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How to clean an atomizer?

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  1. lorgain

    lorgain Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dickson TN
    I have a brand new atomizer that has funny machine oil kinda taste. It is one of six 801's recently purchased. The other 5 are just fine. They taste like the juice I drip in them. I've never run into this before. Can anyone tell me how to handle this? The performance of the atomizer is just fine. It just tastes crappy. :-x I'm using it primarily on a USB PT. --Thanks
  2. Cayman

    Cayman Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If it is a new atomizer, my guess would be that you are tasting the primer that ships on them. I actually opened up a new atty tonight for myself and in the sealed package was a ton of wetness which I have never see before... it was primer. Tastes nasty as crap but will burn off. My suggestion it to use it for a little bit but do not inhale. Just exhale the vapor immediately until the bad taste goes away. :) Hope this helps!!
  3. Casey C

    Casey C Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 3, 2009
    Fort Wayne, IN

    rinse in vodka
  4. PuffinStuff

    PuffinStuff Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State

    I also had one atty in a bunch that had this. I put a few drops of juice, did a few primer puffs without inhaling - repeat that process and your icky taste should be gone. Dont think it will hurt ya, just tastes yucky.
  5. Closet Toker

    Closet Toker Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 7, 2009
    Trempealeau, WI.
    I had the same on my 801. It took about a day of vaping to "break in".
    Now it hits and tastes like a champ! Very happy with it.

    Usually I'll do a dry burn to clean my atty's.
  6. windex

    windex Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    WI, USA
    Seconding this as what I'll try from now on.

    I did one with hot water, it worked great after it dried, then twisted right apart a couple days later because the epoxy apparently couldn't tolerate the heat.
  7. lorgain

    lorgain Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dickson TN
    I have tried burning off the nasty taste at least 5 times. I'm going to have to try the vodka next. From what I've read here, I'm leaning toward an impurity in the ni-chrome and it won't stop tasting bad until it burns up.

    So.... where do the PS DES801's come from? If it's China, anyone care to guess what those wascally wabbits have tainted my heating element with?
  8. ninjapuff

    ninjapuff Full Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    I had one like that, and the taste/smell/burning never went away. I tried everything to fix it, but I don't think it's possible... it's just a defect from the factory. I'm sure there are at least a few others who have had this problem. I wouldn't waste my time on it, or my taste buds. My sense of taste was screwed up for like 5 days after trying to "burn through it".
  9. lorgain

    lorgain Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dickson TN
    Exactly what I'm experiencing!! Seems prudent to give up on this one. Thanks for sharing your experience. It's always nice to know when your not alone out on the fringe of something odd.
  10. Father Luke

    Father Luke Senior Member ECF Veteran

    How's the throat hit on that rascal?

  11. Brian S

    Brian S Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 17, 2008
    What you are tasting is the primer. The first thing you need to do with a new atomizer is to twist a tissue and stick it in the atomizer side, then blow on the battery side of the atomizer to get as much out as you can. Then, add about 5 drops of juice to dilute what is left and blow it out again. That will get rid of the majority of the primer and bad taste.

    Later on, when the atomizer gets really hard to draw through, the little chamber between the atomizer and the battery connection is flooded. Blow it out again as above and let the atomizer stand on end on a piece of paper for about 30 minutes. You may have to repeat the process several times to get rid of the excess juice. Once it is done though the atomizer will work like new. Don't bother with other methods of cleaning the atomizer as they are unreliable or may damage it. I get about 6 weeks from an atomizer this way even with the PV1.

  12. Closet Toker

    Closet Toker Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 7, 2009
    Trempealeau, WI.
    I've been cleaning my 801, using Everclear. Every couple of days I swish some of the alcohol in the atty. and rinse.

    It cleans pretty good.

    Definitely helps the atomizer maintain a good flavor when vaping.

    Keeping a clean atty will greatly reduce the need to "over work" it.

    My atomizer is going on two weeks and still going strong!

  13. kardjunkie

    kardjunkie Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 6, 2009
    Chillicothe, Ohio
    They all come from China no matter where you buy them from, currently any and all atty are manufactured in China.
  14. quovadis

    quovadis Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida USA
    Is it Mobil 1 ?
  15. Neon

    Neon Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 8, 2009
    I have a special mix of VG thinned out with vodka and it really cleans out the atty fast, then I return to my fav juice.

  16. BrockJ

    BrockJ Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    Probably just some Mercury from all the CRT monitors that we're shipping over there to be dismantled.
    Actually it seems like some kind of oil or something to me. Could be the nichrome wire.

    I wish there were US made atomizers / cartomizers.
    I'd gladly pay more to know there was some standard they were being constructed to.

    I rinse almost everything with Everclear and then rinse that with hot distilled water. I use a turkey baster with a plastic tube on the end to force the liquid (rinse) through. Amazing color change from totally clear Pure Grain Alcohol to a brownish yellow whatever death liquid they use.
  17. chrismp

    chrismp Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 28, 2010
    lol I know this is an ANCIENT thread but couldn't help replying. For anyone searching on this topic, the above isn't always true.

    I've had a batch of joye ego cylinder attys that had this horrible taste (primer fluid is divine compared to the taste I'm talking about)

    No amount of blowing, rinsing, 'burning in', vaping or soaking in alcohol will help.

    The atomizers were faulty for one reason or another..perhaps machine oil got into the atty, perhaps something else wasn't up to spec - I don't know, but I did contact my supplier who was getting tons of these attys returned for the same problem, they contacted joye and I got word back that I should not use any and send them back for a replacement immediately. The next batch they got in were fine. I had ordered 15 atomizers and every single one had the dreaded taste that is UNREMOVEABLE by any meagre human, so it wasn't a once off.

    I've also had a 510 atty with a similar problem, although not as bad. It was just a single purchase so I threw it out, after trying every method to remove the taste.

    That's my experience anyway :) For regular old primer just follow the tips above - my method is to blow out the primer, add some PG, blow it out again then continue as usual. If I'm feeling really lazy and there's not much primer I 'vape' it out - not recommended.
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