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How to fix a clogged vape cartridge

How to fix a clogged vape cartridge

Vape Pen Issues and How to Fix Them

Vape pens are a convenient and efficient tool for consuming cannabis and other cannabinoids, like Delta 8, Delta 9 and HHC. One of the best things about vape pens is that they are very portable. They also allow you to enjoy the benefits of smoking without creating the oftentimes strong odor of smoke. Most of the time, vape pens work perfectly and give you a great way to experience your favorite products. However, like any tool, they sometimes have problems. Let's look at the most common vape pen issues and how to fix them.

Dead Battery
One of the simplest reasons a vape pen doesn't work is that the battery has no charge. Many devices will have a red light indicating that it's time to recharge. And most pens are easily recharged using a USB port. It is also important to remember that your vape pen battery life can be shorten by conditions such as extreme heat. So keeping it out of the sun and heat, is highly recommended. Also, keeping it in its storage case when you’re not using it will not only protect the pen but the battery as well.

Too Much Power
With a device such as a box mod vape that allows for variable voltage settings, using the highest voltage setting can destroy the coils, rendering the cartridge unusable. To avoid this, don't start at the highest setting. Begin at a low setting and increase the voltage gradually. Another way that the coils can get fried is if you hold the power button down for too long. Make sure you don't press the power button for more than a few seconds. And as always, it a good idea to read the manufacturers instructions on how best to use the pen.

Oil Not Flowing Through Cartridge
One common reason for HHC vape pens to not work properly is when the oil becomes stiff and settles in one section of the cartridge. Due to its high viscosity, the oil in vape pens often thickens and gets stuck. But this is usually fairly simple to fix. You just need to apply a little heat to the cartridge. You can do this with a hairdryer or by carefully holding the cartridge over a pot of boiling water as heat will lower the oil's viscosity and allow it to flow freely again.

Atomizer Not Working
The atomizer is the heating element in a vape pen. If this mechanism malfunctions, the oil in the cartridge won't heat properly. The following are the most common reasons for this.

  • Computer chip not working. The chipset, which controls the heating element, may need to be replaced.
  • Atomizer needs cleaning. The atomizer might not work properly if there's gunk or debris caught in it. Soak the atomizer in warm water or isopropyl alcohol for an hour.
  • Over-tightening. It's easy to use too much force when tightening the atomizer, which can damage the connections between the atomizer and battery. You can also break O-rings that provide the seal, which can cause oil to leak.

Low Quality Vape Cartridge
The market for cannabis related products has expanded exponentially in the last few years. As a result, you need to be more careful than ever when buying parts, including vape pens and accessories. If you bought a cartridge that was very cheap or from an unknown brand, it may have been made with poor quality parts. You may need to replace it with a better one. Like the HHC cartridges we have here.

Oil Cartridge Needs Replacing
After a while, even with the best care, an oil cartridge will wear out and need to be replaced. You'll usually notice this by the way the oil tastes. If you start to notice an unpleasant change in the taste, it may be time for a new cartridge.

Dry Hits
While vape pens usually deliver a good cannabis experience, users sometimes experience dry hits. These are unpleasant, even painful hits that produce a burning sensation in the throat without any flavor. While not harmful if they occur occasionally, it's not healthy to inhale dry hits regularly. Dry hits can occur for a few reasons.

  • That vape tank doesn’t have has oil in it.
  • The vape tank’s wattage is too high.
  • The coil's wick may have dried up and the coil needs to be replaced.

You can often avoid dry hits by heating your vape pen at a lower wattage. Taking shorter pulls reduces the chances of burning the oil. It's also a good idea to take short breaks between hits so the wick has a chance to absorb more oil.

Tips to Keep Your Vape Pen Working Well
By taking proper care of your vape pen, you can avoid many difficulties. Keep the following tips in mind to get the best performance.

  • Buy products from a reputable source. If something is too cheap or it's a new or unknown brand, you're taking a risk.
  • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for using and heating the vape pen. Problems often occur when you turn the wattage up too high.
  • Have a backup vape pen on hand. This isn't only good if one doesn't work, it allows you to test cartridges. If a cartridge doesn't work in either vape pen, you know it's the cartridge that needs replacing.
  • Keep your vape pen away from extreme temperatures.
  • Keep it fully charged, especially if you're going to be in a place where you can't charge it.
  • Use a protective cover to reduce the risk of damage if you drop it, exposure to elements, and other sources of harm.