Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Hello everyone. Daniel Durban here, and in this article we will give you some tips on vape tank maintenance and troubleshooting. In essence RTAs, RDAs, Sub-ohm tanks, and RDTAs are simple science….much like a light bulb if you will. However, in order to keep your vaping experience smooth and satisfying, there are a few tips and tricks that any novice can follow to maximize their pleasure.
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Whenever I get vape mail, following the excitement of opening the package, I always check my tanks for the smell of machine oil. Even in a world of sterile production facilities, machine oil can often get into the tank and on the inner working parts that come into contact with your juice, and thus get vaporised. Why spend $20 on some top-shelf liquids only to have the first vape tainted by that industrial stench of metal and oil. ALWAYS ALWAYS thoroughly wash your tank, your glass, and your coils before even attempting to build your dreams. Hot soapy water, an old toothbrush and several rinses in clean water will set you off on the right path.
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Now that you have your tank clean and ready to fog, read the instructions!!! 3mins of quick reading will always pay dividends and highlight any quirks that you may not be aware of. Before coiling and wicking your device, watch YouTube. I always search ‘how to wick…Bravo RTA, ZEUS dual’ etc.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting Continued

There are enthusiasts all over the world that have invested time and effort into working out the best coil build and wicking technique for your tank. There is no excuse to get this wrong. a few minutes invested upfront saves a lot of leakages, wasted time and the dreaded dry hit from hell.
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Now that you are ready to insert your coils, throw away the miniscule screwdriver that came with your tank. Instead, invest a few dollars in a set of decent tools. Longer means more leverage, and less threaded screws, which can ultimately render an expensive tank useless. The set below is ideal, and are also very handy for aligning your coil, wrapping wire if you want to make your own coils, and also pushing that fluffy cotton into wicking channels.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Now that your coils are inserted and aligned, you need to make sure they glow an even red, from the centre out to the edges. I like to use a pair of ceramic tweezers to squeeze the coil together, and also strum the coil much like a set of guitar strings. This strumming helps to increase the speed of heat up and reduces cold spots in the coil.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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Once your coil is cool, you need to think about wicking. In my experience, less is normally more. I have moved away from sheets of organic Japanese cotton, as these are often too compacted. I prefer the cotton Bacon style which is nicely fluffy and seems to last a week of heavy hitting before needing to be changed. If you want a cheaper alternative, the below from Heaven Gifts is a great option.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

The main wicking tip I always follow is not to stuff the coil or the wicking channel too tight. If you think of the coil like the waistband of your jeans, too tight and you can’t eat or breathe for that matter. always check there is some play in the cotton by pulling it back and forth through the coil. It should move with ease, but with a little tension. I like to fluff up the ends of my cotton to increase absorption.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

So you’ve been blowing big fluffy clouds, loving the new flavour on your tank, then things get a bit muted on day 3 to 5. Your coils have got a bit gunked up, the cotton has become compacted, its time for a re-wick and clean. I like to rinse my tank underwater, then use a set of fine wire brushes to give the coil a quick descale, before dry firing the coil in pulses to burn off any remaining juice residue.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

If you are a complete clean freak and like to have everything spick and span, then an ultrasonic cleaner is worth a small investment and will give your tank a total clean without harmful abrasion. There really is an endless list of pretty things to buy to improve your experience. Just go as far as your wallet and time schedule will allow.

Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Ultimate Guide to Vape Tank Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Conclusion

Now that you have mastered your tank and set up, its probably time to trawl through the health cabin site again and buy another new piece of kit. Nothing like the feeling of a new toy on the way!

Words of wisdom….if you love your tank, buy some vapebands…you will drop it, no matter how careful you are. If you really love your tank…buy spare glasses as soon as they are available. Manufacturers may stop offering them after a year after release. don’t let a silly thing like a $1 bit of glass force you to spend $30 on a new tank. Think of it as cheap insurance.

Thanks for reading dear vapers and I truly appreciate! Hope this guide to vape tank maintenance and troubleshooting can be helpful to you on your vaping journey!

Daniel Durban

I have been involved in the uk vape scene for 5yrs, founding Cloud9. Initially focusing on flavour profiling and eliquid recipe creation I naturally moved onto hardware. My aim is to educate the novice vaper and reduce expensive mistakes by making the wrong purchases.