Considering you use and handle them daily, put them to your lips, and store
them in a pocket or purse with money and other not-so-sanitary things, your
e-cigs and vaporizers probably need a bit of cleaning now and then.
But don’t just polish up the exterior. The inside of your device can become
dirty due to frequent use and it may need some occasional care to make sure it
is working at its best and allowing you to experience the full pleasure of
Please note that before doing any cleaning it is important
to check the manufacturer’s user manual that came with your device. Some manufacturers, such as SmokeTip, offer cleaning kits for sale. You want to
be sure to not use any harsh cleaners that could damage the device. You also
don’t want to open parts that should not be opened.
Most e-cigs and vaporizers in general will require little maintenance beyond
charging the battery and replace e-liquid/cartridges. But at times the vapor
output and battery life can be affected by the device getting a bit dirty. Here’s
some tips on keeping your device in tip-top shape.
The battery portion of an e-cig is enclosed and you should not attempt to open
it. But for cleaning purposes, it is good to make sure the threaded portion of
it that connects to the cartridge is free of grime. Connection points where the
device’s parts meet or are screwed together, can collect remnants of oils from
your hands, dust and lint, and other dirt and residue that can cause the two
parts to not fit as tightly together.
Again, it is important to check with your device’s user
manual, but in most cases using a damp cotton ball to wipe off these connection
tips weekly is a good idea. If you notice that a cotton ball is failing to get
the job done, you might want to try using a toothpick or tweezers to gently
scrap and pull any dirt from the threads/crevices that help tightly connect the
battery to the cartridge. Be gentle to ensure you don’t damage the threads at
the connection point. And always make sure the parts are completely dry before
reassembling your e-cig or vaporizer.
The cartridge portion of an e-cig is the part that holds the e-liquid. Also
known as a cartomizer, they can be pre-filled and disposable or refillable and
In many cases, e-cigarettes only have two pieces – the battery and the e-liquid
cartridge. If you use pre-filled cartridges, in general you will only occasionally
have to clean the threaded end with a damp cotton ball. If you use refillable
cartridges, you might wish to wipe the inside with a Q-tip or rolled-up tissue to
remove the residue of old e-liquid. Many users do this in particular when
switching to another flavor so that the old flavor doesn’t mix in. In general,
you can simply your cleaning job by not overfilling the cartridge with
e-liquid. If you do overfill the cartridge, you might need to gently blow
through the cartridge to force the excess e-liquid out. Be sure to place a
paper towel or tissue over the end to collect any liquid that comes out. Also,
remember that nicotine can be easily absorbed through the skin. You should wash
your hands with soap and water immediately if they come in contact with it.
You also will want to periodically check the cotton batting that is often used
to absorb e-liquid within an e-cig or vaporizer. This batting can eventually
lose its ability to collect moisture and should be replaced on occasion.
At times some e-liquid residue can cling to the inside of
your e-cig’s mouthpiece. This can reduce the amount of vapor that is inhaled
and keep you from getting the satisfying plume you desire. Also, traces of food
or drink, or germs, can easily end up on your mouthpiece and within it. The
best way to limit this is to remove the mouthpiece from the device and clean it
regularly. It’s a tight space inside the mouthpiece so you will need to take a
small piece of tissue and roll it tightly with your fingers until it is narrow
enough, yet still sturdy, to fit inside. Keep the tissue dry so that it doesn’t
break up in the mouthpiece. Any grime, dirt or leftover e-liquid should cling
to the tissue and be removed when you pull the tissue out.
As mentioned above, e-cigs and vaporizers are largely maintenance-free. But a
little cleaning now and then can make sure you always get a satisfying and
tasty vape and extend the life of your device.