How to Clean a Vape Coil?


If you are trying to quit smoking, or prefer alternate methods for smoking, you may have started vaping. A vape device is an excellent flavor carrier unlike a cigarette, because of the vape juice (sometimes also known as the e-liquid).

One of the most important components of any vape device or electronic cigarette, after the vape tank, is the coil. Essentially, this part is what heats up the liquid that you put in your vape pen for flavor, and thereby vaporizes it, creating smoke that you inhale.

To make sure that this process is smooth and seamless for a better vape experience, it is of utmost importance that you take care of your coil and vape tank. If you're wondering how to clean a vape coil, wonder no more! We are here to help.

Why is it Important to Clean Your Vape Coil?

As with any other component of a machine that you wish to perform at its best, a coil needs to be properly treated and taken care of so that you have a clean vape. One of the ways to do this is by deep cleaning your coil vape thoroughly, not just when it is required, but as a habit, to lengthen the life of your coil.

However, it is important to know that vape coils generally do not last longer than half a month for people who use their vape pen a lot, so despite taking care of it you will not be able to use one single-coil for months! Don't expect that.

The reason that you need to make sure your coil is clean is that a gross and gunked-up coil will lead to less amount of flavor in your smoke. Not just that, you will taste a burnt flavor, owing to the dirt (and sometimes burn residue) on your coil.

However, if you have to clean your coil, you must be careful. You may end up doing more damage if you aren't thoroughly well-read on what to do.

Tips for Cleaning Your Vape Coil

1. Know that cleaning a coil is not a complicated process, it just requires time and care. If you try to rush it, you will ruin the coil.

2. You can easily use things available at home to clean your coil. Do not spend more money on cleaning materials than it costs to replace the coil.

3. Be gentle, handling the coil with anything but soft precision may ruin the mechanics of your coil.

4. Always thoroughly dry your coil if you use the washing method.

5. Know the type of vape device or pod you have. All vape coils cannot be cleaned, it really depends on what sort of electronic cigarette you have.

6. Have practical expectations. Don't think that cleaning your coil every day means you can use it safely for six months. Vape coils usually last a week to a month, depending on how much you care for them and also how much you use the vape.

How to Clean a Vape Coil
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How to Clean a Vape Coil

Once you have finally figured out which sort of vape you have and whether its coil can indeed be cleaned, it is time to move on to the cleaning. However, before you begin the process, you have to carefully take apart your vape device.

When you are opening your vape, be sure to not lose any parts. Also, try to remember which part fits where, so when the time comes to put the vape back together, you know how to do that.

Try dry burning before manually cleaning your coil. Press the fire button to fire the rebuildable atomizer after removing the coils, and the wicks from the wicking holes. Sometimes for your vape pens to have clean vape coils, a light dry burn can help clean the remaining liquid.

Dry burn a couple of times. Press the fire button, and dry burn the coils lightly. This will greatly enhance the flavor and vapor production since the e-liquid will be removed as your coils dry burn. Removing this gunk is a great way to clean your vape pen.

Materials needed:

  • Cotton bud or a Q-tip
  • Clear alcohol (ethanol, rubbing alcohol, or cheap vodka) OR vinegar OR warm water
  • A bowl to soak the coil in

Method One: Wiping Your Coil

This is the quickest way to clean your coil.

Step One: Use a Q-tip

The first thing you need to do (in fact, make a habit out of) is wipe your coil using a cotton bud or a Q-tip. Sometimes, a damp paper towel can also do the trick.

Step Two: Scrape Your Coil

Gently scrape off any residue on your coil heads that is left after use, ideally at the end of each day when you use your vape pen.

If your e-liquid is sweet or based on propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin, you would want to deep clean your coil more often, as the sugar in the sweet flavor caramelizes when it comes in contact with heat, and sticks to your coil.

If left uncleaned, leftover e-liquid burns out the coil, thereby ruining the flavor and vapor production, and you also experience a burnt taste while you vape. Therefore, to have a clean vape, you must have a clean coil.

