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Atomizer Cleaned ! Simple Cheap Effective Method.

Discussion in 'Experiments With Equipment' started by exogenesis, Mar 27, 2009.

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  1. Sar

    Sar Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 27, 2009
    New York, NY
    Are you seriously putting the atomizer into microwave? Microwave oven?
  2. wegster

    wegster Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2009
    Yes, I'm aware of the meanings. I got it the first 100 times the same warnings were put in every other post.

    You didn't answer the question asked, but thanks for the 'once more' safety warning :)
  3. wegster

    wegster Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2009
    Thanks for the response, exogenesis.
  4. HockerMagnum

    HockerMagnum Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 17, 2009
    West TN
    I did an 801 this way today.Could only see gunk before. Could see individual coil wires after. Will do a hydrogen peroxide boil next. Wonder what condition the wick mesh will be in?

    CCAREY Full Member

    there is a system for cleaning contacts which involves hydrogen peroxide, neutralized overnight by a disc in the case - when morning comes the contacts are sitting in slightly salty water - it's called Aosept - has anyone tried this?
  6. BengalBacker

    BengalBacker Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 17, 2009
    Dayton Ohio
    Ok, my experience in cleaning atomizers consists of soaking my crappy little Smoking Everywhere atomizer in Coke for about an hour, then rinsing it out with hot water, so admittedly I have no idea what I'm talking about, however I have "real supplies" on the way (hopefully tomorrow) to make a serious effort at quitting analogs and vaping instead, so I really want to know how best to do all of this stuff.

    After reading through this thread, a story I once heard came to mind. (I'm sure it's not true, but that doesn't matter)

    A semi truck driver was going down the road, but his trailer was too high for the overpass he attempted to drive under. The top of the trailer hit the overpass and got jammed. The cops, the tow truck driver and engineers stood around trying to figure out how to get it free without having to tear down the overpass. So happens this was in front of a mental hospital. One of the mental patients was watching all of this, and suddenly yelled, "let the air out of the tires".

    The point is, K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, stupid.

    I don't want to have to set up a .... lab to clean my $8 atomizers. It sounds like people have found effective, simple liquids that "cut through" the build up but won't essentially eat it away if just left to soak, or boil. It seems to me you need agitation of some sort while immersing. We don't just put our clothes in a tub, pour in detergent and let them sit. We put them in a washing machine that spins them around, and uses the friction of the water and detergent to clean all the dirt.

    So, here's my idea, and it's what I intend to try unless someone tells me they've tried it and it doesn't work. If it does work, I expect full credit for it, and a place in the hall of fame.:D

    Shot glass half filled with Coke (or hydrogen peroxide, or whatever)

    Shot glass half filled with Club soda

    Shot glass half filled with distilled water

    One dead battery. (sounds like I will soon have a dead battery from what I've read)

    One dremel (or power drill if a Dremel isn't available)

    Soak my atty in Coke for a half hour or so, screw my atty into my dead battery. Attach my dremel or power drill to the battery (just so there is more to grip and better control than attaching directly to the atomizer).

    Insert atomizer into shot glass filled with coke and run it for a minute or so, then put it in the Club soda and run it for a minute or so, then in the distilled water for a couple of minutes. Then just hold it in the air let it spin for a minute, then dry overnight.

    Maybe once a week, depending on use.

    Does anyone see why this wouldn't be at least more effective than just soaking and rinsing? As I said, until tomorrow or Tuesday I've never even held any atomizer other than this crappy Smoking Everywhere thing, so maybe there's an obvious reason why this wouldn't work with other attys. Maybe too fragile or something?

