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Is it worth buying an ultrasonic cleaner?

Discussion in 'E-Cigarette Accessories Discussion' started by Susaz, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Lately I've been having problems cleaning my T3 heads, even after a night long soak in alcohol. I wonder if it's going to be a great difference or should I keep on cleaning by hand?
     
  2. Thepinfamily

    Thepinfamily Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
    Virginia
    I have one I use for my other hobbies and ive been using it for my cleaning with great results. If your going to do this for a while its well worth it.
     
  3. bineva17

    bineva17 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2012
    Hanoi
    I used the 4$ worth from China and threw it
     
  4. adeline

    adeline Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    Cary, NC
    If you ever plan on mixing your own liquids, the ultrasonic cleaner helps reduce steeping time. I'm hoping to be able to vape happily after 2 days instead of several weeks. :)
     
  5. Thepinfamily

    Thepinfamily Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 18, 2013
    Virginia
    I was wondering this yesterday. How long do you run the UC for?
     
  6. Paulette

    Paulette Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Florida
    I was wondering what you put in the US cleaner to clean the heads?
     
  7. Atlexus

    Atlexus Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 15, 2012
    Norcross, GA
    what's a good store to but one at?

    -Atlexus
     
  8. Paulette

    Paulette Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 22, 2012
    Florida
  9. akatina

    akatina Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    Greenville, SC
    I have a US for cleaning skate bearings; I could totally see using it to clean attys. PGA or water should work, I've used both in my ultra sonic (well, 91% isopropyl but still).
     
  10. adeline

    adeline Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    Cary, NC
  11. spider362

    spider362 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 27, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    If you have a Harbor Freight near by, this is a good one: Ultrasonic Cleaner - Item#3305
     
  12. akatina

    akatina Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 14, 2013
    Greenville, SC
    This is exactly the one I have. Small, easy to use, and doesn't require a boatload of liquid to run. It's not the easiest thing in the world to empty/drain though.
     
  13. adeline

    adeline Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    Cary, NC
    If you don't mind ordering online, Amazon has a pretty wide selection, too.
     
  14. tmcase

    tmcase ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    Interesting. I can see where the ultrasonic would help to mix up the juice contents but time gives those contents time to blend together. I don't understand how this could reduce steeping time but it's worth a try. :)
     
  15. tmcase

    tmcase ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    If your T3 uses silica wick then you can dry burn and then carefully scrape off the charred crud with a toothpick.
     
  16. adeline

    adeline Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 15, 2010
    Cary, NC
    It combines heat (hot water in the tank, and some models have a built-in heat option) and ultrasonic vibrations that speed up the process. Makes the molecules move faster and blend together very quickly. Check out the threads I linked.. explains it better than I can.
     
  17. djensen9367

    djensen9367 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 1, 2012
    oregon
    I got mine from harbor freight also, but it is the 75.00 one. It has an 8 min run time and a heater - it works great
     
  18. mostlyclassics

    mostlyclassics Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    For both cartos and Vivi Nova heads, I use 91% isopropyl alcohol in an ultrasonic cleaner. About ten zaps in 91% isopropyl works wonders for cartos -- just blow them out thoroughly and let them dry for several days to a week. Four or five zaps does good things to Vivi Nova heads -- it seems to loosen the crud on the coils, which can then be lightly scraped with a toothpick and dry-burned after drying overnight or longer.

    Isopropyl alcohol is a poison. But it evaporates completely. On the other hand, "rubbing" alcohol is booze alcohol that has poisons in it -- some of those poisons do not evaporate. Only use isopropyl alcohol!

    Is it worth buying an ultrasonic cleaner? Yes, IMO, even if you're just using it to clean vaping hardware. Before there were Vivi Novas and other decent clearos, I must have revived a couple of hundred dollars worth of cartos using my $26 ultrasonic cleaner.
     
  19. Unforeseen

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