Vaping has quickly become one of the most popular choices for enjoying cannabinoids in recent years. Its convenience, milder aroma compared to flower, and portability make it a discreet option for those that want to consume their favorite cannabinoids both at home and on-the-go.
However, even with all the benefits of vaping, one frustration that many vapers know too well is a clogged cartridge. Trying to take a pull out of your cartridge when it’s clogged can become annoying very quickly, especially as the issue persists over time.
Today, we will be discussing how to tell if your cartridge is clogged as well as what you can do to unclog it and get back to vaping.
Components of a Vape Cartridge
In order to understand why a vape cartridge clogs and how you can unclog it, you first must gain an understanding of how they work. For the most part, vape cartridges are generally broken into 3 key pieces:
- Atomizer – also called a “coil” – the atomizer heats the product in the cartridge to produce vapor that can then be inhaled.
- Tank – this is the glass housing that holds the product. Though it is typically made with strong glass, there is a chance that it can still break, so make sure to handle it with care.
- Mouthpiece – the piece that makes contact with the user’s mouth when used.
How to Use a Cannabinoid Vape
Vapes typically have a button on their battery that sends electrical current to the connection point between the atomizer and the battery. Pressing this button creates heat, which the atomizer is able to use to convert the product in the tank into a vapable state.
While holding down the button, place your mouth on the mouthpiece and inhale to draw out the vapor from the tank. Once you have drawn the desired amount of vapor, release the battery button and remove the mouthpiece from your mouth before fully inhaling.
When you first begin to vape, be sure to start with small rips so that you do not inhale too much at once. Taking too big of a pull can easily lead to a very uncomfortable coughing fit or even a respiratory irritation.
Signs Your Vape Cartridge is Clogged
If you’re not able to immediately tell, there are a few signs that can help you recognize if your cartridge is clogged. The easiest way to identify a clogged cartridge is if there is little to no airflow. If you’re struggling to get a smooth and clean pull from your cartridge, odds are it is clogged.
You can also tell if it is clogged by listening for bubbling or whistling sounds that may be unfamiliar. An unclogged cartridge should allow you take easily take a hit without making any noise.
You can also identify a clogged cartridge by its smell or taste. Most vape cartridges will have a mild taste and smell of cannabis. If you smell or taste a burnt or any other odd taste in the vapor, it is most likely clogged and should be dealt with immediately.
What Causes a Vape Cartridge to Clog?
In most cases, your cartridge will clog if something has entered through the hole in the mouthpiece and has created a blockage. You can easily check for this by shining a light over the mouthpiece to see if you can spot anything unusual in there.
If there is, you should disconnect the cartridge from the battery, hold it upside down, and attempt to remove the debris or object using a small and slender item like a toothpick to draw it out.
Temperature can also affect the viscosity of the product in the tank. For example, if the product is exposed to significant cold temperatures, it can thicken which will result in a longer time to heat and less vapor coming through the device.
In order to avoid this, make sure to keep your vape cartridge stored somewhere where it will only be exposed to moderate temperature changes. Avoid keeping your cartridge outdoors or in your car and instead opt for a cool, dry place inside.
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