Many people today are using a dry herb vape to vaporize medical cannabis, among other things. And it’s just as important to maintain your dry herb vape as it is any other vape device you have.
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Tips for Maintaining Your Dry Herb Vape
A dry herb vape can be pricey so it’s important to maintain your device by cleaning it regularly. Usage is also a factor, so the more often you use your dry herb vaporizer the more frequently it should be cleaned.
What Clogs a Dry Herb Vape?
The main reason for regular cleaning is the buildup that occurs when vaporizing natural extracts. This buildup is caused by resin, which is a sticky organic substance. The resin can clog the screens, mouthpiece and ceramic or stainless steel chamber where the heat travels to the dry herbs.
Can I Prevent Resin Build Up?
You can’t prevent resin build up, but you can take steps to proactively reduce it by making sure that your dry herbs are ground up properly allowing the heat to evenly distribute so you don’t have to pull hard on the inhale.
You should be able to find a quality grinder for about $25 or just be mindful if you like using the traditional snipping method.
Also inhaling slowly will stop the herbs and resin from leaving the chamber isolating the build up to that one part.
How Do I Clean My Dry Herb Vaporizer?
Regularly cleaning a few key parts of your vaporizer only takes a few minutes and will keep your dry herb vaporizer working to its full potential for years to come.
Every dry herb vape is made up of different materials and each manufactured material requires a slightly different cleaning protocol.
It’s important to know what your specific dry herb vaporizer is made of before you start cleaning. To find out this information you can check the vaporizers manual or look on their website for more information.
For more extensive cleaning you may need to use isopropyl alcohol because sometimes the resin can be tough to get off and the cleaning brush won’t cut it.
That being said, it’s important to be careful when using cleaning liquids as they can damage the heating elements and cause your dry herb vaporizer not to safely heat.
Again, make sure you know what your vape is made of as using isopropyl alcohol can degrade certain material. When cleaning plastic components NEVER soak it in alcohol as this will eat away at the plastic.
List of Common Dry Herb Vape Components and Recommended Cleaning Methods:
Exterior Body of the Device
There are many various types of vaporizers and they have different materials on the outside shell from rubber to stainless steel. Any handheld device will accumulate germs.
If you’re handling the device and your herbs you can transfer sticky herbal residue too. This can also cause the buttons to stick.
- Cleaning Tips:
First ensure the device is off and has cooled down if you’ve recently used it. To clean the exterior you can usually just use a moist cloth and wipe down the outer shell of your dry herb vaporizer.
To disinfect you can use an alcohol wipe or lightly dampen a cotton pad with isopropyl alcohol.
This part tends to accumulate most of the resin and cause difficulty when inhaling the vapor. Most dry herb vaporizers have a glass or plastic mouthpiece which requires different cleaning techniques due to their material.
- Cleaning Tips:
First detach the mouthpiece from the vaporizer. If you have a glass mouthpiece you can let it soak in warm soapy water to loosen up any residue.
If that doesn’t help try soaking it in isopropyl alcohol then wipe away residue making sure to thoroughly rinse it. For plastic mouth pieces you can use an alcohol wipe or a moist cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol to wipe clean.
Thoroughly rinse afterwards and let it completely dry.
This part also accumulates buildup as it’s usually positioned between the heating element and the mouthpiece so herbal vapor travels through the screen as it goes to the mouthpiece.
- Cleaning Tips:
Sometimes the screen is attached to the mouthpiece component and needs to be detached, otherwise just pop it out. This piece can be replaced as extra screens are inexpensive.
Typically a dry herb vape comes with extra replacement screens when you buy them, but you can also purchase them separately. Replacing them is dependent again on the frequency of usage.
You will be able to tell if it should be changed if its black/brown and you can no longer see through it.
When using your vaporizer for herb you shouldn’t get too much build up inside the chamber as you will only have dehydrated herbs. This applies to both the stainless steel and ceramic chambers.
- Cleaning Tips:
This should be done regularly. It’s best to empty out the chamber of all the dried herbs and use a small cleaning brush (most dry herb vaporizers come with one) to scrub the chamber of any excess.
Be careful when emptying out the dried herbs as some vaporizer have a loose screen inside and you don’t want to accidentally throw it away if it’s still in good condition.
It’s important not to use any liquids inside the chamber as it’s close to the heating elements and could damage the internal wiring and cause your dry herb vape device to not work properly.