eGo-T atomizer: step-by-step cleaning and maintenance by Shaka Zuluf

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  1. Shaka Zuluf

    Shaka Zuluf Full Member

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    Hi all,
    I discussed about this issue on several e-cig forums, tried many different approaches. This method is probably most reliable and most generalized, so I would like to share it with you.
    This method removes all dirt and leftovers from your wick and heater, making your aty almost new.
    Therefore, you should use this method every 7-10 days(depending on your e-liquid usage) to maintain your eGo-T atties. I have 3 regular eGo-T aties type B, and they are now entering 4th month of very intensive usage(5+ml per day), working great as on day one.

    This is not atomizer mod, readjusting... this is simple way to expand your regular atomizers lifespan.


    First of all: watch this video, very carefully:


    then follow this tutorial, step by step (I bolded parts that are not on this video, or not highlighted enough):

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    You don't have to use EXACTLY the same tools like that on this picture or video.
    Feel free to use everything you have that can serve it's purpose.


    List:
    1. Screwdriver/hemostat
    2. Tweezers
    3. Lighter
    4. Something thin: for pushing wick (but not too thin!)
    5. Something for installing atty needle back (e.g metal pen body or screwdriver with detachable head)

    1. Take needle plate out of atomizers body. One approach is on Viki's video. I don't have that hemostat, so I use plain screwdriver: push it down the side of needle plate, then pull to its center.
    To be precise, screwdriver head goes next to :
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    (where fingers are), then pull to needle plate center. Important notice: you should put your finger on top of atomizer and lay screwdriver on it - to avoid pressure on atomizers top circle(where tank goes).
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    First time it'll probably be quite hard to pull the plate out, but eventually it will come out.


    2. Take the wick out of needle plate. On Viki's video wick remained stucked on the heater, but sometimes it's impossible to split them without damaging heater. To avoid that, you should activate
    your eGo-T atty 2-3 times before step 1 - then the wick will remain in needle plate when we pull it out.

    You should always use pushing, not pulling to take wick out. So, you push it with some thin tool to come out.
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    VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: if your wick is much more burned or its fiber is much more stiff than one ot this picture/video, you should leave it for 24h in mixture of water and alcohol(votka, citric acid...) before continuing with this process!



    3. Rinse atomizer with warm(not hot) water, as seen on the video. Put whole connector into the water!
    Connector has 2 holes for air flow: one visible(on it's top) and one on the side, below connector's screw thread. When you put your atomizer on battery, air goes trough that second, side hole. Therefore is very important to clean e-juice or any dirt from it.
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    When you are finished, blow from both sides and wipe both inner ends of atomizer.
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    4. Put atomizer on battery and "dry burn" it, as described on video.
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    If the heater was very dirty before we started this method, I suggest you to repeat steps 3 and 4, to avoid getting burnt taste when we start using cleaned atomizer.



    5. Carefully rinse wick with warm water, then dry it with paper towel.
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    If there is black crust on fiber's threads, you should burn it: take the top end of wick(where metal mesh is) with your tweezers, then burn down end of wick with lighter. Entire process lasts 10-15 seconds, after that all e-juice leftovers are removed. Just be carefull not to grip your tweezers too hard, because it will compress top end of wick.
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    At the end of this step, your wick should look like this:
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    Notice the difference between this and wick from step 2! It's not always possible to get "brand new" wick, but it should always look much better than before you started cleaning. If you do this process often enough, your wick will maintain it's shape and volume for long time.



