No Airflow through your Vape? Here’s how to fix it
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve had one of the most common issues with vape pens, a clogged cartridge with no airflow. One of the best benefits of vape pens is convenience and there’s nothing convenient about going to take a pull off your vape while you’re out and about and feeling that obstruction in your cartridge. The process of heating and cooling the liquid can lead to condensation build up and chamber flooding with the cartridge preventing the flow of air and vapor. Below you’ll learn a little more about each of these issues and ways you can help prevent this from happening in the future.
Why do Vape Pens Clog
The main reason vapes clog is condensation build up in the mouthpiece. As the condensation sits in the mouthpiece between sessions it hardens and block the airflow. If you’re looking for a quick fix, sometimes simply holding the button down for 5-10 seconds can heat up the cartridge and break up the condensation.
The other reason we see clogging with some vape cartridges is due to chamber flooding. Over time, the heating and cooling can lead to liquid seeping in and covering the heating element of the vape pen that makes it more difficult for the coil to rise temperature and heat the liquid to produce the vapor. This is more common towards the second half of the cartridge or if long breaks are taken in between uses (long breaks as in a week or longer).
Ways to Fix a Clogged Vape Pen
While in many instances heating the liquid and pulling can lead to airflow, it can also lead to pulling liquid up through the mouthpiece and wasting some of your cartridge. If you’ve got a toothpick or pin handy, you can push it through the airflow and unclog and hardened debris causing the blockage. Some have also had success shaking and blowing into the cart to help remove anything causing the blockage.
Ways to Prevent your Vape Pen from Clogging
The tip that all cannabis enthusiasts love to hear, don’t wait too long in between sessions. Every few days you should take a pull off your vape pen to be sure anything that could lead to a blockage is cleared. In addition to keeping your pen primed, it may also help to take smaller hits. Smaller pulls should lead to less excess liquid while also providing a shorter heating period so the liquid doesn’t get so hot it covers the coil.
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