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How To Fix A Clogged Vape Cartridge

You’ve finally given in to all your friend’s protests and have made the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping. If you’ve thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with the many different vaping oils and concentrates that are on the market thus far, there is an increased possibility that you may have experienced a clogged cartridge.

Regardless of whether this happens while using the c cell cart or another type of device, this is something that can occur when you are least expecting it. In order to fix it, you must first understand why it clogs, the signs you need to look out for, and how to clear it. Here is the 411 to help you maintain your vaping equipment.

Why Does It Clog?

When your cartridge has restricted airflow, there are several different reasons this can occur. Commonly, the viscosity/thickness of the specific type of concentrate or oil being used in your vaping device is the culprit. Do also consider external factors such as a change in temperature, humidity, pressure, and sun exposure and how they could affect  the efficiency of your vape cartridge. Extreme temperature changes such as that when you go from indoors to outdoors in the winter can definitely cause issues.

Recognizing Clogs

If you find limited or no airflow, it likely means you have a clogged cartridge. Though the light on the device will still come on, indicating that the device is working as it should, there is still something that is preventing the vapor from entering the mouthpiece. It’s important not to tamper with the mechanisms of the device as you investigate, as you could break it.

Fixing the Problem

Step 1: As soon as you notice an airflow issue, the first method to try is gently blowing into the mouthpiece of your device. If there is something in the way at the top, be sure to remove this first. Blowing into the mouthpiece five times should do the trick but be careful not to use too much force as this could cause a leak, which is something you don’t want. If it works, brilliant. If it doesn’t, move on and try the next step.

Step 2: The next step involves manually dislodging whatever is blocking the device. Usually, something like a toothpick, sewing needle, or safety pin can provide access to the top of the mouthpiece. This should effectively work if you have discovered that the clog is somewhere near the top. After this, check for proper airflow. If this method fails, move on to the third step.

Step 3:  If you find nothing in the way, causing the clog, it is likely the viscosity of your chosen oil has become too thick. In this case, hold a hairdryer a couple of feet away so that the hot air can evenly increase the heat level of the cartridge. This should enable you to clear anything blocking airflow. Repeat if necessary. If this doesn’t help, You may have to return the device to the store or manufacturer for service. Some of the vape shops have repair services as well.


About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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