Published on February 13th, 2014 | by TJ20
How to Clean a Clearomizer | A Complete Step by Step Guide
Poor vapor production. Burnt taste. Flavor ghosting. These are some of the side effects we have to deal with after using our favorite clearomizer for 2 weeks straight. The next step for many people is to toss out that clearo and run to Mt Baker Vapor to order a new clearomizer on stock up on a ton of replaceable heads.
Instead, you can clean your clearomizer and extend it’s life by days, if not weeks! In this guide, we will cover exactly how to clean a clearomizer with a step by step process, from rinsing your tank to dry burning your coil. Let’s get started!
How to Clean Your Clearomizer
When cleaning your clearomizer, it’s important to get rid of any excess e juice and gunk stuck in and around the tank. Remove the bottom (or top, depending on your model) of the clearomizer, just as you would if you were refilling it with some juice.
Fill up your tank about half way with luke warm water. Now place your thumb over the opening, and shake it vigorously. Do this for a few seconds, then dump the water out. You’ll notice the water will look a little dirty.
Refill and shake the tank 4 or 5 times, or until the water coming out is clear and clean. This step is particularly important if you are experiencing flavor ghosting, where you taste the previous flavors after refilling with a new juice flavor.
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In cases where flavor ghosting is really bad, try cleaning your tank with alcohol or lemon juice. Using a brush to scrub the insides of the clearomizer can help to. Here are some insanely useful little brushes just for that.
Now that we have the clearomizer tank rinsed and clean, it’s time to dry it off as much as possible. Try blowing into the tank to get all of the water and condensation out. It isn’t necessary to let the clearomizers air dry, although it does help shorten the next step.
Once you have your clearomizer clean and dried, reassemble it (keep the drip tip off for now) and place it on your favorite APV.
Our next step is to clean the coil(s) on the atomizer. A coil naturally builds up a layer of gunk when you vape, and cleaning it can help rejuvenate the flavor and vapor clouds.
To clean the coil, we will use a technique called the dry burn.
Dry Burn Your Clearomizer
Dry burning your clearomizer is a fairly easy process. Simply heat your coil in quick 2 to 3 second bursts until you can physically see your coils glowing orange. Depending on how dry you got your clearomizer previously, this could take a minute or two.
While you are dry burning, you’ll see vapor forming from the gunk on the coil sizzling away. Go ahead and blow this away.
However, be very careful not to blow into the clearomizer and onto the coil while you are heating it. This could cause the coil to pop and break.
After a minute, you should start seeing your coils glow a bright orange. This means all the gunk is burn off and you’re good to go! Let the coil cool down and give it one last blow to clear out any last bits, and you’re ready to fill it up and start vaping!
The first 5 to 10 hits might be little funky, but after a few pulls, your clearomizer will return to it’s old form.
If you are more of a visual learner, check out this youtube video on how to clean a clearomizer. The dry burning process at the 4:25 mark is a good example of how to properly dry burn.
Notice you have to heat the coil quite a few times to get it completely cleared off.
Now, all good things must come to the end, but cleaning your clearomizer can extend it’s life by a few days to even weeks.
Of course, if you get the itch to get a new clearomizer, check out our sortable comparison chart of the best clearomizers to find the best clearo for you!
Now that your clearomizer is squeaky clean, bust out your favorite e juice and start vaping!
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Thanks again for reading, and vape on!