Ever had any problems with clearomisers?
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 tank, 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 E-Cig Tanks.
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 tanks as soon as you have filled it up with ejuice (leading to that burnt tank taste!)
Allowing the ejuice time to soak in helps protect the atomiser and ensures you get a great vape from the start.
With regular coils, you should usually allow 3-5 mins for the juice to soak in properly. However for sub-ohm coils, you need to up this to 5-10 minutes.
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 e-cigarette before you put it in your pocket
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
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. Holding Down The Button Before Vaping
Some vapers like to hold down the button on variable voltage devices before inhaling.This produces a lovely fizzing sound.
Unfortunately, this can lead to eliquid condensing in the drip tip, which can reduce vapour production and lead to gurgling noises.
To remedy, it may be worth cleaning the clearomiser and then ensuring that you inhale as soon as you activate your vaping device.
See below for instructions on how to clean your clearomiser.
8. Not Screwing the Coil Down Fully
When you’re putting your clearomiser together, ensure the coil is screwed in fully (without over-tightening). This will prevent leakages from air-holes.
9. Forcing the head onto a clearomiser
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.
10. Forcing the Tank On to the Battery
It can also be a mistake to over-tighten the clearomiser when you attach it to a battery.
This is especially the case with the Aspire Nautilus, which can get stuck if you over tighten it. The Nautilus has loads of seal, so you should stop tightening it as soon as it starts to bite. Some of our shop managers also recommend lubricating the seal with e-liquid.
If you do over-tighten it, there are a number of solutions you can try to get it off.
- Leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours – this will often loosen it up.
- Try using rubber gloves to remove it – some of our shop managers find this works better than plyers.
- Add a vape band to your tank.
11. Using A Weak Battery
It’s a common problem – people will buy a top notch clearomiser, put it on their old ego battery – and wonder why they are not getting results.
For an Aspire BVC, you should use a moderately more powerful battery like the Evod Variable Voltage or the Vision Spinner 2 , 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.)
But if you use a more advanced clearomiser, you need to up your battery again. For the Aspire Cleito, for example, we’d recommend using a battery which can use 50 watts or more.
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):
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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.
12. Using the wrong top fill settings
Some of the newer top-fill devices have two settings – fill mode and vape mode.
After you have filled, turn the dial back to vape mode to avoid leakages and burnt coils.
See the tutorial below for more detailed instructions:
13. Using the Wrong Wattage Settings
If the wattage on your device is too high for the resistance of your coil, you can burn it out rapidly.
(This usually happens to me after I have left my e-cig in my pocket without turning it off first!)
For more information, see the section on resistances in the blog post below.
14. Not Lining The Air-Holes Up Correctly
Just filled up with e-liquid? It’s easy to forget the air-holes.
So if you’ve just filled up or replaced a coil and you’re experiencing difficulty inhaling, double check to ensure the air-holes are open.
Thanks to our informed readers for these additional helpful suggestions!
15. Clean the tank after filling with a twist of tissue paper. (Paul Daniel Kendrick)
16. 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.)
17. Clean the battery terminal and atomiser to ensure a good contact. (Neil Pickering)
18. When you unscrew the coil 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)
19. Don’t over-tighten, don’t overfill. (Elaine Durrance)
Some users also recommend rotating atomisers, believing it extends life – but this is controversial!
What have I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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