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– Vaporiser Replacement Parts and Maintenance –
New Generation E-Cigarette / Vaporiser Parts and Maintenance
Learn the basics of vaping – replacement parts and maintenance
Having a clear understanding of the model you have chosen to vape with and all the components that may require replacement, maintenance or cleaning is a key factor in your preparedness for smoking cessation.
What is A Cartomiser
A cartomizer is the term that explains the traditional e-cigarette construction aka 1st generation e-cigarettes. These are constructed as a combination both the cartridge and the atomizer. In laymans terms the word cartomizer describes the cartridge containing e liquid and an atomiser that which creates the vapour. In order to vape Nicopharm E-Liquid you won’t typically be dealing with cartomisers.
What is An Atomizer
An atomiser is a heating element; which heats the e-liquid and creates the vapour.
For those within the electronic cigarette, atomiser’s are designed small and compact. Those used in the tank and mod systems are far greater in performance and size. Atomisers in the more advanced vaporisers will require that the user replaces them as soon as the vapour starts to lose its flavour and ability to cloud up effectively. Atomisers are a replaceable part of one’s vaporiser that loses its capability to produce the desired vape over time and usage. They are usually due for change within a week or two – particularly if you are using your vaporiser frequently throughout the day. Reference the brand instructional book and any other material relevant to your particular device.
Many of the first generation e-cigarettes and vape pens are manufactured in China, which are then rebranded for mass marketing. If these cheaply manufactured brands don’t get properly maintained or cleaned of residue they don’t last very long, running into performance issues after a month of use. Most often these devices become clogged whilst some users complain that their vape has a burnt after taste. The reason for these complaints have to do with the coil and / or wicks being over saturated and over used. The tank e-cigarette systems require replacement of the tank each month or so (dependent on the frequency of use). The rebuildable tank and mod systems allow a user to purchase wicks and coils to replace as needed. Understanding that the devices need maintenance and cleaning of individual parts will assure optimal use and a longer life span.
What is a Clearomiser
The clearomiser, does not contain a filament. The coils used with clearomisers have wicks, which are attached. These wicks function to absorb the e-liquid and feed it to the atomiser coils. Clearomisers have additionally large plastic e-liquid reservoirs that can hold various volumes of e-liquid.
What is a Glassomiser
Glassomisers function very similar to how the clearomiser does. There is a difference between a clearomiser and a glassomiser. This distinction is the e-liquid reservoir. Clearomisers are of a plastic construction, whilst a glassomizer is not. Glassomiser’s are of a Pyrex glass construction. Plastic tanks can erode over time, due to the acidity of e-liquid. Glassomisers are resistant to this erosion, therefore do not need to be replaced if cleaned and maintained.
What is an Advanced Personal Vaporiser?
(APVs) are electronic devices equipped with features, not typical of the cheaper midsize and mini e-cigarettes. APVs mostly carry a variable voltage and variable wattage. When the activation button of an APV is pressed, the electronic signal received turns on the battery function where it then heats up the atomiser coil to produce vapour.
What is a MOD?
A MOD is considered a mechanical device. This is because MODs have no electrical circuitry or components. When the user presses the activation button on a MOD device, the physical connection between the battery and the atomiser coil then causes it to heat up. Mechanical MODs are oftentimes used with Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs) instead of clearomisers.
How to maintain your vaporiser and its components:
HOW DO YOU PRIME A NEW ATOMISER HEAD?
A fresh atomiser coil, combined with a fully charged battery requires one more thing before you can vape – the atomiser has to be primed. Those who miss this important step may find the first few puffs from their new atomiser head to have a metallic taste. Priming the atomiser coil is what is necessary to assure that all the e-liquid has had a chance to saturate into the wick.
What you need:
- Paper towel
Instructions for priming your new atomiser
- Take the atomiser and wrap the threaded end with the paper towel.
- Putting your mouth over the top of the atomiser blow into the middle of the atomiser moderately hard.
- Repeat. Wipe any primer fluid that comes out of the bottom. (This will force all of the primer fluid out of the atomiser )
- When no fluid is coming out of the bottom of the atomiser, you can then wipe the threads of the device clean.
If you skip this step with a brand new atomiser, your first day of vaping will taste a little metallic in taste.
- Next you must find a non porous work space and fold a new sheet of paper towel.
- Take your new atomiser and place the threaded end down on the paper towel.
- Drip 10 drops of e liquid into the middle hole and if there are side holes drip 1 drop in either side.
- Keep the atomiser in its standing position for 5 – 10 mins. This assures the atomiser coil has had a chance to soak up the e liquid. It also loosens up dried primer.
- After 10 minutes pick up the atomiser with the paper towel under the threads. Wipe clear any e liquid that is still on the top of the atomiser.
- Place your lips pursed above the atomiser or over the top of the atomiser and blow through it lightly. You are only trying to remove excess liquid, so blow through gently.
- Wipe threads clean and dry
- Screw the atomiser in place
- If you are using a variable wattage device, it is suggested to start out at a lower setting than normal.
- Without pressing the button for activation, take some deep drags off your device to pull in the liquid. If the air hole is visible to you, use your finger to cover the hole(s) while taking the drags.
