Why Do Vape Pens Clog?

Vaping is a less harmful alternative to smoking. In fact, studies suggest that it is significantly safer than tobacco smoking.[1] Not only that, some kinds of vape e-liquids might offer health benefits like those containing CBD. Additionally, vapes come in many flavours. Vape pens last long, providing hours of taste and pleasure. They are made to last long, so why do vape pens clog?

This article looks into some of the common reasons for vape clogging and offers solutions. These tips can help save you from frustration and ensure your vape pen functions at its best.

Understanding E-liquid Viscosity

One of the primary causes of vape pen clogs is the viscosity of the e-liquid being used. E-liquids vary in thickness, with some being thicker (higher in vegetable glycerine or VG) and others thinner (higher in propylene glycol or PG).

Every vape pen is designed to handle a specific range of viscosities, and using e-liquids that are too thick can lead to clogs. More viscous e-liquids may not flow smoothly through the atomizer and wick, causing blockages that impede vapour production.

The solution to this common problem is buying the right kind of e-liquid for your vape pens from reputed shops or online stores.

Improper Storage

The way you store it will decide how long your vape lasts. This is particularly true for those who vape casually. Exposing your vape pen to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, or long periods of inactivity can lead to clogs.

Such issues are more likely to occur in summer when temperatures are really high.

To prevent vape pen clog, always store it in a dark and dry place, away from sunlight. It is a good idea to keep it in some kind of protective case.

Overfilling the Tank

Overfilling the tank or cartridge is a common mistake that can result in clogs. When you fill your vape pen’s tank, leaving little room for air can lead to pressure imbalances. This can cause e-liquid to be forced into the atomizer, leading to flooding and clogs.

As one can guess, the solution to this issue is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and avoid overfilling.

Residue Buildup

Regular usage of your vape pen can result in residue buildup, especially around the coil and airflow components. Residue from e-liquids can accumulate over time and block the proper flow of vapour, leading to clogs.

This will not just result in vape pens getting clogged but will also negatively affect your vaping experience.

That is why we consistently advise users to take care of their vape pens and keep them clean. Any device needs some attention, and vape pens are no exception.

Faulty Coils

When coils wear out or become damaged, they may not heat evenly or efficiently, leading to clogs.

Additionally, burnt or gunk-covered coils can affect the quality of the vapour, making it less flavourful and harsher.

This issue will not occur in disposable vapes due to their limited lifespan. However, refillable vapes, early or later, would face this issue. That is why it is vital to take care of your coils and inspect them regularly. A coil in good condition can significantly improve vapour production and reduce the likelihood of clogs.

Sometimes, you might need to replace coils. Do not forget to buy the right kind of coil from the manufacturer or official reseller.

The Bottom Line

Vape pen clogs can be frustrating, but with the right knowledge and preventive measures, you can minimize their occurrence. By understanding the causes behind vape pen clogs, such as e-liquid viscosity, storage conditions, overfilling, residue buildup, and faulty coils, you can take proactive steps to prevent and address these issues.

Regular maintenance, proper e-liquid selection, and responsible storage are vital to ensuring your vape pen delivers a smooth and flavourful vaping experience.

Dr Preet Pal Singh Bhinder

This article was authored by: Dr. Preet Pal Singh Bhinder.

This article was peer-reviewed by Dr M Mansoor Siddique (PhD). Dr Siddique has over eight years of experience working with CBD and CBD products.

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