    6. Push the wick back in the needle plate. You should adjust that top of metal mesh goes in line with beginning of needle plate hole. In reality it looks like this: push wick from down side of needle plate until whole metal mesh band goes in, then push just a little more, and it is done.
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    Metal mesh band is not always placed on the same position on the wick, so I prefer to measure my wick adjustment by it's down side - it is good positioned when wick looks like this:
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    After that I put one drop of e-juice on wick, then spread it a little.
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    7. Put the needle plate back in atomizer. You should use tool described on video, or any other solid, hollow and smaller in diameter than the plate tool.
    Very important part: to assure good air flow, needle plate should be perpendicular to heater. In other words: heater should go between needle plate feets.
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    And that should be it. After completing of this process, your atomizer should at least work like this:
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    This process, or it's shortened versions, could be used to solve some other eGo-T problems.
    For example:
    - Your atomizer is leaking or gives hard draws/little vapour. It means that the wick is in bad position. You should just take the needle plate out and reposition the wick(steps 1,2 and 6)
    - Sometimes it happens that brand new atomizers could not be drawn: you put your atty on the battery, activate it and you hear that it is burning liquid, but you can not draw - like there is vacuum. Take atty out of the battery, try to draw - air goes undisturbed. ...!? Problem lies in that side hole I mentioned in step 3. This hole is clogged. You could solve this problem by making letter L out of some thin wire, then try to locate that hole by going around connector. When you find it, push wire inside. If this method doesn't solve your problem, try repeating steps 1,2,3 but without activating atomizer.


    That's all for now. I hope I helped someone with this topic.
    Regards
     
  2. VTAK8K

    VTAK8K Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Very nice write up, and the pics are perfect!
     
  3. Shaka Zuluf

    Shaka Zuluf Full Member

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    Thanks.
    I forgot to mention one very important thing:
    in Step4, do not try to clean burned leftovers from the heater with the toothpick, or some other sharp and solid tool! In most cases you will end up with broken heater!
     
  4. erictho

    erictho Super Member ECF Veteran

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    hi. i tried this as a last resort to re-wick a poorly performing atomizer. i activated it a few times before removing the needle plate, but the wick remained in the atomizer. i used a small needle to push the wick from the battery end out, but the wire threading at the bottom of the wick unwound. using a needle was probably too thin?
    has anyone else had that issue?
    although, now that i review this tutorial for the umpteenth time, i notice that debridging my atomizer seemed to turn the wick upside down. the fluffy end of the wick was facing the topmost part of the atomizer, while the coil threaded end was faced toward the battery end.
    i'm pretty new to all this, my starter kit came in 19 days ago. i might have done something wrong, but i was kind of prepared to turf the part anyways.
     
  5. Shaka Zuluf

    Shaka Zuluf Full Member

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    When the wick remains stuck in atomizer after taking the needle plate out, you should take it out with tweezers. Do not push it with needle from the battery side, because that needle should pass by the heater and most likely break it! If some threads unwound from the wick and remain stucked on heater, you probably won't be able to successfully re-wick your atomizer. Volume of fiber in the wick is essencial to good liquid flow and throat hit, therefore you should try some of those "make new wick" methods.
    Also, coil threaded end of the wick(one with metal mesh band) should always be facing up, towards tank. If your wick is placed upside-down, you should take it out and replace it. Maybe you are confused because sometimes there is some fiber sticking out of that metal mesh band, unlike the wick on my photos.
    Nevertheless, you should keep trying because it's the only way to learn and achieve ;) keep us posted.
     
  6. erictho

    erictho Super Member ECF Veteran

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    thank you for the direction.
    i tried dry vaping my debridged atomizer just to see if i had damaged the heating element. turns out, yes. it won't heat up at all. i suppose i should have read a little more into the anatomy of the part before fiddling around, but this has proven a useful learning experience. i've also started reading on diy wicks, which will be excellent for the future.
     
  7. Slim82

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    Thank you for this in depth article. I am only seeing one picture, are there suppose to be others?
     
  8. VictorySpeedway

    VictorySpeedway Full Member ECF Veteran

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    This is absolutely the BEST way to clean the Ego-T.

    My son and I cleaned a two atomizers this afternoon using this method, and they are as good as new.
     
  9. TheAlternative

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    Excellent description and pics!

    So I am trying to determine if when putting the spike plate back in, should the flat sides line up with the two notches in the cone for maximum airflow, or is that too much flow and I should let the plate be random to the notches. I've noticed that they generally do not line up in new atomizers.

    Thoughts?
     
