Greetings fellow vapers, and welcome back to the blog! In our last article we discussed how long your vape coils last and what might to help them to last longer. In this article, we’ll be going over some various ways to clean your coils. You’ll notice that towards the end of your coil’s useful life, the cotton will turn black and you may got dry hits or burnt hits. We’ll go over some ways that you can extend the life of your coils, but keep in mind, this isn’t a long term solution.
These tips will give you a few extra days to hold you over until you can get new coils (either from a vape shop near your or an online store), but it shouldn’t be expected to work miracles. Coils have a useful life of anywhere to one week to an entire month; depending on how high your vape wattage is or how well-made the premade coil is, you may very well get less or more than that. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s check out these methods to clean your vape coil and see which one works best for you!
THE WATER METHOD
This method stands to be the easiest because all you need is hot water, either from your kitchen/bathroom faucet or you can boil some. Start out by filling a bowl or cup with hot water, enough so that it’ll completely cover the coil. Remove your tank from the mod and carefully unscrew the coil from the base (preferably over a sink or trash bin to collect any of the leftover e-liquid). Gently place the coil in the warm water and swish around the coil to remove any immediate buildup. Leave the coil in the the water overnight so the coil gunk can slowly break off. After a day or so, you can remove the coil and rinse it. Dry it off with a paper towel or dish towel and leave it for another 24 hours or so to thoroughly air out. Once you’re certain the coil is dry, you can screw it back into the base and use it again like normal! If you feel like your coil needs more of a deep clean, you can try the following method: the deep cleanse.
THE VODKA/RUBBING ALCOHOL METHOD
Rubbing alcohol is used to clean cuts and scrapes to prevent disinfection. Vinegar is a common household cleaning agent. And vodka has been used or centuries to disinfect and clean a variety of items, in addition to being a favorite Russian liquor. But did you know that all of these can clean your coils as well? You can use either vodka, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol and see which one works better. For the sake of this article, we’ll use the vodka method. You’ll need about half a cup or so, enough to cover the coil and not evaporate lower than the coil’s height. Just like the water method, you’ll need to completely disassemble your tank to get the coil by itself. Place the coil in a cup or bowl of vodka and swish it around to see if anything immediately breaks off. Let the coil soak in the vodka for a solid 24 hours, preferably in a place that it won’t be thrown out or accidentally knocked over. Once the 24 hours has passed, you can remove the coil from the alcohol. Rinse the coil off to remove any leftover alcohol and dry the coil off. Leave the coil to thoroughly air out for another 24 hours; once the coil is dry, you can pop it back in your tank for a few more days of extended use. If you still don’t feel like this cleans your coil enough, you can try a third method: using jewelry cleaner
THE JEWELRY CLEANER METHOD
If you don’t feel like vodka or water are able to clean your coil as thoroughly as you’d like, you can try using jewelry cleaner, also known as agitation cleaning. Jewelry can tarnish and often needs a strong cleanser to revive the original shine. You can use that same jewelry cleaner to bring your coils back to life! Many users have praised this method as being the best, as it can clean your coils to their original white color and remove a lot of gunk buildup that water or vodka alone can’t do. Again, you’ll need to remove your coils from the base of your tank, drop the coil in a cup of jewelry cleaner, and leave it alone for a solid 24 hours. Once the coil is cleaned, you can rinse it off and leave it to dry for another 24 hours. As soon as the coil is dry, you can pop the coil back in and use it per usual.
These methods should be used as a way to extend the life of your coils, but you shouldn’t expect them to magically restore your coils to the way they were when you first used them. If you’re running low on coils or are trying to get a few more days out of them, then these methods may be a great help to you. Don’t do any of these methods if you don’t feel comfortable with them, and when in doubt, just buy a new coil. Vape coils have a useful life of around 2-4 weeks. With regular tank cleaning and proper coil priming, your coils can last you quite a while. Check out our last article on How Long Do Vape Coils Last if you're curious about how to keep your coils as fresh as possible. But if you would like to get a few more days out of them before tossing them, try out these methods and let us know what you think! Do you have a tried and true method of cleaning your coil? Let us know in the comments below! As always, if you’d like to reach out with questions and concerns about any of our articles, you can reach us via phone or email. Check out the rest of our site and stay tuned for our next article on coil gunk and what it is! Keep your head in the clouds and vape happy, my friends!