Depending on the vape device you use or how heavy a vaper you are, cleaning your vape coils can save you some time, money and most of all, frustration!
Guest post and feature image above provided by Gary Sharma, Owner of Euro Vape
Cleaning Your Vape Coils in a Sub-Ohm Tank or RDA
Whether you call it “coil gunk,” “coil crust” or just “gross,” the dark stuff that collects on an atomizer coil after a day or two of vaping is a problem everyone grapples with when using sub-ohm vaping equipment. Sweetened e-liquids are the worst offenders when it comes to coil gunk.
Unless you prefer unflavored e-liquids, though, whatever e-liquid you use is going to leave some residue on your coils – and the more e-liquid you use, the faster the residue will collect.
When that terrible burned taste begins to creep in, the fastest way to fix the issue is to replace the coil. If you’re using a sub-ohm tank, though, you’re spending about $2-4 for each coil – and if you use an RDA, you’re spending several minutes of your time. Daily coil replacements add up to hundreds of dollars – or many wasted hours – each year.
What if you could extend the life of a coil by just a day?
Making your atomizer coils last a little longer can potentially save you a bundle of money or time. In this article, that’s exactly what we’re going to help you do. We’re going to share some methods for cleaning your vape coils to remove the gunk from your atomizer.
Cleaning a Sub-Ohm Tank Coil
A nice bath can do wonders for a used sub-ohm tank coil. Fill a bowl with hot water – some people prefer to use vodka instead – and swish the coil around in the bowl.
After leaving the coil in the bowl overnight, swish it around again before removing it. You should find that the coil is significantly brighter.
Allow the coil to dry completely – this usually takes about a day – before using it again. If you used vodka to clean the coil, rinse it thoroughly with water before leaving it out to dry.
Some people recommend cleaning atomizer coil heads in ultrasonic jewelry cleaners. The gentle agitation helps to dislodge stubborn residue.
Pro Tip: Did you know that it is actually possible to replace the wick in many pre-built coil heads?
At the bottom of the coil head, you’ll usually find a removable cap. When you pry the cap off, you’ll find the positive and negative wire leads along with a rubber insulator separating the two.
Remove the insulator and push the coil out through the top of the metal casing. Remove the existing wick and replace it with fresh cotton. Make sure that you return the leads to their original positions – separated by the rubber insulator – when reassembling the coil head.
Cleaning an RDA Coil
If you have an RDA, you can use the water or alcohol soaking method described above for cleaning your vape coils. If you want to clean your coils really quickly, though, the dry burn method is a perfect alternative. We recommend doing this outdoors to avoid inhalation of fumes.
To clean an RDA with the dry burning method, begin by removing the cotton from your RDA. Discard the cotton. Lower your device’s wattage to a moderate level and begin pushing the fire button in short bursts until the coil glows. You should start to see smoke rising from the coil. All of the coil gunk is burning away.
When the coil starts to glow more brightly, the gunk is gone. Allow the coil to cool. The coil should now have returned to its original silver color. It may not be quite as bright as a new coil, but it should be close. Replace the cotton, wet the coil thoroughly and resume vaping.
Pro Tip: Some people advocate dipping an RDA in water during the dry burn process. If you try this, you must be very careful not to wet the electronic components of your vaping device.
While your coil is glowing, release your device’s fire button and dip the coil in shallow water. Any water that touches the coil immediately boils, creating intense agitation that helps to dislodge the gunk.
Does a cleaned atomizer coil produce the same pure flavor as a new coil? Unfortunately, it doesn’t. You’ll find, though, that a cleaned coil is significantly better than a gunky one.
Cleaning your vape coils is an easy way to extend their life and put off buying or building replacements. You can even clean the same coil multiple times – and every time you extend a coil’s life by a day, you’re reducing an expense – either money or your time – and making the vaping experience more enjoyable.
About the Author
Gary Sharma is the owner of Euro Vape. Euro Vape offers a growing selection of eGo starter kits, accessories and spare parts. Offering free shipping within the UK and a 14-day money-back guarantee on all starter kits, Euro Vape strives to build a loyal customer base with its consumer-centric policies.