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How To Prolong Your Vape's Life

A vaping device is an investment and it is something that you need to look after to prolong its life and get the best bang for your buck. Even if your device isn’t as expensive and highbrow as some of your friends’ devices, you are still going to spend a fair chunk of money on accessories, e-liquids, disposable pods. Most people go into vaping knowing this, however, there is another cost that some people don’t consider---replacement parts.

Replacement parts are something that nobody wants to spend money on, but unfortunately, it is necessary. With vaping devices, wear and tear are unavoidable and even the most high-tech vapes succumb to the toll time takes on them.

How to Prolong Your Vape’s Life

While unavoidable, with maintenance and the right level of care, you can dramatically mitigate the cost of replacement parts and keep your devices alive and well for the longest time possible.

A vaping device requires maintenance on several levels due to the number of components it has. Even the simplest of devices have components like wicks, coils, and batteries that will need replacing as time goes by.

In this post, we are going to look at the two components that most commonly need replacing and what you can do to keep them in good condition and make them last longer.

The Battery

The battery is your vape’s most important component. It is its heart and without it, the device would simply not work. For the best vaping experience, you want a battery that is able to be charged to full capacity and maintain its life for as long as possible. What you may not know, however, is that there are many common mistakes that people make, and these add up over time to reduce the battery’s effectiveness.

Not keeping the battery fully charged

Although it is not always possible to keep your device fully charged, for example when vaping away from home, you should charge it to full as often as possible. Li-ion batteries, which vapes use, are known for degrading over time and one thing that causes quicker degradation is only charging the battery partway full or leaving the battery uncharged for a long time.

Overcharging the battery

While not fully charging your batteries can be problematic, overcharging is too. Overcharging can damage the battery’s cells and is also a fire hazard, especially when the battery is left charging for days on end. With charging, it is all about finding the right balance---learn how long it takes yours on average to charge to full and make a point to remember it.

Leaving the device turned on

Lots of people make the mistake of leaving their device turned on when they aren’t using it. Many vapers think this is fine because power use is minimal when the device isn’t being used. Whilst this is true, there is still power flowing through it, sapping the device’s battery. Although the battery can be recharged, vape batteries have a finite number of charge cycles (the number of times it can be drained and recharged before needing to be replaced) and idling your vape eats into these cycles.

Using high voltage and wattage settings

Some devices have variable voltage and wattage controls that give their users ultimate control over their vaping experience. With these devices, it can be easy to give in to temptation and whack the settings up to full and leave them there, but this can significantly shorten your battery’s life. If you have a device with these controls, we recommend only turning these settings up when you specifically want a high-level experience, otherwise turn them down.

The Coil

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Another key component is the coil, and they can be quite expensive. The coil is your vape’s heating element that turns your e-liquid into vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled, and it can usually be found wrapped around or otherwise in contact with the wick. Due to the coil’s function, it is sometimes not possible to avoid stressing it---there is a reason the coil is the most commonly replaced component.

If you want to keep your coils going for longer, try making some changes to your vaping habits or regularly maintain them by:

Priming your coil

The most important coil tip we can give you is to prime it before you use it. Most devices will include a small manual that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do this---keep it until priming becomes your sixth sense.

To prime a new coil, install it into the device. Then, locate the holes in the coil’s head that are used to transport e-liquid from the tank to the wick, and add several drops of e-liquid, slowly and one at a time, until the cotton wick looks saturated. Let the coil sit for a few hours so that the e-liquid can work its way through the cotton entirely. Next, fill your tank with e-liquid and reassemble your vape.

Once you have done this, you can begin using the vape. Start on the lowest wattage setting and slowly work your way from low to high throughout the course of your first tank. This slowly breaks in your vape and its components and avoids any damage. Once you have done it, you can use your vape as normal.

Changing your e-liquid

Some e-liquids cause more ‘damage’ to coils than others. Those that are high in vegetable glycerine (VG) are thicker and as such, they are far more likely to become lodged in your coil as they are more difficult for the wick to absorb. This increases the risk of dry hits and, over time, leaves behind a residue that can solidify and damage your coil. Changing to a lower VG e-liquid is a quick fix for this problem.

Something else to watch out for is e-liquids that contain extra ingredients like sugar. The heat from your coil can cause this sugar to crystallize and leave a solid residue on your coil. So, avoid e-liquids with sugar wherever possible---sugar is an unnecessary filler ingredient commonly found in cheaper e-liquids.

Washing them

Washing your coils is something you can do to avoid the problems above and make your vape coils last a lot longer. If you do use an e-liquid that is high in VG, washing your coils is a good way to avoid gunky buildup.

It is quite easy to wash your coils by running it under warm water and then leaving it to dry for 24 hours. If you want to make your coil extra clean though, you can soak it in clear alcohol (rubbing alcohol, for example) for a few hours and then leaving it to dry on a paper towel. You don’t need to wash the alcohol off your coil because it will evaporate into the air over time. Be sure to only use clear alcohols, though, and make sure you allow plenty of time for the alcohol to evaporate before using.

Need Replacement Components?

If you are looking for replacement components for your device, check out our range at the Vaper Empire online store. We are Australia’s number one retailer of vaping devices, products, accessories, and e-liquids, and we ship everything to mainland Australia within as little as three-to-five business days.

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