How do I dry a cartomizer?

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  1. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    How long does it take these things to dry? Is there a trick?

    I decided to try to wash a couple of my boge cartomizers. I used the syringe method that someone posted about. They've been sitting.. and sitting..and sitting. Like three days and they still aren't dry. I tried one and it's a soggy mess. I tried using a blow dryer, that's about as tech savy as I get. I read about putting them in a baggy with some rice but that didn't seem to help. Actually, I think it's been longer than 3 days.

    Anything else I can try?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mwa102464

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    put em in a metal pan and in the oven on the lowest setting for a half hour to 45 min and that will dry em up
     
  3. Natalia

    Natalia Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I dry mine as mwa says above. I put them on a Pyrex plate in the oven on 170° for 30 to 45 min.
     
  4. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Wow, I'm going to try that right now.

    Thanks so much!
     
  5. Natalia

    Natalia Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    :) Happy Saturday!
     
  6. salemgold

    salemgold ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I do the same thing but do it at night before bed. Leave the oven on for about an hour and then turn the oven off leaving cartos in the oven overnight.
     
  7. attymiser

    attymiser Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Get a piece of paper towel. Rip into half. Rip one half into thirds. Take one third and fold it in half. Roll this piece into the shape of a straw for lack of a better description. Do not make it thicker than the cartomizers diameter.

    Remove the endcap of the cartomizer and insert the paper towel roll into the cartomizer until the paper towel makes contact with the poly fill. Do not twist the towel. Stand the paper towel up in a glass with the cartomizer at the top. Within an hour or so the paper towel will draw all the moisture from the cart. This works on drying 510 attys in about 15 minutes.
     
  8. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I'll give that a try!

    I was going to put the cartomizers in the oven but I was cooking all day and the oven's still too hot. While I'm waiting for it to cool down I'll give the paper towel trick a try.

    Thanks!
     
  9. deback

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    Did you do the dry pumps to pump out all the excess water after you cleaned them using the syringe and rubber cone? If you do that, it takes about 3 days for them to dry completely inside (and that's when they're sitting in front of a fan). But the best way is, as others have stated, put them on a flat pan in the oven at about 220 degrees for a few minutes (I left mine in for about 1/2 hour, cuz I forgot they were in the oven), and that should dry them completely -- and it won't hurt the cartos.

    If I were you, I'd flush them out again with hot tap water and then be sure to push air through each carto about 20 times each. Then place them in the oven on a flat pan for a few minutes. That would be much quicker and easier than messing around with pushing a paper towel into the end of each carto. You wanna come up with the more common sense ways that are less time-consuming.
     
  10. K24A3

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    Imo you dont need to dry them.

    I cleaned and refilled maybe 50 carto's and I never dried them and they were perfectly fine.

    The trick is to flick out the excess water over a sink, and blow into both ends. Once 95% of the water is gone, the remaining 5% will be vaporized anyway.

    There is already water added in eJuice, an extra few percent shouldn't affect the flavor or performance.

    If you still run into problems, perhaps give the Edition2 carto's a try. There is no filler material so they dry almost instantly.
     
  11. arjay55

    arjay55 Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I used to do the flicking out too, then do a reverse Taryn spin with a silicon condom on the mouth end and spin like crazy for 15 seconds. Empty condom and repeat. Done. Dry.
     
  12. deback

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    Blowing, flicking, or spinning out the excess water didn't do it for me. If I vape cartos that aren't completely dry, I'll end up with water on my tongue and have to keep using tissues to wipe the water out of my mouth. Using the oven for a few minutes at a low setting is the quickest and easiest way to dry cartos completely, providing you've pushed air through the fillers first to remove the excess water (that is, if you decide to even mess around with cleaning cartos in the first place, which is a waste of time, in my opinion, because after they've been refilled and vaped a few times, they're too worn out to try to clean -- and they're cheap to begin with, so why not just buy new cartos -- or better yet, just drip into an atomizer and get better flavor, more vapor, less hassles, and save money).
     
  13. STEVE'S PHOTOS

    STEVE'S PHOTOS Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Here's a simple one. I have electric baseboard heat. After washing, blowing and praying I put it on my baseboard for a few hours or over night. If you have other heat, you may want to just buy a new house....That part was a joke
     
  14. salemgold

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    Be careful using cartos that are left wet for too long. When I first started washing cartos I had the same problem of drying them out (before using the syringe and oven drying method) and I had a batch of cartos that had mold in them after being wet for a week.
     
  15. MaxUT

    MaxUT Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    The "chuck the cartomizer" approach is sounding better and better.
     
  16. juicejunky

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    Get one of those rubber tip e-cig lanyards and attach the battery side of the cartomizer with the mouth piece facing out with no cap and take it outside and give it a good spin. 98% of the water will come out and you can use them almost immediately.

    If you have to do it indoors, put a condom on it to catch the water so you don't spray your walls.


    Here is a link to what one looks like. Its at the bottom of the page. There are other places that sell them but this is the first that came up on google.

    Electronic Cigarette Accessories

    $8.95 is way overpriced for a rubber tip, but seems to be the going price. They are also useful for filling, you just put the cartomizer on mouth piece attached and it moves the juice down.
     
  17. deback

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    An old sock will do the same thing you mentioned, juicejunky. And it's free.

    By the way, about 46.7% of the water stays in the filler after spinning or blowing the excess water out, not 2%. That's why using an oven is the easiest and quickest way to dry cartos. There's just no effort required in doing it that way. Using the oven works the best, with no damage to the cartos, and gets the filler completely dry, as opposed to the filler still being damp or wet.
     
  18. swedishfish

    swedishfish Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I did put them in the oven and they seem dry. I'll give them a couple days.

    I'm a little grossed out by the mold thing. The reason I decided to wash them was because I didn't know if it was a good idea if they sat around with juice in them not being used.

    Plus I used some to test juice I'm not so crazy about. Someday if I ever learn to drip properly I won't waste cartomizers.

    Thanks all!
     
  19. juicejunky

    juicejunky Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    How does the sock keep the cartomizer pointing directly outwards as you spin?
     
  20. deback

    deback Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    The sock doesn't keep the cartomizer pointing directly outwards as you spin. Think about it, and I'm sure you'll figure it out. The answer is in your original post, if you need a hint.
     
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