If you’ve taken time and care to build up a vape kit that’s tailored to your preferences, it’s important to keep it in good condition with regular maintenance. Here we’ll explain the basics of vape maintenance, teaching you how to look after your vape kit so that it’ll continue to work smoothly and safely.
Look for a guarantee
In some ways, vape maintenance begins before you have even purchased your kit. Choosing high quality equipment from a reputable store is a great way to minimise the chance of a breakage or malfunction. All vaping hardware is now required to comply with minimum standards for safety and quality, so manufacturers selling products that fall short of these specifications are breaking the law.
When buying your vape kit, check for warranties or guarantees for the coil, battery and tank. As well as providing peace of mind, these will give you a good idea of what to expect from your vaping equipment.
Maximise the life of your vape kit
Vape maintenance isn’t difficult or particularly time consuming; it’s just a question of looking after your hardware to ensure that it remains in tip-top condition. And this is worth doing; it’ll save you money by extending the life of your kit, and ensure that you never find yourself with an unexpected dead battery.
- Modifying your vape is a really popular and common practice, but it must only be done if you absolutely know what you’re doing. If you’re tempted to make changes, always ensure that the tank remains sealed airtight, with no air bubbles, to prevent leaks.
- Keep it clean. It’s a good vape maintenance habit to give your tank a clean on a regular basis; it’s advisable, too, to clean it when switching between different flavours, so that you don’t end up with a mishmash of two competing tastes.
- Check your battery connection. Once every week or so, make a point of examining the point where the battery connects and cleaning off any debris, to maximise the life of your battery.
- Make sure there’s no e-liquid leakage, and if you find any build-up, take care to discover and fix the cause of the leak before using your hardware again.
- Give your vape juice a longer life by keeping it out of direct sunlight. A fridge is a great place to store your bottles.
- Batteries are a vital element of any e-cigarette, and they must be treated with care. Whenever your kit is not in use, be sure to remove the batteries and keep them safely in a separate bag, away from moisture and extremes of temperature. Charge your batteries regularly to keep them in great shape for your next vape.
When to replace a component
As with any type of hardware, there will be times when a part breaks or fails, and it’s time for it to be replaced. Practising good vape maintenance will postpone this eventuality, but in the end, you’ll need to buy a new part.
- If your battery stops holding its charge, or dies altogether, it’s time for a replacement.
- Never use a cracked or leaking tank – buy a new one instead.
- E-liquid will eventually expire – if it tastes bad, replace it! Typical shelf life is around 1-2 years.