  10. Mishy73

    Mishy73 Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I have had my eGo-T for about 3 weeks and cleaned it for the first time this morning using this method ... I can't believe how easy it was, just watching the video and following the instructions (using the pics as a guide). My Atomizer is now working like a charm. Can't get over how much vapour I'm getting again. I'll be making this a weekly routine. 15mins and it was all done. Thank you SO much for this informative and helpful information I am incredibly grateful.

    Happy Vaping Peeps :D :vapor:
     
  11. Allen_B

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    Completed surgery today on one of my tank-os.

    Getting the spike out was a challenge initially but with a little screwdriver persuasion it came out.

    Cleaned up the wick with the help of a gas stove- wow that thing was nasty after only a week of use!

    Very surprised at how disgusting the coil was also. I have a "nose-sucker" I use to power flush my clearomizers which worked well to power flush the coil. I dry-burned the coil several times, power flushing it between burns- clean as a whistle now.

    Everything is reassembled but I did not take note of the orientation of the spike plate in reference to the coil, but the draw seems fine. I am letting it dry tonight just to make sure there is little residual water in it for tomorrow. Hopefully, it performs as good or better than new!

    /r

    Allen
     
  12. intime

    intime Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    We did it & it worked like a charm! Tried cleaning my first one by soaking in alcohol & then read/listened further and found out this is not the best method. I came back with my second attie to this video with the helpful further instructions that Shaka Zuluf included and am so pleased with the results. I've had my ego t's for 2 weeks or so and with this cleaning I now hope to be a little more confident in use and care. Thank you for such a thorough description and the good quality pictures. Going to take apart the attie that I soaked in alcohol and try this method this time.

    Happy Vaping from beautiful So California:2cool:
     
  13. Shaka Zuluf

    Shaka Zuluf Full Member

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    I am so glad this method worked for all of you, thank you for those good words.
    Let me know if you discover something new about this method, or find out that I forgort to mention something important.

    God news are that HG started selling fiber for eGo-t wick, they say it is 100% same as that from genuine atomizer. Price is about $3 for 5 meters! Fiber used to be most delicate part of this atty, but now it will no longer be the problem.

    Regards

    @Allen_B
    You don't have to wait, after cleaning of fiber and dry-burning the coil your atty is ready to vape :2cool:
     
  14. Allen_B

    Allen_B Full Member

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    Thanks!

    Using the tank-o today; HUGE improvement in flavor and air flow. Only thing that is odd is I would have expected more vapor production, especially considering how much juice I am going thru this morning. No leaks, just seems like there should be more vapor production BUT I am comparing it to a clearomizer. Don't expect it to be the same, but hoped it would be closer...

    /r

    Allen
     
  15. doctroprint

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    First, I'm a heavy vapor... I have tried to clean atty's in the past with not much success what so ever.
    Since then, I have went through many of them then tossed them aside. Most have been the LR atty's.
    I've recently purchaced the ego battery booster ( variable voltage stage) so I have put aside the LR's
    and am using the normal atty. Wow it's amazing the vapor you can get. Anyway back at the farm......
    I made the attempt to clean 14 atty's tonight useing above method. The wicks will soak tonite, no coil
    busted, so tomorrow I will fill you in on how it works for me....Good write up! fingers crossed because
    do the math..14 atts x 8 - 10 bucks each = money...
     
  16. Cyclin

    Cyclin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Thanks this is exactly what i was looking for.
     
  17. nerojrnde

    nerojrnde Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Thank you so much! What an informative way to clean these attys. I will be sure to do this from now on!
     
  18. zogu

    zogu Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Where you find new wick, who is HG? I have 5 destroyed attys (not e-go, but same wick). I tried many silica ropes, but I could not find good one, they all burn.

    Regards, pozzz.
     
  19. zogu

    zogu Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    OK, if HG is heaven gifts, found and ordered, new wick and heater wire ;)
     
  20. Shaka Zuluf

    Shaka Zuluf Full Member

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    I'm not sure that changing of heating wire is possible(at least, not for regular users). If you have skills to do that, you are about to have eternal atomizer, almost for free :)
     
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