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How often do you change atomizers?

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  1. TwilightMagester

    TwilightMagester Senior Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Like the title says, how often do you change/clean/replace your atomizer. Do you clean and dry it once a week, every few carts? Only when you change to a new juice flavor? Lemmie know :)
  2. unsure

    unsure ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Only once their dead. I blow them out every couple of days. Have a bottomfeeder and a all day vape juice...once in a great moon I'll use a carto to try a new flavor.
  3. Algernon

    Algernon Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2010
    Rocky Mount, VA, USA
    Whenever one starts to get weak I put in the dirty jar. At the end of the week I take however many are in there and clean them and put them in the clean jar, and cycle until one dies.

    When one dies, I put a new atomizer in rotation. I normally have 4 in rotation but since I just got a new shipment, I've now got 5 so I can try out one of my newer ones.
  4. GregH

    GregH Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 28, 2009
    Georgia USA
    I use them until they either die (pop) or suffer such a performance drop that they're just about unusable. My average for 510s is 6 weeks and for 306s is 4 weeks. I blow them out daily and let them drain on a napkin overnight.
  5. dormouse

    dormouse ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Oct 31, 2010
    I rarely use an atomizer any more. I use Boge cartomizers. When I used an atomizer all the time I swapped to a clean one on the weekend and cleaned the dirty one. I also always have one or 2 spares in case one atomizer degraded or died.

    Now I only use atomizers to drip occasionally for testing juices or vaping a juice I don't want to put in a carto. I only clean when the taste or performance is degraded and other then that I just blow it out occasionally, mainly when switching juices.
  6. Ninurta

    Ninurta Full Member

    Apr 5, 2011
    Euless tx
    My vapor-cherry popped in mid March of this year, and I gots to comment on cartomizers. I use one for a few days, then when the draw gets too stiff I chuck it into a jar. Once I have a good size stash I soak em all in vodka for a full 24 hours, or longer if I forget. Blow them out reaaeaaaally good, then let them dry for another full day or so. They gotta be bone-dry though before using them. Any grain alcohol will do, but it has to be grain alcohol. Cheap vodka is a good choice, as it won't leave stuff on the coil, which is very bad. I am still using 6 catomizers that have been cleaned this way twice already, and as long as one doesnt crank them down too hard, thus pushing the connection extension (scratches record) up into the carto, you're good to go. Atty's are real simple, just blow on them through the mouth-end into a paper towel or whatever every day, but you could also soak them in vodka.
  7. symphynity

    symphynity Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Still trying to find the outer limits for my carts , Im basically lazy , so I'll vape 'em till they wont vape no more!
  8. Debian Dog

    Debian Dog Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 10, 2011
    Yep I only use them when I am testing a new flavor I have not committed too. I think I still have my original (3). They get a soak and cleaning in Everclear ever now and again.

    Finding a carto that works for you is a Godsend.
  9. AttyPops

    AttyPops Yeah, I type stuff. ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Clean: Blow it out at least once per day. Often, hot water rinse (every other day??).
    Change: New one every month, old one goes into the "still working, used bin" unless it pops.
    I just blow it out between flavors.

    Oh, I vape at 5 volts too.... harder on atties. 3.0 ohm joye 510's.
  10. scratch777

    scratch777 Full Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    + for Boge cartomizers. Just started using them, and so far really like the fact that you can use them for a few times until they break, then chuck 'em. All my attys would just get hard to draw on after a while, and I really did not feel like trying the 101 tips and tricks people suggest to fix them; I'm just lazy like that.
  11. Lilian

    Lilian Senior Member ECF Veteran

    I try to clean it(with hot water and blow out) once a week, but I use the same liquid(waiting for my e-liquids order:))

    I use 2 atoms, on one of them I got the smoke smell, dropped in to vodka for about 30 min, cleaned with running hot water, then blew it out and left to dry. After 24 hours or so tried it - and it was good to go!
  12. SiB77

    SiB77 Full Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    I rotate with 4 atomizers. Those should last for 3 months.
  13. 4mehealth

    4mehealth Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 18, 2011
    I used to rotate 'em. New one every day. Tried the vodka soak, hot water rinse/ soak.

    They all dropped the performance. Now, I just blow it out every so often and wait until it dies.
  14. grandmato5

    grandmato5 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    I clean/chance/replace attys as needed. I toss attys when they die which has only happened 4 times in 9 months. I soak in 91% iso alcohol, let dry over night and dry burn when they get sluggish which may be after a weeks use or it may be after 2 or 3 weeks as it varies each time I use an atty. I don't change attys for different flavors unless its a really strong flavor like coffees or cinnamon. I only blow my attys out as needed if I manage to flood them which doesn't happen very often.
  15. KirtBacken

    KirtBacken Full Member

    May 11, 2011
    Vape til dead... my current one is going on 4 mos so far.

    Always have at least two spare atomisers/cartomisers around because they're very unreliable. How long they last depends on technique, amount of use, quality and luck. Some people get a day or two from an atomiser and some get months. Price is not an indication of quality.
  16. Algernon

    Algernon Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 15, 2010
    Rocky Mount, VA, USA
    Actually I just brought one back to life, I boiled it for 15 minutes and then did a dry burn for about 5 minutes then rinsed it out. It's cooking like fairly new at the moment. No idea how long this will last but its nice as long as it does.
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