How often you clean your Ego-T atty?
I've been vaping with mine non-stop since it came in the mail, few days ago. I think I've gone through 15~20ml of juice... dark juice, vanilla, 100% VG, very sweet and very sticky.
Today it was not working well, barely any vapor and very VERY hard draw. I think I clogged it. I'm now cleaning it with the "volcano method", just dropped it into hot water... I hope it comes back to life.
I'm now on a backup 510 atty (LR). Easy draw, tons of vapor, even better than the tank atty. But I really really hate topping of the cart all the time. The tank was consistent for hours and hours of vaping. I could go all day with 2 or 3 tanks. Changing the tanks is easy, fast... I miss my tank already.
Sorry, got sentimental... back to topic, how often you clean your tank atty? every ?? ml? every ?? days? Using ??PG/??VG?
I clean mine every other day. This seems to keep them running good.
Sometimes I'll soak them in alcohol, other times just hot water. Rinse them out and blow them out a bit. Good to go.
Oh well... it seems mine died already.... not even a week of use. I washed it last night, it dried over night. Today I primed it, fired it up... same issues as before cleaning it, really hard draw, very little vapor... I place it on the table, came back few minutes later... pool of liquid all over.
I was so happy with this thing... till it broke.
Have I mention how much I hate topping off the carts every hour of heavy vaping? Having traces of e-liquid in your hands all the time.... and the occasional droplet of e-liquid in your mouth... I thought the tank was going to solve all these issues... arg! Oh well... new technologies, this is part of the game. At least I'm not using analogs.
On my way to pet store now to get some blue foam for my backup LR atties.
It doesn't sound wasted just really flooded. Get compressed air, blow it out real good, and give a good soak in alcohol. There's tons of atty cleaning videos. I clean mine every time I go through a battery charge or two, so every couple days.
I've heard plenty of people suggesting not to clean them until they really need it....Compressed out might blow out the wick.. if you do give it bath remember water has minerals that will damage the wick in the long run
Remember to do this:
You blow all liquid out, rinse under hot tap water a couple of minutes, blow all water out and dryburn till coil glowing (keep the coil glowing 5-6 sec x 4 times).
Now you have burnt all the gunk in the wick/coil to dust.
rinse quickly again under tap water to remove the dust around the pot, then blow and dryburn again to dry the water out (or let it dry 24h).
Prime the atty and go.
This is called the dryburn cleaning technique.
this is nothing revolutionary, people are doing it since a couple of years.
You can add an alcohol procedure before dryburning it.
This from another forum's veteran vaper: I gave up on atomiser cleaning as I found it had very little positive effect and often has negative effects, the most I do nowadays is insert a piece of tissue into the atty from the cartridge end and blow through the battery connector end to remove old or excess juice if the atty is flooded, wipe away the excess and your good to go.
If your Attys seem to give up & die you can try soaking them in alcohol, Coke or boiling water & see if that revives them.... it seems to make them work again sometimes.
Last edited by alldayvape; 02-19-2011 at 08:12 PM.
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I had a bad one and ended up soaking it in super hot water for 20 mintues then rinse it for another 10 mintues under hot water from the tap. I then blew it out really good and then I did a 4 sec on 4 sec off dry burn until I seen the red glow and it has been fine ever since. I also drip a couple drips of the juice on the spike and make sure you give 2-3 draws first with the battery off. Hopefully it will be good to go.
I cleaned my 2 last night, soaked in boiled distilled water for about 10 minutes or so. Swished it around in a glass a bit. Then blew out the water and just let them sit over night. Put a drop of juice on it and popped on a tank and it seemed fine. I haven't had any leaking issues myself. I rotate those 2 out with 2 mega atties so they don't get used constantly like yours probably though. So far so good for me.
thx for the tips... I was ready for dissection (the engineer-wanna-be in me) but I tried blowing on it one more time and guess what? a ton of water came out... and it has been air-drying for 4 days now. I'm gonna leave it for now, let it dry really well. Maybe put it in a bag with rice or something similar, try to dry-burn and fire it up again. Lets see...
IMHO it would be a great design improvement if the whole atty assembly could be unscrewed and taken out of the cone. But I guess that would make it easier for the knock-off manufacturers...
I also put 2 drops in the battery end of the atty before putting the battery on. This acts as a primer, and eliminates the tasteless puffs.
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