.
It’s that moment when you’re looking forward to enjoying your favorite vapor cartridge, you’ve created the perfect mood, you have your favorite cartridge on hand, and you take an inspired puff only to discover that the airflow is blocked. Fear not, we’re here to help you understand why this is happening and offer simple and effective solutions to get your vaporizer back in top form.
Most people using or consistently using vaporizer cartridges have encountered an annoying problem: a clogged airflow.
When this happens, the natural reaction is to put in all the work and vacuum out the clogged duct, but this isn’t always your best bet for getting your vape back to top form.
Before we delve into solutions, let’s explore why vaporizer cartridges can become clogged. There are several common reasons:
The most common cause of clogging is condensation buildup.
Over time, oils and distillates inside the cartridge can build up along the walls of the duct, clogging the mouthpiece and preventing the smooth passage of vapor into your lungs.
If you’ve ever experienced liquid droplets passing through the duct and into your mouth, you’ve likely encountered this problem. It’s crucial to fix it quickly to avoid future inconvenience.
Pure hemp extract, while potent, is usually a thick, viscous oil.
This thickening can cause blockages in the vaporizer, preventing you from enjoying those relaxing puffs. Some brands try to dilute the oil by adding substances such as terpenes, MCT oil, or vegetable glycerin. However, this can dilute the potency.
Here’s the best advice: Make sure your supplier is offering you high-quality products, especially since there are some diluents that can affect your health (remember the vitamin E = lung disease thing). The black market is alive everywhere, so it’s best to go to your trusted dispensary and make sure that each vape cartridge has a certificate of analysis (COA), which guarantees that they are safe for consumption
Last but not least, another reason your vape cartridge or disposable may be blocked is due to chamber flooding, something that happens when vape carts are left unused for a long time.
Over time, distillates and oils can thicken at different temperatures, eventually reaching the bottom and oversaturating the wick, basically super-soaking the coil in weed juice.
When this happens, the coil will struggle to heat up to the right temperature and create smooth, thick clouds of vapor. If you start to notice a burnt aftertaste or less vapor coming out than usual, take precautions.
The burnt smell and taste can permanently damage the overly saturated vape, so better say goodbye and move on to the next one.
Now that we understand the reasons for clogging, let’s explore effective solutions to unclog your vape. Follow these simple steps:
Mouth Inhalation Technique: Try inhaling through the mouthpiece with your mouth instead of your lungs. This creates pressure in the duct and can dislodge accumulated distillate.
Use A Fine Tool: If the first method doesn’t work, remove the cap from the vaporizer and use a small, fine tool, such as a needle or paper clip. Carefully insert it into the mouthpiece, twisting and pulling to dislodge the clogged distillate. Finally, blow through the charging port to restore normal airflow.
Apply Heat: Sometimes a little heat can help soften crystallized distillate or hardened clogs. You can try the following methods, to ensure your safety and the integrity of the vape:
Place the vape in a warm area, such as near a heater.
Hold the cartridge in your hands for a few minutes to warm it up.
Use a hot air dryer, leaving about 30 cm of space between the vape and the dryer. Move the dryer back and forth over the cartridge.
Hot Water Bath: For a different approach, place your cartridge in an airtight bag and submerge it in warm water. Make sure the bag remains completely airtight to prevent water damage to your vaporizer.
By following these different techniques, you can effectively unclog your vaporizer and get back to enjoying your vape experience.
Remember that it is best to always store your vaporizer upright, so the oil doesn’t go into the mouthpiece. Either use the original packaging that your carts came in or put them in a cartridge holder.
Maintaining the health of your vape cartridge starts with prevention. By adopting the right practices, you can keep your cartridge free of clogs, condensation buildup, and chamber flooding. Here are some key strategies:
Proper Storage: When your THC, CBD, or Delta 8 cartridge is not in use, unplug it from your device. This simple step prevents oil from leaking into the battery connection.
Also, store the cartridge in an upright position, with the mouthpiece facing up. Proper storage minimizes the risk of oil leaks and clogs, especially if you plan to go long periods without a vape (more than a week), which can allow liquid to migrate where it shouldn’t.
Prefer Shorter Puffs: Opt for shorter puffs, less than three seconds. Long, forceful puffs can saturate the coil and wick, especially with thick oils that are difficult to vaporize.
Regular shorter puffs reduce the risk of buildup and maintain a properly saturated coil.
Clean The Mouthpiece: Even before noticeable buildup occurs, periodically clean the inside of the mouthpiece.
A quick wipe with a cotton swab can remove excess oil, preventing future buildup and ensuring a smooth vape.
Regular Use: Don’t leave your vaporizer cartridge idle for too long.
Regardless of the storage method, leaving it untouched in a drawer can lead to more frequent flooding and clogging.
Using your vape every few days prevents excess oil from building up and choking the coil, ensuring a smooth vape experience.
In conclusion, encountering a clogged vape is a common frustration, but with a little knowledge and some simple techniques, you can quickly solve the problem and continue enjoying your favorite vapor cartridges.
Remember to choose high-quality products and perform proper maintenance to minimize the chances of clogging in the future.