- Press the activation button and take a few short quick puffs but don’t inhale the vapour. Repeat this step three or four times. Once this has been done, your new atomiser coil will be in a primed state and ready to use.
HOW DO YOU FILL A CLEAROMISER WITH E-LIQUID?
UNSCREW THE BASE OR THE TOP PORTION WHERE MOUTHPIECE IS LOCATED (Dependent on if you have a top coil or bottom coil clearomiser.)
SLIGHTLY TILT YOUR CLEAROMISER AND FILL THE TANK PORTION WITH E-LIQUID
TAKE PRECAUTION NOT TO GET ANY LIQUID INTO THE CENTER HOLE.
(this is only suggested when you are priming a new atomiser on a paper towel) If you get liquid into the center hole you should press the activation button once screwed in and blow through the device to assure you do not inhale the hot liquid directly into your mouth.
ALLOW THE E-LIQUID TO DRIFT DOWN THE SIDE OF THE TANK TILL IT IS FILLED UP TO JUST BENEATH THE CENTRE AIR HOLE.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE ATOMISER COIL?
It is highly recommended to have a box or two of atomiser coils on hand for replacement. Dependent on the device, and what settings you are regularly using, you may need to replace the atomiser coil more frequently than other vapers. It is a clear indication that your atomiser coil needs a change when the taste and performance are significantly less than when you began. Cleaning your atomiser is an option and should be done on a weekly basis to extend its lifespan.
With a fresh new atomizer, you will see thick clouds of vapour and robust flavor. When there is limited vapour and an almost burnt taste – this is when you should switch out the atomiser coil.
HOW DO YOU CHANGE THE ATOMIZER COIL?
Changing the atomiser coil is dependent on whether you have a bottom coil or a top coil atomiser. This description is rather self-explanatory for it indicates the location of the atomiser coil. Bottom coil clearomisor has the atomiser located at the bottom of the vaporiser, and the top coil clearomisor has the atomiser coil featured closer to the top.
Bottom Coil Clearomizer
- Unscrew the base of the device and remove it.
- You will witness attached to the center of the base is the atomiser coil.
- Unscrew the coil, discarding it.
- Note mentally the period the atomiser lasted, assuring you have plenty more on hand.
- Follow the directions for priming a new atomiser coil.
- Then, take the new replacement coil and screw it into place.
- Screw the base component back onto the clearomizer.
Top coil clearomizer
Unscrew the top section of the clearomizer. This is located next to the mouthpiece (drip tip)
The atomizer coil is attached to the center of that component.
Unscrew the atomiser head and again same directions apply – discard and note atomiser lifespan.
Prime the new atomiser for use.
Screw the new atomizer head in place and attach back to the clearomizer.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR CLEAROMIZER?
Unscrew the area within the clearomizer that enables you to access the e-liquid chamber. Empty out all of the liquid that is still present in the tank.
Where you can disassemble, take each component apart removing the atomizer head. If your clearomizer can’t be taken apart, then remove just the atomizer head.
Under running water, wash the components that can be washed. Not the atomizer. Not the Battery. Do not use soap or anything else to clean the clearomizer – water is all that is required.
Shake each component to dry and then using a paper towel, completely dry the remaining parts. Use care.
Once the parts are dry, you may screw the atomizer head back in place. It is advised to replace your atomizer coil after the clearomizer has been cleaned – though if it still has adequate vape, then you can still use the old one.
Reattach all the components, fill with liquid and start vaping.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR ATOMIZER?
After 1 week of using your atomizer you are urged to do a cleaning as this will extend the lifespan of your atomizer and enhance your vaporising experience. Dirty atomizers do not produce quality vapour clouds and also mute the flavours.
What you need:
- Water – Distilled water is preferred.
- A bowl or a cup
- A hand towel or paper towel
- The atomiser or 2 to clean
Atomizer Cleaning Instructions:
- Take a cup or a bowl and fill it with enough water that will cover the atomiser. A ramekin is a perfectly sized bowl for this procedure.
- Before putting the atomiser into the water, you will need to heat the water in the microwave or on the stove-top. Do not heat the water to excessive heats as this will damage the atomiser substantially.
(DO NOT MICROWAVE THE ATOMISER WITH THE WATER)
- With precaution, you will need to lower the atomiser into the water using a plastic spoon.
- Again, using precaution, swish the water around every now and again while the atomiser is soaking. 10-15 minutes should be sufficient.
- Using the plastic spoon, carefully remove the atomiser out from the water. As it cools, shake excess water out of the atomiser.
- The threaded end should be set down onto a paper towel or hand towel to dry.
- Drying time should be 5+ hours but preferably overnight.
- Your atomiser should be ready to reuse once it is fully dry, though some atomisers that have been clogged may need the cleaning process to be repeated 1-2 more times.
- Before using your cleaned atomiser, you are reminded to prime your atomiser.
DO NOT: CLEANING ATOMIZER COILS
DO NOT INSERT ANYTHING INTO ANY OF THE ATOMIZER HOLES
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SPEED UP THE DRYING METHOD BY DRYING THE ATOMIZER USING OTHER MEANS OTHER THAN AIR DRY.
DO NOT TRY TO CHANGE YOUR ATOMIZER OR TAMPER WITH IT IN ANY OTHER WAY THAN WHAT IS INSTRUCTED HEREIN