For newbies and first-time users, buying an e-cigarette can get a little intimidating. Aside from having to decide what type of e-cigarette or vape to buy, the various parts and what seem like foreign terms such as “atomizers”, can get very confusing. It is, however, important to understand what these things are and how they work in order to facilitate proper use and maintenance.
The atomizer, for example, is one of the most important parts of an e-cigarette. It is present in all types of e-cigarettes because, without it, the unit will not work. Atomizers work by holding flavored e-juices and then vaporizing it to produce smoke more preferably called vapor by users. The atomizer uses a heating element like a very small gauge wire to vaporize the e-liquid. For a more detailed process, the atomizer has in it a wire connected to a circuit board and a power supply. The circuit board is activated by a push of a button, which then sends power to a wire and a micro-pump which can be found within the atomizer. During activation, the pump will force the e-liquid through the atomizer and gets vaporized as it passes. This cycle continues until the user stops inhaling or upon release of the button.
Now that we know what an atomizer is and how it works, the next most important thing to understand now is how to clean and maintain it. It is essential because when you know how to properly clean your atomizer, half of your task in cleaning the e-cigarette is already done.
When is it time to clean?
The process to be laid down in this article must be done several times in a month depending on the amount of use. Cleaning after a week or two is best especially if you are a heavy user. This will help extend the life of your atomizer and in effect, extend the life of your e-cig as well. When your atomizer is not properly maintained, it will not produce as much vapor as it would when it is clean and will not give you the best experience.
What you’ll need:
- A clean cup or bowl
- Distilled Water
- Brush (optional)
- Clean Towel (one that does not shed)
- Disassemble your atomizer very carefully.
- Heat water in a microwave or a pan and make sure there is enough water to fill cup or bowl.
- Once water is hot, fill the cup or bowl with water enough to soak all parts completely.
- Swish the water from time to time, so water can better seep into the smaller parts of the atomizer. 5. Leave it soaking in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
- You may brush the coil after a few minutes of soaking to remove any hardened particles.
- After soaking, carefully drain water and shake the parts to get rid of excess liquid.
- Use the dry towel to wipe out the soaked parts thoroughly.
- Leave parts in a well-ventilated place to dry.
At this point, your atomizer is already clean and ready for use again. If it is too dirty or already clogged up from too much use, simply repeat these steps. Also, if you are transitioning from a very strong juice to a milder one or a completely different flavor, repeating these steps for several times is a must.