How to Clean a Vape Coil
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Method Two: Soaking Your Coil

Another method that you can try is soaking instead of wiping your coil. This will allow your coil heads to go through deeper cleaning, making your coil cleaning much more efficient.

Step One: Remove Your Wick

If you are tempted to skip this step... rethink your decision. If you soak your coil without removing the wick, your vape experience will not be as good. Your wick will not pick the flavor as well as it would before, given that it would have suffered damage at the hands of the soaking liquid. If you wish to have an absorbent wick, remove it beforehand.

If you're thinking you will let it dry after the soak, know that it won't prevent the damage. Even if you let your wick dry, your wick will not be able to sufficiently absorb the e-liquid, and therefore your flavor will be decreased, and your cloud formation may be impacted too. Remove the wick now, and re-wick your coil later. This will improve vape performance.

Step Two: Soak Your Coil

This is the major chunk of cleaning your coil. Letting dirty coils soak is a great way to clean coils. Depending on what you have at home, you can use either alcohol, vinegar, or warm water to soak your coil in during the cleaning process. Hot water in place of warm water also works, but it shouldn't be too hot, or you might end up burning yourself.

Ideally, you should let the coil soak overnight, however, if you do not have that much time, about two hours should do the trick of removing any leftover flavor.

The reason that you need to let it sit for that long is that you need the liquid to help break down the gunk that is attached to the coil. Warm water helps melt it, whereas alcohol and vinegar chemically break it down.

Step Three: Rinse Your Coil

If you are soaking your coil in water, this step is not necessary. However, if you are soaking your coil in alcohol or vinegar, it's best to rinse your coil after the soak with cold tap water and a few drops of dish soap.

To remove any excess dirt you see, use an old brush or a coil cleaning tool. Rinse it with water to have a clean coil. This will help all the solvent to be removed from the coil, along with any leftover gunk.

After rinsing off everything, including the dish soap, use some distilled water for a final rinse. While rinsing with distilled water, blow air on the coil to make sure the water reaches every nook and cranny, so your coil receives a proper cleaning.

Step Four: Dry Your Coil

Ideally, it's best if you air dry your coil outside for a day or two, but make sure to keep it in a place that does not have dust, otherwise, you risk contaminating your coil with dust and particles that can ruin your vape. If you live in a particularly hot area, a few hours may be enough to dry your coil heads.

You can also use a blow-dryer to dry your coil, but make sure that it isn't on the highest setting because too much heat can prove to be damaging. Once you see the coil is clean and completely dry, you can put your vape back together and enjoy a better vaping experience.

If you're in a hurry, use a paper towel. This will decrease the drying time considerably. However, even after using a paper towel, make sure you leave it out to air dry for at least fifteen minutes to half an hour so that all the water has evaporated.

Step Five: Dry Burn

After completely drying and putting together your vape, fire up your vape for a final dry burn, so that all the e-liquid is completely and properly cleaned, leaving you with a clean coil and clean vape tank.

How to Clean a Vape Coil
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Now You Know How to Clean a Vape Coil

It is extremely important to habitually deep clean your vape, and that includes cleaning the coil (if it can be cleaned). Making sure that your vape tank and the coil is clean means that you are making sure that you will get the best possible quality of vaporized e-liquid, which is what vaping is all about.

Cleaning your vape is quite simple and easy, just wipe it down with something soft like a cotton bud or even a paper towel/wet towel (make sure you are being gentle) and then soak it overnight in a solvent.

You don't need to manually scrub your coil don't even try to do that. The cleaning will be done on its own by the alcohol or vinegar that you use. Just make sure to remove the wick before you begin and to air dry it properly once you're done, and voilà!

Your coil will be as good as new! Now that you know how to clean your coil, we hope you enjoy vaping, proper cleaning, and everyday maintenance more than you did before and know that cleaning vape coils is not as hard as you think it is. Learn how to do vape tricks with your clean vape.

Warning: Before using a vape, check with your doctor to make sure you are not allergic to propylene glycol or nicotine. We recommend not vaping if you are pregnant or have any lung/heart diseases. Please do not ingest the e-liquid from your vape pen directly.