  7. happily

    happily Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 25, 2009
    anchorage, ak
    I like this Keep It simple stupid theory and that's where you lost me(but pointed me somewhere) u can Have all the credit. If anyone has a gummed up atomizer. Mine are still good. Get you coke or club soda or what we think works best. place your solutions in a sealed plastic jar. put that in your dirty pants pocket and throw it washing machine. Just don't throw it in the that for keep it simple
  8. mark40511

    mark40511 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Lexington KY
    My question is, when you clean the atomizer using the many methods mentioned here. Once it's cleaned/dried do you need to drop e liquid on the atomizer element or no? I read several places that stated using e liquid directly onto the atomizer would shorten its life; yet I see countless vaping discussions saying they do this all the time. I have bee using my Titan for 2 days and have not put anything on the atomizer itself, just topping off. I know I am going to have to clean the atomizer soon, just wondering if it really is necessary after cleaning it that I drop e liquid on the coil?
  9. Liscab

    Liscab Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2009
    Miami fl.
    I quit cleaning my atomizers, i have kill all of them doing so, and atomizer cost is close to a pack of cigarettes and last at less a week if you are unlucky
  10. Liscab

    Liscab Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Mar 15, 2009
    Miami fl.
    hey your picture looks like fidel castro at the end lol
  11. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Not absolutely necessary; but harmless imo and means you don't have to wait for the juice to wick from cart to near coil in the beginning (a minute or two).
  12. kinabaloo

    kinabaloo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

  13. iduditz

    iduditz Full Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    i thought both of my 510 atomizers were dead... soaked for 1 hour in 5% apple cider vinegar, rinsed with distilled water (cold), sat on hot plate at medium for about a minute (30 seconds then flipped atomizer over, 30 more seconds) ... pretty dry at this point, dripped a drop of juice and after maybe 20 - 30 seconds (getting rid of latent water) was giving more vapor than when i bought the thing heh and my throat hit was back :)
  14. Fud

    Fud Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 11, 2009
    Never ever use hydrochloric acid on metals or its's weaker substitute muriatic acid, That will just eat the metal parts away and disinegrate it. use at your own risk but if the casing is brass and the coil is stainless it will be toast. Trust me on this since i have worked with the stuff for years making an oil patina on brass for hinges just for looks. I don't know about the cola but that stuff will peel off car paint plus it's full of sugar. In my limited expericence i'd say alchohol is safe and dries quickly, Water i'm not so sure about because after all it is an electronic part. Stay away from the acids, notice they are never stored in metal containers ever and just plastic?

    Just trying to help before someone makes a mistake.:thumb:
  15. surbitonPete

    surbitonPete Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2009
    North Yorkshire UK
    Well without doubt Exo was right and the H202 burn off of the gunk is the safest and most effective way to clean a gunked up coil but even better still is to do a 'daily' dry burn, heating the coil until it glows red for a second or two every day and that prevents the build up of the crud in the first place. Sometimes I rinse it out with vodka if the dry burn makes it taste horrible but apart from that I am doing nothing else and finally I am having atomizers lasting for a reasonable length of time and working perfectly with no loss of performance for the whole time until they finally die.
  16. fritz

    fritz Full Member ECF Veteran

    May 14, 2009
    Salem MA
    Exo, Thanks for the original post!

    I Just tried this method. The atty was producing little vapor, and the casing (its a six week old 401 atty) was getting really hot after five drags in succession.

    I held the unit in front of a dust-buster vacuum (auto switch) till the casing was warm, then quickly squirted the H2O2 with a hypo as best I could into the coils. In the new 401s there's a piece of plastic spanning across the aperature which makes access difficult. But after o a single squirt and a few seconds "puffing" on it with the vacuum, I gave it a rinse with fresh water and let stand overnight.

    I primed it this morning and it now vapes as good as new, and the atty remains cool to the touch even after repeated drags.

    I can't tell if its completely clean because that stupid plastic bridge makes it impossible to see in there, but so far this is the first method I've tried that actually had positive results for me.

    Thanks again for this!:)
  17. jackv

    jackv Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 21, 2009
    Do you drip the juice directly onto the atomizer? Thanks!
  18. jackv

    jackv Full Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 21, 2009
    And how often to add new juice? Thanks! :oops:
  19. Sam Munro

    Sam Munro Guest

    I recall an episode of mythbusters where they confirmed that just leaving stuff to steep in it worked.
  20. Sam Munro

    Sam Munro Guest

    I can't stress it enough DON'T USE STERADENT. Soaked an M401 atomizer in the stuff. Something in this stuff attacks the glue/welding bond, thus breaking the thing. When you put a cartridge on it gets stuck so when you try to remove it. The pieces come Apart and you snap the wires [well I did]. ...DON'T USE STERADENT.
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