We can all agree that one of vaping’s most appealing features is the ability to change your e-juice flavor. With hundreds of vape flavors available, it’s hard to stay with just one, but with proper cleaning, you won’t have to.
Everyone has their own method of changing vape juice, but any vape enthusiast will tell you—the more time you spend cleaning, the more satisfied you will be with the final result. Now, grab your vape tank and coil because it’s time to freshen it up.
Changing Flavors Without Replacing the Coil
If you plan on trying new flavors frequently, you likely don’t want to spend the money to replace each coil. Instead, all you need to do is clean it. But to start, you need to disassemble and wash your tank.
Cleaning Your Tank
Over time, your tank can build up residue that will impact the overall taste and performance of the vape. This is why it is critical to clean it at least once a month, or when you have a new e-liquid to try. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, or you haven’t done it before, you are going to want to learn how to empty vape tank.
Learning how to clean vape tanks for new flavors is not a difficult task, but it does take some time. To begin, start by dissembling your tank. When you do this, keep a mental note of how you took it apart so that you can put it back together correctly. Next, place each part into a bowl of hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.
After it has been in the water, you want to rinse each piece and place them on a paper towel to dry. If you would like to skip waiting, you can dry it off immediately, but for those harder-to-reach spots, we suggest you use a cotton swab to ensure that the tank is completely dry.
Now, put the tank back together. If the outside feels sticky, take rubbing alcohol, place it on a cloth, and wipe it down. From here, you can either replace your coil, or take your old one and wash it.
Different Ways to Clean Your Coil Head
When switching vape flavors, most beginners believe they have to replace the coil each time, but this is false. We will admit that replacing it is always ideal, but if you are limited on resources, cleaning it will extend its life while also giving you the option to switch out the juice.
Below are our two favorite methods. The first is for those looking to spend the least time possible, and the second takes the longest.
The Quick Method
This process is straightforward and won’t need any tools at all.
Grabbing your coil, go straight to a sink and put the water on high heat. Squeezing the air-holes with both fingers, raise the coil directly under the water. After a minute or so, flip over the coil and do the other side. Repeat this process until the cotton appears whiter.
Once it has been thoroughly rinsed, you want to dry it. After it has been completely dried, prime it, as you would if it was brand new.
The Long Method
This method does take longer, but this procedure will ensure that the coil has little to no flavor left behind.
Start with a large bowl of hot water mixed with vinegar. The amount of vinegar you use is up to your discretion, but we recommend using at least 2 teaspoons. Once you have the liquids mixed in the bowl, place the dirty coils into the water. Leave them to soak for a minimum of two hours.
When the time is up, take each coil and rinse them under hot water for a few minutes. Remove it from the water, place it on a paper towel, and let it sit for a full day before use.
Instead of waiting a few hours to let it soak, another option is boiling hot water on the stove, removing it from heat, and letting the coils sit in the pot for thirty minutes. You will then follow the same drying protocol as above.
NOTE: If you notice that the gunk hasn’t left after soaking, take a cotton swab and remove the remaining residue.
The Short-Cut: Replace the Coil
The process of changing vape juice can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have to stop what you are doing to clean it. But don’t worry, we have another solution for you.
If you tend to use a variety of different juices, it may be worth looking into having several coils available. For example, whenever you want to try a new flavor, simply put your coil into a bag and mark the flavor you last used. Then, each time you want to use that flavor, thoroughly rinse out your tank and replace it with the coil used with that e-juice.
The Empty and Refill
We understand that sometimes you don’t want to put forth the effort of taking apart your vape just to try a new juice. If this sounds like you, you can always just refill your tank and vape away. While there will be a mix of flavors, the old taste will dissipate over time unless you are using menthol or tobacco e-juice. Those flavors tend to stick to coils longer than others.
Never again will you be limited to one flavor because you don’t have an extra coil. With proper planning and procedures, you will get the most out of your vaporizer without having to spend a single cent. Just remember, if you do plan to clean it, rinse each piece thoroughly and give it adequate time to dry.