Do You Make These 14 Common Clearomiser Mistakes?
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by: James Dunworth
Exhaling vaper with horrified look on face.

Dan’s face shows the perils of using a clearomiser without letting the juice soak in first.

Ever had any problems with clearomisers? (I bet you did when you started, even if you don’t now!) Here you’ll find a list of problems I’ve come across as a blogger and retailer. Have a skim through, because if you are making these mistakes the solutions could extend the life of your clearomiser, save money and increase the enjoyment you get out of vaping. (And if you think I’ve missed any mistakes, please let me know in the comments!) Alternatively, for a more in-depth user guide check out the Ultimate Guide to Clearomisers.

1. Getting eliquid down the center tube/chimney

When you fill your clearomiser, make sure eliquid doesn’t enter the center tube/chimney, or you will flood the clearomiser. If you do flood the clearomiser (you can tell by a gurgling noise) try removing the bottom and blowing through it onto a piece of tissue to clear it.

2. Using your clearomiser as soon as you have filled it up with ejuice (leading to that burnt clearomiser taste!).

Allowing the ejuice time to soak in helps protect the atomiser and ensures you get a great vape from the start. You should usually allow 3-5 mins for the juice to soak in properly. Dan’s face at the top of this blog post is a clear indication of why you should do this ;)

3. Taking Ultra Long Drags

We’ve known people take 20 second drags, but this can damage the atomiser, especially if you’re using a low ohm atomiser.

4. Forgetting to turn off your ecigarette before you put it in your pocket

An electronic cigarette in the back pocket of a girl's Jean.

Remember to click your battery five times to turn it off before putting it into your jean pockets. (Above: Hannah from ECigaretteDirect demos how to keep an ecig in your pocket with style! )

Sit on your ecigarette, and it can fizzle away until the atomiser in the clearomiser is burnt. Most refillable e-cigarettes come with a button which you can push five times to turn it on/off. This can also happen in bags etc. If you’re like me and keep forgetting to turn off your ecig even when you know you ought to, try using a pouch lanyard to keep your ecig safe around your neck. (This is also a great way to avoid losing your ecigarette down the side of the sofa!)

5. Letting the liquid run too low

Another common mistake is not keeping your clearomiser topped up enough with e liquid. When the eliquid in your clearomiser falls below a certain level, you starve the atomiser of eliquid – leading to a shorter atomiser life or even a complete burn out. Instead, make sure you keep your clearomiser topped up to a least a quarter of its capacity. With the Aspire Bottom Dual Coil Clearomiser, try not let the eliquid get below the two holes in the centre coil, as these are used to pass eliquid back to the atomiser.

6. Filling the clearomiser from the wrong end

Images demonstrating how to fill regular and BDC clearomisers.

Fill regular clearomisers from the top end (see top picture), fill bottom dual coil clearomisers from the bottom end (bottom picture). With both, be careful not to get eliquid down the center tube.

Fill standard clearomisers from the top, and bottom coil clearomisers such as the Aspire BDC from the bottom. Watch the video below for tips on how to fill the Aspire bottom dual clearomiser:

Note, some clearomisers need a vacuum when they are filled, so you will only be able to remove one end when filling.

7. Pressing the button before vaping

I must admit, I love the sound of the fizz when you click your battery button. Unfortunately, when you do this eliquid can collect in the mouth piece and condense, leading to a gurgling sound and reduced performance.

8. Forcing the head onto a clearomiser

Demonstrating how to thread an atomiser/wick head onto a clearomiser.

Give the head a half turn anti-clockwise until you feel a click.

Simply give a half turn anti-clockwise until you hear a click when you screw the head on to a clearomiser – this will help thread it correctly.

9. Using A Weak Battery

To get the best results out of a top-notch clearomiser like the Aspire BDC, you should use a powereful battery like the Smok VV Winder, which also allows you to adjust the voltage to get the perfect vape. (The exact voltage will depend on both your eliquid and your personal preferences.) To check which voltage you should use with different ohm atomisers, check out the chart below (click on the chart for the full size, or here if you wish to embed it on your own website): Ohms chart for ecigarette users with variable voltage batteries.

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Whenever you buy a new battery, make sure you  it will give it a good 4-5 hour charge to condition it before you use it. If it doesn’t have this first full charge it’s never quite the same.

Reader Suggestions

Thanks to our informed readers for these additional helpful suggestions! 10. Clean the clearomiser after filling with a twist of tissue paper. (Paul Daniel Kendrick) 11. Don’t forget to rinse the drip tip in warm water, gets rid of any condensed liquid. (Neil Martin) Richard Lawrence also recommends soaking the clearomisers in warm soapy water. (If you do clean the clearomisers, allow them to dry for at least 12 hours before using again. For quick dry, try placing rice which quickly soaks up the water.) 12. Clean the battery terminal and atomiser to ensure a good contact. (Neil Pickering) 13. When you unscrew the atomizer off the battery, make sure it’s the bottom ring that you unscrew – happened to me that I unscrewed the middle ring and the battery was full of liquid :-( (Clive Maria Green) 14. Don’t over-tighten, don’t overfill. (Elaine Durrance) What have I missed? Let me know in the comments! Find this article of value? Please share using one of the share buttons below. Thank you :)

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10 Responses to “Do You Make These 14 Common Clearomiser Mistakes?”

  1. Jen March 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Really appreciate this. Some very good tips, especially the one about keeping the clearo properly topped up!

  2. Alan Fletcher March 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Rinse the clearomizer and wick well and then dry with kitchen paper. Do a short-burst dryburn on it to remove all the gunk from the coil. When you see it burn evenly it’s ready to vape again and tastes like new. This prolongs the life of the coil enormously.

    • James March 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks for the additional tips, Alan!

    • Cristian March 16, 2014 at 12:39 am #

      Alan, I am new in the system, please can you tell me how often do you need to clean the clearomizer, for example after how many fillings? Thank you.

      • James Dunworth March 17, 2014 at 10:02 am #

        Hi Cristian

        I usually clean the clearomisers when I notice a decrease in performance or a build up of gunk, although I believe some vapers do it more regularly.

        James

  3. Ross Maggs (soulvapes reviews) March 6, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Great little write up of common mistakes.

    I use denture cleaning tablets on my heads. 24 hours soaking followed by a good wash in hot water and the coils are super clean. You can only do this twice though before it starts to ruin the wick.

    • James March 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks, Ross, haven’t tried that one before!

  4. James March 6, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks, Jen, glad you found it useful.

  5. Caset November 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello,

    I am just wondering, when the e cig dies, (vapour one) how long shall i leave it on charge for via usb?

    thank you

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