Cartomizer cleaning??

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  1. free2live

    free2live Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I have tried to find the best way to clean a carto....but can only find cleaning for atomizers. What do the veterans find the best way to clean these would be??
     
  2. salemgold

    salemgold ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I have searched high and low and finally found the best way to clean them. There is a video and I will post a link when I find it. I use a 60cc catheter tip syringe and a rubber pencil gripper. The carto fits well in one end and the syringe in the otherend of the gripper. You draw hot water up through the carto into the syringe and then push the water back out through the carto. Repeat twice. Last plunge air from syringe through carto several times until little to no water is coming out. Put cartos on cookie sheet and dry for about 1-2 hours in oven at lowest setting. Turn oven off and leave overnight. The next morning cartos are as good as new. I hope that made sense.
     
  3. ValleyGirl

    ValleyGirl Super Member ECF Veteran

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    There is a similar method on here that uses a turkey baster (same basic principle). I have a baster at home, so am thinking of testing this method tonight. Otherwise will do some syringe and pencil gripper shopping!
     
  4. salemgold

    salemgold ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I found my pencil grippers at the dollar store in a 5pk. I don't think that you would get the same amount of pressure to force the water out with a baster? Or for that matter draw the hot water up through carto. My cartos are snow white and like new after using this method.
     
  5. DiggerP

    DiggerP Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Try this video on youtube. It looks a little perverted at times LOL - but this is a method I use and it works great. The medicine syringe is about $3.00 at the store with the little cone attachment.

    YouTube - KR808D-1 Carto Cleaning: Quick-n-Easy.
     
  6. DivaB

    DivaB Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I don't have a lot of time to waste on the cleaning...so with the cartomizers that have a filler I just put them in a coffee cup and pour boiling water over them, let them sit in there for a few minutes...sometimes I do this twice, and then let them dry. For the ceramic ones, I syringe ever clear or vodka through the center and the little reservoir holes, blow out whats left, use a denti brush to clean the coil, let sit to dry, then do a dry burn...and that's all.
     
  7. salemgold

    salemgold ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    That is the video that I was looking for. That is the way that I started but found that using the grips and 60 cc syringe cleans better and is faster. That method works too though.
     
  8. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Hi, where can you find the syringe with the cone attachment?
     
  9. DiggerP

    DiggerP Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I found mine at CVS.
     
  10. Kobudo

    Kobudo Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I found one at Walmart, but I couldn't find the right dental brushes there. I found a thin paperclip fixes up the air hole perfectly.
     
  11. Newme

    Newme Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I cannot find that syringe "with" the gripper. I've looked at Walmart and Target. Anyone have any ideas where to find them?
     
  12. SSV2

    SSV2 Supplier Associate ECF Veteran

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    I have seen them at many grocery stores, drug stores and discount outlets like Dollar General, though Wallgreen's seems to have a lot of a store locations throughout the US here is a picture of one they sell.

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  13. Remit

    Remit Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

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    I would look in the baby dept of walmart, not near the pharmacy ... Or maybe both depts.
     
  14. Newme

    Newme Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I actually did look in both departments. And I forgot to mention I also looked at my local Walgreens. I guess I'll have to try other Walmarts and Walgreens. Thanks!
     
  15. Remit

    Remit Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

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    I went to my walmart tonight and asked the pharmacy where they were and the lady behind the desk just gave me one. No charge! Yay me lol

    R.
     
  16. Newme

    Newme Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I finally found the Walgreens one. I kind of tested putting it on my carto because it looked so big. And it doesn't fit in, it fits over a carto. But just barely! I had a really hard time getting it on and it peeled back some of the paper that is stuck onto them. Maybe it will stretch a bit after doing that a few times. I hope so. But yay! I found one finally. lol
     
  17. SSV2

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    Exactly! It fits over the mouth end of your cartomizer. It will stretch the more you use it and if you soak the cone or run it under hot water for a few minutes it will be more plyable to work with when you attach a cart.

    It should not seem like such a chore if you maybe start out with only cleaning a a few to begin with just to see how it works out for you?

    You can modify the procedure in the future to achieve the best results that suit you. For instance. I use to put the cleaned carts in the oven for a while at a low temperature setting to ensure they got totally dry before use though may not be a essential step as well the stickers sometimes begin to peel off from the heat melting the adhesive that holds them on.

    It seems many people have put their own twist on this procedure and experienced various levels of success which has helped me by learning from other members helpful tips.

    I now have my very own slightly modified method to this procedure where I have not experienced any casualties after repeated cleanings and involves much less effort than the extremes I use to employ that did not always produce consistant results.


    Most important is whatever works for you and you are satisfied with the end result. Good Luck! Nothing wrong with having a nice surplus of freshly cleaned carts in your vaping arsenol at all times!:)


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  18. Newme

    Newme Super Member ECF Veteran

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    SSV2,

    Re: "if you soak the cone or run it under hot water for a few minutes it will be more plyable to work with when you attach a cart."

    Great idea! Thanks!

    Re: "now have my very own slightly modified method to this procedure where I have not experienced any casualties after repeated cleanings and involves much less effort than the extremes I use to employ that did not always produce consistant results."

    Do tell. What is this slightly modified method that is making them last for you?

    Thanks!
     
  19. SSV2

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    PM sent!

    After the fact...:rolleyes:

    I really had hoped I could have just written this all out for everyone since I mentioned it though hopefully I can break it down either here or in another thread of its own if needed? I am sure I probably overloaded Newme's brain just from my PM trying to explain the science behind my own method. :matrix:

    SSV2
     
  20. timrichard

    timrichard Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I just tried this method. 3.99 for the toothpicks and 2.49 for the syringe at walgreens. I hade 11 cats that were burnt, ready to throw away. I used this method cleaned all in 15 min. And they are as good as new. I used the toothpicks and hot water to clean my bats as well, and they work better as well. Thank you:)
     
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