Two common clearomizer issues and how to deal with them

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cleromizer issuesSince more and more people are switching for the regular cig-a-like models and going for at least the eGo designs or even to some Advanced Personal Vaporizers and mechanical mods, it is only fair to assume that some of these will develop problems over time. Though many vapers have passed the point of needing an explanation for what these issues are and how to solve them, there are still people making the switch to advanced devices and are hungry for the information.

A regular cartomizer is made up of a metal or hard plastic casing, polyfill filling and the atomizer. The clearomizer, on the other hand is usually made of thin, very easily breakable plastic, in order to remain transparent. In addition, most clearomizers do not have polyfill filling, as it would make it hard for vapers to estimate how much e-juice they have left. Instead, they have a wick.

Here are two of the most common clearomizer issues and what you need to do in order to deal with them properly:

Burnt taste

Often vapers will find themselves getting a burnt taste each time they puff, even though they have refilled the cartomizer just a few minutes ago. Though they may be quick to blame the product with a malfunction, it is typically user error. The first thing you need to remember is that a new clearomizer or new replacement coil needs to be primed. Priming a coil means to dry hit your clearomizer (take pulls without activating the battery) in order to saturate the wicking material with e-liquid.

Another culprit could be high voltage. If you have a variable voltage device make sure you lower it down until the burn taste disappears.

Also using a high concentration VG liquid might be too thick for the atomizer as it has trouble entering the wicking hole on your coil. Go for a 50 percent VG or lower and you shouldn’t have any issues.

The final issue could be that you’re puffing on your device very fast. Take tame between your draws and let the wicking material to keep up with the amount of e-liquid needed for a smooth draw.

If none of the above methods work, it might be time to chance your clearomizer coil.

No airflow

This is a common symptom of over-tightening your clearomizer to the battery, a flooded coil, wick grime or the lack of proper cleaning. If your coil becomes flooded, you can either replace the coil with a new one, let the coil sit for a bit and slowly vaporize the e-liquid by doing slow pulls.

Letting your coil sit for too long will build up residue on the wicking material and the best solution for this is to use an atomizer cleaner or to just replace your coil.

Airways can be stopped by e-liquid, dirt and grim, which can form on the bottom threading where your airflow comes from. Always perform regular maintenance and a proper cleaning of your clearomizer.

Posted by Dave Allan

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Former pack-a-day smoker, I discovered electronic cigarettes back in 2011. Since then vaping has slowly turned into my hobby and my full time job. I’ve tested hundreds of e-cigarettes and mods across the years and constantly used my knowledge and experience to help others make the switch. I’m passionate about technology, I enjoy reading and I love big flavorful clouds.


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