How to Clean Vape Tank & Coil

Here at Vapoholic we like to get a good understanding of our customers’ queries, and we noticed a lot of you seem to be looking for information on cleaning your device with searches like “what do I use to clean my vape” and “how to clean vape tank and coil”.

If you’re one of them then well done as you’re absolutely right to want to clean your device. Keeping your vape clean is essential if you want the best vaping experience possible as failure to maintain your kit can lead to a range of issues including reduced flavour, poor performance and diminished coil life.

So if you’re in search of information on how to clean your vape tank and coil, you came to the right place as we have all the information you need to help keep your e-cigarette in tip-top condition.

How to Clean Out Vape Tank

Cleaning vape tanks is pretty straight-forward and you should be done within 10-15 minutes.

Before you begin, make sure your tank is completely empty. You don’t want any sticky vape juice on your hands or tank as it’ll make the job twice as difficult!

Start by removing the tank and taking the coil out. Once you’ve separated the two, run the tank under warm water until any excess e-liquid is removed. 

If there’s any stubborn residue then it’s a good idea to use a cotton bud and give the inside of your tank a good scrub. Don’t worry about being too rough – your tank will be made from either glass or food grade plastic so it can handle a bit of elbow grease!

Once you’ve removed the residue, use a paper towel or some cotton wool to dry the inside of the tank. Once dry, leave it to stand for a while to make sure there’s no moisture left and your tank should now be good as new!

If you’ve allowed the state of your tank to get a little out of hand then it might require a deeper clean. In this case, follow all the steps mentioned above but after the initial rinse leave it in a bowl with some washing up liquid for a while. 

This will remove the clogged-up grease effectively, but just make sure you clean off all the washing up liquid afterwards or your favourite cherry-flavoured e-liquid might arrive with a side-order of soap!

How to Clean Vape Coil

Now we’ve covered how to clean out a vape tank, let’s move onto a component that’s even more important – your coils. 

When it comes to cleaning your kit, if it’s improved flavour and performance (as well as longer coil life) you’re looking for, then giving your vape coils a good clean is an absolute must.

While some people just reach for a new one as soon as their coil becomes gunky, others prefer to get more value for money by cleaning them instead. Not only does this extend your coil life but it also improves flavour as the build-up of residual e-liquid can seriously hamper the taste of your vape. 

There are two methods for cleaning vape coils and the one you use will depend on the type of coil you’ve got. Let’s take a look at both of them:

Replaceable Coils 

If you’re using a replaceable coil head then unfortunately you’ll be limited in what you can do. That’s not to say it isn’t worth cleaning your coils – you’ll still be able to get some of the gunk out – but some will remain in the wick so your coil head won’t be completely clean.

The best way to clean your coils and remove the residual e-liquid that’s accumulated inside is by soaking them in vinegar or ethanol. If you have some cheap vodka lying around that’ll also do the trick.

Once it’s soaked for a few hours, give your coil a good rinse to remove any residue left over and blow air through your coil head to force any water out.

Once you believe the water has been removed then leave your coil head to dry. Remember, patience is a virtue at this point so, although it may be tempting, try not to use the coil until all the water has evaporated as the taste will be less than great!

Rebuildable Coils

If you’re using a rebuildable atomiser then the good news is these are much easier to clean, so you’ll be able to get your vape coils scrubbed up and looking brand-spanking new in next to no time!

Although some people like to dry burn to remove some of the excess e-liquid, it’s not something we’d advise as it can take a hefty toll on your coils. After all, one of the main reasons we’re cleaning our coils is to prolong their lifespan, so doing something which is known to make them burn out faster seems kind of counter-productive to us!

Firstly you’ll need to remove the wicks from the coils, before taking the atomiser out of your device. Once removed, you can then give them a good clean with some warm water using your coil cleaning tool. If you don’t have one, an old toothbrush will work just as well.

Once you’ve removed all the residue, give it a good rinse before putting your atomiser back together and allow it to dry.

If you’re in a hurry to start vaping then you might want to do a very quick dry burn as it’ll help remove any water in seconds. As we pointed out before though, this isn’t exactly best practice if you want to get the most from your coils. 

After reading through this guide, hopefully you’re now well-versed in the art of cleaning your coils and the days of searching “how to clean vape tank” are long gone.

If after a good clean your tank’s still looking a little worse for wear, perhaps it’s time for a new one. If so, check out our range of replacement vape tanks where you’ll find everything you need!

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